A reserved demeanour suggests Dan Hamhuis seldom gets excited. He is now. Really. Honestly.

The Vancouver Canucks defenceman prefers anonymity and allows others to command the spotlight.

That's the way the Smithers native is wired. If you want to know why Kevin Bieksa is hogging headlines by becoming the first blueliner to score four goals in a conference final or NHL championship since Brian Leetch, take a closer look at his responsible partner.

Strong and efficient skating combined with smart positioning and a head for the game is why the Canucks called on the first day of free agency and beat nine other suitors with a six-year, $27 million US contract.

However, it was more than just that. It was about attracting a prime-time B.C. born player who gets it, who knows what the game means to the sporting populace and what it means to embrace charities.

"Growing up here and still going back [to Smithers], I know how passionate the province is about this team," Hamhuis said after the Canucks secured the franchise's first Stanley Cup final berth in 17 years with a dramatic 3-2 double-overtime victory Tuesday over the San Jose Sharks.

"And even right now, I know small towns up there have parades every night after we win. It's pretty fun to see. It's amazing the support and it would be great to get them the Cup.

"To be a part of this is an unbelievable feeling and we've had a great run in the playoffs so far. But we're looking to do more here in a couple of weeks."

For Hamhuis, doing more started a long time ago.