Vancouver Canucks stars angry over re-sale of Kevin Bieksa charity game tickets
‘It's embarrassing, to be honest with you,’ says Daniel Sedin
Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks may be thrilled that his charity hockey game on Oct. 17 is sold out, but he's clearly not impressed that tickets with a face value of $20 before service charges are being advertised on Craigslist for anywhere between $75 and $60. In this file photo, Kevin Bieksa collides with Maxim Lapierre during an informal practice at the Father Bauer Arena at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at the University of British Columbia.
Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG
VANCOUVER — Locked-out Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa and Daniel Sedin are not impressed that people are attempting to re-sell tickets for the Oct. 17 Bieska's Buddies charity game at UBC.
Tickets, which carry a face value of $20 before service charges, were being advertised Wednesday on Craigslist for anywhere between $75 and $60.
“I haven't heard any real good reasons why,” Bieksa said. “I don't see why guys are selling tickets for three, four, five times as much when it's priced low to give fans a cheap opportunity to see players play during the lockout ... and then they're going to try to make money off it. It's not the way I was raised but those guys are the ones who have to live with it.”
Daniel Sedin called it “embarrassing” when informed by reporters of the situation.
“It's embarrassing, to be honest with you,” he said. “If that's the case, they should be embarrassed.”
Tickets for the game went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in less than two hours. Capacity at UBC's Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena is 5,000.
EDLER APPEARS: Canuck defenceman Alex Edler skated Wednesday at UBC with injured teammate Ryan Kesler and Canucks assistant athletic trainer Dave Zarn, a clear indication that Edler is considered “unfit to play” and, hence, is not locked out. It also means he is able to collect his $3.25 million salary until he is cleared.
Edler declined to discuss his status when approached Wednesday as he was leaving the rink with Kesler and Zarn.
“I'm not talking today,” he said.
The Canucks did not respond to messages regarding Edler's situation. Edler and fellow defenceman Jason Garrison have not skated with the locked-out players since NHL owners shut the doors on Sept. 15.
LOCKOUT BLUES: The Canucks were to open their 2012-13 regular season Thursday night in Calgary but, instead, will be in their various home bases still hoping for a solution.
“Yeah, I think it hits you,” Daniel Sedin said Wednesday following a skate at UBC that included 10 locked-out NHLers plus members of the Thunderbirds varsity team. “Thursday night would have been a game night and that's when you realize how much you miss the game. The competition is what you play for, to be out there every night and to play against the best players and to compete for those spots in the playoffs.”
Bieksa indicated he was not emotionally affected by missing the start of the season.
“No, not really,” he replied. “I've kind of come to terms with missing the first month of the season but, maybe realistically, probably half the season. It's something I've kind of accepted for now so I'm concentrating on the (charity) game. The game has been consuming. There is a lot that goes into it. I've enjoyed the whole process and it's taken most of my time.”
WEISE ON HIS WAY: It appears that fourth-liner winger Dale Weise will be the first member of the Canucks to join a European team. Although it was still not official Wednesday afternoon, Weise, 24, is apparently headed to Tilburg of the Dutch Pro League. The Winnipeg native is on a one-year, one-way contract with the Canucks for $615,000. He declined comment on his pending move.
QUOTABLE: “The first drill, Dan Hamhuis said to me: It's nice to have a coach telling us what to do.” — Kevin Bieksa on taking instruction Wednesday from UBC coach Milan Dragicevic during a combined practice.
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