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Ray Bourque Traded to Colorado

March 7, 2000 GMT

BOSTON (AP) _ Ray Bourque, the longtime leader of the Boston Bruins who won five Norris Trophies but never a Stanley Cup, got his wish for one more chance at a championship when he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

``We limited ourselves to teams where Raymond Bourque would have a chance to win the Stanley Cup,″ Bruins general manager Harry Sinden said after Boston’s 5-1 loss to Ottawa. ``It may not be his first choice.″

The 39-year-old defenseman is the Bruins’ career leader in scoring and games played. Although he had said he would rather finish his career in Boston than go elsewhere to win the Stanley Cup, he changed his mind as it became clear the Bruins would not make the playoffs this year.

Bourque was traded along with forward Dave Andreychuk for forward Brian Rolston, defenseman Martin Grenier, center Sami Pahlsson and Boston’s choice of a first-round pick in either 2000 or 2001.

Bourque’s 395 career regular-season goals places him first among defenseman in NHL history. He is second to Paul Coffey in career assists for a defenseman with 1,111.

Overall, he is ninth in scoring with 1,506 points and fifth in games played, with 1,518.