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September 10, 2009 9:25 AM

Bruins Add Wozniewski to Defensive Depth

On Wednesday afternoon, the Boston Bruins' rookies were at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, putting together an exciting 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. Off of the ice, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli was putting together the final details on a deal that made Andy Wozniewski the newest member of the organization. According to the Boston Globe, Wozniewski signed with the Bruins for one year.

Andy Wozniewski began his journey to the NHL in New England, as a member of the UMass-Lowell River Hawks. After spending just one season in Lowell, Wozniewski joined the NAHL's Texas Tornado, before returning to the NCAA with the University of Wisconsin. The Buffalo Grove, IL native's final three seasons of college hockey saw him produce ten goals, 28 assists, and 38 points in 116 games.

Although he was undrafted out of college, Wozniewski earned a spot with the St. John's Maple Leafs at the conclusion of his senior season, registering up one assist in three regular season games. After playing in 28 games with the Baby Buds during the 2004-05 campaign, Andy Wozniewski watched his dreams come true, as he split the following season between the Toronto Marlies and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The blueliner recorded four goals and eleven assists in 31 games with the Marlies, while also picking up his first NHL point with one assist in 13 tilts.

The 29-year old had a roller coaster career in the Toronto organization, as he split all three of his full seasons between the NHL and the AHL. In 76 career games with the Maple Leafs, Wozniewski had two goals, ten assists, twelve points, and 81 penalty minutes. From there, it was off to the St. Louis Blues' organization, where Wozniewski again found himself at the AHL level. The 6-foot-3 defenseman played in 56 games with the Peoria Rivermen last season, scoring 17 points on one goal and 16 assists. Andy also earned a one-game stint in St. Louis, before finishing his season in the Pittsburgh organization with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 18 regular season games with the Baby Pens, Wozniewski had two goals and two assists. He also appeared in six postseason contests, accumulating one goal and one assist.

Andy Wozniewski adds more depth to the organization, and will likely serve as a strong veteran presence with the Providence Bruins. If Wozniewski hopes to make it to the NHL right away, he will likely have to beat out Johnny Boychuk and Drew Fata for the final roster spot on the Boston blueline. Wozniewski's signing gives the Bruins 12 blueliners with at least one season of professional experience, meaning that the position of defense is in good shape throughout the organization.

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