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By: Mark Allred | Follow me on Twitter @BlackAndGold277

The Providence Bruins announced today that the top minor pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins signed goaltender Vinny Duplessis to an amateur try-out agreement for at least the three remaining games of the 2023-24 regular season. Per Mark Divver, Providence netminder Michael DiPietro is nursing an injury this week, so this could be an insurance signing for the final three games of the AHL season this weekend. We also need to consider which Providence goaltender will be the third string when the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs start tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Quebec, Canada native spent last season in the NCAA with the Quinnipiac Bobcats, where he posted a season record of 21-7-2, with a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage in 30 games in ECAC Conference action. The 6′-1″ 175-pound goaltender got his first taste of pro hockey after his commitment to Quinnipiac was over at the close of this 2023-24 season when he joined the Utah Grizzlies, going winless in two games before signing with Providence. Duplessis also spent time in the Massachusetts area with the Boston University Terriers in a backup role before leaving Hockey East for Quinnipiac last season, where he helped his Bobcats in his final NCAA year, earning an ECAC Regular Season Championship.

The American Hockey League Providence Bruins are in action tonight, facing Atlantic Division foe, the Springfield Thunderbirds. The AHL Bruins need three points out of the final three games to secure the first-round bye in the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs. As of now, the NHL Bruins affiliate sits in the second spot in the Atlantic with a regular season record of 40-20-6-3, good for 89 points, 22 points behind division-leading Hershey Bears and four points ahead of third-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Providence is 19-9-3-3 at the Amica Mutual Pavillion and 4-2-3-1 in their last ten games.