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Ray Bourque

NHL Legend Ray Bourque

Profession: NHL Legend

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: Considered one of the best defenceman in NHL history, he currently holds records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman.

Bourque played 21 seasons with the Boston Bruins franchise, before finishing his career with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won his only Stanley Cup in his final NHL game.

Born: December 28, 1960
Birthplace: Saint-Laurent, Quebec, Canada
Age: 59 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Events in the Life of Ray Bourque

  • 1992-02-29 Boston’s Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd defenseman in NHL history to score 1,000 career points with a goal and 2 assists in the Bruins' 5-5 tie with Washington Capitals at Boston Garden
  • 1996-01-20 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: East beats West, 5-4; MVP: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, D
  • 1997-02-01 Future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque scores a goal and an assist to become the Boston Bruins' all-time scoring leader, with 1,341 points in an 18-year NHL career
  • 1999-10-02 Boston's Ray Bourque becomes highest goal-scoring defenseman in NHL history; 386th career goal in Bruins' 3-1 win v Carolina Hurricanes moves him 1 ahead of Paul Coffey
  • 1999-12-17 Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,100 assists, and goaltender Byron Dafoe records his 100th NHL victory in Boston Bruin's 3-1 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta
  • 2000-03-06 Long-time Boston Bruin defenseman Ray Bourque is traded to the Colorado Avalanche
  • 2001-06-08 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career
  • 2001-10-04 Boston Bruins retire future Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Ray Bourque's #77 jersey in the NHL season opener at Boston Garden; beat visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-2

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