BROCK HOOTON SIGNED TO PTO

Third-Year Forward Set for First AHL Stint

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that right wing Brock Hooton has been signed to a Professional Tryout Agreement. With the move, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Hooton, 25, joins Providence from the Reading Royals of the ECHL, where he has potted nine goals and registered 10 assists for 19 points in 28 games. The third-year pro from Nanaimo, British Columbia, is in his second season with Reading after turning pro in 2006-07 with the Phoenix Roadrunners. Hooton set career-bests across the board with 26 goals, 33 assists, 59 points and 26 penalty minutes in 71 games for the Royals in 2007-08 before adding 10 points (6g, 4a) in 13 postseason contests. In his career, Hooton has 101 points (43g, 58a) in 130 regular season games, all spent in the ECHL.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Hooton played four seasons for the St. Cloud State Huskies, where he totaled 62 points (19g, 43a) in 143 games from 2002-06. The forward was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 150th overall in the fifth round of the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Hooton joins former teammates Ned Lukacevic and Kevin Schaeffer in Providence, both of whom he played with in Reading.

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 providencebruins.com.