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Veteran forward Bootland re-signs with Eagles


WINDSOR, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles announced that they have re-signed forward Darryl Bootland for the 2015-16 season.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward quickly became a fan-favorite in Colorado, amassing 252 penalty minutes, 17 goals and 10 assists in 41 games with the Eagles last season.

Bootland was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the eighth round (252nd overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The Toronto, Ontario native played 32 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders, netting one goal, two assists and 85 penalty minutes during that time. He has totaled 414 points (205g-209a) and 2,935 penalty minutes in 757 professional games.

In addition to his ECHL and NHL career, Bootland has collected 168 points (82g-86a) and 1,480 penalty minutes in 382 games in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Portland Pirates and Manitoba Moose. Bootland was also instrumental in guiding the Allen Americans to back-to-back championships in the Central Hockey League in 2013 and 2014.