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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Providence Releases Chris Clark

Veteran Went Scoreless in Six Games for Providence
November 21, 2011


The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American
Hockey League, today announced that forward Chris Clark has been
released from his Professional Tryout Agreement.


Clark played in six games for the P-Bruins, going pointless, since being signed
to a Professional Tryout Agreement on November 3. Clark, 35, is a veteran of
607 games in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Washington
Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets. The South Windsor, CT native recorded
5-10=15 totals in 53 games with the Blue Jackets last season.


Originally drafted in the third round (77th overall) by Calgary in the 1994 NHL
Entry Draft, Clark spent five seasons with the Flames, which was highlighted by
a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004. The right-winger was traded to
Washington after the lockout in 2004-05. The 6'0", 202-pound winger
recorded a career-high 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points during the 2006-07
campaign with the Capitals. Named Washington's captain in 2006, Clark is the
third longest tenured captain in the history of the Capitals.


Clark was traded to Columbus in December 2009 with defenseman Milan Jurcina for
Blue Jackets winger Jason Chimera. In two seasons with Columbus, the winger
skated in 89 games and recorded 8-12=20 totals. Over 13 professional seasons,
Clark has seen time in 607 NHL games and tallied 214 points and 700 penalty
minutes.


This past September, Clark participated in the Boston Bruins training camp on a
tryout basis.


*Information gathered from http://www.providencebruins.com/

Friday, November 18, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Providence Bruins vs. Manchester Monarchs

Bruins' MacKinnon Winning Goal, 1-0
November 11, 2011


Zach Hamill Making Most of Chance

Hamill Looking Good
November 12, 2011
by Thomas Chace Jr.

Zach Hamill is in his 4th pro season with the Providence Bruins after being taken with the 8th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 23 year old, a 5’11”, 180 pound Vancouver native had scored 20-30 goals a year and averaged about 65 points in four years for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.


With Providence he has proven to be quite a durable player, having played at least 65 games a year in his three year stint here. But Zach has not been a great return on the team’s investment from a production standpoint. In three seasons he has tallied 13, 14 and 9 goals. With a lack of scorers on Providence, his situation is exacerbated by his high selection in the draft.


This year has been rather interesting though. After being placed on waivers at the end of the Boston Bruins training camp and clearing those waivers, Zach came down to Providence with a little different mindset. He knows what has been said, he knows the numbers, he wants to turn these words and numbers around.


In 14 games this season with Providence, Zach has 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points. Also sporting a +2 in the plus/minus category. Always playing center, the organization has asked him to play on the wing this season. Zach was called up to Boston on an emergency basis due to an injury to Daniel Paille this week. He looked great, recording an assist on fellow Providence player Jordan Caron’s goal against Edmonton on Thursday night. Zach has been called up to Boston before. He played in four games over the last two seasons and recorded 2 assists, but never looked as good as he did this week against the Oilers.


I asked Zach about his confidence level prior to his call up to Boston. “ Confidence is such a key thing and I want to bring it every day. Not just to the games but to the rink, I want to make myself better. My linemates are part of it, getting coaches praise is part of it, and the coaches showing me things I need to work on. Teaching me how to play every day with confidence.”


In regards to his results thus far into the season, Zach said “it’s not just the results, we’ve been winning games and being part of that is fun, and being a key guy on the team is great.”
With Paille out after surgery to repair a facial injury after blocking a shot, Zach Hamill has another chance to show what he’s all about and what he’s learned as a professional hockey player. So young, yet so much was expected. Assuredly, Zach will make the most out of this chance and hopefully look back fondly on his growth as a player and person

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Boston Bruins Alumni Roster Announced

Former Boston Bruins to Skate in Alumni Game
November 10, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, announced today the roster of former Boston Bruins that will participate in the Alumni Game on November 13 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Fifteen former Bruins will come to Providence to face off with the Providence Bruins Alumni on Sunday. The roster boasts William M. Jennings Trophy winner Reggie Lemelin, Stanley Cup Champion Ken Linseman, Lady Byng recipient Rick Middleton, Boston's Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney, voices of the Bruins, Andy Brickley and Bob Beers and Rhode Island native Bill Bennett. The fifteen alumni players combined for nearly 4,700 games in a Bruins sweater.

The roster is comprised of ten forwards, including Lemelin, Linseman, Middleton, Brickley, Bennett, Billy O'Dwyer, Tom Songin, Bob Sweeney, Guy Larose and Tim Sweeney. Five alumni forwards boast careers of ten years or more in the NHL. On the blue line, the alumni are led by Boston Bruins Assistant General Manager Sweeney, Bruins radio network commentator Beers, former Bruins coach Terry O'Reilly, Frank Simonetti, and veteran of 16 NHL seasons Dave Shaw. Between the pipes is special guest, film director, screenwriter and producer, Bobby Farrelly.

*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com

Marc Cantin Sent Down to Reading

Rookie Defenseman Played Nine Games for Providence
November 10, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have reassigned defenseman Marc Cantin to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Cantin, 21, went scoreless in nine games for Providence this season. A native of Omemee, ON, Cantin made his professional debut on October 7 with the P-Bruins after spending four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. Last season with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, the rookie blue liner recorded a career-high 41 points en route to playing in the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year and third time in his junior career. Cantin was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on March 23, 2011.

The Royals (5-5-1-0, 11 PTS) are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division. Last season, the Royals clinched first place in the Atlantic Division with a 44-23-2-3 record. The club advanced to the second round of the playoffs, before falling to the Kalamazoo Wings in four games. Cantin joins former P-Bruins Yannick Riendeau, Rob Kwiet, Olivier Labelle, Marvin Degon and Karel St. Laurent.

*Information gathered from http://www.providencebruins.com/

Boston Recalls Zach Hamill

Providence's Leading Scorer Headed to Boston
November 9, 2011

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Zach Hamill from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis (American Hockey League). He will join the Boston Bruins for their morning skate on Thursday, November 10 at the TD Garden and be available for Thursday night's game against Edmonton.


Through 14 AHL games this season, Hamill leads the P-Bruins in goals (5), points (10) and plus/minus (+2) and is second on the team in assists (5). Last season, Hamill spent the majority of the year in Providence and finished second on the team in scoring with 9-34=43 totals. He was recalled once to Boston from February 3 - 13, 2011 and tallied one assist in three NHL games.


Hamill has skated in four career NHL games with 0-2=2 totals. He made his NHL debut on April 11, 2010 against Washington and recorded his first career NHL assist/point in that game.


He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the first round (8thoverall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com

Providence Bruins Alumni Roster

15 Former Providence Players to Skate in Sunday's Alumni Game
November 9, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, announced today the roster of former Providence Bruins that will participate in the Alumni Game on November 13 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Fifteen former P-Bruins will return to Providence to face off with the Boston Bruins Alumni on Sunday. The roster boasts four members of the 1998-99 Calder Cup Championship team, including Jay Henderson, Andre Savage, Eric Nickulas and Peter Ferarro. The fifteen alumni players combined for over 1,700 games in a Providence sweater and over 600 NHL games, including 279 wearing the ‘Spoked-B.'

The roster is comprised of ten forwards, including former captain Henderson, Ferarro, Savage, Nickulas, Howie Rosenblatt, Brett Harkins, Fred Knipscheer, Brendan Walsh, Chris Winnes and Matt Glennon. Three alumni players boast the top three spots in Providence's all-time playoff points leaders. Ferarro is the all-time playoff point leader with 42 points in 49 playoff games with the club over three seasons. He is trailed by Nickulas, who recorded 35 points in 47 playoff contests from 1998-01 and 2005-06. Harkins rounds out the top three with 34 points in 23 playoff games over three campaigns.

On the blue line, the alumni are anchored by Jeff Wells, Mark Cornforth and Brian White. Kay Whitmore, a veteran of 155 NHL games, and Rob Gribben are between the pipes.

*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Veteran Chris Clark to Join Providence

Veteran of 607 NHL Games is Signed to Professional Tryout
November 3, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that they have signed forward Chris Clark to a Professional Tryout Agreement.

Clark, 35, is a veteran of 607 games in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets. The South Windsor, CT native recorded 5-10=15 totals in 53 games with the Blue Jackets last season.

Originally drafted in the third round (77th overall) by Calgary in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Clark spent five seasons with the Flames, which was highlighted by a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004. The right-winger was traded to Washington after the lockout in 2004-05. The 6'0", 202-pound winger recorded a career-high 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points during the 2006-07 campaign with the Capitals. Named Washington's captain in 2006, Clark is the third longest tenured captain in the history of the Capitals.

Clark was traded to Columbus in December 2009 with defenseman Milan Jurcina for Blue Jackets winger Jason Chimera. In two seasons with Columbus, the winger skated in 89 games and recorded 8-12=20 totals. Over 13 professional seasons, Clark has seen time in 607 NHL games and tallied 214 points and 700 penalty minutes.

This past September, Clark participated in the Boston Bruins training camp on a tryout basis.

*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com

Yannick Riendeau Back to Reading



Third Year Pro Appeared in Three Games for Providence
November 3, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have reassigned forward Yannick Riendeau to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Riendeau, 23, went scoreless in three games for Providence since his recall on October 26. The third-year pro rejoins the Royals, where he has recorded two points in four games this season and appeared in 54 games during his sophomore season. A native of Boucherville, PQ, Riendeau tallied a professional career-high of 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points last season in Reading. The right wing also appeared in Providence last season, going pointless in six games for the P-Bruins.

Last season, the Royals clinched first place in the Atlantic Division with a 44-23-2-3 record. The club advanced to the second round of the playoffs, before falling to the Kalamazoo Wings in four games. Riendeau joins former P-Bruins Rob Kwiet, Olivier Labelle, and Marvin Degon, who played in two games for the P-Bruins this season.

Prior to turning pro in 2009, Riendeau enjoyed a standout junior season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. In 2008-09 with Drummondville, Riendeau led the Qu├ębec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring during both the regular season and playoffs. In 64 regular season games, the rightwing scored 58 goals and 68 assists for 126 points. He added 52 points, including 29 goals in just 19 postseason contests. Riendeau's 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 was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on April 2, 2009.

*Information gathered from http://www.providencebruins.com/

Ryan Button Returns to Providence

Rookie Appeared in Three Games for Reading
November 1, 2011

The Providence Bruins, in their 20th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Ryan Button to the Providence Bruins from the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Button, 20, was assigned to Reading on October 27 and went scoreless in three games for the Royals. A native of Edmonton, AB, Button joined the P-Bruins for seven games at the end of last season and tallied on assist. Boston's third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the rookie blue liner spent four years in the Western Hockey League, including three with the Prince Albert Raiders before a mid-season trade brought him to the Seattle Thunderbirds last season. In 2008-09 with Prince Albert, Button scored a career-high 32 assists and 37 points in 70 regular season games.

Last season, the Royals clinched first place in the Atlantic Division with a 44-23-2-3 record. The club advanced to the second round of the playoffs, before falling to the Kalamazoo Wings in four games.


*Information gathered from http://www.providencebruins.com/