Ray Bourque is a Bruins legend who is turning 60 on December 28, 2020. The hall of fame defenseman was a fantastic player and leader for the Bruins during his career. Keep reading to learn about Ray Bourque’s career accomplishments and what he is doing after his retirement at the conclusion of the 2001 season.
Ray Bourque began his legendary career with the Bruins after being drafted eighth overall in the 1979 NHL draft. During his rookie season, Ray Bourque was amazing. He played in 80 games and scored a total of 65 points. 17 of those points were goals. He made his first all-star game and won the Calder Memorial Trophy after being voted the NHL’s best rookie. To add to his remarkable first season, he was voted fourth place for the James Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the best defenseman in the NHL.
Ray Bourque continued the trade of being a dominant player by earning a spot in the NHL All-Star game in all 19 seasons of his career. To go along with an all-star appearance in every season of his career, Bourque also was nominated for the James Norris in every single season in his career. He won the James Norris trophy five different times in his career. Bourque won the Norris trophy in the 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, and 1993-1994 seasons.
A Class Act
His last individual award did not have to do with his play on the ice but had to do with his leadership. Ray Bourque won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in the 1991-1992 season. The King Clancy Memorial trophy is giving to the player who exemplifies leadership on the ice and off of the ice. Also, the winner of the award has to have made a positive humanitarian contribution to their community.
One example of Ray Bourque being an amazing person is when Phil Esposito was getting his number retired by the Bruins. Bourque wore the number seven for the first eight seasons of his career. In the middle of his ninth season, Esposito was getting his number retired by the Bruins. Esposito also wore the number seven for the Bruins. Bourque decided to switch his number to 77 and made the switch known to the world when he pulled the number seven jersey off his back to reveal his new number of seventy-seven. He then gave his number seven jersey to Esposito as a gift.
The Bruins decided to try to help Bourque win a Stanley Cup by trading him to the Colorado Avalanche. Following a trade to the Avalanche in the 1999-2000 season, Bourque continued to be a star. In his only full season with the Avalanche, Bourque played in 80 regular-season games and scored 59 total points including seven goals. In the playoffs, Bourque played in 21 playoff games and scored ten points, four of those points were goals. His contributions helped the Avalanche finally become Stanley Cup Champions in the 2000-2001 season.
In Bourque’s remarkable career, He played in 1,612 games and almost scored one point per game, as he had 1,579 points. 410 of those points were goals, and the other 1,169 points were assists. In 2004 his career accomplishments were recognized, when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Life After Hockey
Following his retirement at the conclusion of the 2000-2001 season, Bourque decided to enter a new line of work. In 2017, Bourque became the owner of a restaurant named Tresca. Tresca is located in Boston’s north end and is a restaurant and bar that has 130 seats on two floors. If you’re ever in Boston and need someplace to eat, Tresca is the perfect place to visit. Plus, you might even see Ray Bourque as he still works for the restaurant.
The Bruins legend is not just an accomplished hockey player as he has branched out into other industries. Bourque is a successful hockey player and restaurant owner who turns 60-years-old today.
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