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Boston Bruins Assign Forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Petteri Nokelainen To Providence

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins' Petteri Nokelainen, of Finland, is congratulated by his team after scoring a goal. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forwards Vladimir Sobotka and Petteri Nokelainen to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).  Both players will join Providence for the remainder of the AHL postseason.

Sobotka played in 48 regular season games for the 2007-2008 Bruins, totaling one goal and six assists. He also played in six of Boston’s seven playoff games, scoring two goals in his NHL postseason action. 

The 20-year-old Trebic, Czech Republic native began the year playing for the Providence Bruins and saw action in 18 games, tallying 10 goals and 10 assists. Sobotka was Boston’s fifth pick, 106th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Sobotka was recalled from Providence on two separate occasions, with the first stint lasting from November 23 until December 30.   He was then was recalled for the remainder of the 2007-2008 season on January 11, 2008.

Nokelainen played in 57 regular season games for Boston, finishing with a total of seven goals and three assists. He played in all seven of the playoff games, contributing two assists.

Prior to being called up to Boston on November 4, 2007, the 6’1, 191-pound forward played eight games with the Providence Bruins, tallying three goals and five assists. Nokelainen was acquired from the New York Islanders for Ben Walter on September 11, 2007. He was New York’s first round choice, 16th overall, in 2004.
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