Avalanche Signs Purinton

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed defenseman Dale Purinton, who played for the Charlotte Checkers as a rookie in 1997-98 and for the Victoria Salmon Kings during the NHL Lockout in 2004-05.

Selected in the fifth round (117th overall) by the Rangers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, the 30 year old had eight points (3g-5a) and 186 penalty minutes in 34 games with Charlotte as a rookie in 1997-98 while also playing in the American Hockey League where he had 95 penalty minutes in 17 games with Hartford.

The 6-foot-3 and 226-pound defenseman, who had 12 points (3g-9a) and 192 penalty minutes in 25 games for Victoria in 2004-05, played in the NHL with the Rangers from 2000-04 and he has 20 points (4g-16a) and 578 penalty minutes in 181 games.

He played each of the last two seasons in the AHL where he had 16 points (6g-10a) and 349 penalty minutes in 80 regular season games and three assists and 74 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games for Hartford, including 10 points (3g-7a) and 240 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games in 2006-07.

Purinton was one of 10 players who played all or most of their games in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 who played in the ECHL in 2004-05.

In addition to Purinton, the ECHL had Jon “Bates” Battaglia (Mississippi and Toronto), Curtis Brown (San Diego, Buffalo and San Jose), Eric Boulton (Columbia and Atlanta), Shane Hnidy (Florida and Anaheim), Bill Lindsay (Long Beach and Atlanta), Scott Gomez (Alaska and New York Rangers), Phil Sauve (Mississippi and Colorado), Mark Smith (Victoria and San Jose) and Jeremy Stevenson (South Carolina, Minnesota and Nashville).