Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron was seen having what seemed to be a lighthearted dialog with Buffalo Sabres star Tage Thompson at heart ice earlier than the 2 groups battled it out Saturday evening.
Days later, Thompson revealed to The Buffalo Information that the Bruins veteran approached him to ask how his spouse was after being recognized with most cancers in 2019.
“It is massive,” Thompson mentioned Monday. “Clearly, he did not must say something. He sort of went out of his option to test on her and ask how she’s doing. It’s simply the sort of man he’s. He is only a real man, cares about different folks.”
Based on the outlet, Thompson’s spouse, Rachel, had a cancerous mass faraway from her leg in 2019 and has been cancer-free since.
Bergeron, who performed with Thompson’s father within the AHL throughout the 2004 NHL lockout, confirmed the dialog with Boston Hockey Now.
“His spouse was recognized with most cancers a few years in the past, and I feel she was cancer-free now. So I used to be simply saying that I used to be considering of her and joyful for them,” he instructed the outlet. “I wasn’t positive that she was cancer-free, and he mentioned that [to me that she was cancer-free] so I used to be tremendous joyful for him, for her and for his or her household. It was cool.”
Bergeron added that he remembered Thompson and his brother whereas taking part in for the Windfall Bruins that season and referred to as it “full circle” to now share the ice with him in the NHL.
“It’s a type of issues the place it hits you a bit of bit,” Bergeron mentioned. “That was an eye-opener and to have Tage on the ice and doing so properly within the league and coming into his personal is so spectacular. I really feel like I sort of know him a bit of bit [from] figuring out him as a child when I was in Providence, so it’s fairly particular.”