Defenseman Went Scoreless in Boston Bruins Debut

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have assigned defenseman Johnny Boychuk to Providence after going scoreless in one NHL game. With the move, the P-Bruins have 24 players on their roster, including 15 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Boychuk, 24, made his Boston debut Thursday night in a 3-1 win at the Tampa Bay Lightning, skating 20 shifts for nearly 15 minutes of ice-time. The defenseman was then a healthy scratch last night as Boston defeated the Florida Panthers 4-0.

Boychuk returns to Providence, where he ranks third on the team with 23 points (4g, 19a), one point behind both Martins Karsums and Martin St. Pierre, in 22 games. The fifth-year blue-liner ranks second among AHL defensemen in both points and assists, trailing the Philadelphia Phantoms' Danny Syvret. Boychuk was the P-Bruins' Player of the Month in October after totaling 12 points, including 10 assists, in eight games and he was awarded the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week honor on October 20 following a seven-point (g, 6a) three-game stretch. He has six multiple-point outings to his credit this season, two point-streaks of at least four games and leads all P-Bruins with 15 power play points (3g, 12a).

The call-up to the NHL was the first for Boychuk as a member of the Bruins organization. He enjoyed previous NHL experience last season during a scoreless four-game stint with the Colorado Avalanche after spending most of the year with the Lake Erie Monsters. In his career, Boychuk has 124 points (31g, 93a) and 349 penalty minutes in 316 AHL games.

Boychuk, acquired by Boston on June 24, 2008 from Colorado in a trade for center Matt Hendricks, was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Since, the Edmonton, Alberta native has played for Boston, Colorado, Providence, Lake Erie, the Albany River Rats, Lowell Lock Monsters and Hershey Bears. From 1999-04, Boychuk played parts of five seasons for the Calgary Hitmen and Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League.

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