Thursday, May 29, 2008

RIP Luc Bourdon

Despite the Nonis/Gillis thing, I wanted to take a couple of months off from the blog with the intention of previewing the draft and the free agency season. I intended to start posting again in the next couple of weeks, but after the tragedy this morning, I decided I had to say something.

After a motorcycle accident this morning, Luc Bourdon is dead.

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Luc Bourdon was killed in a motorcycle accident in northern New Brunswick on Thursday. He was 21.

Bourdon, a promising young defenceman who played his junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Val d'Or Foreurs of the QMJHL, split his first pro season in 2007-08 between Vancouver and the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose.

He scored two goals and was a plus-7 in 27 games with the Canucks last season.
Mike Gillis and the Vancouver Canucks issued a short statement earlier this afternoon.

It is with deep regret that the Vancouver Canucks today announced defenceman Luc Bourdon passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Thursday morning. Bourdon was 21 years old.

“We are deeply saddened by today’s news and on behalf of the entire Vancouver Canucks organization, I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Luc’s family,” said Canucks General Manager, Mike Gillis. “Luc was an extremely talented player with a bright future. He brought great passion to the game and was a valued team member on and off the ice. He will be greatly missed.”
It's unfair that someone so young with such a great future ahead of him should be taken away. Especially someone like Luc who, you could tell, had a passion for hockey and a passion for life. In his short time with the Vancouver Canucks organization, we only got a glimpse of who he was a person, but you can tell he had a great personality about him.

Like the time he represented Canada won at the World Junior Championships:

And during the Canucks Dice and Ice Rookies Dance:

RIP Luc. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

[Update: 05/30/2008, 7:40 AM]

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