THREE JOIN P-BRUINS OFF WAIVERS
Boychuk, Egener and Stokes Report to Providence
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, the 2007-08 regular season champions of the American Hockey League, announced that Boston Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk, Mike Egener and Ryan Stokes have all cleared waivers and have been assigned to the P-Bruins. Providence now has 24 players in its camp, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
Boychuk, 24, has played for five teams over his four-year professional career, spending the bulk of 2007-08 with the expansion Lake Erie Monsters and earning his first career call-up to the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche. Last year, the defenseman tallied eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 60 AHL games while going scoreless with a plus-one rating in four NHL contests. His 26 points ranked second among Monsters defensemen and he led all blue-liners on the squad in power play scoring with 17 points. In his career, Boychuk has 101 points (27g, 74a) and 330 penalty minutes in 294 AHL games.
Boychuk, acquired by Boston on June 24, 2008 from Colorado in a trade for center Matt Hendricks, was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Since, the blue-liner has played for Colorado, Lake Erie, the Albany River Rats, Lowell Lock Monsters and Hershey Bears. From 1999-04, Boychuk enjoyed parts of five seasons with the Calgary Hitmen and Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, notching 133 points (38g, 95a) in 266 junior games.
Egener, 24, also begins his fifth year at the professional ranks after splitting time in 2007-08 between the AHL's Norfolk Admirals and the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. Overall, Egener appeared in 26 games while tallying four points and 41 PIM. In his career, the native of Lahr, Germany, has 19 points, including nine goals, and 584 PIM in 202 contests, 158 of those with the Springfield Falcons. Eneger was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning 34th overall in round two of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Stokes, 25, enters his fifth season of pro hockey after spending last year with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. There the undrafted blue-liner scored a career-high four goals while matching a personal-best with 10 points during the regular season before also appearing in 12 playoff games. Prior to Stokes' time with the IceHogs, the Corruna, Ontario, native played parts of three seasons with the Houston Aeros after debuting in 2004-05 with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL. As a pro, Stokes has 41 points, including nine goals, and 541 PIM in 268 games.
Both Egener and Stokes signed with Boston as unrestricted free agents on August 28, 2008.
Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com.