MONTREAL – The final leg of the AHL season is underway and the Hamilton Bulldogs have released their list of the 22 players slated to represent the team in its quest for the Calder Cup.
Every year, the Bulldogs along with every other team in the American Hockey League, submit their Clear Day roster – a list of 20 skaters and two goaltenders who will be the only players allowed to compete for their organization for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.
Barring any extenuating circumstances such as injuries, call-ups or suspensions, no players other than the ones named on this latest roster will be able to don the Bulldogs jersey for Hamilton. The current roster is comprised of 14 forwards including, Alexander Avtsin
, Jimmy Bonneau, Dustin Boyd, Andrew Conboy
, Nigel Dawes, Gabriel Dumont
, Andreas Engqvist
, Olivier Fortier
, Dany Masse, Aaron Palushaj
, Ryan Russell, Ian Schultz
, Ryan White
and J.T. Wyman.
Mathieu Carle, Alex Henry
, Kyle Klubertanz
, Brendon Nash
, Neil Petruic and Frederic St. Denis
will round out the defensive corps for the ‘Dogs, while Curtis Sanford and the newest edition to the team, Drew MacIntyre will man the crease for Hamilton.
While some of the Bulldogs best offensive weapons have left Hamilton to join the big club in Montreal during recent months, the acquisition of Nigel Dawes has helped add another level of depth to the team’s front line.
Dawes has been a force since joining up with the Hamilton squad, posting points in all but one of the six games he’s played as a Bulldog. In that time, Dawes has potted seven goals and added three assists for a total of 10 points. Dawes most notably put up a natural hat-trick in a tilt against the Milwaukee Admirals, scoring the first three goals of the match.
Currently tied with the Manitoba Moose for first place in the AHL’s North Division with 74 points, the Bulldogs have a busy period to look forward to. The Dogs’ will play Lake Erie, Texas and Rochester on March 11, 12, 13, for three games in as many nights.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.comALSO READ:Statement from NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy on Zdeno Chara hit Aftermath Update on Max Pacioretty Bigger picture