Report: Hershey Bears’ Chris Bourque to Play in 2018 Winter Olympics for Team USA

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With NHL players prohibited from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, hockey fans will be forced to watch players from the AHL on AHL contracts (among others) play for the Gold Medal. One such player is Hershey Bears forward Chris Bourque. And according to a recent report, it looks like the oldest son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray is headed to Pyeongchang.Β 

According to a recent report, it is expected that Bourque will be part of the roster announcement on January 1 from Team USA. The 2018 Pyeonchang Olympics will be Bourque’s first international appearance since 2005, when he played in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Junior Championships as a member of Team USA.

In 32 games played with Hershey this season, the soon-to-be 32-year old (January 29) left wing has recorded 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists), and once again leads the Bears in scoring. A former second-round draft pick of the Capitals, Bourque has become arguably, one of the best players in Hershey Bears history in two different stints with the team. In 684 career AHL games played, Bourque has scored 229 goals and added 443 assists for 672 points; in 572 games played with the Bears, Bourque has scored 192 goals and recorded 378 assists for 570 points.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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