Ryan Bourque was born on January 3, 1991 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. He comes by his hockey acumen naturally. His father, Raymond, one of the top defenceman of all time, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. A standout for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, Bourque was selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.
Ryan would make his professional debut for the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, in 2011. In 69 games for the club he would record six goals and eight assists. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the Whale would change their name to the Hartford Wolf Pack. In 74 games for the Wolf Pack that season Bourque notched an impressive 21 goals.
Bourque made his NHL debut on April 9, 2015 as the Rangers took on the Ottawa Senators. The Senators would win the game by a score of 3-0 with Bourque registering a shot on goal and takeaway. He would rejoin the Rangers for the Stanley Cup playoffs, but would not suit up in any games.
One day prior to the 2016 NHL trade deadline, Bourque was traded by the Rangers to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Chris Brown. He was then assigned to the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, where he would suit up alongside his brother, Chris.
On the international stage Bourque represented the United States at the World Under 18 championship in 2008 and 2009, capturing bronze and gold respectively. He would also help his homeland to gold at the 2010 World Junior Championship in 2010 and bronze in 2011.