DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Bob Boughner, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Toledo, to a multi-year deal.
In his rookie season in 1991-92, the 6-0 and 205-pound Boughner scored 13 points (3g-10a) and had 79 penalty minutes in 28 regular season games and two points (2g-0a) and 15 penalty minutes in five playoff games with Toledo. He also played one game in the American Hockey League with Adirondack, finishing with seven penalty minutes.
The 33-year-old Boughner was acquired by the Avalanche from the Carolina Hurricanes on February 20, 2004. After missing 11 games with a knee injury, Boughner was scoreless in the final 11 regular season games, but had four assists in 11 playoff games, matching his career high for playoff points. In 43 games with Carolina, Boughner had five assists and 80 penalty minutes.
Boughner has played nine seasons in the NHL with Buffalo, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Carolina and Colorado. He has 65 points (14g-51a) and 1,328 penalty minutes in 589 career regular season NHL games and 12 points (0g-12a) and 67 penalty minutes in 65 career NHL playoff games.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. In 2003-04 there were 40 players that played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, surpassing the high of 27 players in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze.