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Ice hockey defenceman
Born: June 16, 1981 (age 40 years), Grimsby, Canada
Spouse: Katie Bieksa (m. 2006)
Children: Cole Bieksa, Reese Bieksa
Parents: Angela Lombardo, Al Bieksa
Siblings: Terri Lynn, Marty Bieksa
Born: June 16, 1981
Birthplace: Grimsby, ON, CAN
Draft: 2001 VAN, 5th rd, 20th pk (151st overall)
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Bieksa was born in Grimsby, Ontario, on June 16, 1981, to Al Bieksa and Angela Lombardo.
He has two brothers, Marty and Bryan, and two stepsisters, Terri Lynn and Jennifer.
His father works in the Ontario Federation of Labour and coached his three sons during minor hockey.
Bieksa began playing minor hockey in Grimsby before joining AAA teams in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
After attending Blessed Trinity Secondary School in his hometown, he graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a 3.42 grade point average (GPA).
During Bieksa’s tenure with both the Manitoba Moose and Vancouver Canucks, he became close friends with teammate Rick Rypien, who committed suicide on August 2011 after years of clinical depression.
Bieksa was the first Canucks teammate that Rypien confided in regarding his mental health.
When Rypien took his first personal leave of absence from the Canucks in the 2008–09 NHL season, Bieksa took him into his home to live with his family.
Having a close relationship with Rypien, Bieksa was involved in many of the ceremonies following his death.
He was a pallbearer at his funeral in Alberta and he later presented Rypien’s family with one of the forward’s game-worn Canucks jerseys during the team’s pre-game ceremony in Rypien’s honour in October 2011.
Bieksa and his wife, Katie, have two children, a son and daughter.
The family resides in Newport Beach, California.
Katie published a book in 2017 titled Newport Jane, which is a semi-autobiographical story of a woman adjusting to a new life in California, that was inspired by Bieksa’s trade from Vancouver to Anaheim.
AssetsInitiates contact from the back end. Owns a good shot from the point. Is defensively responsible and able to log big minutes.
Can fight, too. Has all-around appeal and agitating qualities, as well.
FlawsPlays an aggressive style that runs into injuries over the course of an 82-game NHL schedule.
Does take bad penalties that hurt his club on occasion. Lacks consistency in all facets of the game.
Career potentialVeteran defenseman in decline, when healthy.
A physical defenceman with good skills with the puck. Has a heavy shot and plays with high energy. Not afraid to fight.
Sometimes his aggressive style causes him to take unnecessary penalties.