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Born June 21, 1954 (1954-06-21) (age 55),
Netherhill, SASK, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Pro clubs NHL
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1974
Kansas City Scouts
WHA Draft 17th overall, 1974
Indianapolis Racers
Career 1974 – 1988

Bob Bourne (born June 21, 1954 in Netherhill, Saskatchewan) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played for the New York Islanders and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL between 1974 and 1988.

Playing career

Bourne was drafted 38th overall by the Kansas City Scouts in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. However, he never played for the Scouts. On September 13, 1974, he was stolen by New York Islanders general manager Bill Torrey in a trade for Bart Crashley and the rights to Larry Hornung. Hornung never played again in the NHL and Crashley scored just three goals in twenty-seven games with the Scouts.

Bourne was known for his blazing speed and his reckless skating stride. Bourne also possessed an underrated shot to go along with his speed, and was an integral part of the run of nineteen straight playoff victories the New York Islanders enjoyed during the 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984 playoff campaigns.

Bourne spent the entire 1974–75 season with the Islanders but found himself in the minor leagues the following year. He returned to the Islanders for the 1976–77 season, and spent the next ten seasons on Long Island, recording at least thirty goals three times and between twenty and thirty goals three others. He won the Stanley Cup 4 times — 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983.

Bourne was at his best in the 1983 playoffs, when he led the Islanders in playoff scoring en route to their fourth Stanley Cup, and in doing so, shut down the heavily favored Edmonton Oilers. His 1983 playoff effort included a memorable end-to-end rush against the rival New York Rangers.

The next season Bourne was forced to watch helplessly as a separated shoulder and knee injury sidelined him for most of the playoffs, including the finals against the same Oilers in the 1984 finals. The Oilers defeated the Islanders in five games in 1984, ending the franchise dream to win five championships in a row. Bourne was never the same player again after the knee injury, and the Islanders were never the same team again, either.

Bourne's career ended on a high note. He was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings on waivers in October 1986 and played 2 seasons with the Kings. In his final year of playing professional hockey, 1987–88, Bourne had his swan song, playing well once again and being awarded The Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance. He was also honored as a Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year in 1987 as one of eight "Athletes Who Care" for their work in humanitarian causes. Bourne was singled out for his work with a school for handicapped children. (Bourne's older son, Jeffrey, was born with spina bifida in 1979.)

After retiring as a player, Bourne served as a coach for several minor league teams, including the Central Texas Stampede, Las Vegas Thunder and Utah Grizzlies. He is now a realtor in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Bourne was honored as the ninth member of the Islanders Hall of Fame on November 25, 2006. While Bourne's number fourteen was not retired (it was most recently worn by Chris Campoli), he joined the eight team members [six players, one coach and one general manager] whose numbers have been retired in the Islanders Hall. The other members are Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Bob Nystrom, Bill Torrey and Al Arbour. A banner commemorating Bourne's induction hangs in the Nassau Coliseum.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 63 28 32 60 36
1972–73 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 66 40 53 93 74
1973–74 Saskatoon Blades WCHL 63 29 42 71 41
1974–75 New York Islanders NHL 77 16 23 39 12 9 1 2 3 4
1975–76 Fort Worth Texans CHL 62 29 44 73 80
1975–76 New York Islanders NHL 14 2 3 5 13
1976–77 New York Islanders NHL 75 16 19 35 30 8 2 0 2 4
1977–78 New York Islanders NHL 80 30 33 63 31 7 2 3 5 2
1978–79 New York Islanders NHL 80 30 31 61 48 10 1 3 4 6
1979–80 New York Islanders NHL 73 15 25 40 52 21 10 10 20 10
1980–81 New York Islanders NHL 78 35 41 76 62 14 4 6 10 19
1981–82 New York Islanders NHL 76 27 26 53 77 19 9 7 16 36
1982–83 New York Islanders NHL 77 20 42 62 55 20 8 20 28 14
1983–84 New York Islanders NHL 78 22 34 56 75 8 1 1 2 7
1984–85 New York Islanders NHL 44 8 12 20 51 10 0 2 2 6
1985–86 New York Islanders NHL 62 17 15 32 36 3 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 13 9 22 35 5 2 1 3 0
1987–88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 7 11 18 28 5 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 964 258 324 582 605 139 40 56 96 108

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Preceded by
Doug Jarvis
Bill Masterton Trophy winner
1988
Succeeded by
Tim Kerr
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