Canucks defenseman Luc Bourdon dead at 21

Luc BourdonI was sitting around watching tv this afternoon when I flipped over to the NHL Network (BTW, thank you, television gods for that channel). They were replaying last night’s Game 3, and as soon as I looked down at the ticker along the bottom, I felt my heart sink a little when I read that Luc Bourdon was dead.

First off, condolences to the Bourdon family, Canucks organization, and all Canucks fans.

Bourdon was a very promising young player. Selected 10th overall in 2005 by Vancouver, Luc was always one of the top prospects in hockey. The Hockey News in their 2007 Future Watch issue had him ranked as the 9th best prospect in the league. He was a franchise defenseman in the making.

Now, at the age of 21, his life is over.

For some reason, deaths of public figures always strike me different than the deaths of people I know. When it’s an athlete, it does bother me a bit more.

It’s a shame when a young player’s career is cut short, but there is no future for Bourdon now.

He joins a list of guys who didn’t get to retire. Mickey Renaud never made it to the NHL. Dmitri Tertyshny might be a veteran.

I’m sure it sent shockwaves through Vancouver. I can’t imagine how I would react if I found out one of the Sabres had died. Thankfully, I have yet to experience that. Unfortunately, Canucks followers are having to deal with the loss of a player.

As fans, we curse our team’s players when they don’t perform to expectations, and we praise them when they succeed. They’re close to us, even though we don’t really know them. It’s a very peculiar relationship. We can love and hate them, but the players have no idea who anyone is. Once they get traded, they’re either an enemy or out of our consciousness. When something like this happens, all that gets forgotten.

Bourdon was an important part of the Canucks organization. He was going to be an important part of their future. Now, there is an empty spot on the depth chart, and an empty stall in the locker room. This accident will negatively impact the Vancouver Canucks for years to come.

The hockey world should be sad today. It’s not just a loss for the Canucks. It’s a loss for everyone.

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Posted on May 29, 2008, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Bourdon and Cherepanov accidents are tragic, for their families and the NHL. The question is whether these accidents can be prevented in the future. Maybe better testing on the NHL’s part for the Cherepanov situation and educating the players (youngsters) on dangerous activities such as motorcycle etc… Just seems like more should/can be done to prevent tragedies like these from occuring in the future…. My thoughts. http://jib-sports-culture.blogspot.com/2008/11/tragedy-for-promising-rookies.html

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