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Canucks sign Bo Horvat to six-year, $33 million contract

Last Updated Sep 8, 2017 at 11:41 am PDT

Former first-round pick Bo Horvat. (Jonathan Hayward/AP)

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they’ve signed centre Bo Horvat to a six-year contract worth $33 million. The deal carries an AAV of $5.5 million.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to continue my career for six more seasons in Vancouver and I’m grateful to the Aquilini family and Canucks management group for making this possible,” said Horvat in a press release. “Since being drafted by the Canucks, I have been welcomed by fans with open arms and I’m incredibly proud and fortunate to call this city and province home. I couldn’t be more excited to help this team win.”

Horvat recorded career-highs in goal (20), assists (32) and points (52) in 81 games last season. He has gradually increased his totals in each of his last three campaigns in the NHL.

“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,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “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.”

The former London Knight was drafted ninth overall by the Canucks in 2013, after Vancouver traded for the pick in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider, who went to the New Jersey Devils as part of the deal.