Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Hump day

Its good to be the Dot Day Bowl Off champ. Heres Willie, taking a break at one of his autograph signings(photo by SM Deegan)!

Glad to see Stewie coming back, some Bruins news:

Bruins Sign Mark Stuart to Multi-Year Extension

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Stuart's 2007-2008 season with the Bruins was marked by a number of career highs, including games played (82), goals (4), assists (4), and points (8). Stuart was one of three Bruins to play in all 82 regular season games, joining Phil Kessel and Glen Metropolit, and played in all seven postseason contests. He also represented Team USA at the 2008 IIHF
World Championship this past May.

The Rochester, Minnesota native was selected by the Bruins as their first round draft pick (21st overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before coming to Boston, he played for three years at Colorado College where he captained the team as a junior and was named the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004-2005. After playing the majority of the 2006-2007 season with the Providence Bruins (60 games), he made his NHL debut with Boston versus the New York Islanders on March 11, 2006.

In his three-year professional career, the 24-year-old has recorded 5-6-11 totals, playing in 114 games. He made his first postseason appearance with the Bruins in their 2007-2008 playoff run, appearing in all seven games and notching one assist.

During college, Stuart captained Team USA to a gold medal for the first time ever in the 2004 World Junior Championships, repeating the same feat he had accomplished in 2002 at the World Under-18 Championships.

Chiarelli and Stuart will be available to the media on a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 25. Call-in details will be announced Wednesday morning.

Bruins Acquire Johnny Boychuk

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Matt Hendricks.

The 6-2, 225 pound Boychuk spent the majority of the 2007-08 season with Colorado's minor league affiliate, Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, where he posted 8-18-26 totals in 60 games. His 26 points ranked second highest among Erie defensemen and he led all blue-liners on the squad in power play scoring with 17 points.

Boychuk saw action in four games for the Avalanche in 2007-2008, which marked the first NHL appearances of his career.

A year earlier, the 24-year-old Boychuk suited up for the Albany River Rats, also of the AHL, and was the only player on the team to see ice-time in all 80 games during the 2006-07 season. He was second amongst defensemen in scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points.

Boychuk was originally drafted in the second round (61st overall) by Colorado in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Hendricks appeared in 67 regular season games for the Providence Bruins in 2007-08 and tallied career highs in assists (30), points (52) and penalty minutes (121). He also skated in 10 playoff contests for the P-Bruins, scoring 0-3-3 totals with 6 PIM. He signed with Boston on July 9, 2007 as a free agent after originally being drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (131st overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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