- The big theme of the night was the return of Kevin Bieksa. He signed a one-day contract to retire with the team, and it was nice to see him recognized. Certainly, he’s one of the better defenders in franchise history, and one of the more memorable characters.
Welcome home, Juice! pic.twitter.com/DIGztRwhS3— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 3, 2022
- Here’s a video of Bieksa actually signing the contract alongside Patrik Allvin. This is pretty wholesome stuff.
A Vancouver Canuck once again. pic.twitter.com/nqRlDoYZHY— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 3, 2022
- Drance on what Bieksa apparently spoke about with the team. Listen, I’m generally a pretty big skeptic regarding “good in the room” type stuff — I tend to think it’s just hockey man nonsense made up to sign The Boys and other adjacent tough guys. But certainly, I think there’s something to having guys like Bieksa who can lead on and off the ice. Obviously I can’t speak to current locker room dynamics, but it feels like there’s a little bit of that missing.
“I didn’t want to preach to the players, I’m not their coach, but I just talked about the culture. The thing I’m most proud of isn’t the Finals or the Presidents’ Trophies, it’s the cultures we had.” - Bieksa #Canucks— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) November 3, 2022
- Anyways, on to the ice, where the Canucks beat the Anaheim Ducks 8-5. There were so many goals scored, guys. It was nuts. Kuzmenko scored a hat trick. Petey had five points. Bo scored twice. Listen, I know the Ducks aren’t good, but that was fun as hell.
Well, that was fun. pic.twitter.com/gcRUsyA90L— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 4, 2022
- Kuzmenko got the belt after the game. What a nice addition he’s been. Very tidy work by Jim, Patrik, et al. He’s such a fun character to have around, and I hope he keeps it out.
Your 1st NHL hat trick earns belt honours. pic.twitter.com/2aowmuqJCO— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 4, 2022
- And a happy belated birthday to Luke Schenn! On the note of character guys, he does appear to be one of them.
Happy birthday, Schenner @saveonfoods | #Canucks pic.twitter.com/GAyrkrSoQi— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 2, 2022
- Calgary Flames broadcaster Rick Ball on his blood clot recovery. Ball was a top notch broadcaster in his Canucks days, so I’m super glad to hear he’s doing well after this.
How a bird stealing his sandwich led to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism:— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 3, 2022
Rick Ball spoke to @EricFrancis about his recovery from a blood clot, and how it has changed his perspective. "It truly puts into focus what really matters in life." https://t.co/7LfE23wreg
- On a night when the Canucks honour Bieksa, the Oilers are doing something similar with more fan favourite types Ryan Smyth and Lee Fogolin. Good for those guys, and especially Smyth who many refer to as the Oilers’ version of Trevor Linden.
Two heart and soul players, Ryan Smyth and Lee Fogolin, go into Oilers Hall tonight.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) November 3, 2022
Here’s a look at the Journey. https://t.co/pzwlUZN1vI
- There are a lot of new changes and innovations coming to the PHF this year, and Hailey Salvian takes a look at them. I’m glad to see the league taking these steps and hope it leads to further growth.
Season 8 — and a “new era” — of the PHF begins Saturday.— Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) November 3, 2022
This year, there’s a raised salary cap, new players, and high-profile hires in the front office.
“We’re here to build the best home for women’s professional ice hockey.”— Commissioner Reagan Carey. https://t.co/EndGidiXFG
- And Torts rips into Toronto media for being mean to Sheldon Keefe for... Some reason? I honestly don’t know why he did this, but it’s pretty funny. Keefe of course is probably the one coach on more of a hot seat than Bruce at the moment.
John Tortorella to Toronto reporters regarding Sheldon Keefe: "You guys don't know what he's done for that team... You guys chuck darts at him because you want some results... He's a terrific coach. I hope he jams it to you all, quite honestly. Not tonight."— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) November 2, 2022
BC Place Bulletins
BC Place Bulletins is a Friday WWE feature summarizing scores and news from the local Vancouver sports scene.
- Vancouver was announced as the host of the 2024 Grey Cup! If you’ll recall, the last Grey Cup the Lions won (2011) was also when Vancouver was the host.
"I can tell you Vancouver will not let the CFL down. In fact, we want to take it to another level in 2024."#BCLions owner Amar Doman with @RandyAmbrosie and @TSNScianitti as Vancouver was officially announced as 2024 Grey Cup host pic.twitter.com/sbFCCjNQLB— BC LIONS (@BCLions) November 3, 2022
- Rick Campbell spoke ahead of the Lions’ playoff game this Sunday. Game is at 1:30 against the Stampeders at BC Place. Looking forward to it! Get tickets if you’re in the area.
UP NEXT on Halford & Brough, @BCLions bench boss Rick Campbell stops by ahead of their big playoff matchup versus the Stamps on Sunday!— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) November 3, 2022
LISTEN: https://t.co/mDLZc4njsd pic.twitter.com/kNmBGip3Yq
- And on a more serious note, former Whitecaps coach Bob Birarda has been sentenced to sixteen months less a day of jail time, plus eight months of probation. This sentencing centres around sexual assault offences he committed over a couple of decades. Seems light to me, but I’m not a legal expert. I’m just glad some justice was served.
BREAKING: Former Team Canada and Vancouver Whitecaps women's soccer coach Bob Birarda has been handed a sentence of two years.— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) November 2, 2022