Rivermen General Manager Kevin McDonald
has announced that forward Chris Bruton
and defenseman David Shields have
been assigned to the Rivermen ECHL affiliate, Alaska Aces. The defending Kelly
Cup Champions currently hold a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series with the
Stockton Thunder in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Bruton joined the club in time to pick up an assist in Alaska’s
4-0 win on Wednesday night. Shields is
expected to be in the lineup when the series resumes on Friday at Stockton
Bruton, 25, made his professional debut with the 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). He appeared in 38 games with Peoria and
registered five points (two goals, three assists) and 51 penalty minutes
(including nine fighting majors).
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.
Shields, 21, started the season with the Rivermen but was
reassigned by the St. Louis Blues to Alaska without appearing in a game for Peoria. He appeared in 12 games for the Aces and
totaled six points (one goal, five assists). He scored his first professional
goal in his second game of the season with Alaska. He was recalled to Peoria
and made his AHL debut on Nov. 15 in Hamilton.
Over the course of the season, the 6-3, 218-poind defenseman saw action
in 48 games with the Rivermen and recorded three assists.
The Rochester, NY native spent the last four seasons in the
Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Erie Otters. Selected by St. Louis in the
sixth round (168th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Shields played 250
games in his OHL career and totaled 67 points (15g, 52a).