Defenseman Joins Providence from ECHL's Gwinnett

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that defenseman Josh Engel has been signed to a Professional Tryout Agreement after beginning the season with the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators. With the move, the P-Bruins have 22 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.

Engel, 24, is in his second professional season and first full year after a brief stint at the AHL level in 2007-08 with the Albany River Rats following his senior campaign for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. The defenseman had a productive start for Gwinnett, scoring nine points (2g, 7a) in 17 games, highlighted by two three-game scoring-streaks. Engel's first pro goal came on October 18 against the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Engel's pro career began last season, playing his first game for Albany on April 4 at the Norfolk Admirals while adding his first pro point with an assist. The blue-liner appeared in his first career playoff game two weeks later on April 18 at the Philadelphia Phantoms.

An undrafted native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Engel recorded 17 points (3g, 14a) and 48 penalty minutes in 100 collegiate games for the Badgers. As a sophomore, Engel helped lead Wisconsin to the 2006 NCAA Division 1 National Championship over the Boston College Eagles for the school's fifth title.

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