Bootland Becomes 222nd Former ECHL Player In NHL

PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Toledo right wing Darryl Bootland became the 222nd former ECHL player to advance to the National Hockey League on Saturday. Bootland had two penalty minutes and played nine shifts for Detroit in the Red Wings 4-3 loss to Nashville.

In his first professional season in 2002-03, the 22-year-old Bootland scored 36 points (17g-19a) and had 322 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with Toledo. Selected in the eighth round (252nd overall) by Colorado in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Bootland also played with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League in 2002-03 scoring five points (1g-4a) in 16 regular season games and five points (3g-2a) in 15 postseason games.

In four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, the 6-1 and 188-pound Bootland scored 263 points (127g-136a) in 248 regular season games. In 2001-02 with the Toronto St. Michael Majors, he scored 97 points (41g-56a) in 61 regular season games and 18 points (8g-10a) in 15 postseason games.

Bootland becomes the seventh ECHL player to make his NHL debut in 2003-04, joining Travis Brigley, who played for Colorado on October 26; Garrett Burnett, who played for Anaheim on October 8; Andrew Hutchinson, who played for Nashville on October 18; Boyd Kane, who played for Philadelphia on October 16; and Michael Ryder, who played for Montreal on October 9; and Dany Sabourin, who played for Calgary on October 29.

There were 90 ECHL players that played in the NHL in 2002-03, including 20 that made their first-ever appearance. The 20 players who made their NHL debut in 2002-03 were: Francois Beauchemin (Montreal), Zdenek Blatny (Atlanta), Joe Corvo (Los Angeles), Fedor Fedorov (Vancouver), Vern Fiddler (Nashville), Brian Finley (Nashville), Simon Gamache (Atlanta), Ryan Kraft (San Jose), Kent McDonell (Columbus), Brett McLean (Chicago), Rick Mrozik (Calgary), Cody Rudkowsky (St. Louis), Curtis Sanford (St. Louis), Cam Severson (Anaheim), Mike Siklenka (Philadelphia), Chris Schmidt (Los Angeles), Jerred Smithson (Los Angeles), Tim Thomas (Boston), John Tripp (New York Rangers) and Matt Walker (St. Louis).