Center Returns to NHL Following One Game with P-Bruins

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled center Vladimir Sobotka on an emergency basis. Sobotka is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals at 1 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Garden. With the move, the P-Bruins have 21 players on their roster, including 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Sobotka, 21, was assigned to Providence by Boston on Monday and he appeared in one P-Bruins game, scoring a goal and earning third star honors in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday. The second-year Bruin returns to the NHL for the fifth time this season, where he has played in 23 games for Boston while recording four points (g, 3a). He scored his lone NHL goal of the year on December 21, 2008 at the St. Louis Blues before later suiting up for his 100th professional game on January 15 against the New York Islanders. Sobotka has added 28 points (13g, 15a) in 26 games for Providence, powered by nine multiple-point outings and an eight-game AHL point-streak (4g, 7a) that spanned nearly two months around call-ups.

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. 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. He was drafted by Boston 106th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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