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Bourque makes quick mark in Quebec

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Ryan Bourque, the Rangers' third-round draft pick who had a remarkable performance in the recent USA-Russia series, was equally outstanding in his first major-junior preseason game on Sunday.

The son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque , Ryan scored a goal and two assists in leading the Quebec Remparts to a 4-2 win over the visiting Rimouski Oceanic.

Bourque picked up his first preseason point just 50 seconds into the game, drawing the primary assist on Kelsey Tessier's goal that gave Quebec a 1-0 lead. Bourque later scored a power-play goal at 9:10 of the middle period to tie the score at 2-2 and had the primary assist on the game-winner by Tessier, which gave Quebec a 3-2 lead at 18:52 of the second period.

It came as no surprise that Bourque was named the game's No. 1 Star. He will take a break from the QMJHL next month to be a part of the Rangers prospects team that will play in the Traverse City (Mich.) Prospects Tournament.

Bourque was the second Rangers draft pick to play in a QMJHL preseason game over the weekend. On Saturday, 2008 Rangers fifth-rounder Chris Doyle scored the first preseason goal for Prince Edward Island in a 6-5 shootout win over visiting Halifax. Doyle's goal came at 12:42 of the opening period to tie the score at 1-1. He later scored the first goal in the overtime shootout.

Bourque R. BOURQUE
Team: Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Position: Center
Height: 5-9  Weight: 175 lbs.
Born: Jan. 3, 1991
Preseason Stats GP G A PTS PIM +/-
  2 2 2 4 0 +0
Preseason Results
Date Opponent Result Statistics/Notes
Aug. 22 at Rimouski 4-1 W Did not play.
Aug. 23 Rimouski 4-2 W Three-point game. Scored PPG at 9:10 of second.
Aug. 28 at Chicoutimi 6-3 W Assist on game's first goal at 15:26 of first period.

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