Monday, January 24, 2011

Providence Takes Four Points Over Weekend

Bruins Beat The 1st Place Manchester Monarchs Twice
January 24, 2011

Here's a slideshow from Sunday's Game

Friday, January 21, 2011

Asst. Coach Cassidy To Miss Game Tonight

Providence Faces 1st Place Manchester Twice This Weekend
January 21, 2011

Condolences to Providence Bruins Asst. Coach "Butch" Cassidy and his family on the loss of his mom.

Replacing Cassidy on the Providence bench tonight is Boston Bruins Asst. GM, Don Sweeney. Providence takes on division leading Manchester Monarchs twice this weekend at The Dunk. Providence travels to Portland tomorrow night to face the Pirates.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

AHL Suspends McGrattan

Bruins' McGrattan Suspended One Game
January 18, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League has announced that Providence Bruins right wing Brian McGrattan has been suspended for one (1) game as a result of his actions in a game at Connecticut on Jan. 15.

McGrattan was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).

McGrattan will miss Providence’s game tonight (Jan. 18) at Bridgeport

*Information gathered from

Monday, January 10, 2011

Providence vs. Manchester - January 7, 2011

Matt Bartkowski Called Up To Boston

The defenseman Recorded 12 Points in 34 Games for Providence
January 10, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, tonight announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski on an emergency basis. Bartkowski will join Boston in Pittsburgh and be available for Monday's game against the Penguins. This is the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native's first career NHL recall.

Bartkowski, 22, has skated in 34 games for Providence this season, registering four goals and eight assists for 12 points to rank third among team defensemen in scoring. The blue-liner traveled with the parent Bruins on their preseason trip to Belfast and Prague, but did not see any NHL regular season action before being assigned to Providence on Oct. 6, 2010.

Prior to turning pro, Bartkowski enjoyed two years at Ohio State University, where he scored 38 points (11g, 27a) in 80 games. As a sophomore, he was an All-CCHA Honorable Mention, OSU Scholar Athlete and Academic All Big Ten choice before signing with the Bruins on Apr. 29, 2010.

Bartkowski was acquired by Boston on Mar. 3, 2010 in a trade with Florida along with Dennis Seidenberg for former P-Bruins Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and a 2010 second round draft pick. Barkowski was selected by the Panthers 190th overall in round seven of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

*Information gathered from

Friday, January 7, 2011

Whitfield Returns To The Ice

Trent Whitfield Assigned to Providence
January 7, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned forward Trent Whitfield to Providence, pending a physical, after clearing waivers.

Whitfield, 33, ruptured his Achilles tendon during the 2010 offseason, which had sidelined him indefinitely this year. The veteran was named the P-Bruins' 2009-10 Most Valuable Player after captaining the club and finishing third on the team in scoring with 43 points in 52 games. His 17 goals and 26 assists helped him earn three call-ups to Boston, where he tallied one assist in 16 regular season games. The center also appeared in four postseason contests for the parent Bruins.

The 13th year pro and native of Alameda, Saskatchewan, was signed by Boston to a two-year contract as a free agent on July 13, 2009 after seeing NHL time with Washington, the New York Rangers and St. Louis, along with AHL action for Portland and Peoria. Whitfield was originally selected by the Bruins 100th overall in round four of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. In his professional career, he has scored 592 points (242g, 360a) in 913 games between the regular season and playoffs.

*Information gathered from

Monday, January 3, 2011

Providence Reassigns Several Players

Mike Dalton Returns to Providence, Hutchinson Sent to Reading
Cody Wild to Reading, Ryan Donald Up To Providence
December 29, 2010

The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have reassigned goaltender Matt Dalton to Providence from the ECHL's Reading Royals, while also reassigning goalie Michael Hutchinson from Providence to Reading.

Dalton, 24, has appeared in one game for the P-Bruins this season, facing Springfield on opening night on Oct. 8. The second-year pro worked the first two periods of the game, stopping 12 of 16 shots in a 5-1 loss. He was later reassigned to Reading on Oct. 18 after posting a 6.00 goals-against-average and .750 save percentage for Providence. Dalton achieved much greater success with the Royals this year, however, going 11-7-0 with two shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and .912 save percentage in 18 games while leading his club to a first-place record in the ECHL's Atlantic Division. He leaves Reading having won three of his last four starts.

As a rookie in 2009-10, Dalton backstopped the Royals to the American Conference Finals and he was named Reading's Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Fan's Choice after finishing the regular season with a 22-20-4 record, one shutout, a 3.47 GAA and .906 save percentage in 46 outings. He added a 10-6 mark in the postseason, along with a 3.02 GAA and .914 save percentage. Dalton also went 0-4-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .904 save percentage in six games for Providence as a first-year pro following two seasons with the Bemidji State University Beavers. The Clinton, Ontario, native was signed by Boston to an entry-level contract on April 22, 2009.

Hutchinson, 20, has gone 7-7-0 with a 3.11 GAA and .898 save percentage in 18 games for Providence to begin his professional career. The P-Bruins' November Player of the Month enjoyed a seven-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 31 to Nov. 24, going 5-0-0, but he has since lost five of his last six starts.

Prior to turning pro, Hutchinson enjoyed four junior seasons in the OHL with Barrie and London. The native of Barrie, Ontario, went a remarkable 32-12-2 with three shutouts and a 2.86 GAA in his final junior year for the Knights in 2009-10. Overall, Hutchinson compiled a 67-50-13 record in 130 regular season games in juniors, plus a 12-11 playoff mark. The rookie was selected by Boston 77th overall in round three of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the club has recalled defenseman Ryan Donald from the Reading Royals of the ECHL. In a related move, the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have reassigned defenseman Cody Wild from Providence to Reading.

Donald, 24, is in his first full professional season, during which he has recorded two goals and four assists for six points in 28 games for Reading. The rookie blue-liner has also contributed a plus-10 rating, good for third on the Royals, and 52 penalty minutes, which is tied for the team-lead. Donald began the year in Providence but was assigned to Reading on Oct. 12 without having appeared in a game for the P-Bruins.

An undrafted native of St. Albert, Alberta, Donald signed an AHL contract with Providence on Sept. 17 after making his pro debut late in 2009-10 with Springfield following his senior season at Yale University. Donald appeared in three games for the Falcons, while tallying his first pro point with an assist. With the Bulldogs, Donald totaled 24 points, including five goals and 19 assists, along with 231 PIM over 123 contests.

Wild, 23, heads to Reading for the second time this season after being reassigned to the Royals on Dec. 18. He appeared in just one game for Reading, going scoreless with one shot on net in a 3-2 win at Wheeling on Dec. 19, before returning to Providence on Dec. 20. Wild leaves the P-Bruins after appearing in seven games this year, tallying one assist along with a minus-three rating.

The native of North Providence, Rhode Island, was acquired by Boston from Edmonton in a trade for forward Matt Marquardt on Mar. 2, making Providence Wild's third team of the 2009-10 season. Wild appeared in 18 contests for the P-Bruins, registering three assists, and also chipped in 14 helpers in 37 games for Springfield and one assist in four outings for the ECHL's Stockton. In his professional career, he has scored 43 points, including 37 assists, in 145 games.

The fourth-year pro began his career late in the 2007-08 campaign after finishing three seasons at Providence College. Wild was selected by the Oilers 140th overall in round five of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.