It has always been a dream of Chris Bourque’s to take the ice at the Garden in a Bruins sweater — just as his father Ray did for 21 years. The 26-year-old got that opportunity Tuesday night, when he suited up for the B’s in the team’s annual Black and Gold scrimmage. The Providence Bruins — Boston’s AHL affiliate — pulled out a 7-5 victory over the big league club, but the result did little to dampen Bourque’s experience.
“I’ve said it a thousand times, but it’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to put this jersey on in a game,” the left winger said. “Even though it’s just an exhibition game, it still meant a lot to me.”
After spending 32 games with the P-Bruins during the lockout, Bourque skated alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley on Tuesday night and is the front-runner to fill the squad’s final forward slot. He helped out his own cause in the second period, beating Anton Khudobin five-hole for Team Black’s first goal.
NESN’s Andy Brickley caught up with the young winger after the game.