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Bringing hockey home

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Flames forward Rene Bourque has been busy during his offseason, giving back to the communities that helped raise him. His latest endeavor involved delivering 50 full, brand-new sets of hockey equipment to young athletes in Northern Alberta through the Rene Bourque Hockey Fund.

Bourque initiated the program, which directs the hockey equipment to underprivileged families. This past August he distributed the equipment at an event in his hometown of Lac La Biche.
Rene Bourque and the lucky kids who received hockey gear from him through the Rene Bourque Hockey Fund.

“As you know hockey is starting to be quite expensive to play, so it’s great to be able to help kids play in the area I am from,” said Bourque.

Acquired last offseason from the Chicago Blackhawks, Bourque’s return home to Alberta has been an unmitigated success so far. In his first season with the Flames Bourque was a valuable two-way presence for the team. He scored 21 goals and 40 points, both career highs, in only 58 games before missing the final 24 games of the regular season with a lower-body injury.

While the Flames forward did make it back for the first-round playoff matchup against his former team, he remained visibly hampered by his injury. A summer of recuperation should have Bourque ready to pick up where he left off, as his improved performance will be even more valuable in the upcoming campaign.

Delivering hockey equipment to deserving kids is just one of the altruistic notions Bourque has had this summer, as he has also made visits to both the Tsuu T’Ina Junior Hockey School and First Nation’s Youth Symposium as a part of their General Assembly

“It’s a great opportunity to take the time to give back to these communities,” says Bourque. “It is important for youth to have people to look up to.”

The Flames players are always active in the community, even in the offseason. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know when you’ll run into one of them.

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