BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned center Nate Thompson to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Thompson, who was recalled by Boston yesterday and played four shifts in the Bruins 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs last night, is in his third year with the Bruins organization. Thompson has now played three games with Boston this season after making NHL debut on October 21, 2006 against Buffalo.
Thompson has spent 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.
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