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Bruins sign defensemen Egener, Stokes

The Boston Bruins, parent club of the AHL’s Providence Bruins, announced today that the club has signed defensemen Mike Egener and Ryan Stokes to contracts.

Egener, originally of Lahr, Germany, was selected in the second round, 34th overall, by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-4, 213-pound defenseman split the 2007-2008 season between the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL and the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. He played 17 games with Norfolk and scored two goals and one assist, and he tallied a goal and 13 penalty minutes in nine games with Mississippi.

The 23-year-old shows 14 points (6-8-14) in 205 career AHL games for Springfield and Norfolk.

Stokes, a 24-year-old from Corruna, Ont., spent the 2007-08 season with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. There he played in 55 regular-season games and notched 10 points (4-6-10) with 93 penalty minutes. He also skated in all 12 of Rockford’s Calder Cup Playoff games.

Before coming to the IceHogs, he played two full seasons with the Houston Aeros, appearing in 158 total games. In his four-year professional career, the 6-4, 200-pound defenseman has played in 213 AHL contests and has scored eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points.