As a kid Chris Bourque watched his father, Ray, play for the Boston Bruins. Ray was simply one of the best to ever take to the ice in Boston. Tonight Chris will get his first chance to don the black and gold as the Bruins open up their season against the New York Rangers.
Chris isn't a highly touted rookie, but instead a fringe player that has already spent parts of three seasons in the NHL. He will never be confused for his father, partly because he plays forward and his father was a defenseman and partly because he isn't nearly as talented.
Chris will soon turn 27 and realistically this may be his last chance to make it in the NHL. He has just four points in 33 games played in his career. he did show some potential by scoring 93 points in 73 games for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League last season.
It can be hard living up to your family name when your father is a hall of fame player. If he can do some damage with the Bruins this season, with its shortened 48 game schedule, he might just carve out a small place for himself in Boston sports lore.
Do you think Chris Bourque will have an impact with the Boston Bruins?