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Canucks rookie Luc Bourdon

killed in motorcycle crash

Luc Bourdon

, a promising rookie defenseman with the Vancouver Canucks, was killed yesterday when his motorcycle struck a tractor-trailer in a crash near his hometown of Shippagan, New Brunswick. He was 21.

His death was confirmed by sister Eve Bourdon and stepmother Maryse Godin.

"Luc was an extremely talented player with a bright future," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement.

Bourdon was the first-round draft pick of the Canucks in 2005, selected 10th overall. He split time this season with the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose, of the American Hockey League.

He also played on the Canadian team that won the gold medal at the 2007 world junior hockey championship in Vancouver.

In other hockey news:

* The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in January, according to Comcast SportsNet in Chicago. A game between the Penguins and Sabres at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year's Day was played in front of a league-record crowd of 71,217.


* Mathew Goggin shot a 7-under-par 65 for a one-shot lead over Jerry Kelly and Kenny Perry after one round of the PGA Tour's Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.

* Karrie Webb and In-Kyung Kim shot 65s and shared the first-round lead of the LPGA's Ginn Tribute at Mount Pleasant, S.C.


* Rutgers gave basketball coach Fred Hill a 2-year contract extension through 2012-13, but he will not receive a salary increase.

* Louisville center Clarence Holloway ended his basketball career after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder.

* Former Minnesota football player Dominic Jones was sentenced to a year in the county workhouse after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct.

* Former Illinois football player Erique Robertson will spend 43 days in jail after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a firearm.

* North Carolina A & T State University said senior offensive lineman Chad Wiley died from complications of heat illness. *