Chris Bourque will have his number 17 retired by Hershey Bears

Hershey Bears is all time awesome chris bourque will receive a huge honor from the franchise this season.

Bourque will have his number 17 retired at Giant Center on Jan. 14 before a home game against the Springfield Thunderbirds. He will become the eighth player in franchise history to receive the accolade and his number 17 will become the fifth number in team history to hang on the rafters.

The last time Hershey celebrated a player by retiring his number was in 2002 when the Bears added defenseman Ralph Keller’s name to the number 3 banner, previously hung in 1991 to honor the former defenseman, head coach and General Manager Frank Mathers. Mike Nykoluk, Arnie Kullman, Tim Tookey, Willie Marshall and Mitch Lamoureux are the other players who preceded Bourque with the honor.

“Chris Bourque is one of the greatest players to ever wear chocolate and white, and it’s only fitting that his number 17 is elevated among the best players in our organization’s rich history,” said the vice president of hockey operations, Bryan Helmer. “Chris is synonymous with the success the Bears enjoyed during his playing days, and the impact he had in Chocolatetown is timeless. We are thrilled to be able to honor his legacy with his friends, family and our fans on the 14th. January.

Bourque was originally drafted by the Capitals in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He played nine seasons with Hershey in three separate stints and ranks fifth all-time in team history in scoring, tallying 586 points in 604 regular season games. He helped the Bears win three Calder Cup championships (2006, 2009, 2010) and is the only person in franchise history to win three championships as a player. He is also the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff scoring (86 points) and playoff games played (106). His 82 career playoff assists are the most of any player in league history.

The Boston native and son of legendary Ray Bourque announced his retirement from professional hockey last April. He had spent the past three seasons playing in the German Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

He finished his career 20th all-time in AHL history in scoring, recording 746 points in 794 games played over 13 seasons with Hershey, Providence, Hartford and Bridgeport. He also played 51 NHL games, including 13 with the Capitals.

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HERSHEY BEARS RETIRE CHRIS BOURQUE NUMBER 17

(Hershey, PA – August 5, 2022) – The Hershey Bear announced today that Chris Bourque will retire his number 17 in an on-ice ceremony prior to the club’s home game against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

“I am humbled and honored to have 17 retirees at Hershey and to join the legendary group of numbers hanging in the rafters,” Bourque said. “Words cannot describe how excited I am to see everyone for this special evening of January 14, and I look forward to celebrating with you all.”

Bourque will become the eighth player in franchise history to have his number retired. Bourque’s 17 becomes the fifth number in team history to hang on the rafters.

Further details regarding this special night, known as the Chris Bourque Jersey Retirement Night, will be released at a later date.

“Chris Bourque is one of the greatest players to ever wear chocolate and white, and it’s only fitting that his number 17 is elevated among the best players in our organization’s rich history,” said the vice president of hockey operations, Bryan Helmer. “Chris is synonymous with the success the Bears enjoyed during his playing days, and the impact he had in Chocolatetown is timeless. We are thrilled to be able to honor his legacy with his friends, family and our fans on the 14th. January.

Bourque played nine seasons with Hershey, and the Boston native ranks fifth all-time in team history in scoring, recording 586 points (196g, 390a) in 604 regular-season games. Bourque helped Hershey win three Calder Cup titles (2006, 2009, 2010), earning him the distinction of being the only person in franchise history to win three championships as a player. He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff scores (86 points) and playoff games played (106), and his 82 career playoff assists are the most of any player in the league. history of the league.

Bourque won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the 2010 AHL Playoff MVP, tallying 27 points (7g, 20a) in 21 playoff games as Hershey ended a historic 60-win season with the 11th organization’s Calder Cup title. He won the AHL scoring title with Hershey in 2012 and 2016, making him the only player in franchise history to claim the accolade twice. He was named AHL MVP for the 2015-16 campaign when he recorded 80 points (30g, 50a), helping Hershey to the 2016 Calder Cup Final, marking the fifth time he appeared in the league championship series.

Hershey’s longtime alternate captain was a six-time AHL All-Star, including five times in charge of Hershey. As a member of the Bears, he was selected as the Eastern Conference captain in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. He was twice named to the AHL 1st All-Star Team with the Bears, accomplishing this feat in 2012 and 2016, in addition to earning the same honor with Hartford in 2015.

While a member of the Bears, Bourque represented Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, collecting two assists in five games.

Bourque ranks 20th all-time in AHL history in scoring in his illustrious career. He had 746 points (251g, 495a) in 794 career games played over 13 AHL seasons from 2005-2019 with Hershey, Providence, Hartford and Bridgeport. Bourque concluded his playing career with ERC Ingolstadt in the DEL last season, collecting 45 points (17g, 28a) in 52 games.

The last time Hershey honored a player with a retirement number was in 2002, when the organization added Ralph Keller’s name to Banner Number 3, previously hung in 1991 to honor the legendary Frank Mathers. Bourque’s No. 17 will join Mike Nykoluk’s No. 8 as the only two numbers retired by the Bears for a single player.

Hershey forward Mike Sgarbossa, who has worn No. 17 since 2018, will change numbers ahead of Chris Bourque Jersey Retirement Night.

Hershey is set to open the club’s 85th season, presented by Penn State Health, against the Utica Comets at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at GIANT Center. Fans can join the season ticket holder community with plans starting at less than $12 per game. Choose your games and seats with full and partial plans available now. Click here to find out more.

Along with Chris Bourque Jersey Retirement Night, the club will announce additional promotional dates next week.

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