Press release

Bulldogs Recall Goaltender Palazzese from Nailers; MacDonald to Canadiens

Carey Price is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

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

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have recalled goaltender Joey MacDonald from the Bulldogs, while the Bulldogs have recalled goaltender Frank Palazzese from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

In 16 games with Hamilton this season, MacDonald has a record of 6-7-3 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. In 133 career NHL regular season games with the Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins, the Pictou, N.S. native has a record of 44-61-15 with a 3.00 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and two shutouts. In 316 career AHL regular season games with the Bulldogs, Abbotsford Heat, Grand Rapids Griffins, Toronto Marlies, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, the 6-0, 197-pound goaltender has a record of 150-132-19 with a 2.64 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 24 shutouts. The Canadiens signed MacDonald as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

In 19 games with Wheeling this season, Palazzese has a record of 8-10-0 with a 3.56 goals-against average and .885 save percentage. Before turning pro this season, the 21-year-old played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. In 175 career OHL regular season games with the Sudbury Wolves, Kitchener Rangers and Kingston Frontenacs from 2009 to 2014, the 6-1, 175-pound goaltender had a record of 71-69-26 with a 3.13 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and seven shutouts. The Toronto, Ont. native signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract with the Bulldogs on Oct. 7, 2014.

The Bulldogs will be back in action tonight when they’ll host the Grand Rapids Griffins at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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