Ex-NHL enforcer Purinton arrested for burglary

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Dale Purinton, a defenseman that played nearly 200 games for the Rangers from ’00-04, has been arrested in New York for first degree burglary, a Class-B Felony.

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The arrest stems from an assault investigation by the Sheriff’s Road Patrol in the Village of Sylvan Beach that occurred on August 11, 2015. The investigation indicated that Purinton broke into a residence and caused physical injury to the sole occupant in the residence. Purinton fled the scene prior to police arrival and the victim was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the City of Utica, for medical treatment, the victim was later released.

During the course of the investigation, the Criminal Investigation Unit developed information that Purinton may be staying with relatives in Otsego County, NY. The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office located Purinton at a residence in the Town of Laurens and he was taken into custody without incident.

Purinton’s playing career ended with an AHL stint in Lake Erie during the 2007-08. From there he went into coaching, most recently with the Kerry Park Islanders of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.