BOYCHUK RE-UPS WITH BRUINS
AHL's Eddie Shore Award Winner Re-Signs with Boston
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, entering their 18th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Boychuk, 25, was the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's outstanding defenseman for the 2008-09 season after leading all league defensemen with 66 points, 20 goals and 46 assists in 78 games for Providence. He shared the team lead in points with Martin St. Pierre, setting a single-season points record for P-Bruins blue-liners, eclipsing the 62 totaled previously by Jeff Serowik (1994-95) and Brandon Smith (1998-99). Boychuk added eight points (3g, 5a) in 16 postseason games for Providence.
Boychuk's season was full of accolades, receiving four team awards as the MetLife Most Valuable Player and Dunkin' Donuts Best Defenseman honors, both voted on by his teammates, and the Shaw's Leading Scorer Award, along with the club's October Player of the Month honor. The veteran was also voted into the starting lineup for the Canadian team at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, he was a co-winner of the CCM/AHL Player of the Month award for March, a Reebok/AHL Player of the Week in October, and he was named a First Team AHL All-Star.
Last season was Boychuk's first in the Bruins organization. He made his NHL season debut on December 4, 2008 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, going scoreless in a 3-1 Boston win. He enjoyed previous NHL experience in 2007-08 during a scoreless four-game stint with the Colorado Avalanche after spending most of the year with the Lake Erie Monsters. Boston acquired Boychuk on June 24, 2008 from Colorado in a trade for center Matt Hendricks. He was originally drafted by the Avalanche 61st overall in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Since, the Edmonton, Alberta native has played for Boston, Colorado, Providence, Lake Erie, the Albany River Rats, Lowell Lock Monsters and Hershey.
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