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Bruins Sign Forward Petteri Nokelainen

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
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Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Petteri Nokelainen to a multi-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

The Imatra, Finland native spent the majority of the '07-'08 season playing in Boston and posted the highest NHL totals of his career for game appearances (57), goals (7), assists (3), and points (10). He also played in all seven games in the postseason for Boston and contributed two assists.  Nokelainen began last season with Boston's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence and registered 3-5-8 totals in eight games there before being recalled to Boston on November 4, 2007 for the remainder of the season.  Nokelainen rejoined Providence in the Calder Cup playoffs and tallied 4-1-5 totals in six appearances.

The 22-year-old was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (16th overall).  He was acquired by the Bruins on September 11, 2007 in exchange for Ben Walter and a conditional 2009 second round draft pick. 

In his two-year NHL career, Nokelainen has recorded 8-4-12 totals. 

Before entering the NHL, he played for three seasons with SaiPa Lappeenranta of the Finnish Elite League, where he earned 20-9-29 totals in 94 contests.  In addition to playing 15 games with the Islanders in 2006, he played in 60 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) in 2006-2007 and recorded 6-10-16 totals.
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