ARLINGTON, Va. –
The Washington Capitals have recalled left wing Chris Bourque
from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Bourque will join the Capitals in Atlanta and will be poised to make his NHL debut in tonight’s game at Philips Arena (7 p.m., Talk Radio 3WT – 107.7 FM, 1500 AM, 820 AM).
Bourque, 21, was the Capitals’ second-round choice, 33rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The third-year professional currently shares the Hershey team lead in goals with three through eight games and has added two assists for five points.
A 5’9”, 173-pound native of Boston, Mass., Bourque is the son of NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque. He made a 17-goal and 22-point improvement from his first pro season to his second, posting 25 goals and 58 points for the Bears in 2006-07. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in assists (33). Seven of his 25 goals came on the power play and two were shorthanded.
Bourque is a former Boston University Terrier (Hockey East) and a two-time member of the U.S. National Junior Team. His addition to the lineup gives Washington four members of its 2004 draft class in the NHL, as Bourque joins Alex Ovechkin
(first overall), Jeff Schultz
(27th) and Mike Green