May 26, 2012

Hamill era ends as Bruins acquire Chris Bourque from Caps

By Kirk Luedeke

The Boston Bruins acquired left wing Chris Bourque (Topsfield, Mass.) from the Washington Capitals for restricted free agent to be Zach Hamill, the Capitals announced Saturday in a team release. 

Chris Bourque led the entire AHL with 93 points in 2011-12. (JustSports Photography)

The son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and Bruins legend Raymond Bourque, the 26-year-old forward and recent new father (son Kingston Ray Bourque was born this month) was the 33rd overall selection of the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Bourque turned pro with the AHL’s Hershey Bears in 2005 after just one season at Boston University and helped that squad win a trio of Calder Cup championships in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The undersized playmaking winger posted two 70+ point seasons in Hershey before breaking through this past year with 27 goals and 93 points to lead the club in scoring.

In 33 career games with Washington, Bourque has one goal and four points.

Hamill, 23, was Boston’s first choice, eighth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft after leading the WHL in scoring that year with the Everett Silvertips.

In 20 career games with the Bruins, Hamill posted four assists. His most extended look with the club came this past season, when he was recalled and saw 16 NHL games before being returned to Providence. Hamill posted eight goals and 21 points in 41 AHL games this year.

Bourque is a pending unrestricted free agent, according to reports. His younger brother, Ryan, a 2009 third-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, just finished his first pro season with the AHL's Connecticut Whale.

Kirk Luedeke can be reached at kluedeke@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @kluedeke29.