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Canucks icon Kevin Bieksa wins major television award



Canucks icon Kevin Bieksa wins major television award

Kevin Bieksa may by no means have received any main awards in his time with the Vancouver Canucks, however the identical can’t be stated of his post-playing profession.

On Tuesday, it was introduced that Bieksa received the 2024 Canadian Display Award for Greatest Sports activities Analyst, as chosen by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Tv.

Fittingly, Bieksa was on a broadcast when the information was introduced, showing on Sportsnet’s Hockey Night time in Canada panel throughout Sport 4 of the New York Rangers-Florida Panthers collection.

“Workforce award, clearly,” Bieksa stated when offered with the information, though he admitted he had been given a little bit of a heads-up.

“No, it’s not a group award!” co-host Ron MacLean retorted. “We don’t get to drink [in celebration] till after the intermission.”

Bieksa edged out Sportsnet colleague Jennifer Botterill, in addition to Cheryl Pounder and Craig Button from TSN and Byron McDonald from CBC. Bieksa was additionally a nominee for Greatest Sports activities Evaluation or Commentary on the ninth Canadian Display Awards in 2021, after initially becoming a member of the Hockey Night time in Canada crew in 2020.

Bieksa final performed for Vancouver in 2014-15, having been part of seven playoff runs with the group. He had 63 objectives and 215 assists in 808 video games throughout 13 seasons with the Canucks and Anaheim Geese, final suiting up within the league in 2017-18.

He was often called a minute-munching defenceman, averaging over 20 minutes in 9 of his 10 seasons whereas taking part in in BC. His best season got here in 2011-12, the place he put up eight objectives and 36 assists in a 12 months the place the Canucks received the Presidents’ Trophy.

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