SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 8, 2013

Boxford's Bourque waived by Bruins


The Salem News

---- — BOSTON — Chris Bourque of Boxford has been placed on waivers by the Boston Bruins, the team announced yesterday.

Any other National Hockey League team may put in a waiver claim for Bourque by noon today. If no other team does so, the Bruins can reassign the 27-year-old Bourque to their American Hockey League team in Providence.

A 5-foot-8, 174-pound left winger, Bourque scored one goal (the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win at Toronto) and added three assists in 18 games with the Bruins this season. He averaged a shade over 12 minutes per game mainly skating on the team’s third line with center Chris Kelly and right winger Rich Peverley. He also saw spot duty on Boston’s second power play group.

The son of long-time Bruins captain and NHL Hall of Famer Raymond Bourque, he spent 32 games with Providence earlier this season during the NHL lockout and scored 8 goals with 20 assists. He was the leading scorer in the AHL last season, potting 93 points in 73 games with the Hershey (Penn.) Bears.

The Bruins traded for Bourque last May 26, dealing forward Zach Hamill to the Washington Capitals in exchange for him. He then signed a two-year contract with Boston, including a one-way (i.e., NHL only) deal for the 2013-14 season.

In 51 career NHL games including stops in Washington and Pittsburgh, Bourque has 2 goals and 6 assists with 18 penalty minutes.