Last night, another former Bear skated out onto NHL ice — Ryan Garbutt ’09 made his career debut for the Dallas Stars as they took on the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-1 overtime loss. Pressed into service by injuries, Garbutt was only on the ice for a little under six minutes. But in that short time, he made his presence known firing three shots on goal and registering three hits.
The 26-year old Garbutt was called up to the big club from Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, where he put up 33 points in 50 games. His journey to the NHL has brought him all over North America, from his home in Winnipeg to Providence to three minor leagues and finally to Dallas. At Brown, Garbutt double concentrated in economics and sociology.
Garbutt joins Aaron Volpatti ’10 of the Vancouver Canucks and Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 of the Philadelphia Flyers as Brown alums to play in the NHL this season. Volpatti played in the Canucks’ first 23 games of the season, but a torn labrum injury required surgery that has left him shelved for the remainder of the year.
Zolnierczyk scored three goals in 36 games with the Flyers, but was recently sent down to Philly’s AHL affiliate. Harry Z also gained some airtime on HBO’s “24/7,” which followed the Flyers and New York Rangers in the days leading up to the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Particularly memorable was Zolnierczyk’s interesting conversation with his eccentric teammate Ilya Bryzgalov in which the Russian waxed eloquent on the similarities between beautiful women and his Siberian huskies.
From all accounts, Garbutt injected some tenacity and energy into the Dallas fourth line, so keep an eye out for the Brunonian tonight when the Stars take on Nashville.
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