Athlete of the Year
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron didn’t win the Stanley Cup nor did he hit .688 against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, but no one in Boston played with as much skill, tenacity, toughness and dedication this year in this city than did Bergeron. By the time the Stanley Cup finals had ended, Bergeron was playing despite suffering a punctured lung, a broken rib and torn cartilage, and a separated shoulder.
Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz missed three months because he slept funny. No. 37 is headed for the rafters at TD Garden. One question remains: Will Zdeno Chara’s No. 33 get there first?