Jackals strengthen blue line with Bushee

ELMIRA, N.Y. – With the Jackals Bushee will embark on his fifth season of professional hockey. He has spent the majority of the last three with Elmira’s divisional foe, the Wheeling Nailers. The 6-0, 190-pound rearguard brings a wealth of experience to the Jackals’ defensive corps with 273 ECHL games under his belt between stops in Cincinnati, Johnstown and Wheeling. Bushee has also played in 25 Kelly Cup playoff games including helping Wheeling reach the Eastern Conference final against Kalamazoo in 2011.

For his ECHL career, Bushee has notched 91 points (21g-70a), 178 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. His best season was 2010-11 with 31 points (7g-24a) that led all Nailers defensemen.

In 2011-12 he suited up in eight games with the American Hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps and tallied three points (1g-2a). In total, Bushee has played 10 AHL games combined between St. John’s, Manitoba, and Portland.