The charity game between Bieksa’s Buddies and the UBC Thunderbirds was a massive hit, raising $100,000 for the Canucks for Kids Fund, Canucks Autism Network, and the Canucks Family Education Centre that was matched by a generous donation from Michael Bublé. It also gave an outlet for Canucks fans desperate to watch their favourite players actually playing hockey.
The game featured many of the elements you would see in a normal Canucks game: wizardous Sedinerie, a terrible second period, and a photograph of Chris Higgins’ remarkable abs. Well, actually, four photos of Chris Higgins’ abs.
So, here they are, I guess. If you’re into that sort of thing.
Higgins’ tendency to not wear shirts has been well-documented by PITB in the past, starting with the original post on the subject that was really just a trick to get people to read about advanced statistics like Corsi, PDO, and zone starts. These photos come courtesy of 17-year-old Judith on Tumblr, whose obsession with a male celebrity’s abs is a little more defensible than ours.
The reason this time for the revealing of Higgins’ well-sculpted lower torso? The players on Bieksa’s Buddies gave the jerseys off their backs to several lucky fans at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. I missed the whole thing while standing in a media scrum waiting for Michael Bublé to appear (A wild Bublé appears!). We heard the cheers and applause emanating from the rink, punctuated by two massive roars that made us wonder what we were missing.
I should have known: the first massive roar was for Higgins’ removing his shirt in front of 5000 slavering Canucks fans. The second, and larger, roar was for Willie Mitchell, who was repeatedly announced as “Stanley Cup winner, Willie Mitchell.” Vancouverites love a local boy winning the Cup. Going by the applause-o-meter, the official voting system of Clone High, that means having incredible abs is almost as good as winning the Stanley Cup.
I have to admit, I was little bummed out that I missed the excitement. I should have known that Tumblr wouldn’t let me down.Tags: abs, Bieksa's Buddies, Chris Higgins