Bieksa’s Buddies Charity Hockey Game Recap

Posted: October 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the future of the 2012/2013 NHL season clouded with uncertainty, many NHL players have packed up and gone to Europe to resume playing hockey. Locked out Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa has decided to stay in Vancouver with his young family and wait out the game of chicken being played by the NHL and NHLPA. Bieksa took it upon himself to organize the first ever Bieksa’s Buddies Charity Hockey Game at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. The UBC Thunderbirds blew a 7-3 third period lead to fall 8-7 to Bieksa’s Buddies.

In total $200,000 was raised by Bieksa’s Buddies Charity Hockey game benefiting Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, The Canucks Autism Network, and The Canucks Family Education Centre. Half of that total came from Burnaby native, and well-known crooner Michael Buble. The die-hard hockey fan made a huge contribution to support the three charities by donating $100,000 of his own money. Buble was listed on the game program as a forward wearing #88 but he did not play and instead coached from the bench. Following the game Buble talked to the media about his¬†generous¬†donation.

“I’m really lucky to be in the position to be able to do something like that and when I spoke to Kevin (Bieksa) I was just thrilled that he would even think to involve me in all of this. When it came down to it I asked him how much he hoped to raise and he told me a hundred grand and I told him let’s make it two grand.”

Buble was not as forthcoming when talking about his reasons for not playing.

“I’m not going to say what it is but it’s a lower body and it’s actually most of my lower body and also my upper body which didn’t allow me to play tonight. It was probably the greatest decision I’ve ever made in my lifetime. It was a competitive game and I think those UBC boys would have kicked my butt pretty bad.”

The first period of action featured a lot of hot dogging by both teams looking to put on a show for the fans. Giveaways were up for grabs by both teams. The most exciting goals came from Daniel Sedin, who deked out UBC Thunderbirds goalie Jordan White before scoring. Not to be outdone speedy Thunderbirds forward Nate Fleming scored on a breakaway of his own when he shot top right corner on Cory Schneider. After the first period the score was tied at 3-3.

Neither team could buy a goal in the second period until 12:36 when Ben Schmidt scored his second of the game to give UBC a 4-3 advantage. A few moments later Jessi Hilton found himself parked in front of Cory Schneider and beat the locked out Canucks goalie high blocker side. Nate Fleming also scored his second goal of the game in the second period to add to the UBC lead. Team Bieksa’s Buddies was out shot 14 – 7 in the second frame and failed to convert on a power play opportunity when Thunderbirds forward Scott MacDonald was whistled for goalie¬†interference. UBC added a late goal from Cole Pruden to head to the second intermission up 7-3.

Bieksa’s Buddies mounted a huge third period comeback, which included 5 un-answered goals to take an 8-7 lead with 5 minutes left in the game. UBC ran out of gas and were finally out matched by the team of locked out NHL players. Beiksa’s Buddies got goals from Marty Bieksa, Chris Higgins, Rod Pelley, and Manny Malhotra. Henrik Sedin played a lovely give and go with his brother Daniel who had himself an open net for the game winning goal.¬†UBC pulled their goalie with 1 minute to play and in an odd¬†coincidence¬†so did Bieksa’s Buddies 30 seconds later. Both teams missed wide open nets and Bieksa’s Buddies prevailed 8-7 in front of a sold out crowd of 5,000 plus fans.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin both dazzled and showed off their skills to the cheering crowd. Daniel had a pair of goals, while Henrik racked up 4 assists. Both players took some time to talk to the media post-game. Henrik had this to say.

“I’ve got to give credit to UBC, it’s not easy playing in these games you want to give the crowd something to cheer about. I’ve played a couple of these (games) back in Sweden where the other team is back-checking and their taking away all the space for you but they gave us a chance to score some goals and that’s good.”

Daniel Sedin shared his thoughts on getting back on the ice with some of his fellow locked out NHL teammates.

“It was fun, we practice on the ice three times a week and it’s a lot of fun getting a chance to play a game against UBC. We see them everyday out at the gym and practice with them too. We were having a lot of fun.”

Notes: Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Jason Garrison, Willie Mitchell and BC Lions kicker Paul McCallum also served as coaches for Bieksa’s Buddies. Nobody¬†affiliated¬†with the Vancouver Canucks¬†management¬†was spotted at the game.

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Comments
  1. Terry Grim says:

    Nothing on Pats/Seahawks?
    Terry

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