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After recording 3 goals and 4 assists in the first 10 games of the [[2007–08 NHL season|2007–08 season]], Bergeron suffered a season-ending head injury during a game on October 27, 2007. [[Checking (ice hockey)|Checked]] from behind by [[Philadelphia Flyers]] defenceman [[Randy Jones (ice hockey)|Randy Jones]], Bergeron hit his head on the end-boards, knocking him unconscious. He lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before being wheeled off on a stretcher and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose and a grade-three [[concussion]]. Jones received a two-game suspension from the NHL.<ref>{{cite news | title = Bruins' Bergeron taken off in stretcher| url = http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=221555&hubname=nhl | agency = [[Canadian Press]] |publisher=[[The Sports Network]]| date = 2007-10-27 | accessdate = 2007-10-27 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20071029053239/http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=221555&hubname=nhl |archivedate = October 29, 2007}}</ref> Bergeron made his first public statements regarding the injury on November 8, saying that he would not take any legal action and that Jones had tried to contact him to apologize.<ref>{{cite news|title=Bruins' Bergeron speaks about his concussion symptoms|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2007/11/09/symptomatic_bergeron_speaks_about_concussion/|accessdate=2011-04-04|date=2007-11-09|work=The Boston Globe}}</ref>
 
After recording 3 goals and 4 assists in the first 10 games of the [[2007–08 NHL season|2007–08 season]], Bergeron suffered a season-ending head injury during a game on October 27, 2007. [[Checking (ice hockey)|Checked]] from behind by [[Philadelphia Flyers]] defenceman [[Randy Jones (ice hockey)|Randy Jones]], Bergeron hit his head on the end-boards, knocking him unconscious. He lay motionless on the ice for several minutes before being wheeled off on a stretcher and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose and a grade-three [[concussion]]. Jones received a two-game suspension from the NHL.<ref>{{cite news | title = Bruins' Bergeron taken off in stretcher| url = http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=221555&hubname=nhl | agency = [[Canadian Press]] |publisher=[[The Sports Network]]| date = 2007-10-27 | accessdate = 2007-10-27 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20071029053239/http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=221555&hubname=nhl |archivedate = October 29, 2007}}</ref> Bergeron made his first public statements regarding the injury on November 8, saying that he would not take any legal action and that Jones had tried to contact him to apologize.<ref>{{cite news|title=Bruins' Bergeron speaks about his concussion symptoms|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2007/11/09/symptomatic_bergeron_speaks_about_concussion/|accessdate=2011-04-04|date=2007-11-09|work=The Boston Globe}}</ref>
   
On January 19, 2008, the ''[[Boston Globe]]'' reported that he had been sent on a vacation by Bruins general manager [[Peter Chiarelli (ice hockey)|Peter Chiarelli]] and that he would likely sit out for the remainder of the season as his recovery had regressed.<ref>[http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=227687&hubname= TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> In March 2008, he started preliminary on-ice practice with Bruins goaltender [[Manny Fernandez (ice hockey)|Manny Fernandez]], who was himself recovering from knee surgery.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=355742&page=NewsPage&service=page |title=The Official Web Site - Boston Bruins |publisher=Bruins.nhl.com |date= |accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> He steadily progressed into full-contact practices in early-April, aiming for a playoff return against the [[Montreal Canadiens]] in the opening round; he was held back by team doctors.<ref>{{citenews|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2008/04/red_jersey_is_o.html |title='Red jersey is over now' - The Boston Globe Bruins Blog |publisher=Boston.com |date=2008-04-07 |accessdate=2010-04-10 | first=Fluto | last=Shinzawa}}</ref> In June 2008, Bergeron was reported as being symptom-free during off-season training.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2008/06/22/bergeron_aches___to_skate/ |title=Bergeron aches - to skate - The Boston Globe |publisher=Boston.com |date= 2008-06-22|accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> He participated in the Bruins' summer development camp (typically for Bruins prospects) with Fernandez,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=367938 |title=The Official Web Site - Boston Bruins |publisher=Bruins.nhl.com |date= |accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> before joining the Bruins' main training camp.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=381796 |title=The Official Web Site - Boston Bruins |publisher=Bruins.nhl.com |date= |accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> He returned to action with the Bruins for the team's pre-season opening game on September 22, 2008, against the Montreal Canadiens, an 8–3 victory played in [[Halifax Regional Municipality|Halifax, Nova Scotia]].
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On January 19, 2008, the ''[[Boston Globe]]'' reported that he had been sent on a vacation by Bruins general manager [[Peter Chiarelli (ice hockey)|Peter Chiarelli]] and that he would likely sit out for the remainder of the season as his recovery had regressed.<ref>[http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=227687&hubname= TSN : NHL - Canada's Sports Leader<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref> In March 2008, he started preliminary on-ice practice with Bruins goaltender [[Manny Fernandez (ice hockey)|Manny Fernandez]], who was himself recovering from knee surgery.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=355742&page=NewsPage&service=page |title=The Official Web Site - Boston Bruins |publisher=Bruins.nhl.com |date= |accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> He steadily progressed into full-contact practices in early-April, aiming for a playoff return against the [[Montreal Canadiens]] in the opening round; he was held back by team doctors.<ref>{{citenews|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2008/04/red_jersey_is_o.html |title='Red jersey is over now' - The Boston Globe Bruins Blog |publisher=Boston.com |date=2008-04-07 |accessdate=2010-04-10 | first=Fluto | last=Shinzawa}}</ref> In June 2008, Bergeron was reported as being symptom-free during off-season training.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2008/06/22/bergeron_aches___to_skate/ |title=Bergeron aches - to skate - The Boston Globe |publisher=Boston.com |date= 2008-06-22|accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> He participated in the Bruins' summer development camp (typically for Bruins prospects) with Fernandez,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=367938 |title=The Official Web Site - Boston Bruins |publisher=Bruins.nhl.com |date= |accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> before joining the Bruins' main training camp.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=381796 |title=The Official Web Site - Boston Bruins |publisher=Bruins.nhl.com |date= |accessdate=2010-04-10}}</ref> He returned to action with the Bruins for the team's pre-season opening game on September 22, 2008, against the Montreal Canadiens, an 8–3 victory played in [[Halifax Regional Municipality|Halifax, Nova Scotia]].<ref>[http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=Recap&gameNumber=5&season=20082009&gameType=1 ]{{dead link|date=April 2010}}</ref>
   
 
[[Image:Patrice Bergeron Scott Clemensen 02-2009.jpg|thumb|left|Bergeron skates towards the net during a game against the [[New Jersey Devils]] in February 2009.]]
 
[[Image:Patrice Bergeron Scott Clemensen 02-2009.jpg|thumb|left|Bergeron skates towards the net during a game against the [[New Jersey Devils]] in February 2009.]]
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