A Look Back: Bruins Prospect Frederic Notches 1st Pro Hatty

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twiter @BlackAndGold277

As a huge Boston Bruins prospect guy, I was looking at some of the B’s talent at the developmental levels particularly at the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins during the 2018-19 regular season campaign. Looking at first-year American Hockey League pro and B’s 2016 first-round selection Trent Frederic and his best game offensively in April of 2019 when he notched three in a 5-3 road victory against boarding state rival Springfield Thunderbirds.

Frederic’s three goals all came in the second period from the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts and was a courageous effort to really put the team on his shoulders to get a victory over a birds team they see 12 times a year.  Frederic had a solid year learning the pro level rigors from Providence Head Coach Jay Leach and Assistant Trent Whitfield, and although didn’t have explosive numbers offensively with 14-11-25 numbers in 55 career games, his impact on the ice certainly overshadows his lack of finishing with point production, but that’s a work in progress nonetheless.

Below Is Frederic’s first career Pro Hat Trick and please subscribe to our new Black N’ Gold Hockey Youtube channel!  We’d really appreciate the continued support. Click HERE For Link To Our Youtube Channel

Also, give a listen to the latest Black N’ Gold Hockey Podcast that was recorded on June 26th with longtime friend and Bruins diehard Heather Ingerson! We have episode 135 planned for the weekend after the American 4th of July so stay tuned for that as we update you on the recent NHL Bruins free agent signings.

Providence Bruins Name Team Captain

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By: Mark Allred  |  Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

After longtime Providence Bruins defenseman departed from the Boston Bruins organization there’s been a vacancy at the role of the definitive team captain. Cross, who held the captaincy honor for the last three of his six seasons with the top minor-pro affiliate of the National Hockey Leagues Bruins. The Providence club is certainly doing things the right way with addressing the vacancy, and after six games in the 2018-19 American Hockey League campaign so far it seems Bruins Head Coach Jay Leach and supporting cast have found their guy.  Earlier today veteran forward Jordan Szwarz was named the team’s thirteenth captain in franchise history.

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Szwarz, a 5′-11″ 201-pound versatile forward was originally drafted in the fourth round by the Phoenix Coyotes (Now Arizona Coyotes) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. After a successful Canadian Junior career with the Ontario Hockey Leagues Saginaw Spirit where he appeared in 262 games posting 82-122-204 numbers. The now 27-year-old Ontario, Canada native has spent the last two seasons with the Providence club contributing 43-60-103 numbers in 121 games played with the Rhode Island franchise. His career in the AHL consists of 215 points in 368 games and when called up to the show he’s played 47 games in the NHL and has 4-3-7 numbers in 35 games with the Coyotes (4-0-4), and 12 games with the Boston Bruins (0-3-3).

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Jordan came to Providence camp before the 2016-17 season on a professional tryout agreement but would later sign a one-year two-way contract with the NHL Bruins in November of 2016. After signing with the Boston he would play the 2016-17 season with the Providence club. In his first year with Providence, he led the club in scoring with 54 points in 65 games earning another contract extension from the Bruins in March of 2018. Another impressive increase for Szwarz is his dollar value at the minor-pro level for a veteran who’s entering his eighth year in the AHL. From his minor-pro contract of $65K per season in the Coyotes system to $350K playing on a two-way contract with the Providence club this season.

Szwarz is off to a slow start to the 2018-19 campaign with one assist in six games, but slow starts have been an enigma for the Providence club in recent years as they seem to find team chemistry in the month of December. Even though this team has its troubles in the early going, the team has been a Calder Cup Playoff team for six straight seasons reaching the Eastern Conference Finals once, second round appearance twice, and three first-round best-of-five exits.

Although it’s early in the regular season, hopefully, this Providence team with the tutelage of Head Coach Jay Leach and Assistant bench boss Trent Whitfield can find what it takes to get the message embedded into the heads of these developing players and supporting veterans alike. The Bruins get back to work for game two of the weekend tonight at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island and try to erase the memory of last night’s overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Providence Bruins Coach Leach Gets All-Star Honors

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

With a 3-1 victory and season sweep of the Utica Comets last night, the American Hockey League announced that Providence Bruins Head Coach Jay Leach will be the bench boss and represent the Atlantic Division at the 2018 AHL All-Star game.  The first-year Head Coach of the top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins has done what it takes to properly develop prospects along with Assistant Coaches Spencer Carbery and Trent Whitfield to catapult the 21-8-2-0 Providence team to the top of the Atlantic Division and even better Eastern Conference.

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Leach, a native of Syracuse, New York was a former Captain of the Providence Bruins and also at the NCAA level with the Providence College Friars. Jay becomes the 12th head coach of Providence dating back to 1992 when the AHL franchise moved the Maine Mariners from Portland, Maine to the state of Rhode Island. As an AHL Bruins player, Leach played in 209 career games contributing 11-21-32 numbers with 324 penalty minutes. Leach appeared in two National Hockey League games with the Boston Bruins only to get seven minutes in penalties on the score sheet.

Leach and his Providence team get back to work tonight and end the season-long eight game road trip when they travel to Belleville, Ontario with a matchup against the new AHL franchise Belleville Senators. The Sens have a record of 12-17-0-3 and have lost their last game 4-3 against the Laval Rocket in Belleville and are 2-7-0-1 in the last ten games. Puck Drops from Yardmen Arena at 7pm and is the last game of 2017 and the team returns to the Dunkin” Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island after a month-long road trip next year on January 5, 2018, when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE. Follow the Baby B’s Fan Club on Social Media!

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Boston Bruins Name Kevin Dean Assistant Coach

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By Mark Allred                           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

When the Bruins ended their postseason run for the first time in two years against Ottawa, General Manager mentioned in the team’s exit meetings or locker cleanout day that the organization would like to explore options on the idea of adding another assistant coach to the mix. Well, today they made it happen with the addition of Kevin Dean.

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Dean is a solid coach and did very well in his first season as a bench boss with the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins. After a 43-23-6-4 regular season and a Calder Cup Playoff run that got them to the third round, this is an excellent idea as a wave of developmental talent knocks on the door of potential roster spots in the next few seasons.  Obviously, the hiring of now NHL B’s coach Bruce Cassidy is a clear indication the team is going to get younger and another set of eye’s and voice as an assistant coach may have never come at a better time. Both Dean and Cassidy have been in this scenario before when they spent the 2011-12 to 2015-16 seasons behind the AHL bench and racked up a 207-128-21-24 record in 380 games.

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With the upward movement of the coaching staff, Providence Journal Bruins Beat Writer Mark Divver mentioned Trent Whitfield and Jay Leach are likely to fill the gaps as they’ve been with the team for the 2016-17 year. Leach has been with the B’s for one season after an assistant job with the Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Whitfield, a former Assistant Coach in the AHL with the former Portland Pirates, joined the Baby B’s from the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen. Both Leach and Whitfield have spent time as players for the Bruins organization.

To me this looks like an R&D project taking shape and why not set the tone of something useful in building a core of educators to grasp the minds and creativity of the individual players who are about to spend many years in the National Hockey League. This is a positive step forward, and it looks like the B’s are setting the building blocks for many years of competitive hockey and possibly a yearly threat like they were for several seasons before missing the playoffs for two straight seasons.

This may be the biggest offseason of Sweeney’s career so far as he and scouts construct a roster to not only make the playoffs for the second straight year but possibly make a run in the late rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The offseason believe it or not is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, the no hockey to watch does suck during the long dog day time off but looking at the direction this organization is going and dissecting certain decisions will also be intriguing.