The Boston Bruins are inviting veteran depth defenseman Aaron Ness to training camp on a professional tryout.
Ness had previously agreed to a pro tryout with the Kraken, but ultimately decided to take that same chance with the Bruins.
A left-shot defender, Ness spent the majority of the 2021 season on the Arizona Coyotes’ taxi squad, and played one game in all of 2021 between the NHL, AHL, and even ECHL with a 12:50 effort against San Jose on May 8.
The 2021 season was the 31-year-old’s second with the Coyotes, too, as Ness put up one assist and a plus-1 rating in 24 appearances with Arizona during the 2019-20 season. The Minnesota-born defenseman has tallied one goal and seven points in 72 NHL games with the Islanders, Capitals, and Coyotes since the start of the 2011-12 season, and his aforementioned 24-game run with Arizona in 2019-20 stood as the most games he’s played in any single NHL campaign.
Ness has significant AHL experience, too, with two goals and nine points in 17 games for the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Tucson during the 2019-20 season, and ranks 149th on the AHL’s all-time games played list.
The former University of Minnesota standout, who was drafted by the Islanders with the No. 40 overall pick in 2008, will be one of 21 defensemen brought to Bruins training camp this week.
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