Luc Bourdon, the 21-year-old Vancouver Canucks defenseman who was killed in a motorcycle accident, was mourned on Sunday at a place most thought would be appropriate.
According to a Canadian Press report, family and friends paid their respects at a makeshift chapel in an arena in Shippagain, New Brunswick. Gilles Cormier manages the rink.
"We offered the rink as a chapel and it was the family's decision," he said, according to the CP.
"[Bourdon's mother] said yes because that was his life, he was always here and that's where he'd want to be right now."
Along with close friend Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Cormier estimated that 2,000 people attended the memorial. Another visitation will be held on Monday, followed by Bourdon's funeral, in the same arena
Cormier coached Bourdon for a year in minor league hockey.
"We were not ready for this. I don't think anyone is ready for this," he said, according to the CP.
"But we've had a lot of support from [people] all over the country that call us to help us."