Le Tigre has left “its mark” on hockey over the past 50 years, an intense adventure consisting of many twists and turns that we narrated in the documentary series “Bergie”, offered on Tuesday on Videotron’s Vrai platform .
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Dozens of friends and family members of the “coach” testify in three stages of his competitive spirit, his authenticity and the fact that he is and always will be a gang guy.
Of all the testimonials, two are particularly stand out: those of Mike Bossy and Guy Lafleur, who left us in succession. When the blond Demon wished health to Michel Bergeron, now 75 years old, we had a pinch in the heart, because number 10 knew he had cancer.
“He was in full treatment, it is to show his kindness. He wishes me good health when he is seriously ill. I think I’m getting cold, “said Mr. Bergeron, who compared Lafleur to another of his good friends, the late René Angelil, wife and impresario of Celine Dion.” They are of the same species, two real. “
Michel Bergeron said he was both nostalgic and touched that his colleague from TVA Sports Louis Jean and the executive producer of Télégramme Média, Éric Hébert, a great supporter of Quebec Nordiques, had the idea to tell the story of his life.
Who doesn’t remember when Bergeron climbed on the boards and clung to the bay windows for royally invective referees? “Sometimes it’s not planned, it’s stronger than me,” said M Bergeron, who admits to being a “great insecure” who “lived at 100 miles per hour”.
Either way, it was a good show, even if what was said in Bergeron’s angry moments would not be repeated and all that lust could have weakened his health, until his heart attack at age 44, in 1990. .
The series produced by Félix St-Jacques allows us to relive the highlights of Tiger’s career, including his departure for the Big Apple. It is full of interesting information, anecdotes and archival images that, among other things, inspire us to the Montreal-Quebec rivalry.
Although we travel from his childhood to adult life, in 1974 Michel Bergeron became a livelihood of hockey when he found himself behind the bench of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivières. The players, who disliked him at first, accepted him and the team won the QMJHL President’s Cup twice, in 1978 and 1979, before he was “drafted” by the Quebec Nordiques. He will remain at the helm of the Nordiques for eight seasons, in a relentless manner, as he will also be the “coach” of the New York Rangers between his two terms at Old Capital.
A betrayal for Quebec
In Quebec, he was at the heart of the war with the Montreal Canadiens. “The rivalry between the two teams started when we beat the Canadian in 1982,” Mr. Bergeron about Dale Hunter’s goal that took a break for CH in overtime of the fifth game of the Adams Division semi-final. “We really hated each other, it’s not like now that the world is ‘chummy-chummy’.” He believes such a rivalry would be impossible these days, even if the Nordics were revived at the Videotron Center.
“It’s impossible to be so intense due to the fact that there aren’t many Quebecers left on the teams and behind the bench,” said Mr. Bergeron, who said he was “saddened” by this situation and admitted that he still is. not yet melted that the Nordics moved to Colorado.
“The people of Quebec are victims of betrayal,” he said. This team was on the brink of winning the Stanley Cup, and to make money, they decided to go to Colorado. It was horrible. This was the betrayal in the 90s.
Michel Bergeron, who says he is in good shape, is preparing to renegotiate his review contract with TVA Sports.
The documentary series “Bergie” will be available from Tuesday on Vrai.