Ray Bourque was a true working man’s hero – 21 seasons he played for the Boston Bruins and made a name for him self as one of the greatest NHL players ever and no less than that – as a great man. Only one thing was missing before he could retire form the arena, winning the Stanley Cup.
The Bruins were close couple of times during his 21 seasons, but never made it. 1999-2000 season didn’t go well for Boston so in march 2000 they fulfilled the full meaning of the saying “when you love someone – set him free” and traded Bourque to the Colorado Avalanche, so he will have a true shot to get the cup.
In the 2000 playoffs Colorado came close, but lost the Western Conference finals to the Dallas Stars. Bourque’s hope was crushed for a while and then came 2000-2001 season. in that season the Avalanche went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. The series against the New Jersey Devils wasn’t easy, but with Bourque’s help the team won the cup in game 7. Wining the cup was the last thing Ray Bourque needed and he retired shortly thereafter. A sugar sweet ending for a remarkable career.