Canucks Sign Thatcher Demko to ELC

The Vancouver Canucks have signed 2014 2nd round draft pick (36th overall) Thatcher Demko to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Demko, a Hobey Baker finalist, was the winner of the 2016 Mike Richter Award for the best goaltender in collegiate hockey.

He finished his junior year with Boston College by posting a .935 save percentage through 39 games. That had him tied for the fourth best save percentage in the nation, despite playing in a stacked Hockey East Conference.

Demko was also named to the AHCA/CCM Division I Second Team All-American in the East Region and led the nation with 10 shutouts. That ties the most shutouts by a DI goaltender and left him two shy of Cory Schneider’s record of 15 shutouts at BC over the course of his collegiate career.

He helped Boston College to a 2016 Frozen Four appearance, where they were beat by No. 1 ranked Quinnipiac in the semifinals.

Demko could have returned to BC for another year, but joins a load of players who are exiting the team after a very good year. Steve Santini (New Jersey), Miles Wood (New Jersey), Alex Tuch (Minnesota) and Adam Gilmour (Minnesota) have all gone pro since the season ended.

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Vancouver President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden said after the signing that Demko will be starting the 2016-17 season with the Utica Comets of the AHL.

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