June 2, 2008 / 1:02 AM / in 10 years

Bourdon to be honored with moment of silence at Stanley Cup

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The National Hockey League said it would observe a moment of silence before Game Four of the Stanley Cup on Saturday in memory of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luc Bourdon who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

<p>Vancouver Canucks' Luc Bourdon hits the ice during an NHL hockey action against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis in this October 20, 2006 file photo. Bourdon has been killed in a motorcycle crash in northern New Brunswick on May 29, 2008, according to local media reports. REUTERS/Peter Newcomb/Files</p>

Bourdon, a first-round pick (10th overall) by Vancouver in the 2005 draft, died on Thursday when his motorcycle crashed into a truck near his hometown of Shippagan, Canada. He was 21.

“The National Hockey League family grieves with the family, friends and team mates of Luc Bourdon,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement on Friday. “To honor a young life ended long before its promise could be fulfilled, a moment of silence will be observed Saturday night prior to Game Four of the Stanley Cup final.”

Bourdon helped Canada to gold medals at the 2006 and 2007 world junior hockey championship and was well known by some members of the Stanley Cup finalists Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

”The hockey world is a small community and I think a lot of guys probably crossed paths with him at some point,“ Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby told reporters. ”Personally, I was drafted with him in junior and the NHL draft, I saw him there.

“It’s sad to see someone that young have something happen like that.”

The Wings go into Saturday’s game leading the Penguins 2-1 in the best-of-seven final.

Writing by Steve Keating in Pittsburgh, editing by Clare Lovell

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