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.
It's hard not to like Kevin Bieksa for a variety of reasons, he's a hard-nosed hockey player, great teammate, awesome in the community and has a sense of humor which rivals Ben Stiller. In fact, he looks a bit like Ben Stiller.
The Vancouver Canucks are on a skid that just might seem a decent run to their Saturday night opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets. But going 2-4-2 in their last 8, with lackluster play and little cohesion, isn't what the Canucks expect.
The NHL trading deadline is a time in the year of most players that comes with a modicum - or lots more - of anxiety. After all, having to pack your bags is something even superstars have to worry about (i.e. Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Patrick Roy).