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Bruins sign four players

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms with right wing Colton Orr, center Tyler Redenbach and left wings Pat Leahy and Jeremy Reich, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Redenbach was signed to a three-year contract, while Orr, Leahy and Reich agreed to one-year deals and, in keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Orr, 23, enters his third full season in the Bruins organization since signing with the team as a free agent in September, 2001. He played four seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with Swift Current, Kamloops and Regina with 19-9=28 totals and 570 penalty minutes in 162 career junior games. The 6’3”, 210 lb. native of Winnipeg, Manitoba has played the last two seasons with Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate in Providence. He was recalled to play one scoreless game in Boston on January 8, 2004 vs. Pittsburgh. Orr, who is not related to former Bruin Bobby Orr, played 61 games with the AHL Bruins in 2004-05 with 1-6=7 totals and a team-high 279 penalty minutes in 61 games.

Redenbach, 20, was originally drafted by Phoenix as their first pick (third round), 77th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, but did not sign with the Coyotes and became an unrestricted free agent this off-season. He has played the last four seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with Prince George, Swift Current and Lethbridge with 70-187=257 totals and 180 penalty minutes in 261 career junior games. The 6’0”, 195 lb. native of Melville, Saskatchewan led the WHL in assists and points in 2003-04 with 31-74=105 totals and was named to the WHL East Second All-Star Team that season. He split the 2004-05 season between Swift Current and Lethbridge with 19-44=63 totals and 63 penalty minutes in 65 combined games.

Leahy, 26, enters his fourth season in the Bruins organization. He played four seasons of college hockey at Miami (OH) University with 39-62=101 totals and 167 penalty minutes in 135 career college games and turned pro in the 2001-02 season. He played that year for four teams in the ECHL and AHL and signed with the Bruins as a free agent in July, 2003. The 6’3”, 200 lb. native of Boston, Massachusetts has spent most of the last three seasons in Providence/AHL, with a six-game scoreless stint in Boston in the 2003-04 season. He had 1-14=15 totals with 18 penalty minutes in 38 Providence games in 2004-05, missing half of the season with various injuries, and finished fifth in the team’s playoff scoring race with 4-6=10 totals in 17 games as the AHL Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

Reich, 26 and (pronounced REETCH), was originally drafted by Chicago as their third pick (second round), 39th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He played five seasons of junior hockey with Seattle and Swift Current of the WHL with 116-159=275 totals and 777 PIM in 331 career junior games, but did not sign with the Blackhawks. The 6’1”, 204 lb. native of Craik, Saskatchewan signed as a free agent with Columbus in May, 2000 and has played the last five seasons in the Blue Jackets organization with their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. He played nine games with one assist in Columbus in 2003-04. He split the 2004-05 season between Syracuse and Houston/AHL with 7-9=16 totals and 223 penalty minutes in 68 combined games.
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