Ray Bourque calls Lemieux, Hull whiners

Former Boston Bruins defenceman Ray Bourque explained that Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull were both prone to whining, when he appeared on Boston’s WBZ-FM “Toucher and Rich” radio show on Monday.

Although Bourque did call Lemieux one of the best players to ever play the game, the legendary defenceman mentioned both Lemieux and Hull when asked about New York Rangers coach John Tortorella’s comments on Sidney Crosby’s complaining.

“You always used to hear Mario whine or Brett Hull whine, all these guys that went out there and scored all kinds of goals and wanted to be left alone and not hit. And when somebody on their team or themselves do something, you’d hear nothing about it. This is something that’s been around for a long time. It will never end. That was pretty interesting hearing Torts say that. I enjoyed listening to that.” Bourque told the show’s hosts that whining has always been part of the game, and that Lemieux was one of the worst whiners he encountered. “Brett Hull was pretty good, too.”

In the interview, Bourque also discussed the Bruins’ chances against the Washington Capitals in Round 1, which begins Thursday night in Boston, and the play of Alex Ovechkin this year.

Listen to Bourque’s full interview below. The Lemieux comments occur around the eight-minute mark.

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