COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League announced that they have agreed to terms with former Mississippi defenseman Sheldon Brookbank (pictured) and that they have signed former Dayton defenseman Olef-Kristian Tollefsen to a two-year contract.
The American Conference champion Dayton Bombers are the ECHL affiliate of the Blue Jackets of the NHL and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
In his rookie season in 2001-02, the 26-year-old Brookbank had 29 points (8g-21a) and 137 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games and five points (1g-4a) and 27 penalty minutes in 10 games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the Sea Wolves and also played in the American Hockey League where he had one assist and 24 penalty minutes in six games for Grand Rapids.
Brookbank won the Eddie Shore Award as the Outstanding Defenseman in the American Hockey League while also being named First Team All-AHL after leading AHL defensemen with a career-high 53 points in 78 games for Milwaukee. The 6-foot-2 and 215-pound Brookbank had career bests with 15 goals and 38 assists while ranking among the league leaders with six game-winning goals.
In his first full season with the Blue Jackets, the 23-year-old Tollefsen had five points (2g-3a) in 70 games and was third on the team with 125 penalty minutes and tied for fifth with a plus-minus rating of +2.