Vancouver Canucks ahead Jake Virtanen has been placed on go away following what the crew says are “regarding allegations” about him.
“Our group doesn’t settle for sexual misconduct of any type, and the claims as reported are being handled very severely by us,” the membership mentioned in a press release.
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The Canucks have retained “exterior experience” to assist with an impartial investigation into the problem, the assertion added.
At a re-scheduled pre-game media availability, Canucks coach Travis Inexperienced declined to touch upon the matter, referring reporters again to the crew’s assertion.
“We met with the crew this morning, did our pre-scout, had a morning skate and we’ll be able to go tonight,” he mentioned, when requested if the problem was a distraction for the crew.
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The allegations, which haven’t been confirmed in courtroom, first emerged on social media and in an interview with Glacier Media.
Vancouver police mentioned no allegations of sexual assault had been lodged involving an NHL participant thus far.
I’ve checked with our Intercourse Crimes Unit they usually haven’t been made conscious of any studies of a sexual assault dedicated by a NHL participant,” Const. Tania Visintin mentioned in an e-mail.
“It may be troublesome and traumatic to report sexual assaults. We are going to examine any allegation delivered to our consideration no matter when it occurred.”
The Canucks drafted Virtanen, 24, sixth total within the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The Canucks are scheduled to play the Toronto Maple Leafs at 4 p.m. PT, Saturday.
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