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June 21, 2012

Bourque 'thrilled' to sign with Bruins

When Chris Bourque walked into the TD Garden on the first day of June to officially sign his contract with the Boston Bruins, he noticed more than a few familiar faces among the arena’s workforce.

“A few of the security guards are probably still upset at my brother (Ryan) and I for all those times we were kids and horsing around playing floor hockey in the hallways outside the locker room,” Bourque, who grew up in both Danvers and Boxford, chuckled.

For someone who grew up learning to skate at the old Boston Garden (where his famous father, long-time Bruins captain Raymond Bourque, played 21 years for the Bruins), the now 26-year-old Chris Bourque is ready to wear the familiar Black-and-Gold, eight-spoked ‘B’ and contribute to the team’s success himself.

“It’s really wild, signing with Boston. I’m thrilled,” said Bourque.

It’s been a whirlwind last two months for Bourque, who primarily plays left wing. He and his wife Kim had their first child, a son named Kingston Ray, seven-and-a-half weeks ago. Then he was traded from Washington to Boston during the Stanley Cup playoffs before signing a 2-year deal with Boston days later.

His contract is a two-way deal for this coming season, meaning he’ll make $550,000 if he sticks with the Bruins and $200,000 if he plays with the team’s American Hockey League franchise in Providence. For the 2013-14 campaign, he has a one-way only contract, meaning he’ll be paid $550,000 with the Bruins.

For someone who has played in just 33 NHL games between Washington and Pittsburgh, he’s eager not only for the chance to show he can play in the world’s best hockey league, but very happy that the Bruins went out of their way to bring him aboard.

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