Providence Bruins

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

Providence Bruins
2019–20 AHL season
Providence Bruins logo.svg
CityProvidence, Rhode Island
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1987
Home arenaDunkin' Donuts Center
ColorsBlack, gold, white
              
Owner(s)H. Larue Renfroe
General managerJohn Ferguson Jr.
Head coachJay Leach
MediaNESN
1380 WNRI
Stereo 1230 WBLQ
The Providence Journal
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesBoston Bruins (NHL)
Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL)
Franchise history
1987–1992Maine Mariners
1992–presentProvidence Bruins
Championships
Regular season titles3: (1998–99, 2007–08, 2012–13)
Division Championships6: (1992–93, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2019–20)
Conference Championships1: (1998–99)
Calder Cups1: (1998–99)

HistoryEdit

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 move saw AHL hockey return to Providence for the first time since the Providence Reds, a founding member of the AHL, left town in 1977.

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 four games to one to skate away with the league championship.

In the 2001–02 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, is the youngest organist to ever work for a professional North American sports franchise in history.[1]

In August 2006, DuRoss sold his majority interest in the club to Massachusetts businessman H. Larue Renfroe.[2]

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Season-by-season resultsEdit

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Bruins. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Providence Bruins seasons

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2015–16 76 41 22 9 4 95 .625 238 198 2nd, Atlantic 2016 L, 0–3, WBS
2016–17 76 43 23 6 4 96 .632 229 188 4th, Atlantic 2017 W, 3–2, WBS W, 4–3, HER L, 1–4, SYR
2017–18 76 45 26 3 2 95 .625 231 187 4th, Atlantic 2018 L, 1–3, LV
2018–19 76 38 27 8 3 87 .572 228 212 4th, Atlantic 2019 L, 1–3, CHA
2019–20 62 38 18 3 3 82 .661 197 154 1st, Atlantic 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated July 11, 2020.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
11   Samuel Asselin C L 22 2019 Repentigny, Quebec Providence
8   Chris Breen (A) D L 31 2014 Uxbridge, Ontario Providence
46   Scott Conway C L 25 2019 Basingstoke, England, Great Britain Providence
44   Josiah Didier D R 27 2019 Littleton, Colorado Providence
19   Ryan Fitzgerald C L 25 2017 Boca Raton, Florida Boston
16   Brendan Gaunce C L 26 2019 Sudbury, Ontario Boston
24   Cameron Hughes C L 23 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Boston
3   Steven Kampfer D R 31 2018 Ann Arbor, Michigan Boston
35   Kyle Keyser G R 21 2019 Coral Springs, Florida Boston
45   Joona Koppanen LW L 22 2018 Tampere, Finland Boston
  Brady Lyle D R 21 2020 North Bay, Ontario Providence
43   Tommy Marchin LW L 24 2019 Algonac, Michigan Providence
49   Joel Messner D R 26 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Providence
35   Martin Ouellette G L 28 2020 Saint-Jérôme, Quebec Providence
6   Alex Petrovic D R 28 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Boston
11   Brett Ritchie RW R 27 2020 Orangeville, Ontario Boston
12   Pavel Shen C L 21 2019 Ufa, Russia Boston
26   Wiley Sherman D L 25 2018 Greenwich, Connecticut Boston
  Derek Sheppard D L 26 2020 Scarborough, Ontario Providence
29   Oskar Steen C R 22 2019 Karlstad, Sweden Boston
  Alex-Olivier Voyer RW R 21 2020 Sherbrooke, Quebec Providence
27   Brendan Woods LW L 28 2019 Palmyra, Pennsylvania Providence
25   Cooper Zech D L 21 2019 South Lyon, Michigan Providence

Team captainsEdit

Notable alumniEdit

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

Franchise records and leadersEdit

Single season
Goals: Tim Sweeney, 41, (1992–93)
Assists: Randy Robitaille, 74, (1998–99)
Points: Randy Robitaille, 102, (1998–99)
Penalty minutes: Aaron Downey, 407, (1997–98)
GAA: Tim Thomas, 1.84, (2003–04)
SV%: Tim Thomas, .941, (2003–04)
Career
Career goals: Andy Hilbert, 101, (2001–05)
Career assists: Andy Hilbert, 109, (2001–05)
Career points: Andy Hilbert, 210, (2001–05)
Career penalty minutes: Aaron Downey, 1059, (1997–00, 07)
Career goaltending wins: Zane McIntyre, 86, (2015–19)
Career shutouts: Zane McIntyre (2015–19), 11
Career games: Jay Henderson, 278, (1998–03, 2004–05)

Scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers for the Providence Bruins in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.[5]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;      = current Providence player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Andy Hilbert C 234 101 109 210 .90
Sergei Zholtok C 196 83 103 186 .95
Andre Savage C 191 71 104 175 .92
Tim Sweeney LW 121 71 101 172 1.42
Alexander Khokhlachev C 197 61 110 171 .87
Pascal Pelletier C 206 71 99 170 .82
Cameron Mann RW 182 73 86 159 .87
Seth Griffith C 165 56 102 158 .96
Austin Czarnik C 157 51 104 155 .99
Jordan Szwarz C 185 66 82 148 .80

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ WLNE-TV and WPRI-TV featured stories about Ben Schwartz
  2. ^ "P-Bruins change ownership". Providence Journal.
  3. ^ "Providence Bruins 2014-15 Roster". Retrieved 2015-02-19.
  4. ^ "TheAHL.com – Providence Bruins Roster". Retrieved 2015-02-19.
  5. ^ "Providence Bruins - All Time AHL leaders". hockeydb.com. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

External linksEdit