Press release

Bulldogs Assign David Makowski to Nailers, Release Shane Bakker

Makowski has played in four games with the ‘Dogs this season

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have assigned defenceman David Makowski to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. The ‘Dogs have also released forward Shane Bakker from his professional try out contract.

In his first year as a pro, Makowski has split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In four games with Hamilton, the 6-1, 205-pound defenceman has recorded no points or penalty minutes. In 24 games with Wheeling, the St. Louis, Mo. native has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) and 43 penalty minutes. Before turning pro, Makowski spent four seasons (2010 to 2014) with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s University of Denver Pioneers. In 142 career games with the University of Denver, the 25-year-old recorded 93 points (27 goals, 66 assists) and 169 penalty minutes. Hamilton signed Makowski to a one-year contract on June 18, 2014.

Bakker has also split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In eight games with Hamilton, the 6-4, 210-pound forward has recorded 16 penalty minutes. In 22 games with Wheeling, the Navan, Ont. native has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) and 31 penalty minutes. In 71 career ECHL regular season games with the Nailers, he has recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) and 107 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro in 2013, Bakker played five seasons (2008 to 2013) for the Carleton University Ravens in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. In 121 games with Carleton, the 27-year-old recorded 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) and 398 penalty minutes. Hamilton signed Bakker to a professional try out contract on Dec. 16, 2014.

The Bulldogs will be back in action tonight when they’ll host the Grand Rapids Griffins at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

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