Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 01/03/07 at 01:04 PM ET
From Randy Sportak at the Calgary Sun:
The tag—‘Jovo Jr.’—came at Kevin Bieksa out of the blue.
Humbled him, too.
But the Vancouver Canucks second-year defenceman is deserving of the accolades starting to come his way. He’s become the team’s breakout player and is earning heady praise, including comparisons to the now-departed Ed Jovanovski.
“It’s a compliment for me, right?” said Bieksa, who faced the Calgary Flames last night at the ‘Dome. “Jovo has accomplished a lot in his career, the points he’s put up, gold medals, et cetera, but I don’t think you can compare me to him yet.”
Really? Jovo Jr? I hadn’t heard that one yet.
But yes, Bieksa’s been one hell of a nice surprise for Canucks fans this season. I figure he might be the most competitive player on the team this year. The guy just hates to lose.
Plus, as always, I always love a player willing to mix it up when the situation calls for it. Courtesy of Hockey Fights.com, here’s Bieksa’s tilt with Andrew Ference last night.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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