New York Islanders Longest Serving Members in Franchise History
Appearances: 814, 5th
Draft: 138h, 1974 (Kansas City) Status: Retired
Points: 542 (238G, 304A)
We never drafted Bob Bourne, but he would make his NHL debut playing for the New York Islanders.
Shortly after being drafted by the Kansas City Scouts, the Isles traded for the young Saskatchewan native by sending Bart Crashley and Larry Hornung the other way. The deal never really worked out for the Kansas City. Neither Bart or Larry amounted to much in the NHL with a combined 54 points and188 games played.
Bob was never a finesse player like some of his teammates, a-la Mike Bossy or Bryan Trottier. He just did the simple things really well. But he did manage a few season with 30 goals.
If anything Bourne will be remembered as just a great individual and teammate. In his final year in the NHL, Bourne was awarded the Bill Masterton trophy for his charity work.
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