Jake Virtanen presented community champion award

Virtanen will receive a paving stone with his achievements to be added to the champions pavilion

Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen is a first-round draft pick of the Canucks.

Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen is a first-round draft pick of the Canucks.

Local hockey player Jake Virtanen was presented with a community champion award at the meeting of city council on Monday.

Mayor Henry Braun presented the Vancouver Canucks first-round draft pick the award for contributing to Canada’s junior men’s hockey team’s “outstanding achievement in winning the gold medal at this year’s world junior hockey championships in January.”

Virtanen played on the team, which won with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Russia – the nation’s first world junior gold since 2009.

Virtanen was presented with a paving stone noting his achievements, which will be placed along the city-wide Discovery Trail in the community champions pavilion.

There will be a ceremony in October to install the stone.