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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.

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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.

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Here’s a video of the Canucks paying a visit to Canuck Place to carve pumpkins with the kids. It’s adorable, and I encourage you to watch it, especially if you like things that are exceedingly sweet.

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We poked a little fun yesterday at Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra, who recently showed off their building skills by spearheading the installation of a brand new, state-of-the-art playground for the children of Edmonds Community School. But, when it comes right down to it, the real story is pretty excellent, and admirable too.

Edmonds Community School is located in the poorest postal code in Canada with a school, and has become the home school for the majority of refugee families that come into Vancouver. As a result, over 50 countries are represented within the school population. Needless to say, with so many languages and cultures at play, an excellent playground where the children can learn to work and socialize together is a must, and that’s where Community Man and Community Manny come in.

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