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Pirates Sign Chris Bourque, Son of NHL Legend Ray Bourque

April 7, 2005 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Portland Pirates News Release

PORTLAND, ME- The Portland Pirates have signed center Chris Bourque to an amateur try-out agreement (ATO), it was announced today by Head Coach Tim Army. He will join the Pirates today and remain with the club through the team's final six games of the regular season.

Bourque, 19, was selected by the Washington Capitals in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft. The 5' 7", 175-pound Boston native appeared in 35 games for Boston University this season, recording 10 goals and 13 assists, and ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 23 points. He also led the Terriers in shots (115) and ranked second in penalty minutes (50). Bourque was selected for the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and represented the United States at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships, recording one goal and one assist in three games.

Prior to joining Boston University, Bourque attended Cushing Academy and in two seasons, appeared in 59 games and recorded 68 goals and 79 assists for 147 points. His father is former NHL defenseman Ray Bourque.

The Pirates return to action this Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center against the Manchester Monarchs at 8:05 p.m. Tickets start at just $6! For tickets, call the Civic Center box office at (207) 775-3458.

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