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After 22 years, Ray Bourque hoists the cup as the Avalanche are presented the Stanley Cup Trophy (Courtesy: ABC Sports).
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 Prayers answered
ESPN's John Buccigross looks at the emotional ending to Ray Bourque's story.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Bourque leaves the game a champion

Ray Bourque: A Quest Fulfilled
His 22-year pursuit of the Stanley Cup now complete, former Bruins and Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday in Denver. ESPN Classic will honor Bourque by presenting Colorado's 3-1 win over New Jersey in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.
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  • Ray Bourque spent 20 seasons chasing the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. It took a trade to the Avalanche and a Game 7 win over the Devils before Bourque could hold the Cup as a Stanley Cup champion.

    Career Statistics
    Years Games Goals Assists Points PIM +/- PPG Cups
    22 1612 410 1169 1579 1141 528 173 1

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