On Tuesday, following the team’s morning skate, Bourque sat in the Bruins' locker room as he prepares to don the hometown sweater in the annual Black & Gold intersquad game tonight at the Garden.
He chose that number because it represents his two favorite Bruins of all time -- Bobby Orr and Cam Neely.
“Two legends right there,” Bourque said. “I’ve rarely seen that number before, but it’s starting to grow on me and I really like it. Hopefully it sticks. When I came here I really didn’t have too much of a choice, but it’s kind of a unique number. Growing up my favorite player was Cam Neely. I even liked him more than my dad because I was a forward and Cam was a forward. He’s just one of the best Bruins of all time.”
Other former Bruins who have worn No. 48 include Graeme Townshend (1990-1991), Jozef Stumpel (1992), Fred Knipscheer (1994-1995), Steve Staios (1996-1997), Randy Robitaille (1997), Joe Hulbig (2000-2001), Chris Kelleher (2002), Jay Leach (2006) and Matt Hunwick (2008-2011).