Bruins Trade Zach Hamill for Chris Bourque

The Boston Bruins have made one of their first moves of this offseason–though certainly not the last–by trading Zach Hamill to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Chris Bourque.

Bourque, the son of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, played with the Capitals’ AHL team the Hershey Bears this season, playing 73 games, putting up 27 goals and 66 assists for 93 points. The Bears made the Calder Cup playoffs and Bourque contributed a goal and three assists in the team’s five-game run. He was drafted 33rd overall in 2004 by the Capitals and has spent much of his time with the Bears, though recently he played for a KHL team and a Swiss team too.

Like Bourque, Hamill spent most of his time this season in the AHL with the Providence Bruins, appearing in 41 games, scoring eight goals and adding 13 assists. He’s played in 20 games with the Boston Bruins, putting up just four assists.

In an issue of The Hockey News that previews the 2012 NHL draft and analyzes each team’s draft picks since the 2004-05 lockout, Hamill was labeled one of the few “not so shrewd” picks by the Bruins. He was drafted eighth overall in 2007.

He also recently created controversy on his Twitter page, which has since been protected, for calling out “girl hockey fans” on expressing what he felt was an apparent lack of knowledge about the hockey season:

This was met with many cogent, thought-out and properly punctuated Twitter responses from female hockey fans, some of whom said they had been watching hockey before Hamill was even born, so of course they know there is a season.

But all of that aside, Bourque will most likely spend the bulk of his time in Rhode Island attempting to make the Providence Bruins more of a Calder Cup contender. However, if the parent club is in need, they might be well-served by calling up the son of Ray. It certainly would make it fun to see another Bourque take to the ice in Boston.

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