Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen has been released from his player contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers made the announcement on Thursday (October 6).
The former Yale Secondary student played with the Oilers against the Vancouver Canucks in Abbotsford last night and registered one assist.
He appeared in six preseason games with the Oilers, racking up two assists to go along with six shots on target.
Virtanen now has the opportunity to sign with a professional team elsewhere. He did play for the Kontinental Hockey League’s HC Spartak Moscow in 2021-22, but left the team early and was given part of his one-year contract.
Virtanen collected 16 points in 36 games in the KHL.
The former Vancouver Canucks first round draft pick was placed on furlough by the Canucks on May 1, 2021 following allegations of sexual misconduct. Then, on July 25, he was granted unconditional waivers and was granted exemptions. The Canucks then bought out the remainder of his contract.
He was eventually charged with sexual assault on January 27, 2022 after an investigation by the Vancouver Police Department.
Virtanen faced court this summer and was found not guilty of sexual assault on July 26, 2022.
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