Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dale Purinton
A feisty defenceman who's play and ability to move the puck up ice was a valuable asset in junior and the minors. Dale Purinton was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and excelled with the BCJHL's Vernon Lakers before suiting up for three different WHL teams.

Taken 117th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Purinton helped the Lethbridge Hurricanes reach the Memorial Cup final in 1997 before making his professional debut with the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers the following year.

Purinton worked diligently on his game with Charlotte and the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack for three seasons capturing a Calder Cup in 2000 before dressing for 42 games with the big club in 2000-01. Purinton's hard nosed play has seen him earn a regular spot on the Ranger blueline while establishing career highs in goals (3), assists (9) and points (12) in 2002-03. The following season he played in 40 games with the Rangers and was a healthy reserve on many nights. During the NHL lockout, Purinton competed with the ECHL's Victora Salmon Kings.

When the league returned, he was sent to the Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford but missed the majority of his 2006-07 season due to a pair of injuries.

In the summer of 2007, Purinton signed as a free agent with the Colorado Avalanche.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Moose Jaw Midget Warriors SMHL 34 1 16 17 107
1992-93 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 2 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Vernon Vipers BCJHL 42 1 6 7 194
1994-95 Tacoma Rockets WHL 65 0 8 8 291 3 0 0 0 13
1995-96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 22 1 4 5 88
1995-96 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 37 3 6 9 144 4 1 1 2 25
1996-97 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 51 6 26 32 254 18 3 5 8 88
1996-97 Lethbridge Hurricanes M-Cup 5 0 0 0 43
1997-98 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 17 0 0 0 95 0
1997-98 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 34 3 5 8 186 +6
1998-99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 45 1 3 4 306 +5 7 0 2 2 24
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 7 -1
1999-00 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 62 4 4 8 415 +21 23 0 3 3 87
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 42 0 2 2 180 +5
2000-01 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 0 1 1 75 +5
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 40 0 4 4 113 +4
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 58 3 9 12 161 -2
2003-04 New York Rangers NHL 40 1 1 2 117 -9
2004-05 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 25 3 9 12 192 -4
2005-06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 25 3 3 6 109 -1 10 0 2 2 45
2006-07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 55 3 7 10 240 +8 5 0 1 1 29
2007-08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 35 0 4 4 193 0
NHL Totals 181 4 16 20 578


Missed majority of 2003-04 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Victoria (ECHL), December 3, 2004. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to knee (November 6, 2005 at Springfield - AHL) and finger (January 3, 2006 in practice) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 17, 2007.
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