East Longmeadow’s Frank Vatrano makes Bruins debut

Vatrano had a strong preseason and finally got a chance to showcase his talents Saturday night in Montreal Credit: masslive.com
Vatrano had a strong preseason and finally got a chance to showcase his talents Saturday night in Montreal
Credit:
masslive.com

Growing up in New England, Frank Vatrano always dreamed of playing for the Bruins and scoring goals against the hated Montreal Canadiens. Vatrano grew up skating and playing hockey just down the road in Enfield, Connecticut at the Enfield Twin Rinks. He played a year at Umass Amherst, scoring 28 points in 36 games. Vatrano was signed by the B’s in March of 2015, making his professional debut for the Providence Bruins later that season. Friday night, Vatrano got the call from Bruins management telling him he would be in the lineup for the big club the next night in Montreal. With his father and uncle in attendance, Vatrano took full advantage in the first period firing off a shot on goal on his first shift. In the second period he was rewarded for his hustle with a goal to give the Bruins the lead. The B’s ultimately fell apart in the third period, losing 4-2 to the Habs. It was a dream come true for Vatrano as not only did he play his first game against the Canadiens but also scored as well becoming the second Bruins player this season to score a goal in his first career game. Tyler Randell was the first one to do so. With David Pastrnak missing some time with a cracked foot, expect Vatrano to get an extended look on the first two lines in the next few weeks.

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