Canucks Sign Defenceman Kevin Bieksa to a Three Year Extension
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.
Born: Jun 16 1981
Hometown: Grimsby, ON