Claude Hennessey Bourque - Born March 31, 1915 in Oxford, Nova Scotia – Died May 13, 1982 was a professional ice Hockey goaltender.
Bourque played 62 games in the National Hockey League.
As a young teenager, goalie Claude Bourque played in the New Brunswick Amateur Hockey Association with the Moncton St. Mary's. He also dressed for his high school team and the Moncton Red Indians where he played in eight Memorial Cup games in 1933, going 6-1-1. He then spent the final two years of his junior eligibility in Montreal tending goal for the Junior Canadiens.
Bourque began playing senior hockey in the fall of 1935, playing with the Montreal Senior Canadiens, the Montreal Royals and the Verdun Maple Leafs. Heading into the 1938-39 season his NHL rights were owned by the Montreal Maroons but in September he was traded to the crosstown rival Canadiens for cash. The trade turned out to be a positive for Bourque who was given the opportunity to play in net for the Habs in 25 games, where he posted a 7-13-5 record. Although it was rather uncharacteristic, the Canadiens were somewhat lean in goaltending talent during those years and so Bourque returned as the number one goalie the following year, despite a dismal rookie season record. Unfortunately for Bourque and the Habs, season two was no better. He was between the pipes for 36 games, going 9-24-3. He was also loaned to the Detroit Red Wings for one game that year, replacing the injured Tiny Thompson for a game on February 15th. Bourque and the Red Wings came out on the short end of a 3-1 score against the New York Rangers, who eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup.
In April, 1940 the Canadiens decided to move in a new direction in goal and traded Bourque to the New York Rangers for Bert Gardiner, although he never again played in the NHL. He played two of his last three years in the AHL with the Philadelphia Ramblers and Buffalo Bisons, where he was named a Second Team All-Star, before winding down his career with the Lachine RCAF in 1942-43.
1928-29 Moncton St. Mary's / NBAHA
1929-30 Moncton St. Mary's / NBAHA
1930-31 Moncton CCJA / MCJHL
1930-31 Moncton CNR Machinists / MCIHL
1930-31 Moncton Aberdeens / High-NB
1931-32 Moncton CCJA / MCJHL
1932-33 Moncton Red Indians / MCJHL
1932-33 Moncton Red Indians / MCJHL - M-Cup
1933-34 Montreal Jr. Canadiens / QJHL
1934-35 Montreal Jr. Canadiens / QJHL
1935-36 Montreal Sr. Canadiens / QSHL
1936-37 Montreal Royals / QSHL
1937-38 Verdun Maple Leafs MCHL
1938-39 Montreal Canadiens / NHL
1938-39 Kansas City Greyhounds / AHL
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens / NHL
1939-40 Detroit Red Wings / NHL
1939-40 New Haven Eagles / IAHL
1940-41 Philadelphia Ramblers / AHL
1941-42 Buffalo Bisons / AHL