McQuaid & Wozniewski Earn First Recalls to NHL Bruins
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 defensemen Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski, both on an emergency basis. With the moves, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their active roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
McQuaid, 23, is in his third professional season, all spent with Providence. He ranks third among P-Bruins defensemen with 10 points this season, including three goals and seven assists in 29 games. His best contest came on November 22 against the Manchester Monarchs, registering three points, including his first career two-goal game, and a plus-four rating to be named the game's second star. The blue-liner also leads the team with a plus-13 rating, tied for seventh in the AHL, and he sits second on the club with 66 penalty minutes. The NHL recall is the first of McQuaid's young career.
As a pro, McQuaid has appeared in 175 regular season games, totaling 34 points (8g, 26a) and 280 PIM, along with three assists and 35 PIM in 26 playoff contests. Last season, the native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, set career-highs with four goals, 11 assists, 15 points and 141 PIM in 78 regular season games to earn Providence's Fan Appreciation Award. As a rookie with the P-Bruins in 2007-08, McQuaid was named the team's Man of the Year and Community Service Award winner.
Prior to entering the pro ranks, McQuaid enjoyed four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves, scoring 86 points (19g, 67a) and 392 PIM in 292 games between the regular season and postseason. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 55th overall in round two of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and was later traded by Columbus to Boston on May 16, 2007 for the 129th overall pick (Jamie Benn) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Wozniewski, 29, is in his first season in the Bruins organization after signing a one-year contract with Boston on September 9. The defenseman is off to the best start of his career offensively with 23 points in 29 games for Providence, including six goals and 17 assists. His 23 points, helped by five multiple-point outings, rank him tied for first among all AHL blue-liners in scoring. Wozniewski was named the P-Bruins October Player of the Month after recording 15 points (5g, 10a) in just 10 games.
The seventh-year pro split the 2008-09 season between the AHL's Peoria Rivermen and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He began the year with Peoria, appearing in 56 games while registering 17 points (g, 16a) and 56 penalty minutes, before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Danny Richmond on March 4. Wozniewski subsequently finished the year with the AHL Penguins, where he tallied four points (2g, 2a) and 26 PIM in 18 regular season games, along with two points (g, a) in six postseason contests. The native of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, also suited up in one NHL game for St. Louis, going scoreless in 6:44 of ice-time at Columbus on February 3. Overall in 2008-09, Wozniewski dressed for 75 regular season games and scored 21 points, including three goals and a career-high 18 assists. He also set a personal-best with 82 PIM.
In his pro career, Woznieski has appeared in 305 games, including the playoffs, amassing 108 points (28g, 80a) and 302 PIM. He has enjoyed several NHL stints, playing 77 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis, scoring 12 points (2g, 10a) and 81 PIM. In 2007-08, Wozniewski dressed for a career-high 48 NHL games for Toronto, posting nine points (2g, 7a).
Prior to turning pro in 2003-04 with the St. John's Maple Leafs, the undrafted Wozniewski played at the college ranks for four seasons, the first for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks and the final three with the University of Wisconsin Badgers. His NCAA career finished with 40 points (11g, 29a) and 213 PIM in 133 contests.
Providence is back in action with two home games next weekend. On Friday, the P-Bruins host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. for Mikko Lehtonen Poster Night. The game on Saturday is at the Springfield Falcons at 7 p.m. Then, the P-Bruins return home on Sunday to host the Lowell Devils 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.