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Patrice Bergeron issues statement, donates $50,000 to fight racism

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One of the Bruins’ leaders proves once again why he is one of the most respected players in the league.

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“I will not be quiet anymore”.

Patrice Bergeron has always been one to lead by example, both on the ice and in the community.

While he doesn’t use social media, the Bruins released a statement on their alternate captain’s behalf, in which Bergeron openly talked about acknowledging his privileges and using his voice to help the Black community.

In the statement, he announced that he donated $25,000 to the Boston NAACP chapter and $25,000 to the Centre Multiethnique de Quebec.

Bergeron’s statement and generous donation come on the heels of multiple NHL players speaking out about racism & police brutality following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

As protests of Floyd’s death sweep the nation and America grapples with how to fix systematic oppression and police brutality, specifically targeted at African Americans, players across the league have posted on social media.

The Bruins, as a team, issued the statement below yesterday:

Zdeno Chara posted a message on his Instagram account, as well as sharing one from New Balance, while Brad Marchand chose to participate in Blackout Tuesday yesterday.

Former Bruin Tyler Seguin posted an introspective note about unconscious bias, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews posted a strong message on his Instagram account, and PK Subban donated $50,000 to Floyd’s daughter, Gianna. The NHL has matched Subban’s donation.

Good for Bergeron for not only making a statement, but taking action on the issue.