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Bieksa and Hamhuis surprise youth hockey team, show up to practice

Sep 28, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis Getty Images

A minor-hockey team in North Vancouver got a surprise Thursday when Canucks defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis joined them for a practice.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the NHLPA is encouraging its members to get out in the community during the lockout and work with young players. (We hear the owners tried a similar PR strategy, but couldn’t find any kids that wanted to get better at smoking cigars and crushing unions.)

“It was great they would do something like this,” said 16-year-old goalie Chris Gharakhanian. “I guess they’ve got a little extra time on their hands these days.”

Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I volunteer for “smoking cigars and crushing unions”, if a decent salary comes with it ;-)

  2. kalfut321 - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Good for them I hope that more players get involved with the youth all over the country

  3. ferrytales1 - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    LOL @ Keith Ballrd being a healthy scratch. That made my day.

  4. dumptrucked - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Did they give a seminar on diving, playing cheap, and b*tching?

    • kitshky - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:54 AM

      …yawn.

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