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MOSCOW, 26 Jul – A jury has found the former Spartak Moscow striker not guilty of sexual assault, TSN reports.
The verdict in the case of Virtanen was announced in the court of British Columbia (Canada).
The charge comes as a result of an investigation into an incident that occurred in September 2017, when Virtanen played for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The investigation began in May last year when a woman, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of a backlash in society, accused Virtanen of sexual harassment – after which Vancouver sent the Canadian hockey player on vacation.
Vancouver selected the player in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Virtanen is the winner of the 2015 Youth World Championship with Team Canada. The forward scored five goals in 38 NHL games last season. In total, he has 100 points (55 + 45) in 317 matches in the regular league championships.
In September 2021, Virtanen became a Spartak player. Last season, the Canadian played 36 matches for the Red-Whites, scoring 16 points (9+7). In March 2022, the hockey player left the location of the Moscow club.


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