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Bruins Sign Four Players

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed four players to one year contracts.  Per club policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

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The 20-year-old defenseman Rob Kwiet spent the 2008-2009 season with the 2009 Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.  He skated in 66 regular season games recording 12-55-67 totals, which was second among team defensemen and sixth overall among OHL blueliners in scoring.  The 6’1” 218-pound Toronto, Ontario native added 5-10-15 totals in 20 playoff games as the Spitfires won the ‘09 Memorial Cup Championship. He participated in the 2009 Bruins Development Camp as an invite from July 7 - July 11 and is a Spitfires teammate of Boston’s fourth round draft pick in the ’09 NHL Entry Draft, Lane MacDermid.

The 24-year old center Drew Larman has spent the last four seasons with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.  In 2008-09, he skated in 61 regular season games potting 10 goals and registering a career high 12 assists.  Larman has played in 22 career NHL games with 2-1-3 totals, all with the Florida Panthers.  The 6’ 3” 195-pound Canton, Michigan native originally signed with the Panthers as a free agent on September 28, 2005. Larman helped the London Knights (Ontario Hockey League) capture the 2005 Memorial Cup Championship after tallying an 11-10-21 line in 58 games during the regular season and 3-4=7 totals in 18 games during the ’05 playoffs.

The 24-year-old defenseman Zach McKelvie has spent the past four seasons in the NCAA playing for the Army Black Knights.  In the 2008-2009 season, he skated in 33 regular season games recording 5-12-17 totals and won the prestigious Army Athletic Association Award, an honor awarded to the male and female cadet who displays the "most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet."  He is the only player in school history to be a two-time Atlantic Hockey Association First-Team All Star and in the 2007-2008 season, the 6’2” 190-pound New Brighton, Minnesota native was named the AHA’s Defenseman of the Year.

A four-year letterwinner, McKelvie skated in 134 regular season games with the Black Knights recording career totals of 14-44-58. He attended the 2009 Bruins Development Camp as an invite from July 7 - July 11 but did not participate in the on-ice training sessions due to injury.

The 32-year-old center Trent Whitfield spent most of 2008-2009 playing with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL.  In 69 games played, Whitfield led the team with 30 assists and 50 points, while finishing second in goals scored with 20.  Whitfield played in three NHL games for the St. Louis Blues during the 2009-2009 season and notched one assist.

Whitfield has played in 177 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers recording 11-17-28 totals.  The 5’11” 204-pound Alameda, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (#100 overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. 
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