NHL jersey number 77........a popular and decorated number worn by some of the best in the game of hockey, including Paul Coffey, Phil Esposito, Adam Oates, Cliff Ronning, and Pierre Turgeon. Of the NHL stars who have worn the number however, Bourque gets the nod as the best.
Ray Bourque was selected 8th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL draft. Bourque immediately made an impact for the Bruins as an offensively skilled defenseman, racking up 65 points with a plus 52 rating in his rookie regular season. He would continue producing for the Boston fans, wearing jersey number 7, into 1987. Towards the end of that year, the Bruins would retire jersey number 7 in honor of Phil Esposito, and Bourque would give up that jersey number to wear jersey number 77, which he wore through the remainder of his NHL career, spent with the Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche, where he would reach his goal of winning a Stanley Cup Championship.
Some of Bourque's NHL accomplishments:
- 1979 Calder Memorial Trophy winner
- 5-time James Norris Trophy winner
- 1,579 career NHL points
- 1,169 career NHL assists
- 60 career game-winning goals
- Plus 528 career on-ice rating
- .73 career NHL assists per-game
- 2001 Stanley Cup Champion
- 180 career playoff points
- 2004 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Did you know.................jersey number 77 has been retired in Bourque's honor by both the Bruins and Avalanche?