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Canucks Sign Free Agent Defenceman Chris Tanev

Tanev_medium Tanev is 20 years old. He is listed as 6'2" and 185 pounds. The Canucks have signed the undrafted kid to a 3-year entry level contract. He played for the R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology) Tigers of the NCAA in 2009-10, racking up 10 goals and 28 points in 41 games (4th on the team). Born in East York Ontario, he played 4 seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League and another season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, according to

To quote what a poster on HF Boards found:

Chris was a real late bloomer who grew almost six inches during his final
year of juniors. He is a very skilled player who can be a dominant defenseman as he gets stronger. Chris is an excellent passer who moves the puck very well and has a great shot.

Favorite team: Detroit Red Wings. Favorite player: Niklas Lidstrom.

His defence partner on the RIT team Dan Ringwald said this of him:

“Chris Tanev is an awesome player. We came together about a month into the season and we’ve been playing pretty well together. He’s just a really smart player."


An interview with Tanev at Inside College Hockey here.

More praise for Tanev here (again, hat tip to the peeps on the HF Boards)