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September 28, 2012

Bourque brothers hope strong AHL showing will eventually lead to NHL callups


“Now I’m ready to take the next step. My biggest goal is bringing a consistent effort every game, every practice, every skate. Bring energy to the rink, be a professional, and leave it all on the ice to be the best player I can be.”

The Bourques worked out and skated with many of their Boston-area brethren to prepare themselves for the upcoming season. Ryan successfully added more muscle to his frame without losing any of the speed that has made him a top prospect; he also worked tirelessly on his shooting, an element of his game he hasn’t always done enough of. (”I’m almost too nice at times, trying to be a playmaker all the time,” he said).

Chris Bourque, who figures to take on a leadership role for however long he is in Providence, also feels like he’s in excellent shape after a strong summer — highlighted by the birth of his and wife Kim’s first child, a boy named Kingston four-and-a-half months ago. He also kept up on the negotations between the NHL and the Player’s Association, staying in contact not only with his new Bruins teammates but also with close friends like Keith Yandle, a former Cushing Academy teammate and current Phoenix Coyotes defenseman.

“The last time the players were locked out, the AHL was a phenomenal league. This time it could be even better,” said Ryan Bourque. “But for me, my brother and all of us, the goal is to make it to the National League. I hope for Chris and I, all the work we put in and what we can show (in the AHL) pays off.”

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