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Bo Horvat signs Six-Year Contract with Canucks

Bo Horvat signs Six-Year Extension with Canucks Dinur/via Flickr

Forward led Vancouver in scoring in 2016-17


One of the few highlights for the Vancouver Canucks last season was the play of young center Bo Horvat. The 22-year-old had his best NHL season to date in  2016-17 and looks to be the cornerstone of the franchise moving forward. Because of that, the Canucks made sure he stays in Vancouver for years.

Horvat and Vancouver agreed to a six-year, $33 million contract on Friday.

Horvat established career highs in goals (20), assists (32), points (52), shorthanded goals (2), and shots (158) last season. His goal and point totals were the most among Canucks players. He was also selected to the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

The London, Ontario native did all of this in just his third NHL season.

In those three seasons, Horvat has amassed 49 goals and 117 points in 231 career games. He also tallied a goal and four points in six playoff games in 2014-15.

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning was quite happy to bring his top restricted free agent. “Bo has quickly become a foundational player on our team and we’re thrilled for him to be a part of what we’re building here long term,” Benning said. “His commitment and work ethic have helped his game improve each season. He’s already a leader on our team and a young player fans can be excited to watch for years to come.”

Judging by those words, Canuck fans might be looking at their future captain.