Dale Purinton

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Dale Purinton
Born (1976-10-11) October 11, 1976 (age 37)
Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 229 lb (104 kg; 16 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
NHL Draft 117th overall, 1995
New York Rangers
Playing career 1997–2008

Dale Purinton (born October 11, 1976) is the head coach of the Kerry Park Islanders of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) and a former American-born Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, known as an enforcer, who played 181 games for the New York Rangers in the National Hockey League. Purinton was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but grew up in Sicamous, British Columbia.

Playing career[edit]

Enforcer Dale Purinton was drafted in the 5th round, 117th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the early part of his career in the WHL, ECHL, and AHL before his NHL debut in the 1999–2000 season.

Dale Purinton is a pure enforcer who is not known for his goal scoring abilities. In 181 NHL games Purinton racked up 578 penalty minutes to go with his 4 goals and 16 assists. After completing the 2007–08 season with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, he became an unrestricted free agent and upon failing to sign with a new team, subsequently retired.

Coaching career[edit]

He was hired as head coach of the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL on October 18, 2009.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 2 0 0 0 2
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
1997–98 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 34 3 5 8 186
1997–98 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 17 0 0 0 95
1998–99 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 45 1 3 4 306 7 0 2 2 24
1999–00 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 62 4 4 8 415 23 0 3 3 87
1999–00 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 7
2000–01 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 11 0 1 1 75
2000–01 New York Rangers NHL 42 0 2 2 180
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 40 0 4 4 113
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 58 3 9 12 161
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 40 1 1 2 117
2004–05 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 25 3 9 12 192
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 25 3 3 6 109 10 0 2 2 45
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 55 3 7 10 240 5 0 1 1 29
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 35 0 4 4 193
NHL totals 181 4 16 20 578

Suspensions[edit]

This is a list of suspensions that he has received:

  • April 8, 2008,
The AHL suspended Purinton three (3) games for his actions during an April 4 game in Hamilton.
  • March 27, 2008,
The AHL suspended Purinton three (3) games for his actions during a game on March 26. The three-game suspension was automatic after Purinton received his fifth game misconduct in the general category this season.
  • March 20, 2008,
The AHL suspended Purinton one (1) game for his actions during pre-game warms ups prior to an AHL game against Grand Rapids.
  • March 15, 2008,
The AHL suspended Purinton for 2 games for accumulating 4 misconducts in one season. His latest came in the first period of a game against the Grand Rapids Griffins in which he kneed right winger Jamie Tardif.
  • February 19, 2008,
The AHL suspended Purinton for four (4) games for his actions in a game against Hamilton.
  • October 19, 2007,
The AHL suspended Purinton for 25 games for punching Stars' forward Marius Holtet in the head from behind with a gloved fist after the completion of play during a game between Lake Erie and Iowa.
  • April 26, 2006
The AHL suspended him for 1 game for instigation a fight during the last 5 minutes of a game.
  • October 1, 2005
On October 4 the NHL handed out a 10-game suspension for an attempt to eye-gouge Colton Orr in a pre-season game.
  • 2004–05 season in the ECHL
suspended by the ECHL on December 10 for 6 games for elbowing a player into the head during the game vs Bakersfield on December 7.
Later in the season the ECHL suspended him for 3 games for his refusal to stop fighting and pulling the hair of a player. As a result, the Salmon Kings released him. He only played 25 games that season and racked up 192 penalty minutes.
  • February 2002
The NHL handed out a 3-game suspension for a sucker-punch to Jason Blake of the New York Islanders.
  • October 2001
The NHL handed out a 7-game suspension for a cross-check to the head of Stephen Peat of the Washington Capitals.
  • September 2001
The NHL handed out a 4-game suspension for beating up goaltender Garth Snow in an NHL pre-season game.
  • 1999
Purinton suspended by the AHL for 3 games during the 1998–1999 season.

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