Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bruins acquire Chris Bourque in trade

Chris Bourque
(Photo by Getty Images)
On Saturday the Bruins made a minor trade as they traded away forward Zach Hamill to the Washington Capitals for forward Chris Bourque, one of Ray Bourque's sons. This was going to come eventually as Hamill just hasn't worked out at the NHL level for the Bruins. Maybe a change of scenery for him will help. Chris Bourque has about the same reputation where in the AHL he looks great but he hasn't managed to do much at the NHL level. Bourque is an unrestricted free agent on July 1st so if the Bruins can't sign him it will just be the Bruins giving away Hamill for nothing. It would be nice to see one of Ray Bourque's sons play for the Bruins so hopefully Chris Bourque signs and finds his game with the Bruins.

Bourque has 1 goal, 3 assists in 33 regular season games in his NHL career, with the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. In the AHL, Bourque is a point-per-game player, with 431 points in 422 games (146 goals). His only NHL goal came against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008-09 season. Possibly on Ryan Miller? That could be a sign.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bruins Dougie Hamilton named OHL Defenceman of Year

Boston Bruins Dougie Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton (Photo by Getty)
Bruins draft pick Dougie Hamilton has been named the 2011-12 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded to the OHL's Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year.

Hamilton led all OHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in just 50 games and tied for third in the league with a plus-minus rating of plus-37. He scored 17 goals and finished tied for third overall in the league with 55 assists which included a league-high 30 assists recorded on the power play. Third in voting for this award last season, Hamilton becomes the first winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy in IceDogs’ team history.
"This year has been a ton of fun and it is a huge honour to win this award," said Hamilton. "I spent the last couple of years watching the best defencemen in the league and then trying to get myself to that point and it is exciting to be here now and receive this award. A lot of past winners have gone on to NHL careers and hopefully I can follow suit."

An 18-year-old from Toronto, ON, Hamilton was selected by the IceDogs 27th overall in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection. This season he was recognized as OHL Defenceman of the Month four of the six times the award was presented including October, November, February, and March. Hamilton was selected by the Boston Bruins with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and represented the OHL on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship earning a bronze medal. Last season he earned the Bobby Smith Trophy for combining high standards of play and academic excellence before being named the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.

Thank you Kessel!