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Providence Bruins
Providence Bruins.svg
City Providence, Rhode Island
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1992
Home arena Dunkin' Donuts Center
Colors Black, gold, white               
Owner(s) H. Larue Renfroe
General manager Peter Chiarelli
Head coach Rob Murray
Media The Providence Journal, Providence Bruins Radio Network
Affiliates Boston Bruins (NHL), Reading Royals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1977 -- 1992 Maine Mariners
1992 -- present Providence Bruins
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (1998–99, 2007–08)
Division Championships 4 (1992–93, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08)
Conference Championships 1 (1998–99)
Calder Cups 1 (1998–99)

The Providence Bruins is an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, and are the primary development team for the NHL's Boston Bruins. They play in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

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History

The Providence Bruins began operation for the start of the 1992–93 AHL season after Providence mayor Buddy Cianci negotiated a deal with the owners of the Maine Mariners franchise, Frank DuRoss and Ed Anderson, to relocate their club.

The Bruins captured their first AHL Calder Cup in the 1999 playoffs, after a regular season in which they dominated the league with 56 regular season wins. Led by rookie head coach Peter Laviolette and paced by Les Cunningham Award winner Randy Robitaille, the Bruins went from only 19 victories the previous season, to dropping the Rochester Americans 4 games to 1 to skate away with the league championship. The P-Bruins main rival is the nearby Worcester Sharks.

In the 2001–2002 season, the Providence Bruins contracted with then-13-year-old musician Ben Schwartz to work as the official organist at all home games. As a result, Schwartz, who provided music for seven years until the conclusion of the 2007–08 season, holds the distinction of being the youngest organist to ever work for a professional North American sports franchise in history.[1]

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Team records

Single season

Goals: 41 United States Tim Sweeney (1992–93)
Assists: 74 Canada Randy Robitaille (1998–99)
Points: 102 Randy Robitaille (1998–99)
Penalty minutes: 407 Canada Aaron Downey (1997–98)
GAA: 1.84 United States Tim Thomas (2003–04)
SV%: .941 Tim Thomas (2003–04)

Career

Career goals: 101 United States Andy Hilbert
Career assists: 109 Andy Hilbert
Career points: 210 Andy Hilbert
Career penalty minutes: 1055 Aaron Downey
Career goaltending wins: 67 United States John Grahame
Career shutouts: 10 Tim Thomas
Career games: 278 Canada Jay Henderson

Current roster

As of March 12, 2010.

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Place of birth
32 Canada Dany Sabourin L Val d'Or, Quebec
35 United States Kevin Regan L Boston, Massachusetts
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Place of birth
2 Canada Andrew Bodnarchuk L Drumheller, Alberta
6 Canada Jeff Penner L Steinbach, Manitoba
7 United States Andy Wozniewski L Buffalo Grove, Illinois
15 Canada Jared Ross R Stony Island, Nova Scotia
21 Canada Alain Goulet R Kapuskasing, Ontario
28 Canada Rob Kwiet L Toronto, Ontario
27 Canada Adam McQuaid R Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
29 United States Scott Fletcher R Haslett, Michigan
39 United States Cody Wild L North Providence, Rhode Island
44 Canada Drew Fata L Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Place of birth
8 Finland Mikko Lehtonen RW R Espoo, Finland
9 Canada Zach Hamill C R Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
11 United States Drew Larman C R Canton, Michigan
12 Canada Jamie Arniel C R Kingston, Ontario
13 Canada Kirk MacDonald RW R Victoria, British Columbia
14 Canada Guillaume Lefebvre LW L Amos, Quebec
18 United States Jeff LoVecchio LW L Chesterfield, Missouri
19 Canada Levi Nelson C L Calgary, Alberta
20 United States Lane MacDermid LW L Hartford, Connecticut
23 Canada Trent Whitfield C L Alameda, Saskatchewan
24 United States Kenny Roche C L Boston, Massachusetts
25 Canada Jordan Knackstedt RW R Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
37 Canada John Lammers LW L Langley, British Columbia

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1992–93 80 46 32 2 94 384 348 1st, North
1993–94 80 28 39 13 69 283 319 5th, North
1994–95 80 39 30 11 89 300 268 3rd, North
1995–96 80 30 36 10 4 74 249 280 4th, North
1996–97 80 35 40 3 2 75 262 289 4th, New England
1997–98 80 19 49 7 5 50 211 301 5th, New England
1998–99 80 56 16 4 4 120 321 223 1st, New England
1999–00 80 33 38 6 3 75 231 269 5th, New England
2000–01 80 35 31 10 4 84 245 242 3rd, New England
2001–02 80 35 33 8 4 82 190 223 3rd, East
2002–03 80 44 20 11 5 104 268 227 1st, North
2003–04 80 36 29 11 4 87 170 170 4th, Atlantic
2004–05 80 40 30 7 3 90 211 202 4th, Atlantic
2005–06 80 43 31 1 5 92 254 217 4th, Atlantic
2006–07 80 44 30 2 4 94 251 218 3rd, Atlantic
2007–08 80 55 18 3 4 117 280 206 1st, Atlantic
2008–09 80 43 29 2 6 94 238 232 2nd, Atlantic

Playoffs

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1992–93 L, 2–4, SPR
1993–94 Out of playoffs.
1994–95 W, 4–3, PORT L, 2–4, ALB
1995–96 L, 1–3, SPR
1996–97 W, 3–2, WOR L, 1–4, SPR
1997–98 Out of playoffs.
1998–99 W, 3–1, WOR W, 4–0, HART W, 4–2, FRED W, 4–1, ROCH
1999–00 W, 3–0, QUE W, 4–0, LOW L, 3–4, HART
2000–01 W, 3–2, HART W, 4–3, WOR L, 1–4, SJNB
2001–02 L, 0–2, SJNL
2002–03 L, 1–3, MTB
2003–04 L, 0–2, PORT
2004–05 W, 4–2, MAN W, 4–1, LOW L, 2–4, PHIL
2005–06 L, 2–4, PORT
2006–07 W, 4–3, HART L, 2–4, MAN
2007–08 W, 4–0, MAN L, 2–4, PORT
2008–09 W, 4–1, PORT W, 4–2, WOR L, 1–4, HER

Notable alumni

List of Providence Bruins alumni who played more than 100 games in Providence and 100 or more games in the National Hockey League:

External links

References

  1. ^ WLNE-TV and WPRI-TV featured stories about Ben Schwartz







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