Hershey’s Chris Bourque Named AHL MVP

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Posted April 15, 2016

Chris Bourque at the 2012 Outdoor Classic in Philadelphia (Photo Credit: M. Richter)

Hershey Bears forward Chris Bourque won the  Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s most valuable player for the 2015-16 season on Friday. The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities. The AHL’s most valuable player award honors the late Les Cunningham, a member of the AHL Hall of Fame who was a five-time league All-Star and three-time Calder Cup champion with the Cleveland Barons.

Bourque leads the AHL in scoring heading into the final weekend with 79 points in 70 games. He has a career high 30 goals for second in the league, and is also at second with 49 assists. Bourque has four separate scoring streaks of seven games or longer and has registered 20 multiple-point games while leading Hershey to the third-ranked offense in the league (3.44 gpg).

Bourque is Hershey’s seventh league MVP. Keith Aucoin, Alexandre Giroux, Jean-Francois Labbe, Tim Tookey, Mike Nykoluk and George “Red” Sullivan all earned the honors with the Bears.

Lets hope it continues into the postseason on the way to hopefully another Calder Cup for Hershey.