The Vancouver Police Department charged former NHL ahead Jake Virtanen with one depend of sexual assault stemming from an incident in 2017 whereas he was enjoying for the Vancouver Canucks. Virtanen, 25, is at the moment enjoying for Spartak within the KHL.
In May of final yr, the Canucks placed Virtanen on leave following the unique allegations. In July, they bought out the ultimate yr of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. The group will carry a $500K cap hit subsequent season on account of the buyout after carrying $50K this season.
A civil lawsuit was filed in May 2021. In response, Virtanen denied the allegations. At the time of the preliminary allegations, the Canucks launched the next assertion:
We have turn out to be conscious of the regarding allegations made about Jake Virtanen. Our group doesn’t settle for sexual misconduct of any form and the claims as reported are being handled very significantly by us.
We have engaged exterior experience to help in an impartial investigation and now we have positioned the participant on go away as we await extra data.
Virtanen shouldn’t be at the moment in custody.