It was announced on Thursday that Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will be honored by The Sports Museum at this year’s ‘The Tradition’ on Sept. 17 at the TD Garden.
The 28-year-old will be the recipient of The Tradition’s Community Service Award, being recognized for his vast charitable contributions off the ice, including the development of “Patrice’s Pals,” which brings patients from Boston-area hospitals and other children’s organizations to Bruins home games at the TD Garden, where they watch the game from the official Patrice’s Pals suite and get to meet Bergeron after the game.
He was previously recognized by the NHL for his leadership qualities on and off the ice while also making a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community in 2013, when he was awarded the King Clancy Trophy.
Bergeron’s on-ice accomplishments have been numerous since he first put on a Bruins uniform in 2003, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, two Olympic Gold Medals in 2010 and 2014, two Frank J. Selke Trophys as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 2012 and 2014.
Bergeron has skated 659 NHL regular season games, all with the Bruins, and has scored 183 goals and added 312 assists with a career plus/minus rating of +108. His postseason career has seen him play 95 games and tally 23 goals and 43 assists with a +30 rating.
The Tradition’s Community Service Award was last given to Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork in 2013. Other honorees at this year’s event include former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, Olympic skier Bode Miller, and Olympic and World Judo champion Kayla Harrison.