Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stamler Signs With ECHL'S Eagles

UPDATE: Apparently the deal with Colorado fell through and Stamler has instead been signed by the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.

Another key member of the Varsity Reds is moving on. The Sports Corporation's Facebook page is reporting that client and UNB defenceman Bretton Stamler has signed with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL.

Stamler, a 2005 7th round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, joined the Varsity Reds prior to the 2008-09 season after playing 5 seasons in the WHL for Seattle, Edmonton, and Swift Current. The native of Edmonton, Alberta was perhaps one of the most underrated players on the team during his 4 seasons at UNB as he was a smart, solid, defensive defenseman, who quietly went about his business without much fanfare, while also providing offense and delivering a big hit when the opportunity presented itself. An assistant captain this year, Stamler put up 41 points during his first three seasons before collecting a career-high 8 goals and 20 points this past season. His +32 rating was tops in the AUS. He was a member of the 2008-09 AUS all-rookie team and has been named an AUS second team all-star in each of the previous 3 seasons. He helped the V-Reds win a national championship in both 2009 and 2011.

The Eagles went 37-27-1 this season, finishing in 2nd place in their division and 4th in their conference. They open the playoffs on March 30th.

While the departure of Luke Gallant and Jonathan Harty were expected this one is a bit more surprising and means the Varsity Reds will have a drastically different looking defence next season. They will be looking to replace three guys who were among the top four scoring defencemen in the conference and accounted for 20 goals and 53 assists.