Beckett Hockey Card Monthly #05 March 1991 – Ray Bourque
He currently holds records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman in the National Hockey League (NHL). He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best defensemen five times, while finishing second for that trophy a further six times. He also twice finished second in the voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy, a rarity for a defenceman. He was named to the end-of-season All-Star teams 19 times, 13 on the first-team and six on the second-team.
Bourque was also an Olympian with Canada and became nearly synonymous with the Boston Bruins franchise, for which he played 21 seasons and became Boston’s longest-serving captain. Bourque finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won his only Stanley Cup in his final NHL game. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players….
In honour of his great contributions to hockey, both the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche retired Ray’s #77 jersey. In 2004, Ray Bourque was selected to join hockey’s elite in the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. “I was hoping to get the call, but when it came, I was completely speechless,” said Bourque after receiving notification of his selection to the Hall. “When I started out playing in the NHL, my goal was simply to establish myself as a player and I never contemplated this type of honour.”
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