April 4, 2012

P-Bruins sign Michigan captain Glendening to ATO

By Jesse Connolly

The Providence Bruins will be welcoming two new forwards to the fold in short order. For one, it’ll be a familiar experience. The other, meanwhile, will be in entirely new territory. 

Luke Glendening wore the 'C' for Michigan during his junior and senior seasons. (Getty)

For the second-straight spring, prospect Ryan Spooner will be finishing up his 2011-12 season in Providence. The 20-year-old forward had three points in three games for the P-Bruins in 2011 after his Kingston Frontenacs were bounced from the playoffs.

This time around, Spooner and the Sarnia Sting lasted six games before bowing out of the postseason. Selected 45th overall by the Bruins in 2010, Spooner is coming off his best junior season yet. In 57 games for Kingston and Sarnia, the 5-foot-10 pivot racked up 29 goals and 37 assists for a total of 66 points.

While Spooner has pro experience and multiple training camps with the Bruins under his belt, the fellow forward also joining Providence this week is brand spanking new to the organization.

The P-Bruins signed University of Michigan captain Luke Glendening to an Amateur Tryout Agreement. Glendening, 22, has spent the last four years with the Wolverines and recently completed a senior season that saw him pick up a career-high 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists).

The undrafted forward recorded 70 points and an impressive plus-57 rating during his four-year run at Michigan. He’s just one of eight players in school history to captain the team for multiple seasons, as Glendening also wore the ‘C’ during his junior year. Glendening is one of just three Wolverines to wear a letter for three seasons.

Listed at 5-foot-11, he was named the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward and also earned the Howard Colby Award for sportsmanship from the Michigan Hockey Dekers Blue Line Club.

The P-Bruins have five games remaining this season. Glendening could make his pro debut as soon as Friday night when Providence takes on the Worcester Sharks.