Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Riendeau Back In Providence

Rookie has Appeared in Six Games for Providence
February 23, 2010

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have reassigned forward Yannick Riendeau to Providence from the Reading Royals of the ECHL. With the move, the P-Bruins have 27 players on their roster, including 16 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.

Riendeau, 21, was reassigned to Reading on February 14, where he made his Royals debut that evening against the Wheeling Nailers. The game was a historic one for Riendeau as he scored his first professional goal and registered his first career multiple-point game by adding an assist. Overall, the young winger appeared in three games for Reading, totaling three points with two goals and one assist.

Riendeau's pro career officially began on December 28, 2009 when he was assigned to Providence by Boston after missing the first 34 games of the AHL season due to injury. The right wing made his professional debut the following night at the Springfield Falcons, tallying his first pro point with an assist. Riendeau went on to appear in six games for Providence before missing a 14-game stretch, again due to injury.

The rookie enjoyed a standout junior season in 2008-09 with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, where he led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring during both the regular season and the playoffs. In 64 regular season games, Riendeau scored 58 goals and tallied 68 assists for 126 points before adding 52 points, including 29 goals, in just 19 postseason contests. His playoff totals set Voltigeurs franchise records, while his 16 postseason power play goals set a QMJHL record. His postseason performance earned him the league's Guy Lafleur Trophy as the Playoff Most Valuable Player.

Riendeau's 2008-09 totals included 40 power play goals between the regular season and playoffs, a plus-57 rating and 49 multiple-point games, featuring 26 contests with at least three points. He was named the QMJHL's Player of the Week on five occasions and the league's Player of the Month in both December and February. In 13 February outings, Riendeau compiled 19 goals, 33 points and plus-19 rating.

Prior to joining Drummondville, the native of Boucherville, Quebec, skated for four seasons with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In his five junior seasons, Riendeau scored 150 goals and tallied 187 assists for 337 points in 298 regular season games, plus 90 points (57g, 46a) in 57 postseason outings. Riendeau was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on April 2.

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