Thursday, May 29, 2008

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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At 2:17 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Condolances to the Bourdon family.

Nice tragedy for Gilles to start off his new job with.

Bourdon really started to live up to his potential last year with the Canucks. Simply tragic.

At 2:58 p.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger MB said...

RIP Luc.

He was fun to watch at the WJC here in Vancouver and was starting to round into NHL form last season. I was looking forward to seeing him further blossom this year.

It is interesting that the CBA SPC prevents players from particiapting in other sports (softball is actually listed in section 7) but nothing about motorcycles. I guess a restriction like that would never fly, but you have to think it makes sense and some teams would want it.

At 3:03 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know with some baseball players it isn't a blanket prohibition for the sport, but something written into individual contracts if the team has serious concerns - horseback riding and some other pastimes are treated the same way.

At 4:49 p.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger Unknown said...

I know with some baseball players it isn't a blanket prohibition for the sport, but something written into individual contracts if the team has serious concerns

For instance, Jeff Kent, who claimed he broke his hand washing his truck, since he actually broke it on a motorcycle, which was forbidden by his contract.

At 5:33 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody came by my site, claiming to be a childhood friend of Luc's. Here's what she said (

"Hi, i’m from Shippagan and i’ve known Luc since i was in kintergarden. Luc was just passing his girlfriend and it was really windy and his coat got stock or something and he lost control of his bike and got hitted by a tractor-trailer. His girlfriend has seen everything. We are all with the family and with Charlyne, his girlfriend.
xxxxx R.I.P Bourdon"

It's sad news. I, too, remember his excellent play in Vancouver at the WJC.

At 8:08 p.m., May 29, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

Not to start blaming the victim, a mere eight hours after the fact, but a niggling voice has been bugging me all afternoon: was he licensed for that thing?

At 9:41 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

according to his agent, he bought the bike two days ago and had a license for two weeks.

At 10:02 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad, just sad. RIP Luc.

I won't elaborate because I'm shocked.

At 10:46 p.m., May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

:'( R.I.P. Luc.
I've been a Canucks Fan All My Life & this is way too shocking.
My Condolences to his Family & All His Friends. You Were An Outstanding Player. God Bless...

At 12:28 a.m., May 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a few of his games on NHL Center Ice and I thought he was going to be a great player for the Canucks in a few years.

RIP Luc, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, fans, and the Canucks.

At 11:40 a.m., May 30, 2008, Blogger Bobby G said...

Its not a dangerous Hobby, unless of course you are untrained as he is, Ive been riding since 4, im licensed & have taken & taught Several motorcycle safety classes. Its just another case of a kid w/ more bike than he can handle w/o proper training on how to ride it, its a tragedy.....

At 3:43 p.m., September 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a sad sad accident. I wish that people could be more careful when they're out on the road, I guess we just have to keep teaching our children and leading people by example.

At 7:24 a.m., November 09, 2008, Blogger JH29 said...

The Bourdon and Cherepanov accidents are tragic, for their families and the NHL. The question is whether these accidents can be prevented in the future. Maybe better testing on the NHL's part for the Cherepanov situation and educating the players (youngsters) on dangerous activities such as motorcycle etc... Just seems like more should/can be done to prevent tragedies like these from occuring in the future.... My thoughts.


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