BOSTON RECALLS HAMILL & PENNER
Hamill Earns First Career NHL Recall
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 18th year in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled forward Zach Hamill and defenseman Jeff Penner from Providence. Both will join the team for the trip to Washington, DC and be available for Sunday's game against the Washington Capitals. With the moves, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their roster, including 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.
Hamill, 21, earns his first career NHL recall after spending the entire season in Providence, where he won the team's 3 Stars Award and ranks second on the team with 44 points in 75 games. Both his 14 goals and 30 assists are career-highs for the second-year pro, who was also named Providence's February Player of the Month after scoring 13 points (3g, 10a) with a plus-10 rating in 11 games. He has also contributed 11 multiple-point games this season.
Hamill was selected eighth overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Boston and he has appeared in 147 regular season games since turning pro late in the 2007-08 campaign. The center has 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 career points, plus another 10 points (2g, 8a) in 25 playoff games. Prior to his time in Providence, the native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, spent five junior seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips, where he had 299 points (97g, 202a) in 312 contests between the regular season and postseason.
Penner, 22, receives his third NHL promotion of the season after first getting the call to Boston on March 8. The blue-liner made his big league debut on March 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, his only NHL game to date. In his second full pro season, Penner ranks sixth on the P-Bruins in scoring and second among team defensemen with a career-high 35 points, including seven goals and 28 assists, in 68 games this year. He was Providence's March Player of the Month after registering seven points with one goal and six assists in 14 games, including his prior two NHL recalls.
As a rookie in 2008-09, Penner became the seventh player in P-Bruins history to appear in all 80 regular season games before then suiting up for another 16 postseason contests. The Steinbach, Manitoba, native finished his first season with 28 points (10g, 18a) and led Providence with a plus-22 rating to earn the team's Plus-Minus Award. Penner was also named the P-Bruins' American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year and received the club's Community Service Award. The undrafted blue-liner was signed by Boston as a free agent on March 29, 2008 after playing one season of college hockey with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, where he received an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team. Penner first joined Providence on an Amateur Tryout Agreement for two games late in the 2007-08 campaign.
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