Rivermen General Manager, Kevin McDonald
announced today that the club has signed forward Chris Bruton to a one-year, American Hockey League contract for the
Bruton, 25, appeared in 38 games with Peoria during the
2011-12 season and registered five points (two goals, three assists) and 51
penalty minutes (including nine fighting majors). He made his professional
debut with the ECHL Alaska Aces in October and appeared in each of Alaska’s
first 24 games of the season before signing a PTO with Peoria. He returned to Alaska briefly and after three
more games was resigned by the Rivermen where he stayed for the remainder of
the season. In 27 total ECHL games, the
rookie winger collected 13 points (six goals, seven assists).
Bruton turned pro this season following a three-year
collegiate career at Acadia University. He was better than a point-per-game
player for the Axemen, combining for 74 points (34g, 40a) in 69 contests. The 5-11,
205-pound Bruton also threw his weight around in college chipping in 118
penalty minutes. Before entering college, Bruton captained the Spokane Chiefs
to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2008.