Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Five More Players Sent To Providence

Hamill and Whitfield Placed on Waivers
September 27, 2011

The Providence Bruins, entering their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have assigned five players to Providence.

Forward Jamie Arniel, defensemen Colby Cohen, Zach McKelvie, and David Warsofsky and goaltender Michael Hutchinson will report to Providence's training camp.

Forwards Zach Hamill and Trent Whitfield will be placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Reggie Lemelin and Bill Bennett To Play In Alumni Game

Goaltender Reggie Lemelin and Warwick's Bill Bennett to Skate in Alumni Game
September 23, 2011

The Providence Bruins, entering their 20th season in the American Hockey League, announced today that former Boston Bruins Reggie Lemelin and Bill Bennett will participate in the Alumni Game on November 13 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Lemelin, of Quebec, PQ, spent the final six seasons of his 18-year professional career with the Boston Bruins. Originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 125th overall in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft, Lemelin spent time between the pipes with the Philadelphia Firebirds (NAHL), Richmond Robins (AHL) and Springfield Indians (AHL) before making his NHL debut with the Atlanta Flames in 1978. The 5'11", 170-pound net minder was traded to the Boston Bruins in 1986 after six seasons with the Calgary Flames (NHL).

In his first year in net for the Bruins, Lemelin led the Black and Gold to the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were swept by the Edmonton Oilers in four games. The following year, the Bruins' goaltending duo consisting of Lemelin and Andy Moog, was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for the fewest team goal allowed. After 18 professional seasons, Lemelin hung up his skates during the 1992-93 season, capping a career with 507 NHL games played.

Bennett, a Warwick, RI native, played for the Boston Bruins during the 1978-79 campaign. After two seasons in the USHL, Bennett, a free agent, signed a contract with Boston. The 6'5", 235-pound winger spent the 1975-76 season with the Columbus Owls (IHL) before making the jump to the Bruins' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in 1976.

Bennett recorded a career-high 71 points (33g, 38a) in 72 games with Rochester in 1978-79. Boston took notice of Bennett's point production and called him up for seven, during which he recorded five points (1g, 4a). Bennett split the following season between Springfield (AHL) and the Hartford Whalers, tallying six points in 24 games with the Whalers. The winger retired from professional hockey following the 1981-82 season with the Fort Wayne Komets (IHL).

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Boston Sends 10 More Players Down To Providence

10 Skaters Join Training Camp as Roster Grows to 15
September 24, 2011

The Providence Bruins, entering their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have assigned 10 players to Providence.

Forwards Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Kirk MacDonald, and Jamie Tardif, along with defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ryan Button, Nathan McIver and Kevan Miller, will report to Providence's training camp on Tuesday, September 27. The P-Bruins training camp roster is now comprised of 15 skaters, including 11 forwards and four defensemen.

Providence opens the regular season at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Friday, October 7 in a 7:05 tilt against the St. John's IceCaps.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Boston Sends Five Players Down To Providence

Five Forwards to Report to P-Bruins
September 21, 2011

The Providence Bruins, entering their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have assigned five players to Providence.

Forwards Tyler Randell, Yannick Riendeau, Stefan Chaput, Calle Ridderwall and Kyle MacKinnon will all report to Providence's training camp.

Randell, of Scarborough, ONT, spent the past four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls and the Kitchener Rangers. Last season with Kitchener, the winger set career-highs in goals (20) and points (32) in 68 regular season games.

Riendeau returns to Providence after splitting the last two seasons between Providence and the Reading Royals (ECHL). The Brossard, QC native recorded professional career-highs with the Royals last season, tallying 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points.

Chaput, a 6'0", 185-pound center, joined the P-Bruins in February in a trade with Anaheim (NHL) that sent Brian McGrattan and Sean Zimmerman to Syracuse (AHL). In 15 games with Providence, the Montréal, QC native tallied three goals and added three helpers for six points.

Ridderwall, a four-year product of the University of Notre Dame, signed an AHL contract with Providence in August. As the Irish's alternate captain in 2010-11, the Stockholm, Sweden native recorded 16 goals and nine assists for 25 points.

MacKinnon, of Walnut, California, made his professional debut with Providence in April 1, 2011. The 6'0", 200-pound center skated in five contests for the P-Bruins, recording three points. MacKinnon is a four-year product of Providence College, where he led the Friars in goals scored (14) as a junior and senior.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Black and Gold Game in Providence Tonight

Actually, The Scrimmage Game Will Be Black vs. White
September 20, 2011

Tonight's Black and Gold (Black and White) scrimmage/practice will be taking place at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The home of the Providence Bruins has been sold out for weeks now. Tickets to see the Stanley Cup Champions were sold out in days.

The bad news for Bruins fans is that several players are not expected to participate tonight. Those players include Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, and Shawn Thornton.

Alumni Game Rosters Taking Shape

Alumni Game To Be Played on November 13, 2011
September 20, 2011
by Thomas R. Chace Jr.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Providence Bruins, the team will be holding an alumni game featuring many retired Providence and Boston Bruins players. The rosters have been slowly taking shape and feature many fan favorites and former all-stars.

Thus far, the Providence alumni team will feature Aaron Downey, Jay Henderson, Fred Knipscheer, Brett Harkins, Mitch Lamoureux, and the brothers Ferraro. Chris and Peter Ferraro are coming back together to take part in the festivities. Stay tuned for more additions in the weeks to come.

On the Boston Bruins side, the alumni team features Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, Don Sweeney, Bob Beers, Andy Brickley, Ken Linseman, and Bob Sweeney. With weeks to go before the game I'm sure there will be several more illustrious Bruins players that will join this 20th Anniversary celebration.

The game will take place at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

Andrew Bodnarchuk Resigned By Bruins

Providence Defenseman Gets One Year Extension
September 9, 2011

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a one-year contract extension. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Bodnarchuk is a 5'11", 185 Ib. defenseman who spent the past three seasons with the Providence Bruins. In the 2010-2011 season he set professional career highs in games played (75), assists (15), and points (16) for the P Bruins. In 2009-2010, the defenseman made his NHL debut with Boston and appeared in five NHL games and He registered 5-10=15 totals in 70 games with the P Bruins in 2009-10 and was also named the Providence Bruins Best Defenseman.

Born in Drumheller, AB, the 23-year-old was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fifth round (128th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He is expected to join the Bruins in their full training camp which begins on Friday, September 16.

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