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Charlotte Checkers sign Kris Newbury to a professional tryout contract

The AHL veteran gives the Checkers veteran depth with Phil Di Giuseppe recalled to the Hurricanes.

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The Charlotte Checkers have signed veteran center Kris Newbury to a professional tryout contract. With many of Charlotte’s forwards recalled to Carolina, the move adds forward depth to a depleted corps. Newbury will join the Checkers on their upcoming six-game road trip.

Newbury has played in 75 games at the NHL level, recording 10 points, and 788 games at the AHL level, recording 567 points. He last played with the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers affiliate) of the American Hockey League.

Below is the Checkers news release regarding Newbury.

Veteran forward has 567 points in 788 career AHL games

The Charlotte Checkers today announced that they have signed forward Kris Newbury to a professional tryout contract. He will join the team as it begins a six-game road trip in Stockton on Wednesday.

Newbury, 34, began his 14th professional season in the ECHL with the Reading Royals, scoring three points (1g, 2a) in one game, before joining the Bakersfield Condors on a professional tryout contract on Oct. 19. With the Condors, Newbury scored five points (3g, 2a) in 14 games before the team released him on Monday.

Including this season’s stint with the Condors, the 5-foot-11, 213-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, now has 567 points (191g, 376a) and 1,806 penalty minutes in 788 career AHL games with St. John’s, Toronto, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Connecticut, Hershey, Adirondack, Ontario and Bakersfield. For his AHL career, Newbury ranks tied for 62nd in league history in points and is 41st in assists, each of which is the second-highest total among active players (Chris Bourque – Hershey). He is the league’s active leader in games played and penalty minutes, ranking 40th and 14th on those all-time lists, respectively.

An AHL All Star in 2007, Newbury has also played 76 career NHL games with Toronto, Detroit, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia, scoring 10 points (4g, 6a) and amassing 139 penalty minutes. The San Jose Sharks selected him in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

As part of their upcoming road trip through California, the Checkers will play Newbury’s most recent former team, Bakersfield, on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.