SOBOTKA ASSIGNED TO PROVIDENCE

Center Went Scoreless in Five Games for Boston

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned center Vladimir Sobotka to Providence. With the move, the P-Bruins have 25 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.

Sobotka, 21, returns to Rhode Island after going scoreless in five games for Boston since his October 14 call-up. In those contests, the second-year center averaged 9:13 minutes of ice-time per game. He has been scratched for Boston's last five games, last seeing action October 23 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The forward began the year in Providence, posting back-to-back multiple-point games in a pair of P-Bruins wins, totaling two goals and two assists.

Sobotka split the 2007-08 campaign between Boston and Providence, appearing in 48 regular season games with the big club while amassing seven points (g, 6a), plus another six Stanley Cup Playoff contests, where he scored two goals versus the Montreal Candiens. His first NHL point came on December 12, 2007, recording an assist against the Atlanta Thrashers. Sobotka also enjoyed several other NHL firsts, including his first goal at the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 13, 2008, his only multiple-point game with two assists April 4, 2008 against the Ottawa Senators, his playoff debut at Montreal on April 12, 2008 and the first of two playoff goals five nights later. The Trebic, Czech Republic, native had 20 points (10g, 10a) and a plus-12 rating in 18 regular season games for the P-Bruins a year ago.

Sobotka was drafted by Boston 106th overall in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.