LEHTONEN EARNS FIRST NHL RECALL
First-Year Forward Leads AHL Rookies with 28 Goals
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that forward Mikko Lehtonen has been recalled by the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins on an emergency basis. This is Lehtonen's first career call-up to the NHL and he is expected to join Boston for its final two regular season games in New York. With the move, the P-Bruins have 27 players on their roster, including 13 forwards, 10 defensemen and four goaltenders.
Lehtonen, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on April 1, leaves Providence as the club's fourth-leading scorer with 53 points and the team's top goal-scorer with 28. The rookie right wing leads all AHL freshmen in goals, ranks fifth in points and sits third with 212 shots. Lehtonen's 10 power play goals are tied for first on the P-Bruins with Johnny Boychuk and he is among the best on the team with a 5-for-15 shootout performance. Along with 13 multiple-point games, the native of Espoo, Finland, has registered six point-streaks of at least three games and he was Providence's February Player of the Month after an eight-goal, 13-point display.
Prior to turning pro, Lehtonen played the last four years with the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League. He was selected by Boston 83rd overall in round three of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 Calder Cup Playoffs for Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Semifinals series. Game 1 of the series will be played at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:05 p.m. and Game 2 will also be played at The Dunk on Friday, April 17 at 7:05 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com. Tickets may be purchased in person by visiting the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office or all TicketMaster outlets.