Providence Bruins

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Providence Bruins
2016–17 AHL season
Providence Bruins logo.svg
City Providence, Rhode Island
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1987
Home arena Dunkin' Donuts Center
Colors Black, Gold, White
Owner(s) H. Larue Renfroe
General manager John Ferguson Jr.
Head coach Kevin Dean
Captain Tommy Cross
Media NESN
1380 WNRI
Stereo 1230 WBLQ
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 2001–02 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 January 15, 2017.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 United States Acciari, NoelNoel Acciari C R 25 2015 Johnston, Rhode Island Boston
28 Sweden Arnesson, LinusLinus Arnesson D L 22 2015 Stockholm, Sweden Boston
43 United States Bartkowski, MattMatt Bartkowski D L 28 2016 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Providence
8 Canada Breen, ChrisChris Breen (A) D L 27 2014 Uxbridge, Ontario Boston
6 United States Casto, ChrisChris Casto D R 25 2013 Stillwater, Minnesota Boston
25 Canada Cave, ColbyColby Cave C L 22 2015 Battleford, Saskatchewan Boston
22 Slovakia Cehlarik, PeterPeter Cehlarik LW L 21 2016 Žilina, Slovakia Boston
3 United States Cross, TommyTommy Cross (C) D L 27 2012 Simsbury, Connecticut Boston
29 Canada DeBrusk, JakeJake DeBrusk LW L 20 2016 Edmonton, Alberta Boston
19 United States Ferlin, BrianBrian Ferlin RW R 24 2014 Jacksonville, Florida Boston
2 Canada Grant, AlexAlex Grant D R 27 2016 Antigonish, Nova Scotia Boston
43 United States Grzelcyk, MattMatt Grzelcyk D L 23 2016 Charlestown, Massachusetts Boston
20 United States Hargrove, ColtonColton Hargrove LW L 24 2015 Rockwall, Texas Boston
23 Canada Heinen, DantonDanton Heinen C L 21 2016 Langley, British Columbia Boston
12 Canada Hickman, JustinJustin Hickman RW R 22 2015 Lethbridge, Alberta Boston
34 Russia Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin G L 30 2017 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union Boston
7 United States Kuraly, SeanSean Kuraly C L 23 2016 Dublin, Ohio Boston
93 United States Mueller, PeterPeter Mueller RW R 28 2016 Bloomington, Minnesota Providence
16 United States Naclerio, MarkMark Naclerio C L 24 2016 Milford, Connecticut Providence
44 United States O'Gara, RobRob O'Gara D L 23 2016 Nesconset, New York Boston
24 United States Porter, ChrisChris Porter LW L 32 2016 Thunder Bay, Ontario Providence
11 Canada Randell, TylerTyler Randell (A) RW R 25 2011 Scarborough, Ontario Boston
36 Canada Rinaldo, ZacZac Rinaldo LW L 26 2016 Hamilton, Ontario Boston
15 United States Simpson, WayneWayne Simpson RW R 27 2016 Oakville, Ontario Providence
47 Canada Subban, MalcolmMalcolm Subban G L 23 2013 Toronto, Ontario Boston
37 Canada Szwarz, JordanJordan Szwarz RW R 25 2016 Burlington, Ontario Providence
14 United States White, A.J.A.J. White LW L 24 2016 Dearborn, Michigan 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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