SHIPPAGAN, New Brunswick (AP) -In the same rink where Luc Bourdon sometimes laced up his skates, the 21-year-old Vancouver Canucks rookie was remembered Monday as a role model for local youngsters.
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.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Crosby focused on resuscitating Pens Riding a nine-game winning streak, Washington is the hottest team in hockey right now. But will the league’s third-leading scorer throw a wrench into the Caps’...
Thumbnail Western Conference titans clash shortly John Gibson is acclimating quite nicely to his new role as the Ducks’ workhorse in net. Still, can the 23-year-old cool off the Blues tonight?
Thumbnail Elite netminders lock horns in Montreal Two of the NHL’s most explosive offenses are preparing to collide in Quebec. With Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist on the scene, however, will stellar...
Thumbnail Note goalie wades into hostile territory So far, Jake Allen's first season as the Blues' undisputed No. 1 netminder has not gone according to plan. But can he reverse the...
Thumbnail Ovechkin targets another major milestone It’s always a treat to see Eastern Conference powerhouses Pittsburgh and Washington do battle. Tonight’s meeting in the nation’s capital, however, should have...
Advertisement
Advertisement

NHL Team Pages