P-BRUINS FLIP GOALIES WITH ROYALS
Dalton Returns to Providence, Hutchinson Sent to Reading
Providence, RI – The Providence Bruins, in their 19th season in the American Hockey League, today announced that the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins have reassigned goaltender Matt Dalton to Providence from the ECHL's Reading Royals, while also reassigning goalie Michael Hutchinson from Providence to Reading.
Dalton, 24, has appeared in one game for the P-Bruins this season, facing Springfield on opening night on Oct. 8. The second-year pro worked the first two periods of the game, stopping 12 of 16 shots in a 5-1 loss. He was later reassigned to Reading on Oct. 18 after posting a 6.00 goals-against-average and .750 save percentage for Providence. Dalton achieved much greater success with the Royals this year, however, going 11-7-0 with two shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and .912 save percentage in 18 games while leading his club to a first-place record in the ECHL's Atlantic Division. He leaves Reading having won three of his last four starts.
As a rookie in 2009-10, Dalton backstopped the Royals to the American Conference Finals and he was named Reading's Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Fan's Choice after finishing the regular season with a 22-20-4 record, one shutout, a 3.47 GAA and .906 save percentage in 46 outings. He added a 10-6 mark in the postseason, along with a 3.02 GAA and .914 save percentage. Dalton also went 0-4-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .904 save percentage in six games for Providence as a first-year pro following two seasons with the Bemidji State University Beavers. The Clinton, Ontario, native was signed by Boston to an entry-level contract on April 22, 2009.
Hutchinson, 20, has gone 7-7-0 with a 3.11 GAA and .898 save percentage in 18 games for Providence to begin his professional career. The P-Bruins' November Player of the Month enjoyed a seven-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 31 to Nov. 24, going 5-0-0, but he has since lost five of his last six starts.
Prior to turning pro, Hutchinson enjoyed four junior seasons in the OHL with Barrie and London. The native of Barrie, Ontario, went a remarkable 32-12-2 with three shutouts and a 2.86 GAA in his final junior year for the Knights in 2009-10. Overall, Hutchinson compiled a 67-50-13 record in 130 regular season games in juniors, plus a 12-11 playoff mark. The rookie was selected by Boston 77th overall in round three of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
The P-Bruins' roster is now comprised of 24 players, including 14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
Providence is on the road for three games this weekend to continue a five-game road swing. The club is in Manchester on Friday, Connecticut on Saturday and Bridgeport on Sunday. The P-Bruins are next home to host the Monarchs at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 for Kids Hat Night. Hats are free to the first 1,000 kids age 12 and under.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com.