BOSTON – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Jeff Penner to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).
The 22 year-old defenseman made his NHL/Bruins debut on Tuesday, March 9 and played 9:18 in the Bruins/Leafs game in Toronto and was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against the Flyers. He was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on March 29, 2008 and spent the 2008-09 season in Providence, skating in 80 games and registering 10-18=28 totals, which were second on the team among defensemen. This season, Penner has skated in 55 games for Providence, registering 6-21=27 totals and 18 PIM.
The Steinbach, Manitoba native played one season of college hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks with 5-7=12 totals and 49 PIM in 35 games during his freshman season where he received an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team.
The Bruins will continue their seven-game road trip when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre.