Kaylyn Bourque has been around sports since the day she was born, literally. Her mom was at a Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball game when she went into labor. Born July 4, 2006, Kaylyn has grown up in a family that loves sports.
Kaylyn’s love for hockey started when she was just 7 years-old. She came home from school with a flyer about the Central Maine youth hockey program. She pleaded with her parents to play hockey. Her mom, Cathy, a standout basketball player at the University of New England, had visions of Kaylyn playing basketball, but she could quickly tell Kaylyn really wanted to try hockey.
Cathy and her husband Brian could see Kaylyn’s passion when she talked about playing hockey. They supported her and it wasn’t long before her grandfather helped build a rink for Kaylyn in the front yard. By age 8 she was featured as the Dunkin Donuts athlete of the Month. From age 7-14 Kaylyn was already playing on boys teams.
Today, the front yard rink is a lot bigger at 56’ x 32’ and is maintained by the entire Bourque family. After a snow storm, Kaylyn can be found snow blowing the rink to get ready to start practicing again.
It’s Kaylyn’s commitment to the sport that has led to more opportunities for her. Kaylyn plays for her high school team, the Winslow/Gardiner/Brewer/Messalonskee/Lawrence/Erskine Academy Black Tigers and the Casco Bay Mariners 19U team.
In 2018 Kaylyn played on the USA Hockey Development Team in Burlington, Vermont and won a gold medal at the Winter Classic Tournament in New Hampshire.
At the start of her high school career, Kaylyn was named Freshman of the Year. She has led the team in scoring for the past two seasons and was named to the All-Conference team the past two seasons. During that time, she also played for the Maine Gladiators 16U Tier 2 (New England) in 2022.
In her sophomore year, Bourque was the leading goal scorer in the state with the 33 goals for the Black Tigers. She finished the season with 44 points in a COVID-shorten 15 game season. She averaged more than 3 points per game.
Following the 2021-22 season with the Black Tigers and Maine Gladiators, Kaylyn Bourque was selected to play on the 2022 New England District All-Star team. As a result, she established herself as one of the top girls ice hockey players in New England. This spring she practiced with many other elite players, culminating with a hockey try-out at the Northford Ice Pavilion in Northford, Conn. for the U.S. National team. Bourque scored and also registered several assists during the try-out.
The summer of 2022 was full of hockey tournaments and showcases for Bourque. It’s one of the reasons why she has learned how to sharpen her own skates using the Sparx skate sharpening system, which gives her and edge against her competition at home or on the road.
In 2022, Kaylyn participated in some of the top hockey tournaments and camps in the country:
June 12-14 – Chowder Cup Prospect Majors Tournament. Location: Foxboro, Canton and Attleboro, Massachusetts
June 21-22 – Hockey Night in Boston. Location: Haverhill Valley Forum, Haverhill, Massachusetts
July 11-15 – Pro Ambitions Hockey Camp. Location: Jim Roche Ice Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
July 25-26 – University of Maine Prospect Camp. Location: Harold Alfond Ice Arena, Orono, Maine
August 4-7 – Hockey Night in Boston Majors Showcase. Location: Worcester Ice Center.
In addition to playing hockey, Kaylyn is a standout lacrosse player and set the single-game scoring record at Lawrence High School with 10 goals in one game. Her freshman year, she scored 30 goals and then scored 48 goals in her sophomore year, establishing her as one of the best lacrosse players in the state.
In addition to her athletic achievements, Kaylyn Bourque was the first athlete in the country to complete Pliable’s 10-Step Athlete Branding Playbook, including building her own website at KaylynBourque.com.
At age 16, Bourque is currently playing for the Casco Bay Maine Mariners U19 team. Click here to see her game schedule.
Kaylyn is also active in her community by volunteering at the Lawrence Public Library and is a member of a club at Lawrence High School that focuses on drug-prevention awareness.
You can view Kaylyn’s NCSA profile here: https://recruit-match.ncsasports.org/clientrms/athletes/7140889
High School: Lawrence High School
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Birthplace: Portland, ME
Hometown: Benton, ME
High School: Lawrence High School
College: Actively looking and researching