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Vancouver Canucks AHLer Alex Kannok-Leipert and Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point.

The Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate extended the contract of a well known defenceman. Abbotsford Canucks General Manager Ryan Johnson announced Saturday morning that right-shot D-man Alex Kannok Leipert earned a one-year extension. The former captain of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, who spent four-plus seasons with that club, will continue playing his career in the Fraser Valley.

In 41 American Hockey League games the 21-year-old blueliner tallied five points, including his first and only professional goal which he snuck in near the end of his rookie season. The milestone came on April 9th at home against the San Diego Gulls.

“We are excited to keep Alex in the organization.”, Johnson said in his announcement. “He is a player we want to keep building with and is a person that fits to the environment we are building here in Abbotsford.”

Kannok Leipert is expected to be at Vancouver Canucks Development/Prospects Camp in mid July.

He’s the first Thailand-born player drafted by an NHL club (Washington, 6th-round, 2018) and the first Thai to play in the AHL.

On Point

As if the Tampa Bay Lightning need to make things more difficult for the New York Rangers, but that potential exists with the possible return of Lightning center Brayden Point to the line-up for Game-6 on Saturday night. The 26-year-old pivot, who scored the overtime game winner in Game-6 of the first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, suffered a lower body injury in the finale of that series and hasn’t played since.

It seems he’s almost ready. Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper says if Point appears in the pregame warm-ups he’ll be a game time decision. If he doesn’t appear in warm-ups, he’ll miss another game.

The Lightning lead the best of seven series 3-2 and can advance to the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight at home.

Keep Rolling

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VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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