Friday, October 30, 2009

Latest Providence Roster Moves

Ross and Gordon Return to ECHL's Reading

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that they have assigned defenseman Jared Ross to the ECHL's Reading Royals and released forward Ben Gordon from his Professional Tryout Agreement. Gordon will also return to Reading. With the moves, the P-Bruins have 21 players on their roster, including 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Ross, 24, was recalled by Providence from Reading on October 10 and appeared in his first professional regular season game that evening on the road against the Portland Pirates. Overall, the undrafted defenseman suited up for six P-Bruins games, going scoreless with a minus-one rating. Ross is a four-year product of the St. Lawrence University Saints, where he recorded 48 points (22g, 26a) in 134 collegiate games. The Stony Island, Nova Scotia, native made his pro debut during the 2009 ECHL playoffs following the conclusion of his senior season, tallying one assist in two playoff games for the Elmira Jackals. Ross signed an AHL contract with Providence on August 11 and participated in the P-Bruins' training camp before being assigned to Reading.

Gordon, 24, signed a PTO with Providence on October 23 and made his AHL debut that night against the Worcester Sharks. The undrafted forward went scoreless in two games with two penalty minutes for the P-Bruins. Gordon began the season with Reading, scoring two goals in the team's first two games. He registered his first multiple-point game of the year with a pair of goals on October 17 versus Elmira. Gordon is in his second professional season after splitting last year between Reading and the Cincinnati Cyclones, where he totaled 57 points (21g, 36a) in 63 games overall. Prior to turning pro, the native of International Falls, Minnesota, played four seasons of college hockey for the University of Minnesota Gophers, starring alongside Boston Bruins forward Blake Wheeler. In his collegiate career, Gordon recorded 98 points (39g, 59a) in 148 games.

Providence returns to action this weekend with three games, the first two on the road on Friday, October 30 against the Manchester Monarchs at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 31 versus the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7 p.m. The P-Bruins wrap up the weekend at home on Sunday, November 1 by hosting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 4:05 p.m.

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