DETROIT – The Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings announced that they have signed right wing Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads of the ECHL.
The ECHL has been represented on the last eight Stanley Cup winners and Downey is the 14th former ECHL player to hoist the legendary trophy joining Francois Beauchemin and George Parros (Anaheim – 2007), Andrew Hutchinson and Chad LaRose (Carolina – 2006), Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy (Tampa Bay – 2004), Corey Schwab (New Jersey – 2003), Manny Legace (Detroit – 2002), David Aebischer and Nolan Pratt (Colorado – 2001), Krzysztof Oliwa (New Jersey – 2000) and Kevin Dean (New Jersey – 1995). Pratt is the only ECHL player to have his name engraved twice on the Stanley Cup.
In his first professional season in 1995-96, Downey scored 23 points (12g-11a) and led Hampton Roads with 354 penalty minutes in 65 regular season games. Returning to Hampton Roads in 1996-97, Downey scored 16 points (8g-8a) and led the team with 338 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games and had 26 penalty minutes and three assists in nine playoff games.
He had three assists and 116 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games for Detroit and has 16 points (7g-9a) and 487 penalty minutes in 239 career regular season games and eight penalty minutes in five career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Montreal and St. Louis from 1999-2008.