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Luc Bourdon, who died in a 2008 motorcycle crash, was named to the N.B. Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. ((Richard Lam/Canadian Press))

Former National Hockey League defenceman Luc Bourdon, who died in a motorcycle crash almost three years ago, was among the athletes named into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Bourdon, 21, of Shippagan, was one of the best hockey players to ever come out of New Brunswick.

He was a former member of the Moncton Wildcats and was a first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks.

Bourdon's death in a motorcycle crash in 2008 shocked his hometown in the Acadian peninsula community.

Six athletes honoured

But his success will be remembered, as Bourdon was one of six people inducted in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

The five other athletes include:

  • Golfer Mel Murray, of Fredericton.
  • Golfer and curler Grace Donald, of Fredericton.
  • Hockey administrator Joe Richard, of Quispamsis.
  • Community athletic advocate Duncan McGeachy, of St. Stephen.
  • Cross country ski enthusiast Guy Laviollete, of Charlo.

Jamie Wolverton, the executive director of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, said each of the athletes achieved a high calibre in their particular sport

"The accomplishments of these individuals and the celebration of those accomplishments serves to inspire the next generation of athletes and citizens of the province," Wolverton said.

Murray, who is also a member of the Oromocto and Fredericton sports walls of fame, will also be inducted posthumously.

The hall of fame induction ceremony will take place on May 28.