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Canucks sign Kenins & Friesen

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forwards Ronalds Kenins and Alex Friesen.

Kenins, 24, split the 2014.15 season between Vancouver and the AHL Utica Comets. He appeared in 30 games with the Canucks in his first NHL season, registering 12 points (4-8-12) and eight penalty minutes. He also made his NHL post-season debut this year, registering two points (1-1-2) in five playoff games. In 36 games with the Comets this season, Kenins recorded 12 points (5-7-12) and 23 penalty minutes.

The 6’0”, 209-pound native of Riga, Latvia, was signed as a free agent by Vancouver on July 30, 2013.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2008-2009 GC Kusnacht Jr.-Swiss-Jr. 6 6 6 12 6
2008-2009 GCK Lions Zurich-Swiss-2 42 2 8 10 24
2009-2010 GCK Lions Zurich Jr.-Swiss-Jr. 30 13 18 31 38
2009-2010 GCK Lions Zurich-Swiss-2 4 1 3 4 4
2010-2011 GCK Lions Zurich Jr.-Swiss-Jr. 18 7 14 21 45
2010-2011 GCK Lions Zurich-Swiss-2 11 1 2 3 8
2011-2012 ZSC Lions Zurich-Swiss 47 6 12 18 7 48
2012-2013 ZSC Lions Zurich-Swiss 45 3 14 17 6 12
2013-2014 ZSC Lions Zurich-Swiss 39 8 17 25 40
2013-2014 Latvia-Olympics 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11
2013-2014 Latvia-WC-A 7 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 0 13
2014-2015 Canucks 30 4 8 12 -2 8 0 0 0 38 10.5
NHL Totals 30 4 8 12 -2 8 0 0 0 38 10.5
Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2009-2010 GCK Lions Zurich Jr.-Swiss-Jr. 9 0 4 4 10
2010-2011 GCK Lions Zurich Jr.-Swiss-Jr. 11 7 13 20 24
2011-2012 ZSC Lions Zurich-Swiss 15 0 4 4 6
2012-2013 ZSC Lions Zurich-Swiss 12 4 4 8 10
2013-2014 ZSC Lions Zurich-Swiss 18 4 0 4 6
2014-2015 Canucks 5 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 5 20.0
NHL Totals 5 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 5 20.0

Friesen, 24, set career-highs in games played (60), goals (10), assists (20) and points (30) with the AHL Utica Comets this season. He also made his AHL post-season debut this year, registering 10 points (4-6-10) in 23 playoff games.

The 5’10", 185-pound native of Niagara-On-the-Lake, Ontario, was originally drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round, 172nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Career Regular Season Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2006-2007 Niagara Falls Thunder-Minor-ON 69 45 67 112 66
2007-2008 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 46 5 9 14 -4 26 1 0
2008-2009 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 64 11 22 33 -12 94 4 0
2009-2010 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 60 23 37 60 18 94 5 0
2010-2011 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 60 26 40 66 29 61 10 1
2011-2012 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 62 26 45 71 39 106 9 3
2012-2013 Chicago Wolves-AHL 42 1 4 5 4 22 0 0 0 24 4.2
2012-2013 Kalamazoo Wings-ECHL 10 0 4 4 -2 2 0 0
2013-2014 Utica Comets-AHL 54 6 14 20 5 32 1 1 0 64 9.4
Career Playoff Statistics
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
2007-2008 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 10 0 2 2 -2 6 0 0
2008-2009 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 12 3 7 10 -2 25 2 0
2009-2010 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 5 1 6 7 -5 8 0 0
2010-2011 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 14 2 8 10 7 19 0 0
2011-2012 Niagara Ice Dogs-OHL 20 8 14 22 7 18 2 1
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