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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Three others sign with Bruins

By Joe McDonald

Joe Colborne wasn’t the only prospect the Boston Bruins signed Wednesday.

General manager Peter Chiarelli also announced the organization signed forward Jordan Caron, goaltender Michael Hutchinson and defenseman Steven Kampfer to entry-level contracts.

Kampfer arrived in Providence on Tuesday, practiced with the P-Bruins on Wednesday and will remain with the team for the remainder of the season. Colborne will practice with Providence on Thursday and both will make their pro debuts on Friday against the Worcester Sharks at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Kampfer, 21, just completed his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines with a plus-18 rating in 45 games as a senior. In four seasons, he recorded seven goals and 54 assists for 60 points. He was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 draft. He was acquired by the Bruins from Anaheim on March 2 in exchange for a condition fourth-round draft pick.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “It’s a dream come true, especially to sign with an organization like the Bruins. I’m really happy and I’m excited to start my professional career. I’m just looking forward to playing good hockey, to have great teams. Hopefully I can contribute with Providence this year and make the best out of my pro career.”

Caron, 19, was the Bruins’ first-round selection (25th overall) in the 2009 draft and is playing for Rouyn-Noranda in the Quebec Major Junior league playoffs. He also played for Team Canada and won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in January.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s my first NHL contract and it’s great,” said Caron. “I knew it was going to happen one day, and today is a special day to finally have an NHL contract with the Bruins.”

Hutchinson, 20, played in 46 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, recording a .913 save percentage and a 2.86 goals-against average. The Knights are playing in the second round of the OHL playoffs. He was drafted by Boston in the third round (77th overall) in the 2008 draft.

“I’m completely excited,” he said. “It’s always been my dream to play in the NHL and signing’s one step closer to reaching that dream.”