Bieksa’s Buddies to play charity hockey game

As we have previously pointed out, one of the true tragedies of the NHL lockout is that it prevents players from participating in charitable endeavours through their teams. This is especially tough on charities that rely on the Canucks’ fundraising efforts for a large chunk of the donations they receive. Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the Canucks Family Education Centre, and the Canucks Autism Network depend on the charitable efforts of the Canucks to provide their services to the community. In many ways, these are the people the lockout hurts the most.

This is why Kevin Bieksa has stepped into the void. Just because the Canucks players are locked out and prevented from doing charity work through the team doesn’t mean they can’t organize it themselves.

Bieksa, along with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Max Lapierre, Cory Schneider, and Willie Mitchell will be playing a charity hockey game against the UBC Thunderbirds on October 17th, with net proceeds to benefit the three charities above.

Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster starting on October 6th and will be $19.99 plus applicable fees. The game will be held at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, which only holds 5000 people, so tickets availability will be limited. If you’re interested in going, best to wake up early on the 6th.

“We understand that there are many people impacted by the NHL lockout and we know charities such as Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Canucks Family Education Centre, and Canucks Autism Network need funds to continue operating their programs,” said Kevin Bieksa in a statement released on the UBC website. “These organizations do great work for our community. It is important for my Buddies and I to lend a hand and with the help of the UBC Thunderbirds – we have the perfect opportunity to do so.”

If you’re wondering why “Buddies” is randomly capitalized in that statement, that’s the best part: Bieksa’s team, which will hopefully include more notable Canucks like Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond, will be called Bieksa’s Buddies.

Clearly, Bieksa loves his friends. He recently told Brad Ziemer in regards to the NHLPA’s push for NHL veterans to get their own hotel rooms, ““I’ve got a great roommate in Kes, so I’m happy.”

You know what, you could argue it both ways. There are guys that have their own rooms that maybe do wish they had a roommate because if you are on your own you might feel a little bit left out or out of the loop a little bit as far as dinner and what everybody is doing. When you have a roommate you have somebody to lean on to make plans. It goes both ways.

Yep: Bieksa loves his Buddies. If you want to see him and his Buddies in action, get on Ticketmaster on October 6th. Pass it to Bulis is planning on being there as well and you just might see the first I Watched This Game of the “season.”

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11 comments

  1. Lucky
    October 3, 2012

    Awesome idea! I’m hoping to be there!

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  2. Beantown Canuck
    October 3, 2012

    Beantown Grammar Nazi time:
    “It is important for my Buddies and I to lend a hand…”
    Incorrect, Kevin. That should be “my Buddies and me”.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      October 3, 2012

      I’ve had people correct me when I use “and me” in that situation. Really pedantically too. “Um, that should be and I. I thought you were smart.”

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      • Beantown Canuck
        October 3, 2012

        People need to get edumacated

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      • Beantown Canuck
        October 3, 2012

        I totally would have thrown in a “[sic]” there when using the quote. But then again, I’m a bit of a dick.

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      • Canuckles
        October 7, 2012

        Honestly, the people who not only don’t understand the parallel rules of the English language, but try to Grammar Nazi you when you apply them, always provide me with a large degree of amusement.

        I totally made a grammar error in there, didn’t I?

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  3. Winsy
    October 3, 2012

    Hopefully Alex Burrows will be right back here after his Montreal vs. Quebec charity games for Quebec cities!

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  4. Rituro
    October 3, 2012

    If we only get one “IWTG” this season, let it be either Bieksa’s Buddies or something involving the Wellwoods.

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  5. tj
    October 3, 2012

    Proof to any of the cynics who think the charity these guys do is sanctioned. Really great stuff. Man, I couldn’t imagine finding one more reason to like Bieksa more than I already did. Great stuff. Any chance PITB could do a ‘giveaway’ contest with this? Contests and IWTG… It’d be like the season never got hijacked.

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  6. Nee
    October 3, 2012

    Those tickets are going to sell out so fast. Dibs on 2! (hopefully)

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  7. Gimmic
    October 3, 2012

    Truly class acts. Love this team.

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