Michael Bublé doesn’t skate but does donate at Bieksa's Buddies charity hockey game (with video)
Crooner writes $100,000 cheque for Bieksa game charities
Kevin Bieksa with pal Michael Buble at Bieksa’s Buddies charity hockey game at U.B.C. Wednesday.
Photograph by: Mark van Manen, PNG
VANCOUVER — Michael Bublé was on the lineup card for the Kevin Bieksa Buddies charity game Wednesday night but not in the lineup.
It seems the crooner got cold feet — cold skates? — when it came time to lace ‘em up and patrol right wing with the Sedin twins against the UBC Thunderbirds. Attempts to have him at least take the warm-up and maybe one tiny shift proved fruitless.
“Honestly I wanted to play but I think I wimped out a bit,” said a sheepish Bublé. “Nerves got the best of me. But I’m glad I didn’t. It was fast, even faster than a lot of the boys actually thought it would be. If this was my only chance to watch NHL hockey this year, I surely didn’t want to mess it up.”
Buble made his contribution in another fashion. He wrote a cheque for $100,000 to match the $100,000 raised for three Canuck charities through ticket sales of the sold-out game at UBC.
“It was very generous of Kevin to take the time to do this because he loves the community and it meant a lot to him,” Bublé explained. “It was very generous of all those players and the five and a half thousand fans to spend their hard-earned money to support all the great causes they did.
“I’m really lucky to be in the position to do something and when I spoke to Kevin, I was just thrilled he would think to involve me. I asked him how much he hoped to raise and when he told me $100,000, I told him ‘let’s make it $200,000’.”
After scratching himself from the lineup, Bublé helped “coach” the Buddies along with unhealthy Canuck players Ryan Kesler, Jason Garrison and Alex Edler. Former Canuck Willie Mitchell and B.C. Lions kicker Paul McCallum brought the brains trust behind the bench to a half dozen.
The fans lapped it up, of course, among them first-year UBC law student Shashika Stanislaus.
“I think it’s absolutely fantastic,” he said. “For these players to come out here, and they’re not getting paid anything, and to pay for their own insurance and travel fees, it just shows the heart of a Canuck and how much these players really care about their community.”
Stanislaus was wearing a Canuck blue home jersey but said he had no thought to leaving it in his closet until the lockout was settled and NHL games resumed.
“I’m not the biggest fan of the owners and lockout itself but, honestly, it’s hockey and I’ll take what I can get,” he added.
Sarah Revill came from Burnaby to satisfy her craving to see some Canucks in action. Like Stanislaus, she is a hockey fan but not a fan of the commissioner who locked out the players.
“I watch the Canucks all the time and I miss them and the game,” she said. “I think it’s really amazing the money they are raising. It’s awesome. I don’t like the scalpers or anything like that but I like that the players are doing this and raising money. I’m not a fan of Gary Bettman. He can buy my house.
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