LEHTONEN RETURNS TO P-BRUINS
Forward Went Scoreless in Lone NHL Contest
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned forward Mikko Lehtonen to Providence. With the move, the P-Bruins have 22 players on their roster, including 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Lehtonen, 22, made his NHL season debut in Thursday night's loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to his Wednesday recall, the second-year pro had appeared in all 11 P-Bruins games this season. He currently 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 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.
Providence continues its weekend Saturday on the road against the Lowell Devils at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the P-Bruins are home to host the Hershey Bears at 4:05 p.m. Prior to Sunday's game, 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. Sunday's contest is a Family Game, where fans can buy one ticket, hot dog and soda for one low price. 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 the team website at providencebruins.com.