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. Watch the video above to hear Bourque’s reaction to wearing the Bruins’ sweater for the first time.