LEHTONEN RECALLED TO BOSTON
Second-Year Forward Earns Second Career Recall
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled forward Mikko Lehtonen on an emergency basis. He will be eligible to make his Bruins season debut against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. With the move, the P-Bruins have 20 players on their roster, including 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Lehtonen, 22, has appeared in all 11 P-Bruins games this season and ranks tied for second in scoring on the club with 10 points, including three goals and seven assists. The winger has two multiple-point games to his credit this year, recording three points each time.
Last season, Lehtonen's first as a pro, the forward led the P-Bruins with 28 goals and finished his rookie campaign with 53 points (28g, 25a) in 72 regular season games. He added seven points (2g, 5a) in 14 postseason contests. Lehtonen also enjoyed his first career NHL recall on April 10, going scoreless in his NHL debut for Boston the following night against the Buffalo Sabres.
The native of Espoo, Finland, was selected by Boston 83rd overall in round three of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In Boston, he joins 2009-10 P-Bruins Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Marchand and captain Trent Whitfield. Including Lehtonen, the four players rank among Providence's top six scorers this year.
The P-Bruins return to action this weekend with three games, including home games with the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and the Hershey Bears on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Prior to both games, local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Food Bank to support the Scouting for Food national campaign. Fans are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable food items in the Dunkin' Donuts Center lobby. Friday's game is a Rhode Island Reds T-Shirt Night, free to the first 2,000 fans, and Sunday's contest is a Family Game, where fans can buy one ticket, one hot dog and one soda for one low price. Between home contests, the P-Bruins are on the road Saturday against the Lowell Devils at 7 p.m. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to providencebruins.com.