Hamilton Bulldogs

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Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton Bulldogs logo.svg
CityHamilton, Ontario
LeagueOntario Hockey League
ConferenceEastern Conference
Founded1981 (1981)
Home arenaFirstOntario Centre
ColoursBlack, gold, white
General managerSteve Staios
Head coachSteve Staios
Franchise history
1981–2015Belleville Bulls
2015–presentHamilton 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, Canada, 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 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.


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]


Notable alumni[edit]

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
2017–18 68 43 18 4 3 93 .684 252 207 1st East
2018–19 68 29 34 3 2 63 .463 241 283 4th East
2019–20 62 24 30 7 1 56 .452 235 267 4th East


  • 2015–16: Did not qualify.
  • 2016–17: Lost to Kingston Frontenacs 4-games-to-3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2017–18: Defeated Ottawa 67's 4-games-to-1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Niagara IceDogs 4-games-to-1 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4-games-to-1 in conference finals.
    Won championship vs Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-games-to-2.
    Third-place finish in 2018 Memorial Cup.
  • 2018–19: Lost to Ottawa 67's 4-games-to-0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2019–20: Cancelled

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hamilton Bulldogs sell AHL franchise, buy the OHL Belleville Bulls". CBC News. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Bulldogs Name Vince Laise Head Coach". OurSports Central. August 20, 2019.

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