Saturday, April 7, 2012

This Date In Providence Bruins History: April 7

1993: The Providence Civic Center organ dies in the middle of the national anthem, but the fans in Section 109 (later to gain notoriety for their “Hockey! Hockey! Hockey!” puck-drop chant) offer backup to sing the rest of the anthem. From there, the home crowd is treated to an 8-3 blowaway of the Binghamton Rangers, highlighted by defenseman Mark Krys’ playmaker hat trick.

1995: After initially trailing, 4-1, the P-Bruins eventually pull even and proceed to top the Worcester IceCats, 7-6, at the Providence Civic Center.

2002: In a visit to the Lowell Lock Monsters, Zdenek Kutlak becomes just the fourth P-Bruin in the team’s 10 years of existence to suit up for all 80 games in a single regular season.

2004: Rich Brennan’s overtime goal beats Portland, 2-1, and clinches a playoff spot for Providence. Defenseman Zdenek Kutlak suits up for his 253rd P-Bruins game, surpassing Peter Laviolette for the all-time lead in that department.

2006: The P-Bruins record their third consecutive victory, edging the Albany River Rats, 3-2, at the Dunk.

2008: Goaltender Jordan Sigalet receives the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication. Sidelined for two months after his multiple sclerosis erupted during a Nov. 16 game against Worcester, Sigalet returned to action on Jan. 11 and played another 16 games, going 10-4-1 along the way.