“I just hope I don’t disappoint him.”
That’s something you might expect the son of a Hockey Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup winner, and NHL legend to say about his father, not the other way around. But when you’re in your son’s adopted hometown, wearing the number that’s all but synonymous with his name among his team’s fans, that’s just the way it goes.
“I really didn’t know what number I was going to wear,” Ray Bourque said at the press conference before the Hershey Bears Outdoor Classic alumni game. “I saw 17 this morning, so that’s pretty cool. Just going to make him proud, I’m going to try to.”