Video: Alain Vigneault’s hysterical laughter at Vernon Fiddler’s ‘Angry Bieksa’ impression

It was a slow first period Sunday in the Canucks’ afternoon tilt with the Dallas Stars. When the horn sounded, the shots were 8-6 Vancouver, but you’d be hard-pressed to remember any of them. In recent years, with Marc Crawford coaching the team, these games have been played at a fairly nice clip, but with the Stars’ new system under Glen Gulutzan, this one was reminiscent of the 2007 playoff series between the two teams (which, coincidentally, is where the “Pass it to Bulis” name comes from).

But there was one standout moment. With four minutes to go in the period, the Stars went offside near the Vancouver bench, and when the camera cut to Alain Vigneault shortly thereafter, he was caught cracking up so badly he had to cover his face with his lineup card:

It took Vigneault nearly a full minute to compose himself. What was so funny? What could cause the Canucks’ bench boss to break like Jimmy Fallon in the Debbie Downer sketch? Did Vigneault start thinking about Gob Bluth’s chicken dance? Was famous nerd Cody Hodgson doing Monty Python lines at the bench? Did someone pass gas hilariously?

According to Dan Murphy, Stars’ forward Vernon Fiddler’s “Angry Bieksa” impression is just that good:

 

Okay, that really is hilarious. We’ve noted Bieksa’s remarkable grumpy face in the past, so it’s good to see we’re not the only ones mining it for comedy. As source material goes, it’s pretty solid. Murphy added that Fiddler’s been doing this impression since he was a member of the Nashville Predators, and, clearly, it remains very, very funny to Vigneault. And considering the cameras caught Bieksa chuckling as well, he likes it too.

UPDATE: Derek Jory at Fort Nucks has provided us with a decent photo of Fiddler’s Juice-face:

Clearly more of an homage than a full-on impression.

Vigneault has cracked up a few times before, most notably during a postgame press conference when someone suggested that famously docile Kyle Wellwood was playing “like a man possessed.”

But, until now, we’ve never seen the Canucks’ bench boss break down into a fit of laughter during a game. He should do it more often. Laughter’s good for the heart.

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24 comments

  1. SteveB
    February 26, 2012

    FIRST!

    /now you’ve really arrived! ;^)

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 26, 2012

      hahaha you just made my day, man.

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  2. Joy
    February 26, 2012

    This made my Sunday.

    Oh, and Harrison, today is Sunday, not Saturday.

    HAHA.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 26, 2012

      Oh right. Working at home ruins your concept of time, I tells ya.

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  3. Chazz Ranger
    February 26, 2012

    Saturday? Did we do the time warp again?
    Wish they coulda shown a replay, cuz Vig’s reaction was hilarious.

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  4. sarah
    February 26, 2012

    February 26th: the one day of the year AV allows himself to show any emotion.

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  5. Nee
    February 26, 2012

    Sucks that we lost, but that was GOLD.

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  6. Cathylu
    February 26, 2012

    So who has a photo of Fiddler doing the Bieksa face? Pics or it didn’t happen!

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  7. Hips
    February 26, 2012

    Oh dear Gawd this is the first time I’ve heard the Kyle Wellwood thing. Love AV

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  8. Shade of Blue
    February 26, 2012

    He may not have broken down laughing, but AV was chuckling at the bench last spring during the series with NSH. On one shift the Canucks had iced the puck mid- change, so they we’re going to have to take a defensive zone face off when Daniel was on the ice but not Henrick. Henrick apparently suggested to AV that he call a time out during which he would swap jerseys with his brother and take the draw.

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    • Nee
      February 26, 2012

      Ah yes, I remember that. Pretty comical.

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  9. Shade of Blue
    February 26, 2012

    Ooh, and thanks for posting this. I backed up the pvr while watching the game but couldn’t tell what had made AV and Bieksa laugh. If you look closely, Juice is laughing so hard he has tears at the corner of his eyes. I knew PITB would fill me in!

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    • Steve
      February 27, 2012

      Of course PITB got it. Hockey comedy is what they do.

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  10. Brosef Stalin
    February 26, 2012

    Jory has a pretty good photo of it at Fort Nucks… made me laugh

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    • Chazz Ranger
      February 26, 2012

      LOLZ
      Fiddler nails it

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  11. Graeme
    February 26, 2012

    What about when he was laughing at the refs when kesler got a penalty for hitting. Can’t remember who they were playing.

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  12. stathead
    February 26, 2012

    Awesome. Thanks for clearing this up: the commentators were saying they were laughing over an official getting tangled up with a player, but I knew that couldn’t be it. To generate that kind of gutbuster, the official would have to be actually tangoing with a player.

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  13. Snepsts
    February 26, 2012

    Murph tweeted this, not sure if any of it made it on the broadcast

    http://tinyurl.com/868nsts

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  14. Winsy
    February 26, 2012

    It’s spelled Gulutzan…

    Bittersweet loss/win… Love my Canucks and love my Stars… :(

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  15. peanutflower
    February 26, 2012

    Geez, Fiddler is a bit facially challenged, isn’t he? He’s sort of a Deliverance player. AV’s reaction was funnier than what caused it. Several hockey blogs and columns referred to the Canucks loss as a “heartbreaker.” I found myself not really caring about this game at all. I haven’t seen IWTG yet so I’m supposing Harrison et al are getting some sleep ready for the early start tomorrow, but was anyone else offended at the Star’s goal celebration for the OT goal? I know I was. There’s some good guys on that team, sure, but most of them are idiots.;)

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  16. peanutflower
    February 26, 2012

    ;) that got mixed up with the punctuation above.

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  17. Steve
    February 27, 2012

    As much as I love hockey I love comedy more so AV gets 5 free questionable decisions from me for this.

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  18. Dinderjit
    February 27, 2012

    Funny face fizzles frowns!

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  19. Mike S.
    March 6, 2012

    If Kevin Bieksa isn’t wearing a shirt with Fiddler’s “angry Bieksa” face on it by season’s end, I’ll be slightly disappointed. We could make it a Twitter campaign – #JuiceNeedsGoofs

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