VANCOUVER, Canada – Canadian defenceman Luc Bourdon passed away today in a motorcycle accident near his hometown Shippagan, New Brunswick, at the age of 21.
According to reports, Bourdon hit a tractor-trailer after losing control of his motorcycle in the early afternoon.
“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,” Mike Gillis, the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, said. “He will be greatly missed.”
Bourdon was the first-round draft pick of the Canucks in 2005, selected 10th overall. In his rookie season 2007-2008, he scored two goals in 27 NHL games and also played 47 AHL games for the farm team Manitoba Moose.
Bourdon also won gold medals at the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship and a silver medal at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championship.