The NHL lockout hurt many AHL players, especially the veterans. Graham Mink began the summer as a free agent following a 42 point campaign with the Hershey Bears during the 2011-2012 season. He fought through injury and was able to play in Hershey’s five postseason games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
He signed a contract today with the Providence Bruins, AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins, and could play in tonight’s game against the Springfield Falcons. Mink announced the deal via his twitter account: “Thanks for all the support! I am looking forward to getting back on the ice tonight for the P Bruins!”.
Mink has played for numerous teams throughout his AHL career including the Portland Pirates, Worcester Sharks, Rochester Americans and Peoria Rivermen along with the Hershey Bears. He also has played a total of seven NHL games for the Washington Capitals.
He played collegiate hockey at the University of Vermont for three seasons, and posted 29 points in 32 games in his best season with the team. Mink then began his pro career in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League), playing for the Richmond Renegades. He contributed 17 points in 29 games before his time in the AHL the same year, playing for the Portland Pirates.
He spent a few seasons with Portland, before his best season with Worcester Sharks. The offensively skilled Mink 63 points in 61 games during the 2006-2007, averaging more than a point per game.
In Providence, Mink could assume a scoring role with the departure of Chris Bourque to the Boston Bruins. He could also earn time on the Providence power play.