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Bruins call up Austin Czarnik, update on Backes

08 October 2016: Boston Bruins center Austin Czarnik (61) sets up a wrist shot. The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 (OT) in a pre-season NHL game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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Per Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney, the club has recalled forward Austin Czarnik from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Providence Bruins.

Czarnik, 23, is expected to join the team for the pregame skate and be available for the game tonight against the New York Rangers.

Earlier this season Czarnik appeared in two games with Boston marking his first two career NHL games. While held off the scoreboard he did record two penalty minutes.

In addition to his NHL play he has also skated in two games with the AHL club in Providence this season, where he has notched one goal and two assists for three points.

In 68 games with the Providence Bruins last season, he recorded 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points with a plus-17 rating. The 5’9”, 167-pound forward ended the season ranked 7th in the AHL in points and 11th in assists in his rookie season as a professional player.

Prior to joining Providence, Czarnik finished up his senior season at Miami University (Ohio) in 2014-15, appearing in 40 games while registering nine goals (tied for fifth on the team) and 36 assists (led the team) for 45 points (led the team) with a plus-five rating.  The forward led the Redhawks the previous three seasons (2012-14) in both assists and points.

At the collegiate level with the Redhawks, he competed in 159 games and racked up 46 goals and 123 assists for 169 points (1.06 points per game average). Czarnik was named a Hobey Baker finalist in 2012-13 and served as team captain for his junior and senior campaigns.

The Washington, Michigan native signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins organization on April 1, 2015.

Sweeney also announced the following update on forward David Backes:

“David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24.  His condition will be updated after the weekend.”

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