|Thousands fill arena for Bourdon's funeral|
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|Monday, 02 June 2008 09:39|
More than 2,000 people gathered at Centre Rheal Cormier to bid farewell to Bourdon, who died last Thursday when his motorcycle slammed into an oncoming tractor-trailer near his family's home in Shippagan. He obtained a motorcycle license two weeks ago.
Rink manager Gilles Cormier said the Canucks defenseman often visited the arena to shoot pucks, making it a fitting place for his funeral mass.
Bourdon, who played a key role in Canada's gold-winning teams at the 2006 and 2007 world junior championships, split this past season between Vancouver and Manitoba of the American Hockey League.
On Saturday, Bourdon was remembered during a moment of silence before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. His picture was flashed on the huge videoboard in Pittsburgh as players bowed their heads on the ice below.