Locked out Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa is thinking about doing a second charity game after tickets sold out in less than a day for his “Bieksa’s Buddies Charity Game” at the University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on October 17.
Seventy-five hundred tickets were made available for $20 each plus service fees and taxes this past Saturday. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Canucks Family Education Centre, and the Canucks Autism Network.
One fan, who managed to snatch tickets to the game, is asking $100 on Craigslist for seats in row 16 in section 104.
Players announced for the game include Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Max Lapierre, Cory Schneider, and former Canuck Willie Mitchell.
Team 1040’s Jeff Paterson cautioned that a second game is “just talk at this point.”
During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, then-Canuck Brad May also held a charity game and it took place at the 16,281-seat Pacific Coliseum. The game featured the likes of Jarome Iginla, Mike Modano, Eric Brewer, and Ryan Smyth in addition to locked out Canucks.
In order for a second game to occur, the lockout would likely have to drag beyond October and Bieksa would have to bring in more stars from outside of Vancouver to generate the ticket sales to justify renting a large venue like the Pacific Coliseum.
If we do see a second game, it’s not a good sign—it means that NHL hockey is not imminent.
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