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British Columbia native Troy Stecher is leaving North Dakota and heading home for a chance to play with the Vancouver Canucks (photo: Melissa Wade).

North Dakota junior defenseman Troy Stecher has signed a contract with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and will forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Stecher, an undrafted free agent, earned All-America honors in 2015-16 after leading North Dakota’s defensemen in points (29) and goals (8), establishing career highs in both, with a career-best plus-26 rating in 43 games.

He was named to the All-NCHC Second Team and the NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. He was also a finalist for both NCHC Defenseman of the Year and NCHC Offensive Defenseman of the Year in his final season at UND.

In 119 career games at North Dakota, Stecher posted 13 goals and 40 assists with a plus-46 rating.