BOYCHUK RETURNS TO BOSTON
Defenseman Scored Once in Two Games for Providence
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 defenseman Johnny Boychuk. With the move, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their active roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Boychuk, 25, was assigned to Providence for conditioning on Wednesday. He appeared in two games for the P-Bruins, scoring one goal while taking 14 shots. Boychuk was named the game's third star in Providence's 3-2 shootout win at the Portland Pirates on Friday. The defenseman returns to Boston, where he spent the first 26 games of the season, appearing in three contests and serving as a healthy scratch for the other 23.
Last season, Boychuk was named the AHL's Eddie Shore Award as the league's outstanding defenseman. As a first-year P-Bruin, he led all AHL blue-liners with 66 points, 20 goals and 46 assists in 78 regular season games before adding eight points (3g, 5a) in 16 postseason contests. He shared the team-lead in points with Martin St. Pierre, setting a single-season points-record for P-Bruins defensemen, eclipsing the 62 totaled previously by Jeff Serowik (1994-95) and Brandon Smith (1998-99).
Boychuk's 2008-09 campaign was full of accolades, receiving four team awards as its Most Valuable Player and Best Defenseman, both honors voted on by his teammates, and the Leading Scorer Award, along with the club's October Player of the Month honor. The veteran was also voted into the starting lineup for the Canadian team at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic, he was a co-winner of the CCM/AHL Player of the Month award for March, a Reebok/AHL Player of the Week distinction in October, and he was named a First Team AHL All-Star.
Boychuk re-signed with the Bruins organization on July 1, inking a one-year contract. Last season was his first with the Bruins, appearing in one NHL game on December 4, 2008 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Edmonton, Alberta, native enjoyed previous NHL experience in 2007-08 during a scoreless four-game stint with the Colorado Avalanche after spending most of the year with the Lake Erie Monsters. Boston originally acquired Boychuk on June 24, 2008 from Colorado in a trade for center Matt Hendricks. He was drafted by the Avalanche 61st overall in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
The P-Bruins are back in action on Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center against the Lowell Devils at 7:05 p.m. for Rhode Island Reds Winter Hat Night. On Saturday, the club travels to New York to take on the Albany River Rats at 7 p.m. before returning home to host the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for a Family Game. 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.