CANUCKS ASSIGN FORWARD JAKE VIRTANEN TO THE COMETS

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Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has assigned forward Jake Virtanen to the AHL Utica Comets.

Virtanen, 20, has appeared in 10 games with the Canucks this season registering an assist (0-1-1) along with two penalty minutes. In his debut NHL season in 2015.16, Virtanen appeared in 55 games for Vancouver where he collected 13 points (7-6-13) and ranked second on the team in hits with 128. He also appeared in two games for Utica on a conditioning stint and represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

A native of Abbotsford, BC, the 6-1, 226-pound forward was selected by Vancouver in the first round,6th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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