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Woo signs entry-level deal with Canucks

Vancouver comes calling after Woo puts together career year in points and defensive prowess with Tribe

The parade of milestones and career achievements for the Moose Jaw Warriors just keeps on rolling, with the latest news marking the Tribe’s newest National Hockey League signee.

The Vancouver Canucks decided to waste little time in officially bringing Jett Woo into the team’s fold, as despite having only drafted him this past summer they signed the 18-year-old defenceman to a three-year entry-level contract.

“It’s something that’s every kid’s dream and after draft night and going through those motions, that was the next thing I hoped would happen,” Woo said after he and the Warriors closed out the regular season with a 6-0 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.

“A lot of credit goes to this team and organization for putting me in spots to have success, on the power play and things like that. So it’s been a really good season for us and we’re looking forward to the playoffs and to continue the run.”

Woo – who was drafted in the second round 37th overall by the Canucks – has put together a stunning jump in his point production this season with 12 goals and 62 points in 61 games. That brought out a bit of media chatter in the last week, with talk on CJME radio sports shows and Vancouver news media drawing extra attention to the third-year Tribe standout.

For his part, Woo just let things roll as they may until it was signing day.

“I think there was some talk over the last little while between my agent and the Canucks, but I just tried to focus on hockey and do what I could for the team,” he said. “That’s what I did, the hard work was put in and I just had to sign a couple papers. So it’s exciting, it’s fun and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”

The Canucks feel much the same way.

“We’re very excited at the strides Jett has made this season with Moose Jaw,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a press release. “He plays the game with good intensity and attention to detail at both ends of the ice. Jett is an important part of our future and we look forward to his continued development.”

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