BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Jeff Penner and forward Zach Hamill from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Both players will join the team for the trip to Washington DC and be available for Sunday’s game against the Capitals. This is the first recall to Boston for Hamill.
The 21-year-old Hamill was selected by the Bruins in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining the Providence Bruins in 2008, the 5’11 180-pound Port Coquitlam, British Columbia native spent the previous five seasons playing junior hockey as a member of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League in Canada. During the 2006-07 season at Everett, Hamill led the WHL in scoring with 32-61-93 totals and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player during that campaign. Hamill is Everett’s all-time leader in assists and points with 175 and 262, respectively, to go along with 87 career goals. During the 2008-09 season with the P-Bruins, Hamill posted 13-13-26 totals and 40 penalty minutes while being limited to 65 games due to a thumb injury. He has posted 14-30-44 totals and 24 penalty minutes in 75 games with Providence this season.
The 22-year-old Penner was signed by Boston as a free agent on March 29, 2008 after spending the 2007-08 season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where he posted 5-7-12 totals to go along with 49 penalty minutes in 35 games. He received an honorable mention for the CCHA All-Rookie Team in his only season at Alaska-Fairbanks. The 5’10 191-pound Steinbach, Manitoba has posted 7-28-35 totals and 28 penalty minutes in 68 games with Providence this season. He made his NHL/Bruins debut earlier this year on March 9 against the Maple Leafs.