By Tim Polzer
July 12, 2013

Patrice Bergeron has played his entire NHL career with the Bruins. (Dave Sandford/NHL/Getty Images) 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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