06/21/2012 8:08 AM
DENVER CO – The Denver Cutthroats announced today they’ve signed forward, and Colorado Springs native, Luke Fulghum to their roster for their upcoming inaugural season in the Central Hockey League.
The University of Denver product will begin his ninth professional season in October, and has averaged nearly a point-per-game in that span – scoring 384 points in 391 contests.
“Luke is a veteran forward who can put the puck in the net, and is coming home to continue his career,” said head coach Derek Armstrong. “He’s a good, all-around player up front both passing and shooting. And with him being from the area, our fans have another player they can connect with on and off the ice.”
After appearing in 161 games over four years at the University of Denver, the 31-year-old Fulghum (FUHL-juhm) spent his first three full seasons as a pro between the ECHL and American Hockey League, registering 58 goals and 49 assists in 170 contests.
The 6-foot, 185-pound forward then shifted his game overseas, where he’s spent the past four years competing in the UK-based Elite Ice Hockey League. From 2008-2012, he tallied 276 points (141 goals, 135 assists) in 219 EIHL games with three different clubs. The upcoming season will be Fulghum’s first time competing professionally in North America since 2008.
Fulghum has appeared in 24 AHL games in his career with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played four years of junior hockey in the USHL – three with the Waterloo Black Hawks and his final campaign with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2000-01.
He becomes the second player signed by the Cutthroats this offseason, joining defenseman Aaron MacKenzie.