GRAPHIC: Patrice Bergeron's success with Team Canada

Jared Wickerham

Everyone knows Patrice Bergeron is the best. But it seems like nearly every time he puts on a Team Canada uniform, he ends up with a gold medal around his neck when all is said and done.

Bruins fans know that Patrice Bergeron is just the greatest. But did you know his greatness extends to international arenas as well?

Since turning pro, Bergeron has put on a Team Canada sweater six times; five of those six tournaments ended with Bergeron returning home to Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec with a gold medal around his neck.

The graphic below illustrates Bergeron's remarkable success with Team Canada, including five gold medals in various competitions and a tournament MVP award in 2005:

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For an imgur link to a bigger version, click here.

Essentially, Bergeron has won a gold medal for Canada at nearly every level of competition. To break down the graphic, Bergeron...

  • won a World Championship gold in 2004, when he was just 18 years old.
  • dominated in the 2005 World Junior Championship, winning the tournament MVP award over guys named Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Ryan Getzlaf.
  • put up 14 points in nine games at just 20 years old in the 2006 World Championship, but wasn't able to bring Canada a medal.
  • won gold as a role player on Canada's 2010 Olympic team.
  • brushed off the disappointment of the Bruins' short 2012 postseason with five points in four Spengler Cup games, bringing home another gold medal.
  • rode shotgun alongside Sidney Crosby en route to another Olympic gold in 2014.
The take-home point? When there's a Canadian maple leaf on Bergeron's chest, some championship hardware usually follows.

Don't get any ideas, Leafs fans.
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