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Canucks Sign Defenceman Kevin Bieksa to a Three Year Extension

Monday, 09.07.2007 / 10:30 AM / News
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Canucks Sign Defenceman Kevin Bieksa to a Three Year Extension
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed defenceman Kevin Bieksa to a three year extension beginning in 2008-09 through 2010-11.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bieksa, 26, concluded the 2006-07 season with 42 points (12-30-42) in 81 games played, finishing tied for 24th in scoring amongst all NHL defencemen. His 12 goals ranked in the top 20 among NHL defencemen.

The Grimsby, Ontario-native led Canucks defencemen in points (42) and assists (30) and was second amongst Canucks skaters in average ice time per game (24:16). Bieksa went on to play in nine playoff games, registering 20 penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 205-pound blueliner was also honoured with two team awards: the Walter (Babe) Pratt award for Best Defenceman and the Fred J. Hume award as the unsung hero.

In two seasons, Bieksa has recorded 48 points (12-36-48) and 211 penalty minutes in 120 NHL career games played.

Bieksa was selected by the Canucks in the 5th round, 151st overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
   
Career Stats
Position: Defence
Born: Jun 16 1981
Hometown: Grimsby, ON
Height: 6'1
Weight: 205

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW Shots Pct
1997-1998 Burlington  OPJHL   27 0 3 3 10
1998-1999 Burlington  OPJHL   49 8 29 37 83
1999-2000 Burlington  OPJHL   49 6 27 33 139
2000-2001 Bowling Green  CCHA   35 4 9 13 90
2001-2002 Bowling Green  CCHA   40 5 10 15 68
2002-2003 Bowling Green  CCHA   34 8 17 25 92
2003-2004 Bowling Green  CCHA   38 7 15 22 66
2003-2004 Manitoba  AHL   4 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0
2004-2005 Manitoba  AHL   80 12 27 39 21 192 4 0 3
2005-2006 Canucks   39 0 6 6 -1 77 0 0 0 38 0.0
2005-2006 Manitoba  AHL   23 3 17 20 3 73 2 0 0
2006-2007 Canucks   81 12 30 42 1 134 6 0 2 203 5.9
NHL Totals:   120 12 36 48 0 211 6 0 2 241 5.0
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW Shots Pct
2004-2005 Manitoba  AHL   14 1 1 2 -2 52 0 0 0
2005-2006 Manitoba  AHL   13 0 10 10 -4 38 0 0 0
2006-2007 Canucks   9 0 0 0 -1 20 0 0 0 13 0.0
NHL Totals:   9 0 0 0 -1 20 0 0 0 13 0.0