Kevin Bieksa comes back to Vancouver with the Anaheim Ducks

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      One of the Canucks' most popular players over the past decade will return to Rogers Arena tonight wearing another team's sweater.

      And you can expect Kevin Bieksa to receive loud applause from his many fans in Vancouver.

      Bieksa had to waive a no-trade clause in June before he could be traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round draft pick.

      The gritty defenceman joined another former Canuck, Ryan Kesler, who was traded the previous years.

      Over 10 seasons, Bieksa had 56 goals and 241 points in a Canucks uniform.

      In 2014, Georgia Straight readers voted for him as their favourite Canucks player ahead of Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

      Two years earlier during the National Hockey League's lockout, Bieksa organized a charitable hockey game at UBC's Doug Mitchell Sports Centre to benefit Canuck Place, Canucks Autism Network, and the Canucks Family Education Network.

      “These organizations do great work for our community," Bieksa said at the time. "It is important for my Buddies and I to lend a hand and with the help of the UBC Thunderbirds—we have the perfect opportunity to do so.”

      He also distinguished himself through his efforts to raise awareness about mental illness following the death of his friend and former Canuck Rick Rypien.

      Bieksa was always entertaining and articulate in postgame interviews, but on the ice he could be a ferocious warrior. Below, you can see his final bout in a Canucks uniform.

      Kevin Bieksa takes revenge against Michael Ferland of the Calgary Flames.