His long pro hockey career isn’t done yet. Darryl Bootland takes his toughness and skill to Florida this winter. Bootland will start the 2017-18 season in the ECHL with the Orlando Solar Bears. The OHL grad spent his past three seasons with the Colorado Eagles, winning a Kelly Cup championship with the team in 2016-17.
No doubt, the number of OHL alumni on the Solar Bears will grow as training camps in the NHL and AHL evolve into the regular season. For now, Braid MacKenzie is the only other Orlando player to come out of the Ontario Hockey League.
Darryl Bootland played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2001-02 with the Barrie Colts and Toronto Majors. Bootland was the 16th overall pick by Barrie at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. He was part of a deadline deal in his rookie season that sent him to the Majors. Over his four years, Darryl scored 127 and assisted on 136 for 263 points in 248 regular season games. He also sat 608 penalty minutes. In 26 playoff games, Bootland added 22 points.
The Colorado Avalanche selected Bootland in the eighth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 252nd overall. Since 2002-03, Darryl has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL, NHL, Austria’s EBEL and the Central Hockey League. His National Hockey League resume consists of 32 games between 2003-04 and 2007-08 with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders.
Darryl won two Ray Miron Presidents Cup championships in the CHL with the Allen Americans, 2012-13 and 2013-14. This past season, he was part of the Colorado Eagles Kelly Cup championship team in the ECHL.
Going in to 2017-18, Bootland’s totals in the ECHL include 94 goals and 105 assists for 199 points in 308 regular season games while sitting a lofty 1,322 PIM. In the Kelly Cup playoffs, he has contributed 16 points in 44 games.
Orlando Solar Bears
The Orlando Solar Bears began play in the ECHL for the 2012-13 season. Home games for the team are played at the spacious Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, a 17,200 seat venue that opened in 2010. In 2016-17, the team finished fourth in the South Division with 82 points in 72 games. The Solar Bears lost to the Florida Everblades in seven games in the opening round of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Braid MacKenzie will start 2017-18 with Orlando. MacKenzie played three years in the OHL from 2010-11 to 2012-13 with the Barrie Colts, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Windsor Spitfires and Sudbury Wolves.
Darryl Bootland OHL Stats