The Manitoba Moose have signed defenceman Trent Bourque to a standard one-year, American Hockey League deal beginning for the 2020-21 season. The 22-year-old will come to Manitoba following one season of professional play, split between three teams within the ECHL and AHL.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound blueliner began his junior career with a half season of play for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League in 2014-15. He then picked things back up the following year, before being moved to Owen Sound partway through the 2015-16 campaign. The Burlington, ON. native grew both offensively and defensively during his time with the Attack, putting together seasons of 11, 17, 12 and 20 points on the back-end.
Bourque’s five-year OHL career came to a close following a five-game playoff in 2018-19, as the stay-at-home defender wrapped up his 272 regular season games with four career goals, 49 points and 199 total penalty minutes. He added one goal, six points and 30 penalty minutes in 33 postseason contests.
The former sixth round selection of the St. Louis Blues then moved on to the ECHL, suiting up for both the Brampton Beast and Newfoundland Growlers in 2019-20. He had three goals, 20 points and 46 penalty minutes, while finishing a +16 on the Beast, before putting up four assists and collecting one minor penalty with Newfoundland, following a trade to the Toronto Marlies organization in mid-February. Prior to his move to Newfoundland, Bourque’s 2019-20 season also saw a five-game AHL stint with the Belleville Senators, where he picked up his first point and registered four minutes in penalties.
The AHL has recently announced its Strategic Return to Play Task Force, with representation from True North Sports + Entertainment’s Mark Chipman, in which the league hopes to put together the groundwork on the resumption of play beginning in the 2020-21 season. The success of the 13-member committee will be vital to the potential of seeing AHL hockey this coming fall.