The Hockey Hall of Fame has been every players’ dream since the beginning of hockey. Unfortunately, not too many players are talented enough to be featured in Toronto’s prestigious museum.
This begs the question, who on the current Boston Bruins’ roster has what it takes?
I think it is safe to say that without a doubt, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara will not only be looking at the Hall of Fame when they retire but also number retirement.
Zdeno Chara was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in 1996 before being traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2001. In 2006, the Slovakian-defender was traded to Boston and was immediately named captain for his efforts. Though he has only one Stanley Cup to his name, his list of awards is quite lengthy. He was named the Norris Trophy winner for the 2008-09 season and earned the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award following the 2010-11 season. He is also notably a two-time John P. Bucyk award winner, in 2008 and 2019 respectively.
Not to mention, he has been a terrific leader on and off the ice and can be considered responsible for the undeniable chemistry the Bruins have showcased in the past five years.
Bergeron is Worthy of Hall of Fame Enshrinement
As for Patrice Bergeron, he was drafted by Boston in 2003 and quickly made his presence known, making the All-Star team that same year.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, the Bruins organization decided to build a team around the alternate captain. The four-time Selke winner is also known for playing in the 2013 postseason with a punctured lung as well as many other major injuries. Needless to say, this man will be in the Hall of Fame.
A spiritual leader on and off the ice, Bergeron has been the gold-standard for Bruins’ players for throughout his entire career.
Future Hall of Fame Potential Players
Brad Marchand also has the potential to join his teammates in the Hall of Fame if he continues to be one of the best goal scorers in the league as well as keep his anger under control. In the past, Marchand would lash out or act up unnecessarily causing numerous suspensions and having among the most penalty minutes in the NHL. As long as he continues to stay “reformed,” he should have no problem making his argument for the Hall of Fame.
David Pastrnak is someone who’s on track to have a tremendous career. He has only been in the league for six years but has never struggled to make his abilities noticed. He is easy to get along with on and off the ice and is an excellent playmaker and goal scorer. He finished the 2019-2020 season tied with Alexander Ovechkin for most goals scored and took home the Rocket Richard Trophy as the first Bruin in history. If Pastrnak continues to play the way he has, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be considered for the Hockey Hall of Fame.