Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins have traded left wing Andy Hilbert to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fifth round draft pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Hilbert was an unsigned Group II (restricted) free agent whose rights were held by the Bruins.
Hilbert, 24, was Boston’s third pick (second round), 37th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He played two seasons of college hockey at the University of Michigan with 43-54=97 totals and 115 penalty minutes in 80 career college games before turning pro in the Bruins organization in 2001.
The 5’11”, 194 lb. native of Lansing, Michigan has played the previous four seasons in the Bruins organization in both Boston and with their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence. He played the 2004-05 season in Providence, leading the AHL Bruins in scoring and seventh overall in the AHL scoring race, with 37 goals and 79 points in 79 games and became the all-time leading scorer.
Hilbert was a restricted free agent and had not re-signed with the Bruins for this season. He had three goals and three assists for six points with 18 penalty minutes in 38 career NHL games over three seasons in Boston.