MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed right wing Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads of the ECHL.
The Long Beach Ice Dogs are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens and the Hamilton Bulldogs 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.
Acquired off waivers by Montreal from St. Louis on Jan. 23, the 31-year-old had five points (1g-4a) and 50 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Canadiens and two goals and 45 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blues in 2005-06. He has played parts of six seasons in the NHL with Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Montreal and St. Louis, registering 12 points (6g-6a) and 323 penalty minutes in 162 regular season games and eight penalty minutes in five games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.