Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Burichin re-signs for 2011-12 campaign

Steady blue liner first to sign for the purple and black

The Texas Brahmas have announced the re-signing of defenseman Jim Burichin for the 2011-12 season.

Burichin, 25, returns to North Richland Hills following an eight point scoring effort (2 G, 6 A, +14) in 45 games played during his rookie season. Burichin’s tenacity and strong defensive skills helped keep the the opposition off the scoreboard before an injury sidelined him in mid-February.

Prior to signing with the Brahmas, Burichin played four years at Niagara University. The Strongsville, Ohio native tallied 13 points (3 G, 10 A) and 40 penalty minutes in 97 games for the Purple Eagles and built a reputation as a solid defensive leader.

The 6', 185-pound defenseman played two seasons (2003-05) with the Cleveland Barons of the North American Hockey League, where he registered 20 points (2 G, 18 A) and 86 PIM in 80 games played. He followed with a season on the blue line for the Baystate Breakers in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, netting 13 points (1 G, 12 A) in 45 games.

“Jim was pivotal in his role as a steady defenseman last season, and it hurt our blue line when he was injured," Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong said. "His physical presence and hockey sense is comforting to have on the roster for the Brahmas, and we look forward to his return.”

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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