DERLAGO SIGNS PTO WITH P-BRUINS
AHL-Experienced Forward Recalled from ECHL's Idaho
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that they have signed forward Mark Derlago to a Professional Tryout Agreement. With the move, the P-Bruins have 21 players on their roster, including 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Derlago, 23, began this season with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads, recording 10 points (6g, 4a) in just eight games, including at least one point in each game. Derlago's point-total ranks him second on the Steelheads in scoring and first in goals. The left wing has two multiple-point games to his credit, registering a goal and an assist each time.
The third-year pro split each of the last two seasons between the AHL's Manitoba Moose and the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors. Last season, Derlago amassed 77 points (32g, 45a) in only 49 regular season games for Bakersfield, in addition to nine points (4g, 5a) in 21 contests for Manitoba. He added nine points (6g, 3a) in seven postseason games for the Condors.
As a rookie in 2007-08, Derlago led all ECHL first-year players with 39 goals, including three hat tricks, and ranked fourth on Bakersfield with 57 points (39g, 18a). The Brandon, Manitoba, native set Condors rookie records for both goals and points in the process.
Prior to turning pro, Derlago spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The undrafted forward notched 162 points (82g, 80a) in 209 regular season junior games, plus 13 points (8g, 5a) in 28 postseason contests.
Derlago's uncle, Bill Derlago, played parts of nine seasons in the National Hockey League as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques. As a Bruin in 1985-86, Derlago appeared in 39 games, scoring 21 points (5g, 16a).
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.