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Former Ace Bruton gets 1-year, 2-way deal with Islanders

Doyle Woody,Dwoody@adn.com

Former Alaska Aces winger Chris Bruton is headed East -- he has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the NHL's New York Islanders.

That likely means he'll play for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Isles' affiliate.

Bruton, 26, began his rookie season of 2011-12 with the Aces -- that was after Canadian college hockey and prior to that captaining the Spokane Chiefs to the Memorial Cup title -- and was then promoted to AHL Peoria, where he stuck. He did rejoin the Aces for the 2012 playoffs.

In any event, Bruton got a one-year deal from Peoria and in 69 games for the Rivermen this past season, earned 4-6--10 totals and a +2 rating that was second-best among Rivermen to play at least half the club's games. Plus, he racked a team-high 134 penalty minutes. His 17 fights nearly doubled any other Rivermen and tied for 11th in the league.

Bridgeport, for those scoring at home, led the AHL in fighting majors with 112.

One last note -- three former Aces finished among the top 20 in AHL fight majors this season. Former Alaska defenseman Zack FitzGerald tied for ninth with 19 and former Aces winger Eric Neilson was one of several players tied with Bruton at 17 glove-droppers.


Doyle Woody, dwoody@adn.com
Anchorage