On This Day in Bruins History, B’s Captain Raymond Bourque set a new team record that may never be reached again. At least not in my lifetime.
February 1st, 1997 marked the day he became Boston’s all-time scoring leader, surpassing Johnny “The Chief” Bucyk’s record of 1,339 points (goals and assists combined).
Bourque, pictured above celebrating the milestone moment with Rob Tallas and his teammates right after the 3-0 road victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, achieved the feat by scoring a goal and adding two assists to the tally sheet alongside Ted Donato and Adam Oates.
Bourque would go on to finish up with a career Bruins total of 1,506 points (395 goals / 1,111 assists) throughout his twenty-one-year tenure in Boston.
The B’s legend would finally win his coveted Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 (near misses in Boston include the ’88 and ’90 SCF losses to the Edmonton Oilers) after being traded at the deadline in March of 2000.
Bourque consistently ranks towards the top of any “Best Bruins Players” list, including one right here at the Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog, and was prominently featured in the NHL’s “100 Greatest Players” centennial tribute video.
A five-time Norris Trophy Winner with the B’s and renowned “Accuracy Shooting Champ” at multiple NHL All-Star games, Bourque’s No. 77 jersey was retired by the Bruins in the October of 2001.
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