BOSTON, MA -- Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled center Nate Thompson, and assigned defenseman Nathan Dempsey to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The latter move came after Noon ET today, once Dempsey cleared waivers.
Thompson, who will be with the team tonight in Toronto, is in his third year with the Bruins organization. Despite spending the majority of this season in Providence, Thompson has played two games with Boston this season, including his NHL debut on October 21 against Buffalo. He also played for the Black and Gold on October 26 against Montreal.
Thompson has played the bulk of the season in the AHL, playing 18 games for the Providence Bruins, scoring three goals and registering five assists. Last season, Thompson played in 74 games for Providence, scoring eight goals and tallying 10 assists.
Thompson, an Anchorage, Alaska native, was selected by Boston with their eighth pick (183 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year old center played four years of junior hockey with Seattle of the Western Hockey League before heading to Providence at the end of the 2004-05 AHL season.
Dempsey, 32, was signed by Boston as a free agent on July 28, 2006, and has played in 17 games for the Bruins this season, notching one assist.
Before coming to the Bruins, Dempsey had spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings.
The Bruins are back in action tonight when they battle the Maple Leafs in the second half of a two-game series in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on NESN and heard live on WBZ Radio. The Black and Gold return home to the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday when they square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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