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People are really sticking it to 19-year-old Jake Virtanen for WJC flubs


James OBrien

Most people make mistakes at age 19. Few see their errors get the full-page newspaper treatment.

That’s what happened to Vancouver Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen on Sunday, as he was clearly scapegoated for Canada’s 6-5 loss to Finland in the 2016 World Juniors.

PHT’s Jason Brough ranked among those who shared this shot from the Vancouver Province:

That’s easily the harshest treatment, but shortly after taking some bad penalties that put Canada in a bad position, he seemed to be the talk of the town on Twitter:

This just in: the World Juniors tournament is kind of a big deal in Canada.

Virtanen (who, it feels worth repeating, is just 19) does indeed seem slated to return to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks are standing up for the young player.

As painful as this can be, perhaps it will be a learning experience for the prospect, at least in the long run?