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Bieksa drops in

In memory of Rick Rypien, who died a year ago August 15th, the 2012 edition of the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Cup is taking place in his home town of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, today.

As part of the festivities, a Rick Rypien Memorial Hockey Camp is being run from August 13-17th, and today Vancouver Canucks defenceman, and Rypien’s dear friend, Kevin Bieksa dropped by.

The above photo was taken by the Canucks crew in Alberta covering the event. This was part of a brief Q&A Bieksa did with the kids. On the very first question, Juice was thrown a curve ball: “my mom has a crush on you,” beamed the youngster. “That’s not a question, that’s a comment!” replied Bieksa, tongue-in-cheek.

Follow @VanCanucks Thursday for coverage of the event, with a feature video expected to be up on Canucks.com early next week.