Lac La Biche hockey hero René Bourque is heading to the Olympics. The former NHL player has been named to Canadian Olympic men’s hockey roster.
Bourque has played for the Swedish Hockey League since last August, following a 12 season NHL career. The 36 year old has 13 goals, 21 points and a plus-11 rating in 31 games this season. He notched 163 goals and 316 points in 725 regular season games on six NHL teams.
From Lac La Biche to Lethbridge, over 25% of the Team Canada Men's Olympic Hockey team are Albertans. We'll all be cheering for that third straight gold medal! https://t.co/viQbPk2mDp
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) January 11, 2018
Since the National Hockey League is not participating in the 2018 Olympics, this year’s squad is made up of players from across North America and Europe. 13 of the 25 players are from Russia’s KHL.
“It has been an exciting journey to arrive at this 25-player roster,” says general manager Sean Burke. “I want to congratulate these players on earning their place in history to represent Canada on the biggest sporting stage in the world – the Olympic Winter Games.”
This is the first time since 1994 that NHL players won’t be at the Winter Olympics.