Patrice Bergeron hugs his Bruins teammates one by one after Game 7

Has Patrice Bergeron just played his last match? That will be the biggest question to emerge from the end of the Boston Bruins’ season, which ended Sunday at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7.

The Bruins may have welcomed Bergeron as a teammate for the last time. Watch in the video above, via Conor Ryan of Boston Sports Journal on Twitter, as Bergeron hugs his Bruins teammates one by one as they come off the ice. According to Ryan, Bergeron hugged the “entire roster.” It wasn’t much different from his typical post-game interactions, so it’s unclear if there’s anything to read.

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Bergeron is on track to become an unrestricted free agent. At 36, he’s played long enough and taken a heavy toll to consider retiring from professional hockey. At the very least, it looks like it’s been there year after year.

If that’s all for No. 37, he would finish his NHL career with 982 points in 1,216 career regular season NHL games, in addition to 126 playoff points in 166 career games. He played his entire career as a Bruin. He lifted the Stanley Cup with the champion Bruins in 2011 and also played in seven games apiece in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2019.

At this point in his career, Bergeron is also a four-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward, and is considered a contender for the award again in 2022. He has long been established as the one of the best two-way players in league history. One of the most respected of his generation, Bergeron is also a likely candidate for a possible induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bergeron is a lock to have his number 37 jersey retired to the TD Garden rafters, whenever the time comes for his career to end. Postgame views from Raleigh suggest this could be the end of a living Bruins legend.

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