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Old 05-29-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Canucks' Luc Bourdon killed in motorcycle crash

SHIPPAGAN, New Brunswick - Luc Bourdon, a promising rookie defenseman with the Vancouver Canucks, was killed Thursday when his motorcycle struck a tractor-trailer in a crash near his hometown. He was 21.



His death was confirmed by sister Eve Bourdon and stepmother Maryse Godin. Both declined further comment when reached at the family's home in Shippagan.

Police wouldn't confirm the identity of the victim but said a motorcyclist was killed in the early afternoon on a road between Shippagan and Lemeque.

"Luc was an extremely talented player with a bright future," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. "He brought great passion to the game and was a valued team member on and off the ice."

Bourdon's agent, Kent Hughes, called his client a winner and a competitor.

"There was no quit in him," said Hughes, who knew Bourdon since the player was 15. "He persevered through a lot. He was a great guy and a great teammate."

Bourdon was the first-round draft pick of the Canucks in 2005, selected 10th overall. He split time this season with the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. In 27 games with the Canucks, he scored twice and had no assists.

"Through hard work and perseverance, Luc was able to realize his dream of becoming an NHL player," Paul Kelly, executive director of the players' union. "Luc had a promising life and career ahead of him and he will certainly be missed."

Bourdon played on the Canadian team that won the gold medal at the 2007 world junior hockey championship in Vancouver and made the tournament's all-star team. He helped Canada win another gold at the 2007 tournament in Sweden.

Bourdon played for Val d'Or, Moncton and Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League before turning pro.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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For sure he'll be missed in the NHL of the future. He was a rising star and it's a pity to lose him at such a young age and so early in his career.

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What were the circumstances of the accident, any one kbnow? RIP
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Best wishes to the family during this hard time; Sounds like a stand-up guy.
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Wonder if he was even allowed to ride a motorcycle??? Most Pro Athletes are not allowed too, as their teams have too much invested in them ($$$)...
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Wonder if he was even allowed to ride a motorcycle??? Most Pro Athletes are not allowed too, as their teams have too much invested in them ($$$)...
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I am wondering the same thing.
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Wonder if he was even allowed to ride a motorcycle??? Most Pro Athletes are not allowed too, as their teams have too much invested in them ($$$)...
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Not "most" athletes, but some have those clauses. He wasn't to the point in his career yet where restrictions like that would have been "mandatory".

Besides, ice hockey is a different sport than baseball or basketball- ice hockey is one of the last sports left where players play hurt and tough it out no matter what. There aren't a whole lot of pro hockey players that have too many restrictions on their extra curricular stuff.
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Besides, ice hockey is a different sport than baseball or basketball- ice hockey is one of the last sports left where players play hurt and tough it out no matter what. There aren't a whole lot of pro hockey players that have too many restrictions on their extra curricular stuff.
No when was the last time you heard of a multi million dollar hockey player sitting out for a hangnail or stubbed toe...
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No when was the last time you heard of a multi million dollar hockey player sitting out for a hangnail or stubbed toe...
I've been around pro and amateur hockey for a long time, and these guys really are the last bastion of true pro athletes.

Losing a talent like Luc is a true loss to the sport.
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I thought it was mandatory in most talent contracts so the contract itself can be insured? all the ones we do at our work are risk assessed like that.
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I've been around pro and amateur hockey for a long time, and these guys really are the last bastion of true pro athletes.

Losing a talent like Luc is a true loss to the sport.
So true, and so very, very sad

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He was killed when he slammed into a 18wheeler doing a high rate of speed.
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