The 2013 NHL lockout yielded many horrors, from “the podium” to “assmode” to the three-act masterpiece that was “The Voicemail”. But if, like me, your efforts to suppress the four-month ordeal have been unsuccessful to date, you may recall the lone bright spot that was the Bieksa’s Buddies charity game.
In an effort to mitigate some of the difficulty charitable benefactors like Canuck Place and the Canucks Autism Network were facing with the lockout eating into their donations, Kevin Bieksa organized a charity game, pitting a ragtag group of Canucks, Canuck family members, and celebrity Canuck fans like this sauve, poncho-wearing stud against the UBC Thunderbirds for a game at Thunderbird Arena. It was a rousing success, yielding a $200,000 intake to split between the charities.
It also yielded this sweet quilt.
The Bieksa’s Buddies quilt comes to us from Val and Joan of Maple Leaf Quilters, who have been making and donating 17 Canuck-themed blankets to Canuck Place annually for the last three years.
You might recall that, last year, one was the PITB-inspired “Wizardous Sedinerie” quilt, which absolutely blew our minds.
This year, the lockout made it difficult to come up with a new theme, but, as it was for many Vancouver hockey fans, the Bieksa’s Buddies tournament was a welcome and inspiring reprieve from the unwelcome reprieve of the labour stoppage. And so it became the theme.
“Bieksa is modelled after Flat Stanley and so are his buddies,” Val tells us. “Yes, they all wear #3, but I figured it was a tip of the hat for Kevin. That was such an awesome thing those guys did for the Canucks for Kids Fund.”
Flat Stanley, for the uninitiated, is the title character from one of the awesomest children’s books in existence. In the story, a boy named Stanley is giving a big bulletin board by his dad, for posting photos and whatnot. It hangs over Stanley’s bed, but in the night, it falls on Stanley, flattening him in his sleep.
As it turns out, though, being flat isn’t so bad. Paper-thin, Stanley can now slide under doors, act as a kite, and be mailed to his friends.
It really is an appropriate reference. I think we can all appreciate how a young child making the best of a difficult situation would be a story worth sharing with the brave kids at Canuck Place.
Here’s a look at the flannel backside of the quilt, which features this excellently hockified pattern:
“We’ll be happily delivering another 16 quilts to Canuck Place in June,” Val said.
Here’s a look at one of the others: