It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that Hockey Canada recognizes the passing of Luc Bourdon. Bourdon, 21, was killed in a motorcycle accident in northern New Brunswick on Thursday morning.
The Shippigan, NB native was a two-time gold medalist with Canada’s National Junior Team, winning gold in 2006 in Vancouver, BC and 2007 in Leksand, Sweden. He also won a silver medal at the 2005 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic and a gold medal at the 2004 Junior World Cup with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. Bourdon recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 23 games wearing the maple leaf.
He also skated for Team Atlantic at the 2004 World Under-17 Challenge in St. John’s, NL, and for New Brunswick at the 2003 Canada Winter Games on home ice in Bathurst, NB.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Luc Bourdon earlier today,” said Hockey Canada CEO and president Bob Nicholson. “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.
Bourdon was responsible for one of the biggest goals in the history of the National Junior Team, scoring in the dying minutes of Canada’s semi-final with the USA at the 2007 tournament to tie the game, a game the Canadians would eventually win in a shootout on their way to a third-straight gold medal.
A first-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2005, Bourdon made his NHL debut on against the Minnesota Wild. In total, he played 36 NHL games with the Canucks, scoring two goals.