Bourque isn’t an unusual name that makes hockey fans turn their heads. The unusual part is that Ray Bourque is long gone. Now we get to have fun watching his son, Ryan Bourque, tear up the competition.
Ryan, who we’ve been hearing all throughout the USA National Junior Evaluation camp in Lake Placid, NY, is already back on the scene. He rejoined his team, the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, on Friday the 20th for his second major-junior league year and is literally lighting up the preseason. Bourque, one of the four alternate captains for the Remparts (who do not have a Captain, yet), had one goal and two assists in the team’s first preseason game against Chicoutimi. He ended up as the game’s second star.
Last season for Quebec, Ryan had 19 Goals and 43 Points in 44 Games and better yet, scored 10 points in 9 games in the playoffs. As a Ranger fan who watches his team usually fade out in the playoffs, I am ecstatic to see a prospect who turns it up in the postseason.
The New York Rangers‘ third round pick of 2009 did not play in the team’s second preseason game however as the team was focusing on players trying to make the roster. Bourque, who’s spot on the team is already established, will leave Quebec for New York next month to take part in the Rangers ‘ training camp. He is also on the Rangers’ roster for the Traverse City (Michigan) Prospects Tournament.
Bourque also helped Team USA win the World Junior Championship gold medal in Saskatchewan, Canada and is expected to make that squad again for the 2011 World Junior tournament in Buffalo after having an outstanding camp weeks ago.
All these accolades make you wonder, when is the Rangers’ organization going to offer him a contract and send him to Hartford? You got to figure it’s going to be soon. After this upcoming season? During the season? The way he’s playing… I hope sooner rather than later.
Want more of Ryan Bourque? Well you’re in luck, the New York Rangers will be having “The Bourque Watch” on their website all season.