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Bruins and Marco Sturm Agree to Contract Extension

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA -- Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club and left-winger Marco Sturm have agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

“As an organization, we are very excited to have Marco commit to the Bruins,” said Chiarelli. “Marco is a highly skilled and extremely fast player who scores goals and shows enthusiasm to play in traffic. He could have easily tested the free agency market, and in all likelihood would have received higher compensation, so we are thrilled that he chose to commit to Boston and our goal of building a highly competitive team for both now and for the future.”

“I am really happy that we were able to get this deal done so that I can stay in Boston,” said Sturm. “I signed this deal because I am confident about the future of this team, and also because I love Boston and playing in front of the Boston fans.”

Sturm, 28 years old, from Dingolfing, Germany, was acquired by the Bruins on November 30, 2005, along with Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau, from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Joe Thornton. Thus far, this season, he has scored 20 goals and registered 11 assists in 54 games. Last season in 51 games with the Bruins, Sturm tallied 23 goals and 20 assists.

“Marco is a dedicated, hardworking, motivated player who uses his speed and skill on a nightly basis to help our team,” said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. “I am excited to have him in the mix for the foreseeable future.”

Prior to coming to the Bruins near the halfway point of last season, Sturm spent seven and a half campaigns with the San Jose Sharks. While with San Jose, Sturm played 553 games, scoring 128 goals and 145 assists. The Sharks acquired him with their first pick (21st overall) in the 1996 NHL Player Entry Draft.

Despite being traded during the last campaign, Sturm’s best statistical NHL season came in 2005-2006, as he scored 29 goals and tallied 30 assists for 59 total points (combined between his play in San Jose and Boston).

Sturm is an accomplished player at the international level, and has represented Germany six times: 1995 World Junior Championships (6 games, 4-6=10), 1997 World Championships (8 games, 1-1=2), 2001 World Championships (7 games, 4-1=5), 2003 World Cup (4 games, 2-0=2), 1998 Olympics (2 games, 0-0=0) and the 2002 Olympics (5 games, 0-1=1). In addition, Sturm was named to the 2006 German Olympic team, but he did not play due to a shoulder injury.

The Bruins return to action tonight when they square off with the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida at 7:30 p.m. ET in the sixth, and final game of the club’s longest road trip of the season. Boston returns home to the TD Banknorth Garden on Monday, February 26 when the Bruins host the Atlanta Thrashers at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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