Mike Sullivan returns Patrice Bergeron's kind words

DJ Bean
December 16, 2015 - 8:23 am
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[caption id="attachment_54602" align="alignright" width="150"] Patrice Bergeron[/caption] On Tuesday, Patrice Bergeron waxed poetic about Mike Sullivan, who was his first NHL coach and is now the new bench boss of the Penguins. Bergeron, who came to the NHL at 18 years old, credited Sullivan with many things, including helping him eventually become an Olympian by showing the league that he could also play right wing. Sullivan returned Bergeron'€™s praise Wednesday, saying that he could tell that Bergeron had a great career of him when their paths first crossed in 2003. "Yes, I did," he said proudly. "When I had him, he was an 18-year-old kid and he surprised everybody coming out of training camp. He'€™s done nothing but get better and improve from there. Patrice is a quality person; he'€™s great player. It doesn'€™t surprise me one bit what he'€™s able to accomplish." Added Sullivan: "None of us expected him to make the team back then. It'€™s a hard league. It'€™s a man'€™s league and it'€™s a hard league to break into as an 18-year-old, but he certainly raised eyebrows and he earned his way. It wasn'€™t like we handed it to him; he earned his way. He'€™s a quality person. It doesn'€™t surprise me one bit."

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