- By J*Rod
Ray Bourque. It pains me to say, especially being a New Jersey Devil’s fan, but what a Hollywood ending. Raymond Bourque was drafted and played for the Boston Bruins for years, until he wound up going to the Colorado Avalanche in 2000. He had won the Norris trophy for 5 years (1987, 88, 90, 91, and 94) and was selected to the NHL allstar game for 17 years, either as a first or second team player.
What his movie should be made about was his finally winning a Stanley Cup. The story is Hollywood! He chose to leave Boston and sign with Colorado. Coming into the cup finals, the Avalanche had the motto 16W (to represent the 16 wins to win the Stanley Cup), and were matched against the defending cup champion New Jersey Devils (if there’s a more “anti-we want you to win” team name, I want to know what it is).
The Devils held one of the greatest goaltenders of all time in Martin Brodeur to be matched against one of the greatest goaltenders of all time in Patrick Roy. Ray Bourque did not disappoint scoring in game 3 against Brodeur and winning his first Stanley Cup in 7 games. All the ingredients to a wonderful story are there. Bourque had played in more NHL games, regular season and playoffs than anybody else who had yet to win the Cup.
This story features A never-before champion, traded for one last chance, playing against the defending champions, whose name represent evil. It’s perfect! Make a movie about Bourque and get people cheering the way they do about Michael Oher, and Francis Ouimet. Make a hockey movie that could get people chanting a name, but instead of “Rudy”, let everyone chant “Ray”…or “Bourque” Either way, it would be worth the name.