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Demko signs with Canucks, foregoing senior year at B.C.

Thatcher Demko

Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko makes a save on a shot by Quinnipiac during the second period of an NCAA Frozen Four semifinal men’s college hockey game Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


The Vancouver Canucks will not lose Thatcher Demko like the Nashville Predators lost Jimmy Vesey.

Demko today signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canucks, making the decision to forego his senior year at Boston College.

Prior to today’s announcement, the worry in Vancouver was that the highly touted, 20-year-old goalie would return to school and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Canucks drafted Demko 36th overall in 2014. He was a Hobey Baker finalist this season.

“He’s going through the process of what he wants to do and he knows how we feel,” Vancouver GM Jim Benning told Postmedia earlier this week.

“We’ve been patient and he’s sorting out some things on his side. I would expect that we’ll know more in the next few days. If he decides he’s going to turn pro, he’s a guy we want to develop and we assured him he would have a spot in Utica.”

Before Demko makes his AHL debut next season, he’ll represent the United States at the world championship in Russia.

Related: Demko focused on winning a title with Boston College, will talk with Canucks this summer