Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that the team has acquired forward Brodie Dupont in an ECHL trade deadline move. Forward Trevor Gerling was dealt to the Norfolk Admirals along with future considerations in the trade.
Dupont brings 10 pro seasons and more than 500 games of professional hockey experience to Greenville. As the Admirals leading scorer, he averaged over a point per game, with 16 goals and 25 assists in 40 games. The veteran hailing from Russell, MB, was loaned to the Bakersfield Condors on February 23rd and has played in six AHL games, collecting four points (1G, 3A). Dupont tallied 11 multi-point games and recorded a season-best seven-game point streak from December 31st to January 20th. The 6-foot-2 forward was named the Sher-wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week during the stretch, unleashing eight points (3G, 5A) in three games.
“Brodie is a highly skilled forward with a lot of experience. He brings versatility in playing center or wing and is effective in multiple facets of the game,” commented Head Coach Brian Gratz on the acquisition. “This is a move that we felt would bring an experienced, veteran presence to our lineup while also adding a player who plays a strong two-way game as we come down the final stretch of the regular season and work toward the playing in the post season.”
The New York Rangers draft pick was selected 66th overall in 2005 and has logged over 300 games for the Swamp Rabbits AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Dupont made his NHL debut with the Rangers in a 3-2 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets on January 22, 2011. In addition, Dupont brings 53 games of playoff experience, earning 34 points (11G, 23A).
Gerling joins the Admirals during his first ECHL season, totaling 27 points (12G, 15A) in 53 games with Greenville. The University of Connecticut alum was tenth on the Swamp Rabbits in scoring. Gerling signed with the Swamp Rabbits in the off season after leading the Edinburgh Capitals in the Elite Hockey League with 56 points (27G, 29A) in 52 games.
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