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Czarnik, Griffith & Vatrano Honored By AHL

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – The American Hockey League has announced that forwards Seth Griffith and Frank Vatrano have been named 2015-16 AHL First-Team All-Stars. The AHL also announced that Vatrano and forward Austin Czarnik have been selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team.

Czarnik, 23, has skated in 62 games with Providence in 2015-16, tallying 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points with a plus-15 rating. The 5’9”, 167-pound forward ranks 7th in the AHL in assists and is tied for 9th in points this season. Czarnik’s 56 points are tied with San Antonio’s Mikko Rantanen for the most among AHL rookies.

The Washington, Michigan native was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent out of the University of Miami (Ohio) on March 31, 2015.

Griffith has played in 51 games with Providence in 2015-16, recording 22 goals and 45 assists for 67 points with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating. The 23-year-old forward is tied for the league lead in assists and is tied for second in the AHL in points this season. In 2014-15, he skated in 39 games, tallying 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, and in his first season with the P-Bruins in 2013-14, the 5’9”, 191-pound forward posted 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points in 69 games.

Griffith, 23, has skated in 34 games with the Boston Bruins over two seasons from 2014-16, totaling six goals and five assists for 11 points.

The Wallaceburg, Ontario native was originally drafted by the Bruins in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Vatrano, who is currently on the Boston Bruins active roster, is the AHL's leading goal scorer, averaging one goal per contest with 33 tallies in 33 games. The 5’9”, 201-pound forward has three hat tricks and six multi-goal games on the year at the AHL level. Vatrano has also added 16 assists for 49 total points with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. Vatrano was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 6, as he scored four goals and added one assist in three games.

Vatrano has appeared in 37 games with the Boston Bruins in 2015-16, recording eight goals and three assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes.

The 22-year-old native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on March 13, 2015.
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