Chris Bourque

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Chris Bourque
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Bourque in 2018
Born (1986-01-29) January 29, 1986 (age 32)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Washington Capitals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlant Moscow Oblast
HC Lugano
Boston Bruins
Ak Bars Kazan
EHC Biel
National team  United States
NHL Draft 33rd overall, 2004
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2005–present

Christopher Ray "Chris" Bourque (born January 29, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey forward, currently playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Originally drafted by the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), he has played 51 NHL games for the Capitals, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins.

Playing career[edit]

Bourque was born in Boston but grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts, and 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, and played for the Portland Pirates and Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being called up to the NHL in November 2007.[1] He played four NHL games total before being reassigned 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 (KHL) for the 2010–11 season. Bourque had earlier signed a two-year contract with the team, 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. On May 26, 2012, Bourque was traded by the Capitals to the Boston Bruins for forward Zach Hamill.[6] Chris scored the only goal, his first as a Bruin, in a February 2, 2013 1–0 road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[7]

On June 18, 2013, having become a free agent, Bourque returned to the 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, in signing a one-year two way contract with the New York Rangers. Assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack for the 2014–15 season, Bourque led the team in scoring with 66 points in 73 games and was selected to the AHL first All-Star team.

On July 2, 2015, Bourque signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals. Assigned to the Hershey Bears for the 2015–16 season, Bourque led his team in scoring once again with 80 points in 72 games and was selected to his third AHL first All-Star team.

On April 15, 2016, Bourque was announced as the winner of the AHL's winner of Most Valuable Player for the 2015-16 season. Bourque was a key part of Hershey's playoff run, who ultimately lost the Calder Cup Finals to the Lake Erie Monsters.

Bourque continued his long-tenured partnership with the Bears at the conclusion of his two-year deal with the Capitals, agreeing to an optional two-year deal with Hershey on June 20, 2017.[9]

After completing his eighth season with the Bears in 2017–18, Bourque left as a free agent and as the AHL's active career leading scorer. Reuniting with his brother, Ryan, he signed a one-year deal with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, affiliate of the New York Islanders, on July 9, 2018.[10]

International play[edit]

Bourque with the Capitals in 2008.

On January 1, 2018, it was announced that Bourque was selected to play for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[11] He registered 2 assists in 5 games as the United States finished the Tournament in seventh place.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and Christiane.[12] His younger brother, Ryan, also played in the Washington Capitals system and is currently a teammate with the Sound Tigers.[13] He also has an older sister, Melissa.[14]

Bourque became engaged to longtime girlfriend Kimberly McManus, a 2009 Brown University graduate, on October 5, 2010,[15] and the two married in July 2011.[16] The couple have a son, Kingston, and a daughter, Harlow.[17][18]

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 USHS 28 31 26 57 49
2003–04 Cushing Academy USHS 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
2014–15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 73 29 37 66 68 15 4 13 17 12
2015–16 Hershey Bears AHL 72 30 50 80 56 21 4 8 12 20
2016–17 Hershey Bears AHL 76 18 42 60 46 12 6 4 10 4
2017–18 Hershey Bears AHL 64 17 36 53 63
AHL totals 722 236 456 692 539 133 35 82 117 116
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
2018 United States OG 7th 5 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 10 8 2 10 12
Senior totals 5 0 2 2 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2005
AHL
AHL All-Star Game 2009, 2012, 2015, 2016
First All-Star Team 2012, 2015, 2016
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy 2010
John B. Sollenberger Trophy 2012
Les Cunningham Award 2016
Calder Cup (Hershey Bears) 2006, 2009, 2010

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. [permanent dead link]
  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. ^ "Chris Bourque returns to Hershey for 2017-18". Hershey Bears. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  10. ^ "Sound Tigers sign AHL's active leading scorer Bourque". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-09. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (January 1, 2018). "Team USA announces rosters for Olympic hockey teams". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  12. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul. Son burst, The Boston Globe. Published March 11, 2005. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  13. ^ "CAPITALS ACQUIRE RYAN BOURQUE FROM NY RANGERS". Monumental Network. 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  14. ^ "The Bourques father and sons share pride in accomplishments". Norwalkplus.com. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  15. ^ "McManus-Bourque engagement". Community Newspaper Company. October 5, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  16. ^ Leone, Tim (July 2, 2011). "Chris Bourque returns to Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears". pennlive.com. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Athlete Profile - Chris BOURQUE". pyeongchang2018.com. Retrieved February 28, 2018. 
  18. ^ @cbourque17 (May 6, 2012). "Kingston Ray Bourque" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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