BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 7, that the team has recalled forward Peter Cehlarik from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sweeney also announced that the team has placed forward Austin Czarnik on injured reserve (lower body). This is the first NHL recall for Cehlarik, who is expected to join the team for Tuesday's practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
Cehlarik, 21, is in his first professional season with the Bruins organization in 2016-17, skating in 40 games with Providence and recording 18 goals (first on team, ninth in AHL) and 15 assists for 33 points (second on team) with a plus-nine rating. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound forward also leads the league with four shootout goals (six attempts).
Prior to signing with the Bruins, Cehlarik played with Lulea HF in the Swedish Hockey League in 2015-16, tallying a career-high 11 goals and 20 points with a plus-seven rating in 46 games. He also skated in 11 playoff games, posting three goals and two assists for five points. Cehlarik appeared in 132 career games with Lulea HF, recording 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points. He has also played 25 playoff games for the Swedish club, totaling five goals and three assists for eight points. In 2013-14, Cehlarik skated in 18 games for Asploven HC in the Swedish 1st Division, notching five goals and eight assists for 13 points.
On the international stage, Cehlarik has represented Slovakia at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Championships, the Under-20 World Junior Championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2016 IIHF World Championships. In 23 career international games in those tournaments, he totaled five goals and nine assists for 14 points.
The Zilina, Slovakia native was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (90 overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Czarnik, 24, has skated in 47 games with Boston in 2016-17, posting five goals and eight assists for 13 points. He has also skated in two games with Providence this season, posting one goal and two assists for three points.
He appeared in 68 games with Providence in 2015-16, tallying 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points with a plus-17 rating. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound forward ranked 7th in the AHL in points and 11th in assists in his rookie season with Providence.
Prior to joining Providence, Czarnik finished up his senior season at Miami University (Ohio) in 2014-15, appearing in 40 games while registering nine goals (tied for fifth on the team) and 36 assists (led the team) for 45 points (led the team) with a plus-five rating. The forward led the Redhawks the previous three seasons (2012-14) in both assists and points. At the collegiate level with the Redhawks, he competed in 159 games and racked up 46 goals and 123 assists for 169 points (1.06 points per game average). Czarnik was named a Hobey Baker finalist in 2012-13 and served as team captain for his junior and senior campaigns.
The Washington, Michigan native originally signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on April 1, 2015.