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Birthdate: September 17, 1989
Hometown: St. Hyacinthe, QC
Acquired: 2008 3rd round pick – 67th overall
“Bourdon is a big man, who also plays a very physical game. He has a lot of offensive skill, but it’s going to take some time for him to cultivate it and round into a better all-around player.” – Former Phantoms coach Kjell Samuelsson
Bourdon began his junior career during the 2006-2007 season. The promising rookie finished the year with 2 goals and 26 over 63 games. He also had four more assists in 16 games of playoff actions.
Bourdon took a huge leap in his development the following season. Before the start of the season, the 18 year old defenseman was named Captain of his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies squad. He proved worthy of the honor with his play as he tallied 59 night points (12 g, 47 a) in 69 games. He finished second amongst all defenseman in scoring. He also finished second in +/- with a +39. Bourdon also racked up the penalty minutes with 114 as he became known for his punishing, physical style of play. He followed his great season with a strong postseason. He scored 2 goals and assisted on 16 to help lead his team to the QMJHL finals. At the end of the season he was honored by the league with the Emile Bouchard Trophy for the league’s defenseman of the year. He also was named to the league’s first all star team and the Canadian Manjor Junior’s second all star team. Despite his accomplishments he was only ranked as the 125th best skater in North America by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. Scouts raised concerns with his lack of mobility.
The 2008-2009 season was another year of positive development for the young defenseman. He got off to a great start scoring 38 points (11 g, 27 a) in 37 games with the Huskies. The Rimouski Oceanic ended up trading for him at the deadline for their Memorial Cup run later that spring. He continued his scoring prowess with the Oceanic as he had 7 goals and 15 assists in 17 games. Bourdon once again challenged for the lead in scoring for a defenseman, but an injury prevented him from winning the race. His point per game pace continued in the playoffs as he finished with 13 points (1 g, 12 a) in 13 games. He finished his long season with 4 assists in four Memorial Cup games.
Bourdon began his professional career with the Phantoms for the 2009-2010 season. The defenseman known mainly for his offense struggled to find his offensive game with a last place Phantoms squad. He recorded only 19 points in 61 games which was good for 3rd amongst Phantoms defenseman.
The 2010-2011 was another one filled with struggles for the Phantoms defender. His scoring dropped off even further as he only finished with 10 points in 46 games. He also missed a significant amount of time after a concussion he sustained after a fight. Bourdon got to play with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL for their playoff run to make up for some of the time he missed with injury. He assisted on 3 goals in 10 playoff games with the Road Warriors.