Flames acquire Rene Bourque
Continuing to build on the left wing
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of left wing Rene Bourque from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional second round draft choice.

"Rene is a young player with size who will play in our top nine forwards,” said Sutter. “He will be an important part of the remaking of our left side along with other young players already under contract.”

Bourque, a native of Lac La Biche, AB, completed his third season with the Blackhawks in 07-08, recording 24 points from 10 goals and 14 assists.

The 6’3”, 213lb winger has notched 75 points in 183 career NHL games.

Bourque said he had an inkling that he might be traded this off-season and said he is excited to be coming to the Flames.

"I'm really excited to be coming to Calgary and being part of the Flames," said Bourque. "I think it will be a good move for me. We'll see where I fit in as things get closer and the season starts."

Bourque was originally signed as a free agent by Chicago on July 29, 2004 following a four year career with the University of Wisconsin.

He played his first year of professional in 04-05 with Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk where he established team highs in goals (33), assists (27) and points (60).

For his efforts, Bourque was named to the AHL All-Star Game and was the recipient of the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie.

RENE BOURQUE – LEFT WING
BORN: Lac La Biche, AB (December 10, 1981) SHOOTS: Left
HEIGHT: 6’2” WEIGHT: 213 lbs.
ACQUIRED: Trade with Chicago for a conditional second round draft choice on July 1, 2008.

Code:
Season     Club         Lea.    GP    G     A     PTS   PIM   GP   G    A    PTS  PIM
2000-01    Wisconsin    WCHA    32    10    5     15    18    -    -    -    -    -
2001-02    Wisconsin    WCHA    38    12    7     19    26    -    -    -    -    -
2002-03    Wisconsin    WCHA    40    19    8     27    54    -    -    -    -    -
2003-04    Wisconsin    WCHA    42    16    20    36    74    -    -    -    -    -
2004-05    Norfolk      AHL     78    33    27    60    105   6    1    0    1    8
2005-06    Chicago      NHL     77    16    18    34    56    -    -    -    -    -
2006-07    Chicago      NHL     44    7     10    17    38    -    -    -    -    -
           Norfolk      AHL     1     0     0     0     0     -    -    -    -    -
2007-08    Chicago      NHL     62    10    14    24    42    -    -    -    -    -
           TOTALS       NHL     183   33    42    75    136   -    -    -    -    -