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North American Skater
Canada
Jake
Virtanen
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 208
LAST CLUB TEAM: Calgary, WHL
BIRTHDATE: August 17, 1996
MID RANK: 9
HOMETOWN: Abbotsford, B.C.
FINAL RANK: 6
BORN IN: New Westminster, BC, CAN
• Virtanen wrapped up his second full Western Hockey League season in 2013-14 with a team-best 45 goals, fifth most in the League. He ranked third on Calgary with 71 points and earned the Calgary Hitmen Three Star Award.

• He won gold with Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and bronze at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship in Finland, tying for the team lead with 3-3—6 in seven games. He was also a member of Team Pacific at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, registering 5-2—7 in five games.

• Virtanen had the highest overall grade from the on-ice testing that was performed at the CHL Top Prospects Game, placing first in the 30-meter forward sprint (3.92 seconds) and the 30-meter backward sprint (4.55 seconds).

• A power forward who models his game after Rick Nash of the New York Rangers: “We're kind of identical players. He likes to take the puck to the net. I think I'm a little more physical than that, I like to throw the body around."

• He has dual Canadian and Finnish citizenship -- his father’s native country is Finland.

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FAVORITES

NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
NHL player: Jonathan Toews, Rick Nash
Shootout move: “Backhand, forehand, shoot over pad”
Goal celebration: “One leg, fist pump”
Video game: Call of Duty
Movie: Now You See Me
TV show: Duck Dynasty
Actor: Kevin Hart
Music group: Florida Georgia Line
Most played song: ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii
Sport (other than hockey): Rugby, Lacrosse
Athlete (non-hockey): Peyton Manning
Twitter follow: @BizNasty2point0