Ray Bourque named as consultant to Bruins coaching staff
/ Boston Bruins
Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins have named Ray Bourque as a consultant to the coaching staff, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Bourque will join the team in practice on Friday, November 4th at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA at 11:00 a.m. He will be available to talk to the media tonight during the second intermission in the press box.
"Ray was a great player and a great Bruin and coach Mike Sullivan feels that he can add a lot to his staff," said O'Connell. "This was first brought up with Ray a couple of years ago right after he retired but Ray did not feel then that the time was right. Mike [Sullivan] and Ray have talked since that time and it is something they both feel will benefit our team. Ray will work with the team in practice in Boston two to four times a week and Mike Sullivan will decide how his role will evolve."
"Ray and I will talk about specifics as we go, but we certainly feel he can help us," said Sullivan. "He'll work with special teams and our defense. His presence can only bring positives to our team."
Bourque, 44, is one of the greatest players in Bruins and NHL history. He was drafted by Boston as their first pick, eighth overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played 21 seasons in a Boston uniform, winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1979-80; the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman on five occasions, in 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1993-94; 12 First Team NHL All-Star berths and six Second Team NHL All-Star selections. Bourque remains the Bruins' all-time leader in games played, assists and points.
In 1,518 career games with the Bruins, he amassed 395 goals (fourth on the Bruins all-time list), and 1,111 assists for 1,506 points in addition to 1,089 penalty minutes (also fourth all-time in team history).
He left Boston in March, 2000 in a multi-player trade to Colorado and he retired as a player after winning a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.
He is the highest-scoring defenseman in league history, ninth overall on the NHL's all-time scoring list, with career NHL totals of 410 goals and 1169 assists for 1579 points with 1141 penalty minutes in 1,612 career regular season games. He added 41-139=180 totals with 171 PIM in 214 career NHL playoff games.
Bourque was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.