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Canucks re-sign minor league goalie Jake Kielly

Dylan Sadowy takes a shot on goalie Jake Kielly during the second day of Canucks Training Camp at the Save-On-Foods Arena, Victoria, September 14 2019.
Dylan Sadowy takes a shot on goalie Jake Kielly during the second day of Canucks Training Camp at the Save-On-Foods Arena, Victoria, September 14 2019.

Jake Kielly is back for another season in the Vancouver Canucks’ system.

The 24-year-old goaltender agreed to a one-year contract, general manager Jim Benning announced Friday. A two-way deal, Kielly’s NHL salary would be $700,000 if he spends time with the Canucks in 2020-21, or $85,000 when he’s in the minors, which is more likely.

Originally signed to a two-year deal at the end of the 2018-19 season, the former Clarkson University goalie spent most of the 2019-20 season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. He went 7-11-4 with the K-Wings, posting a 0.887 save percentage. He also appeared in two games for the Utica Comets at the tail end of the season, winning his lone start.

Prior to joining the Canucks organization, the Eden Prairie, Minn. native spent four seasons at Clarkson. In 2018-19, he helped lead the Golden Knights to an East Coast Athletic Conference title. was named to the ECAC all-tournament team and was an ECAC second-team All-Star.

He was briefly called up at the end of the Canucks’ Stanley Cup playoff run in Edmonton this summer after Jacob Markstrom suffered a leg injury. Kielly was still quarantining at the team hotel when the Canucks lost in Game 7 to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Originally Mike DiPietro was intended to be the goalie called up if one of the three goalies who travelled to Edmonton were injured, but DiPietro was suddenly unfit to play  when Markstrom was ruled out of action.

Unless the Canucks sign another goaltender before the 2020-21 seasons starts, Kielly seems likely to back up DiPietro with the Comets in AHL action, assuming there’s a season for the Canucks’ top minor league affiliate.

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