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Former NY Ranger Dale Purinton charged in New York burglary

Posted at 12:58 PM, Aug 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-21 13:01:30-04
Dale Purinton, a former New York Rangers player, was arrested in connection with an Aug. 11 break-in and assault in upstate New York. (Photo: Oneida County Sheriff's Office)

Dale Purinton, a former New York Rangers player, was arrested in connection with an Aug. 11 break-in and assault in upstate New York. (Photo: Oneida County Sheriff’s Office)

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. — Former New York Rangers player Dale Purinton has been arrested in connection with a central New York burglary.

Police say the 38-year-old former defenseman was charged for his role in a burglary in Sylvan Beach, 25 miles east of Syracuse.

He was arrested Wednesday during an investigation into an Aug. 11 assault. He’s being held in the Oneida County Jail. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.

Police say Purinton broke into a home and attacked a person inside before fleeing. Police tracked him down in the town of Laurens, where he was taken into custody and turned over to Oneida County sheriff’s deputies.

Purinton played for the Rangers from 1999 to 2004, racking up 578 penalty minutes in 181 games. He was known as an enforcer, an unofficial role whose job it is to fight or check opposing players who used dirty tactics.