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Rangers now employ both of Ray Bourque’s sons

Jul 2, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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Ray Bourque never played for the Rangers, but today he could be their biggest fan.

The Hall-of-Famer saw his oldest son, Chris, sign with the Blueshirts today after splitting last season between the KHL and Swiss League.

The 33rd overall pick at the 2004 Entry Draft, Chris — who’s appeared in 51 NHL games in his career — will now join younger brother Ryan, taken 80th overall by the Rangers in 2009 and currently with the team’s AHL affiliate in Hartford.

Though he hasn’t spent much time in the NHL, Chris has made several headlines — most of which came during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, when he signed with and made the Bruins out of training camp. Given his dad’s standing in the Boston organization, the story picked up a lot of steam…but the eldest Bourque didn’t, appearing in just 18 games before being shipped off to AHL Providence.

As for the younger Bourque, Ryan just wrapped his third and most successful campaign in the American League, scoring a career-high 21 goals and 37 points for the Wolf Pack last season.

 

  1. billiam55 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    this is jjust for AHL depth im sure.

    • moarjam - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      There’s talk of Ryan (younger one) making the team as a 4th liner this year…

      • DED - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        There appear to be a few openings on the roster. If he and JT Miller want a shot at the NHL, this is probably the season to do it.

  2. wranglerick - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Stay out of boston boys, you will never measure up

  3. drewzducks - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Welcome back Flounder.

  4. jaybyrd99 - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    You know what’s crazy – the Rangers only have 6 players ( 7 if you count Zuc, who only played 10 games ) left from the team that won first place on points in the Eastern Conferebce in 2012. Such is the world in a capped NHL , interesting none the less.

    • DED - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Turnover’s a way of life in Rangertown.

  5. sixchr - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    For the sake of Rangers fans, you’d better hope Flounder stays in the AHL.

  6. charastein - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    I liked Chris as a Bruin and was rooting for him to make the team. He’s got great hands and hockey sense, but his stature and lack of explosive speed keep him from being NHL material. If he could get a step or two faster, he might be able to hang.

    Good luck, son of #77!

  7. pj608 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    This sounds awesome. I hate the Rags but Ray Bourque is an icon and even when the Avs defeated the NJ Devils in game 7 for the cup even i couldnt hate. Great guy and one of the best defense men ever to live. I wish his sons all the best and if it all works out you guys are more than welcome to play in NJ!

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