Bergeron misses fundraiser because of concussion
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron couldn't attend a fundraising dinner honoring him on Tuesday night because of a concussion he sustained three days earlier when he was checked into the boards.
Concussions like the one Bergeron suffered usually take at least a month to come back from, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The team did not have an estimate of when he might return.
Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones was suspended by the NHL for two games because of the hit.
Bergeron was supposed to receive the Champion award from Children's Hospital in Boston for his work in the community, including the hospital. But he wasn't feeling well enough to attend and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was to accept the award on his behalf, team spokesman Matt Chmura said.
Under the "Patrice's Pals" program, young hospital patients and their family members attend Bruins games in a suite.
The 22-year-old Bergeron, one of Boston's top players, was unconscious on the ice after being pushed into the boards face-first by Jones in the first period of Philadelphia's 2-1 victory on Saturday.
He was taken from the ice on a stretcher and driven to Massachusetts General Hospital, where team physician Dr. Bertram Zarins diagnosed him with a concussion and a broken nose. No other serious injuries were revealed by tests and Bergeron was released Sunday.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien called it "a dirty hit." Jones apologized after the game.
NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said he didn't think Jones tried to hurt Bergeron intentionally.
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