Monday, April 5, 2010

McQuaid is Healthy Again, Called Up To Boston

McQuaid Called Up, Two Other P-Bruins Moved
April 5, 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 recalled defenseman Adam McQuaid on an emergency basis. McQuaid has joined the team in Washington, DC and will participate in the Bruins' morning skate today at the Verizon Center. With the move, Providence has 23 players on its roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

McQuaid, 23, was assigned to Providence on February 14 but appeared in only one game for the P-Bruins after missing 22 straight games due to injury. He made his return to the line-up on April 4, going scoreless at the Portland Pirates in Providence's 3-2 overtime win. In 32 AHL games this season, McQuaid has recorded 10 points (3g, 7a) and 66 penalty minutes.

The third-year defenseman has appeared in 15 games for Boston over four previous recalls this season since making his NHL debut on December 19, 2009 at the Toronto Maple Leafs. McQuaid registered his first career NHL point, the game-winning goal, on February 7 at the Montreal Canadiens. He has recorded 19 penalty minutes in his time in Boston.

Last season, the native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, set personal-highs with four goals, 11 assists, 15 points and 141 PIM in 78 regular season games to earn Providence's Fan Appreciation Award. As a rookie with the P-Bruins in 2007-08, McQuaid was named the team's Man of the Year and Community Service Award winner. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 55th overall in round two of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and was later traded by Columbus to Boston on May 16, 2007 for the 129th overall pick (Jamie Benn) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Kwiet Assigned to Reading, Hamilton Released from ATO

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that they have assigned defenseman Rob Kwiet to the ECHL's Reading Royals and released goaltender Nevin Hamilton from his Amateur Tryout Agreement. With the moves, Providence has 24 players on its roster, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

Kwiet, 21, was recalled by Providence on April 3 and suited up for one game, dressing that night against the Manchester Monarchs. In 41 games for Providence this season, the rookie has scored one goal. Kwiet returns to Reading for the fourth time this year, where he has tallied seven assists in 17 games. In his most recent ECHL contest on April 2, the defenseman registered a career-high four assists against the Wheeling Nailers. Last season, Kwiet won a Memorial Cup championship as a member of the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires, while also recording personal-highs with 12 goals, 55 assists and 67 points in 66 regular season games. He added 15 points (5g, 10a) in 20 playoff contests. Kwiet signed an AHL contract with Providence on July 13, 2009.

Hamilton, 24, signed with the P-Bruins on April 2 and did not appear in a game for Providence. The goaltender recently concluded his senior season with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, finishing the campaign with a 6-4-2 record in 13 games, along with a 2.91 goals-against-average and .905 save percentage. The Red Hawks' campaign ended on March 14 in the Hockey East Quarterfinals at the hands of the Maine Black Bears. Hamilton's best stretch of the season came from October 23, 2009 - November 21, 2009, when he went 4-0-1, allowing only 12 goals over five outings. In his four seasons, the Ashland, Massachusetts, native compiled a 28-23-6 mark with a 2.46 GAA and .913 save percentage.

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