All-Star St. Pierre & Sobotka Back from Boston
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned centers Martin St. Pierre and Vladimir Sobotka to Providence. With the moves, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their roster, including 15 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
St. Pierre, 25, has seen action in nine games for Boston over two call-ups this season, registering one goal and two assists. The fifth-year pro returns to Providence, where he has amassed 35 points (10g, 25a) in 30 games, earning him his fourth straight AHL All-Star selection. St. Pierre has started for the Canadian team in each of the last two seasons and, on Tuesday, was named a reserve for the upcoming 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications.
St. Pierre ranks 17th in the AHL and second on Providence with 35 points in 30 games. His 10 goals are tied for second on the P-Bruins while he is tied for first with 25 assists. The forward also leads Providence with 10 multiple-point games and he has produced three point-streaks of at least four games, including an 11-point (2g, 9a), six-game run in November. His performance earned him the P-Bruins' November Player of the Month award after totaling 16 points, including 12 assists, over 14 games.
St. Pierre was recalled to Boston for the first time on December 20, 2008, making his Bruins debut the following night on the road against the St. Louis Blues in a 6-3 Boston win. The center recorded his first career Boston point that night with an assist and added his first Bruins goal on December 30, 2008 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 5-2 victory.
Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on November 12, 2005, St. Pierre was acquired by Boston in a July 24, 2008 trade for left wing Pascal Pelletier. In his career, the undrafted native of Ottawa, Ontario, has 369 points (102g, 267a) in 348 games spanning the NHL, AHL, ECHL and international play in Russia. Prior to joining Boston, St. Pierre appeared in 21 career NHL games in three seasons for Chicago, scoring four points (g, 3a). He also finished second in the AHL in scoring in both 2007-08 for the Rockford Ice Hogs and 2006-07 for the Norfolk Admirals.
Sobotka, 21, has suited up in 15 games for Boston this season, recording a goal and an assist over two recalls. The second-year center has added 21 points (10g, 11a) in 17 games for Providence. He returns to the P-Bruins riding a five-game AHL point-streak dating back to November 28, 2008, during which he has registered seven points (2g, 5a). Sobotka has seven multiple-point games and his 10 goals tie him with St. Pierre and Mikko Lehtonen for second on the team behind Martins Karsums' 16 goals.
Sobotka split the 2007-08 campaign between Boston and Providence, appearing in 48 regular season games with Boston while amassing seven points (g, 6a), plus another six Stanley Cup Playoff contests, where he scored two goals versus the Montreal Canadiens. His first NHL point came on December 12, 2007, recording an assist against the Atlanta Thrashers. Sobotka also enjoyed several other NHL firsts, including his first goal at Pittsburgh on February 13, his only multiple-point game with two assists April 4 against the Ottawa Senators, his playoff debut at Montreal on April 12 and the first of two playoff goals five nights later. A native of Trebic, Czech Republic, Sobotka had 20 points (10g, 10a) and a plus-12 rating in 18 regular season games for the P-Bruins a year ago.
Sobotka was drafted by Boston 106th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
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.