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Darryl Bootland

Born:Nov 2, 1981Draft: 2000 Avalanche, 252nd Overall
Hometown:Schomberg, OntarioPosition:Right Wing
Known For:2x CHL (USA) ChampionShoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Darryl Bootland (born November 2, 1981) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the New York Islanders during the 2007-2008 season. Drafted 252nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Bootland returned to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) to play in two more seasons with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. He turned pro for the 2002-03 season, splitting the year between the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL. He made his NHL debut the following year, appearing in 22 games and recording one goal and one assist.

While the majority of his five seasons with Detroit were spent in the AHL, Bootland earned a reputation for being an enforcer that never hesitated to drop the gloves. He signed with the Islanders for the 2007-08 season but only played in four games before he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. He never step foot in the NHL again, playing primarily in the AHL and earning stints overseas in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). Once Bootland returned to North America for the 2010-11 season, he bounced back and forth between the ECHL and the Central Hockey League (CHL).

Bootland completed his final four seasons in hockey solely in the ECHL, serving as an assistant captain for the Colorado Eagles from 2014 to 2017, and one season with the Orlando Solar Bears. While he never earned his stripes in the NHL, his reputation was well-remembered in the AHL and ECHL, where he finished with 1,480 and 1,417 penalty minutes respectively.

Darryl Bootland Statistics

Achievements

  • OHL Best Plus/Minus (+48) (2002)
  • 2x CHL (USA) Champion (2013, 2014)
  • ECHL Player of the Week (01/05-01/11, 2015)
  • ECHL Kelly Cup Champion (2017)

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