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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Max Sauve Recalled Again

Sauve Back in The Bigs
February 29, 2012


Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Max Sauve from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis (American Hockey League). Sauve is expected to join the Bruins on Tuesday for their 10:30 a.m. Morning Skate at the TD Garden, and be available for their home game Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 p.m..

This marks the 6'0", 185 pound center's second NHL career recall, as he was recalled on February 27 and practiced with the team before being assigned after the trade deadline acquisitions.

In Providence this season, the 22-year-old Sauve has six goals and seven assists in 26 games. He is currently on a four game point streak with the P-Bruins, tallying three goals and one assist in his last four games since February 19th. He played his first full pro season with Providence in the 2010-11 season, ranking second on the team in goals (21) and third overall in the club's scoring race with 21-17=38 totals.

Prior to playing in Providence, Sauve played three full seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2006-2009, splitting his time between the Quebec Remparts and Val d'Or Foreurs. He reached career highs in the 2008-09 season with Val d'Or Foreurs with 27 goals and 49 assists, giving him 76 points on the season. He split the 2009-10 season between Val d'Or Foreurs and Providence,

Sauve was drafted by Boston in the second round (47th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
     


*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com   

Monday, February 27, 2012

Boston Trades Result in Providence Changes

Players Traded and Sent Back Down
February 27, 2012


Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Yannick Riendeau and defenseman Marc Cantin.

Chiarelli also announced that the Bruins have acquired defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer.

To make roster space for the newly acquired players, the Bruins assigned Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, and Max Sauve to Providence.

The 39-year-old Rolston is a veteran of 1235 NHL games and has registered 339 goals and 407 assists for 746 points in his 19-year NHL career. The Flint, MI native has also appeared in 70 postseason contests where he compiled 19-12=31 totals and was a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. With the Islanders this season, Rolston has skated in 49 games and recorded four goals and five assists for nine points.

Rolston has notched 20 or more goals seven times in his NHL career, most recently in 2009-10 as a member of the New Jersey Devils when he potted 20 in 80 games. This is Rolston's second stint in Boston, as he appeared in 338 games for the Black & Gold from 1999-2004 where he registered 236 points on 101 goals and 135 assists. His best season statistically came during the 2005-06 season with the Minnesota Wild when he set career highs in goals, assists and points with 34-45=79 totals.

Rolston was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the firstround (11th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

A native of Quincy, MA, Mike Mottau has skated in 29 games for the Islanders this season and registered 0-2=2 totals. For his career, the 33-year-old has played in 307 NHL games with the Rangers, Flames, Devils and Islanders and has seven goals and 51 assists for 58 points. Mottau is a veteran of 17 NHL postseason contests and totaled two goals and two assists in those playoff games.

The 6'0, 193-pound Mottau attended Boston College for four years from 1996-2000 and played in 163 career games for the Eagles. He was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (182nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Now in his sixth full NHL season, Greg Zanon has skated in 432 NHL games with the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild and registered 11 goals and 43 assists for 54 points. The 6'0, 205-pound native of Barnaby, BC has also appeared in 11 postseason contests where he compiled four assists. This season, he had 2-4=6 totals in 39 games for Minnesota.

Last year, Zanon ranked second overall in the NHL in blocked shots with 212 in 82 games. His best season statistically came in 2009-10 after he notched 2-13=15 totals in 81 games. He was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fifth round (156th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Yannick Riendeau was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on April 2, 2009. He has 8-8=16 totals in 18 games for Providence this season.

Marc Cantin was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on March 23, 2011. He has 3-3=6 totals in 18 games for Providence this season.
Steven Kampfer was acquired by the Bruins on March 2, 2010 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2010 fourth round draft pick. In his career, Kampfer has skated in 48 NHL games (all with the Bruins) with 5-5=10 totals. This season, Kampfer appeared in 10 NHL games with the Bruins and had two assists.  


*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com      

Providence Goaltender Khudobin Injured/Traded /?

Crazy Weekend Road Trip
February 27, 2012
by Thomas Chace Jr.

Reading the AHL gamesheets tells a crazy tale about this past weekend for the Providence Bruins.  On Friday night in Worcester, the first of three straight road games, goalie Michael Hutchinson was spectacular in the third period making 22 saves.   Providence scored 4 goals in the period to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win 5-3.  A huge victory.  The road victory was in front of a packed house who came to see New England Patriot TE Rob Gronkowski spike the puck at center ice.  The Sharks offered to pay his fine from the NFL that was  levied on "Gronk" for spiking the football during the Pats regular season.  I understand the puck broke into four pieces. Crazy right?

Saturday night brought the Bruins to Bridgeport where they established a 3-0 lead about halfway through the second period. Goaltender Anton Khudobin started the game and held Bridgeport at bay making 29 saves on shots fired at the Providence net. After a cross-checking penalty and ensuing fight involving Kevan Miller at the 14:00 mark, the Sound Tigers scored a power-play goal 19 seconds later to make it 3-1. With just seconds left in the second period, Bridgeport scored again making it 3-2 at the 19:14 mark. 14:19 and 19:14, you can't make this stuff up!

This is where the goalie thing got interesting.  Michael Hutchinson came out to play the third period in goal for Providence.  What happened to Khudobin, the starting goalie?  Was he pulled for poor play, an incident, injury, trade?  Big question.  Especially with the season winding down and the playoffs in sight.

"Hutch" allowed two goals in about nine minutes in the third.  Lead gone for Providence.  Sound Tigers have scored four unanswered goals and have a 4-3 lead.  To Providence's credit they responded 34 seconds later to tie it back up at 4-4.  Exactly three minutes later Bridgeport scored the game winning goal and held on for a 5-4 victory over a frustrated Providence club.  What about the goalie situation?

Not much time to pout for the Bruins though.  Sunday found the B's in New Hampshire for an afternoon date with the Manchester Monarchs.  Providence once again took a lead at 2-0 in the second period at the 9:19 mark.  Unbelievably, Manchester then scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead.  Michael Hutchinson was in net again, with the status of Anton Khudobin unknown.  Interesting though that Khudobin was listed as the back-up goalie on the gamesheet. Crazy. 

Once again the resilient Bruins scored at 9:36 of the third period on a goal by Max Sauve (called up today by Boston) to tie it up at 3-3.  With just 2:32 left in regulation, the Monarchs scored the game winner.  The final score 4-3, with Manchester outshooting Providence 46-35.

So there was a huge victory, followed by two huge losses, a goaltender issue.  The weekend also featured six fights. Nathan McIver and Kevan Miller each had two and Bobby Robins and MacDermid had the others.  These were some real heavyweight battles too. 

"Hutch" faced 103 shots over the weekend.  The opposition averaged 44.6 shots on goal against Providence over the three road games. That's a lot of rubber.  Providence averaged 35.3 shots which is not too shabby either.  These were wide open games that turned into extremely close games.  Kyle MacKinnon, Kirk MacDonald and Jamie Arniel are heating up.

Today the Providence Bruins recalled goalie Adam Courchaine from the Alaska Aces (ECHL).  What does that mean for Anton "Dobby" Khudobin, the workhorse in net for the Bruins?  Is he being traded?  Injured?  Disciplined? 

Crazy Weekend.

Max Sauve and Bodnarchuk Recalled by Boston

Max Sauve May Make His NHL Debut Tomorrow Night
February 27, 2012


Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and forward Max Sauve from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Bodnarchuk and Sauve are expected to join the Bruins for their 10:30 a.m. practice on Monday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.

This is Bodnarchuk's second recall to Boston this season. He was first recalled on February 13th and joined the team on their 11 day road trip, beginning with an away game in Montreal on February 15th, although he did not see any game action. This marks Sauve's first NHL career recall.

Bodnarchuk has skated in 47 games for Providence this year with four goals and seven assists, giving him 11 overall points. In the 2009-2010 season, Bondarchuk was recalled to Boston on one occasion. He appeared in five games with the team, including his first NHL game on April 3, 2010 at Toronto.

In Providence this season, Sauve has six goals and seven assists in 26 games. He is currently on a four game point streak with the P-Bruins, tallying three goals and one assist in his last four games since February 19th. He played his first full pro season with Providence in the 2010-11 season, ranking second on the team in goals (21) and third overall in the club's scoring race with 21-17=38 totals.

Bodnarchuk was drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (128th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Sauve was drafted by Boston in the second round (47th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Goalie Adam Courchaine has been recalled to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) from the Alaska Aces (ECHL). In 34 games with Alaska so far this season, he is 19-10-5 with a 2.37 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. He has recorded three shutouts this year.
  


*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com      

Boston Returns Bodnarchuk and Hennessy

Both Players to Play in Manchester on Sunday
February 26, 2012


Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk and forward Josh Hennessy to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Both players are expected to join the P-Bruins on Sunday, February 26 for their 3:00 p.m. game in Manchester.

Bodnarchuk and Hennessy were both recalled to Boston on February 13th and joined Boston on their 11 day road trip that began with an away game in Montreal on February 15th. On the road trip, Hennessy appeared in three games for the Bruins.

In Providence this season, Bodnarchuk has skated in 47 games with four goals and seven assists, giving him 11 overall points. Hennessy has 15 goals and 15 assists in 49 games with Providence so far this season.

In his 2010-11 season with Providence, Bodnarchuk played in 75 games, with one goal and 15 assists. In the 2009-10 season, he was recalled to Boston on one occasion. He appeared in five games with the team, including his first NHL game on April 3, 2010 at Toronto.

Hennessy played his 2010-11 season with HC Lugano in Switzerland where he had nine goals and 19 points in 36 games, tying for fourth place in the club's scoring race. Hennessy has now appeared in 23 NHL games with Boston and Ottawa and has one goal, scored on January 7th, 2007 in Ottawa's contest against Philadelphia.

Bodnarchuk was drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (128th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Hennessy was drafted by San Jose in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After spending time in San Jose, Chicago and Ottawa, he was signed by Boston as a free agent on July 5, 2011.
   


*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Carter Camper Called Up to Boston

Rookie Forward Leads Providence in Scoring
February 20, 2012

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Carter Camper from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Camper is expected to join the club on their road trip in St. Louis and be available for the team's practice in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center at 10:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, February 21.

With the Providence Bruins this season, Camper has 14 goals and 24 assists in 53 games. As of February 20th, he leads the team in overall points (38) and assists (24) and is coming off his first professional hat trick which he registered against the Connecticut Whale on February 19. Camper was also the only P-Bruin selected to participate in this year's AHL All-Star game on January 29th, held in Atlantic City, NJ.

This marks Camper's first NHL recall of his career. In 2010-11, Camper appeared with Providence three times at the conclusion of his collegiate career, recording one goal and one assist in three games played.

Prior to arriving in Providence, Camper played four seasons at Miami (Ohio) University with 69-114=183 totals in 156 games. He went to the NCAA tournament in all four of his college seasons with two Frozen Four appearances. In his senior season at Miami, he was a Hobey Baker finalist when he ranked third in the nation in both assists and points with 19-38=57 totals, and also became the first player in the school's history to be named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Camper was signed by Boston as a free agent on April 7th, 2011.
 
 
*Information gathered from http://www.providencebruins.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Boston Recalls Josh Hennessy

Forward Leads P-Bruins in Goals
February 13, 2012


Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Josh Hennessy from the Providence Bruins. Hennessy is expected to join the Bruins for Tuesday's morning skate, held at the TD Garden at 10:30 a.m. and for Tuesday's home game against the New York Rangers at 7:00 p.m.

Hennessy, 27, has skated in 49 contests for Providence this season and registered a team-high 15 goals and 15 assists. His 30 points rank second on the P-Bruins.

This marks Hennessy's first recall to Boston
. He played last season with HC Lugano in Switzerland where he had nine goals and 19 points in 36 games, tying for fourth place in the club's scoring race.

The Rockland, MA native was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After spending time in the San Jose, Chicago and Ottawa organizations, he was signed by Boston as a free agent on July
5, 2011.

The 6'0", 198-pound forward's last NHL game was played with the Ottawa Senators on December 21, 2009 against Boston. In 20 career NHL games - all with Ottawa - he has one goal, which was scored on January 7, 2007 in Ottawa's contest against Philadelphia.
A native of Rockland, MA, the 27-year-old Hennessy played one season of high school hockey at Milton Academy before going to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons before he was drafted.

*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com

Boston Calls Up Bodnarchuk

D-Man Earns First Recall of 2011-12
February 13, 2012


Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Providence Bruins. Bodnarchuk is expected to join the Bruins for their practice at the TD Garden at 10:30 a.m. this morning.

Bodnarchuk, 23, has skated in 47 contests for Providence this season and registered four goals and seven assists for 11 overall points. This marks Bodnarchuk's first recall to Boston this season.

The 5'11", 190-pound defenseman was recalled to Boston on one occasion in 2009-10. He appeared in five games with the team, including his first NHL game on April 3, 2010 at Toronto.

Last season with Providence, Bodnarchuk set career-highs in assists (15), points (16) and penalty minutes (91).

The Drumheller, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.



*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Providence Chosen to Host 2013 AHL All-Star Game

AHL Festivities to Bring  Four Days of Events to RI
February 8, 2012

American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the Providence Bruins and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority will host the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic as part of a weekend of festivities January 25-28, 2013.

The 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic will kick off with a Providence Bruins home game on Friday, January 25, followed by the Providence Bruins Youth Hockey Festival on Saturday, January 26. The AHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Sunday, January 27, and the AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game will be held Monday, January 28.

"The American Hockey League is excited to be returning to one of its founding cities for the 2013 All-Star Classic," said Andrews. "Providence has been part of the fabric of our league since our first season in 1936, and the Bruins organization has been a principal member for the last two decades. We're looking forward to working with the team and the city to make this a memorable event."

The 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic will mark the third time that Providence has hosted an AHL All-Star event. The old Rhode Island Auditorium was the site of an All-Star Game on Oct. 23, 1956, and the Dunkin' Donuts Center hosted the first AHL All-Star Game of the modern era on Jan. 17, 1995.

"The 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic is the American Hockey League's premier exhibition, bringing together dozens of hockey's rising stars for an exciting weekend of competition," said Jeff Fear, CEO of the Providence Bruins. "After coming off our 20th season in Providence, this is another event we are excited to bring to Providence for our loyal fans. The Providence Bruins are honored to play host to this special event."

Events scheduled to take place include:

Friday, Jan. 25 Providence Bruins regular-season home game - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Saturday, Jan. 26: Providence Bruins Youth Hockey Festival - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Sunday, Jan. 27: 2013 AHL All-Star Skills Competition - Dunkin' Donuts Center
Sunday, Jan. 27: AHL All-Star Post-Skills Party - Rhode Island Convention Center
Monday, Jan. 28: AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony - Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Monday, Jan. 28: 2013 AHL All-Star Game - Dunkin' Donuts Center


"We couldn't be more thrilled to have this event coming to Providence and to be using our entire Complex," said James Bennett, CEO and Chairman of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority. "One of our primary goals is to bring big-time sporting events to our facilities and we continue to do just that: the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships in 2010, the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Regional Tournament in 2013 and now the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic weekend."

The AHL All-Star Classic annually draws thousands of fans to the host city, and the 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic is expected to provide a boost to hotels and restaurants in and around the city of Providence.

"Major sporting organizations have realized that the City of Providence has the infrastructure, facilities, hotels and restaurants to put on a world-class event," said Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. "We are building lasting relationships with these organizations that will continue to fuel our economy for years to come."

Additional details, including event times and information on ticket sales, will be announced at a later date.

The 2013 Dunkin' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League. Of the 597 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since the event was reinstated in 1995, more than 91 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Brad Boyes, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Ryan Callahan, Brian Campbell, Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun, as well as current Providence Bruins Carter Camper, Jamie Arniel, Anton Khudobin, Trent Whitfield and Josh Hennessy and Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuk, Joe Corvo and Tuukka Rask.

The American Hockey League was founded in 1936 and is currently in its 76th season of operation, serving as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and the AHL has been home to more than 100 future members of the Hockey Hall of Fame through the years.

The Providence Bruins, established in 1992, are the top affiliate of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Celebrating their 20th anniversary season in 2011-12, the Providence Bruins have enjoyed much success over their history. The team won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship in 1999 and boasts 10 former players on the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. In addition to accomplishments on the ice, the Providence Bruins were fourth-best in attendance in the AHL in 2010-11 and are the best-attended minor-league hockey team in New England.

*Information gathered from www.providencebruins.com