How Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is trying to solve his groin issues

Matt Kalman
September 09, 2019 - 12:58 pm

BOLTON -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has battled groin issues off and on for years, even having sports hernia surgery in the 2017 offseason and a groin procedure in 2018.

This past summer Bergeron didn’t have surgery for the problem that was bothering for an extended period of last season all the way through Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, but he did decide to have a Platelet-Rich Plasma shot in his groin in July.

Following that, Bergeron’s offseason training has been a bit off schedule. He doesn’t know how limited he’ll be when training camp opens Thursday, but he’s not worried as much about September as he is the month after.

“I’m slowly ramping it up on the ice and … I think it’s what we’re trying shoot for is more October rather than this Thursday,” Bergeron said at the Bruins’ annual golf tournament at The International.

Bergeron said he’s not too concerned that it’ll take a major procedure to correct this issue because of the slow but steady improvement he’s seen since the PRP shot.

 “No, I should be able to play through that. I think it’s been there for a long time. I think with the PRP shot we hope that – and it’s one of those things, it takes a little bit of time to work and have its effect – so it’s getting better but it’s still there a little bit,” he said. “But I’m feeling good, I’m feeling positive I’ll be ready definitely for the start of the season. So that’s not even an issue.”

The Bruins will hold their first on-ice practices Friday. They start their regular season Oct. 3 in Dallas.