Kings sign Bodnarchuk

The 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, parent club of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs, have signed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to a one-year contract.

Bodnarchuk, who turns 24 on July 11, tied a career high with five goals and set a new career high with 17 points in 63 regular-season games with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins while serving as an alternate captain this past season. His five goals tied for the team lead among P-Bruins defensemen in 2011-12. He also finished the season with 44 penalty minutes.

The 2010-11 season was also a productive one for Bodnarchuk as he set new AHL career highs for games played (75) and penalty minutes (91) while finishing third among P-Bruins defensemen in points (16) and second in assists (15).

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Bodnarchuk made his NHL debut and skated in five regular-season games with the Boston Bruins during the 2009-10 season. He totaled zero points and two penalty minutes in the five games.

The native of Drumheller, Alta., was selected by Boston in the fifth round in the 2006 NHL Draft, and he has 58 points (12g, 46a) and 219 penalty minutes in 270 career AHL regular-season games. Additionally, he has two assists and 22 penalty minutes in 15 career AHL playoff games.