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Ray Bourque retired from the NHL back in 2001 after winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. Before that he played 21 seasons with the Bruins where he set many records and became its longest-serving captain. Now Ray’s son Chris will look to leave his own mark as part of the Bruins.
Ray joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss the start to the NHL season, his son Chris being a part of Bruins roster and his thoughts on the lockout.
Chris Bourque was drafted by the Washington Capitals 33rd overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since that time he was up and down playing for NHL teams, being sent down to the AHL and even spending some time in the Kontinental Hockey League and the Swiss League.
Chris signed a one-year contact with the Washington Capitals for the 2011-12 season and was traded at the end of the season to the Bruins for forward Zach Hamill. What kind of advice has Ray given his son outside of actual game play as far as now being an NHL player?
“I think it’s all about preparation, making sure you prepare well and he’s got it down now. I mean he’s been a pro for seven year so the training and the coaching and all the subtle things about the game, you know really paying attention to details.”
They went on to discuss the shortened season and the fact that teams will be playing a high number of games in a short amount of time. How much of a tole will it take on the players?
Plus, Ray’s thoughts on the recent lockout and how things were handled.