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.Continue Reading —›
Did Kevin Bieksa orchestrate this lockout just to increase demand for his charity game?
Probably not. But it would have been a savvy move if he had, because with nothing else going on in Canuckland, tickets for Wednesday night’s tilt between Bieksa’s Buddies and the UBC Thunderbirds sold out within just a few hours on Ticketmaster Saturday.
Granted, UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre only holds 5000 people and tickets were only $20 apiece, so it wasn’t going to take long to reach capacity in this town anyway. But Bieksa’s Buddies were an even hotter commodity than expected.
Now, if you didn’t get tickets, we would like to give you our deepest sympathies. And also two tickets.
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.Continue Reading —›