Michael Busto

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Michael Busto
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Born (1986-06-20) June 20, 1986 (age 28)
Burnaby, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
FRA team
Former teams
Ducs d'Angers
HC Bolzano
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present

Michael Busto (born June 20, 1986 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman for Ducs d'Angers of the French Ligue Magnus.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted, Busto played in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos, Kootenay Ice, and Moose Jaw Warriors.

On April 27, 2007, Busto signed with the New York Rangers to a two-year contract.[1] Busto was then assigned to Rangers affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL.

Busto spent two seasons with the Checkers before on June 30, 2009, he was traded by the Rangers, along with Scott Gomez and Tom Pyatt, to the Montreal Canadiens for Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko.[2]

After completion of his entry-level contract, Busto was released as a free agent by the Canadiens to briefly play in 9 games with the Elmira Jackals during the 2009–10 season. He belatedly signed a one-year deal in Europe with Italian club, HC Bolzano of the Serie A on December 27, 2010.[3] Busto played in 12 games for Bolzano before returning to the familiar ECHL for the following 2011–12 season with the Las Vegas Wranglers. Buston enjoyed his most successful season in the ECHL playing in a career high 65 games and contributing to the Wranglers playoff run as Kelly Cup finalists.

On June 25, 2012, Busto returned to Europe to sign an initial one-year conrtact with French club, Ducs d'Angers of the Ligue Magnus.[4] In the 2012–13 season with the Owls, Busto led the team from the Blueline in scoring with 14 points in 26 games. He was signed to a two-year contract extension on May 7, 2013.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 3 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 50 1 7 8 54 7 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 42 4 13 17 51
2003–04 Swift Current Broncos WHL 26 0 0 0 29 5 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Kootenay Ice WHL 71 8 21 29 79 16 1 5 6 27
2005–06 Kootenay Ice WHL 69 8 35 43 77 4 0 4 4 4
2006–07 Kootenay Ice WHL 70 20 43 63 79 6 1 2 3 9
2007–08 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 48 4 12 16 10
2008–09 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 54 3 8 11 41
2009–10 Dayton Gems IHL 2 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 9 1 3 4 0
2010–11 HC Bolzano ITL 12 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 65 1 12 13 33 15 1 2 3 9
2012–13 Ducs d'Angers FRA 26 3 11 14 24 16 2 1 3 2
ECHL totals 176 9 35 44 84 15 1 2 3 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers sign WHL defenseman Busto". rangers.nhl.com. 2007-05-16. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Montreal Canadiens acquire Scott Gomez from New York Rangers". ESPN. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Bolzano re-inforces defense with Busto" (in German). HC Bolzano. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Busto joins the team!" (in French). Ducs d'Angers. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Busto extends for two seasons" (in French). Twitter. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 

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