ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Chris Bourque to a two-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Bourque, 29, has earned eight points (two goals, six assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 51 career NHL games with Washington, Pittsburgh and Boston. The 5’8”, 174-pound forward appeared in 13 games with the Capitals from 2008-10, scoring one goal. He was originally drafted by Washington in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft.
In 2014-15, Bourque earned 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 73 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). The Boston native led Hartford in goals, points and assists last season and ranked fifth in the AHL in points and tied for fifth in goals and power-play goals (11). Bourque played 392 games for Hershey (AHL) from 2005-12 and ranks 25th on the Bears’ all-time games played list. He won three Calder Cups with Hershey (2006, 2009, 2010) and earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP in 2010. Bourque has registered 499 points (171 goals, 328 assists) and 374 penalty minutes in 510 career AHL games with Hershey, Providence and Hartford.