P-Bruins Assign Button and Cross to ECHL

Ken Bell


P-Bruins news release…


Pair of
defensemen assigned to South Carolina

Providence, RI – The Providence
, in their 21st season in the American Hockey League, announced today that the Boston Bruins (NHL) have assigned Ryan Button and Tommy Cross to the South
Carolina Stingrays

Button, of Edmonton, Alberta, is being reassigned to South Carolina for the
first time this season. The second-year pro split last season between
Providence and Reading (ECHL), totaling a combined eight points in 58 games for
the clubs. In 23 games for the Bruins this season, Button has gone scoreless and
recorded 15 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, the 6'0″, 185-pound defenseman spent four seasons in the
WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders and Seattle Thunderbirds. In 264 career
junior games, Button recorded 113 points on 16 goals and 97 assists.

Cross skated in 23 games for the
Bruins since being assigned on November 30. The 6'3″, 210-pound defenseman
recorded 1+5=6 totals and 21 points. The Simsbury, Connecticut native was
originally assigned to South Carolina on October 11. At the time of his assignment
to Providence, Cross led the Stingrays in scoring with 17 points on six goals
and 11 assists.

Cross, a four-year product of Boston
College,  joined Providence at the end of
the 2011-12 season for two games. Boston's second round pick in the 2007 NHL
Entry Draft won two NCAA Championships while at Boston College.

The Bruins return to
The Dunk on Friday, February 15 for the first of a home-and-home series with
the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. for Poster
. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free poster
courtesy of Elite Auto Repair and Vintage Graphic Solutions.

Providence Bruins ticket packages are on sale now for the 2012-13 season. To
purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at 401-273-5000 or log on to the team
website at www.providencebruins.com.