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Providence Bruins
Providence Bruins logo.svg
City Providence, Rhode Island
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division Atlantic
Founded 1987
Home arena Amica Mutual Pavilion
Colors Black, gold, white
              
Owner(s) H. Larue Renfroe
General manager Evan Gold
Head coach Ryan Mougenel
Captain Vacant
Media NESN
The Providence Journal
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Boston Bruins (NHL)
Maine Mariners (ECHL)
Franchise history
1987–1992 Maine Mariners
1992–present Providence Bruins
Championships
Regular season titles 3: (1998–99, 2007–08, 2012–13)
Division Championships 8: (1992–93, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2007–08, 2012–13, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2022–23)
Conference Championships 1: (1998–99)
Calder Cups 1: (1998–99)

The Providence Bruins are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL), and are the primary development team for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play at the Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence, Rhode Island.

History

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 four games to one 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, is the youngest organist to ever work for a professional North American sports franchise.

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

After the 2019–20 season was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bruins moved to a temporary home in the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts, as the Dunkin' Donuts Center was being used by the state of Rhode Island for pandemic-related operations. The New England Sport Center is also owned by team owner H. Larue Renfroe. The Bruins returned to the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the 2021–22 AHL season.

In September 2022, the home arena was renamed to Amica Mutual Pavilion.

This market was previously served by:
  • Providence Reds (1926–1977)

Team mascot

"Samboni" the anthropomorphic bear serves as the Bruins' team mascot similar to the Boston Bruins' "Blades the Bruin".

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions

Records as of the 2022–23 AHL season.

Regular season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year Prelims 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
1992–93 80 46 32 2 94 .588 384 348 1st, North 1993 L, 2–4, SPR
1993–94 80 28 39 13 69 .431 283 319 5th, North 1994 Did not qualify
1994–95 80 39 30 11 89 .556 300 268 3rd, North 1995 W, 4–3, POR L, 2–4, ALB
1995–96 80 30 36 10 4 74 .463 249 280 4th, North 1996 L, 1–3, SPR
1996–97 80 35 40 3 2 75 .469 262 289 4th, New England 1997 W, 3–2, WOR L, 1–4, SPR
1997–98 80 19 49 7 5 50 .313 211 301 5th, New England 1998 Did not qualify
1998–99 80 56 16 4 4 120 .750 321 223 1st, New England 1999 W, 3–1, WOR W, 4–0, HWP W, 4–2, FRE W, 4–1, RCH
1999–00 80 33 38 6 3 75 .469 231 269 5th, New England 2000 W, 3–0, QUE W, 4–0, LOW L, 3–4, HWP
2000–01 80 35 31 10 4 84 .525 245 242 3rd, New England 2001 W, 3–2, HWP W, 4–3, WOR L, 1–4, SJF
2001–02 80 35 33 8 4 82 .513 190 223 3rd, East 2002 L, 0–2, SJM
2002–03 80 44 20 11 5 104 .650 268 227 1st, North 2003 BYE L, 1–3, MTB
2003–04 80 36 29 11 4 87 .544 170 170 4th, Atlantic 2004 L, 0–2, POR
2004–05 80 40 30 3 7 90 .563 211 202 4th, Atlantic 2005 W, 4–2, MCH W, 4–1, LOW L, 2–4, PHI
2005–06 80 43 31 1 5 92 .575 254 217 4th, Atlantic 2006 L, 2–4, POR
2006–07 80 44 30 2 4 94 .588 251 218 3rd, Atlantic 2007 W, 4–3, HWP L, 2–4, MCH
2007–08 80 55 18 3 4 117 .731 280 206 1st, Atlantic 2008 W, 4–0, MCH L, 2–4, POR
2008–09 80 43 29 2 6 94 .588 238 232 2nd, Atlantic 2009 W, 4–1, POR W, 4–2, WOR L, 1–4, HER
2009–10 80 36 38 5 1 78 .488 207 226 7th, Atlantic 2010 Did not qualify
2010–11 80 38 36 3 3 82 .513 209 252 5th, Atlantic 2011 Did not qualify
2011–12 76 35 34 3 4 77 .507 193 214 4th, Atlantic 2012 Did not qualify
2012–13 76 50 21 0 5 105 .691 222 183 1st, Atlantic 2013 W, 3–2, HER L, 3–4, WBS
2013–14 76 40 25 2 9 91 .599 233 210 3rd, Atlantic 2014 W, 3–2, SPR L, 3–4, WBS
2014–15 76 41 26 7 2 91 .599 209 185 2nd, Atlantic 2015 L, 2–3, HFD
2015–16 76 41 22 9 4 95 .625 238 198 2nd, Atlantic 2016 L, 0–3, WBS
2016–17 76 43 23 6 4 96 .632 229 188 4th, Atlantic 2017 W, 3–2, WBS W, 4–3, HER L, 1–4, SYR
2017–18 76 45 26 3 2 95 .625 231 187 4th, Atlantic 2018 L, 1–3, LV
2018–19 76 38 27 8 3 87 .572 228 212 4th, Atlantic 2019 L, 1–3, CHA
2019–20 62 38 18 3 3 82 .661 197 154 1st, Atlantic 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 25 15 6 2 2 32 .680 78 60 1st, Atlantic 2021 No playoffs were held
2021–22 72 36 25 5 6 83 .576 199 192 3rd, Atlantic 2022 L, 0–2, BRI
2022–23 72 44 18 8 2 98 .681 221 201 1st, Atlantic 2023 BYE L, 1–3, HFD

Players

Current roster

Updated March 23, 2024.

Team roster
No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
47 United States Abate, JoeyJoey Abate LW L 25 2022 Bloomingdale, Illinois Boston
18 Canada Arseneau, VincentVincent Arseneau (A) LW L 26 2023 Quebec City, Quebec Providence
44 United States Bavaro, DrewDrew Bavaro D R 24 2024 Bradenton, Florida Boston
19 United States Beecher, JohnJohn Beecher C L 23 2022 Elmira, New York Boston
38 United States Brown, PatrickPatrick Brown RW R 32 2023 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Boston
42 Canada Brunet, FredericFrederic Brunet D L 20 2023 Gatineau, Quebec Boston
35 United States Bussi, BrandonBrandon Bussi G R 25 2022 Sound Beach, New York Boston
23 United States Callahan, MichaelMichael Callahan (A) D L 24 2022 Franklin, Massachusetts Boston
30 Canada DiPietro, MichaelMichael DiPietro G L 25 2022 Windsor, Ontario Boston
26 United States Farinacci, JohnJohn Farinacci C R 23 2023 Red Bank, New Jersey Boston
43 Canada Harrison, BrettBrett Harrison C L 21 2023 London, Ontario Boston
8 United States Kuntar, TrevorTrevor Kuntar C L 22 2023 Buffalo, New York Boston
28 Canada Lambert, JimmyJimmy Lambert RW R 27 2023 Newcastle, England, Great Britain Providence
22 Sweden Lysell, FabianFabian Lysell RW R 21 2022 Göteborg, Sweden Boston
14 Canada McIsaac, JaredJared McIsaac D L 24 2024 Truro, Nova Scotia Red Wings
24 United States McLaughlin, MarcMarc McLaughlin (A) C R 24 2022 North Billerica, Massachusetts Boston
14 Czech Republic Mechura, AdamAdam Mechura C L 21 2023 Písek, Czech Republic Providence
12 United States Megna, JaysonJayson Megna (A) RW R 34 2023 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Boston
10 Russia Merkulov, GeorgiiGeorgii Merkulov C L 23 2022 Ryazan, Russia Boston
51 Canada Mitchell, IanIan Mitchell D R 25 2023 St. Albert, Alberta Boston
75 United States Regula, AlecAlec Regula D R 23 2023 West Bloomfield Township, Michigan Boston
21 Canada Renouf, DanDan Renouf (A) D L 30 2022 Pickering, Ontario Boston
90 Canada Richard, AnthonyAnthony Richard C L 27 2023 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Boston
29 Sweden Steen, OskarOskar Steen C R 26 2019 Karlstad, Sweden Boston
2 United States Walsh, ReillyReilly Walsh D R 25 2023 North Falmouth, Massachusetts Boston

Team captains

  • Peter Laviolette, 1992–1993
  • Bill Armstrong, 1993–1994
  • Guy Larose, 1994–1995
  • Martin Simard, 1995–1997
  • Bill Armstrong, 1997–1998
  • Dennis Vaske, 1998–1999
  • Sean Pronger, 1999–2000
  • Brandon Smith, 2000–2001
  • Keith McCambridge, 2001–2002
  • Rich Brennan, 2002–2004
  • Jay Henderson, 2004–2005
  • Sean Curry, 2005–2006
  • Nate Thompson, 2006–2008
  • Jeremy Reich, 2008–2009
  • Trent Whitfield, 2009–2010
  • Jeremy Reich, 2010–2011
  • Trent Whitfield, 2011–2013
  • Mike Moore, 2013–2014
  • Craig Cunningham, 2014–2015
  • Tommy Cross, 2015–2018
  • Jordan Szwarz, 2018–2019
  • Paul Carey, 2019–2021
  • Josiah Didier, 2022–2023

Head coaches

  • Mike O'Connell, 1992–1994
  • Steve Kasper, 1994–1995
  • Bob Francis, 1995–1997
  • Tom McVie, 1997–1998
  • Peter Laviolette, 1998–2000
  • Bill Armstrong, 2000–2002
  • Mike Sullivan, 2002
  • Scott Gordon, 2003–2008
  • Rob Murray, 2008–2011
  • Bruce Cassidy, 2011–2016
  • Kevin Dean, 2016–2017
  • Jay Leach, 2017–2021
  • Ryan Mougenel, 2021–present

Notable alumni

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

  • Keith Aucoin
  • Matt Bartkowski
  • Nick Boynton
  • Wade Brookbank
  • Paul Carey
  • Jordan Caron
  • Connor Clifton
  • Austin Czarnik
  • Kevin Dallman
  • Aaron Downey
  • Peter Ferraro
  • Trent Frederic
  • Jonathan Girard
  • John Grahame
  • Ben Guite
  • Andy Hilbert
  • Jamie Huscroft
  • Milan Jurcina
  • Antti Laaksonen
  • Jeremy Lauzon
  • Cameron Mann
  • Brad Marchand
  • Adam McQuaid
  • Kevan Miller
  • Eric Nickulas
  • Colton Orr
  • Chris Porter
  • Tuukka Rask
  • Andrew Raycroft
  • Jeremy Reich
  • Randy Robitaille
  • Jon Rohloff
  • Andre Roy
  • Ryan Spooner
  • Cam Stewart
  • Mark Stuart
  • Tim Sweeney
  • Tim Thomas
  • Nate Thompson
  • Mattias Timander
  • Chris Wagner
  • Trent Whitfield
  • Landon Wilson
  • Sergei Zholtok

Franchise records and leaders

Single season
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
Career goals: Andy Hilbert, 101, (2001–2005)
Career assists: Alexander Khokhlachev, 110, (2012-2016)
Career points: Andy Hilbert, 210, (2001–2005)
Career penalty minutes: Aaron Downey, 1059, (1997–2000, 2007)
Career goaltending wins: Zane McIntyre, 86, (2015–2019)
Career shutouts: Zane McIntyre, 11, (2015–2019)
Career games: Tommy Cross, 380, (2011-2021)

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers for the Providence Bruins in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;      = current Providence player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Andy Hilbert C 234 101 109 210 .90
Sergei Zholtok C 196 83 103 186 .95
Andre Savage C 191 71 104 175 .92
Tim Sweeney LW 121 71 101 172 1.42
Alexander Khokhlachev C 197 61 110 171 .87
Pascal Pelletier C 206 71 99 170 .82
Cameron Mann RW 182 73 86 159 .87
Seth Griffith C 165 56 102 158 .96
Austin Czarnik C 157 51 104 155 .99
Jordan Szwarz C 185 66 82 148 .80

Retired numbers

Providence Bruins retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retirement
25 Colby Cave C 2014-2019 April 4, 2022

See also

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