6th year defenseman Bretton Stamler(4) makes a late decision to join Ritten/Renon of AlpsHL for 2017/2018.

He had a very decent last season as captain with Frederikshavn White Hawks of Metal Ligaen, where he scored 3 goals, 9 assists and had a +6 rating.

The 30-year old will likely continue to do well in the Austria-based league.

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Bretton Stamler(48)


After 5 games (3 assists) to start the season with new team, Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Bretton Stamler(48) would get his recall, once again via Hartford Wolf Pack and spent the next month in the AHL before being returned.

The reliable and rugged d-man played 7 games recording no points but had other plans worked out to move his game overseas joining Hamburg Freezers for the balance of the regular season.

He would record a new career high 11 assists with a goal and a +6 rating on his third team of ’14/15 campaign through 24 DEL games.

For 2015/2016 he will continue in the league but switch squads signing for a year with Augsburger Panther.

It will be interesting to see if a full slate of games will elevate his game even further for the 28-year old.

Bretton Stamler (48)


3rd year, former Detroit Red Wings‘ 7th round pick in the 2005 draft (#214 overall) Bretton Stamler(48) chose to once again sign with an ECHL team, Gwinnett Gladiators, which happens to the direct rival of his former club Greenville Road Warriors.

He spent most of his time up in the AHL last season with affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack and on a team that was cellar dwelling for a while he came in and started to help.

Utilized sparingly through 39 games, he netted a pair of goals and added 6 assists with a reliable +6 rating but more importantly was part of a team that worked hard together to right the ship.

The 6’1″ 203 lbs. blue liner plays a fairly hard-nosed style and although he may not light up the score sheet much; he actually did better points-wise in the higher league.

He’s accountable though at another +6 plus/minus in the lower league.

The 27-year old took a rather long route (9 years) to turning pro, playing 5 campaigns in the WHL, then four at college with University Of New Brunswick.

He could find himself up once again on a pto for another extended run in 2014/2015.