Isles Sean Bergenheim: Home Grown But Will LI Still Be Home?

April 24th, 2010 by Dee Karl Leave a reply »
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I have resisted writing this article for fear it may be the last one I do on the young player I have referred to so often as “My Boy Sean.”

He was that skinny, fresh-faced, Finnish kid that caught my attention in a pre-season game in Bridgeport fighting off the great Mario Lemieux so many years ago. He was the stunning blue-eyed blond that gushed when I asked him to sign my daughter’s jersey at the airport one morning in October of 2003 while Roman Hamrlik stood speechless. He was the bull-in-a-china shop on the energy line for the Sound Tigers. He was the occasional call-up to the home club that would get four minutes a game on the fourth line. He was the bright prospect who pouted at being relegated to the AHL and fell into a slump. He was the youngster who took bad advice from an agent that saw him leave the NHL for the Swedish Elite League. He was the prodigal son who swallowed his pride and returned home to sign a new contract with the Islanders. He is the kid who grew up before my eyes.

I am still reluctant to write this entry. There is so much I can say and so much em ...

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