May 29 - A Day of Mixed Emotions

Cam Davie
May 29 2009 01:00PM

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On May 29, 2008, my youngest daughter Isla was born. On May 29, 2008, Luc Bourdon died. Today is a day of mixed emotions for me. As I look at my daughter today, I see her full of life and promise and joy and innocence. Then I pick up the newspaper and see a picture of a young man who WAS full of life and promise and joy but was tragically taken from us too soon. Bourdon's career was just beginning. We all saw the potential for him to be tremendous hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks. He was already a winner in his short life, capturing Gold twice with the Canadian World Junior team. He continued to improve every year after being drafted by the Canucks in 2005, and there is no doubt that he would be been on he roster for the Canucks this past season. But he was lost too soon, and this organization and its fans will mourn for years to come. Fans are reminded how much Bourdon meant to the team through the wide variety of events, ceremonies and sites dedicated to Luc and his legacy. The team knows that we lost someone special that day. And yet, my family and I gained someone special that day. We were so blessed, as with any birth, when our youngest daughter was born. Both baby and mom were healthy and happy, and our family has had a wonderful year since. NOw, I must admit that I do not associate my daughter with Luc, but I am reminded of this fact every time I see an article about him and his accident is discussed. Whenever they mention the date, I say to myself, "Oh yeah, that's the day Isla was born." And of course today there was no escaping that association, as Luc's picture was splashed across the back of the Province. So today, instead of focusing on tragedy and the loss of a young man who had already captured the hearts of this city, I focus on my daughter and the wonderful life she has ahead of her. In this circle of life, some lives are lost, and some are just beginning. Today I am buoyed by a life that is just beginning. Today I will celebrate, and I hope you can, too. May you rest in peace, Luc.

Go Canucks!

-Cam Davie

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Cam was born in Greater Vancouver, raised in Greater Vancouver, and lives in Greater Vancouver. So, yes, he's from Vancouver. He attended his first Vancouver Canucks game on Dec 26th, 1980 and has bled orange/black/red/blue+green ever since. You can reach him on Twitter @tinfoiltuque or on e-mail at tinfoiltuque(at)gmail(dot)com.
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#1 May 29 – A Day of Mixed Emotions « Nucks Hub
May 29 2009, 01:01PM
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#2 Sedinz
May 31 2009, 09:45PM
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This is your best post to date Cam.

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#3 bingofuel
May 31 2009, 10:40PM
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Agreed. I emailed Cam earlier this weekend to tell him. Great post, interesting contrast. Sad to see a player with so much potential pass so early in life.

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#4 Wanye Gretz
June 02 2009, 02:40PM
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Great article Cam.

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#5 Argle Bargle
June 02 2009, 02:44PM
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Wow, Cam, interesting perspective. I shared this on Delicious, and forwarded to some of my friends. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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