Today in Sports History: February 29

In 1992, Ray Bourque became the third NHL defensive player to score 1,000 career points during a 1992 Boston Bruins versus Washington Capitals game. Bourque was selected for 8th overall in the 1979 NHL draft by the Boston Bruins. Bourque  was the team’s longest serving captain and won both the the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-Star selection, the first time in NHL history a non-goaltender had ever achieved the distinction. He totaled 65 points his rookie season which was a league record for a rookie defenseman. Bourque was named to the all-Star team 19 times and played 21 seasons for the Bruins. He also played fro Team Canada in the 1981, 1984, and 1987 Canada Cup. Bourque ended his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.  He is a five-time Norris Trophy winner and holds the record for the most selections to the NHL First Team (13 times). Both the Bruins and the Avalanche retired his no. 77 jersey.

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