Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 23

Patrice Bergeron and the Stanley Cup stopped by Seminaire Saint-Francois in Saint-Augstin-de-Desmaures, QC.
Patrice Bergeron and the Stanley Cup stopped by Seminaire
Saint-Francois in Saint-Augstin-de-Desmaures, QC.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup left Canada's capital and crossed the Ontario/Quebec border on its way to Quebec's capital, where it spent a couple of days with Patrice Bergeron beginning on Sunday, August 7.

For one year as a teenager, Patrice attended Seminaire Saint-Francois, located in the Quebec City suburb of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures. The school boasts of an excellent sports program, which served Bergeron well when he was playing Midget hockey. Patrice played on the school's 'AAA' team, the Blizzard, in 2001-02, so to show his appreciation to the school, he took the Stanley Cup to the arena where the fifty or so players trying out for the Blizzard could get a close look at the reward given to Stanley Cup champions. In the J-Armand Bombardier gymnasium, the boys were dumbstruck, gawking at the magnificent trophy that, like Bergeron, they too dream of one day winning. Patrice spoke to the boys and reminded them to keep their eyes on the prize and, one day, they too might be returning to the school to show a future generation the Stanley Cup.

Patrice Bergeron and the Stanley Cup make their past the crowd at the Pavillon Espace 400e Bell in Quebec City.
Patrice Bergeron and the Stanley Cup make their past the crowd at the Pavillon Espace 400e Bell in Quebec City. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Bergeron then took the Cup to Centre Mere-Enfants to visit patients and their families. Hospital visits are always tremendously emotional, but so rewarding for the players and patients alike.

A massive rally was next on the itinerary. Three thousand people gathered at the Pavillon Espace 400e Bell on the St. Lawrence waterfront to greet Patrice and the Stanley Cup. This is the same location in 2008 at which the country celebrated the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. Patrice addressed the crowd, telling those assembled that the day was the realization of a childhood dream for him, standing there with the Stanley Cup. Amidst the drizzle, the fans cheered wildly for the local hero, who stood and signed autographs and posed for pictures for over two hours.

Inside, Patrice conducted interviews and met with family and special friends. Among those there were teammate Jordan Caron as well as former teammate, Steve Begin.

A couple of busloads took revellers to the Blu Station Spa, an incredible spa that includes steam baths, saunas and much more, and owned by Bergeron. There, they grazed on snacks beside an ice sculpture of the Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup left at midnight with the first wave of partiers, while the remainder took a second bus at 2:00AM.

* * *

Patrice Bergeron and the Stanley Cup spent some time take photos outside of the Chateau Frontenac.
Patrice Bergeron and the Stanley Cup spent some time take photos outside of the Chateau Frontenac. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Monday, August 8 began at the Chateau Frontenac, the extraordinary heritage hotel that serves as a landmark in the provincial capital. Patrice and his guests drank freshly-squeezed orange juice out of the bowl of the Stanley Cup to mark the occasion. While there, Patrice was presented with a commemorative Tissot gold watch, honouring his becoming the 25th member of the exclusive Triple Gold Club. The club is restricted to those hockey players who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship and the Stanley Cup championship. Earlier this summer, Bergeron was awarded his Triple Gold pin.

A walking tour of old Quebec was next, strolling beside the St. Lawrence with the Stanley Cup as photographs were taken. The group walked up the stairs and took further pictures amidst the shops. It's hard to keep the presence of the Stanley Cup a secret for very long, and as Bergeron walked about, a crowd gathered to see the Cup in-person.

Formal photographs were taken at the home of one of Patrice's friends, a professional photographer. Then, it was off to Patrice's brother's home for a short visit.

Back at his home, Patrice and his girlfriend, Stephanie, hosted a small gathering. His Mom and Dad presented Patrice with an outstanding hand-painted portrait created by Diane Berube. The painting depicts Patrice scoring a crucial goal as well as hoisting the Stanley Cup, and is the second portrait painted of Bergeron by the artist.

In his backyard, Patrice has a half-sized rink, and a ball hockey game was in progress. Bergeron couldn't help himself. He grabbed a stick and jumped into the game, just as he might have as a youngster with the neighbour kids after school.

And so ended another eventful couple of days for the Stanley Cup during the Boston Bruins' championship summer. Patrice Bergeron will ready himself for training camp, with the intention of helping lead the Bruins to a second straight Stanley Cup championship season.

* * *

Patrice Bergeron and his father helping a family member enjoy a drink from the bowl of the Stanley Cup while girlfriend Stephanie looks on.   Hockey Hall of Fame Curator and Cup Keeper Phil Pritchard presents Patrice Bergeron with a commerative Tissot gold watch after becoming the 25th member of the Triple Gold Club.
Patrice Bergeron and his father helping a family member enjoy a drink from the bowl of the Stanley Cup while girlfriend Stephanie looks on.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
 
Hockey Hall of Fame Curator and Cup Keeper Phil Pritchard presents Patrice Bergeron with a commerative Tissot gold watch after becoming the 25th member of the Triple Gold Club. (Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)

* * *

Dennis Seidenberg gets his day with the trophy next, and the Stanley Cup Journal will take you to Atlantic City when we gather here on Tuesday.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

All Photographs are property of the Hockey Hall of Fame or Getty Images and may not be reproduced without prior written consent. For more information regarding use of our photographs please contact us.
Spirit Of Hockey, shop online now!
Receive 50% off your Photo Package with The Stanley Cup!
Find out about renting the facilities at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Donate your hockey artifacts to the Hockey Hall of Fame
The Weston Harbour Castle Toronto