Providence Club Comprised of 24, Including 7 Rookies
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, entering their 18th year in the American Hockey League, have announced their opening night roster with their season set to begin on Sunday, October 4. The P-Bruins are schedule to host the Springfield Falcons at 4:05 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Providence's squad is comprised of 24 players, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. Among the group are four veterans, seven rookies and an average age of nearly 24 years.
For the second straight season, the P-Bruins are led on the bench by head coach Rob Murray and assistant coach Bruce Cassidy. The 2008-09 season was Murray's first as a head coach and, together, he and Cassidy guided Providence to a 43-29-2-6 record for 94 points, a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals against the eventual Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears.
Murray and Cassidy welcome back 12 on-ice contributors from last year's club, including forwards Jamie Arniel, Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt, Mikko Lehtonen, Kirk MacDonald, Brad Marchand, Matt Marquardt and Vladimir Sobotka, defensemen Andrew Bodnarchuk, Jeff Penner and Adam McQuaid, and goalie Kevin Regan. Forward Jeff LoVecchio and defenseman Alain Goulet also spent time in Rhode Island, though neither played for the P-Bruins in 2008-09.
New faces to the locker room this season include veteran forwards Brett Clouthier, Guillaume Lefebvre and Trent Whitfield, as well as Drew Larman and Lane MacDermid up front. On defense, the P-Bruins added veteran Drew Fata, rookie Rob Kwiet and Andy Wozniewski. New to the net are Matt Dalton and Dany Sabourin.
To begin the season on Sunday, Whitfield will wear the captain's "C" while both LoVecchio and McQuaid will don the "A".
Below is a short capsule on each of the 2009-10 Providence Bruins:
Arniel - Entering first full pro season and second overall. Joined P-Bruins for 2009 playoffs, scoring one goal in eight games. Spent majority of season in juniors with Sarnia (OHL), totaling 68 points (32g, 36a) in 63 regular season games. Drafted by Boston 97th overall in round four of 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Bodnarchuk - Entering second full pro season and third overall. Finished with 10 points (g, 9a) in 62 games as rookie for Providence. Drafted by Boston 128th overall in round five of 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Clouthier - Entering ninth pro season. Spent 2008-09 playing overseas in England for Manchester (EIHL). Registered 34 points (12g, 22a) and 175 PIM in 68 games in third season for Manchester. Spent parts of five seasons in AHL with Albany and Binghamton. Drafted by New Jersey 50th overall in round two of 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Signed to PTO by Providence October 2, 2009.
Dalton - Entering first pro season. Played last two years for Bemidji State University, helping Beavers earn first Frozen Four berth in school history in 2009. As 16th seed, Beavers became lowest seeded team to reach Frozen Four in NCAA tournament history. Compiled 19-11-1 record with CHAC-best 2.19 GAA and .921 save percentage in 31 games. Signed by Boston to entry-level contract April 22, 2009.
Fata - Entering seventh pro season. Split 2008-09 between AHL's San Antonio and Binghamton, totaling AHL career-best 16 points (7g, 9a) and 141 PIM in 75 games. Has appeared in eight NHL games with New York Islanders. Drafted by Pittsburgh 86th overall in round three of 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Signed by Boston to one-year contract July 7, 2009.
Goulet - Entering first pro season. Split 2008-09 between college (University of Nebraska-Omaha) and juniors (Gatineau). Recorded 35 points (16g, 19a) in 32 games for Gatineau. Joined P-Bruins following conclusion of junior season but did not appear in a game. Drafted by Boston 159th overall in round six of 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Hamill - Entering second full pro season and third overall. Appeared in 65 games for Providence in 2008-09, finishing with 26 points (13g, 13a), plus six points (g, 5a) in 16 postseason contests. Drafted by Boston 8th overall in round one of 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Knackstedt - Entering second full pro season and third overall. Appeared in 71 games for Providence, totaling 26 points (10g, 16a). Drafted by Boston 189th overall in round seven of 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Kwiet - Entering first full pro season and second overall. Established personal junior bests in 2008-09 for Windsor (OHL) with 67 points (12g, 55a) in 66 regular season games, along with 15 points (5g, 10a) in 20 postseason contests en route to winning 2009 Memorial Cup. Finished sixth overall among OHL defensemen in scoring during regular season. Played in 11 pro games between regular season and playoffs for Muskegon (IHL) in 2007-08. Signed by Boston to one-year contract July 13, 2009.
Larman - Entering fifth pro season. Played for Rochester (AHL) in 2008-09, scoring 23 points (10g, 13a) in 61 games. Co-winner of Americans' McCulloch Trophy for outstanding community service for second straight year. Has appeared in 22 games for Florida (NHL) over parts of two seasons. Signed by Boston to one-year contact July 13, 2009.
Lefebvre - Entering seventh full pro season and eighth overall. Spent 2008-09 in Springfield (AHL), totaling 13 points (4g, 9a) and 206 PIM in 70 games. Has enjoyed NHL time with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Drafted by Philadephia 227th overall in round seven of 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Signed by Boston to one-year contract September 26, 2009.
Lehtonen - Entering second pro season. Finished with 53 points as rookie for P-Bruins, leading team with 28 goals, in 72 AHL games. Enjoyed one-game NHL recall to Boston for first career call-up. Providence Player of the Month in February 2009 (12gm, 8g, 5a). Drafted by Boston 83rd overall in round three of 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
LoVecchio - Entering first full pro season and second overall. Missed 2008-09 season due to injury. Joined P-Bruins from Western Michigan University following junior season in 2007-08, appearing in 14 regular season games (3g, 2a) and six postseason games. Signed by Boston to entry-level contract March 18, 2008.
MacDermid - Entering first pro season. Split 2008-09 between Owen Sound and Windsor of OHL, totaling 35 points (15g, 20a) and 197 PIM in 64 games. Appeared in 20 postseason contests, adding nine points (4g, 5a), on way to winning 2009 Memorial Cup. His father, Paul MacDermid, played in NHL for 14 seasons with Hartford, Winnipeg, Washington and Quebec, appearing in 690 games (116g, 141a) with 1,303 PIM. Drafted by Boston 112th overall in round four of 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
MacDonald - Entering third full pro season and fourth overall. Split 2008-09 between Providence, Iowa (AHL) and Reading (ECHL). Registered 39 points (21g, 18a) in 44 games for Reading. Signed to AHL contract by Providence August 11, 2009.
Marchand - Entering second pro season. 2008-09 P-Bruins Rookie of the Year. Top returning scorer for P-Bruins after 59 points (18g, 41a) in 79 games last year. Finished second among all AHL freshmen in scoring. Added 15 points (7g, 8a) in 16 playoff contests. AHL Rookie of the Month and P-Bruins Player of the Month for January 2009 (13gm, 5g, 11a, +8). Drafted by Boston 71st overall in round three of 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Marquardt - Entering second pro season. Appeared in 71 games for Providence, scoring 22 points (9g, 13a). Drafted by Columbus 194th overall in round seven of 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Acquired by Boston in trade from Columbus for Jonathan Sigalet May 27, 2008.
McQuaid - Entering third pro season. Set career-highs for Providence in 2008-09 in games (78), points (15), goals (4), assists (11) and PIM (141). Received P-Bruins 2008-09 Fan Appreciation Award. Drafted by Columbus 55th overall in round two of 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Acquired by Boston in trade from Columbus for 129th overall pick (Jamie Benn) in 2007 NHL Entry Draft May 16, 2007.
Penner - Entering second full pro season and third overall. Led 2008-09 P-Bruins with plus-22 rating, good for second among AHL rookie defensemen. Became only seventh P-Bruins player to appear in all 80 games in a single season, finishing with 28 points (10g, 18a) in regular season and 11 points (6g, 5a) in 16 postseason games. Named Providence's American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year, as well as winner of Plus-Minus and Community Service awards. Signed by Boston to entry-level contract March 29, 2008.
Regan - Entering second full pro season and third overall. Split 2008-09 between Providence, Alaska (ECHL) and Gwinnett (ECHL). Finished with 9-7-2 record, 2.99 GAA and .896 save percentage in 21 games for P-Bruins. Drafted by Boston 277th overall in round nine of 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Sabourin - Entering 10th full pro season and 11th overall. Split 2008-09 between Pittsburgh (NHL) and Springfield (AHL). Appeared in 19 games for Pittsburgh, going 6-8-2 with 2.85 GAA and .898 save percentage in 19 games. Traded from Pittsburgh with Ryan Stone and 2011 fourth round pick to Edmonton on January 17, 2009 in exchange for Mathieu Garon. Spent remainer of year with Springfield, going 5-6-2 with 3.17 GAA and .904 save percentage in 13 games. Has enjoyed NHL time with Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Calgary. Won AHL's Aldege (Baz) Bastien and Harry (Hap) Holmes Memorial Awards in 2005-06 after going 30-14-4 with four shutouts, 2.26 GAA and .922 save percentage for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Drafted by Calgary 108th overall in round four of 1998 NHL Entry Drafted. Signed by Boston to one-year contract July 7, 2009.
Sobotka - Entering third pro season. Split each of last two seasons between Boston and Providence. Finished 2008-09 with AHL career-best 44 points (20g, 24a) in 44 games, along with five points (g, 4a) in 25 NHL games. Added 13 points (2g, 11a) in 14 Calder Cup playoff games for P-Bruins. Drafted by Boston 106th overall in round four of 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Whitfield - Entering 12th pro season. Served as captain for Peoria (AHL) last season, scoring 50 points (20g, 30a) in 69 games to share club's scoring lead. Spent three games in NHL for St. Louis in 2008-09. Veteran has appeared in 813 career regular season games, totaling 541 points (220g, 321a) and 547 PIM. Has suited up for 177 regular season NHL games for St. Louis, Washington and New York Rangers. Spent parts of seven seasons with Portland (AHL) from 1998-2005. Drafted by Boston 100th overall in round four of 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Signed by Boston to one-year contract July 13, 2009.
Wozniewski - Entering sixth full pro season and seventh overall. Split 2008-09 between St. Louis (NHL), Peoria (AHL) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Established career-highs last season with 18 assists and 82 PIM. Appeared in one NHL game and 74 AHL games (3g, 18a). Traded from St. Louis to Pittsburgh for Danny Richmond March 4, 2009. Has seen NHL action for Toronto and St. Louis during parts of four seasons. Signed by Boston to one-year contract September 9, 2009.
Forwards: Jamie Arniel (R), Brett Cloutier (V), Zach Hamill, Jordan Knackstedt, Drew Larman, Guillaume Lefebvre (V), Mikko Lehtonen, Jeff LoVecchio (R), Lane MacDermid (R), Kirk MacDonald, Brad Marchand, Matt Marquardt, Vladimir Sobotka, Trent Whitfield (V)
Defensemen: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Drew Fata (V), Alain Goulet (R), Rob Kwiet (R), Adam McQuaid, Jeff Penner, Andy Wozniewski
Goaltenders: Matt Dalton (R), Kevin Regan (R), Dany Sabourin
The P-Bruins begin their season on Sunday, October 4 by hosting the Springfield Falcons at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at 4:05 p.m. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at http://www.providencebruins.com/.