Bourque was drafted by the Boston Bruins with a first round draft pick acquired in a trade with the Kings for goalie Ron Grahame. Grahame had only played one season for the Bruins before the move.
Bourque continued the long legacy of great defenseman that wore the Black and Gold of the Boston Bruins. You had Bobby Orr, Brad Park, and now Bourque was ready to grab the torch. Raymond Bourque showed signs of greatness from the get go.
Bourque won the Rookie of Year in 1979 and an all star. Throughout his career he posted solid numbers and was considered an elite defensemen. He also was recognized for his leadership and was named team captain in 1985 which he held until his trade to Colorado in 2000.
He won the Norris Trophy presented to best NHL defenseman five times. Bourque is third all time in plus/minus behind Larry Robinson and former Bruin, Bobby Orr. He could also score. Bourque is only the sixth defenseman in history to score 30 goals in a season (1984).
Bourque was the face of the Bruins since his rookie year. He played with grit, determination and an undying passion throughout his whole career. However, something was still missing for him.
A Stanley Cup.
He came close in ’88 and ’90 but fell short. Bruins management honored his request to be traded to a contender in the 2000-2001 season. On Mar. 6, 2000, Bourque was traded to Colorado with fellow veteran Dave Andreychuk for Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier, Samuel Påhlsson and a first round draft pick (terrible trade for the Bruins). The Avs fell short but won the Cup the following year.
Bourque’s resume was complete.
The trade with LA has to be considered the best trade in franchise history, hands down. The Bruins gave up virtually nothing to acquire a future elite defensemen and Hall of Famer.