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Jake VirtanenJake VirtanenA Vancouver Canucks player has been placed on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct.


Right-winger Jake Virtanen has been identified by the Vancouver Canucks in a statement on Saturday.

“The Vancouver Canucks does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously."

Virtanen has not been charged nor his representatives have responded to the allegations.

Canucks head coach Travis Green declined comment on the situation ahead of Saturday night's game against the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We met with the team this morning, did our pre-scout, had a morning skate. And we will be ready to go tonight," he said.

Green did not say when he was made aware of the allegations, or whether Virtanen was still with the team in Toronto.

Virtanen, who hails from Langley, B.C., was drafted sixth overall by Vancouver in 2014. He has five points, all goals, in 38 games this season.

Virtanen signed a two-year, $5.1-million US extension with Vancouver in October.

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