A History of Athletes Retiring as Champions

Ray Bourque

Career years: 1979-2001
Accolades: Stanley Cup champion (2001), 19-time NHL All-Star (1981-1986, 1988-94, 1996-2001), Calder Memorial Trophy winner (1980), five-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner (1987-1988, 1990-1991, 1994), Pro Hockey Hall of Fame (2004)
Last stand: 2001 Stanley Cup Finals Game 7, June 9, 2001, Pepsi Center, Denver: Avalanche 3 Devils 1

Ray Bourque currently holds the records for most career goals, assists, and points by a defenceman in the NHL, and after 21 seasons with the Boston Bruins he finally got to hoist the ultimate prize with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Having played 1,612 regular season and 214 playoff games, Bourque waited longer to win the Cup than any other Cup-winning player in the 108-year history of Lord Stanley's prize. Yeah, we'd probably think then was a good time to step aside from the game too.

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