Chris Bourque inspired by legends

January, 15, 2013
1/15/13
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BOSTON -- Chris Bourque is no stranger to the Boston Bruins locker room at TD Garden. He basically grew up in the old FleetCenter while his father, Ray, was the captain of the Bruins.

On Tuesday, following the team’s morning skate, Bourque sat in the Bruins' locker room as he prepares to don the hometown sweater in the annual Black & Gold intersquad game tonight at the Garden.

The 26-year-old forward has a solid chance of making the team, and he’s been lined with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley during camp this week. If he does make the team, Bourque will wear No. 48.

He chose that number because it represents his two favorite Bruins of all time -- Bobby Orr and Cam Neely.

“Two legends right there,” Bourque said. “I’ve rarely seen that number before, but it’s starting to grow on me and I really like it. Hopefully it sticks. When I came here I really didn’t have too much of a choice, but it’s kind of a unique number. Growing up my favorite player was Cam Neely. I even liked him more than my dad because I was a forward and Cam was a forward. He’s just one of the best Bruins of all time.”

Other former Bruins who have worn No. 48 include Graeme Townshend (1990-1991), Jozef Stumpel (1992), Fred Knipscheer (1994-1995), Steve Staios (1996-1997), Randy Robitaille (1997), Joe Hulbig (2000-2001), Chris Kelleher (2002), Jay Leach (2006) and Matt Hunwick (2008-2011).

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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