Hamilton Bulldogs

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Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton Bulldogs logo.svg
City Hamilton, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East
Founded 1981 (1981)
Operated 2015–present
Home arena FirstOntario Centre
Colours Black, Gold, White
General manager Steve Staios
Head coach John Gruden
Affiliate(s) Ancaster Avalanche
Franchise history
1981–2015 Belleville Bulls
2015–present Hamilton Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League that began to play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the Bulldogs play their home games at the FirstOntario Centre. They were purchased by owner Michael Andlauer in March 2015 and re-located to Hamilton after a 34-year run in Belleville, where they were known as the Bulls.

The Bulldogs replaced the American Hockey League team of the same name, also formerly owned by Andlauer. That original team played from in Hamilton from 1996 to 2015, after which they moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, to become the second incarnation of the St. John's IceCaps.


Move to Hamilton[edit]

On March 12, 2015, Michael Andlauer announced that he had acquired the Belleville Bulls and that they would move to Hamilton's FirstOntario Centre for the 2015–16 season as the Hamilton Bulldogs. The former AHL Hamilton Bulldogs had been sold to the Montreal Canadiens and moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, for the 2015–16 season as the St. John's IceCaps (the True North Sports and Entertainment-owned IceCaps, which were affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets, moved back to Winnipeg).[1]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
2015–16 68 25 35 8 0 58 .426 197 260 5th East
2016–17 68 33 27 4 4 74 .544 238 225 4th East


  • 2015–16: Did not qualify.
  • 2016–17: Lost to Kingston Frontenacs 4-games-to-3 in conference quarter-finals.


Current roster[edit]

Number Player Catches Position Birth year Place of birth Acquired NHL Status
33 Canada Kaden Fulcher L G 1998 Brigden, Ontario Trade SSM (2016) Eligible 2016
29 Canada Dawson Carty L G 1996 Burlington, Ontario Trade Kitchener (2016) Free Agent
Number Player Shoots Position Birth year Place of birth Acquired NHL Status
2 Canada Brody Morris L D 1996 Corbyville, Ontario 9th round (2012) Free Agent
5 Canada Justin Lemcke R D 1997 Whitby, Ontario 1st round (2013) Free Agent
6 Czech Republic Ondrej Kachyna L D 1998 Hodonin, Czech Republic 1st round import (2015) Eligible (2016)
8 Canada Jesse Sabban L D 1997 Lindsay, Ontario 2nd round (2013) Free Agent
9 Canada Reilly Webb R D 1999 Stoney Creek, Ontario 2nd round (2015) Eligible 2017
20 Canada Cole Candella L D 1998 Mississauga, Ontario 2nd round (2014) Eligible (2016)
22 Canada Jack Hanley L D 1998 Whitby, Ontario 4th round (2014) Eligible (2016)
24 Canada Connor Walters R D 1997 Welland, Ontario Trade OS (2015) Free Agent
42 United States Benjamin Gleason L D 1996 Ortonville, Michigan Trade LON (2015) Eligible (2016)
Number Player Shoots Position Birth year Place of birth Acquired NHL Status
12 Canada Mitchell Mendonca L C 1998 Thorold, Ontario 5th round (2014) Eligible 2016
14 Canada Niki Petti R RW 1996 Welland, Ontario 1st round (2012) Free Agent
17 Canada Brandon Saigeon L C 1998 Grimsby, Ontario 1st round (2014) Eligible 2016
12 Canada Evan Krassey R RW 1998 Atikokan, Ontario 8th round (2014) Eligible 2016
18 Canada Matthew Strome L LW 1999 Mississauga, Ontario 1st round (2015) Eligible 2017
19 Canada Adam Laishram R C 1997 Asburn, Ontario 4th round (2012) Free Agent
21 Canada Luke Kutevicius L C 1998 Toronto, Ontario Trade MISS (2016) Eligible 2016
25 Canada Matt Luff R RW 1997 Oakville, Ontario 7th round (2013) Free Agent
26 Canada Evan Krassey R RW 1998 Atikokan, Ontario Trade NIAG (2016) Eligible 2016
27 Canada Maurizio Colella L LW 1997 Tottenhm, Ontario 5th round (2013) Free Agent
28 Canada Joseph Mizzi R RW 1998 Markham, Ontario 7th round (2014) Eligible 2016
43 Canada Michael Cramarossa L LW 1996 Markham, Ontario 3rd round (2012) Free Agent
44 Canada MacKenzie Entwhistle R RW 1999 Georgetown, Ontario 2nd round (2015) Eligible 2017

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