Reports: Canucks sign defenseman Bieksa

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 27 (UPI) -- Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to return to the Vancouver Canucks for $23 million over five years, multiple reports indicated Monday.

NHL: Vancouver 2, Nashville 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Defenseman Lee Sweatt scored the tiebreaking goal in his NHL debut Wednesday to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over Nashville.

NHL: Vancouver 4, N.Y. Islanders 3 (SO)

UNIONDALE, N.Y., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Ryan Kesler's shootout goal proved to be the game-winner Tuesday in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-3 decision over the New York Islanders.

NHL: Vancouver 4, Dallas 1

DALLAS, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Both Daniel and Henrik Sedin scored during an assault on goaltender Kari Lehtonen Friday, pushing the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 victory over Dallas.

NHL: St. Louis 3, Vancouver 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Alex Steen scored two goals and added an assist Sunday, fueling the St. Louis Blues' 3-2 victory over Vancouver.

NHL: Vancouver 3, San Jose 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 8 (UPI) -- Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots and Mats Sundin, Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa scored for Vancouver Saturday night in a 3-1 win over San Jose.

NHL: Vancouver 4, Calgary 3 (SO)

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Kevin Bieksa sent the game into overtime and Pavol Demitra scored the game-winning shootout goal Tuesday in Vancouver's 4-3 win over Calgary.

NHL: Columbus 3, Vancouver 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Kristian Huselius scored the game-winning goal with 4:44 left in the third period Monday, delivering Columbus a 3-2 victory over Vancouver.

NHL: Vancouver 2, Minnesota 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Goaltender Roberto Luongo recorded his fifth shutout this season Saturday night when the Vancouver Canucks skated to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

NHL: Columbus 4, Vancouver 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The first goal of Derek Dorsett's NHL career turned out to be the game-winner Tuesday and boosted Columbus to a 4-2 victory over Vancouver.

NHL: Vancouver 3, Phoenix 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 18 (UPI) -- Henrik Sedin's two goals and Roberto Luongo's 25 saves were a 1-2 punch that allowed the Vancouver Canucks to knock out the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 Monday.

NHL: Vancouver 6, Nashville 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 7 (UPI) -- Alexandre Burrows scored shorthanded just 37 seconds into the game Thursday, touching off the Vancouver Canucks' 6-2 rout of Nashville.

NHL: Vancouver 4, Columbus 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Ryan Kessler scored twice Sunday afternoon, as the Vancouver Canucks beat Columbus, 4-1.

NHL: Vancouver 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 7 (UPI) -- Mattias Ohlund's goal with 34 seconds left in overtime Saturday afternoon gave the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 win over San Jose and the Northwest Division title.

NHL: Vancouver 5, Tampa Bay 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 7 (UPI) -- Jeff Cowan had two goals Tuesday night as the Vancouver Canucks improved to 22-9-2 at home beating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1.
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Kevin Bieksa
Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa pulls Chicago Blackhawks Karl Stewart's jersey over his head in a fight during the third period at Vancouver's GM Place, February 7, 2007. The Blackhawks won 3-0.(UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)

Kevin Christopher Bieksa (born June 16, 1981) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL), serving as an alternate captain for the Canucks during away games. After a three-year junior hockey career in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) with the Burlington Cougars, Bieksa was awarded a scholarship to Bowling Green State University. He was a one-time All-CCHA honourable mention during his four-year tenure with the Falcons of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in finance and was a two-time CCHA All-Academic honourable mention in 2003 and 2004. Following his freshman year, Bieksa was selected 151st overall by the Canucks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and joined their minor league affiliate, the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL), upon graduating. He earned AHL All-Rookie Team honours in his first and only full season with the Moose, before joining the Canucks as a regular member in 2005–06. He is known as a physical and aggressive defenceman.

Bieksa began a three-year Junior A career with the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL in 1997–98. He recorded 37 points over 48 games in his second season with the Cougars and 33 points in his third. Bieksa was drafted into the major junior Ontario Hockey League (OHL) by the Mississauga IceDogs, but opted to play college hockey in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) instead.

In 2000–01, Bieksa joined the Bowling Green Falcons of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). After a 13-point regular season in 35 games as a freshman, he helped the Falcons become the lowest seeded team in league history (ninth) to advance to the CCHA semi-finals. He scored his team's lone goal in a 2–1 defeat to the Michigan State Spartans before the Falcons were eliminated.

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