Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed Justin Dowling, Brad Hunt and Brady Keeper to one-way contracts.
Justin Dowling has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with an AAV of $750,000. Dowling, 30, played in 27 games last season for the Dallas Stars, recording five points (1-4-5). The 5’10”, 180-pound forward has played in 76 career NHL games with Dallas, collecting 14 points (4-10-14), and 15 playoff games, including games five and six of the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals versus Tampa Bay.
A native of Calgary Alberta, Dowling was an undrafted free agent and signed with Dallas on March 26, 2014. He had 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 14 playoff games to help Texas win the Calder Cup in 2014. He was named captain Nov. 14, 2018 and led Texas with 40 assists in 62 games in 2018-19.
Dowling has played 438 games in the AHL, including 408 with the Texas Stars and 30 with the Abbotsford Heat where he recorded 304 points (99-205-304).
Brad Hunt has agreed to terms on a one-year contract valued at $800,000. Hunt, 32, appeared in 12 games with the Minnesota Wild last season, scoring one goal and recording four penalty minutes. Throughout the past three seasons spent with the Wild, he has collected 25 points (12-13-25) and 16 penalty minutes.
The Maple Ridge, BC native has played in 191 career NHL games between the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Vegas Golden Knights and Minnesota Wild accumulating 59 points (19-40-59) and 28 penalty minutes.
The 5’9″, 177-pound defenceman has also played 287 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, Oklahoma City Barons and Bakersfield Condors, recording 209 points (57-152-209) and 106 penalty minutes.
Brady Keeper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth an AAV of $762,500. The 6’2″, 197-pound defenceman was born in Cross Lake, MB, and was the first person from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation to play an NHL game. Keeper was an undrafted free agent signing by the Florida Panthers on March 18, 2019. Ten days later he made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators.
Last season Keeper played in 11 games for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, recording 3 points (2-1-3) and 12 penalty minutes. He also played in his second NHL regular season game on April 8 versus Carolina.
Keeper completed his first professional season during the pandemic interrupted 2019-20 season. He played in 61 games for AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds scoring 18 points (six goals, 12 assists). Keeper also made his post-season debut in a Stanley Cup Qualifier game for the Panthers on Aug. 4, 2020 against the New York Islanders.