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The NHL’s Boston Bruins sign rookie Byron Bitz to multi-year deal

BOSTON – Byron Bitz has signed a multi-year contract to stay with the Boston Bruins.

The deal announced Wednesday keeps the 24-year-old forward with the team after a rookie season in which he had four goals and three assists in 35 games and showed a physical style. In five playoff games, he had one goal and one assist.

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The Bruins drafted Bitz in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL draft after four years at Cornell.