The Kevin Bieksa Buddies charity game hit the ice on Wednesday night in Vancouver and included a coach known for crooning, not hockey. Canadian singer Michael Bublé was behind the bench to help raise funds for charity, that after deciding not to play.
Bieksa's a star for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL but the league has locked out its players so he put together a charity game, calling on teammates, other NHL players and celebrities. Like many Canadian kids, Bublé played hockey growing up and he still plays recreationally; he was offered a spot on a line with Canuck stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin and initially said he'd lace 'em up and join the line-up for the fun game against a team from the University of British Columbia, the UBC Thunderbirds.
Come game time though, it was a different matter. “Honestly I wanted to play but I think I wimped out a bit,” Bublé told the Vancouver Sun. “Nerves got the best of me. But I’m glad I didn’t. It was fast, even faster than a lot of the boys actually thought it would be. If this was my only chance to watch NHL hockey this year, I surely didn’t want to mess it up.”
After the game he said the UBC team was so good he was glad he decided not to play. "I think those UBC boys would have kicked my butt pretty bad,” Bublé said.
Michael Bublé scores with big donation
The 37-year-old Juno and Grammy award winning crooner, from Burnaby, B.C., just outside Vancouver, said he was happy and honored to be asked by Bieksa to partake in the game and donated $100,000 to charities for kids supported by the Vancouver Canucks Foundation.
It turned out to be a spirited game as the team of NHL players were down 7-3 after two periods but rallied big-time in the third to win it, 8-7.