“Bieksa’s Buddies” charity hockey game set for Oct. 17 in Vancouver

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Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will host a charity hockey game on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Sports Centre in Vancouver (7 p.m.).

The “Bieksa’s Buddies” game will feature current members of the Canucks like Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Max Lapierre, Cory Schneider, as well as former Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell, and others.

Bieksa’s team will take on the UBC Thunderbirds men’s squad.

Tickets are $20, with net proceeds going to charity.

“We understand that there are many people impacted by the NHL lockout and we know charities such as Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Canucks Family Education Centre, and Canucks Autism Network need funds to continue operating their programs,” said Bieksa. “These organizations do great work for our community. It is important for my Buddies and I to lend a hand and with the help of the UBC Thunderbirds – we have the perfect opportunity to do so.”

The Canucks are still scheduled to kick off a five-game road trip the following night in Nashville, but somehow we doubt that will be an issue.