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Patrice Bernier is undoubtedly one of the greatest Canadian soccer player in history.
His career spanned for 20 seasons as a professional player, including nine in two different stints with Montreal Impact (2000-2002, 2012-2017).
After his debut with the Impact in 2000, in the A-League, Bernier took his career to Europe. Overseas he played with Moss FK and Tromso, in Norway; the FC Kaiserslautern, in Germany; and with Nordsjaelland and Lyngby in Denmark.
Bernier re-joined the «Bleu-blanc-noir» after the team was admitted in the MLS as an expansion franchise in 2012. He was named captain at the start of the 2014 season.
At age 38, he played the final game of his career on October 22, 2017 against the New England Revolution and officially retired following the contest.
He then focused on his career as a speaker, developing business partnerships and getting involved with many social causes.
Bernier ranks first all-time with 184 appearances with the Impact. His 31 assists rank second (*In the MLS era).
COMMUNICATION - DETERMINATION - RESPECT
Patrice Bernier was the Impact's outstanding representative in front of the media during his six seasons with the club. Through the good and bad times, he always knew how to find the right words, by showing sincerity and speaking with his heart.
When you think of Patrice Bernier, the word determination immediately comes to mind. He had to face many pitfalls throughout his career and he always showed how willing he was to overcome them, that he could make the difference. As soon as Patrice speaks, he commands respect.
Whatever the situation is, he appears in control and approaches things with great calm. His presence was reassuring for his teammates, both young and old. His charisma and his professional background have also allowed him to discuss on an equal footing with the great players he has rubbed shoulders with.
Alessandro Nesta, Marco Di Vaio, Laurent Ciman, Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry all showed their respect for Patrice Bernier.
- Former captain of the Montreal Impact (2014-2017)
- Ranks first all-time with 184 appearances with the Impact