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Hamilton Bulldogs
City: Hamilton, Ontario
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 1996
Home Arena: Copps Coliseum
Colours: Copper, Red, White and Blue
Owner(s): Michael Andlauer
General Manager: Julien BriseBois
Head Coach: Don Lever
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: Edmonton Road Runners
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 an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada at Copps Coliseum, nicknamed 'The Dog Pound'. They are the primary minor league affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. The team is currently the 2007 Calder Cup champions.

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History

The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club was established in 1996.

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 marking 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.

In their 11th season The Bulldogs are currently the longest serving Canadian franchise in the American Hockey League. With having well surpassed the two million (2,000,000) mark in total attendance, the Bulldogs have for a number of years represented a model minor league hockey organization both on and off the ice.

In 2007 the Hamilton Bulldogs won their first Calder Cup by defeating the Hershey Bears in a 4-1 series. It is their first Calder Cup win in three attempts.

Key Executives:

  • 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
  • Michael Andlauer, 2002-Current - has been the principal owner of the club since assuming controlling interest in 2004. He has provided a stabalizing force for the franchise.

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Franchise Timelines

Edmonton Oilers Affiliation

Montreal Canadiens Affiliation

Current roster

As of October 1, 2007 [1]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
33 Flag of Canada Cedrick Desjardins L September 30, 1985 Edmundston, New Brunswick
35 Flag of Canada Yann Danis L June 21, 1981 LaFontaine, Quebec
Defencemen
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
2 Flag of Canada Ryan O'Byrne R July 19, 1984 Victoria, British Columbia
5 Flag of Canada Jon Gleed R January 3, 1984 Milton, Ontario
12 Flag of Canada Jean-Philippe Cote L April 22, 1982 Quebec City, Quebec
34 Flag of Canada Mathieu Biron R April 29, 1980 Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
47 Flag of Canada Mathieu Carle R September 30, 1987 Gatineau, Quebec
23 Flag of Russia Pavel Valentenko L October 20, 1987 Moscow, Russia
55 Flag of Canada Andrew Archer R May 5, 1983 Calgary, Alberta
Forwards
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
7 Flag of Canada Eric Manlow L April 7, 1975 Belleville, Ontario
10 Flag of Canada Cory Urquhart L October 1, 1984 Halifax, Nova Scotia
14 Flag of Belarus Sergei Kostitsyn L March 20, 1987 Navapolatsk, Belarus
19 Flag of Canada Duncan Milroy R February 8, 1983 Edmonton, Alberta
21 Flag of Canada Jonathan Ferland R February 9, 1983 Quebec City, Quebec
22 Flag of Canada Matt D'Agostini R October 23, 1986 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
24 Flag of Canada Francis Lemieux R February 22, 1984 Sherbrooke, Quebec
26 Flag of Canada Maxim Lapierre R March 29, 1985 Saint Leonard, Quebec
32 Flag of Canada Ajay Baines L March 25, 1978 Kamloops, British Columbia
41 Flag of Canada Mathieu Aubin R September 18, 1986 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
44 Flag of Canada Jimmy Bonneau L March 22, 1985 Baie-Comeau, Quebec
76 Flag of Canada Greg Stewart L May 21, 1986 Kitchener, Ontario
84 Flag of Canada Corey Locke L May 8, 1984 Newmarket, Ontario

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 See 2007-08 AHL season for up-to-date standings.

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 Regular season in progress.

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 (1996-1997)
GAA: 2.23 Steve Passmore (1998-1999)
SV%: .929 Steve Passmore (1998-1999)

Playoffs

Playoff Goaltending Wins (1 Season): 15 Carey Price (2006-2007)

Career

Career Goals: 71 Tomas Plekanec & Brian Swanson
Career Assists: 123 Peter Sarno
Career Points: 179 Brian Swanson
Career Penalty Minutes: 817 Dennis Bonvie
Career Goaltending Wins: 70 Yann Danis
Career Shutouts: 8 Jaroslav Halak
Career Games: 267 Duncan Milroy

See also

  • List of ice hockey teams in Ontario

External links

  • Hamilton Bulldogs Official Website
  • The Internet Hockey Database - Hamilton Bulldogs
American Hockey League
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Trophies and Awards Calder Cup · Les Cunningham Award · John B. Sollenberger Trophy · Willie Marshall Award · Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award · Eddie Shore Award · Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award · Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award · Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award · Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award · Yanick Dupre Memorial Award · Jack A. Butterfield Trophy · Richard F. Canning Trophy · Robert W. Clarke Trophy · Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy · Frank Mathers Trophy · Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy · Emile Francis Trophy · F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy · Sam Pollock Trophy · John D. Chick Trophy  · James C. Hendy Memorial Award  · Thomas Ebright Memorial Award  · James H. Ellery Memorial Awards  · Ken McKenzie Award  · Michael Condon Memorial Award
Related Articles NHL · ECHL · IHL · CHL · SPHL · List of AHL seasons


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