BOSTON, MA -
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Johnny Boychuk
to the Providence Bruins for conditioning.
The 25-year old Boychuk has skated in three games this season for Boston, recording five penalty minutes. He has been a healthy scratch for 23 of the team’s 26 games this year.
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 Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the TD Garden (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub).