Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ray of Hope

Ask Ray about his philosophy on "hope" and you might be fascinated by his answer.

For more than two decades, Ray toiled at his craft with the reputation of being the very best in the business. But, no matter how many individual awards and honors came his way, the ultimate prize continued to elude him year after year.

In the twilight of his career, Ray could not be faulted for wanting to lose hope.

The organization he had been with for 20 years was in no position to compete for the holy grail Ray was searching for. And so it was with heavy hearts, the Boston Bruins found a way to restore hope for one of the greatest players ever to wear one of their black and gold uniforms.

Ray Bourque still holds records for most goals, assists and points by a defenceman in the National Hockey League. He played in nineteen consecutive NHL All-Star games, surpassing Wayne Gretzky for the league record, represented his country in three Canada Cup tournaments and wore the Team Canada jersey at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano Japan.

Tonight, Ray Bourque brings his Hall of Fame credentials and so much more to the Moncton Coliseum as he joins the Maritime All-Stars for a charity game against the New Brunswick Police Association. This touring club of former pro and university stars will be playing tonight in an effort to restore hope for others and having the legendary Bruin captain in the line-up should generate much more interest in supporting some of the worthwhile causes that will benefit.

Game time is 7:00 and tickets will be available at the door.

"I don't like losing. Being a competitive player, it's not a good feeling. I was trying to do everything I could do, get a big hit or make a good play and get something going. That's the style I always play”

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