Patrice Bergeron has played his entire nine-year NHL career with the Bruins. (Dave Sandford/NHL/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins announced an eight-year contract extension for forward Patrice Bergeron with an annual cap hit of $6.5 million.
Bergeron, 27, has been in the Bruins' organization since being taken in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.
He won the 2011-12 Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward and finished second in this season's voting. He also was honored with the King Clancy Trophy as the NHL player best exemplifying leadership qualities on and off the ice.
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The center has scored 153 goals and 280 assists and owns a plus-70 rating in 579 NHL games with the Bruins and skated the Cup in 2011.