Phil Bourque

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Phil Bourque
Phil Bourque 2010-04-08.JPG
Born (1962-06-08) June 8, 1962 (age 52)
Chelmsford, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing/Defense
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1982–2000

Phillipe Richard Bourque (born June 8, 1962) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He was never selected in the NHL Entry Draft; instead, he was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 4, 1982. He is a distant cousin to Hall of Fame defenseman Raymond Bourque.

Playing career[edit]

Bourque joined the Penguins organization after playing two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Kingston Canadians. He joined the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks for the 1982–83 season, and made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 1983–84, playing in five games.

Bourque would not become a mainstay on the Penguins roster until the 1988–89 season, during which he played in all 80 of the team's games. He would be a member of the Penguin teams which won the Stanley Cup in the 1990–91 and 1991–92 seasons. Mike "Doc" Emrick would recount later that Bourque, after winning the 1991-1992 Stanley Cup, had put his name inside the Cup with the many jewelers who had worked on the cup in the past. He had worked on the cup in his garage using a screwdriver to repair a loose screw at the top of the trophy. He would leave the Penguins after the 1992 Cup victory, and play sparingly with the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. Just prior to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Bourque was nearly killed when he took a 40-foot fall down a cliff near Arizona's Lake Powell. He suffered three broken vertebrae in his neck, a broken skull, a shattered sinus cavity, a broken cheekbone and a broken nose in the incident.[1]

Bourque left the NHL after the 1995–96 season. He played with the IHL's Chicago Wolves for one season, and then spent three seasons playing in Germany before retiring following the 1999–2000 season.

Bourque currently works as the color commentator alongside Mike Lange for Penguins radio broadcasts. Bourque is lovingly known by Penguins faithful as the Ol' Two-Niner. Bourque's final segment of the Penguins pre-game broadcasts is known as "Two Minutes with the Ol' Two-Niner." in which Bourque interviews a player, coach, or personality relevant to the upcoming game.

Bourque earned a spot in the hearts of many Penguins fans when he remarked at the victory celebration of Pittsburgh's first Stanley Cup title in 1991 by saying "What do you say we take this thing out on the river and party all summer"![2] He was referring to taking the Stanley Cup with him on any number of outdoor activities offered by Pittsburgh's three main rivers.

In his NHL career, Bourque appeared in 477 games. He scored 88 goals and added 111 assists. He also appeared in 56 playoff games, scoring 13 goals and recording 12 assists.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1980–81 Kingston Canadians OHL 47 4 4 8 46
1981–82 Kingston Canadians OHL 67 11 40 51 111 4 0 0 0 0
1982–83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 65 1 15 16 93
1983–84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 58 5 17 22 96
1983–84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 1 1 12
1984–85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 79 6 15 21 164 13 2 5 7 23
1985–86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 74 8 18 26 226
1985–86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 0 0 2
1986–87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 49 15 16 31 183
1986–87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 2 3 5 32
1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 4 12 16 20
1987–88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 52 16 36 52 66 6 1 2 3 16
1988–89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 17 26 43 97 11 4 1 5 66
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 22 17 39 108
1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 20 14 34 106 24 6 7 13 16
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 10 16 26 58 21 3 4 7 25
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 55 6 14 20 39
1993–94 New York Rangers NHL 16 0 1 1 8
1993–94 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 2 3 5 0
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 4 3 7 20
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 1 1 2 14
1995–96 Detroit Vipers IHL 36 4 13 17 70 10 1 3 4 10
1996–97 Chicago Wolves IHL 77 7 14 21 50 4 0 2 2 2
1997–98 Rosenheim Star Bulls DEL 40 4 7 11 60
1998–99 Hamburg Crocodiles 2.GBun 35 8 20 28 98
1999–00 Hamburg Crocodiles 2.GBun 36 1 7 8 57
NHL totals 477 88 111 199 516 56 13 12 25 107

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