RIT Defenseman Tanev Signs With NHL Vancouver Canucks

RIT defenseman Chris Tanev has forfeited his final three years of eligibility to sign with the Vancouver Canucks.

Tanev, 20, was RIT’s leading freshman scorer with 28 points (10-18-28) and four penalty minutes in 41 games. He also led his team in plus/minus (plus-34).

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The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Tanev was also the Atlantic Hockey rookie of the year.

Tanev tallied four points in seven post-season games, and scored the game’s first goal in RIT’s 2-1 win over No. 2 Denver at the NCAA Regional Semifinal on March 26.

“We are really excited for Chris to have an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing professional hockey,” said RIT coach Wayne Wilson. “Chris enjoyed an outstanding freshman year and was a key part of our success. He is a tremendous skater, passer, and has a great feel for the game. As Chris gets stronger, he will have a great chance to play in the NHL.”

He is the second player in RIT’s D-I history to leave early for an NHL contract. The first was Steve Pinizzotto, who signed with Washington after his sophomore year in 2007.

Terms of Tanev’s contract were not disclosed.