The Charlotte Checkers announced today that they have signed forward Drayson Bowman to a professional tryout contract.
From 2010-13, Bowman, 26, appeared in 130 games with Charlotte, where he scored 39 goals and earning 39 assists(78 points), to go along with 119 penalty minutes. Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round, 72nd overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bowman appeared in 179 games with Carolina, totaling 33 points(15g, 18a) in those 179 games on the NHL level with the Hurricanes.
In 2014, Bowman would leave the Hurricanes organization and signed with the Montreal Canadiens, and splitting time between Montreal and their former AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, where he scored 14 goals and earned 19 assists(33 points) in 62 games with Hamilton. Bowman(6’1″, 190 lbs.) started the season with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL, near his hometown of Littleton, Colorado, posting 3 assists in 3 games.
Bowman is expected to join the Checkers in Grand Rapids tonight for their game against the Griffins, and he ranks seventh on the franchise’s all-time goals list and still holds the club record for most consecutive games with a goal scored with 8 during the 2012-13 season with Charlotte.
Charlotte will continue its road trip tonight in Grand Rapids against the Griffins, as the Checkers are in the midst of an season-opening 10-game road trip until November 7th, when the Checkers will make their historic return to Bojangles’ Coliseum, where they will take on the Manitoba Moose.