Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk (55) fights for the puck against Dallas Stars' Loui Eriksson (21) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).
The 25-year old Boychuk was assigned to Providence on Wednesday, December 2 for conditioning and skated in two games for the P-Bruins and potted one goal. He has played in three games this season for Boston, recording five penalty minutes.
Last season with the Providence Bruins, Boychuk was the winner of the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League’s outstanding defenseman for the 2008-09 season after recording 20 goals and 45 assists in 78 regular season games. His 20 goals and 45 assists were tops amongst all AHL defensemen and set a Providence Bruins team record for points by a blueliner.
The 6-2, 225-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (61st overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in eight NHL games in his career, four of which were with Colorado during the 2007-2008 campaign.
Boychuk was acquired by the Bruins on June 24, 2008 in a trade that sent Matt Hendricks to the Avalanche.
The Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night at the TD Garden (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub).