"Kevin was a leader for us and will always be connected with our fans and the Vancouver Canucks because of all he did for this province and team."
Bieksa, 34, spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with Vancouver, breaking into the NHL in the 2005-06 season and playing 39 games while recording six assists and 77 penalty minutes.
A fifth-round draft pick (151st overall) of the Canucks in 2001, the native of Grimsby, Ont., has played 597 NHL regular-season games, scoring 56 goals, including 19 on the power play, 241 points and 879 penalty minutes. In 71 playoff games, Bieksa has 25 points and 122 PIMs.
This past season, he mustered only four goals and 14 points in 60 games but ranked third on the team in hits (109) and fifth in blocked shots (93).
Bieksa ranks fourth all-time among Canucks defencemen in PIMs and sixth in scoring, assists (185) and games. He is also the top defenceman in franchise history in playoff goals with 10.