Boston acquires Colby Cohen from Avs

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, today announced the acquisition of defenseman Colby Cohen from the Colorado Avalanche, parent club of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, in exchange for defenseman Matt Hunwick. Cohen will report to Providence.

Cohen, 21, is in his first full professional season, which he has split between Colorado and the Monsters. As a member of the Monsters, Cohen has appeared in 14 games this season, scoring one goal while totaling 12 penalty minutes. The goal, also the first of this pro career, came on Oct. 17 in San Antonio. In addition, the rookie has suited up for three NHL contests with the Avalanche, going scoreless. He made his NHL debut against Dallas on Nov. 6.

The blueliner turned pro late in the 2009-10 campaign following his junior season at Boston University and made his pro debut for Lake Erie on Apr. 7 against the Abbotsford Heat. The former Hockey East First Team All-Star later tallied his first professional point with an assist against the Heat on Apr. 10.

Cohen was an NCAA National Champion with the Terriers in 2009 after netting the game-winning overtime goal in the title game against Miami (Ohio). In three years at BU, Cohen scored 25 goals and added 53 assists for 78 points, along with 181 PIM, in 118 contests.

Cohen, a native of Villanova, Pennsylvania, was selected by Colorado in the second round (45th overall) the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Hunwick, 25, has appeared in 178 career NHL games as a member of the Bruins between the regular season and playoffs, registering 13 goals, 38 assists and 51 points. This season, the fourth-year pro skated in 22 games with one goal and two helpers.

A native of Warren, Michigan, and University of Michigan grad, Hunwick played parts of two seasons with the P-Bruins from 2007-09, notching two goals and 24 assists for 26 points in 58 regular season games. He also tallied five assists in 10 postseason outings.