Boston Heavyweight Enforcer to Return to Boston on Monday
October 29, 2010
The Providence Bruins, entering their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned forward Brian McGrattan to Providence for conditioning. The P-Bruins have three games this weekend, after which McGrattan is scheduled to rejoin Boston on Monday, November 1.
McGrattan, 29, has yet to appear in any of Boston's seven games this season after signing a one-year contract with the Bruins as a free agent on October 11. The right wing was invited to Bruins training camp on a tryout and accompanied the squad to Belfast and Prague.
The ninth-year pro is a veteran of 379 games, including 182 at the NHL level. McGrattan has spent time at the game's top level with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and, most recently in 2009-10, the Calgary Flames. In parts of five NHL seasons, the right wing has scored 14 points (3g, 11a) and totaled 395 penalty minutes.
In McGrattan's pro career, including AHL time with the Binghamton Senators and San Antonio Rampage, he has registered 61 points (28g, 33a) and racked up 1,448 PIM during the regular season, plus two assists and 28 PIM in eight postseason games. McGrattan owns the AHL single-season penalty minutes record after accumulating 551 in 71 games during the 2004-05 campaign as a member of the Senators. That total included 53 minors, 41 majors, 18 misconducts and six game misconducts.
The native of Hamilton, Ontario, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings 104th overall in round four of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com