Canadian Olympic gold medalist Patrice Bergeron of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec was named the National Hockey League’s First Star of the Week for the week from October 8-14, 2018. A center for the Boston Bruins, Bergeron had four goals and five assists for nine points in three games.
Bergeron opened the week with three goals and one assist for four points in a 6-3 Bruins win over the Ottawa Senators on Canadian Thanksgiving. He then had one goal and one assist for two points in a 4-1 Bruins win over the Edmonton Oilers on October 11 and then three assists in an 8-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on October 13. Also during the three game stretch, Bergeron was a +5 with two penalty minutes, nine shots on goal and three power play points.
On the season, Bergeron has five goals and six assists for 11 points. He is currently tied for third in the NHL in scoring. He is tied with two Toronto Maple Leafs–Mitch Marner of Markham, Ontario and Canadian Olympic gold medalist John Tavares of Mississauga, Ontario. Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes also has 11 points. Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews (who was the NHL’s first star of the week of week one) leads the NHL with 16 points, while Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly of Vancouver, British Columbia is second in the NHL with 13 points. Rielly was the second star of the week after having one goal and six assists for seven points.
One could argue that Bergeron is centering the best line in hockey at the moment. His linemates are David Pastrnak (seven goals and two assists for nine points) and Brad Marchand of Halifax, Nova Scotia (one goal and nine assists for 10 points).
Bergeron won a gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Tavares won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.