McGRATTAN RETURNS TO PROVIDENCE
Veteran has Appeared in Three AHL Games this Season
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, now in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that forward Brian McGrattan has joined the P-Bruins from the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins.
McGrattan, 29, was placed on waivers by Boston on November 8 for the purpose of assignment to Providence. The veteran has yet to appear in a game for the parent Bruins this season, serving as a healthy scratch in nine contests. He has also suited up for three P-Bruins games, going scoreless during a conditioning stint from October 29-31.
The ninth-year pro signed a one-year contract with the Bruins as a free agent on October 11 after being invited to the club's training camp on a tryout and accompanying the team to Belfast and Prague.
McGrattan is a veteran of 385 games, including 182 at the NHL level. The right wing 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, he 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 24 players, including 15 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Providence, riding a three-game winning streak, gets back into action with three contests this weekend, beginning Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for Ear Warmer Night against the Abbotsford Heat at 7:05 p.m. The ear warmers are free to the first 2,000 fans. The P-Bruins are on the road in New Hampshire on Saturday, taking on the Manchester Monarchs at 7 p.m. The weekend wraps up on Sunday as Providence hosts Abbotsford at 4:05 p.m. for Thundersticks Night with thundersticks free to the first 1,000 kids age 12 and under.
P-Bruins ticket packages and individual game tickets are on sale now for the 2010-11 season. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.
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