BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned forward Trent Whitfield to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Whitfield was recalled on Monday, March 12 on an emergency basis and made his 2011-12 debut for Boston at Tampa on March 13. Whitfield is expected to join the Providence Bruins in their next game against the Worcester Sharks on Friday, March 16th at Worcester.
The Boston Bruins have also confirmed their practice schedule for Friday, March 16. The team will skate at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA at 2:15 p.m.
With Providence this season, the 5’11’’, 209 pound center has five goals and six assists, combining for 11 total points in 41 games. In the 2010-11 season, Whitfield finished fourth in the P-Bruins scoring race with 18-18=36 totals, despite playing just 45 games after missing the first half of the season due to injury.
The 34-year-old is in his 14th professional season, and has appeared in 194 NHL games with four different organizations. After spending time with the Washington Capitals, NY Rangers, and St. Louis Blues, Whitfield has accumulated 11 goals and 18 assists, giving him 29 career NHL points. In the 2009-10 season, Whitfield appeared in 16 games with Boston and registered one assist.
Whitfield was originally drafted by Boston in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, but did not play in the Boston organization until signing as a free agent in July, 2009.
The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.