Hamilton Bulldogs

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Hamilton Bulldogs
2014–15 AHL season
Hamilton Bulldogs.svg
City Hamilton, Ontario
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division North Division
Founded 1969
Home arena FirstOntario Centre

Blue, Red, Copper, Tan, White

Owner(s) Canada Michael Andlauer
Head coach Canada Sylvain Lefebvre
Media The Hamilton Spectator
AM900 CHML[1]
TVA Sports
Affiliates Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Franchise history
First Franchise
Nova Scotia Oilers
Cape Breton Oilers
Hamilton Bulldogs
Toronto Roadrunners
Edmonton Road Runners
Oklahoma City Barons
2015- Bakersfield Condors
Second Franchise
Montreal Voyageurs
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Fredericton Canadiens
1999-2002 Quebec Citadelles
2002-present Hamilton Bulldogs
Regular season titles 1 (2002–03)
Division Championships 4 (2002–03, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2010–11)
Conference Championships 3 (1996–97, 2002–03, 2006–07)
Calder Cups 1 (2006–07)
Aaron Palushaj wearing the Bulldogs uniform during a game played at the Bell Centre in Montreal

The Hamilton Bulldogs are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Hamilton, Ontario, at FirstOntario Centre (formerly known as Copps Coliseum), nicknamed 'The Dog Pound'. They are the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. The team has won the Calder Cup once in their history, in 2007.


The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club was first established in 1996 following the relocation of the Cape Breton Oilers. The team was nicknamed the "Bulldogs" as it was determined to best suit the City of Hamilton. The name "Hamilton Havoc" was runner-up.

On the ice, the club has reached the Calder Cup Finals three times. Firstly in 1997, the club's first year, and again in 2003 only to lose in both cases. The 2003 game 7 final was played June 12, 2003, vs the Houston Aeros. The attendance at Copps Coliseum was 17,428, making it the largest playoff crowd in the history of the AHL (the record was since broken in 2005 in Philadelphia). Houston won the game 3–0 and the series 4–3. The Bulldogs finally won the Calder Cup Final in 2007 against the Hershey Bears. This series was a rematch of the 1997 Calder Cup Final which Hershey won 4 games to 1. The Bulldogs reversed that in 2007 - Hamilton 4 games to Hershey's 1.

Off the ice, the club faced turmoil in 2000 resulting in a "Stay Dogs Stay" campaign spearheaded by Don Robertson, Ron Burnstein, Nick Javor, and club President Cary Kaplan, aimed at keeping the franchise in Hamilton. The campaign was a financial success and resulted in the club remaining in the Steel City with a bolstered fan base and an improved lease with the City of Hamilton.

In spite of a franchise high in attendance in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers announced plans to move their AHL affiliation to Toronto. The same "Stay Dogs Stay" committee went back to work for the second consecutive year, and secured local interests who made a multi-million dollar investment to secure ownership of the Quebec Citadelles and merged them with Hamilton thus keeping the Bulldogs in town. The achievement to preserve the franchise was a unique joint venture between the Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton Oilers, the American Hockey League, and a local consortium of Hamilton owners, which allowed for a joint affiliation in 2002–2003 between Montreal and Edmonton as ownership changed hands. After the 2002-03 season, the Oilers officially relocated their franchise to Toronto and became the Toronto Roadrunners. As part of the merger agreement, the Bulldogs were able to retain much of their team and staff that had been affiliated with the Canadiens to keep team continuity for the following season. Fans voted to keep the Bulldogs name which won over the Hamilton Canadiens and Hamilton Habs.

In the summer of 2004, Burlington businessman Michael Andlauer purchased bought out much of the minority shares, to became majority owner, governor, and chairman of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Andlauer was part of the initial group of local business people, who purchased the club from the Edmonton Oilers in 2002. By 2011, Andlauer owned 100% of the franchise.

In 2010, fans saw the Bulldogs under coach Guy Boucher advance to the Western Conference finals against the Texas Stars only to lose a hard fought series in game seven.

Soon to start their 17th season, the Bulldogs are the longest serving non-NHL pro hockey franchise in Canada, the longest serving Canadian AHL franchise (a record it gained in 2010 previously held by the St. John's Maple Leafs, which played 14 seasons from 1991 to 2005), and one of its most successful franchises with over 2,500,000 fans to date.

Of the 30 AHL franchises, the Bulldogs are 7th in tenure (behind only Rochester, Hershey, Providence, Portland, Syracuse, and Springfield).

Franchise timelines[edit]

This market was previously served by:

List of timelines for the two separate franchises known as the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Edmonton Oilers AHL Affiliates

Montreal Canadiens AHL Affiliates

Season-by-season results[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 3, 2015.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
6 Canada Allen, BryanBryan Allen D L 34 2014 Kingston, Ontario Canadiens
27 Switzerland Andrighetto, SvenSven Andrighetto RW L 21 2013 Sumiswald, Switzerland Canadiens
9 United States Bennett, MacMac Bennett D L 23 2009 Narragansett, Rhode Island Canadiens
28 Canada Bournival, MichaelMichael Bournival LW L 22 2010 Shawinigan, Quebec Canadiens
15 United States Bowman, DraysonDrayson Bowman LW L 25 2014 Grand Rapids, Michigan Canadiens
11 Canada Carr, DanielDaniel Carr LW L 23 2014 Sherwood Park, Alberta Canadiens
1 United States Condon, MichaelMichael Condon G L 24 2013 Needham, Massachusetts Canadiens
23 Canada Crisp, ConnorConnor Crisp C L 20 2013 Alliston, Ontario Canadiens
7 Canada Dietz, DarrenDarren Dietz D R 21 2011 Medicine Hat, Alberta Canadiens
18 United States Dowell, JakeJake Dowell (A) C L 30 2014 Eau Claire, Wisconsin Bulldogs
4 United States Drewiske, DavisDavis Drewiske (A) D L 30 2013 Hudson, Wisconsin Canadiens
40 Canada Dumont, GabrielGabriel Dumont (C) C R 24 2009 Dégelis, Quebec Canadiens
3 Canada Ellis, MorganMorgan Ellis D R 22 2010 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Canadiens
26 United States Finley, JoeJoe Finley (A) D L 27 2014 Edina, Minnesota Bulldogs
33 Canada Gill, SahirSahir Gill C L 22 2014 Terrace, British Columbia PTO
17 United States Hensick, T. J.T. J. Hensick C R 29 2014 Howell, Michigan Bulldogs
10 Canada Hudon, CharlesCharles Hudon LW L 20 2012 Alma, Quebec Canadiens
39 Canada MacDonald, JoeyJoey MacDonald G L 35 2014 Pictou, Nova Scotia Canadiens
12 Canada Macenauer, MaximeMaxime Macenauer C L 26 2013 Laval, Quebec Bulldogs
32 Sweden Nygren, MagnusMagnus Nygren D R 24 2011 Karlstad, Sweden Canadiens
2 United States Pateryn, GregGreg Pateryn (A) D R 24 2008 Sterling Heights, Michigan Canadiens
21 United States Sorkin, NickNick Sorkin LW L 23 2014 Rockville, Maryland Bulldogs
25 United States Tangradi, EricEric Tangradi LW L 26 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Canadiens
19 Canada Thomas, ChristianChristian Thomas RW R 22 2013 Toronto, Ontario Canadiens
5 United States Tinordi, JarredJarred Tinordi D L 23 2010 Millersville, Maryland Canadiens

Team captains[edit]

Notable NHL alumni[edit]

List of Hamilton Bulldogs alumni who played more than 100 games in Hamilton and 100 or more games in the National Hockey League.

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Goals: Paul Healey, 39 (2000–01)
Assists: Daniel Cleary, 52 (1999–2000)
Points: David Desharnais, 78 (2009–10)
Penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 522 (1996–97)
GAA: Cedrick Desjardins, 2.00 (2009–10)
SV%: Steve Passmore (1998–99) & Jaroslav Halak (2007–08), .929
Points: 115 (2009–10)
Most Wins Overall: 52 (2009–10)
Most Wins at Home: 25
Most Wins on the Road: 27


Playoff goaltending wins (1 season): Carey Price, 15 (2006–2007)


Career goals: Corey Locke, 85
Career assists: Corey Locke, 144
Career points: Corey Locke, 229
Career penalty minutes: Dennis Bonvie, 817
Career goaltending wins: Yann Danis, 81
Career shutouts: Jaroslav Halak, 11
Career games: Alex Henry, 486

Head coaches[edit]

President/General Manager[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHML & Bulldogs sign broadcast deal". 
  2. ^ "Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 Roster". Hamilton Bulldogs. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 

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