Virtanen, expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft, recorded his first career Western Hockey League hat trick as the Hitmen defeated the Hurricanes 6-3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The game also had very special meaning for Vitanen because he scored three goals in the game the Hitmen were raising awareness for breast cancer, a disease Virtanen's grandmother faced. The Hitmen recognized the seriousness of breast cancer by making the ice pink and wearing pink jerseys.
The Hitmen also made a trade with the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday. The Hitmen traded center Chase Clayton of Abbotsford, British Columbia to Saskatoon for a conditional fifth round draft pick in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. So far this season, Clayton has recorded one goal and four assists for five points in 11 games.
The Hitmen are currently in first place in the Central Division with a record of 8-3-1. They also have the best record in the Eastern Conference as they are two points up on the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Hitmen next play the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday for their first of four games on the road. Their next home game is Sunday, November 3 against the Edmonton Oil Kings.