When Hershey Bears star Chris Bourque was named to the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team, he described it as a dream come true.
“It won’t just be the biggest moment of my hockey career,” Chris told USA TODAY Sports. “It will be one of the biggest moments of my life. This is every kid’s dream. Because of that, it doesn’t even seem real to me.”
As Bourque competes in PyeongChang, here’s more about his hockey career and background:
1. Bourque’s Father Is Former NHL Defenseman Ray Borque
GettyRay Bourque and his family raise the Stanley Cup to the crowd on June 13, 2001 .
Bourque is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. Ray, 57, had a decorated NHL career that includes five Norris Trophies, one Calder Trophy and one Stanley Cup. He still holds the records for goals, assists, and points by a defenseman.
Ray played 20 seasons with Boston with his name becoming synonymous with the Bruins franchise for two decades. Although he did not win a Stanley Cup in Boston, he accomplished the feat in 2001 — his second year with the Colorado Avalanche.
The hockey gene runs in the Bourque family, Chris’s younger brother, Ryan also plays in the Washington Capitals system.
2. Ray Bourque Played in the 1998 Olympics
Ray Bourque (C) poses with his sons Chris and Ryan Bourque (R) after Ryan was drafted by the New York Rangers during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009.
Like father, like son. Ray played in the 1998 Nagano Olympics for Canada. According to research by USA Hockey, the Bourques will join Peter and Paul Stastny as the only father-son duos to play for different countries on Olympic ice.
In fact, Bourque’s first Olympic trip was when he was 12 years old to watch his dad compete, who was part of the first Canadian Olympic hockey team with NHL players.
“I was actually there rooting for Canada,” he told NBC Sports.
20 years later, roles will be reversed as his dad will be cheering on Bourque and Team USA.
“When your dad’s playing for a different country, you don’t really have any other option than to cheer for him and want to do well,” Bourque told Sports Illustrated. “Now the roles are reversed. He’s going to have to cheer for us. He doesn’t really have any other choice. He told me he’s not going to wear a jersey, but I’ll get him a sweatshirt. He’ll be wearing red, white and blue the whole tournament.”
Although Ray is from Quebec, and played in three Canada Cups — his family has lived in Boston since ‘79 and he attained U.S. citizenship in ‘96.
“I’m cheering for my son,” he said.
Bourque’s Olympic experience has come full circle — in addition to his dad, his own son will be there to cheer him on.
3. Bourque Is Currently Tied for the AHL Scoring Lead
Getty Chris Bourque skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau …read more