BOSTON SIGNS CHAPUT; NAMES DEAN ASSISTANT

Bruins Extend Forward's Contract; Name Veteran Blueliner Providence Assistant Coach

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Stefan Chaput to a one-year contract extension and named Kevin Dean the assistant coach for the Providence Bruins. Per club policy, the financial terms of these deals will not be disclosed.

Chaput, 23, spent the 2010-11 season with three AHL teams, including the Providence Bruins, Syracuse Crunch, and Charlotte Checkers. In 15 games with the P-Bruins, the Montréal, QC native tallied 3-4=7 totals and also earned a 3-4=7 line with Syracuse. With Charlotte, Chaput saw time in 20 games where he notched 0-3=3 totals. Prior to the 2010-11 season Chaput spent three seasons with the Albany River Rats (AHL), posting 14-35=49 totals in 91 games.

The 6'0", 192 lb. forward was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round (153rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Chaput was acquired by Boston from the Anaheim Ducks (NHL) on February 27 with David Laliberte in exchange for forward Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman.

Dean, who spent four years on the blue line for the University of New Hampshire, was drafted 86th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Following his senior season in 1991, he joined the Utica Devils of the American Hockey League. In the 1994-95 season, Dean made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils, with whom he enjoyed a Stanley Cup Championship. The native of Madison, WI was claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft and spent the next two seasons with the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks.

The defenseman is a veteran of 331 NHL contests, compiling 7-48=55 totals and 138 penalty minutes.

Following a 12-year professional career, Dean took a position behind the bench, joining the Lowell Devils (AHL) as an assistant coach in 2006. During his four years in Lowell, he helped the club to 137 wins. Staying in the Devils organization, Dean became the head coach of the Trenton Devils (ECHL) in 2010-11, where he earned a 27-37-2-6 record.