The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Philippe Dupuis and defenseman Brett Skinner.
Dupuis, 24, was recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters on two separate occasions during the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot, 196-pound center skated in eight games for the Avalanche, making his NHL debut on Dec. 12 vs. Chicago. A native of Laval, Quebec, Dupuis led Lake Erie in points (46) and assists (29) while appearing in 67 games.
Skinner, 26, also made his NHL debut during the 2008-09 campaign, appearing in 11 games for the New York Islanders. The Brandon, Manitoba native spent the majority of the season in the American Hockey League, totaling 35 points (4g/31a) in 61 combined games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Chicago Wolves.
The 6-foot-1, 183-pound blueliner played three seasons at the University of Denver, where he was a member of the school’s back-to-back national championship teams in 2004 and 2005. Skinner was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and the All-American West Second Team during his junior season in 2004-05.