Providence Bruins

Apr 6, 2016

VATRANO, CZARNIK NAMED TO AHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

PROVIDENCE, RI – The American Hockey League announced today that Providence Bruins forwards Austin Czarnik and Frank Vatrano have been named to the CCM/AHL All-Rookie Team for the 2015-2016 season.

Tied for the AHL scoring lead among rookies with 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 62 games, Austin Czarnik is in the midst of a standout campaign with the Providence Bruins. Czarnik has registered two separate five-game scoring streaks, and he notched his first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime victory over Bridgeport on Dec. 18. Signed as a free agent by Boston out of Miami University, Czarnik is tied for ninth in the overall scoring race, and his 25 power-play points – good for a share of fourth in the league – have helped the Bruins to the top-ranked power play in the AHL.

Frank Vatrano has been nearly unstoppable during his time in Providence this season, scoring a league-leading 33 goals in 33 games for the Bruins. Poised to become just the fourth player in AHL history to average a goal a game while scoring at least 30, Vatrano has also peppered opposing goalies with 172 shots on goal (5.2 per game) and recorded three hat tricks, including tying an AHL record with three unassisted goals in a single game on Mar. 6 vs. Portland. The 22-year-old native of East Longmeadow, Mass., and UMass-Amherst product has also appeared in 37 NHL games with Boston this season, tallying eight goals and three assists.

Czarnik and Vatrano are joined by forward Mikko Rantanen of the San Antonio Rampage, Goalie Juuse Saros of the Milwaukee Admirals, Defensemen Brandon Montour of the San Diego Gulls and Robbie Russo of the Grand Rapids Griffins on the CCM/AHL All-Rookie Team.

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