Spitfires’ Chatfield signs with Canucks

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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed 20-year-old defenceman Jalen Chatfield of the Windsor Spitfires to a three-year entry-level contract.

“Jalen is a good two-way defenceman that sees the ice well and makes good decisions in all three zones,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “He moves the puck well and can join the rush. Jalen is another addition to our young prospect pool and we look forward to his continued development playing in Windsor.”

In 60 games with the Windsor Spitfires this season, Chatfield ranks third among defenceman in points (28) and goals (8), and second in assists (20). His three power-play goals and two overtime goals lead Windsor defenceman. In his second OHL season in 2015.16, the 6-1, 187-pound defenceman collected 10 goals and 27 assists (10-27-37) in 68 games for the Spitfires. He also added two goals (www2-0-2) in 5 playoff games.

A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Chatfield joined Windsor as a free agent in June 2014 and has suited up for 188 regular season games over three seasons, registering 86 points (19-67-86) and 136 penalty minutes.

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