In the past week, the Boston Bruins have announced the signing of three players to contracts. Goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban were given two-year, two-way contracts worth $650,000 at the NHL level. Forward Austin Czarnik was given a one-year, two-way contract worth $675,000 at the NHL level.

Goal by Austin Czarnik celebrating with Matt Grzelcyk

Czarnik played 49 games with the Boston club this past season, notching five goals and eight assists. He played 22 games with the Providence Bruins during the 2016-17 season tallying six goals and 17 assists, bringing his career totals with Providence to 93 games, 26 goals and 60 assists.

The Washington Township, Michigan native spent four seasons playing with the University of Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. During his time there, the 24-year-old collected 46 goals and 123 assists for 169 points in 159 games. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound forward served as team captain in his junior and senior years. He was a finalist for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Trophy. He also represented his country twice, earning a gold medal with Team USA at the IHF World U18 Championships in Minsk, Russia in 2010.

Like Czarnik, goaltender McIntyre went the collegiate route. He played for three years at the University of North Dakota, where he compiled a 58-24-9 record, tying him for UND’s all-time record in career wins. His career goals against average (2.08) and save percentage (.927) currently stand as UND’s all-time record. He backstopped his team to two Frozen Four tournament appearances, losing in the semifinals in 2014 and 2015. He was awarded the USHL Goaltender of the year award in 2011-12 and the NCHC Goaltender of the Year award in 2014-15. He was also one of the three finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

During the past season, the Thief River Falls, Minnesota native, dressed for 31 games with the Providence Bruins, amassing a 21-6-1 record with a 2.03 goals against average (2nd in the AHL) and a .930 save percentage (1st in the AHL). He also dressed for the Boston Bruins in eight games, most of them at the beginning of the season, where he posted a 0-4-1 record with a 3.97 goals against average and a .858 save percentage.

Malcolm Subban

At one point during the start of the 2016-17 season, both McIntyre and Subban were dressing for the Boston club while Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin suffered from injuries.

Subban played in 32 games  during the 2016-17 season with the Providence Bruins, where he compiled an 11-14-1 record with a 2.41 goals against average and a 0.917 save percentage. This marked his fourth season with Providence, and brought his career totals in the AHL to 127 games, with a record of 56-45-15.

The Toronto, Ontario native played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Belleville Bulls where he posted an OHL career record of 64-42-6 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. He also represented Canada during the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championship  held in Dresden, Germany. Team Canada came in fourth in the tournament. He stood between the pipes, wearing a Team Canada jersey,  during the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships at Ufa, Russia, where again Canada came in fourth.

All three players will certainly be working hard at training camp in September as they try to prove to management that they deserve a permanent spot on the Boston roster.

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.

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