RYDER RELEASED FROM PTO

Rookie Totaled Seven Points in 28 Games for Providence

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 American Hockey League seasons, announced that center Dan Ryder has been released from his Professional Tryout Agreement. With the move, the P-Bruins have 28 players on their roster, including 15 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders.

Ryder, 22, is the younger brother of Boston Bruins forward Michael Ryder. The younger Ryder joined the P-Bruins on February 27, appearing in 20 regular season games while scoring one goal and adding five assists. The forward also appeared in Providence's first eight playoff games, tallying one assist, before serving as a healthy scratch for the P-Bruins' last five contests.

Ryder began this season with the Quad City Flames, appearing in 19 games while totaling nine points (3g, 6a). The center was reassigned by the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames to the Las Vegas Wrangers of the ECHL on December 8, 2008. Ryder played four scoreless games for Las Vegas, last suiting up for a professional game on December 15, 2008 before his stint in Rhode Island. He made his pro debut last season, scoring five points (g, 4a) in six contests for Quad City.

Selected by Calgary 74th overall in round three of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Ryder turned pro following a sensational junior career in the Ontario Hockey League with the Peterborough Petes and Plymouth Whalers. In 253 junior games, the right-handed shot tallied 308 points, including 127 goals and 181 assists. He added 60 points (32g, 28a) in 53 playoff tilts. In his final junior season, Ryder registered 40 goals and 92 points in 57 games.

The 2008-09 Calder Cup Playoffs continue with Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hershey Bears on Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 7:05 p.m. The best-of-seven series is currently tied at one. The P-Bruins and Bears remain in Rhode Island for Game 4 on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. and Game 5 on Monday at 4:05 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.