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.”Tags: Bieksa's Buddies, charity, Kevin Bieksa