Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Phil Bourque
Left-winger Phil Bourque was a "jack of all trades" during an NHL career that lasted nearly 500 games. He was capable of scoring, checking and battling in the corners and was often deployed in key situations. The versatile player also spent part of his career on defence where he made the transition look easy.

Bourque played two years of junior with the OHL's Kingston Canadians. He was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins then spent the bulk of his first three years as a pro with the AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks. Bourque starred on the Muskegon Lumberjacks' blueline in 1987-88 and was named to the IHL first all-star team and presented the Governor's trophy as the league's top defenceman. In 1988-89, he earned a place in the NHL as a grinding winger and scored 17 goals while helping the Pens reach the playoffs for the first time since 1981-82.

Bourque recorded consecutive 20-goal seasons in 1990 and 1991 and started to become a team leader. He scored 13 points in 24 games when Mario Lemieux led Pittsburgh to its inaugural Stanley Cup in 1991. Bourque's grit was also a factor when the Pens repeated their Cup triumph the next year.

In August 1992, he was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers but the club missed the playoffs in 1992-93. They were much stronger the next season but ended up moving Bourque to the Ottawa Senators three months before they won the Stanley Cup. While the Rangers were marching towards the Cup, Bourque was helping the United States finish fourth at the 1994 World Championships.

After battling injuries and playing a defensive role in Ottawa for two years, Bourque was demoted to the IHL. He played the 1997-98 season in Germany with the Rosenheim club before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Flitchburg Wallopers NEJHL 23 12 3 15 12 3 15
1980-81 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 47 4 4 8 46 6 0 0 0 10
1981-82 Kingston Canadians OHL 67 11 40 51 111 4 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 65 1 15 16 93
1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 1 1 12 -2
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 58 5 17 22 96
1984-85 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 79 6 15 21 164 13 2 5 7 23
1985-86 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -2
1985-86 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 74 8 18 26 226
1986-87 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 2 3 5 32 -2
1986-87 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 49 15 16 31 183
1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 21 4 12 16 20 +3
1987-88 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 52 16 36 52 66 6 1 2 3 16
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 17 26 43 97 -22 11 4 1 5 66
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 22 17 39 108 -7
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 20 14 34 106 +7 24 6 7 13 16
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 10 16 26 58 -6 21 3 4 7 25
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 55 6 14 20 39 -9
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 16 0 1 1 8 -2
1993-94 Ottawa Senators NHL 11 2 3 5 0 -2
1993-94 United States WC-A 8 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 4 3 7 20 -17
1995-96 Ottawa Senators NHL 13 1 1 2 14 -3
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 36 4 13 17 70 10 1 3 4 10
1996-97 Chicago Wolves IHL 77 7 14 21 50 4 0 2 2 2
1997-98 Star Bulls Rosenheim Germany 40 4 7 11 60
1998-99 Hamburg Crocodiles German-2 22 5 12 17 78 13 3 7 10 20
1999-00 Hamburg Crocodiles German-2 23 0 6 6 47 13 1 1 2 10
NHL Totals 477 88 111 199 516 56 13 12 25 107


IHL First All-Star Team (1988)
Governors' Trophy (IHL - Outstanding Defenseman) (1988)
Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, October 4, 1982. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 31, 1992. Traded to Ottawa by NY Rangers for future considerations, March 21, 1994.
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