BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis. Bodnarchuk will join the Bruins for the morning pre-game skate on Saturday, April 3 at Air Canada Centre at 11:30 a.m.
The 21-year-old Bodnarchuk has skated in 70 games with Providence this season, registering 5-10=15 totals and racking up 51 PIM. Bodnarchuck and the P-Bruins recently defeated the Worcester Sharks 3-1 on Friday, April 2, placing them six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with five games left to play in the regular season. The blueliner is currently ranked second on the team in plus/minus with a +7 rating. He has played in 133 games for Providence over the course of three seasons (1 GP in 2007 playoffs, 132 GP from 2008-2010) and has earned 6-19=25 totals and 84 penalty minutes. The 2008-09 season marked his first full pro season.
The 5’11” 190-pound Drumheller, Alberta native was drafted by Boston in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.