|Born:||June 16, 1981||Draft:||2001 Canucks #151 Overall|
|National Team:||Canada||Current Status:||Retired|
Kevin Francesco Bieksa (born June 16, 1981) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He most recently played for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). After a three-year 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 (B.A.) in finance, and was a two-time CCHA All-Academic honourable mention in 2003 and 2004. Bieksa now co-hosts Hockey Night in Canada.
Bieksa represented his country in the 2014 World Hockey Championships in Minsk, Belarus. He was selected as team captain and named one of three top players for Canada in the tournament. Bieksa represented Canada for the second time in his career at the 2018 Spengler Cup.
Selected 151st overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft he 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.
In 2020 he joined the Hockey Night in Canada team as a regular member of the analysis panel.
Kevin Bieksa Statistics
- Former Canuck Bieksa: From Fan Favourite to Media Star
- Canucks’ Greatest Team in Franchise History: 10 Years Later
- The Vancouver Canucks’ Top Three Defensemen of All-Time
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team Canada (2014)
- NHL Playoffs Most Goals by Defenseman (2011)
- NHL Playoffs Most Hits (2011)
- AHL All-Rookie Team (2005)
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