Vancouver Canucks History: Remembering Defenseman Luc Bourdon

May 29th, 2012 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
Four years ago today, tragedy struck the Vancouver Canucks organization when their defense prospect Luc Bourdon was killed in a motorcycle accident near his hometown of Shippagan, New Brunswick. Bourdon was just 21 years old.

Bourdon was picked 10th overall in the 2005 draft. Other defensive notables chosen in the first round included Jack Johnson and Marc Staal.

Bourdon was born on Feb 16, 1987 in Lameque, New Brunswick and was an only child. He was raised by his mother, Suzanne Boucher, in the nearby fishing town of Shippagan, on the northeastern part of the Acadian Penninsula.

His ascent to pro athlete was remarkable, considering he suffered from juvenile arthritis and was in a wheelchair as a nine-year-old. After being drafted, he also sustained a serious ankle injury in junior. Shortly after being traded to the Moncton Wildcats during the 2005-06 season, he suffering a fractured fibula, high and low ankle sprains and a second-degree ligament tear.

Doctors said it would take two years for him to recover completely. He was back with the Wildcats in time for their 2006 Memorial Cup appearance, but his mobility wasn't what it had been, a ...

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