Saturday, June 30, 2012

Providence Announces Opening Night's Game

Dunkin' Donuts Presents Opening Night on October 12
June 29, 2012

The Providence Bruins, entering their 21st season in the American Hockey League, announced today that they will open the 2012-13 season on Friday, October 12 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7:05 pm.
Opening night for the 21st season in franchise history will be presented by Dunkin’ Donuts and they will be giving away free Thundersticks to fans. The opponent will be announced at a later date.

Opening night festivities will begin prior to the game with a Providence Bruins highlight video, which will be followed by an introduction of each player on the 2012-13 roster.

Other highlighted events during the season will include the team’s third annual Pink in the Rink Night (date to be announced at a later date) and the 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic January 25-28.

The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic will kick off with a Providence Bruins home game on Friday, January 25, followed by a 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 All-Star Game will be held on Monday, January 28.

*Information gathered from

Providence Bruins Win President's Award

P-Bruins Recognized for Excellence Off the Ice
June 28, 2012

The American Hockey League announced today that the Providence Bruins are the recipient of the AHL's 2011-12 President's Award. The President's Award is given annually to one AHL organization for excellence in all areas off the ice. A perennial leader in overall business growth and success, the Providence Bruins experienced another successful season in 2011-12.

"Our management staff is very proud of this achievement as it reflects upon the hard work of our entire front office staff, and speaks to the great partnerships we have with the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, Dunkin Donuts Center senior management and the Boston Bruins." said Jeff Fear CEO of the Providence Bruins/Providence Sports + Entertainment. "Each season we maintain our focus on our core business principals; providing lasting fan experiences for our customers, high value and brand support for our corporate sponsors, and being a good corporate citizen in the community."

The Providence Bruins averaged 7,817 fans per home game during the 2011-12 season to rank fourth in the league in attendance and made an increase of 6.7 percent over the 2010-11 season. A top-10 club in attendance in each of its 20 seasons in the AHL, the Providence Bruins continue to grow their fan base year-after-year by providing family fun, affordable entertainment, which provides lasting fan experiences.

The P-Bruins also continued their growth in the area of corporate partnerships for the 2011-12 season led by the launch of Providence Sports + Entertainment. The corporate community is represented by 1,000 area businesses that support the Providence Bruins through sponsorships, business group outings and community outreach programs.

The team continued its strong leadership in the community with player appearances throughout the season benefiting organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Special Olympics, Rhode Island Blood Center, Rhode Island Community Food Bank and many more. The Providence Bruins community outreach program began with its annual Pink In The Rink Night during Breast Cancer Awareness Month raising awareness and over $10,000 for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and culminated with Hasbro Children's Hospital Weekend in April raising another $10,000.

The Providence Bruins, established in 1992, are the top affiliate of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. 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 2011-12 and are the best-attended minor-league hockey team in New England.

*Information gathered from

Monday, June 25, 2012

Boston Bruins Announce Development Camp Players

Camp Begins June 28 at Ristuccia Arena
June 25, 2012

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today, June 25, the expected roster for their sixth annual Development Camp, which will take place at Ristuccia Arena (190 Main St, Wilmington, MA 01887). Development Camp will open on Thursday, June 28, with the final session taking place on Monday, July 2. On-ice practices are open to the public. Please note that the schedule and roster are subject to change.
The Development Camp roster features 29 players, including 15 forwards, eight defensemen and six goaltenders. The roster includes 22 players within the Bruins organization, counting Boston’s six selections at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Seven invites come from outside the prospect system and all play NCAA collegiate hockey. For more information on the invites, please see the notes below the roster.


Forwards: Darik Angeli, Anthony Camara, Colin Campbell, Daniel Carr, Justin Courtnall, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Alex Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Cody Payne, Ben Sexton, Wayne Simpson, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Matt Benning, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Matthew Grzelcyk, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Robbie O’Gara, Zach Trotman

Goaltenders: Zane Gothberg, Parker Milner, Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg, Lars Volden


Darik Angeli is a 6’3”, 200-pound forward from Lakewood, CO, who skated last season for Ohio State University, where he tallied 7-8=15 totals in 32 games for the Buckeyes as a freshman.

Colin Campbell, a 6’1”, 190-pound forward from Pickering, ON, has played the past two seasons for Lake Superior State University, compiling 13-19=32 totals in 74 games.
Sherwood Park, AB native Daniel Carr is a 6’0”, 185-pound forward who skated past two seasons at Union College, recording 40 goals and 35 assists with 58 penalty minutes in 81 games, helping the Dutchmen reach the program’s first-ever NCAA Men’s Frozen Four in 2012. He notched a goal and an assist in three NCAA tournament games.

Chris Casto is a 6’3”, 215-pound defenseman and native of Stillwater, MN who played last season for the University of Minnesota-Duluth, tallying two goals and 11 assists with 14 penalty minutes in 41 games in his rookie season. He played in two NCAA tournament games with the Bulldogs, notching an assist.

Boston University senior Justin Courtnall is a 6’3”, 215-pound forward from Victoria, BC, who posted 4-3=7 totals with 73 penalty minutes in 39 games last season for the Terriers.
Parker Milner, a 6’1”, 185-pound goaltender from Pittsburgh, PA, helped lead the Boston College Eagles to the NCAA national championship last season by posting a 1.66 GAA and .937 SV% with three shutouts in 34 games, in addition to compiling a .50 GAA and .982 SV% in the NCAA tournament.

Wayne Simpson is a 5’11”, 190-pound forward from Boxborough, MA who has played the past three seasons at Union College, where he compiled 18-13=31 totals in 41 games last season, to help the Dutchmen reach the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four for the first time. Simpson recorded a goal through three NCAA tournament games.


Ristuccia Arena
190 Main St.
Wilmington, MA 01887

Thursday, June 28-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET

Friday, June 29-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice power skating, Ristuccia Arena, 12:45 p.m. ET

Saturday, June 30-On-ice power skating, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET
-On-ice practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:45 a.m. ET

Sunday, July 1
-On-ice practice/scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET

Monday, July 2
-On-ice power skating, Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET
-On-ice scrimmage, Ristuccia Arena, 10:45 a.m. ET

*Information gathered from

Friday, June 1, 2012

Bruins Sign Goaltender Niklas Svedberg to Entry-level Contract

Goaltender is Likely to Play in Providence
May 29, 2012

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, May 29, that the club has signed goaltender Niklas Svedberg to an entry-level contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed at this time.

Svedberg, a 22-year-old goaltender from Sollentuna, Sweden, played the past two seasons with Brynas IF Gavle in the Swedish Elite League (SEL). In the 2011-12 regular season, he posted a 2.47 GAA and .912 SV% in 29 games. Svedberg also recorded a 1.70 GAA and .947 SV% with four shutouts in 13 playoff games, leading Brynas to their first SEL title since 1999.

In 2010-11, the 6'2", 176-pound goalie compiled a 2.28 GAA and .917 SV% with two shutouts in 21 games with Brynas. Svedberg had previously played three seasons with Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik of the SEL, appearing in 36 games. In 2009-10, he posted a 2.59 GAA and .900 SV% with 22 penalty minutes in 32 games.

Hamill Traded for Bourque

First Round Pick Never Panned Out in ProvidenceMay 26, 2012

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forward Chris Bourque from the Washington Capitals for center Zach Hamill.
Bourque appeared in 73 regular season games this year for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), compiling 27-66=93 totals with 42 penalty minutes. In five playoff games, he tallied one goal and three assists. Bourque’s best statistical season came in 2009-10 with the Bears, when he posted 22-48=70 totals with 26 penalty minutes in 49 games.

In 2010-11, the 26-year-old native of Boston, Massachusetts signed with Mytishchi Atlant of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he scored one goal in eight games. Following his stint in the KHL, Bourque signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A (NLA). In 39 games with Lugano, he posted 14-19=33 totals with 24 penalty minutes.

The 5’8”, 180-pound left wing was originally drafted 33rd overall by the Capitals in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In 2009-10, Bourque appeared in 20 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He is the son of Ray Bourque, the Boston Bruins Hall-of-Famer who owns records for most goals, assists and points by a defenseman in the National Hockey League. Ray Bourque is also currently the Bruins all-time career leader in games played, assists, and points.

Bourque was signed to a new contract on June 1st.  Bourque’s deal will be a two-way contract in year one (2012-13) and is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the American Hockey League level. In year two, it will be a one-way contract worth $550,000.
Hamill, a 5’11”, 180-pound center, played in 16 games for the Bruins this season, posting 0-2=2 totals with four penalty minutes. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia also played in 41 games for the Providence Bruins, where he recorded 8-13=21 totals with 24 penalty minutes. In 20 career games with Boston, Hamill tallied 0-4=4 totals with four penalty minutes. Hamill was originally drafted 8th overall by the Bruins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.