Dane Fox impresses Vancouver Canucks GM

Vancouver Canucks GM likes improvement shown by Dane Fox

VANCOUVER CANUCKS PROSPECT Dane Fox made strides in the East Coast Hockey League last season and during the summer that impressed general manager Jim Benning to earn a training camp invite.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS PROSPECT Dane Fox made strides in the East Coast Hockey League last season and during the summer that impressed general manager Jim Benning to earn a training camp invite.

Dane Fox made enough of an impression during the Canucks Young Stars Classic Sept.11-14 to earn a training camp invite to Prince George.

While many of the usual suspects impressed Vancouver Canucks management, general manager Jim Benning liked what he saw of Fox.

“Dane really made a commitment off the ice this year to get in really good shape,” said Benning. “He’s always had good hands and good release on his shot. Now I think because he’s gotten in better shape, his skating has gotten better. You see him more involved in the play. Using his hands and his shot.”

In three games at the Young Stars Classic, Fox scored once and added an assist and finished with nine shots on goal. Fox and the Canucks will be in Prince George from Sept.18-20 before beginning their exhibition schedule on Monday.

Fox spent last season with the East Coast Hockey League’s Kalamazoo Wings, where he racked up 30 goals and 45 points in 70 games along with 110 penalty minutes.