Purves, 26, posted three goals and 21 assists with the Central Hockey League’s Arizona Sundogs last season, and added another goal and assist to his tallies during the postseason. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward made his ECHL debut with the Idaho Steelheads in 2010-11, collecting 23 points (8g-15a) on his way to being voted “Most Improved Player” by his teammates that year. In 2011-12, Purves donned the alternate captain “A” with the Steelheads, and recorded 14 points (3g-11a) in 44 regular-season games while adding five points (4g-1a) in 10 games in the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Originally from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Purves racked up 117 points (43g-74a) in three seasons (2004-07) with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Nipawin Hawks. He then spent one year (2007-08) at the University of Saskatchewan before playing the next two seasons overseas in Germany.