Justin Bourne

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Justin Bourne
Born (1982-12-12) December 12, 1982 (age 36)
Huntington, New York, USA[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for Alaska Aces
Utah Grizzlies
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Reading Royals
Idaho Steelheads
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2006–2009

Justin Bourne (born December 12, 1982) is an American sportswriter. Formerly a professional ice hockey player, he has additionally coached professionally, most recently as an assistant coach for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Bourne played collegiate hockey for University of Alaska Anchorage before ending the 2006-07 season with the ECHL's Alaska Aces. He was signed the following year by the Utah Grizzlies, going on to score 10 goals and 10 assists in a 17-game stretch, and playing in the 2008 ECHL All-Star game.[2]

Writing career[edit]

Bourne's writing career began after a serious jaw injury forced him into retirement.[3] In his first year as a columnist for USA Today, his piece on stopping the use of gay slurs in sports encouraged Brendan Burke to tell his story.[4] Alongside USA Today, his articles have been featured across brands including Greg Wyshynski's Puck Daddy, The Hockey News, Hockey Primetime, as well as various other newspapers and websites.

Bourne eventually joined The Score as a featured writer and stats analyst, as well as an editor for The Score's hockey blog Backhand Shelf.

He is currently a senior hockey columnist for The Athletic.

Coaching career[edit]

On November 25, 2015, Bourne left his position at The Score to become an assistant coach for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, working with the team's video coaching.[5]

Personal[edit]

Bourne's father Bob Bourne won the Stanley Cup four times as a centre for the New York Islanders. Bourne is currently married to Brianna, daughter of former NHL all-star Clark Gillies, and resides in Toronto, Ontario.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Played in the 2007–08 ECHL All-Star game

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Vernon Vipers BCHL 60 32 44 76 52
2003–04 University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA 40 4 13 17 6
2004–05 University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA 37 12 11 23 10
2005–06 University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA 35 5 8 13 14
2006–07 University of Alaska Anchorage WCHA 37 10 21 31 14
2006–07 Alaska Aces ECHL 9 3 3 6 4 8 3 2 5 6
2007–08 Utah Grizzlies ECHL 50 16 15 31 46 13 2 0 2 2
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 16 2 3 5 2
2008–09 Reading Royals ECHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Idaho Steelheads ECHL 11 1 1 2 21
AHL totals 16 2 3 5 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Bourne Stats and News". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Keith Johnson, Justin Bourne Named All-Stars". Utah Grizzlies. 2008-01-14. Archived from the original on 2010-12-31.
  3. ^ Bourne, Justin (2009-02-15). "Justin Bourne's Blog: A love-hate relationship with hockey". The Hockey News.
  4. ^ Wyshynski, Greg (2008-11-25). "Does Brian Burke's gay son change anything for hockey culture?". Puck Daddy Blog. Yahoo! Sports.
  5. ^ Silverman, Cat (2015-11-25). "JUSTIN BOURNE JOINS MARLIES COACHING STAFF". theleafsnation.com. The Nation Network.

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