RIENDEAU ASSIGNED TO PROVIDENCE
QMJHL Scoring Champion Ready to Make Pro Debut
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 Yannick Riendeau to the P-Bruins. He will be eligible to make his professional debut when Providence travels to face the Springfield Falcons on Tuesday night. With the move, the P-Bruins have 25 players on their active roster, including 16 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Riendeau, 21, has yet to play this season due to injury. The right wing enters his professional career following a standout junior season in 2008-09 with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, where he led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring during both the regular season and the playoffs. In 64 regular season games, Riendeau scored 58 goals and tallied 68 assists for 126 points before adding 52 points, including 29 goals, in just 19 postseason contests. His playoff totals set Voltigeurs franchise records, while his 16 postseason power play goals set a QMJHL record. His postseason performance earned him the league's Guy Lafleur Trophy as the Playoff Most Valuable Player.
Riendeau's 2008-09 totals included 40 power play goals between the regular season and playoffs, a plus-57 rating and 49 multiple-point games, featuring 26 contests with at least three points. He was named the QMJHL's Player of the Week on five occasions and the league's Player of the Month in both December and February. In 13 February outings, Riendeau compiled 19 goals, 33 points and plus-19 rating.
Prior to joining Drummondville, the native of Boucherville, Quebec, skated for four seasons with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In his five junior seasons, Riendeau scored 150 goals and tallied 187 assists for 337 points in 298 regular season games, plus 90 points (57g, 46a) in 57 postseason outings.
Riendeau was signed to an entry-level contract by Boston on April 2. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The P-Bruins battle Springfield on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Providence is next home on New Year's Day, hosting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. on Friday for Kids Hat Night. Hats are free to the first 1,000 kids age 12 and under. 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 providencebruins.com.