Reich, Schaefer and Sobotka Head to Rhode Island
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, the 2007-08 regular season champions of the American Hockey League, announced that forwards Jeremy Reich and Peter Schaefer have cleared waivers from the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins. Former Providence captain Nate Thompson has been claimed by the New York Islanders. In another move, Boston also assigned forward Vladimir Sobotka to the P-Bruins. With the moves, Providence has 24 players on its roster, including 15 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Reich, 29, signed with Boston as a free agent on August 30, 2005 and played parts of two seasons in Rhode Island before a 2006-07 promotion to the NHL. With Providence, the left wing and then alternate captain registered 34 points (12g, 22a) and 340 penalty minutes over 123 games. In his return to the NHL for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Reich totaled two goals and five points along with 141 PIM in 90 contests for Boston over the last two years. Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 39th overall in round two of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, the veteran of eight professional seasons has amassed 165 points (64g, 101a) and 1,355 PIM in 555 games. Of those totals, 159 points (62g, 97a) and 1,194 PIM have come in 456 AHL contests for the native of Craik, Saskatoon.
Schaefer, 31, appeared in 63 regular season games for Boston in 2007-08 and tallied 26 points, including nine goals. In the postseason, Schaefer played in all seven contests and contributed one goal and three assists against the Montreal Canadiens. The left wing was acquired by the Bruins from the Ottawa Senators on July 17, 2007 in exchange for forward Shean Donovan. Following four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Schaefer turned pro in 1996-97 with the Syracuse Crunch. In his 12 professional seasons, including two spent internationally, the native of Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan has appeared in 725 games, recording 410 points (154g, 256a) and 410 PIM. Schaefer has spent 556 of those contests in the NHL.
Thompson, 24, captained Providence in 2007-08, posting career-highs with 19 goals, 20 assists, 39 points, 83 PIM and 75 games played. The center re-signed with Boston on July 28, 2008 after spending his first four professional seasons in the organization since being drafted by the Bruins 183rd overall in the sixth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Thompson turned pro in 2004-05 following his fourth junior season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. In his career, the native of Anchorage, Alaska, has played in 220 regular season games, all but four in Providence, notching 35 goals and 45 assists for 80 points and 215 penalty minutes along the way. His other four games came in a Boston sweater during the 2006-07 season, going scoreless in four separate one-game call-ups. In New York, he will be reunited with former Providence head coach Scott Gordon.
Sobotka, 21, returns to the P-Bruins after splitting last season between Boston and Providence, appearing in 48 regular season games with the big club while amassing seven points (g, 6a), plus another six Stanley Cup Playoff contests, where he scored two goals versus Montreal. The center's first NHL point came on December 12, 2007, recording an assist against the Atlanta Thrashers. During Sobotka's second call-up, he enjoyed several other NHL firsts, including his first goal at the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 13, his only multiple-point game with two assists April 4 against Ottawa, 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. He 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.