BOSTON SIGNS PAIR OF DEFENSEMEN

Bruins Add Ryan Stokes and Mike Egener

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, the 2007-08 regular season champions of the American Hockey League, today announced that the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League have signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Ryan Stokes and Mike Egener. Per club policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

Stokes, 25, enters his fifth season of professional hockey after spending last year with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. There the undrafted blue-liner scored a career-high four goals while matching a personal-best with 10 points during the regular season before also appearing in 12 playoff games. Prior to Stokes' time with the IceHogs, the Corruna, Ontario, native played parts of three seasons with the Houston Aeros after debuting in 2004-05 with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL. As a pro, Stokes has 41 points, including nine goals, and 541 penalty minutes in 268 games.

Egener, 24, also begins his fifth year at the professional ranks after splitting time in 2007-08 between the AHL's Norfolk Admirals and the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. Overall, Egener appeared in 26 games while tallying four points and 41 PIM. In his career, the native of Lahr, Germany, has 19 points, including nine goals, and 584 PIM in 202 contests, 158 of those with the Springfield Falcons. Eneger was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning 34th overall in round two of the 2003 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.