Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron was seen having what seemed to be a lighthearted dialog with Buffalo Sabers star Tage Thompson at heart ice earlier than the 2 groups battled it out Saturday night time.
Days later, Thompson revealed to The Buffalo News that the Bruins veteran approached him to ask how his spouse was after being identified with most cancers in 2019.
“It’s huge,” Thompson stated Monday. “Obviously, he did not should say something. He type of went out of his option to test on her and ask how she’s doing. It’s just the type of man he’s. He’s just a genuine man, cares about different folks. “
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According to the outlet, Thompson’s spouse, Rachel, had a cancerous mass faraway from her leg in 2019 and has been cancer-free since.
Bergeron, who performed with Thompson’s father within the AHL through the 2004 NHL lockout, confirmed the dialog with Boston Hockey Now.
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“His spouse was identified with most cancers a couple of years in the past, and I feel she was cancer-free now. So I used to be just saying that I used to be pondering of her and blissful for them,” he advised the outlet. “I wasn’t certain that she was cancer-free, and he stated that [to me that she was cancer-free] so I used to be tremendous blissful for him, for her and for his or her household. It was cool.”
Bergeron added that he remembered Thompson and his brother whereas taking part in for the Providence Bruins that season and referred to as it “full circle” to now share the ice with him in the NHL.
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“It’s a type of issues the place it hits you a little bit,” Bergeron stated. “That was an eye-opener and to have Tage on the ice and doing so nicely within the league and coming into his personal is so spectacular. I really feel like I type of know him a little bit [from] realizing him as a child after I was in Providence, so it is fairly particular.”