P-BRUINS HAND OUT TEAM AWARDS
Eight Different Players Honored in Pregame Ceremony
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced their end of the year award winners, who were honored in a ceremony prior to tonight's 3-2 overtime win against the Springfield Falcons at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Captain Trent Whitfield, currently on recall to the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins, was named Providence's MetLife Most Valuable Player. Whitfield received the award, voted on by his teammates, after scoring 17 goals and totaling 43 points in just 52 games for Providence. The veteran has also appeared in 15 contests for Boston, tallying one assist.
Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk, who regularly this year was matched up against the top lines of the opposition, was voted by his teammates as this season's Dunkin' Donuts Best Defenseman after scoring a career-best 15 points (5g, 10a) with a plus-seven rating in 70 outings for the P-Bruins. The second-year blue-liner is currently in Boston, where he recently earned his first career NHL recall and has appeared in three games for the parent Bruins.
Center Jamie Arniel, thanks to the recognition of his team, is Providence's Martone Group Rookie of the Year after leading all P-Bruins first-year players with 28 points, including 12 goals and 16 assists, in 65 games. Arniel was Providence's Player of the Month and the league's Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month in November after scoring seven goals and 12 points in 13 contests.
Providence's leader in goals and points this season is Mikko Lehtonen, earning him the team's Shaw's Leading Scorer Award. The second-year P-Bruins winger has 23 goals and a personal-high 27 helpers for 50 points in 76 games, also ranking first on the team. He has enjoyed one call-up to Boston this season, suiting up for one game.
Second-year P-Bruins center and top Boston draft pick Zach Hamill was the recipient of the US Army 3 Stars Award. Hamill is second on the club with 44 points, including career-highs in goals (14), assists (30) and games played (75).
Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who has won an award for the P-Bruins during each of his three years in Rhode Island, was the winner of the Champion Windows Plus-Minus Award. McQuaid has a plus-11 rating in just 32 games for Providence. Last year, the blue-liner was the fans' recipient of the Fan Appreciation Award after being named the team's Community Service Award winner as a rookie in 2007-08.
Goaltender Kevin Regan, Providence's recipient of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year Award, is also the P-Bruins' Pawtucket Credit Union Community Service Award winner for his many school visits, his partnership with Adoption Rhode Island and other charitable ventures.
Finally, right wing Brad Marchand, now a member of Boston's line-up, was voted by the fans as the winner of the Hendricks Memorial Fan Appreciation Award. Marchand is in his second pro season after taking Providence's Rookie of the Year honor a season ago. This year, Marchand recorded 32 points (13g, 19a) in 32 games for the P-Bruins, and he currently has one assist in 19 NHL contests for Boston.
The P-Bruins are on the road on Saturday at the Worcester Sharks at 7:05 p.m., and then travel to face the Lowell Devils on Sunday at 4 p.m. to conclude the 2009-10 season. To purchase 2010-11 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.