The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Chris Bourque off waivers, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Bourque, who is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, will be added to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster.
Bourque, 23, spent the previous five seasons in the Washington Capitals organization after Washington selected him in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 12 games for the Capitals, recording one goal.
Bourque (5-8, 180 pounds) played four seasons with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, Washington’s top minor-league affiliate. Bourque was a member of two Calder Cup championship teams in Hersey in 2006 and 2009. In 270 games with the Bears, he posted 82 goals, 148 assists and 230 points.
Last season, Bourque totaled 21 goals, 52 assists and 73 points in 69 games, while adding 21 points (5G-16A) in 22 post-season games to help lead Hershey to the Calder Cup title.
The Boston, Massachusetts native played one season of college hockey at Boston University, recording 10 goals and 23 points in 35 games.