Bruton Taking Advantage - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Bruton Taking Advantage

Updated:
  • HockeyMore>>

  • Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

    Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:51:13 GMT
    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.More >>
    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.More >>
  • Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

    Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-08-28 08:28:35 GMT
    Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.More >>
    Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.More >>
  • Settlement reached in Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit

    Settlement reached in Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:33:42 GMT
    A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore's career.More >>
    A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore's career.More >>

Courtesy Spokane Chiefs

Consider that Chris Bruton has captained a Memorial Cup Champion, earned a college degree and is now playing professionally you can accuse him of taking advantage. The former Chiefs' captain has been building himself as both a person and player since breaking into the Chiefs' lineup as a 17-year-old in 2004.

"Spokane gave us all an opportunity to lay a foundation and learn the right way to play the game. From there, it's about taking advantage of the opportunities that you're provided with," he said.

"I have my degree in my back pocket and am now in my third year of pro hockey. I couldn't be more excited."

The most recent highlight for the Calgary, Alberta native was signing a two-way NHL/AHL contract with the New York Islanders earlier this week.

"Everyone has different paths," Bruton said. "You look at guys from the Memorial Cup team and a lot of those players stepped right into pro hockey and they're excelling. For me, I wanted to take advantage of the education fund."

Bruton was named to the Chiefs Top 25 Chiefs in 25 Years after he captained the 2008 club to their second Memorial Cup Championship. Six players from that team have played in the NHL with several others having success in other professional leagues and collegiality.

Bruton earned the funds necessary to attend Acadia University after he played four seasons in Spokane. For each season spent in the Western Hockey League a player receives a year's worth of education costs. That allowed Bruton to earn his degree in Business Administration, in three years, from Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

Two professional seasons have been split with Alaska of the East Coast Hockey League and the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League.

"I learned a lot moving up the ranks. The half year I spent in Alaska I had a great time. I think with the NHL lockout earlier in the year the AHL was as good as it is ever going to be and it showed me that consistency and preparation are the keys to being a professional."

After leading the Rivermen in penalty minutes and finishing the season with a positive plus-minus, Bruton earned his opportunity with the Islanders.

"I think they saw what my game is about. I also doubled my points from the year before and was able to stay in the American Hockey League for the entire season. I think they see a part of my game that can be incorporated into their organization."

  • Spokane ChiefsSpokane ChiefsMore>>

  • Red Comes Back To Win Chiefs' Red-White Game

    Red Comes Back To Win Chiefs' Red-White Game

    Sunday, August 24 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 00:17:56 GMT
    Returning forwards Connor Chartier, Adam Helewka and Dominic Zwerger shined as Team Red came from behind to beat Team White, 5-4 in Sunday afternoon's Red-White Game in front of 3,018 fans at Spokane Arena.More >>
    Returning forwards Connor Chartier, Adam Helewka and Dominic Zwerger shined as Team Red came from behind to beat Team White, 5-4 in Sunday afternoon's Red-White Game in front of 3,018 fans at Spokane Arena.More >>
  • Spokane Chiefs Camp Underway

    Spokane Chiefs Camp Underway

    The Spokane Chiefs Annual Fall camp is fully underway and camp rosters have been announced, honoring three former Chiefs players. Team Sawyer (honoring Kevin Sawyer) will wear blue, Team Cowen (honoring Jared Cowen) will wear white and Team Johnson (honoring Tyler Johnson) will wear red.More >>
    The Spokane Chiefs Annual Fall camp is fully underway and camp rosters have been announced, honoring three former Chiefs players. Team Sawyer (honoring Kevin Sawyer) will wear blue, Team Cowen (honoring Jared Cowen) will wear white and Team Johnson (honoring Tyler Johnson) will wear red.More >>
  • McIntosh Will Not Return To Chiefs

    McIntosh Will Not Return To Chiefs

    The Spokane Chiefs announced today that 19-year-old defenseman Jeremy McIntosh will not return for the 2014-15 season. McIntosh cited personal reasons for his decision.More >>
    The Spokane Chiefs announced today that 19-year-old defenseman Jeremy McIntosh will not return for the 2014-15 season. McIntosh cited personal reasons for his decision.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.