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After years of watching Don Cherry openly cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Canucks fans get to watch one of their own on Hockey Night in Canada nowadays.
A newcomer to Sportsnet’s playoff coverage, Kevin Bieksa has been sensational on the panel hosted by Ron MacLean. With a rare mix of humour and truly insightful analysis of the game, Bieksa’s transition to media has been seamless. He’s the closest thing we’ve seen to Charles Barkley for a hockey broadcast.
But mixed with the former Vancouver Canucks defenceman’s expert analysis has been an ability to be truly honest — because we all know who he wants to win.
— Anthony Stewart (@StuMunrue) September 2, 2020
On Tuesday’s broadcast, Bieksa rocked a Vancouver Millionaires jacket — the one he got for participating in the Heritage Classic as a member of the Canucks.
“I’m not biased,” Bieksa said with his legendary smirk, while rocking the burgundy jacket.
Kevin Bieksa. Canucks fan, you say? pic.twitter.com/Ef47zYl4fH
— Vanessa Jang (@vanessajang) September 2, 2020
Needless to say, Canucks fans loved it.
The best! Thanks for being a homey, Bieksa!! https://t.co/WQnu9GZKw5
— Charles van Hemmen (@HemmenCharles) September 2, 2020
— Grady Sas (@GradySas) September 2, 2020
“I’m not biased” Bieksa says while wearing a Vancouver Millionaire’s jacket and Canucks socks. Nice to have an “inside guy” there in Toronto.
— CanuckSkate (@CanuckSkate) September 2, 2020
I love Bieksa so much.
— Sam (@samanthacp_) September 2, 2020
BIEKSA style straight fire right now 🔥
— Ted Wong III 🤙🏾🌺 (@Tee3ree) September 2, 2020
My god what an outfit from Bieksa
— Nathan Caddell (@ncaddell) September 2, 2020
Bieksa is GOAT status analyst. Sharp jacket. Socks probably just as good
— Zac Smith (@ZacSmith23) September 2, 2020
Bieksa’s wardrobe has had a Canucks flavour to it before in these playoffs, as he showed off a pair of Bo Horvat socks during Game 1 of the St. Louis series.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 13, 2020
On both occasions, Bieksa’s Canucks-themed outfits proved to be lucky, as Horvat scored twice in a Vancouver win when the unbiased broadcaster first wore his socks.
Bieksa also had fans in stitches when he proclaimed that he was most certainly not a Calgary Flames fan.
Legendary work from Kevin Bieksa on the panel this evening. Wow. pic.twitter.com/A1M1HF2eOd
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) August 21, 2020
Bieksa: If I'm a Calgary fan there's still hope (while smiling)…. but I'm not #lmaoooooooooooooo
— Taj (@taj1944) August 21, 2020
Bieksa saying I’m not a Calgary fan is a m o o d
— ja (@heyitsjoce) August 21, 2020
And then there’s been all the banter with MacLean, a broadcaster who has drawn the ire of Canucks fans before…
Bieksa smirking and dodging Ron MacLean's hand is the best pic.twitter.com/Wl5qSfoHOz
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) August 22, 2020
If Kevin Bieksa keeps making fun of Ron MacLean, just admit him to the Order of Canada ASAP.
— Fish (@feedthefish79) September 2, 2020
Bieksa continues to mention Alex Burrows around Ron Maclean pic.twitter.com/3llsjLShhp
— Nick Bondi (@nickbondi) August 23, 2020
Let’s see what Bieksa has up his sleeve for Thursday, when the Canucks look to stay alive in Game 6.