The Washington Capitals, parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed free agent left wing Chris Bourque to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Bourque, 25, split time between Lugano of the Swiss-A league and Mytishchi Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) last season, collecting 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 39 games with Lugano and adding one goal in eight games with Mytishchi.
The Boston, Mass., native has been a part of three Calder Cup-winning Hershey Bears teams (2006, 2009, 2010) and won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the playoff MVP in 2010, tying for the league lead in postseason scoring with 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 21 games.
In 325 career regular-season AHL games with Portland and Hershey, Bourque has collected 302 points (105 goals, 197 assists) and registered a plus-51 rating. In addition, he has collected 60 points (15 goals, 45 assists) in 68 career postseason AHL games with Hershey.
The 5-foot-8, 178-pound forward has collected one goal and three assists in 33 NHL games with Washington and Pittsburgh. He was originally drafted by the Capitals in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.