CALGARY, AB -- While former Flames winger Rene Bourque expressed his disappointment with having to leave Calgary, the Lac La Biche native admitted he was excited about starting the next chapter of his career in Montreal.
"It's a big shock. I had no idea that any of this was going on. But if there is any place I wanted to play, it was Montreal," he said. "I've always enjoyed playing there so I'm happy that I get to go to a place where I enjoy playing. A place where one day I wanted to play and now I'm going to get that chance."
The Alberta boy played 249 games in Flames silks, amassing 88 goals and 164 points in that span. He set career-highs in goals (27), assists (31) and points (58).
"Three and half years here, it's been good. I'm going to miss the guys, the staff and everybody that's involved in the organization."
While he admitted the trade was a big shock, he knew about the situation involving Mike Cammalleri so when he arrived at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night and was taken to see general manager Jay Feaster, he quickly clued in to what was going on.
"I was just coming to the rink to work out in the first period and I got pulled aside by Burkie (Mike Burke) to take me upstairs to see Jay. I heard got Cammy got taken off the ice earlier on my way to the rink so when I got pulled aside, I had a pretty good idea that I was probably going to Montreal."
Does he speak French?
"I might be in trouble ... I don't speak French. I probably have the most French name on the team though."