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Bruins Recall Cross, Grzelcyk On Emergency Basis

Providence defensemen will join team prior to Monday's skate

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 17, that the team has recalled defensemen Tommy Cross and Matt Grzelcyk on an emergency basis from the ‪Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Cross, 27, who has served as Captain for Providence the past two seasons, has skated in 74 games with the P-Bruins in 2016-17, compiling 12 goals and 23 assists for a career-high 35 points with 69 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating. He appeared in 64 games with Providence in 2015-16, recording three goals and 20 assists for 23 points with 97 penalty minutes. Cross also saw his first NHL action in 2015-16, appearing in three games with Boston and registering his first career NHL point, an assist in the Bruins' 5-3 win at Arizona on October 17, 2015. In his AHL career, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman has played in 291 games with Providence, amassing 23 goals and 75 assists for 98 points with 330 penalty minutes and a plus-35 rating. 

The Simsbury, Connecticut native was selected by the Bruins in the second round (35th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 

Grzelcyk, who is in his first professional season with the Bruins organization in 2016-17, made his NHL debut ‪on Wednesday, December 14 at Pittsburgh, and also played in the team's game vs. Anaheim ‪on Thursday, December 15. He has also skated in 70 games with Providence this year, posting six goals and 26 assists for 32 points with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating. 

Grzelcyk served as Captain of the Boston University Terriers for the second straight season in 2015-16, finishing the year with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 27 games. The 23-year-old defenseman was also named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star for the second consecutive season. In 2014-15, Grzelcyk skated in 41 games, recording 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-32 rating. In addition to serving as captain and being named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star, he earned CCM First-Team All-American honors and was fourth in the nation in points per game among defenseman (0.95). Over his four-year collegiate career, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound blueliner appeared in 124 games for Boston University, tallying 26 goals and 68 assists for 94 points.

Grzelcyk represented the United States in international play on three separate occasions. At the Under-20 World Junior Championships in 2014, he served as an assistant captain and posted two goals and four assists for six points in five games. Grzelcyk also skated in six games and tallied one assist at the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2012. At the Under-17 World Hockey Championships in 2011, he appeared in five games and scored one goal and added five assists for six points.

The Charlestown, Massachusetts native was selected by the Bruins in the third round (85th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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