B's legend Bourque to have Endicott rink named after him

B's legend Bourque to have Endicott rink named after him
July 31, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Ray Bourque and his family have become fixtures on Boston’s North Shore since No. 77 retired from the NHL, and the Hall of Fame Bruins defenseman added to that legacy earlier this week by partnering with Endicott College for the college’s future hockey rink.

On Tuesday, Endicott College and the Endicott Athletics and Recreation Department, along with Celebrity Marketing, Inc., began work on the college’s new ice hockey arena and sports complex named for the Black and Gold legend.

The Raymond J. Bourque Ice Arena will house the NCAA Division III men’s and women’s ice hockey programs for Endicott as well as serve as home to Beverly Youth Hockey, Beverly High School Hockey, and other local sports activities. It’s an area that will be well-served by a state-of-the-art college hockey rink, and Bourque was happy to get involved with the effort.

“This arena will affect the lives of many individuals, starting with the youth of the North Shore, which is the motivating factor for me to not only accept the honor of having the arena named after me but to actively assist in the construction fundraising,” said Bourque in a press release. “I am passionate about the funding of scholarships and the continuing education of our youth with regards to the value of teamwork, leadership, dedication and a strong sense of community.”

Slated to open prior to the start of the 2015-16 academic year, the hockey rink will join what’s become a grouping of new, dynamic athletic facilities on the Endicott campus.

“When we began speaking with Ray about the naming of the arena in his honor, our thought was that we wanted to inspire our youth, our students, and our community to emulate the qualities that he has as an athlete and as a man,” said Endicott president Dr. Richard E. Wylie. “In true Bourque fashion, he was most appreciative about being honored but far more interested about what impact this would have on the kids and the community.”

After a 22-year NHL run with the Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche, Bourque has become one of Boston’s most treasured sports figures regularly giving back to the community through several local charities. He is on the Board of Directors of Celebrities for Charity, an organization dedicated to helping celebrities fulfill their philanthropic aspirations, and increasing the access charities have to athletes like Bourque, Milan Lucic and Rob Gronkowski.