VICTORIA, British Columbia – The Victoria Salmon Kings announced the signing of New York Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Charlotte.
Purinton becomes the fifth National Hockey League player in the ECHL, joining Scott Gomez in Alaska, Eric Boulton in Columbia, Curtis Brown in San Diego and Jeremy Stevenson in South Carolina.
In his rookie season in 1997-98, Purinton scored eight points (3g-5a) and had 186 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games with Charlotte and 95 penalty minutes in 17 regular season games with Hartford of the American Hockey League.
Selected in the fifth round (117th overall) by the Rangers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, the 27-year-old Purinton had two points (1g-1a) and 117 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games for the Rangers in 2003-04.
The 6-2 and 220-pound Purinton has appeared in 181 career NHL games for the Rangers, scoring 20 points (4g-16a) while accumulating 578 penalty minutes. In 2002-03, Purinton led the team with 161 penalty minutes and had career highs with three goals, nine assists and 12 points while appearing in a career-best 58 games.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Purinton has 13 points (5g-8a) and 891 penalty minutes in 169 games with Hartford and in 1999-2000 he set the team record with 415 penalty minutes. Purinton played a key role in Hartford winning the AHL Championship in 2000, registering three assists and 87 penalty minutes while appearing in all 23 postseason games.