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Original post: http://www.canucks.com/news/pressreleases.asp?sectionID=31&id=477

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent right wing Richard Park. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Park, 29 joins the Canucks from the Minnesota Wild, where he tallied 25 points (13-12-25) in 73 games. His contributions in Minnesota were highlighted by his game-six overtime goal vs. Colorado in the 2003 Western Conference QF. Minnesota went on to defeat the Avalanche in seven games. This eight-year NHL veteran has seen time with four NHL teams recording regular season totals of 42 goals, 47 assists for a total of 89 points, along with 110 penalty minutes in 308 games. During 2004-05, Park played for Malmo IF and Langnau SC.

"Richard brings us a lot of speed and skill and will be a valuable addition to the Canucks," said Dave Nonis. "The new rules should really benefit Richard’s high-tempo game and he’s demonstrated the ability to contribute at key moments during the playoffs. We look forward to seeing Richard in our line-up this season."

Park, 5’11, 190 lbs played for the USA National team during the 2005 World Championships. He scored a game-tying goal against Finland, allowing the Americans to place third in their qualifying group and to move on to the playoff round. The 2005 championships marked the second time that Park was a member of the American National team; he previously joined Team USA for the 2004 World Championships.

Park has extensive history with USA hockey, also playing for the Junior Team in 1994 and 1995. During his experience with the two tournaments, he placed ninth on the all-time assist leaders list (9) and eighth on the assist leaders for a single tournament (7).

Park was originally drafted 50th overall in the second round of the 1994 NHL entry draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is the only player in NHL history to have been born in Korea.

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