SEDINS GIVE BACK
In their nine seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel and Henrik Sedin have given countless hours of dedication and commitment to the hockey club and now they are giving back even more to the community.
The Canucks announced Wednesday that the Sedins, along with their wives have donated $1.5 million to BC Children's Hospital.
Their donation is made in support of the hospital’s Campaign for BC Children, and specifically to the Intensive Care Unit and Diagnostics and Imaging area in the new hospital.
“Henrik and I along with our families feel very fortunate to live and work in this great city and province. We are committed to giving back to the community we live in and wanted to do something that would benefit children and families across the province,” said Daniel.
“Every time Daniel and I visit BC Children’s Hospital we meet kids and their parents who come from all over BC. This is our way of saying thank you to British Columbians for all the support we’ve received since we joined the Canucks," said Henrik.
Steve Bernier has missed seven games because of a groin injury this year - five on his most recent absence from the team. He left the team early and returned home last Wednesday to see a specialist about the injury.
The diagnosis revealed that Bernier has a small abdominal tear that will require sports hernia surgery. The surgery was successful and he will be out 4-6 weeks, which means missing the rest of the regular season and likely to return for the second week of the playoffs.
In 56 games this year, Bernier has 21 points (11-10-21). Last year’s hits leader has 95 hits this season - good for third on the team.
Recently re-assigned to the AHL but hasn’t reported to the team, Brad Lukowich will also be under-going season-ending surgery after struggling with a shoulder injury. Lukowich received one recall with the Canucks this season, playing in 13 games, where he scored his first NHL goal in 11 games and added an assist during his time with Vancouver.
As a result, the Manitoba Moose acquired Peter Olvecky from the Milwaukee Admirals.
To round out the injury talk with some good news, Kevin Bieksa is pain-free in his on-ice workouts and is confident he’ll be even better when he returns to the lineup.
Bieksa suffered an ankle laceration in Phoenix on December 29th and has missed the last 27 games. As a significant part of the Canucks blueline, Bieksa’s return will be much anticipated.
Bieksa has a goal and 15 assists in 40 games. He earned the Babe Pratt Trophy for the most outstanding Canuck defenceman and the Fred J. Hume award as the Canucks unsung hero in 2006-07.
ROAD TRIP WRAP
The Canucks struggled to get above or stay at .500 on the first half of their record 14-game road trip but managed a 4-4-0 going into the Olympic break. With three medals (one of each colour) on hand after the Games, the Canucks second half finished at 4-1-1 with a 8-5-1 record on the trip as a whole.
The team spent 39 days away from GM Place and NHL hockey (including the Olympic break) and won’t return to the ice until Friday after a much deserved day off Thursday.
After earning 17 of 28 points on the trip, the Canucks earned sole possession of first place in the Northwest division with 85 points - five ahead of the Colorado Avalanche and a 10-point cushion on the Calgary Flames, who are second and third in the division, respectively.
Prior to the trip, the Canucks had a two-point lead on the Avs with games even at 53. Colorado now has a game in hand on Vancouver but are in action tonight, which could bring things back to exactly the way they were before the trip.
In the 39-day span, the Canucks have played 14 games earning the 17 points and the Avs played 13 games with 14 points. The two teams met once with the Canucks edging the Avalanche 6-4 Tuesday night with one more matchup remaining that takes place in Vancouver on April 6.
The Canucks suffered just two outright losses to Western Conference teams through the 14 games to divisional opponent, Minnesota Wild on February 14th and the Chicago Blackhawks March 5. Vancouver managed to get a point in a shootout loss to Phoenix at the conclusion of the trip Wednesday night. The other three losses came at the hands of Eastern teams (Montreal, Ottawa, and Tampa Bay).
Daniel Sedin lead all Canuck skaters with 16 total points (3-13-16) on the trip. Ryan Kesler followed closely with 15 points (6-9-15) and had the most points on the first eight games of the trip at seven (3-4-7). Henrik Sedin had the most post-Olympic points with 10 (2-8-10).
Mikael Samuelsson had the most goals with 10 goals in 14 games that included a hat trick against Colorado Tuesday night. He also had the most goals post-Olympic break with seven in six games. Alex Burrows and Kesler both scored three goals pre-Olympics.
Kesler (15), the Sedins (14), Samuelsson (13), Burrows (11), and Christian Ehrhoff (10) all earned double digit points. Mason Raymond and Pavol Demitra were right behind with nine and eight points.
The Canucks are back in action at GM Place Saturday against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00pm PST.