Cassidy named head coach of Providence Bruins


Cassidy named head coach of Providence Bruins

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Bruins have made a selection on their coach for the AHL Providence Bruins, and its a familiar name to the farm club.

Bruce Cassidy has served the Boston organization well as a P-Bruins assistant for the last three seasons, and the Bs stayed in house to name Cassidy as the new head coach in Providence. Cassidy will be replacing Rob Murray, who has been offered several different assignments within the organization after leading the P-Bruins for the last three years.

Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney said that Cassidy has a wealth of knowledge in a pro hockey career thats taken him all over the world, and the Bs front office felt the head P-Bruins job was the next logical step for the 10th coach in their franchise history.

Bruce brings a wealth of experience at both the National Hockey League level, the American Hockey League level, as a player, you know, he brings insight, said Sweeney. I think that hes traveled a different course to get back to where he is right now and I think that hes hungry for the opportunity again.

Hes done a really good job of developing players at all different levels, to tell you the truth. Hes worked with the forwards and the defense and in the last couple of years weve seen a nice impact that hes had with our younger players. We feel excited about going forward with him.

Cassidy was a first round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1983 and played 35 games for the Hawks from 1985-1990 before playing pro hockey for Italy and Germany at the end of his hockey playing career.

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Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings


Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

The Bruins announced their lineup for the second preseason game on Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings, and it was slightly more veteran-laden than the youthful Boston group tapped for Monday night’s opening loss to the Blue Jackets.

Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid and Dominic Moore lead the grizzled group of Bruins players readying for the exhibition tilt against their Atlantic Division rivals, and 19-year-old Zachary Senyshyn will make his preseason debut after getting fully medically cleared from appendectomy surgery a couple of weeks ago.

The 2015 first round pick has had a bit of a rough summer after bouts with mononucleosis and appendicitis forced him to miss Bruins rookie camp, but Senyshyn has quickly regained his strength and the blazing speed that's his biggest asset as a player. 

Austin Czarnik, Peter Mueller and Sean Kuraly are the only players from the opening night roster that will be in again to show their stuff against the Winged Wheels, and undoubtedly to get another long look from the Bruins coaching staff. Here is the full Black and Gold lineup for Wednesday night’s home date against the Red Wings with the untelevised exhibition game to be streamed on


FORWARDS: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Austin Czarnik, Brian Ferlin, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Peter Mueller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

GOALIES: Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar.