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Vancouver Canucks sign veteran defenceman Jim Vandermeer

Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin, right, of Sweden, and defenceman Jim Vandermeer skate during a practice with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds hockey team at UBC in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday January 7, 2013. The NHL is most likely to play a 48-game season after its new collective bargaining agreement is ratified. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin, right, of Sweden, and defenceman Jim Vandermeer skate during a practice with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds hockey team at UBC in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday January 7, 2013. The NHL is most likely to play a 48-game season after its new collective bargaining agreement is ratified. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks have signed veteran defenceman Jim Vandermeer.

The 32-year-old native of Caroline, Alta., has played in 461 NHL games, recording 105 points (25 goals, 80 assists) and 664 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-one, 208-pound. defenceman had one goal and three assists in 25 games with San Jose last season.

Prior to entering the NHL, Vandermeer captained the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels to a Memorial Cup championship in the 2000-01 season.

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