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Ray Bourque is a Hockey Hall of Famer who had his number 77 retired by the Boston Bruins on October 4, 2001. Over the course of a 22-year career in the NHL, Bourque became one of the best defensemen the game has ever seen and one of the greatest Bruins of all time, retiring in 2001 as the club’s all-time leader in games (1,518), assists (1,111) and points (1,506). His 395 goals are fourth on the Bruins’ all-time list and are the most by any defenseman in club history. Bourque earned 18 First or Second Team All-Star selections during his two decades with the Bruins and won five Norris Trophies as the league’s top blueliner, third in league history behind Hall-of-Famers Bobby Orr (eight) and Doug Harvey (seven). He announced his retirement from pro hockey on June 26, 2001, shortly after winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche. Bourque finished his NHL career as the league’s all-time leading scorer among defensemen with 1,579 points on 410 goals and 1,169 assists in 1,612 career NHL games.
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