Excitement is in the air at GM Place as the Vancouver Canucks prepare for their season opener against the Calgary Flames.
The team hit the ice for an early morning skate, nothing too strenuous, just some time spent fine-tuning a few things here and there.
While the players were on the ice the Luc Bourdon Wall of Dreams was officially unveiled. The memorial to Luc, who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident this past summer, is located at gate 3 at GM Place and features 15 pictures in all with a predominant photo of Luc proudly holding up the puck he scored his first NHL goal with, on the right side.
The Wall of Dreams is a visual salute to Luc and everything that he represented; he was fond of minor hockey so the wall is surrounded by 191 pucks representing all the minor hockey associations throughout BC. There are also six pucks below Luc’s picture, they symbolize his rise through hockey.
Suzanne Boucher, Luc’s mother, and Charlene Ward, his girlfriend, were both on hand for the unveiling along with an entourage that made their way to Vancouver from New Brunswick, including Luc’s uncle and aunt, grandmother, Charlene’s mother Diane, her brother Randy and other extended family members.
Canucks Sports & Entertainment President and CEO Chris Zimmerman officially revealed the wall before Boucher and Ward cut the ceremonial ribbon in Luc’s memory.
“We wanted Luc to be able to stay alive in GM Place and we’re really proud that the Canucks did this for him,” said Charlene, who spoke on behalf of herself and Suzanne. “For him to be here for always means a lot to us.”
To have Luc immortally associated with minor hockey also made Suzanne and Charlene happy as he always had a passion for helping out with minor hockey.
“That’s where Luc started and like everyone else, they have to start somewhere. He always helped little guys and little girls and if he would have saw this, he would have been amazed to see all the little pucks from all the little communities,” added Charlene.
Zimmerman spoke elegantly of Luc prior to the ribbon cutting, he relayed the grief that the Canucks organization, Vancouver fans and the hockey world in general still feels regarding the loss of an exceptional human being.
“The wall is a tribute to Luc’s success, obviously on the ice, and in life,” said Zimmerman. “Luc came from a small town, a place that’s hard to make it in the world of hockey, but he did. He did it through hard work, a quiet confidence and a tireless commitment to be better. Luc worked at hockey the way he took on every other pursuit in his life, all out.
“He was a great golfer, he was self taught, he loved music, he strummed on his guitar for hours until he learned how to play a song that he liked. His character of passion, courage and perseverance serves as a living legacy. Luc had a great sense of humor that many of us around here got to know and see and more importantly, he had an unparalleled passion for the game.
“He was a loving son, a hero to his hometown, and he’s a teammate that any of those who played with him will never forget.
“The dream wall is a reminder of the joy that hockey brings to all ages and all skill levels, and that it brought to Luc’s life. Perhaps more importantly it reminds us that with hard work and dedication, a dream can absolutely come true. The Luc Bourdon wall of dreams honours all of those in minor hockey, a group always close to Luc’s heart.”
Luc will also be honoured before the start of tonight’s game against the Flames with a video tribute. All those in attendance will receive a commemorative LB pin to pay respect and celebrate the life of Luc Bourdon.
Luc Bourdon: Forever a Canuck.