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Penguins Sign Boyle and Bartkowski to Professional Tryout Contracts

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Brian Boyle and defenseman Matt Bartkowski to professional tryout contracts, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall.

Boyle and Bartkowski will be attending Pittsburgh's training camp on PTOs. Training camp will be in September and a schedule will be announced at a later date.

Boyle, 36, is a veteran of 12-plus NHL seasons split between the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers. From 2007-20, the forward compiled 130 goals, 101 assists, 231 points and 588 penalty minutes in 805 games. His most recent NHL season was played with Florida in 2019-20 where he recorded six goals, nine assists, and 15 points in 39 games, plus tacked on one goal in four postseason games.

In 118 career playoff games, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Boyle has compiled 16 goals, 15 assists and 31 points. He appeared in the Stanley Cup Final with the Rangers in 2014 and the Lightning in 2015.

The 2018 NHL All-Star was awarded the 2018 Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, following his cancer diagnosis during training camp in 2017-18.

The Hingham, Massachusetts native captained Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2021 World Championship. In his first appearance on the international stage at any level, the forward recorded two goals, one assist and three points in 10 tournament games. 

Boyle was originally drafted in the first round (26th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Prior to turning professional, he had a successful four-season collegiate career at Boston College from 2003-07, captaining the team in his senior year. In 159 career games with Boston College, Boyle recorded 65 goals, 75 assists and 140 points.

Bartkowski, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School, spent the 2020-21 campaign with the Minnesota Wild, appearing in one game. He also suited up for 23 games with Minnesota's AHL affiliate, Iowa, where he picked up eight points (1G-7A) in 23 games. His eight points were tied for second most among team defensemen.

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Bartkowski has played parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with Boston, Vancouver, Calgary and Minnesota. In 256 career regular-season games, he's notched eight goals, 40 assists, and 48 points. He has 20 games of Stanley Cup Playoff experience where he's picked up three points (1G-2A). 

Bartkowski, 33, has recorded 20 goals, 104 assists, and 124 points in 357 games at the AHL level with the Providence Bruins and Iowa Wild.

Prior to turning pro, Bartkowski, who was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the seventh round (190th overall) in the 2008 NHL draft, played two seasons of collegiate hockey with Ohio State from 2008-10 where he registered 38 points (11G-27A) in 80 games. He also spent two seasons in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars from 2006-08, where he was named a USHL First-Team All-Star in 2008.

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