Providence Bruins

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Providence Bruins
Providence Bruins logo.svg
City Providence, Rhode Island
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1987
Home arena Dunkin' Donuts Center

Black, Gold, White

Owner(s) H. Larue Renfroe
General manager Don Sweeney
Head coach Bruce Cassidy
Captain Tommy Cross
Media WNRI 1380, WBLQ 1230 The Providence Journal
Affiliates Boston Bruins (NHL)
Atlanta Gladiators (ECHL)
Franchise history
1987–1992 Maine Mariners
1992–present Providence Bruins
Regular season titles 3 (1998–99, 2007–08, 2012–13)
Division Championships 5 (1992–93, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08, , 2012–13)
Conference Championships 1 (1998–99)
Calder Cups 1 (1998–99)

The Providence Bruins are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, and are the primary development team for the NHL's Boston Bruins. They play in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.


The Providence Bruins began operation for the start of the 1992–93 AHL season after Providence mayor Buddy Cianci negotiated a deal with the owners of the Maine Mariners franchise, Frank DuRoss and Ed Anderson, to relocate their club. The move saw AHL hockey return to Providence for the first time since the Providence Reds, a founding member of the AHL, left town in 1977.

The Bruins captured their first AHL Calder Cup in the 1999 playoffs, after a regular season in which they dominated the league with 56 regular season wins. Led by rookie head coach Peter Laviolette and paced by Les Cunningham Award winner Randy Robitaille, the Bruins went from only 19 victories the previous season, to dropping the Rochester Americans 4 games to 1 to skate away with the league championship.

In the 2001–2002 season, the Providence Bruins contracted with then-13-year-old musician Ben Schwartz to work as the official organist at all home games. As a result, Schwartz, who provided music for seven years until the conclusion of the 2007–08 season, holds the distinction of being the youngest organist to ever work for a professional North American sports franchise in history.[1]

In August 2006, DuRoss sold his majority interest in the club to Massachusetts businessman H. Larue Renfroe.[2]

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Season-by-season results[edit]

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Bruins. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Providence Bruins seasons


Current roster[edit]

Updated December 3, 2015.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 United States Acciari, NoelNoel Acciari C R 24 2015 Johnston, Rhode Island Boston
28 Sweden Arnesson, LinusLinus Arnesson D L 21 2015 Stockholm, Sweden Boston
37 Canada Bellemore, BrettBrett Bellemore D R 27 2015 Windsor, Ontario Providence
21 Sweden Blidh, AntonAnton Blidh LW L 20 2015 Mölnlycke, Sweden Boston
8 Canada Breen, ChrisChris Breen (A) D L 26 2014 Uxbridge, Ontario Boston
15 Canada Camara, AnthonyAnthony Camara LW L 22 2013 Toronto, Ontario Boston
6 United States Casto, ChrisChris Casto D R 24 2013 Stillwater, Minnesota Boston
25 Canada Cave, ColbyColby Cave C L 21 2015 Battleford, Saskatchewan Boston
39 Canada Cherniwchan, AndrewAndrew Cherniwchan F R 26 2014 Hinton, Alberta Providence
3 United States Cross, TommyTommy Cross (C) D L 26 2012 Simsbury, Connecticut Boston
27 United States Czarnik, AustinAustin Czarnik C R 23 2015 Washington, Michigan Boston
24 Canada DeFazio, BrandonBrandon DeFazio (A) LW L 27 2015 Oakville, Ontario Boston
19 United States Ferlin, BrianBrian Ferlin RW R 23 2014 Jacksonville, Florida Boston
17 Canada Griffith, SethSeth Griffith (A) C R 23 2013 Wallaceburg, Ontario Boston
20 United States Hargrove, ColtonColton Hargrove LW L 23 2015 Rockwall, Texas Boston
12 Canada Hickman, JustinJustin Hickman RW R 21 2015 Lethbridge, Alberta Boston
2 Canada Irwin, MattMatt Irwin D L 28 2015 Brentwood Bay, British Columbia Boston
13 Russia Khokhlachev, AlexanderAlexander Khokhlachev (A) C L 22 2013 Moscow, Russia Boston
31 United States McIntyre, ZaneZane McIntyre G L 23 2015 Thief River Falls, Minnesota Boston
9 Canada Nunn, GarryGarry Nunn RW R 26 2015 Victoria, British Columbia Providence
16 Canada Phillips, ZackZack Phillips C R 23 2015 Fredericton, New Brunswick Boston
14 Canada Sexton, BenBen Sexton C R 24 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Boston
29 United States Simonelli, FrankieFrankie Simonelli D R 23 2014 Bensenville, Illinois Providence
33 Canada Smith, DaltonDalton Smith LW L 23 2015 Oshawa, Ontario Providence
47 Canada Subban, MalcolmMalcolm Subban G L 22 2013 Toronto, Ontario Boston
26 Canada Talbot, MaxMax Talbot C L 31 2015 LeMoyne, Quebec Boston
5 United States Youds, BenBen Youds D R 27 2015 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Providence

Team Captains[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

List of Providence Bruins alumni who played more than 100 games in Providence and 100 or more games in the National Hockey League:

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Tim Sweeney, 41, (1992–93)
Assists: Randy Robitaille, 74, (1998–99)
Points: Randy Robitaille, 102, (1998–99)
Penalty minutes: Aaron Downey, 407, (1997–98)
GAA: Tim Thomas, 1.84, (2003–04)
SV%: Tim Thomas, .941, (2003–04)


Career goals: Andy Hilbert, 101, (2001–05)
Career assists: Andy Hilbert, 109, (2001–05)
Career points: Andy Hilbert, 210, (2001–05)
Career penalty minutes: Aaron Downey, 1059, (1997–00, 07)
Career goaltending wins: John Grahame, 67, (1997–2001)
Career shutouts: Tim Thomas, 10, (2002–06)
Career games: Jay Henderson, 278, (1998–03, 2004-05)


  1. ^ WLNE-TV and WPRI-TV featured stories about Ben Schwartz
  2. ^ "P-Bruins change ownership". Providence Journal. 
  3. ^ "Providence Bruins 2014-15 Roster". Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  4. ^ " - Providence Bruins Roster". Retrieved 2015-02-19. 

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