McGRATTAN RETURNS TO BOSTON
Veteran Scoreless Without Infraction in Three AHL Games
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, now in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have recalled forward Brian McGrattan from Providence, ending his AHL conditioning stint.
McGrattan, 29, suited up for three P-Bruins games last weekend, going scoreless with zero penalty minutes, a minus-four rating and four shots. He made his Providence debut on October 29 against the Albany Devils before then taking on the Worcester Sharks in a home-and-home series.
The ninth-year pro has yet to appear in an NHL game this season after signing a one-year contract with the Bruins as a free agent on October 11. The right wing was invited to Bruins training camp on a tryout and accompanied the squad to Belfast and Prague.
McGrattan is a veteran of 382 games, including 182 at the NHL level. McGrattan has spent time at the game's top level with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and, most recently in 2009-10, the Calgary Flames. In parts of five NHL seasons, the right wing has scored 14 points (3g, 11a) and totaled 395 penalty minutes.
In McGrattan's pro career, including AHL time with Providence, the Binghamton Senators and San Antonio Rampage, he has registered 61 points (28g, 33a) and racked up 1,448 PIM during the regular season, plus two assists and 28 PIM in eight postseason games. McGrattan owns the AHL single-season penalty minutes record after accumulating 551 in 71 games during the 2004-05 campaign as a member of the Senators. That total included 53 minors, 41 majors, 18 misconducts and six game misconducts.
The native of Hamilton, Ontario, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings 104th overall in round four of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
The P-Bruins' roster is now comprised of 23 players, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
The P-Bruins get back in action with three games next weekend, beginning Friday, November 5 at home against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:05 p.m. for Sport Bottle Night. The sport bottles are free to the first 2,000 fans. Providence is on the road the following two days, Saturday, November 6 at the Portland Pirates and Sunday, November 7 to wrap up its season series with the Albany Devils.
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