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Vancouver Canucks sign sixth-overall draft pick Jake Virtanen

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 6:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vancouver Canucks sign sixth-overall draft pick Jake Virtanen

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have signed sixth-overall draft pick Jake Virtanen, according to Virtanen's Twitter feed.

"Such an honour to sign with the Vancouver Canucks!," Virtanen posted Friday. "I'd like to thank everybody who's helped me get to this point especially my family!!"

The the six-foot, 208-pound right-winger from Abbotsford, B.C., had 45 goals and 71 points in 71 games last season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He also had three goals and three assists in seven games to help Canada win the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

The signing comes one day after Vancouver came to terms with 24th-overall pick Jared McCann.

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