Boston Bruins Acquire Ray Bourque’s Eldest Son, Chris Bourque

May 26th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Zach Hamill will not be sticking around to celebrate the fifth anniversary of his selection by the Boston Bruins in the first round of the NHL draft.

Instead, nostalgic New England hockey fans can welcome back a local boy who got to know the environs on Causeway Street before any of his prospective new teammates did.

The Bruins announced Saturday evening that Chris Bourque, the elder son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, has been swapped out of the Washington Capitals organization in exchange for Hamill.

The younger Bourque, who was chosen by the Caps one round after Alexander Ovechkin in 2004, had made a name for himself primarily with the AHL’s Hershey Bears over his seven-year professional career. He has won three Calder Cup championships with Washington’s top farm team and garnered the Jack Butterfield Trophy as AHL Playoff MVP in 2010.

There is only a negligible difference in NHL experience between Bourque and Hamill. The former has played a cumulative 33 games with the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins while Hamill has slogged out 20 appearances for the Spoked Bs.

But with Hershey, where he ...

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