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Bourque: Excited to Play for Hometown

Friday, 06.01.2012 / 5:26 PM / Features
By Renee Anderson  - BostonBruins.com
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Bourque: Excited to Play for Hometown
BostonBruins.com – The Boston Bruins have signed left-winger Chris Bourque to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season.

Bourque, originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has appeared in a total of 33 NHL games, 20 of which were with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009-10.

This season Bourque led the Hershey Bears in points and appeared in 73 games for Washington's farm team. He was also the American Hockey League's leading scorer with 27-66=93 totals and 42 penalty minutes.

During the playoffs Bourque added one goal and three assists to his stat line and was named to the AHL First All-Star Team for his achievements.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound forward is no stranger to Causeway Street as he grew up watching his father, Bruins Hall-of-Famer Ray Bourque, make history in both Boston Gardens.

“I used to come here with my dad and my little brother and skate here as often as I could,” Bourque said. “I remember begging my dad to try to skip school to be able to come skate with him and the guys.

"Obviously, I grew up idolizing the Bruins – my dad playing here for 21 years.”

Ray Bourque is the B’s all-time leader in assists, points and games played. He also holds the league records for most goals, assists and points by a defenseman. And although the two play different positions on the ice, the younger Bourque welcomes the opportunity to skate in his father’s footsteps.

Chris Bourque also looks forward to playing in his hometown.

“It’s a dream come true," said the B's newest forward. "I obviously call Boston home, so it’s awesome."

Bourque hopes to find more consistent ice time at the NHL level, and although he knows it will be tough to break onto the team’s current roster, the former Boston University Terrier mentioned how he hopes to get a head start this summer.

“Work out and skate and get ready for training camp,” Bourque said .

Training camp isn’t the only challenge ahead. Bourque and his wife are also adjusting to life with their first child, Kingston Ray Bourque, who was born less than a month ago.

“I just had a little baby boy, so I’m kind of juggling that and seeing everyone," said Bourque. "Now this happens - it’s been a pretty wild month, but overall it’s been a great month.”

---Joe Gallagher contributed to this report.

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