Rene Bourque's parents were not around Tuesday to watch their son in action.

See, the residents of Lac La Biche, Alta., had booked a non-refundable trip to Hawaii months ago — while Bourque was still a member of the Calgary Flames.

That's not to say Sonny has not already given them their fair share of thrills.

Dec. 27, 2008, against the Ottawa Senators, Bourque scored three times — his first-ever hat trick in the National Hockey League — with his folks, Wayne and Barbara, in the Saddledome stands. On his mother's birthday yet.

In fact, there had been plenty of shining moments for Bourque in three-plus seasons as a member of the Flames.