Shortly after the released of the 2014/15 American Hockey League’s schedule, the NHL’s Boston Bruins announced they had agreed to a long-term affiliation with the AHL Providence Bruins.
This will be the 23rd consecutive season the two clubs have worked together, making it one of the longest standing “player development agreements” between the two leagues.
The two clubs being just an hours car drive apart is just one of the benefits of the affiliation.
Over 190 players have spent time with both teams in their history working together, with such names including Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Ryan Spooner, Niklas Svedberg and Tim Thomas.
The Providence Bruins have won five division championships and have reached the postseason 17 times in 22 years, capturing the Calder Cup championship in 1999.
Their straight run of making eleven straight playoff appearances was broken in the 2009/10 season and that started a three year barren spell for the team.
They’ve been back on track for the last two years however, making the second round before suffering tough losses on both occasions to Wilkes-Barre Scranton in seven game series.
Peter Chiarelli also announced that Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney has been named the General Manager of the Providence Bruins and that Jay Pandolfo has been hired as Development Coach.
As many NHL teams have shown as late, having a strong AHL team can be a key asset to success and furthering your progress.