The Providence Bruins will have to select a new team captain for the 2013-14 season, as three-year P-Bruin captain Trent Whitfield has elected to sign overseas for this coming season.
Whitfield is taking his hockey talents outside the United States for the first time in his professional career after signing a deal with HC Bolzano of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).
The 36-year-old has spent the last three seasons in the Bruins organization, including 17 games Boston Bruins at the NHL level. In his career with Providence, Whitfield has tallied 50 goals and 57 assists for 107 points over 195 games. The forward was elected to his first AHL All-Star game this past season and served as the Eastern Conference’s team captain.
Drafted in the fourth round (100th overall) during the Boston Bruins, Whitfield has played in 194 games at the NHL level, 801 games at the AHL level and 19 games at the ECHL level.
HC Bolzano coaches and scouts see the veteran AHL forward as one of the best two-way centers in the AHL and an absolute leader. Whitfield spent four of the last five seasons as team captain with his respective AHL club, including three of the last five with the Providence Bruins.
Whitfield has quickly flown to Bolzano to start training with the team and prepare for the upcoming season.