Rookie Defenseman Heads to ECHL

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that defenseman Rob Kwiet has been assigned to the ECHL's Reading Royals. With the move, the P-Bruins have 22 players on their active roster, including 14 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.

Kwiet, 21, began the year in Providence, going scoreless with a minus-three rating and 10 penalty minutes in 15 games. In Reading, the defenseman joins former 2009-10 P-Bruins Matt Dalton, Jimmy Fraser, Ben Gordon and Jared Ross.

Kwiet made his Providence and AHL debut on October 4 against the Springfield Falcons. The rookie had one of his best games as a pro on November 1 versus the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, finishing with a plus-three rating, and later scored his first career shootout goal on November 13 at the Syracuse Crunch.

Last season, Kwiet won a Memorial Cup championship with the Windsor Spitfires, registering personal-highs with 12 goals, 55 assists and 67 points in 66 regular season games before adding 15 points (5g, 10a) in 20 games during the club's lengthy playoff run. He finished sixth overall among OHL blue-liners in scoring during the regular season. In four junior seasons between Windsor, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors and Toronto St. Michael's Majors, Kwiet totaled 145 points (29g, 116a) and 310 PIM in 250 regular season games. The defenseman has previously enjoyed pro experience with the International Hockey League's Muskegon Fury in 2007-08, going scoreless in seven regular season games and four playoff contests.

The P-Bruins have two games remaining this weekend, first hosting the Worcester Sharks on Friday for Kids Hat Night at 7:05 p.m. The game marks the P-Bruins' final contest in Rhode Island until December 11. Providence wraps up the weekend on the road against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday 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