Chris Bourque

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Chris Bourque
Chris-bourque.jpg
Born (1986-01-29) January 29, 1986 (age 28)
Boston, MA, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlant Moscow Oblast
HC Lugano
Boston Bruins
Ak Bars Kazan
EHC Biel
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2004
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2005–present

Christopher Ray Bourque (born January 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey player. He currently plays with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bourque was drafted by the Washington Capitals 33rd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Bourque graduated from Cushing Academy in 2004. While there, he was close friends with Keith Yandle. He was drafted 33rd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), and played for the Portland Pirates and Hershey Bears before being called up to the NHL in November 2007.[1] He played 4 NHL games total before being re-assigned to Hershey in February 2008.

Bourque scored his first NHL goal on December 30, 2008, against the Buffalo Sabres. In the 2009–10 season, He was claimed off of waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins on September 30, 2009, and recorded his first NHL assist on October 28, 2009 in a 6-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. On December 5, 2009, he was waived by the Penguins and re-claimed by his former team, the Washington Capitals.[2] He was then assigned back to the Bears where he remained for the majority of the season. In helping the Bears capture their second successive Calder Cup, Bourque led the league in scoring with 27 post-season points to win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as Calder Cup Playoff MVP in 2010.[3]

In mid-July 2010, Bourque failed to sign the qualifying offer extended by Washington and signed to play with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2010–11 season. Bourque had earlier signed a two-year contract with HK Atlant, worth US$1 Million per year, but the contract was not binding until July 15, 2010.[4] After a disappointing start with Atlant Moscow Oblast, Bourque left the team on October 3, 2010.

On October 4, 2010, Swiss hockey club HC Lugano announced they had signed Bourque to a contract.[5]

Bourque returned to re-sign with the Capitals on a one-year contract on July 2, 2011. In the 2011–12 season, Bourque was assigned by the Capitals to the Hershey Bears and led the league in scoring with a career high 93 points in 73 games. At seasons end on May 26th, 2012, Bourque was traded by the Capitals to the Boston Bruins for forward Zach Hamill.[6] Chris scored his first Bruins goal, as the only goal scored in a February 2, 2013 1-0 road game shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[7]

On June 18, 2013, slated to be a free agent from the Bruins, Bourque returned to the Russian KHL, signing a one-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan.[8] After only 11 games, Bourque mirrored his previous short lived stint in the KHL transferring to Swiss club EHC Biel for the remainder of the season.

On July 1, 2014, Bourque made another return to the NHL, joining his brother Ryan, in signing a one-year two way contract with the New York Rangers.

Personal[edit]

He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and Christiane.[9] His younger brother, Ryan is a prospect in the New York Rangers system. He also has an older sister, Melissa.[10]

Chris married longtime girlfriend Kimberly McManus, a 2009 Brown University graduate and aspiring actress, on July 15, 2011. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, Kingston Ray Bourque on May 5, 2012.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Cushing Academy HS-MA 28 31 26 57 49
2003–04 Cushing Academy HS-MA 31 37 53 90 96
2004–05 Boston University HE 35 10 13 23 50
2004–05 Portland Pirates AHL 6 1 1 2 2
2005–06 Hershey Bears AHL 52 8 28 36 40 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Hershey Bears AHL 76 25 33 58 49 19 2 6 8 18
2007–08 Hershey Bears AHL 73 28 35 63 56 5 1 3 4 8
2007–08 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 69 21 52 73 57 22 5 16 21 30
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 8 1 0 1 0
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 0 3 3 10
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 49 22 48 70 26 21 7 20 27 10
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 8 1 0 1 0
2010–11 HC Lugano NLA 39 14 19 33 24
2011–12 Hershey Bears AHL 73 27 66 93 42 5 1 3 4 0
2012–13 Providence Bruins AHL 39 10 28 38 34 12 5 9 14 14
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 18 1 3 4 6
2013–14 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 11 2 0 2 6
2013–14 EHC Biel NLA 21 6 7 13 14
NHL totals 51 2 6 8 18
KHL totals 19 3 0 3 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WJC 4th 3 1 1 2 0
2006 United States WJC 4th 7 7 1 8 12
Junior totals 10 8 2 10 12

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2004–05

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul. Son rises in Washington, The Boston Globe. Published November 11, 2007. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "Capitals claim Chris Bourque". National Hockey League. December 5, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (2010-06-14). "Hershey Bears win second straight Calder Cup". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Atlant strengthens with Chris Bourque" (in Russian). Atlant Moscow Oblast. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Legendarsonen floppade i KHL - flyttar" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige.se. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Bruins acquire Bourque from Capitals in exchange for Hamill". The Sports Network. 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  7. ^ Russo, Eric (February 2, 2013). "Bourque Breaks Through". Bostonbruins.com. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ak Bars announce signings" (in Russian). Ak Bars Kazan. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  9. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul. Son burst, The Boston Globe. Published March 11, 2005. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  10. ^ "The Bourques father and sons share pride in accomplishments". Norwalkplus.com. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 

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