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Meet a Penguin!
Come to The Lone Wolf® on Thursday, April 2 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and meet the Ole Two-Niner himself, retired professional player Phil Bourque. He will be here visiting Lady Luck® Nemacolin to greet fans, discuss his career, life in the playoffs, and anything else his fans want to chat about.
This guy wasn’t just a great player, he’s a great guy! Check out some of the highlights of his career!
Bourque’s 20-year playing career was highlighted by eight seasons with the Pens from 1983-1992. Signing as a free agent in October 1982, Bourque personified the franchise and the city’s gritty status by battling his way into the lineup playing both left wing and defense, a process that took six years.
During his last year, he was awarded the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Governors’ Trophy that was given to the best defenseman in the league.
Bourque combined speed with an aggressiveness that made him invaluable, becoming one of Scotty Bowman’s hidden gems. Even though he was known more for the grunt work of penalty killing and fore-checking, Bourque also found time to put the puck in the net, breaking the 20-goal threshold twice.
While his playing career with the team may have come to an end in 1992, the man did it in style. He was part of a back-to-back championship win, the first-ever titles for the franchise. Never one to pass up the chance to have some fun, his comment at the 1991 celebration of the Cup lives on, and is one that fans still recall: “What do you say we take this thing out on the river and party all summer?”
He went on to play for both New York and Ottawa, but would never lose his love for the city of Pittsburgh. Being a hockey lifer, he’d continue to play two years in the IHL before heading overseas for three more years on the ice in Germany. After that, he hung up the skates for good and he eventually headed to the Penguin broadcast booth.
Bourque’s love of life was energized even more in August of 1994 when he nearly had that life taken away. He was rock climbing near the Grand Canyon in Arizona and was halfway up a 500-foot cliff when he fell about 30 feet. He was rescued by helicopter four hours later, and ended up suffering three fractured neck vertebrae as well as facial fractures, but went on to make a full recovery.
Looking back at Bourque’s entire career – he played in a total of 477 regular season games in which he scored 88 goals and contributed 111 assists. Toss in 56 playoff games that added 13 goals and 12 assists, and the two Cups to those numbers, and you have a career to remember.
Bourque is currently in his 12th year as a member of the Pittsburgh broadcast team, handling both pre and post-game shows as well as serving as a commentator on games with the legendary Mike Lange.
While you’re here, enjoy everything we have to offer at The Lone Wolf® and Lady Luck®. A variety of gaming considerations and entertainment options exist that you won't find anywhere else!
$1 Yeungling draft specials that can help wash down a wonderful selection of food. These start with enticing appetizers like fried zucchini, chili cheese fries and double fried wings. After that, it’s time to move on to either hot or cold sandwiches or delicious, juicy burgers.
After you’re done with dinner, it’s time for those with a sweet-tooth fix to sample the chef’s selection of delicious cakes and pies. Whatever the choice, you really can’t wrong with anything on the menu.
So make plans to be at The Lone Wolf on April 2 for a night of hockey, talk and fun. We’re located at 4067 National Pike in Farmington. See you there!