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GamePlus - Dec 27, 2017

Four things you might not know about Bo Horvat

Cool facts about the Vancouver Canucks centre

Bo Horvat

Currently in his fourth NHL® season, Bo Horvat is quickly becoming the heart and soul of the Vancouver Canucks – at the ripe old age of 22. Here are some things you may not know about one of the league’s rising stars.

1. Since turning pro in 2014, Horvat has worn number 53 to pay tribute to the life of someone he never met. Horvat was selected ninth overall by the London Knights in the 2011 Ontario Hockey League Draft. One round later, in the 29th spot, London chose goaltender Ian Jenkins. But Jenkins was killed in a car accident near his Michigan home just days after being drafted. Jenkins wore number 35, so Horvat decided to flip the numbers to 53 to honour Jenkins’ memory.

2. Horvat was raised in Rodney, Ont., and his second cousin is Travis Konecny of the Philadelphia Flyers. Konecny grew up 10 km from Horvat in the tiny community of Clachan, Ont., and the two still work out together in the offseason.

3. Horvat made headlines last season when his January 4 goal against Arizona resulted in a young fan becoming a dog owner. Wait. What? The boy was seated near the glass and held up a sign that read: “Bo my dad will buy me a wiener dog if u score. P.S. I will name him Hotdog Horvat.” With just over six minutes left in the game, Horvat scored on a breakaway to seal the deal, and the fan got his wish.

4. At the 2017 NHL® All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Horvat was the Canucks lone representative. He was 21 at the time, and became the fifth-youngest player in franchise history to be selected to the midseason classic, joining Vancouver legends Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden.