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Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton Bulldogs.svg
City Hamilton, Ontario
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division North Division
Founded 1996
Home arena Copps Coliseum
Colours Copper, Red, blue, white               
Owner(s) Michael Andlauer
General manager Julien Brisebois
Head coach Guy Boucher
Media Hamilton Spectator,
820 CHAM (AM)
Affiliates Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
Franchise history
1984 to 1988
1988 to 1996
Nova Scotia Oilers
Cape Breton Oilers
1996 to 2003
2003 to 2004
Hamilton Bulldogs
Toronto Roadrunners
2004 to 2005
2010 to present
Edmonton Road Runners
Oklahoma City
1969 to 1971
1971 to 1984
Montreal Voyageurs
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
1984–1990
1990–1999
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Fredericton Canadiens
1999 to 2002
2002 to present
Quebec Citadelles
Hamilton Bulldogs
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2002–03)
Division Championships 2 (2002–03, 2003–04)
Conference Championships 3 (1996–97, 2002–03, 2006–07)
Calder Cups 1 (2006–07)

The Hamilton Bulldogs are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at 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.

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History

The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club was established in 1996 after re-locating from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the team played several years as the Cape Breton Oilers.

On the ice the club has reached the Calder Cup Finals both in 1997, the club's first year, and in 2003 only to lose in both cases. In the 2003 final, game 7, the attendance at Copps Coliseum on June 12, 2003, vs the Houston Aeros 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 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 did the exact opposite in 2007 - Hamilton 4 games, and Hershey 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. Local interests made a multi-million dollar investment to secure ownership of the Quebec Citadelles and relocate them to Hamilton thus keeping the Bulldogs in town. For the second time in as many years, the fate of the club was in jeopardy, but ultimately rescued by local interests. 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. 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 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.

Currently in their 13th season, the Bulldogs are the longest existing Canadian franchise in the American Hockey League, and one of its most successful franchises.

In 2007, the Hamilton Bulldogs won their first Calder Cup by defeating the Hershey Bears in a 4–1 series. In 2008, the Hamilton Bulldogs reached the postseason, but were eliminated in the first round by the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2 [1].

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Franchise timelines

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

Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens

Current roster

Roster on March 12, 2010.

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
1 Canada Curtis Sanford L October 5, 1979 Owen Sound, Ontario
30 Canada Cedrick Desjardins L September 30, 1985 Edmundston, New Brunswick
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
5 Canada Alex Henry L October 18, 1979 Elliot Lake, Ontario
6 United States Chad Anderson R June 16, 1982 Chisago City, Minnesota
7 Switzerland Yannick Weber R September 23, 1988 Zürich, Switzerland
32 Canada Frederic St-Denis L September 23, 1986 Greenfield Park, Quebec
44 Canada Shawn Belle L January 3, 1985 Edmonton, Alberta
61 Canada Andre Benoit L January 6, 1984 St. Albert, Ontario
72 Canada Mathieu Carle R September 30, 1987 Gatineau, Quebec
76 Canada P. K. Subban R May 13, 1989 Toronto, Ontario
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
10 United States J. T. Wyman RW R February 27, 1986 Edina, Minnesota
12 United States Andrew Conboy LW L May 16, 1988 Burnsville, Minnesota
15 Canada Mike Glumac RW R April 5, 1980 Niagara Falls, Ontario
18 Canada Dany Masse LW L May 15, 1988 La Pocatière, Quebec
19 Canada Brock Trotter C R September 18, 1987 Brandon, Manitoba
20 Canada Ryan Russell C L May 2, 1987 Caroline, Alberta
23 United States Max Pacioretty LW L November 20, 1988 New Canaan, Connecticut
25 Canada Ryan White C R March 17, 1988 Brandon, Manitoba
26 Canada Grant Stevenson C R October 15, 1981 Spruce Grove, Alberta
28 United States Aaron Palushaj RW R September 7, 1989 Livonia, Michigan
29 Canada Eric Neilson RW R August 18, 1984 Fredericton, New Brunswick
51 Canada David Desharnais C L September 14, 1986 Quebec City, Quebec
91 Canada Ben Maxwell C L March 30, 1988 North Vancouver, British Columbia

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1996–97 80 28 39 9 4 69 220 276 3rd, Canadian
1997–98 80 36 22 17 5 94 264 242 2nd, Empire State
1998–99 80 40 29 7 4 91 229 206 3rd, Empire State
1999–00 80 27 34 13 6 73 225 262 3rd, Empire State
2000–01 80 28 41 6 5 67 227 281 4th, Canadian
2001–02 80 37 30 10 3 87 247 205 2nd, Canadian
2002–03 80 49 19 8 4 110 279 191 1st, Canadian
2003–04 80 41 25 10 4 96 235 191 1st, North
2004–05 80 38 29 6 7 89 225 210 4th, North
2005–06 80 35 41 0 4 74 225 251 6th, North
2006–07 80 43 28 3 6 95 243 208 3rd, North
2007–08 80 36 34 3 7 82 208 235 4th, North
2008–09 80 49 27 4 0 102 263 201 2nd, North
2009–10 65 43 14 3 5 102 216 142 1st, North

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1996–97 W, 3–2, SJNB W, 4–3, SJNL W, 4–1, ALB L, 1–4, HER
1997–98 W, 3–2, SYR L, 0–4, ALB
1998–99 W, 3–2, ALB L, 2–4, ROCH
1999–00 W, 3–1, SYR L, 2–4, ROCH
2000–01 Out of Playoffs
2001–02 W, 3–0, QUE W, 4–1, HART L, 3–4, BRI
2002–03 W, 3–1, SPR W, 4–3, MTB W, 4–1, BING L, 3–4, HOU
2003–04 W, 4–2, CLE L, 0–4, ROCH
2004–05 L, 0–4, ROCH
2005–06 Out of playoffs
2006–07 W, 4–2, ROCH W, 4–2, MTB W, 4–1, CHI W, 4–1, HER
2007–08 Out of Playoffs
2008–09 L, 4–2, GRG

Team records

Single season

Goals: 39 Paul Healey (2000–01)
Assists: 52 Daniel Cleary (1999–2000)
Points: 77 Jason Chimera (2001–02)
Penalty minutes: 522 Dennis Bonvie (1996–97)
GAA: 2.10 Jaroslav Halák (2007–08)
SV%: .929 Steve Passmore (1998–99) & Jaroslav Halák (2007–08)

Playoffs

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

Career

Career goals: 85 Corey Locke
Career assists: 144 Corey Locke
Career points: 229 Corey Locke
Career penalty minutes: 817 Dennis Bonvie
Career goaltending wins: 81 Yann Danis
Career shutouts: 11 Jaroslav Halák
Career games: 346 Duncan Milroy

Team captains

Head coaches

President/General Manager

  • Glen Sather, President 1996–2000
  • Scott Howson, General Manager, 1996–2002
  • Cary Kaplan, President 2000–2002 (with club from 1996)
  • Steve Katzman, President, 2002–2003
  • Brian Lewis, Exec. Director 2003–2006 (with club from 1997)
  • Glenn Stanford, President, 2006-current

Notable alumni

See also

References

External links


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