• At the 2009 Under-18 World Championships, Bourque won a gold medal with Team USA recording seven points (1-6-7) in seven games.
• He has chosen to forgo a scholarship at the University of New Hampshire and will play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next year.
• Is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, who played 23 seasons in the NHL for Boston and Colorado and was drafted eighth overall in 1979.
• His brother, Chris was drafted by the Washington Capitals, in the 2nd round (33rd overall) of the 2004 NHL draft. Chris made his NHL debut for the Capitals in 2007-08 and has since played 12 NHL games.
• He got started in hockey, following in his big brother’s footsteps and he credits both his dad and his brother for having had the biggest influence on his career – “they both have been there for me when I needed advice and to be pushed”.
• His childhood hockey idol was Paul Kariya and he patterns his game after Devils forward Zach Parise.
• A pre-game ritual for Ryan is too have an ice bath to get his legs going, and then a shower right before the game to help him relax.
• If he could be in one movie it would be National Treasurer, and if he could trade places with someone for one day he would choose David Beckham.
• The one thing he couldn’t live without is his cell phone, and the all time best gift he’s received was his dog Stanley.
BOURQUE TAKING HIS OWN PATH TO NHL
U.S. U-18 TEAM TROUNCES RUSSIA, WINS GOLD