January 19, 2012
Bruins’ center Patrice Bergeron was yet again not voted into this year’s All Star game. This season he has 14 goals, 25 assists, and is a plus-27 rating. He is also winning over 50% of his face-offs.
This was the case last season when Bruins’ fans were left scratching their heads as to why Bergeron was not voted into the game. When the news broke last year that he was not on the roster, he went out the following night and scores his first career hat trick against the Ottawa Senators. This got the attention of the league, to say the least.
So why has he been continuously snubbed from the All-Star game? This year, a circumstance beyond his control may have played a part in it. The game is being played in Ottawa. The fans voted in four Senators, all of whom were among the top six vote getters. There were other players that were voted into the game for their star power, like Alexander Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla. Twelve rookies were included on the roster as well.
Another possible reason is because of the team that he plays for. The Bruins are a team that emphasizes that word to the fullest extent. They have no true number one guy to turn to since they have such great depth and chemistry.
Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, and Tyler Seguin were the three Bruins’ players who were selected to this year’s All Star game.
Currently playing in his eighth NHL season, Bergeron is only 26 years of age. He plays like a veteran and carries himself like a true professional. It is just a matter of time before he adds an All-Star game appearance to his already impressive resume.