Former Vernon Vipers forward Justin Bourne has returned to journalism and is the senior hockey columnist with the Athletic NHL.
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Bourne spent six-seven years as a hockey writter for USA Today, the Hockey News, The Score as well as having-writing his own hockey blogs before joining the the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies as video coach in 2015. Bourne left the Marlies after two seasons returning to journalism in June 2017.
Bourne played four years at the University of Anchorage Alaska before playing three seasons (2007-2009) in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League with five different teams (Alaska, Bridgeport, Utah, Reading & Idaho) before a serious jaw injury forced Bourne to retire in 2009. Bourne also attended the New York Islanders training camp in 2007. Justin's father is legendary New York Islanders forward Bob Bourne who played twelve seasons with the Islanders winning four straight Stanley Cups.
Bourne played two years in Vernon (2001-2003) collected (58-goals-73-assists-131-points) in 120 regular season games with the Vipers.
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