BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Trent Whitfield from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Whitfield will join the club for the team’s morning skate today and be available for tonight’s game against the Lightning at 7:00 p.m. at the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114).
The 32-year old Whitfield was last recalled on Thursday, March 18 and was a healthy scratch during the Bruins game against the Pittsburgh Penguins that night. Whitfield last played with the Bruins against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 24 and has played in 14 games with the B’s this season, earning his first assist and point as a Bruin against the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 21. He was recalled from Providence from October 21 to November 21 and then again from January 8 to January 27. Whitfield has skated in 52 games with the Providence Bruins this year and ranks second on the team in goals scored with 17 (17-26=43 totals) and has registered 22 PIM.
Whitfield spent most of 2008-2009 playing with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. In 69 games played, Whitfield led the team with 30 assists and 50 points, while finishing second in goals scored with 20. Whitfield played in three NHL games for the St. Louis Blues during the 2008-09 season and notched one assist. He has played in 177 career NHL games with the Blues, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers recording 11-17=28 totals.
The 5’11” 204-pound Alameda, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The forward was signed by Boston to a one-year contract on July 13, 2009.