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Providence Bruins
Providence Bruins logo
City: Providence, Rhode Island
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Atlantic Division
Founded: 1992
Home Arena: Dunkin' Donuts Center
Colors: Black, gold, white

              

Owner(s): H. Larue Renfroe
General Manager: Don Sweeney
Head Coach: Kevin Dean (2016-17)
Media: The Providence Journal, Providence Bruins Radio Network
Affiliates: Boston Bruins (NHL), Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
Franchise history
1977–1992: Maine Mariners
1992–present: Providence Bruins
Championships
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 is 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.

HistoryEdit

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 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. The P-Bruins main rival is the nearby Portland Pirates.

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]

The Bruins will open the 2010-11 AHL Season with a home-and-home matchup against the Springfield Falcons. The Bruins will host on October 8, 2010 in Providence, and the Falcons will host on October 9, 2010 in Springfield. To honor the 75th anniversary of the American Hockey League, each team will wear throwback jerseys. The Bruins will wear the jerseys of the Providence Reds while the Falcons will wear the jerseys of the Springfield Indians.

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Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

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

CareerEdit

Career goals: 101 Flag of the United States Andy Hilbert  (2001-2005)
Career assists: 109 Andy Hilbert (2001-2005)
Career points: 210 Andy Hilbert (2001-2005)
Career penalty minutes: 1059 Aaron Downey (1997-2000, 2007)
Career goaltending wins: 67 Flag of the United States John Grahame (1997-2001)
Career shutouts: 10 Tim Thomas (2002-2006)
Career games: 278 Flag of Canada Jay Henderson (1998-2003, 2004-2005)

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1992–93 804632 2 943843481st, North
1993–94 80283913 692833195th, North
1994–95 80393011 893002683rd, North
1995–96 80303610 4 742492804th, North
1996–97 803540 3 2 752622894th, New England
1997–98 801949 7 5 502113015th, New England
1998–99 805616 4 41203212231st, New England
1999–00 803338 6 3 752312695th, New England
2000–01 80353110 4 842452423rd, New England
2001–02 803533 8 4 821902233rd, East
2002–03 80442011 51042682271st, North
2003–04 80362911 4 871701704th, Atlantic
2004–05 804030 7 3 902112024th, Atlantic
2005–06 804331 1 5 922542174th, Atlantic
2006–07 804430 2 4 942512183rd, Atlantic
2007–08 805518 3 41172802061st, Atlantic
2008–09 804329 2 6942382322nd, Atlantic
2009–10 803638 5 1782072267th, Atlantic
2009–10 80 36 38 5 1 78 .488 207 226 7th, Atlantic
2010–11 80 38 36 3 3 82 .513 209 252 5th, Atlantic
2011–12 76 35 34 3 4 77 .507 193 214 4th, Atlantic
2012–13 76 50 21 0 5 105 .638 222 183 1st, Atlantic
2013–14 76 40 25 2 9 91 .599 233 210 3rd, Atlantic
2014-15 76 41 26 7 2 91 .599 209 185 2nd, Atlantic
2015-16 76 41 22 9 4 95 .625 238 198 2nd, Atlantic

PlayoffsEdit

SeasonPrelim1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1992–93 L, 2–4, SPR
1993–94 Out of playoffs.
1994–95 W, 4–3, PORT L, 2–4, ALB
1995–96 L, 1–3, SPR
1996–97 W, 3–2, WOR L, 1–4, SPR
1997–98 Out of playoffs.
1998–99 W, 3–1, WOR W, 4–0, HART W, 4–2, FRED W, 4–1, ROCH
1999–00 W, 3–0, QUE W, 4–0, LOW L, 3–4, HART
2000–01 W, 3–2, HART W, 4–3, WOR L, 1–4, SJNB
2001–02 L, 0–2, SJNL
2002–03 L, 1–3, MTB
2003–04 L, 0–2, PORT
2004–05 W, 4–2, MAN W, 4–1, LOW L, 2–4, PHIL
2005–06 L, 2–4, PORT
2006–07 W, 4–3, HART L, 2–4, MAN
2007–08 W, 4–0, MAN L, 2–4, PORT
2008–09 W, 4–1, PORT W, 4–2, WOR L, 1–4, HER
2009–10 Out of playoffs.
2011 Out of playoffs
2012 Out of playoffs
2013 - W, 3-2, HER L, 3-4, WBS
2014 - W, 3-2, SPR L, 3-4, WBS
2015 - L, 2-3, HAR - - -
2016 - L, 0-3, WBS - - -

Notable alumniEdit

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

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. WLNE-TV and WPRI-TV featured stories about Ben Schwartz

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