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Leetch, Burke join NHL's dept. of player safety

NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame defenceman Brian Leetch and former You Can Play executive director Patrick Burke joined the NHL's department of player safety on Thursday.

Leetch is taking the position of manager of player safety that had been held by Rob Blake, who was named assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings last month. Burke will serve in the new position of director of player safety.

Burke, a former Philadelphia Flyers scout, is one of the founding partners of the You Can Play Project, which fights sexual orientation discrimination in sports.

Burke, the son of former NHL executive Brian Burke, stepped down as executive director of You Can Play on Tuesday, but is still involved with the organization.

 

Canucks ink Tanev, Alberts

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks have shored up their defence for next season by re-signing Chris Tanev and Andrew Alberts.

Tanev, a 23-year-old Toronto native, recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) and added 10 penalty minutes in 38 games with Vancouver last season.

The 6-2, 185-pound blue-liner has 10 points and 12 penalty minutes in 92 career games, all with Vancouver.

He originally signed with the Canucks as a free agent May 31, 2010.

Alberts, 32, appeared in 24 games last season, recording one assist, 32 penalty minutes and 39 hits.

The 6-5, 218-pound defenceman from Minneapolis has appeared in 449 career games, recording 55 points (eight goals, 47 assists) and 492 penalty minutes over eight NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Canucks.

 

Hawks sign first-rounder

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract with 2012 first-round draft pick Teuvo Teravainen on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Teravainen, a forward from Finland, was the 18th overall pick.

He had 13 goals and 18 assists in 44 regular-season games for SM-liiga's Jokerit last season.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2013 C2

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