Bourque set to make Bruins debut

BOSTON -- Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton is not the only player making his Boston Bruins debut Saturday night at TD Garden.

Chris Bourque, son of former Bruins legend and Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, will don a No. 48 Bruins sweater tonight against the New York Rangers.

During his one season as a Boston University Terrier, Bourque played in the Beanpot on Garden ice in 2005, but the only professional game he has played here was an exhibition game when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

“I’m happy I’m on this side now,” Bourque said.

He’s also trying to treat this like any other game. He’ll take his normal game-day nap before coming to the rink.

“I’m really looking forward to it but I’m trying to treat it as normal as possible because you don’t want to get too high or too low,” Bourque said. “I’m just trying to stay focused and only worry about the things I can control out there and just play my game.”

When asked how many friends and family will be in attendance tonight, Bourque said: “Too many to count. I’m not too worried about that. I talked to my dad late last night and they have a crew up from Montreal and friends and family from around here. I know my dad has a box, and I’ve got a couple of tickets to give out to a couple of buddies of mine, so it’ll probably be close to 30, maybe 40. I’m sure I’ll know some other people in the crowd.”

Bourque played 32 games for the Providence Bruins during the lockout and now that he’s with the Bruins, the crafty forward has an opportunity to stick with the team on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.