British Columbia

Vancouver police open investigation into Jake Virtanen sexual misconduct allegations

Police say they have talked to the woman who went public with allegations against the Vancouver Canucks forward.

Canucks forward subject of allegations made by woman that surfaced in media

Jake Virtanen sits in the penalty box on Feb. 25, 2021. Vancouver police say they have opened an investigation after allegations of sexual misconduct involving the Vancouver Canucks forward surfaced in the media. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Police have confirmed an investigation has been opened after a woman went public with allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen.

"On Monday, Vancouver police detectives made contact with the complainant after learning of allegations in media coverage on the weekend," said Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin.

"In the interest of privacy and to protect the integrity of the investigative process, we are unable to provide further information at this time."

On the weekend, the Canucks placed the 24-year-old on leave after the allegations surfaced.

In a statement, the team said it had launched an independent investigation.

"Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously," it read.

Visintin said, generally speaking, police do not identify victims in sexual assault cases. Suspects are only identified if they are charged, following an investigation.

Virtanen, who is from Langley, B.C., was drafted sixth overall by Vancouver in 2014.