The Boston Bruins have signed defensemen Milan Jurcina and Nathan Dempsey and left wing Pascal Pelletier to contracts, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Jurcina was a Boston restricted free agent and Dempsey and Pelletier were unrestricted free agents.
Jurcina, 23, enters his fourth full professional season. He played three seasons of junior hockey with Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 19-34=53 totals and 216 PIM in 180 career junior games. Drafted by Boston as their seventh pick (eighth round), 241st overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 6’4”, 233 lb. native of Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia played his first two professional seasons with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence with 11-28=40 totals and 144 PIM in 152 combined games from 2003-05. Jurcina spent the majority of the 2005-06 season in Boston with 6-5=11 totals and 54 PIM in 51 NHL games while also playing two short stints in Providence where he had 0-3=3 totals and 8 PIM in seven games. Four of his six Boston goals on the season last year came in a two-game span Jan. 7-10 as he became the first Bruins defenseman to record consecutive two-goal games since Ray Bourque in 1990.
Dempsey, 32, enters his 13th professional season and Boston becomes his fourth NHL organization. He played three seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with Regina scoring 30 goals and 87 assists for 117 points with 267 PIM in 198 career junior games. The 6’0”, 190 lb. native of Spruce Grove, Alberta was drafted by Toronto in the 11th round, 245th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and split his first eight professional seasons between the Maple Leafs and their AHL affiliate in St. John’s. Dempsey signed as a free agent with Chicago on July 12, 2002 and played his first full NHL season that season with 5-23-28 totals and 28 PIM in 67 games. Traded to Los Angeles in March of 2004, he had 2-11=13 totals with 48 PIM in 53 games with the Kings last season. His NHL totals are 21 goals and 66 assists for 87 points with 114 penalty minutes in 243 career games.
Pelletier, 23, enters his third professional season. He played four seasons of junior hockey with Baie-Comeau and Shawinigan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 112-176=288 totals and 489 PIM in 257 career junior games. The 5’11”, 197 lb. native of Labrador City, Newfoundland was not drafted and began his professional career in 2004-05 in the East Coast Hockey League with Louisiana and Gwinnett, where he had 10-29=39 and 77 PIM in 67 combined games. Pelletier began the 2005-06 season with Gwinnett, where he had 18-12=30 totals and 18 PIM in 21 games before signing with Providence/AHL. He finished the season with 20-26=46 totals and 42 PIM in 53 AHL Bruins games and added 2-4=6 totals and 23 PIM in six playoff contests.