Luc Bourdon killed in accident
Top Canucks prospect Luc Bourdon has been killed in a motorcycle accident, several sources in the French press are reporting. [Corus Sports: Luc Bourdon se tue en moto]
The accident occurred just outside of Shippagan, N.B., where Bourdon was from. He was 21.
A first-round pick, 10th overall in 2005, Bourdon played 27 games in Vancouver this season on the blueline and spent another 41 with the Manitoba Moose in the AHL. He played for Team Canada at the world junior championship in 2006 and 2007.
There really are not a lot of details available now, and no English-language media reports, but I'll update when more information is out there.
UPDATE The Canadian Press is reporting this now as of 2:12 p.m. It has been confirmed by his family.
He was apparently killed at 12:30 p.m. today, and some posters on messages boards have indicated he was hit by a semi-truck.
UPDATE Bourdon was one of two active NHLers from New Brunswick (the other is the Flyers' Randy Jones). He's also the only player to ever hail from Shippagan, a French town of under 3,000 people.
UPDATE I haven't been able to track down any information as to Bourdon having a history with motorcycles, but there are many, many professional athletes who have been injured riding the things, most recently Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger.
It's a dangerous hobby.
UPDATE Just a bit more background on Bourdon: He was raised by a single mother, and had juvenile arthritis and was in a wheelchair at age 9. He took medication for six years for the condition, which improved and went away as he got older.
UPDATE “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.”
UPDATE TSN fills in some of the details, including the fact that Bourdon had apparently bought the bike two days ago.
UPDATE There will be a moment of silence for Bourdon prior to Saturday's Game 4 in Pittsburgh.
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