cliffy, who on top of being awesome on the ice and as happy to be a canuck as anyone ever, once signed every single cliff ronning hockey card i had between dinner and the cheque at my uncle's old restaurant. i think that was 30 cards-- totally unreasonable request, but i was eleven.
There is going to be a group of kids who are listing Bieksa & Hamhuis as their favorites now:
Bieksa, Hamhuis take midget practice session by Storm
Kevin Bieksa couldn't help himself. He saw one of the North Vancouver Storm players racing toward him and decided there was no way the kid was going to beat him.
"I knew he was going to attack me one-on-one and I'm thinking, 'I am not letting this guy beat me,'" Bieksa said. "He tried to put it through my legs and go around me and I'm like, 'Sorry, not today Bud.''' So Bieksa did what comes naturally. He straight-armed the kid, who fell to the ice. Both had big smiles on their faces.
There was a lot of smiling late Thursday afternoon when Bieksa and fellow Canuck defenceman Dan Hamhuis surprised the Storm and took part in the Midget Triple-A team's fast-paced hour-long practice at Harry Jerome Arena.
Coach Dan Cioffi had been given the heads-up that Bieksa and Hamhuis were going to drop by, but he didn't tell his 15-and 16-year-old players. More than a few jaws dropped when the two Canucks hopped over the boards just minutes after the Storm hit the ice.
"Yeah, I think they were surprised," Bieksa said. "When we got on the ice they were pretty shocked and there were a lot of wide eyes."