Men's hockey: Acadia gains Brut force

Recruiting the captain of the Memorial Cup champions is pretty good little score for the Acadia Axemen.

Chris Bruton, who raised the trophy back with his Spokane Chiefs teammates after beating the Kitchener Rangers in the final on May 25, was a 63-point man in the WHL last season. (While he's heading to Acadia, the other captain from the Memorial Cup final, Kitchener's Matt Pepe, is headed to the other coast -- UBC recently announced his signing.)

Acadia's incoming hockey players also include Kristofer Westblom, a one-time Minnesota Wild third-round pick who was a rookie backup goalie when the Kelowna Rockets won the WHL title in '04-05. He could end up facing his former netminding partner from that team, Derek Yeomans, who's the only returning netminder for last season's CIS runners-up, the UNB Varsity Reds. (Westblom's deal is one of those "I'll come if I don't sign a pro deal" arrangements.)

New Brunswick has added Travis Fullarton, who had a good season (2.98 GAA) with Saint John of the QMJHL this season. (Hands up, everyone, who's kind of glad that they won't be getting the Saint John and St. John's junior teams confused now that the latter has relocated to Montreal.)
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