Rivermen Sign Bruton to AHL Deal for 2012-13
May 22, 2012
Peoria 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 2012-13 season.
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.