WOZNIEWSKI BACK IN PROVIDENCE
Veteran Served as Healthy Scratch During Latest NHL Stint
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Andy Wozniewski to Providence. With the move, the P-Bruins have 26 players on their roster, including 16 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
Wozniewski, 29, was recalled to Boston on January 14 but served as a healthy scratch in two games for the big club. The NHL call-up was the veteran blue-liner's second of the season after appearing in two road games for the parent Bruins in December. In Providence this year, Wozniewski is a PlanetUSA All-Star and currently ranks second on the P-Bruins with a career-high 27 points, including seven goals and a team-best 20 assists in his 38 games. His point and assist totals also place him in the league's top 10 among defensemen. Wozniewski's best month of the year came in October when he was named Providence's Player of the Month after recording 15 points (5g, 10a) in just 10 games.
LEHTONEN NAMED PLANETUSA STARTER
First Time All-Star Enters Starting Line-Up
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that forward Mikko Lehtonen has been added to the PlanetUSA team's starting line-up for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Lehtonen, a first-time All-Star, replaces former P-Bruin and current Norfolk Admirals forward Brandon Bochenski, who will miss the event due to his National Hockey League recall.
Lehtonen, 22, paces Providence with 12 goals and 32 points, while his 20 assists and five power play goals are tied for the team-lead. In 44 games for the P-Bruins, the second-year pro has taken 152 shots, which slots him second in the AHL. Lehtonen has also appeared in one game for the Boston Bruins this season during a brief November recall.
Last season, Lehtonen led the P-Bruins with 28 goals and finished his rookie campaign with 53 points (28g, 25a) in 72 regular season games. He added seven points (2g, 5a) in 14 postseason contests. Lehtonen also enjoyed his first career NHL recall on April 10, 2009, going scoreless in his NHL debut for Boston the following night against the Buffalo Sabres. The native of Espoo, Finland, was selected by Boston 83rd overall in round three of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
LARMAN RECALLED BY BOSTON
Center Earns First NHL Promotion of Season
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled forward Drew Larman from Providence on an emergency basis. Larman will be available for Boston's game against the Ottawa Senators this afternoon. With the move, the P-Bruins have 25 players on their roster, including 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
Larman, 24, is in his fifth professional season and first in the Bruins organization after signing with Boston on July 13, 2009. The undrafted center has appeared in all but one of Providence's 44 games this season, recording nine points, including five goals and four assists. This is his first recall to Boston after previous NHL experience with the Florida Panthers. Larman enjoyed parts of two seasons with the Panthers from 2006-08, appearing in 22 games with three points (2g, a).
Prior to signing with Boston, Larman spent the majority of his first four pro seasons with the Rochester Americans, twice winning the team's McCulloch Trophy for outstanding community service. In his career, the Canton, Michigan, native has suited up for 292 games between the regular season and playoffs, amassing 106 points (55g, 51a).
ROCHE RELEASED BY PROVIDENCE
Forward Tallied One Assist in Three Games for P-Bruins
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that they have released forward Kenny Roche from his Professional Tryout Agreement. With the move, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
Roche, 26, was recalled by Providence on January 15 from the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers, where he began the season with 27 points (16g, 11a) in 33 games. The fourth-year pro appeared in three games for the P-Bruins, registering an assist on January 16 in Providence's 3-2 overtime loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The South Boston, Massachusetts, native and four-year standout for the Boston University Terriers has enjoyed previous AHL experience with the Lake Erie Monsters and Hartford Wolf Pack, appearing in 35 games with seven points (2g, 5a) between the two squads. In his professional career, Roche has 84 points (37g, 47a) in 138 regular season games and five points (2g, 3a) in 12 postseason contests. The center was selected by the New York Rangers 75th overall in the third round of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
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