KWIET RETURNS FROM READING

Defenseman Earned Three Assists in Seven ECHL Games

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that they have recalled defenseman Rob Kwiet from the ECHL's Reading Royals. With the move, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their active roster, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.

Kwiet, 21, was assigned to Reading on November 25 after going scoreless with 10 penalty minutes and a minus-three rating in 15 games for Providence to begin the season. The rookie blue-liner appeared in seven games for the Royals, tallying his first three professional points, all assists. Kwiet registered his first career multiple-point game with a pair of helpers in his Reading debut on November 27 against the Trenton Devils.

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 he 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, recording 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.

Providence is back in action with two home games this weekend. On Friday, the P-Bruins host Bridgeport at 7:05 p.m. for Mikko Lehtonen Poster Night. The game on Saturday is at Springfield 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.