DONATIONS FOR THE BOURDON FAMILY
The Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund was established recently by Luc’s mother Suzanne Boucher to serve to support children in need in the Shippigan area of New Brunswick. Bourdon was a supporter of minor hockey in the area, granting over $10,000 anonymously to the Minor Hockey Association in his first year playing in the NHL. Through the Luc Bourdon NHLPA online auction in 2008-09, over $115,000 has been raised for the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund.
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You can also click here and donate online in the name of Luc Bourdon – all funds will be sent to the LB Foundation
JUST ONE LUCThe passion in his eyes, the smile on his face and an uncanny ability to make people laugh is how he will be remembered.
Luc Bourdon first emerged onto the national stage and into the hearts of the Canucks family when the then 19-year old was drafted tenth overall in 2005 after impressing Canucks management with his raw ability as a member of Val d’Or of the QMJHL. The NHL was coming out of the lockout and Luc, along with his draftmates, would soon represent the new NHL.
Showcasing his hard work playing with the Moncton Wildcats and impressing Vancouver’s staff at training and conditioning camps, Luc would finally get the opportunity to achieve his life’s dream of playing in the NHL when he took to the ice donning a Canucks jersey on October 10, 2006 versus Minnesota.
Luc continued to mature and when significant injuries took their toll on the Canucks blueline during the 2007-08 season, Bourdon would once again get the opportunity to play in the big leagues, soon earning a permanent spot. He travelled from Milwaukee, as a member of the Moose, and joined the Canucks in Colorado. It was a long trip but his excitement to be in the NHL overweighed the exhaustion. Read More
A GUITAR HEROJoining the team at a difficult time of the season, Luc boarded a somber bus with his suitcase in one hand and Guitar Hero in the other, which he had purchased on his road trip with the Moose. Joking about the purchase, he brought laughter to his teammates, alleviating some of the professional pressure they were facing. Perhaps that was the turning point as the Canucks went on to defeat the Avalanche that night and did not lose a game in regulation in the next eight consecutive games.
On November 16, 2007 versus the Minnesota Wild he would continue to fulfill his potential when he scored his first NHL goal. Luc would add another on January 31, 2008 against the Tampa Bay Lightning to bring his career total to two goals and 24 penalty minutes in 36 games played and finished the season 13th among NHL rookies with a plus/minus rating of +7.
“He was a caring young man who was well on his way to reaping some of the rewards for all his hard work,” Vancouver Canucks Assistant General Manager, Steve Tambellini said. “He cared a great deal about his teammates and about his profession.” Read More
WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
The Luc Bourdon Wall of Dreams was officially unveiled. The memorial to Luc, who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident this past summer, is located at gate 3 at GM Place and features 15 pictures in all with a predominant photo of Luc proudly holding up the puck he scored his first NHL goal with, on the right side.
The Wall of Dreams is a visual salute to Luc and everything that he represented; he was fond of minor hockey so the wall is surrounded by 191 pucks representing all the minor hockey associations throughout BC. There are also six pucks below Luc’s picture, they symbolize his rise through hockey.
Suzanne Boucher, Luc’s mother, and Charlene Ward, his girlfriend, were both on hand for the unveiling along with an entourage that made their way to Vancouver from New Brunswick, including Luc’s uncle and aunt, grandmother, Charlene’s mother Diane, her brother Randy and other extended family members. More
SUPPORT IN NUMBERSIt’s during times of adversity when people show their true colours and the outpouring of support from Canucks fans and the hockey community for the Bourdon family has been tremendous. Since an initial suggestion on the Canucks.com forum, donations in Luc’s honour from as far away as New Zealand, Great Britain and all across North America have been made to Canuck Place…mostly in the amount of $28 or $28.28 to honour the number Luc wore with the Canucks.
The Canucks also received word that the individual who won Luc’s sweater at the “Jersey off our Back’s Event” on April 5th has generously contacted the organization to give Luc’s last jersey to his family.
The Canucks flag at General Motors Place flies at half mast today, honouring the short, yet distinguished life of defenceman Luc Bourdon. He will be greatly missed, but his memory will be carried on by the Canucks family for years to come.
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Hometown: Shippagan, N.B.
Draft: Selected 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Other Teams: Val-D'Or Foreurs (QMJHL), Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL), Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL), Manitoba Moose (AHL)
NHL Debut: Oct. 10, 2006 versus Minnesota Wild.
First goal: Nov. 16, 2007 against Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom in 6-2 Vancouver win.
NHL Stats: Two goals, zero assists, 24 penalty minutes in 36 games.
International: Played six games for Team Canada's U-18 team in 2005, picking up one assist. Led all defencemen in scoring and was named to all-star team at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in 2006, scoring a goal and five assists in six games. Scored two goals and two assists in 2007 tournament, helping Canada win gold for second straight year.
From those that knew him best...
"Me and Luc went through two seasons in Val D'Or. We had so much fun. Like after we played the World Juniors together and we won two gold medals together. We were playing together. We were roommates together. We share, like, everything together. He was a guy really funny. Like only close people could know really well Luc. He was a guy who always, like, stick up for you and always there for you." - Kris Letang, best friend and former teammate talking about his best memories of Luc
"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. 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." - Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis
"The one thing that people who didn’t know Luc really well might not have realized, was that he had so much passion and emotion in him - not only just as a player, but as a person starting to emerge as a professional athlete. You could sense, when you got to know Luc, that when he did emerge as an NHL regular, that he would be an impactful player. He’s a passionate, passionate human being that cared a great deal about his teammates and a great deal about his profession." - Steve Tambellini, Former Canucks assistant General Manager
"He's able to play any which way you want. He's got good foot speed and has decent offensive skills, but is also belligerent. He can play mean, he can play hard, he finishes his checks and isn't afraid." - Former Canucks GM Dave Nonis, shortly after drafting Bourdon
"That's always a phone call you don't want to hear, especially when it's a young person," said Nolan. "It was a heartbreaking and sad day. I coached Luc when he was 19 and he was a very competitive kid. He was full of life and had a real passion for the game of hockey. He won two gold medals with Canada and took us to a league championship. Luc was a very special kid." - Former coach, Ted Nolan
"This is a terrible tragedy. Luc was a quiet young man who was well-liked by his teammates and, once you had the chance to get to know him, he had a great sense of humour. He had everything going for him. It is just so unfortunate; my heart goes out to his family,' - Danny Flynn, head coach and director of hockey operations of the Moncton Wildcats
"Luc was a great teammate and friend during his involvement with Hockey Canada's programs, having represented his country proudly with both the National Men's Under-18 Team and National Junior Team. Hockey Canada sends its condolences to his family members, his teammates and his numerous friends. Luc will be dearly missed." - Hockey Canada CEO and president Bob Nicholson
"A lot [of prospects] come in and the first [camp] is a good experience if they get an autograph or two on the way out. It's not the way he approached it. He came here with the mindset of making our club and he damn near did it." - Nonis, following the 2005-06 training camp
"You can tell just by looking at him that he's got a lot of skill and he kind of looks like a young Jovo in a lot of ways." - Mattias Ohlund, at 2006 Canucks training camp