Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Bourbonnais
Dan Bourbonnais was selected in the fifth round, 103rd overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers.

At 16, Bourbonnais played with Pincher Creek Panthers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the WHL's Calgary Wranglers for three years. His best year with the team was in 1980-81 when he recorded 41 goals and 103 points in 72 games. While Bourbonnais was contributing offensively, the team was in good hands defensively with Mike Vernon tending goal.

During his final year in junior, Bourbonnais appeared in just 50 games with Calgary, having been called up to Hartford for 24 games where he had three goals and 12 points. The club felt he was not ready for the NHL, so they commissioned him to Binghamton in 1982-83 where he responded with a 64-point season. The following year Bourbonnais split his time between Hartford and Providence, never properly being able to secure a full-time position for himself with the big club. By 1985 it was evident that he was not going to fit in with the Whalers' future plans, and with little interest expressed by other NHL teams, Bourbonnais was out of hockey for two years to evaluate his future.

Bourbonnais still loved playing the game, but realized he was not going to make it back to the NHL so he opted to try his hand at playing in Europe. In 1987-88 he joined SIJ Heerenveen of the Dutch league, where he enjoyed the best offensive season of his pro career, scoring 46 goals and 109 points in 46 games. Although the Dutch league has never been known for being overly competitive in comparison to other European countries, it has nonetheless attracted several former NHLers including; Wayne Van Dorp, John Wensink, Jose Charbonneau and Steve Gatzos. Despite being a huge on-ice success and a fan favourite, Bourbonnais packed his bags and headed for Germany where he played one year with EHC Westfalen Dortmund. Once again he averaged better than a goal per game and finished with 75 points in 32 contests. He made a brief stopover in France in 1989-90 before retiring from competitive hockey.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Pincher Creek Panthers AJHL 60 17 41 58 36
1978-79 Calgary Wranglers WHL 2 0 2 2 0
1979-80 Calgary Wranglers WHL 66 14 29 43 41 6 2 2 4 0
1980-81 Calgary Wranglers WHL 72 41 62 103 34 22 5 10 15 28
1981-82 Calgary Wranglers WHL 50 27 32 59 175 9 6 4 10 17
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 24 3 9 12 11 -8
1982-83 Binghamton Whalers AHL 75 31 33 64 24 5 4 0 4 0
1983-84 Hartford Whalers NHL 35 0 16 16 0 +3
1983-84 Binghamton Whalers AHL 39 16 32 48 40
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 56 13 22 35 17
1985-86
1986-87
1987-88 SIJ Heerenveen Holland 46 46 63 109
1988-89 Westfalen Dortmund W.Ger-2 32 34 41 75 30
1989-90 HC Caen France 11 5 4 9 18
NHL Totals 59 3 25 28 11


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