May 12, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) as defenseman Kevan Miller (86) defends during the third period in the game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins: AHL P-Bruins announce early season events.

The Boston Bruins have had many players start their professional careers in their AHL affiliate in Providence. Players like Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk, and Tuukka Rask a season or more in Providence.  The Providence Bruins play with the same system as the ‘big club’, and their intensity matches that of most NHL teams. Since 1992, the P-Bruins have brought their brand of grit and skill to hockey.

Kevan Miller started last season in Providence. Through hard work he earned a shot in Boston.  His dedication and effort got him a two year contract and a permanent spot on the team.

The year before that, it was Torey Krug who got the nod to move up to the NHL. He made a splash in the playoffs, and earned a slot on the blue line. While he’s a practical lock to making the team next year, he knows he still got room to grow in Boston. “I’m really proud of everything I accomplished as a rookie, but you never stop improving and getting better,” offered the Bruins defenseman in an interview earlier today. “There’s always room to improve. I want to gain that trust where I’m a top four defenseman, and I’m playing 20 minutes a night in all situations. That will be something I’ll be trying to prove to myself, and to the Bruins.”

This season, Providence players like Justin Florek, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, and Alexander Khokhlachev could earn themselves a spot on the NHL Bruins roster.

Today, the Providence Bruins announced their season opener. They also revealed the dates of several important dates in Providence’s 2014-15 season.

Sunday, September 21  – Boston Bruins Black & Gold Scrimmage - The Big B’s come into Providence to take on the Providence squad. The last time the Bruins squads scrimmaged, it was a memorable event. The AHL Bruins backed up by Anton Khudobin defeated the Boston squad. Bobby Robins squared off against Adam McQuaid in a spirited, but mostly one-sided fight. The NHL will be looking for a little good natured payback this season.

Friday, October 3 – P-Bruins Preseason Game & Fanfest – The Bruins fan fest will have a carnival like atmosphere. There will be plenty of games, food, and activities for the whole family to participate in.

Friday, October 10 – Opening Night in Providence - The Providence Bruins will start the 2014-15 season (hopefully with a win).

Friday, October 24 – Pink in the Rink – The Providence Bruins will be working with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation in order to raise awareness about the deadly disease. If you ever wanted to see the P-Bruins become the Pink Bruins, that’s the night to go.

The Providence Bruins have a culture that has the spirit of Boston, but a flavor all its own. They are part of the future of the Boston Bruins, and it’s always fun to watch future stars get their start in the AHL.

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