The Providence Bruins to play home games at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough this year


MARLBOROUGH – The Boston Bruins’ top minor in the minor leagues will move to Marlborough for their 2020-21 season.

The Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League announced Monday that they will play their home games at the New England Sports Center this season. The Dunkin ‘Donuts Center in Providence – the team’s usual arena – is used by the State of Rhode Island for various COVID-19 initiatives and is not available for the season, according to a press release from the team.

“We welcome the Providence Bruins to the New England Sports Center for this fan-less season,” H. Larue Renfroe, owner and president of the Providence Bruins, said in a press release. “We do it with a heavy heart because the team belongs to Dunk, where we look forward to returning next season and beyond. The Boston-Providence partnership is very strong and we are playing this season to support the Bruins as they play for a Stanley Cup.

The American Hockey League is playing a shortened season this year starting early next month and ending in early May. More details on the upcoming season will be announced later.

“The relationship between the Boston Bruins and Providence is critical to the development of our players and our future success,” Bruins president Cam Neely said in a press release. “Given the unprecedented circumstances, we are very grateful that the New England Sports Center can host the team this season, and we look forward to the Bruins’ return to Providence, not only for the 21-22 season, but for many. more to come. . “

In addition to the Providence Bruins, Renfroe also owns the sprawling New England Sports Center, which opened in November 1994 with four rinks. The Donald Lynch Boulevard ice facility has been expanded several times over its 26-year history, including an 88,830 square foot expansion that housed two new full-size rinks, bringing the center’s total to eight ice surfaces. full size and two practice rinks. The facility is now the largest indoor ice facility in North America.

The facility has served as an economic engine for Marlborough over the years, bringing in between $ 15 million and $ 25 million a year in sales of hotel rooms, meals and other activities to the town and region, officials said. center in 2018.

Jeff Malachowski can be reached at 508-490-7466 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JmalachowskiMW.

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