Providence Profiles: Matt Bartkowski

Providence Bruins Defenseman Matt Bartkowski (Credit:Flickr/Bridget Samuels)

Today is day 2 of the NHL lock out and while we could sit and sulk and cry about the situation, the better thing to do is focus on the next best thing being the AHL. As you all know the AHL affiliate to the Boston Bruins is the Providence Bruins. So until this NHL lock out comes to a close, the P-Bruins will be our full coverage team. Because of this, it is probably best that the fans get familiarized with Providence players, though some names should already be recognizable.

Without anymore talk I bring you our new Monday feature Providence Profiles.

As you may remember back in July Matt Bartkowski was signed to a one-year, two-way contract keeping him in the system at least through this season. Bartkowski was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 2008 draft in the 7th round 190 pick overall. He was acquired by the Bruins along with Dennis Seidenberg in March of 2010 and has spent the past two seasons playing back and fourth between Providence and Boston.

Bartowski, a Pittsburgh PA native ironically enough made his NHL debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011. Though no goals were registered, the defenseman had two penalty minutes. Since that game Bartowski has played in 8 other NHL games. His time in the Bruins system for the most part has been spent in Providence.

In just two seasons in Providence, Bartowski has managed 8 goals, 37 assists, and 80 penalty minutes  in 119 games. The 24-year-old has the size and the strength for the NHL but for the time being will be a key defenseman for the P-Bruins.

The Providence Bruins created a virtual yearbook of their players so if you’re interested in reading more about how Barkowski’s hockey journey, you can check it out here.

Here’s a video of Bartowski before his NHL debut:

And who doesn’t enjoy a good hockey fight:

This has been the inagural post of the Providence Profile. Be sure to check back here every Monday to learn more about the Providence Bruins!

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