Vancouver Canucks fans treated to a street hockey game with Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler

Vancouver Canucks star Kevin Bieksa jokes around with a young fan alongside teammate Ryan Kesler and TSN's Cabbie who were joined by hundreds of fans at an impromptu street hockey game under the Cambie Street Bridge on Dec. 5, 2012.

Vancouver Canucks star Kevin Bieksa jokes around with a young fan alongside teammate Ryan Kesler and TSN’s Cabbie who were joined by a throng of fans and media for a street hockey game under the Cambie Street Bridge on Dec. 5, 2012.

Working two jobs all summer/fall left me little time to update here, but I am back and what better way to re-start than with an impromptu street hockey game hosted by some of Vancouver’s local heroes Canucks’ Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and newcomer Jason Garrison.

About 150 to 200 fans and hoards of media and bloggers showed up at a basketball court underneath the Cambie Street Bridge in the afternoon on Dec. 5 after Kesler announced the event over Twitter earlier in the day.

Due to injuries, Kesler and Garrison announce they will be refereeing the game, while Bieksa will show off his moves on the court. None of the players wanted to talk about the 80-day-old NHL lockout dispute.

Due to injuries, Kesler and Garrison announce they will be refereeing the game, while Bieksa will show off his moves on the court. None of the players wanted to talk about the 80-day-old NHL lockout dispute.

After more than 80 days of the NHL being locked out, it was good to see the smiles the event brought on the faces of hockey-starved fans. TSN personality Cabbie appeared to be organizing the event and his crew was filming the entire session to air on his show Cabbie Presents. The Green Men were also there and anthem singer Mark Donnelly even sang his spirited version of ‘Oh Canada.’

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The Canucks Green Men pose for Vancouver Is Awesome blogger at the end of the impromptu road hockey game.

The Canucks Green Men pose for Vancouver Is Awesome blogger at the end of the impromptu road hockey game. You can check out the photo she made HERE.

The event was great for me to bust out my new Canon EOS 7D and get some practice with live moving subjects. The lighting was terrible and beside cranking my ISO, which gave a lot of images too much noise, I realized I need more practice and research to get better in these tricky scenarios. Stay tuned with more on the new camera and new projects such as highlighting Vancouver’s Christmas Market and a potential video project on Vancouver’s reputation on being an ‘unfriendly’ city.

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