Chris Bourque – Wikipedia

American professional ice hockey forward

Ice hockey player

Christopher Ray Bourque (born January 29, 1986) is an American former professional ice hockey forward. 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 played college hockey in the NCAA during the 2004-2005 season for the Boston University Terriers. 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]

Following his lone season with the Sound Tigers in the 2018–19 season, Bourque as a free agent opted to return abroad for the first time in 5 years, agreeing to a one-year contract with German club, EHC München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), on May 27, 2019.[11] He enjoyed three years in the DEL, finishing his tenure in Germany with ERC Ingolstadt in the 2021–22 season.

On April 30, 2022, Bourque announced his retirement from professional hockey after 17 seasons.[12] It was later announced by the Hershey Bears that having played in nine seasons with the club, his #17 jersey would retired on January 14, 2023.[13]

International play[edit]

On January 1, 2018, it was announced that Bourque was selected to play for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[14] He registered 2 assists in 5 games as the United States finished the tournament in seventh place.

Personal life[edit]

Bourque is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque and his wife Christianne.[15] His younger brother, Ryan, also played in the Washington Capitals system and in the NHL for the New York Rangers.[16] He also has an older sister, Melissa.[17]

Bourque married his longtime girlfriend Kimberly McManus, in July 2011.[18] The couple have a son and a daughter together.[19][20]

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Awards and honors[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 (June 14, 2010). “Hershey Bears win second straight Calder Cup”. The Washington Post. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  4. ^ “Atlant strengthens with Chris Bourque” (in Russian). Atlant Moscow Oblast. June 23, 2010. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  5. ^ “Legendarsonen floppade i KHL – flyttar” (in Swedish). October 4, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ “Bruins acquire Bourque from Capitals in exchange for Hamill”. The Sports Network. May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Russo, Eric (February 2, 2013). “Bourque Breaks Through”. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  8. ^ “Ak Bars announce signings” (in Russian). Ak Bars Kazan. June 18, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  9. ^ “Chris Bourque returns to Hershey for 2017-18”. Hershey Bears. June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  10. ^ “Sound Tigers sign AHL’s active leading scorer Bourque”. Bridgeport Sound Tigers. July 9, 2018. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  11. ^ “Forward Chris Bourque joins the Red Bulls” (in German). EHC München. May 27, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  12. ^ “Bourque announces retirement after 17 pro seasons”. American Hockey League. April 30, 2022. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  13. ^ “Bears to retire Chris Bourque’s #17”. Hershey Bears. August 5, 2022. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  14. ^ “Team USA announces rosters for Olympic hockey teams”. Associated Press. January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  15. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul. Son burst, The Boston Globe. Published March 11, 2005. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  16. ^ “CAPITALS ACQUIRE RYAN BOURQUE FROM NY RANGERS”. Monumental Network. February 28, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  17. ^ “The Bourques father and sons share pride in accomplishments”. May 6, 2010. Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  18. ^ Leone, Tim (July 2, 2011). “Chris Bourque returns to Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears”. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  19. ^ “Athlete Profile – Chris BOURQUE”. Archived from the original on February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  20. ^ @cbourque17 (May 6, 2012). “Kingston Ray Bourque” (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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