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Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends

Though he too ranks as one of the greatest offensive defensemen ever, it was Bourque's defensive genius that set him aside from his peers. While his offensive game grabbed more headlines, Bourque's tremendous defensive instincts that rivaled anyone in the game's history. In a split second he could dissect the oncoming play and more often than not positioned himself perfectly to defend. Though not big, his incredible balance made him tough to play against. Therefore Bourque was not afraid to play the physical game when he had to.

Skating was the key to Bourque's game. Overshadowed by the puck rushing exploits of Orr and Paul Coffey, Bourque too could skate like the wind. More importantly, perhaps he was better than Orr, Coffey, or just about any other defenseman in terms of lateral movement, balance and agility. He would often jump into the offense as a 4th forward, or breakout of his own zone to lead the attack.

More often than not he would use incredible passing skills to kick start the offense. Though he was often zeroed in on by opposing team forecheckers, Bourque was rarely rattled, and always made a great first pass out of the zone to headman the transition offense. He had that rare touch and vision of a creative center on the back end. He had the uncanny ability to control the play, both with and without the puck. He was extremely methodical in his approach as a hockeyist.

He had an arsenal of lethal shots to unleash on goalies. He could shoot as hard as practically anyone, but more often than not he changed his shot up in order to get the puck to the goal crease. No matter how closely he was checked from his point position or how crowded the shooting lanes were, Bourque seemingly always landed the puck on net. He would often stray from the point position and jump into the slot for dangerous scoring chances. He was so deadly accurate with the puck that he won or shared the all star game's shooting accuracy competition 8 times between the competition's inception in 1990 and 2001. And he shot often. Only Wayne Gretzky regularly finished ahead of Bourque as the season's shots on goal leader.

Perhaps the most complete defenseman this side of Doug Harvey, Bourque retired as the career leader in practically every offensive category for a defenseman.
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Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Raymond Bourque, a model of proficiency and consistency at an elite level throughout his career…consistently provided leadership from his spot on the Boston blueline.
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Originally Posted by Kings of the Ice
He had all the offensive tools that propelled Denis Potvin, _______, and Bobby Orr, whose presence close by in Boston was always felt. Bourque had the ability to dominate consistently in his own end of the ice. He showed durability and longevity, leadership and character.

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Originally Posted by The Hockey News: Top 100
… the long-time Bruins stalwart was as adept at shutting down goal-scorers as he was producing offense.
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Originally Posted by Joe Peletier
Bourque was a bit more flashy offensively, but he played in an era that demanded it, but otherwise both are near perfect defenders.
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Originally Posted by The History of the Boston Bruins
Bourque possessed uncommon offensive skill while sacrificing nothing on defense. His speed, strength, and uncommonly hard shot complimented his deep understanding of the game.
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Originally Posted by Canada’s Top 100: The Greatest Athletes of All Time Bourque rules the ice with his offensive prowess and defensive excellence.
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Originally Posted by Harry Sinden
I'll take Orr if I'm down by a goal, but I'd take Bourque if I'm defending a one goal lead.

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Originally Posted by Scotty Bowman
He was a two-way player and he was so durable. He seldom got injured even though he played more than half the game. He played on some good teams in Boston because he made them good. I always felt Bourque was very similar to Denis Potvin. Both were great passers, had a terrific feel for the game and they were strong. Nobody ever would push them around.
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Originally Posted by Bob Errey
He had those tree-trunk legs. So consistent – he could do everything. He could give you nine or 10 shots on the power play, but if you were up 3-2, you could put him on the ice. He really knew how to play the situation.
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Originally Posted by Brad Park
No one can shoot the puck any better than he is right now. He is moving the puck well, and creating confusion in their end.
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Originally Posted by Mark Messier
I know his talents and the team player and team leader that Ray is. I know the Boston Bruins rotate around Ray. He’s just a great player.
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith
When you watch Ray Bourque play, you see that he’s not only such a pure talent, but he seems to work harder than everybody else, too. He’s probably the best defenseman in the game right now. He’s a pleasure to watch most night. I’m not going to have much pleasure watching him this series.
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Originally Posted by Andy Moog
He’s aggressive out there. He wants the puck. Goaltenders have to react off what their teammates do and what the opponents do. And if Ray’s reaction time is a little bit quicker than everyone else’s, that means the goaltender has a little more time to react.

...You never catch Ray out of position. He anticipates everything so well, it’s like he knows what you are going to do before you do.
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Originally Posted by Ted Donato
Whenever he steps on the ice, Ray brings a certain aura that gets us juiced up, too.
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Originally Posted by Bob Hartley
What a great performance! He was the general on the blue line and did an outstanding job. Ray was very dominant.
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Ray Bourque !!!


Awards and Achievements:
Hockey Hall of Fame (2004)

Stanley Cup Champion (2001)
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1988, 2001)

5 x Norris Trophy Winner (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994)
13 x First Team All-Star (1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001)
6 x Second Team All-Star (1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1999)

Voting Results:
Norris Trophy – 1st(1987), 1st(1988), 1st(1990), 1st(1991), 1st(1994), 2nd(1982), 2nd(1985), 2nd(1992), 2nd(1993), 2nd(1996), 2nd(2001), 3rd(1983), 3rd(1984), 3rd(1995), 3rd(1999), 4th(1980), 4th(1981), 4th(1986), 4th(1989), 7th(1997), 7th(1998), 7th(2000)

Hart Trophy – 2nd(1987), 2nd(1990), 4th(1991), 5th(1984), 5th(1985), 6th(1996), 8th(1988), 10th(1986), 11th(1996), 13th(1992), 14th(1981), 15th(1982)

Hart Trophy among Defensemen – 1st(1987), 1st(1988), 1st(1990), 1st(1991), 1st(1994), 2nd(1984), 2nd(1985), 2nd(1986), 2nd(1995), 3rd(1982), 3rd(1992), 4th(1981)

Regular Season Scoring:
Points – 9th(1987), 11th(1991), 14th(1984), 20th(1994)
Assists – 2nd(1987), 4th(1991), 5th(1994), 8th(1985), 9th(1984), 10th(1988), 10th(1990), 11th(2001), 13th(1992), 14th(1996), 17th(1995), 17th(1999), 18th(1993)

Points among Defensemen –1st(1987), 1st(1994), 2nd(1984), 2nd(1985), 2nd(1988), 2nd(1991), 2nd(1992), 2nd(1995), 2nd(1996), 2nd(1999), 3rd(1990), 3rd(1993), 3rd(2001), 4th(1986), 5th(1980), 5th(1983), 6th(2000), 7th(1997), 8th(1982)
Goals among Defensemen – 1st(1981), 1st(1987), 1st(1996), 2nd(1983), 2nd(1984), 2nd(1992), 2nd(2000), 3rd(1995), 3rd(1997), 4th(1991), 4th(1994), 5th(1980), 6th(1985), 6th(1990) 7th(1988), 7th(1989), 7th(1993), 8th(1982), 8th(1986)
Assists among Defensemen – 1st(1987), 1st(1999), 2nd(1984), 2nd(1985), 2nd(1988), 2nd(1990), 2nd(1991), 2nd(1992), 2nd(1992), 2nd(1994), 2nd(1996), 3rd(1986), 3rd(2001), 4th(1995), 6th(1980), 6th(1982), 7th(1983), 10th(1998), 10th(2000)

Peak 5 Years (1984 to 1988)
15th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and Points per Game among defensemen
2nd in Goals and Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and Assists per Game among defensemen

Peak 10 Years (1985 to 1994)
11th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and Points per Game among defensemen
3rd in Goals and Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and Assists per Game among defensemen

Peak 15 Years (1981 to 1995)
9th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and Points per Game among defensemen
2nd in Goals and Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and Assists per Game among defensemen

Peak 20 Years (1982 to 2001)
7th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and Points per Game among defensemen
2nd in Goals and Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and Assists per Game among defensemen

Play-off Scoring:
Play-off Points – 6th(1983), 6th(1991), 7th(1988)
Play-off Goals – 9th(1983)
Play-off Assists – 3rd(1988), 4th(1991), 5th(1983), 8th(1990), 10th(1999)

Play-off Points among Defensemen – 1st(1983), 1st(1988), 1st(1990), 1st(1991), 2nd(2001), 4th(2000), 5th(1980)
Play-off Goals among Defensemen – 1st(1983), 1st(1990), 1st(1991), 3rd(2001)
Play-off Assists among Defensemen – 1st(1983), 1st(1988), 1st(1990), 1st(1991), 2nd(2000), 4th(1980), 4th(1999)


Peak 5 Years (1988 to 1992)
7th in Points among all players
1st in Points and 4th in Points per Game among Defensemen
1st in Goals and 5th in Goals per game among Defensemen
1st in Assists and 4th in Assists per Game among Defensemen

Peak 10 Years (1983 to 1992)
10th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and 4th in Points per Game among defensemen
2nd in Goals and 9th in Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and 3rd in Assists per Game among defensemen

Peak 15 Years (1982 to 1996)
8th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and 5th in Points per Game among defensemen
2nd in Goals and 11th in Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and 5th in Assists per Game among defensemen

Peak 20 Years (1982 to 2001)
8th in Points among all players
2nd in Points and 5th in Points per Game among defensemen
2nd in Goals and 11th in Goals per Game among defensemen
2nd in Assists and 4th in Assists per Game among defensemen

International Accomplishments:
2 x Canada Cup Champion (1984, 1987)
Canada Cup Finalist (1981)

Canada Cup All-Star (1987)
Leading scorer among Defensemen (1987)

1993 Coach’s Poll:
Tied for 2nd Best Player
2nd Best Defensive Defenseman
2nd Best Offensive Defenseman
Tied for 2nd Smartest Player
Tied for 5th Hardest Worker
Tied for 4th Hardest Shot

1994 Coach’s Poll:
Tied for 3rd Best Player
1st Best Defensive Defenseman
2nd Best Offensive Defenseman
Tied for 4th Best Shot

Number Games:
Based on a study conducted here:
http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=3...&postcount=285

Of modern defensemen, Bourque is among the very best at even thrength, on the powerplay, and on the penalty kill.

Newspaper Clippings:

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Originally Posted by The Windsor Star – April 15, 1980
Seldom in the Stanley Cup play-offs, where the pressure tends to bring out the best in the veterans, does a rookie lift a team from the brink of elimination to victory.
But Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins, at the tender age of 19, is dismissing those ideas. In the past two games, during which the Bruin rallied from a 1-2 deficit to win their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games, Bourque proved to be the undeniable spark-plug.
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Originally Posted by The Boston Globe – April 10, 1987
The Montreal Canadiens are checking Ray Bourque pretty hard in this series, but if they think that's going to change his game, they're wrong.
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Originally Posted by The Providence Journal – April 23, 1988
From the first few minutes of Boston's 3-1 victory over Montreal, he took control of the game as only he can - blocking shots, manning the power play and dishing out punishing checks in his own end.

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