Patrice Bergeron evolves into complete player for Bruins

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron celebrates after scoring against the Blackhawks during second...

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron celebrates after scoring against the Blackhawks during second period action in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 17, 2013. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:28 PM ET

BOSTON - They mirror each other in games and style and certainly with the regard to which they are held: So why is it Jonathan Toews is an almost consensus choice as one the truly great players in hockey and Patrice Bergeron doesn't receive similar acclaim?

Here at the Stanley Cup Final, the largest stage there is for the National Hockey League, if you were forced to pick just one of these centres, to determine the difference based on playoff performance and accomplishment in the final, that choice wouldn't be so difficult this year.

The choice would be Bergeron.

And this is coming from someone who voted for Toews for the Hart Trophy and has considered him the most complete player in the game. But as a player, Bergeron is something of an acquired taste. The more you sip, the more you want to drink, the better the taste; the more you realize how many qualities there is to his game.



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