Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Ray Bourque watches son Ryan in action
By Katie Strang
NHL legend Ray Bourque was watching on from section 101 C of the Times-Union center in Albany as son, Ryan, played in his first preseason game of the year for the Rangers.
"He did pretty well that first period," Bourque said as fans looking for autographs and photos engulfed him during the first intermission.
Ryan, selected in the third-round by the Rangers in 2009, had an impressive showing at the team's recent trip to Michigan for the Traverse City prospects tournament. The 20-year-old winger, who has spent the last two seasons for the Quebec Ramperts of the QMJHL, figures to be one of the six or seven youngsters that will garner a hard look from the Rangers' coaching staff.
"He had fun in Traverse City [last] weekend and he was really excited about coming to the big camp," Bourque said.
Bourque said he has no problem talking shop with his son, giving out pointers that helped him along during an illustrious career that spanned more than two decades.
"We talk all the time," Bourque said. "We talk hockey. If I feel there's something he could do better I tell him, but he's pretty dedicates. He's a passionate kid."