Wearing the captain’s “C” for the Cushing Academy Penguins this past season, Chris Bourque was chosen as the New England prep school MVP. He was also named a New England prep all-star for two consecutive years. Bourque suited up for the U.S. Under 17 Select Team in 2002.
He is the son of legendary defenseman, and a member of the NHL Hall of Fame Class of 2004, Raymond Bourque.
2nd round (33rd overall), 2004 by WAS
2004-05: Bourque had a good year with the Boston University Terriers, scoring 10 goals and 23 points in 35 games. He was also the hero of the Beanpot championship where he netted the game-winner in overtime. He was a member of Team USA at the 2005 WJCs, but was sidelined after a knee injury against Belarus. He joined Portland for six games in 2004-05 where he had a goal and an assist. He signed an entry-level contract with the Capitals in August of 2005.
2005-06: Bourque’s rookie season was up and down, as the young forward also battled inconsistency and suffered from nagging lower body injuries during the year. He was also the recipient of a vicious check earlier in the season against Hamilton, and was forced to miss eight games due to a concussion that he received during the play. He did, however, manage to score 36 points (8 goals, 28 assists) while skating on Hershey’s second and third lines. And at times, was one of the better players on the ice.
2006-07: Despite having a productive season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, Bourque is still a ways away from getting a serious look at the NHL. He showed much improvement in his offensive game in his second year at the AHL level, scoring 25 goals and 33 assists in 76 games. This was a slight improvement over the 2005-06 season in points per game (.69 to .76), but he nearly quadrupled his goal output from eight to 25.
2007-08: Bourque played in four games for Washington, the first on Nov. 6, a 2-1 loss at Atlanta. He played 11:58 in the Atlanta game and managed two penalty minutes. In 73 games for Hershey (AHL), Bourque recorded 63 points (28+35) and finished the season with a +11 rating. In five post season games, he recorded four points (1+3). on Chris Bourque
Read this 2004 HF article
Despite being only 5’8, Bourque is solidly built. and has a low center of gravity that makes him very difficult to push around on the ice. Although it’s a little too soon to start making Brian Gionta comparisons, Bourque does have some tremendous skills, and is already one of the finest skaters in the Washington organization. He is also a terrific puckhandler, has dynamic vision and can find the open man using clean, crisp passes.