During a season where a lot has gone wrong for the Bears, it’s only right to focus on one of the few things that are going well for them, and that is Chris Bourque.
In fact, Bourque has played so well this season that he has been chosen to represent the United States during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Like his father before him (Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque), Chris will have the opportunity to represent his country with the hopes of winning an Olympic medal.
This will be Bourque’s’ third time representing his home country on the international stage, as he competed in the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships, but it will be his first time competing on the Olympic level.
Bourque will be one of the three AHL players traveling to South Korea this February, with the others being Bobby Butler of the Milwaukee Admirals, and John McCarthy of the San Jose Barracuda.
The rest of the roster consists of a mix of college, international, and former NHL players.
Bourque continues to tear up the AHL, registering 39 points in 35 games. He is tied for the league lead in points as of Friday, January 5th.
Although the Bears have not been able to string together many wins this season, Bourque has been a bright spot. Despite the fact that Bourque hasn’t had much success at the NHL level, the 31-year old performs well enough in the AHL to be considered a major threat to opposing teams.
Bourque, who was born in Boston, is already a three-time Calder Cup Champion, and adding an Olympic medal would obviously be a great milestone to have before he decides to end his career in hockey.
Noah is a lifelong Flyers fan who loves the sport of hockey almost as much as the orange and black. He is currently studying journalism and media studies at West Chester University.