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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

With a last name synonymous with hockey greatness, one would think Ryan Bourque has been a rink rat almost from the time he departed the womb.

Well, think again.

Unlike Hall of Fame father Ray and older brother Chris, Ryan left hockey-mad Boston for Denver before realizing at age 11 that the sport featuring skates, sticks and pucks was more enjoyable than soccer.

But now Ryan is on the verge of a professional hockey career thanks largely to guidance from dad and bro’ that led to being the New York Rangers’ third-round pick in 2009.

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