Canucks sign defenceman Bieksa to three-year contract extension

The NHL team says the 26-year-old Grimsby, Ont., native has signed a three-year extension through the 2010-’11 season. Bieksa had 12 goals and led all Canucks defencemen with 30 assists and 42 points last season.

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He averaged over 24 minutes of ice time in 81 games.

Bieksa was selected by the Canucks in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2001 NHL entry draft.