Blues Sign Downey

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent right wing Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads of the ECHL.

The Alaska Aces are the ECHL affiliate of St. Louis of the National Hockey League and Peoria of the American Hockey League.

In his first professional season in 1995-96, Downey scored 23 points (12g-11a) and led Hampton Roads with 354 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games. Returning to Hampton Roads in 1996-97, Downey scored 16 points (8g-8a) and led the team with 338 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games and had 26 penalty minutes and three assists in nine playoff games.

In 2003-04 with Dallas, the 30-year-old Downey scored two points (1g-1a) and had 77 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games. Signed as a free agent by Boston in 1998, Downey made his NHL debut with the Bruins on March 30, 2000 against the St. Louis Blues. He signed with the Chicago Blackhawks after 1999-2000 and played 39 games with the Blackhawks from 2000-02. Signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 3, 2002, Downey has scored five points (3g-2a) and has 228 penalty minutes in 120 regular season NHL games and eight penalty minutes in four NHL playoff games.

In five seasons in the American Hockey League from 1997-2002, Downey appeared in 279 games and collected 1,284 penalty minutes.