Ray Bourque

“And after 22 years, Raymond Bourque!”

It’s one of the most iconic soundbites in Stanley Cup Finals history. It’s nearly impossible to read the words without Gary Thorne’s voice jumping into your head. After 23 seasons chasing Lord Stanley’s Cup, it was the perfect ending to his incredible NHL career.

Ray Bourque was selected 8th overall in 1979 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. During his rookie season, Bourque used a Sherwood PMP 5030 stick, CCM gloves, Sherwood pants, Bauer skates and a CCM helmet. It didn’t take long for him to make an impact – he scored a goal in his very first game – as he immediately established himself as one of the best defensemen in the league. He would go on to put up 65 points for a rookie defenseman (a record at the time) and win the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Bourque’s consistency on the ice was matched by the consistency of his equipment choices. Throughout his entire career, Bourque only used a Sherwood stick, wore Sherwood pants and used Bauer skates. However, as he settled into the league, he swapped out his CCM gloves for Sherwood gloves and traded in his CCM helmet for a Bauer 7500. Towards the tail end of his career he would upgrade his stick model, but he would remain true to the Sherwood brand until the end.