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Bruins add McIver, Schaefer

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, announced on Monday that they have signed defenseman Nathan McIver to a two-year contract and goaltender Nolan Schaefer to a one-year contract.

Per club policy, financial terms of the deals will not be disclosed.

The 25-year-old McIver is a veteran of 36 NHL games splitting his time between the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks. Last season, McIver scored one goal and had four assists for five points while skating in 44 games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. He has also added 109 penalty minutes.

McIver made his NHL debut in 2006-07 season, appearing in one game for the Canucks and totaling seven penalty minutes. He then appeared with Vancouver in 2007-2008, going scoreless for 17 games but registering 52 penalty minutes.

He was acquired by Anaheim in 2008-09 off waivers and skated in a career high 18 NHL games, scoring his first career point on an assist in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. He was then traded back to Vancouver for winger Mike Brown.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Summerside, P.E.I., was originally selected by Vancouver in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In five AHL seasons with Manitoba, McIver has recorded six goals, 17 assists and 570 PIM in 244 games.

The 30-year-old Schaefer is a veteran of seven NHL games, all played with the San Jose Sharks during the 2005-06 season where he posted a 5-1-0 record with a 1.87 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

Schaefer has played six seasons in the AHL with Houston, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, Worcester and Cleveland, compiling a record of 102-99-14 with 15 shutouts in 225 appearances. He led the entire AHL with a 2.06 GAA with Houston in 2007-08 and earned a share of the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award as the Aeros allowed the fewest goals in the AHL.

Schaefer played collegiate hockey at Providence College, where he set the school record with 2,848 saves in 99 appearances with the team. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Yellow Grass, Sask., was originally selected by San Jose in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and is the younger brother of former Bruins forward Peter Schaefer.