Boston Bruins promote Keith Gretzky

The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday the promotion of Keith Gretzky to director of amateur scouting and the hiring of former Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson as a European amateur scout and Keith Sullivan as an amateur scout.

Gretzky, the brother of Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, previously served as an amateur scout for the Bruins. He joined the organization in 2011.

Axelsson spent his entire 11-year NHL career with the Bruins. He scored 103 goals and added 184 assists for 287 points in 797 games for Boston. Even though he has not played since 2009, he's remained close with the organization and has attended games when he's in Boston.

Axelsson recently told current Bruins forward Shawn Thornton that the team is going to "love" fellow Swede and forward Loui Eriksson, who was acquired as part of the trade from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley on July 4. Sullivan joins the Bruins as an amateur scout after spending four seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and one season with the Winnipeg Jets. He spent last season as general manager of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League.

Also, the Bruins announced the club has renewed its affiliation with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. This will be the second consecutive season the Bruins will be affiliated with the Stingrays.