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Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) sits in the penalty box as seats normally filled with fans remain empty during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. A defence lawyer is expected to cross-examine a woman today who claims she was sexually assaulted by Virtanen in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trial hears former Vancouver Canuck Jake Virtanen was ‘blotto’ when he met accuser

Virtanen, 25, is charged with one count of sexual assault

Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) sits in the penalty box as seats normally filled with fans remain empty during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. A defence lawyer is expected to cross-examine a woman today who claims she was sexually assaulted by Virtanen in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) falls in front of Edmonton Oilers’ Ethan Bear (74) as he reaches for the puck while Jesse Puljujarvi, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trial begins for Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen, former Canuck charged with sexual assault

Charge tied to a police investigation into an incident that took place on Sept. 26, 2017

Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) falls in front of Edmonton Oilers’ Ethan Bear (74) as he reaches for the puck while Jesse Puljujarvi, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)

Shuswap hockey star signs with Vancouver Canucks

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar, who also played minor hockey in Vernon, inks three-year deal

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)
Chicago Blackhawks center Henrik Borgstrom (13) chases Florida Panthers right wing Claude Giroux (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, March 31, 2022. NHL free agency opened with a bang Wednesday as the Senators signed veteran forward Giroux to a reported three-year, $19.5-million contract in another move that signals the franchise’s long, painful rebuild is over.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Reinhold Matay

Giroux joins Senators, Campbell Oilers, Mikheyev Canucks as NHL free agency opens

Goaltending carousel continues to turn in the first day of the NHL signing season

Chicago Blackhawks center Henrik Borgstrom (13) chases Florida Panthers right wing Claude Giroux (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, March 31, 2022. NHL free agency opened with a bang Wednesday as the Senators signed veteran forward Giroux to a reported three-year, $19.5-million contract in another move that signals the franchise’s long, painful rebuild is over.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Reinhold Matay
Abbotsford Canucks forward Danila Klimovich is one of several players from last year’s AHL team heading to the Vancouver Canucks 2022 Development Camp, which begins at UBC on Monday (July 11). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Several Abbotsford players heading to Canucks Development Camp

Camp runs from July 11 to 14 at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Abbotsford Canucks forward Danila Klimovich is one of several players from last year’s AHL team heading to the Vancouver Canucks 2022 Development Camp, which begins at UBC on Monday (July 11). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
The Vancouver Canucks will host a pre-season in Abbotsford on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Abbotsford Centre hosting Vancouver Canucks pre-season game

Edmonton Oilers coming to the AC on Wednesday, Oct. 5

The Vancouver Canucks will host a pre-season in Abbotsford on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Jeremy Colliton, shown here in an Oct. 24 game as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, is the new head coach of the Abbotsford Canucks. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nam Y. Huh)

Abbotsford Canucks announce new head coach

Jeremy Colliton new bench boss in Abbotsford, several players re-sign with Canucks organization

Jeremy Colliton, shown here in an Oct. 24 game as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, is the new head coach of the Abbotsford Canucks. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nam Y. Huh)
Forward John Stevens is one of three players the Canucks re-signed on Monday (June 27) who have Abbotsford connections from last season. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Canucks re-sign trio of players from Abbotsford

Sheldon Dries, Guillaume Brisebois and John Stevens all ink new deals with Canucks

Forward John Stevens is one of three players the Canucks re-signed on Monday (June 27) who have Abbotsford connections from last season. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Canucks Henrik and Daniel Sedin celebrate on from the bench. Photo: Twitter

Sedins, Luongo, Alfredsson headline Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2022 class

Women’s player Riikka Sallinen, builder Herb Carnegie also in the new Hockey Hall of Fame’s class

Canucks Henrik and Daniel Sedin celebrate on from the bench. Photo: Twitter
Former Vancouver Canucks players Henrik Sedin and his twin brother Daniel Sedin, both of Sweden, and their families watch as their numbers are raised to the rafters during a jersey retirement ceremony before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Sedins, Luongo could get Hockey Hall of Fame call in first year of eligibility

Some players poised to potentially get a call as Hockey Hall of Fame’s next class unveiled Monday

Former Vancouver Canucks players Henrik Sedin and his twin brother Daniel Sedin, both of Sweden, and their families watch as their numbers are raised to the rafters during a jersey retirement ceremony before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks legend Stan Smyl joined by Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and the team’s mascot, Fin, for the formal announcement that the Young Stars Classic is coming back to the city. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Vancouver Canucks ‘honoured’ to bring Young Stars Classic back to Penticton

The pre-season tournament runs from Sept. 16 to 19 at the South Okanagan Events Centre

Vancouver Canucks legend Stan Smyl joined by Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and the team’s mascot, Fin, for the formal announcement that the Young Stars Classic is coming back to the city. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Martin Gernat of Slovakia, right, and Andrei Kuzmenko of Russia fight for a puck during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match between the Slovakia and Russia at the Olympic Sports Center in Riga, Latvia, Monday, May 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Roman Koksarov

Russian winger Andrei Kuzmenko to sign with Canucks: player, agent

Free agent reportedly visited handful of interested teams before deciding on the Canucks.

Martin Gernat of Slovakia, right, and Andrei Kuzmenko of Russia fight for a puck during the Ice Hockey World Championship group A match between the Slovakia and Russia at the Olympic Sports Center in Riga, Latvia, Monday, May 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Roman Koksarov
The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Filip Johansson to a two-year entry-level contract. Filip Johansson, left, of Sweden, is greeted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected by the Minnesota Wild during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Canucks sign defenceman Filip Johansson to two-year entry-level contract

Player originally selected by Minnesota in the first round, 24th overall, at the 2018 NHL draft

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Filip Johansson to a two-year entry-level contract. Filip Johansson, left, of Sweden, is greeted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman after being selected by the Minnesota Wild during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Alex Kannok Leipert juggles the puck during a scrimmage at the 2021 Vancouver Canucks training camp. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Canucks sign Alex Kannok Leipert to one-year extension

Canucks also ink forward Nils Aman to two-year entry level deal

Alex Kannok Leipert juggles the puck during a scrimmage at the 2021 Vancouver Canucks training camp. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
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Abbotsford Canucks announce 2022-23 home opener date

AHL returns to the Abbotsford Centre on Friday, Oct. 28

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Dressing rooms and production upgrades are on the Canucks wish list for the Abbotsford Centre. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Canucks looking at dressing room improvements, production upgrades for Abbotsford Centre

City of Abbotsford will have to approve any desired improvements

Dressing rooms and production upgrades are on the Canucks wish list for the Abbotsford Centre. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Prospect development for the Vancouver Canucks has been a hot topic recently. Research by The News has shown that the organization’s draft picks over the last six years produced fewer NHL and AHL games than all other teams in the Pacific Division. (Black Press/Canadian Press file photos)

‘Rushed’: Are the Vancouver Canucks not properly developing draft picks?

Analyzing what the NHL Draft has produced for the Canucks at the AHL and NHL level

Prospect development for the Vancouver Canucks has been a hot topic recently. Research by The News has shown that the organization’s draft picks over the last six years produced fewer NHL and AHL games than all other teams in the Pacific Division. (Black Press/Canadian Press file photos)
Surrey’s Arshdeep Bains is expected to get an opportunity to show off his skills with the Abbotsford Canucks this season. (Red Deer Advocate photo)

Surrey’s Arshdeep Bains chasing pro hockey dream in Abbotsford

WHL’s top scorer looking to make an impact in Canucks organization

Surrey’s Arshdeep Bains is expected to get an opportunity to show off his skills with the Abbotsford Canucks this season. (Red Deer Advocate photo)
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau smiles as he attends a news conference in Vancouver, on Dec. 6, 2021. Boudreau will return as the Canucks head coach next season after helping to turn the struggling NHL club around as a mid-season replacement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

There it is Vancouver: Boudreau will be back to coach Canucks

Boudreau coached his 1,000th regular-season game in January

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau smiles as he attends a news conference in Vancouver, on Dec. 6, 2021. Boudreau will return as the Canucks head coach next season after helping to turn the struggling NHL club around as a mid-season replacement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Abbotsford Canucks head coach Trent Cull (left) and assistant coach Jeff Ulmer, as well as the rest of the staff, will return behind the bench for the team in 2022-23. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Canucks head coach Trent Cull reflects on inaugural season

Cull holds media availability, speaks on playoffs, Woo, Klimovich, goalies and more

Abbotsford Canucks head coach Trent Cull (left) and assistant coach Jeff Ulmer, as well as the rest of the staff, will return behind the bench for the team in 2022-23. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
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