Vancouver Canucks prospect Luc Bourdon was killed in a motorcycle accident in northern New Brunswick Thursday morning. He was 21 years old. Bourdon played defense under Islanders head coach Ted Nolan in 2005-06 while with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.
"That's always a phone call you don't want to hear, especially when it's a young person," said Nolan. "It was a heartbreaking and sad day. I coached Luc when he was 19 and he was a very competitive kid. He was full of life and had a real passion for the game of hockey. He won two gold medals with Canada and took us to a league championship. Luc was a very special kid."
Bourdon played his junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Val d'Or Foreurs of the QMJHL, split his first pro season in 2007-08 between Vancouver and the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose. He scored two goals and was a plus-7 in 27 games with the Canucks last season.