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2001: Bourque's Cup runneth over

For avid fans of the fastest game on ice, the National Hockey League's regular season is a mere dress rehearsal for the real campaign: the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here's a look at 10 of the most memorable moments from NHL postseasons past.

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It took him 22 seasons and a wholesale change of venues to do it, but on the evening of Saturday, June 9, 2001, NHL defenceman Ray Bourque finally hoists the Stanley Cup. Having laboured for more than two decades as the defensive anchor of the Boston Bruins, and facing the prospect of retiring without a championship title to his credit, Bourque requested a trade in 2000 and was shipped off to the Colorado Avalanche. Though unsuccessful in that year's playoffs bid, Bourque's decision to stick around for another season pays huge dividends when the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
• Raymond Jean Bourque was born Dec. 28, 1960 in Saint-Laurent, Que., now a suburb of Montreal. He played junior hockey with the Sorel Éperviers and the Verdun Black Hawks of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

• As of 2008, Bourque holds numerous NHL records including most all-time goals (410) by a defenceman, assists (1,169) by a defenceman and points (1,579) by a defenceman, as well as most consecutive appearances in the NHL All-Star Game (19). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

• Both the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche have officially retired Bourque's jersey number #77. Bourque originally wore #7 for the Bruins, but switched to double numerals when the single digit was retired by the team in honour of Phil Esposito.

• Ray's son, Chris Bourque, was selected 33rd overall by the Washington Capitals in 2004 NHL draft.

Medium: Television
Program: Hockey Night in Canada
Broadcast Date: June 9, 2001
Commentator: Bob Cole, Harry Neale
Duration: 1:33

Last updated: April 30, 2013

Page consulted on June 5, 2014

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