BRUINS ASSIGN BARTKOWSKI

Led Providence Defensemen in Points in 2010-11

Boston, MA
- Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Matt Bartkowski to the Providence Bruins.

Bartkowski, of Pittsburgh, PA, skated in three contests for Boston this season, averaging 6:07 of ice time. In his career, the defensemen has played in nine NHL games and registered four penalty minutes.

The 23-year-old was acquired on March 3, 2010 by Boston from Florida with Dennis Seidenberg for Byron Bitz, Craig Weller and Tampa Bay's second round draft pick in 2010. He was originally drafted by the Panthers in the seventh round (190th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Bartkowski made his professional debut on October 15, 2010 with Providence and recorded his first professional point, an assist, two days later at Manchester. In 69 games with the P-Bruins last season, the 6'3" 203-pound defenseman, led all Providence blue liners with 23 points (5g, 18a). Before turning pro, Bartkowski spent two seasons on the blue line at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes defensemen with six goals and 18 points as a sophomore.

The P-Bruins are back in action with three games this weekend. On Friday, Providence meets Worcester in a 7:05 p.m. tilt for "Sport Bottle Night." Sport Bottles are free to the first 2,000 fans. On Saturday, the club travels to Portland before returning to The Dunk on Sunday for a 4:05 meeting with the Albany Devils for "Stadium Cup Night," which are free to first 1,000 fans. To purchase our special buy-one get-one offer or for more information, call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com.