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Eagles Add Former DU Pioneer Bryan Vines

August 4, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Colorado Eagles News Release

WINDSOR, CO – The Colorado Eagles have signed yet another developmental player, Bryan Vines, VP and Head Coach Chris Stewart announced today.

The Oakville, Ontario native is a very mobile, stay-at-home defenseman that will bring solid skills to the back line for to the Eagles. He skated 59 games last season for the Long Beach Ice Dogs in the East Coast Hockey League before finishing up with the San Diego Gulls (two games), also in the ECHL.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity,” said Vines about coming to Colorado. “I have heard nothing but good things about the Eagles organization.”

Vines, 25, played five seasons at the University of Denver before turning professional. In 155 games, he tallied 34 points (6G, 28A) and 72 penalty minutes as a Pioneer. He served as team captain in his last season (2001-02) as a Pioneer, and was a letterman in all but the 1998-99 season where he played in only seven games. Additionally, Eagles’ defenseman Jesse Cook and Vines were teammates for four seasons at the University of Denver.

“Colorado has become a second home to me,” continued Vines. “I can’t wait to play in a new facility, and I have heard the fan support is outstanding.”

The 6’2”, 212-pound defenseman has played a total of 100 professional games with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads and Long Beach Ice Dogs. Last season in 59 games with the Ice Dogs, Vines totaled nine points (all by assist) and 31 penalty minutes. In the 2002-03 season, Vines won a West Coast Hockey League Championship with the San Diego Gulls. During that playoff run, he played in 12 games and had two assists.

“Bryan moves the puck very well,” explained Head Coach Chris Stewart. “He has good size and is a very steady defenseman.”

Vines is the fifth player signed by the Eagles this off-season, all of which fit under the Central Hockey League’s new developmental player rule. Under the rule, teams are required to have a minimum of five players on their roster at all times who have participated in 128 professional regular season games or fewer. With two full professional seasons under his belt, including a championship, Vines is sure to bring reliability and adaptability to the Eagles roster.


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