ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals acquired center Zach Hamill from the Boston Bruins in exchange for left wing Chris Bourque, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Hamill, 23, recorded 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 41 games last season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 5’11”, 180-pound center tallied two assists in 16 games with the Boston Bruins in 2011-12. In 20 career NHL games, Hamill has collected four assists and has registered 139 points (44 goals, 95 assists) in 256 career AHL games.
The Vancouver, British Columbia, native was originally drafted by Boston in the first round (eighth overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Hamill won the Bobby Clarke trophy for amassing the most points (93) in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Everett Silvertips during the 2006-07 season.
Bourque, 26, registered 93 points (27 goals, 66 assists) in 73 games with the Hershey Bears in 2011-12. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Bourque leaves HERSHEY ranked 14th all-time in club scoring with 393 points (131-262-393). He played in 392 career games in a HERSHEY sweater, which ranks 25th all-time in BEARS history. His 93 points last season earned Bourque the John B. Sollenberger trophy as the AHL's top scorer. He was also named to the AHL's First All-Star Team, an accolade added to three Calder Cup Championships and a 2010 Calder Cup Playoff MVP Award.