2008-09: Ryan Bourque played for the U.S. U-18 National Team Development Program, winning a gold medal at the U18 world championships. He had 46 points in 48 games all year. Son of Ray Bourque, brother of Chris Bourque.
2009-10: Bourque originally committed to playing college hockey at New Hampshire but instead decided to play Canadian junior hockey with Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts. Despite missing several games due to separate head and neck injuries, Bourque scored at a nearly point-per-game rate in his first QMJHL season. In 44 games for the Remparts he scored 19 goals with 24 assists and was +12 with 20 PMs. Quebec advanced to the second round of the playoffs after finishing first in the Eastern Division. Bourque appeared in all nine playoff games and scored 3 goals with 7 assists with a -7 plus/minus and 8 PMs. Bourque played for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2010 World Junior U-20 Championship and in seven games had 3 assists and was +3 with 8 PMs.
2010-11: Bourque returned to Quebec for his second season with the Remparts and also played for Team USA in the 2011 World Junior U-20 Championship. Bourque skated in 49 games for Quebec, missing time in February with a wrist injury, and scored 26 goals with 33 assists. He was +14 with 22 PMs and scored six times on the power play as the Remparts again finished first in the Eastern Division. Bourque played 18 playoff games as Quebec reached the QMJHL semifinals and scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was +1 with 8 PMs. In six games with Team USA he had 3 assists and was -1 with 4 PMs. The USA's third-place finish marked the first time the Americans had ever won medals in back-to-back U-20 tournaments. Bourque signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers in March, 2011.
2011-12: Bourque was expected to be a scorer coming out of junior hockey but transitioned into more of a defensive, checking-type role in his first season with Rangers' AHL affiliate Connecticut. He skated in 69 games for the Whale, finishing minus-seven with 6 goals and 8 assists and had 10 penalty minutes. Connecticut finished second in the Northeast Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Bourque scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was plus-one with 4 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.
Bourque is one of the speediest players in the Rangers’ stable of prospects. He plays with a huge amount of energy, has excellent vision, is creative and has a sneaky shot with a quick release. Bourque is very small, however, and often separated from the puck by bigger players. At times, he also makes questionable decisions with the puck.