Chris Bourque named AHL MVP

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Hershey Bears forward Chris Bourque has been named the American Hockey League’s most valuable player.

From the league’s press release:

The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities.

Bourque is vying for his second career AHL scoring title in 2015-16, heading into the final weekend of the regular season with a career-high 30 goals and a league-best 79 points in 70 games played.

Bourque, 30, is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque. In July, he signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals. Before that, he was part of the Rangers organization.

Bourque has appeared in 51 career NHL games for the Capitals, Penguins and Bruins, scoring twice with six assists. He’s also spent time playing in Europe.

The list of past AHL MVPs includes Tyler Johnson (2013) and Jason Spezza (2005).