Penguins Broadcaster to Speak

Nov 05, 2018

Phil Bourque, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and Pittsburgh Penguins radio broadcaster, will share his story of triumphs and challenges when he visits Cal U on Nov. 9.

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“Faceoff for Your Future: A Conversation with Phil Bourque” will take place at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the south conference wing of Cal U’s Convocation Center. 

Bourque has appeared on campus several times, including last fall, at a food donation drive. He spoke on leadership in 2010 at Morgan Hall. 

During his 18-year professional playing career, Bourque was a left-winger on the Penguins’ 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup champion teams. 

In 1994 he almost died after dropping off a 40-foot cliff in Arizona, suffering three broken vertebrae in his neck, a broken skull, shattered sinus cavity, a broken cheekbone and a broken nose. 

He retired as a player in 2000 after suffering at least a dozen concussions and has spoken publicly about the long-term effects of head injuries. 

Bourque is in his 15th season on the Penguins radio broadcast team, serving as color commentator alongside Mike Lange. Bourque has also co-hosted Penguins pre- and post-game shows on the Penguins Radio Network and has worked as a contributor for AT&T SportsNet's coverage of Penguins hockey. 

At his talk, which is geared for Cal U students but free and open to the public, there will be food, prizes and giveaways.