Veteran Bonneau joins Rush


RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and AHL’s Springfield Falcons, announced that 2008 Kelly Cup champion, forward Jimmy Bonneau, has signed with the club for the 2015-16 season.

Bonneau spent last season in the American Hockey League with the Worcester Sharks, marking his fourth year with the organization. The 6’3”, 220-pound winger recorded three assists in 30 games, and also racked up 80 penalty minutes. In his four seasons with Worcester, Bonneau played in 153 games, making up just under half of his time at the AHL level.

A native of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Bonneau enters his 11th season of professional hockey. The 30-year-old has recorded 47 points (14g-33a) in 477 games, along with 1,275 penalty minutes. He won his lone professional championship, the 2008 Kelly Cup, with the Cincinnati Cyclones, and finished as a Western Conference Finalist with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. Prior to playing professionally, Bonneau played junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Montreal Rocket and the Prince Edward Island Rocket, and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.