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Bergeron to visit Matt Brown tonight

Posted by Brendan Hall, Globe Correspondent  March 22, 2010 11:31 AM

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WILMINGTON -- When the Bruins touch down in Atlanta later today, Patrice Bergeron will swing by the Shepherd Center to pay a visit to Norwood hockey player Matt Brown, who suffered a broken neck in a freak accident on the ice this past season. The Shepherd Center, a renowned spinal and brain injury rehabilitation center, was also where former BU player Travis Roy went for his neck injury.

Bergeron spoke to the media following this morning's practice at Ristuccia Arena, and talked about how much he empathized with Brown's situation.

"Obviously, I heard about it on the news and it touched me obviously because I've been through a head injury," said Bergeron, referring to the grade three concussion he suffered from a hit from behind by Randy Jones in 2007. "You never want to see something like that happen. I sent him a little note, a little card and a jersey signed from me, (telling him) to stay positive and be patient. And now that he's in Atlanta, I want to go say hi."

Bergeron said he's also prepared a little gift bag for Brown, full of movies, clam chowder and various items from Boston's other professional teams "to remind him of Boston a little bit".

"I hope he's gonna like it," he smiled. "It's going to be fun to have a chance to personally meet him and see how he's doing."

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