Levesque's studies can wait for one game

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks dressed
Canadian university goalie Chris Levesque as a backup Tuesday night
against the Pittsburgh Penguins after Dan Cloutier hurt his groin
during the morning skate.

Johan Hedberg started consecutive games for the first time since
Vancouver acquired him from Pittsburgh in August.

Levesque, a 23-year-old goalie for the University of British
Columbia, signed a one-day amateur contract to back up Hedberg
after the Canucks were unable to promote a goalie from either the AHL or Western Hockey League
in time for the game. Both minor league teams were traveling for their respective games.

Milan Dragicevic, Levesque's college coach, just happened to be at the Canucks' morning skate Tuesday morning and suggested to the team that they use his goalie.

Cloutier was hurt moving right to left on a breakaway drill in
the morning practice and had to be helped off the ice.

Levesque has played 34 games with the Thunderbirds. He's 0-4-1
with a 4.77 goals-against average in seven games this season.

The third-year student even has an exam at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Levesque did not get paid for his one-game appearance, said the team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.