Thursday, May 29, 2008

Luc Bourdon Dead at 21

Luc Bourdon died today in a motorcycle accident near Shipagan, N.B. That is really all the information that is available at this time. I will be posting more articles/information as it comes in.

This is such horrible news. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the Vancouver Canucks organization.

UPDATE: Eve Bourdon, Luc’s sister confirmed his death, but declined further comment. His agent, Kent Hughes, was unaware he rode motorcycles. Also, according to the report Luc just purchased his motorcycle two days ago.

UPDATE: There are some comments floating around forums that he was hit by a semi.

UPDATE: Mirtle had this on his blog, which I thought was extremely interesting.

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: The Canucks have issued a statement:

Vancouver, B.C. – 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.”

UPDATE: TSN has another quote from his agent:

Bourdon’s motorcycling was unknown to Hughes, who never knew about his client’s new hobby. “I had no idea,” Hughes told CKNW in Vancouver. “Another client of ours Kris Letang said Luc let him know he was riding his dad’s motorcycle with some friends a week or two ago. I have since been told - though I don’t know - that he actually bought a motorcycle two days ago.”


Lucky13 said...

Absolutely horrible. What can you possible take away from this, other than the fact that life is precious and it can change in an instance.

My condolences to Luc's family.

Anonymous said...

This is so terrible. He was so young.

Hockey_Princess said...

I was absolutey floor when I heard the news, yesterday. I didn't know Luc and I can't say I had seen him play, but as a New Brunswicker I have always been proud of him and what he had accomplished. My condolences to his family, friends and team mates.

Dare said...

It's tragic, no doubt, but I wish one thing had been mentioned a bit more in all the articles surrounding this:

A Suzuki GSX-R 1000 is NOT a bike that a beginner should be on. By any stretch of the imagination. Something that can do 100mph in FIRST and about 200km/hr in second...yeah.