New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Ryan Bourque.
Bourque, 20, is a two-time medalist at the World Junior Championship as a member of the United States U-20 team, including a gold medal in the 2010 tournament and a bronze medal in the 2011 tournament.
This season, Bourque has skated in 47 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), registering 26 goals and 31 assists for 57 points, along with 15 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 47 games.
Ryan Bourque won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship Tournament and returned to win bronze with the U.S. in 2011.
He has established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, and power play goals (six). Bourque ranks third on the team in goals, points and points per game average (1.21). He has posted a career-high, 16 multi-point performances, and tied his career-high with a four-point effort (two goals, two assists) on November 13 at Prince Edward Island.
Bourque registered at least one point in 27 of his first 32 games to begin the season, recording 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) during the stretch. He also tallied a career-high, 11-game point streak from December 3 at Victoriaville to January 26 vs. Rimouski, registering 14 points (10 goals, four assists) over the span.
The 5-9, 170-pounder has appeared in 91 career QMJHL games over two seasons with Quebec, registering 45 goals and 55 assists for 100 points, along with 35 penalty minutes. As a rookie in 2009-10, Bourque registered 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 44 games with Quebec. He ranked seventh among all QMJHL rookies in goals (19), 10th in points (43) and tied for 11th in assists (24).
He also ranked sixth on Quebec in goals and points, and tied for seventh in assists. Bourque notched his first career QMJHL hat trick on February 6, 2010 vs. Gatineau. He registered 11 multi-point performances, including three, four-point efforts, and tallied 14 points in a nine-game span from October 24 vs. Baie-Comeau to November 15 at Drummondville (four goals, 10 assists over the span).
Prior to joining Quebec, Bourque skated in 75 games over two seasons with the USA National Under-18 Development Team, registering 24 goals and 38 assists for 62 points, along with 60 penalty minutes. He helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2009 U-18 World Championships in Fargo-Moorhead, recording one goal and six assists in seven tournament games. His six assists ranked fourth on the team.
The Boxford, Massachusetts native was originally the Rangers third round choice, 80th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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