Bob Bourne

Bob Bourne

Bourne in 1981
Born (1954-06-21) June 21, 1954
Netherhill, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left-wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1974
Kansas City Scouts
WHA Draft 17th overall, 1974
Indianapolis Racers
Playing career 19741988

Robert Glen Bourne (born June 21, 1954) 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. He was inducted into the Islanders hall of fame.

Playing career

Bourne was drafted 38th overall by the Kansas City Scouts in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, though he would never play for the organization. On September 13, 1974, he was traded to the Islanders for Bart Crashley and the rights to Larry Hornung.

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. He led the Islanders in playoff scoring en route to their fourth Stanley Cup in 1983.

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 in the NHL he was awarded the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance. He was also honored by Sports Illustrated as one of several 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 disabled children.

Coaching career

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 now hosts the Hockey Greats Fantasy Camp 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 Trevor Gillies), 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.

Personal life

His son Justin Bourne is also a former professional hockey player who played 16 games in the American Hockey League. Justin is now an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and is married to the daughter of Bob's former teammate Clark Gillies, Brianna.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1971–72Saskatoon BladesWCHL6328326036
1972–73Saskatoon BladesWCHL6640539374
1973–74Saskatoon BladesWCHL6329427141
1974–75New York IslandersNHL771623391291234
1975–76Fort Worth TexansCHL6229447380
1975–76New York IslandersNHL1423513
1976–77New York IslandersNHL751619353082024
1977–78New York IslandersNHL803033633172352
1978–79New York IslandersNHL8030316148101346
1979–80New York IslandersNHL73152540522110102010
1980–81New York IslandersNHL783541766214461019
1981–82New York IslandersNHL762726537719971636
1982–83New York IslandersNHL7720426255208202814
1983–84New York IslandersNHL782234567581127
1984–85New York IslandersNHL448122051100226
1985–86New York IslandersNHL621715323630000
1986–87Los Angeles KingsNHL78139223552130
1987–88Los Angeles KingsNHL72711182850110
NHL totals 964 258 324 582 605 139 40 56 96 108

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