Bruins Recall Johnston Native Noel Acciari after One Rehab Game in Providence

Bruins news release…

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, December 10, that the team has recalled forward Noel Acciari and forward Danton Heinen from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sweeney also announced that the team has assigned forward Anton Blidh to Providence. 

Acciari, 24, has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins in 2016-17, recording two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating.  

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound forward has skated in 31 career NHL games with the Bruins over the past two seasons, compiling three assists and 12 penalty minutes. He played 45 games in his first professional season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2015-16, registering seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points with 19 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating. Acciari also skated in three postseason contests with Providence, scoring one goal and two assists with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. 

The Johnston, Rhode Island native was originally signed by the Bruins as a free agent on June 8, 2015.

Heinen, who is in his first professional season with the Bruins organization in 2016-17, was assigned to Providence on November 2 after playing seven games in Boston. He has averaged a point per game during his Providence stint with seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 AHL games.

The 21-year-old forward finished up his sophomore season at the University of Denver in 2015-16, earning first-team All-NCHC honors after recording 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points with a plus-19 rating in 41 games. He also led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight season, helping the Pioneers advance to the 2016 Frozen Four. As a freshman in 2014-15, Heinen earned NCHC Rookie of the Year honors after winning the conference’s overall scoring title with 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points in 40 games.

The Langley, British Columbia native was originally selected by the Bruins in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Blidh is in his second full professional season with the Bruins organization in 2016-17 and has skated in four games with Boston, recording his first NHL point with an assist at Washington on December 7. He has also appeared in 19 games with Providence, producing five goals and four assists for nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating. The 21-year-old forward skated in 65 games with Providence in 2015-16, compiling 10 goals and four assists for 14 points with 48 penalty minutes.

Prior to signing with the Bruins, Blidh played two seasons (2013-15) with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League, totaling five goals and five assists for 10 points in 72 games. The 6-foot, 201-pound left wing also skated in 19 playoff games with Frolunda, recording two goals and two assists for four points.

The MoInlycke, Sweden native was originally selected by the Bruins in the sixth round (180 overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.