Russia’s Ak Bars Kazan has signed Boston Bruins forward Chris Bourque and Colorado Avalanche forward Tomas Vincour. As well, former NHLers Alex Svitov and Tim Stapelton have been signed by the club.

Bourque was drafted 44th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2004 and played three seasons with the team, barely breaking into the main roster, although he won three AHL Calder Cups with the Hershey Bears.  In mid-July 2010, Bourque failed to sign the qualifying offer extended by Washington and signed to play with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2010–11 season. Bourque had earlier signed a two-year contract with HK Atlant, worth US$1 Million per year, but the contract was not binding until July 15, 2010. After a disappointing start with Atlant Moscow Oblast, Bourque left the team on October 3, 2010. On October 4, 2010, Swiss hockey club HC Lugano announced they had signed Bourque to a contract. Bourque returned to re-sign with the Capitals on a one-year contract on July 2, 2011. In the 2011–12 season, Bourque was assigned by the Capitals to the Hershey Bears and led the league in scoring with a career high 93 points in 73 games. At seasons end on May 26th, 2012, Bourque was traded by the Capitals to the Boston Bruins for forward Zach Hamill. Chris scored his first Bruins goal, as the only goal scored in a February 2, 2013 1-0 road game shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 24 year old Vincour appeared in 15 games this season for Dallas, scoring two goals and adding an assist (three points). The 6-foot-2, 204-pound center has scored seven career goals and has amassed eight assists in his 86-game NHL career with the Stars along with 102 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Dallas Stars in the 5th round (129th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and was the first ever Edmonton Oil King to be drafted by an NHL team.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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