Robert Glen Bourne (born June 21, 1954) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played for the New York Islanders and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1974 and 1988. He was inducted into the New York Islanders Hall of Fame.
June 21, 1954|
Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Islanders|
Los Angeles Kings
38th overall, 1974|
Kansas City Scouts
17th overall, 1974|
Bourne was a skilled baseball player and signed with Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. He played one season for the Appalachian League Covington Astros in 1972 where he platooned at first base with future Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies. Both left professional baseball after the season to focus on professional hockey.
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. Known as one of the fastest skaters in the league, he won the Stanley Cup four consecutive 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 two seasons with the Kings. In Bourne's 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.
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 New York Islanders Hall of Fame on November 25, 2006. Though Bourne's number fourteen is not retired, he has 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.
Bourne's son Justin is also a former professional hockey player who played 16 games in the American Hockey League. Justin is now a senior hockey analyst with Sportsnet NHL after serving two years as a video coach with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Justin is married to Brianna, the daughter of Bob's former teammate, Clark Gillies.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1974–75||New York Islanders||NHL||77||16||23||39||12||9||1||2||3||4|
|1975–76||Fort Worth Texans||CHL||62||29||44||73||80||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||New York Islanders||NHL||14||2||3||5||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||New York Islanders||NHL||75||16||19||35||30||8||2||0||2||4|
|1977–78||New York Islanders||NHL||80||30||33||63||31||7||2||3||5||2|
|1978–79||New York Islanders||NHL||80||30||31||61||48||10||1||3||4||6|
|1979–80||New York Islanders||NHL||73||15||25||40||52||21||10||10||20||10|
|1980–81||New York Islanders||NHL||78||35||41||76||62||14||4||6||10||19|
|1981–82||New York Islanders||NHL||76||27||26||53||77||19||9||7||16||36|
|1982–83||New York Islanders||NHL||77||20||42||62||55||20||8||20||28||14|
|1983–84||New York Islanders||NHL||78||22||34||56||75||8||1||1||2||7|
|1984–85||New York Islanders||NHL||44||8||12||20||51||10||0||2||2||6|
|1985–86||New York Islanders||NHL||62||17||15||32||36||3||0||0||0||0|
|1986–87||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||78||13||9||22||35||5||2||1||3||0|
|1987–88||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||72||7||11||18||28||5||0||1||1||0|