Bieksa's Buddies Charity Game: Loser Leaves Town

Dimitri Filipovic
October 18 2012 07:38AM

On Wednesday night, a team featuring members of the Vancouver Canucks, their family members, and a few players from around the NHL (with ties to Vancouver), took on the UBC Thunderbirds ice hockey team. This assortment of characters was given the name 'Bieksa's Buddies', after the man who had rounded them all up, Kevin Bieksa.

The idea for the game was originally constructed by Bieksa, with the idea that the proceeds from ticket sales would go to various charities. It was a great concept, and it was executed beautifully. I was fortunate enough to attend the game, but rather than just enjoying myself while taking it all in, I decided to take stringent notes. Thus is the life of a heartless, conniving blogger.

Click Past the Jump for Notes on the Game.

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Zack Kassian scores his first goal of the season in Chicago Wolves' OT Win

Thomas Drance
October 17 2012 10:11PM

(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)

With tonight's 2-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen, the Chicago Wolves have opened the "Scott Arniel era" (just go with it) with three straight wins on home ice. Zack Kassian scored the only regulation goal for the Wolves, while defenseman Zach Miskovic scored the over-time winner.

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KHL Update: Grabo Goal, More of Malkin, Unlucky Chara, and more

Steve Dangle
October 17 2012 06:18PM


Hey look! Actual hockey!

Here's today's KHL highlights, featuring Mikail Grabovski, Evgeni Malkin, Zdeno Chara, and more.

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Headshots October 17th

Patrick Johnston
October 17 2012 02:56PM

Ok, fellas. Biscuit. Basket. Done. (Photo: Patrick Johnston)

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at

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Finding Milan, Part II

Cam Charron
October 17 2012 11:05AM

Last week I took a look at what Milan Lucic was. If teams are trying so hard to re-create him, I think we need to learn exactly what Lucic is. I concluded the hulking former Vancouver Giant was a fundamentally-flawed hockey player, and the perception of his talent varies year-to-year which, creates a crisis of expectation. You just don't know what you'll get each year out of Lucic scoring-wise, but he's a tremendously-effective forward.

His beat-em down game, while ugly to watch, works. He's a plus possession player who helps his team generate shots and chances. It's the conversion ratio that's a little off. His PDO, which has ranged from 977 to 1045 throughout his career, is volatile and unpredictable. Is that what we can expect out of the great power forwards?

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