Former NHL enforcer Dale Purinton arrested for burglary
Dale Purinton, a defenseman who spent parts of five seasons with the New York Rangers, has been charged on an arrest warrant for burglary in Sylvan Beach, New York.
According to a report in The Oneida Dispatch, the 38-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind. native allegedly broke into a residence on Aug. 11 and caused physical injury to the sole occupant. Purinton fled the scene before police arrived and the victim was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica for medical treatment and later released.
Purinton, collared without incident on Aug. 19, was arraigned and held in Oneida County Jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. His court date has not yet been scheduled.
A fifth-round pick of the Rangers in 1995, Purinton played in 181 games with the Blueshirts between 1999 and 2004. He scored four goals and 20 points while racking up 578 penalty minutes. He was credited with 48 fights during his NHL career, including 18 in 42 games in 2000-01.
He also rang up 1,811 PIM in the minor leagues, with a career high of 415 with the AHL’s Hartford WolfPack in 1999-2000.
Since 2012, Purinton has coached the Kerry Park Islanders, a junior B hockey team in B.C.
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