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Bieksa: Lands in Vancouver with a Punch

Pierre LeBrun reminded me today of the story of how Kevin Bieksa found himself signed by Brian Burke of the Vancouver Canucks back in 2004.

Here’s Burke’s story (which I originally posted on this page back in 2007):

“He’s in there, having a good time, and he bumps the table of another of our kids, Fedor Fedorov.  [...] Well, one thing leads to another, and Fedorov, a pretty good-sized kid [6 foot 3 inches, 230 pounds], asks Bieksa if he wants to take it outside. So, Bieksa’s a willing kid, and says, ‘Sure, let’s go!’”

Out to the parking lot the two went, and according to Burke, Bieksa KO’d the bigger Fedorov with one punch.

“Down and out!” recalled Burke. “The next day, I’m talking to [assistant GM Steve Tambellini], and I guess Bieksa was all worried about it, saying to Tamby, “Oh, geez, I’m all done, Burkie’s going to be really [steamed], I show up and knock out one of his own guys.’ I listen to Tamby and I say, ‘Are you kidding me? I love that. Sign him—today!’

 

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awould's avatar

Burke loves to talk about Burke.

Posted by awould on 05/25/11 at 08:28 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

Fine with me. I love to talk about Burke, too. I know I gotta give love to Gillis for getting my team to the finals, but I’ll confess without shame, my favourite Canucks GM has always been Brian Burke. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 05/25/11 at 08:31 PM ET

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Bieska is a fraud.  This guy only fights non-fighters.  Lets see him face a real opponent.  Hell, he wouldn’t even touch Eager.

& as for you Canucks, if you don’t win the Cup this year, you will never, ever win it.  TB & Bos are just bad hockey teams playing one another which evens it out. TB defence is slow & weak. 

Too bad you didn’t get to play a real hockey team like the Wings.  The Wings have way more heart than those pussies in SJ.

Posted by JerseyJoe from Detroit on 05/26/11 at 02:29 PM ET

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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.

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