LEHTONEN NAMED PLANETUSA STARTER
First Time All-Star Enters Starting Line-Up
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that forward Mikko Lehtonen has been added to the PlanetUSA team's starting line-up for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic, scheduled for Tuesday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Lehtonen, a first-time All-Star, replaces former P-Bruin and current Norfolk Admirals forward Brandon Bochenski, who will miss the event due to his National Hockey League recall.
Lehtonen, 22, paces Providence with 12 goals and 32 points, while his 20 assists and five power play goals are tied for the team-lead. In 44 games for the P-Bruins, the second-year pro has taken 152 shots, which slots him second in the AHL. Lehtonen has also appeared in one game for the Boston Bruins this season during a brief November recall.
Last season, Lehtonen led the P-Bruins with 28 goals and finished his rookie campaign with 53 points (28g, 25a) in 72 regular season games. He added seven points (2g, 5a) in 14 postseason contests. Lehtonen also enjoyed his first career NHL recall on April 10, 2009, going scoreless in his NHL debut for Boston the following night against the Buffalo Sabres. The native of Espoo, Finland, was selected by Boston 83rd overall in round three of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic will feature the top talent in the American Hockey League competing in the 2010 AHL All-Star Skills Competition tonight at 8 p.m. and the 2010 AHL All-Star Game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Both events will be televised nationally in the United States and Canada.
Providence returns to action next weekend with two games, beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lowell Devils for Dunkin' Donuts Mug Night. Mugs are free to the first 3,000 fans in attendance. After an off-day on Saturday, the P-Bruins host the Springfield Falcons on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for Kids T-Shirt Night with shirts free to the first 1,000 kids 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 at providencebruins.com.