Boston extends affiliation with Providence, Pandolfo named development coach

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The AHL Providence Bruins will be sticking with Boston for the foreseeable future. The two sides have inked a long-term affiliation agreement that will preserve the organizational status quo.

“On behalf of the Bruins organization we are happy to have our relationship with the Providence Bruins extended,” said Bruins President Cam Neely, per the team’s website. “Having our AHL affiliate so close is a great asset to not only our hockey team, but to our fans, as they can watch our prospects develop. I’d like to thank H. Larue Renfroe, Jeff Fear and Matt Poore and the rest of the Providence Bruins organization for their continued commitment to Bruins Hockey.”

Boston did announce some front office changes at the same time though. Assistant general manager Don Sweeney will take over as Providence’s general manager. The retired NHL defenseman has been working under GM Peter Chiarelli since 2006.

They also added Jay Pandolfo to the staff as the franchise’s development coach. Pandolfo had 100 goals and 226 points in 899 NHL games with New Jersey, the New York Islanders, and Boston. He officially hung up his skates in January after playing in 18 contests in 2013.