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Vancouver Canucks sign former Vernon Viper

Defenceman Christian Felton inks 1-year contract with NHL club
Christian Felton (left) of the Vernon Vipers battles Carter Wilkie of the Chilliwack Chiefs battles for the puck during a 2019 B.C. Hockey League game at the Chilliwack Coliseum. (Jenna Hauck - Black Press)

An Ohio native who played 50 games with the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers is moving to the big leagues.

Vancouver Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin says the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Christian Felton on a one-year, entry-level contract.

“We are happy to have Christian join our organization,” said Allvin. “We brought him into our development camp last summer and have kept a close eye on his progress. We look forward to working with him and helping Christian adjust to things as he starts his pro hockey career.”

Felton, 24, recently completed his senior college season with the Merrimack College Warriors in Massachusetts, recording seven points in 26 games. He established personal bests in goals and points at the college level and led the team in blocked shots with 55.

The defenceman has appeared in 98 games at the college level, split between Merrimack College and Bentley University, posting 17 points and 44 penalty minutes.

Felton recorded 15 points in 50 games with the Vipers during the 2019-2020 campaign.

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