Eagles add veteran presence with Bootland

LOVELAND, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames and the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Flames, announced that they have signed forward Darryl Bootland for the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward was an eighth-round selection (252nd overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The Toronto, Ontario native played 32 games in the NHL with both the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders, netting one goal, two assists and 85 penalty minutes during that time. In addition, Bootland has amassed 168 points (82g-86a) and 1,480 penalty minutes in 382 games in the AHL with Grand Rapids, Bridgeport, Portland and Manitoba . Most recently, Bootland was instrumental in guiding the Allen Americans to back-to-back championships in the Central Hockey League in 2013 and 2014.

Bootland joins the Eagles with two seasons of ECHL experience already under his belt, having collected 108 points (52g-56a) and 582 penalty minutes in 146 games with the Toledo Storm in 2002-03 and the Kalamazoo Wings during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 campaigns. Bootland will now be re-united in Colorado with former teammate and current Eagles’ forward Trent Daavettila, with whom he played during his two seasons in Kalamazoo. In addition, Bootland also played alongside current Eagles’ assistant coach Aaron Schneekloth in the AHL when the two were part of the Griffins roster from 2002 to 2004.