BOSTON - A young and resilient Providence Bruins squad fell to the Charlotte Checkers in the first round of the AHL playoffs. For some, the season was coming to an end. For a few others, the offseason would have to wait. With the Boston Bruins surging through the Eastern Conference side of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, some P-Bruins stuck around to comprise this year's "Black Aces".''
The term "Black Aces", originally coined in 1940 by legendary Bruins defenseman Eddie Shore, describes the extra skaters waiting in the wings to be called into action in case of injuries.
The Bruins have a host of 12 of these "Black Aces" who have been skating regularly since the end of their AHL season on Apr. 26. Down in Providence, Peter Cehlarik, Zach Senyshyn, Jack Studnicka, Trent Frederic, Anton Blidh, Jordan Szwarz, Paul Carey, Urho Vaakanainen, Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril and Kyle Keyser. In Boston, Zane McIntyre has been with the team as the third goaltender.