Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 10/09/08 at 05:54 PM ET
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. [...]
“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.”
The Wall of Dreams is a lovely gesture by the Canucks, and the memorial to Luc Bourdon’s life that’s happening at the game tonight is absolutely the right thing to do—for the team, for the fans and for the family.
But the net result of these things has been to make opening night a rather sad affair, too.
It’s hard to get excited about a new season on a day we’re reminded of how much we lost.
Update 1:30am October 10th— Videos of the Bourdon tribute tonight can be found on this post.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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