Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron has decided to play in Switzerland for HC Lugano during the NHL lockout.
Bergeron is leaving Thursday to join his new team.
"I know it's a great league, fast pace, high tempo and a great country," Bergeron wrote in a text to ESPNBoston.com. "The overall situation seemed perfect for me to go work on my game and try to help Lugano as much as I can."
The 28-year-old forward becomes the ninth Bruins player to head overseas, joining defenseman Zdeno Chara (Prague), Tyler Seguin (Switzerland), Dennis Seidenberg (Germany), Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, Andrew Ference (Czech Republic), Anton Khudobin (Russia) and Rich Peverley (Finland).
During the 2004-2005 lockout, Bergeron played the entire season for the Bruins’ AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.