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TRAVIS GREEN ON THE SUBJECT OF JAKE VIRTANEN'S SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

MAY 1, 2021  (18H58)      MIKE ARMENTI
The shocking announcement that Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen is facing sexual misconduct allegations took many by surprise on Saturday, with many not knowing what to make of the whole situation.

The Canucks organization released the following statement on the allegations, announcing that the team would be investigating the matter further before the subsequent announcement that Virtanen was placed on a leave from the team.

"We have become aware of the concerning allegations made about one of our players. Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously by us,» says a Canucks spokesperson. «We have engaged external expertise to assist in an independent investigation and we have placed the player on leave as we await more information.»

On Saturday evening, prior to the Canucks' matchup against the Leafs in Toronto, Canucks head coach Travis Green met with the media, and I think he knew coming in what was on everyone's minds. He had only the following to say:

"I trust that everyone on the call has seen the statement released by the team and I hope everyone understands I won't be making any additional comments."

In addition, Green declined to comment on when the team was made aware of the allegations, nor would he confirm if Virtanen is still with the team.

Per Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Sun, a request has been put in by the PHWA's Vancouver chapter chair to speak with both GM Jim Benning as well as owner Francesco Aquilini on the matter.

More on this as it comes in.


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SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
+4
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
+2
52283967
MITCH MARNER
+1
54204767
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
50402565
PATRICK KANE
54154964
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
+1
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+2
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
+2
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
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49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
ALEX DEBRINCAT
50292352
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 8, 2021 G A PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 3 4
REILLY SMITH
3 - 3
TIM STUTZLE
3 - 3
ALEXANDER WENNBERG
3 - 3
CONNOR BROWN
1 2 3
PHIL KESSEL
1 2 3
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
- 3 3
SETH JONES
- 3 3
LEON DRAISAITL
2 - 2
CHRISTIAN DVORAK
2 - 2
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