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Jovo Junior?

01/03/2007 at 12:04pm EST

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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