Miller: Kevin Bieksa’s wife shares household fame with Ducks defenseman
By Jeff Miller
ANAHEIM — He leads the Ducks in penalty minutes, is an experienced fighter on the ice and last month dropped an opponent using an MMA-style superman punch.
Kevin Bieksa’s sudden flattening of Radko Gudas of the Flyers was among his greatest hits in more ways than one, the various YouTube videos of the one-blow bout drawing in excess of 300,000 views.
And then, on Tuesday, there Bieksa sat, up on a small stage, reading a children’s book to a roomful of grade-schoolers.
That’s the thing with hockey players. Only the goalies wear masks. But every one of them is capable of emerging from behind a scary game face.
“I think he’s smarter than I am,” Bieksa’s wife, Katie, said. “We each have our strengths. He’s so good at math and I’m not. I can barely do fifth-grade math. That’s just not how my brain works.”
Katie was up on that stage, too, joining her husband and Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer as part of the team’s “Reading is the Goal Day,” a community outreach program that stopped at Centralia Elementary.
As opposed to Kevin with numbers, Katie’s strength is letters, her first attempt as an author resulting in “Newport Jane,” a work of fiction influenced by her experiences moving from Canada to Orange County.
Though Kevin is in his 13th NHL season and third with the Ducks, he’s no longer the only member of the household receiving interview requests or bracing for negative press.
Katie recently met with a couple studios possibly interested in making “Newport Jane” into a movie, roughly the writer’s equivalent of reaching the Stanley Cup Final.
Impressive, particularly for a rookie.
“It probably won’t go anywhere past that,” said Katie, who has a degree in English and a master’s from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. “I guess there’s a tiny chance. But just to know […]