According to general manager Don Sweeney, the Boston Bruins have recalled 22-year-old defenseman Matt Grzelcyk from Providence after placing Matt Beleskey on injured reserve with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out six weeks.
Grzelcyk, a Charlestown native, will be eligible to play tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins for his first NHL game. Grzelcyk spent the past four years at Boston University, where he appeared in 124 games, tallying 26 goals and 68 assists for 94 points. The two-time captain was drafted by his hometown team in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
In his first professional season with the Bruins, Grzelcyk has registered one goal and 11 assists for a plus-12 rating, which is good enough for second best on the P-town Bs.
While it remains to be seen if Grzelcyk will actually play tonight, this is still an awesome story. As a junior at BU now, I remember Grzelcyk hoisting the 2015 Beanpot trophy and seeing the raw emotion in the kid's face. He is a winner and embodies true Boston grit. I expect him to have a good NHL career and hope it is with the Bruins.