Remembering Luc Bourdon

Miah D.Senior Writer IMay 29, 2008

Derek Harmsworth broke the news here on Bleacher Report, Mike Gillis made the official team statement, the entire NHL mourns the loss of a young talented player.

Remembering Luc Bourdon ...

He was born in Shappagan N.-B., on February 17th, 1987. He was the only boy of his family.

He made his first steps as a future NHL superstar in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  He was selected third after Sidney Crosby and Guillaume Latendresse by the Val d'Or Foreurs in the 2003 QMJHL Draft.

He also played with the Moncton Wildcats with whom he won the President's Cup; and the Cap-Breton Screaming Eagles.

Gilles Courteau, the QMJHL commissioner, talked about a "dedicated and passionate individual who just loved to play the game."

In the AHL, he played with Manitoba Moose during their playoff run last year.

His first NHL game was on October 10th, 2006 against the Minnesota Wild. His first NHL goal came one year later, on November 16th, still against the Minnesota Wild. The Canucks won the game 6-2.

A talented defenseman, he brought the Gold Medal to Canada twice at the World Junior Championships; in 2006 and 2007 with one of his closest friend, Kristopher Letang.  In 2006, he got 6 points in 6 games, and was named among the Tournament All-Star Team.

Stephane Leroux, a Sports writer and journalist on RDS, recalls Bourdon's moment at the World Junior. "During a practice, Bourdon pretended to be a RDS reporter and interviewed Letang. During the discussion, he would press the microphone on Letang's nose and forehead. Letang could not contain his laughs."

When contacted by the Medias, Kristopher Letang did not want to answer any question or make any comment, visibly shoked by the tragedy.

Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks goaltender, recalls "he was a great guy that I had the chance to learn to know this year and he was a great teammate. He liked making jokes to make his team mates laugh."

Bourdon was the heart and the pride of the entire Acadia, where he comes from. He was seen as an example for the youngsters, and someone who truly loved his sport. “It’s a very small city — only 2,500 people. We are a French community. The kids around here, they dreamed to have a chance to see Luc Bourdon bring the Stanley Cup here. He was a hero. That was the dream of a lot of kids" declared a family friend.

Canuck Trevor Linden said "“He loved music, loved guitar — he had a few of them. He loved video games, loved going down to this hot dog stand on Robson Street. He was just a boy."

His former team-mate with the Manitoba Moose, G Cory Shneider, remembers a Rock music fan, and a very good guitar player. He would secretly go visit children at the Hospital. "He liked having fun. He did what he wanted to do, as long as it makes him happy."

His agent who worked with him since he was 15, Ken Hughes, talks about Bourdon as a winner and a competitor.  "He persevered through a lot. He was a great guy and a great teammate." He also pointed out Bourdon's great sense of humour.

The family of Montreal goaltender Carey Price, his team-mate at the 2007 World Junior, also expressed their deepest thoughts. "We were so proud of Luc when he scored and tied the game against the US (...) He will be in our hearts and memories forever."

He was too young indeed. It seems it was just yesterday that I was reading the debate about the Canucks next season, where he was cited as a decent depth player.

As we have seen in the comments above, Luc Bourdon must have been a young man who enjoyed having fun and living every moment he had. He realized his biggest dream in becoming a Hockey player, and marked people's lives as a human being.

On the Canucks Website, you will be able to see pictures of the different moments of Bourdon's playing career.

On YouTube, several tributes have already been realized by Canucks and Hockey fans. Simply type his name, and you will be able to see a long list of videos remembering him.

Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the Bourdon family, friends (especially Pittsburgh Kris Letang), former team-mates, the Vancouver Canucks Organization and Fans Community.

Luc Bourdon, repose en paix.

*Article realized with pieces of information from RDS, TSN, the Globe and Mail, lequotidien, the Global BC News; and the QMJHL website