Bolton Signs On
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The Flames have expanded their roster with the addition of Defenceman Jake Bolton. The 6’2”, 225lb blueliner iced 32 games last season in Sweden’s HockeyEttan where he posted 6 goals and 20 points in 32 starts. His Swedish journey was his 2nd Scandinavian stop after he spent the bulk of 2019-2020 at Narvik Hockey in Norway. In 21 games, a goal and 10 helpers followed a short 8 game stint to start his campaign with ECHL’s Worcester Railers which closed out just under 200 games in that league beginning in 2016 with Atlanta Gladiators. The 29 year old went on to ice with Wichita Thunder, Wheeling Nailers, Florida Everblades, Quad City Mallards, and his final full season stop at Greenville Swamp Rabbits in 2018-2019 where he enjoyed his best offensive output with 13 goals and 28 points in 67 starts.
“I have had my eye on the EIHL for a while,” said Bolton, “and couldn't be more excited to join the Guildford Flames. I had a great chat with coach Paul Dixon, and cannot wait to help this team bring a championship to Guildford.”
Prior to his pro debut, the American spent 4 NCAA seasons with College of the Holy Cross where he delivered 11 goals and 43 assists across 145 appearances.
“We actually heard about Jake through Kevin Lindskoug,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon. “They played together last year in Sweden and Kevin didn’t just mention him but very much encouraged us to bring him in.”
“When a goaltender has high praise for a Defenceman and wants to put that guy in front of him night in and night out, it is hard to ignore.”
“Having seen a great deal of video on Jake he is a very solid presence, but also moves and handles the puck in a way you might not expect from a bigger guy. He doesn’t just sit back and play strictly defensively. He gets up in the play and in seasons where he has been given the opportunity he has helped out in both ends of the rink.”
“In speaking with him you can feel that he really wants to come here and do what he can to make us a better and we are thrilled to have locked him up for the coming season.”