Odense Bulldogs

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Odense Bulldogs
2015–16 Odense Bulldogs season
Odense Bulldogs logo.png
City Odense
League Metal Ligaen
Founded 1978
Home arena Bryggeriet Vestfyens Arena
(Capacity: 3,500)
Colors               
General manager Denmark Kristoffer Jørgensen
Head coach Sweden Peter Johansson
Captain Sweden Joakim Nettelbladt
Website www.bulldogs.dk

The Odense Bulldogs are a professional ice hockey team based in Odense, Denmark. They currently play in Bryggeriet Vestfyens Arena in the Bolbro area, as a part of the best Danish league Metal Ligaen, and they are furthermore the only hockey team from Funen. The team was founded in 1978 as a member of the best Danish hockey league, which consisted of 8 teams in 1978. Odense Bulldogs has never won Metal Ligaen, but achieved a silver medal in the 2011–12 season, where they faced Herning Blue Fox. In that final series, they got the leads 2–0 and 3–1, but ended up losing the last three and lost it 3–4 on aggregate.

Club history[edit]

Season: 2014 - 2015[edit]

After firing their old coach, Bulldogs acquired headcoach Brad Gratton from Rødovre Mighty Bulls. Among their 8 foreigners was 1st round pick by the Nashville Predators, Chet Pickard. Keyplayers such as canadian winger Dale Mitchell and Center Ryan McDonough was also acquired. Odense dominated a huge part of the regular season with a 12 game winning streak, making them league leaders. They lost many of their last games of the season, resulting in a 4th place.

After winning firstQuarterfinal game 8-2 in the Metal Cup tournament against Herning Blue Fox, Odense ended up with losing second game 8-1, resulting in an early exit in the 2014-15 Metal Cup tournament

After ending on 4th place, Bulldogs picked 5th Esbjerg Energy. after losing the first four games, Bulldogs playoff run ended in the quarterfinals

Season: 2015 - 2016[edit]

After a 4-0 blowout to Esbjerg Energy in the quarter finals in the 2014-15 season, the Bulldogs extended contract with keyplayers such as Dale Mitchell, Ryan McDonough and Joakim Nettelbladt. After sending last years netminder Chet Pickard to Iserlohn Roosters, the Bulldogs signed Czech goaltender Tadeas Galansky and two big forwards, American winger Sean Wiles and Canadien center John Armstrong.

After issues with former captain Morten Andreassen resulting in him being send down to 2.division, Joakim Nettelbladt became the 7th Bulldogs captain in 9 years. with Ryan McDonough, Dale Mitchell, Mike Daugulis and Søren B. Pedersen Serving as alternates. After a long struggle, the club and the former captain Morten Andreasen, finally agreed to terms and released him from his contract. Andreasen then signed with his old club, Rødovre Mighty Bulls. Odense Bulldogs was the most scoring team, with 191 goals for in 45 games. Odense was the 4th worst defensive team, letting up 154 Goals against. An overall goal, by the administration and coaches, was to stay among the top four best teams in the league, giving them home advantage in the playoff. That goal was not achieved, when the Bulldogs settled for a 5th place and no home advantage.

Bulldogs won their first game of the tournament against Gentofte Stars 4-2. In the quarterfinals they won both games against Herlev Eagles 6-3 and 5-3. Odense won both games in the Semifinals against Aalborg Pirates, advancing to the 2015-16 Cup finals. The bulldogs won against league leading Frederikshavn White Hawks 4-0, taking home 4th Cup. Goaltender Tadeas Galansky was named Cup Final MVP.

Bulldogs were picked by 4th place Herning Blue Fox for the 2015-16 Metal Ligaen quarterfinals. Game one resulted in a 2-1 home win to Herning. Game two was a Shootout victory by Odense, evening out the score 1-1 after two games. in Game three Bulldogs lost 6-1, a game with 2 Match Penalties, 2 game misconducts and a total of 161 penalty minutes. Game four was a 2-1 victory to the bulldogs, again making the overall score 2-2. Game five was won in overtime on a goal by Dale Mitchell, giving Odense a 3-2 lead. Odense loss 2-1 at home making the series 3-3 resulting in a game 7. In game 7 Odense Bulldogs lost in overtime, after tying the game with less than 2 minutes left. The game 7 quarterfinal loss, ended the 2015-16 season for the bulldogs, resulting in the 3rd quarterfinal exit in three years.

For the 2015-16 season Odense Bulldogs were part of a 10 episode tv documentary, Men of steel: Odense Bulldogs (Mænd af stål). This behind the scenes documentary took danish hockey fans and sport fans to uncharted territory. It was the first time in danish sport history, that a tv crew was allowed to follow a team for an entire season. The series was broadcast on TV2 Sport.

Season 2016 - 2017[edit]

Odense Bulldogs decided not to resign coach Brad Gratton, instead they signed former Frederikshavn Whitehawks coach Peter Johansson. After locking up last years Metal Cup MVP, Goaltender Tadeas Galansky to a two year contract extension, they also signed former captain and Odense native, Michael Eskesen. They also resigned last year Metal ligaen topscorer and Bulldogs star Dale Mitchell to a one year contract, making it his third season with the Bulldogs.

Season by season record[edit]

Seasons of Odense Bulldogs[1]
Season Rank GP W L OTW OTL Pts Postseason
2007–08 2nd 36 19 9 2 6 67 Quarterfinal loss
2008–09 3rd 36 18 11 4 3 65 Bronze medal game loss
2009–10 9th 36 7 21 4 4 33 Did not make the playoffs
2010–11 8th 39 8 25 3 3 33 Did not make the playoffs
2011–12 2nd 40 23 12 4 1 78 Final loss
2012–13 5th 40 17 17 4 2 61 Bronze medal game loss
2013–14 6th 40 14 22 1 3 47 Quarter final loss
2014–15 4th 36 17 12 6 1 64 Quarter final loss
2015–16 5th 45 22 18 3 2 73 Quarter final loss

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated March, 2016.[2]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
16 Denmark Bjerrum, RasmusRasmus Bjerrum LW L 24 2013 Esbjerg, Denmark
26 Denmark Eskesen, MichaelMichael Eskesen D L 30 2006 Odense, Denmark
29 Czech Republic Galansky, TadeasTadeas Galansky G L 20 2015 Brno, Czech Republic
3 Denmark Grønvaldt, SimonSimon Grønvaldt D R 25 2014 Odense, Denmark
22 Denmark Høeg, FrederikFrederik Høeg C R 19 2014 Odense, Denmark
28 Denmark Larsen, MartinMartin Larsen D R 21 2010 Odense, Denmark
2 Denmark Larsen, OliverOliver Larsen D R 17 2015 Odense, Denmark
30 Denmark Lauridsen, AndreasAndreas Lauridsen G L 18 2015 Odense, Denmark
4 Denmark Lyø, RasmusRasmus Lyø D L 22 2011 Odense, Denmark
13 Canada Mitchell, DaleDale Mitchell (A) RW R 27 2014 Mississauga, Ontario
26 Sweden Nettelbladt, JoakimJoakim Nettelbladt (C) D L 29 2014 Stockholm, Sweden
42 Denmark Nielsen, HenrikHenrik Nielsen LW L 21 2016 Vojens, Denmark
6 Denmark Pedersen, AndreasAndreas Pedersen D L 21 2015 Esbjerg, Denmark
14 Denmark Petersen, AsgerAsger Petersen LW R 16 2015 Odense, Denmark
25 Denmark Schaarup, MadsMads Schaarup (A) D R 29 2011 Herning, Denmark
5 Denmark Sørensen, FrederikFrederik Sørensen RW L 21 2014 Odense, Denmark
38 Denmark Thinnesen, MathiasMathias Thinnesen RW L 25 2011 Esbjerg, Denmark


Honored members[edit]

  • 7 Lars Oxholm, D, 1994–2006
  • 12 Mads True, C, 1990–95, 2002–12

Captains[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/team.php?team=139
  2. ^ "Spillertruppen 2015-16" (in Danish). www.bulldogs.dk. Retrieved 2015-12-29.