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Bruins legend Ray Bourque asks for ‘privacy’ after OUI charge

Ray Bourque at the opening of Endicott College’s hockey rink last year. Bourque was arrested Friday and charged wtih operating under the influence of liquor.Parker Fish/File/Parker Fish

Bruins legend Ray Bourque made a public plea for privacy Sunday night, saying that his arrest Friday night on a charge of drunken driving is “unfamiliar territory” for the Hall of Fame defenseman.

“I am not happy about the situation I put myself into on Friday night,” he said in a statement, issued on his behalf by Cleon Daskalakis, a former Bruins goaltender and his longtime friend, with whom he collaborates on charitable programs.

“I am a very proud person that accepts the responsibility of my actions and have always accepted being in the media eye,” Bourque said.

“I have used this popularity to try and positively impact as many lives as possible,” he said. “I am happy that no one was hurt in the accident and thank everyone who has reached out in support of my family and me.”


Bourque, 55, of Boxford, was arrested Friday night in Andover after his car struck a minivan on Route 133 at about 11:30 p.m. He was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and following too closely to another vehicle, police said in a statement Saturday. No one was injured in the crash.

Bourque was released on bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office.

Bourque played 21 seasons for the Bruins and was their longest-serving captain. He was a five-time winner of the Norris Trophy, presented annually to the top defenseman in the National Hockey League.

He finished his career in the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in his final NHL game in 2001. The Bruins retired Bourque’s uniform number 77 later that year.

Since 2005, Bourque has been a consultant to the Bruins coaching staff, and remains active in team-related charities.


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