The Providence Bruins season is just 50 days away and the 2017-18 P-Bruins roster is beginning to take shape. While some familiar faces have headed elsewhere, plenty of others have resigned for the upcoming season. While there is still time before camp starts up and the final rosters are announced, this is how the offseason has shaped up so far.
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today that Jay Leach has been named the 12th head coach of the Providence Bruins. The former P-Bruins and Providence College captain served as an assistant coach for the team last season and this will be his first head coaching job. In addition, Spencer Carbery was announced as an assistant coach, his first job as an AHL coach.
The Providence Bruins announced today that tickets for all home games at the Dunkin Donuts Center are now on sale at ProvidenceBruins.com. Each game features a special ticket offer as well as a unique theme or giveaway item.
With their top five scorers from the previous season not on the opening night roster, the Providence Bruins knew they would be turning to new sources of production in 2016-17. That group turned out to be the rookie forwards, as the group of four key first year players ended the season among Providence’s top-10 scorers. In addition to their work with Providence, the quartet of prospects also showed that their NHL future is not too far away with three of four making their debuts for Boston.
The Providence Bruins have announced the team’s 2017-18 regular season home opener, scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 7 at 7:05pm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Over their 25-year history, the P-Bruins are 13-9-2-1 in home openers and 13-11-1 in regular season openers. For the first time since 2007-08, Providence will open their season playing on a Saturday night.
From players coming over from other organizations to NHL caliber talent rejoining the team, Providence had no issues at forward with the veteran guys they had on their team. Some contributed heavily to the P-Bruins success while others were able to help both Providence and Boston during the season. Topping the list of additions were two players that skated together most of the season and each had career years in Jordan Szwarz and Wayne Simpson. Both players joined the club on a PTO prior to the season, but were each awarded season-long deals after proving how valuable they were to the 2016-17 team.
Fans of the Boston Bruins have been waiting for a young defenseman to come up to the big club and make an impact for years. Fans of the Providence Bruins this season saw young potential blue liners who could fill that void fairly soon. With a solid crop of rookie defenders that played in 2016-17 and some even younger ones that got their first pro hockey taste at the end of the season, the organization has a lot to look forward to.
One thing that made the 2016-17 Providence Bruins season one of the most successful in franchise history was the core group of veterans in the locker room. Perhaps no group better illustrated this than the veteran defenseman who were on the roster from opening day until the end of the season. Their play, in addition to Zane McIntyre’s, made Providence one of the toughest teams to score against as they allowed to fourth fewest goals in the AHL with the second best goals allowed per game average. Add in the ability to score like no group of P-Bruins blue liners have in years and it is easy to see why this group was so important.
The 2016-17 season was one of the best in Providence Bruins history, and as with any great team the goaltending must be strong to succeed. That’s why if there was a singular reason to the P-Bruins success this season, Zane McIntyre’s performance would have to top the list. The 24-year old was a breakout star in his second AHL season with all the accolades to back it up.