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IceCaps Roster Feature – Tim Bozon

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier )
Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier )

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The Canadiens 2012 third round draft pick is a feel-good story if there ever was one. In a publicly announced battle with meningitis, Tim Bozon was fighting for much more than a spot on the Habs roster. Bozon spent almost two weeks in a medically-induced coma in early 2014 after complaining of severe headaches and becoming non-responsive. Upon waking up from the coma, Bozon has to spend months rehabilitating and eventually made his way back to the Habs development camp that fall. He was sent back to juniors to the Kootenay Ice after the Habs brass deemed it necessary to bring him along slowly. Although this has effectively burned the first year of his entry level contract, it was well worth it for his development after finishing the 2014-15 season with 35 goals.

Bozon began his junior career on fire with the Kamloops Blazers putting up 71 points in 71 games in a much more defensive Western Hockey League. This warranted the Habs selection of him 64th overall at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. He never disappointed in his sophomore campaign putting up another 36 goals adding 55 assists on an electric line with J.C. Lipon and Colin Smith. Bozon has demonstrated in four seasons at the junior level that whether with a top tier team such as Kamloops (first in their division) or middle of the pack like Kootenay (seventh in their conference) , he’s been able to contribute by putting the puck in the back of the net.

As of now Bozon comes into the AHL with the advantage of being a year older than most rookies out of the Canadian junior system. Figuring to be more of a goal scorer, we have him slated to fit nicely on that second line next to big Mike McCarron and AHL vet Sven Andrighetto. Expectations must be dialed back as he still looks to find his way, but at 6-foot-1-inch and 207 pounds he has enough size to compete, and there is potential there to follow up Daniel Carr’s campaign as the top rookie goal scorer in the AHL. Goal scoring, after all, was his specialty in junior through four years Bozon found the back 140 times in just 260 games. That is exactly what Sylvain Lefebvre is hoping to get out of the Switzerland native.

In case you missed it:

IceCaps Roster Feature – Sven Andrighetto
IceCaps Roster Feature – Mark Barberio
IceCaps Roster Feature – Mac Bennett

Press release

Canadiens Re-assign Defenceman Brett Lernout to Bulldogs

Habs’ third-round pick in 2014 had 42 points in 72 games with WHL Swift Current this season

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

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have re-assigned defenceman Brett Lernout to the Bulldogs from the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos.

In 72 regular season games with Swift Current this season, Lernout recorded 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) and 68 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 206-pound defenceman added one goal and four penalty minutes in four post-season games before Swift Current was eliminated from the WHL playoffs this week.

In 205 career WHL regular season games with the Broncos and Saskatoon Blades, the Winnipeg, Man. native has recorded 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) and 214 penalty minutes.

Lernout was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 19-year-old was signed by the Canadiens to an entry-level contract on Dec. 19, 2014.

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Press release

Canadiens Assign Forward Tim Bozon to Kootenay Ice of WHL

Canadiens assign forward Tim Bozon to the Kootenay Ice

Montreal Canadiens PRESS RELEASE


MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that forward Tim Bozon has been assigned to his junior team, the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

“Tim Bozon has come a long way. He fought a life-threatening disease with courage and determination and we are pleased with what he accomplished in the last few months. He was able to take part in the rookie camp, the Canadiens’ official camp and the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp. However, with his progression having been diminished due to illness, we feel that one of the priorities for his long term development is for him to fully regain his physical strength. We believe that joining the Kootenay Ice in the WHL is the right decision at this time as it will allow Tim to fully recover”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

Bozon, 20, took part in the Canadiens’ rookie camp last September, as well as the Club’s main camp. The 6’01’’ and 189 lbs forward played in his first professional game on September 26 in Quebec City. Bozon was assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs on September 28. He played in all three preseason games with the Bulldogs against the St. John’s Icecaps.

In 63 games with Kamloops and Kootenay in the WHL in 2013-14, Bozon collected 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists).

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Bozon was selected in the third round, 64th overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Habs Prospect Magnus Nygren Leaves Bulldogs for Sweden

MONTREAL, QC. — In the second ‘departure’ of the week, defenseman Magnus Nygren has left the Hamilton Bulldogs to play for Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.  On Monday, forward Erik Nyström ended his professional tryout contract and headed to the KHL. The Nygren announcement was made on the Farjestad official website.

(Photo by Stefan Eriksson)
(Photo by Stefan Eriksson)

Nygren had been out of the Bulldogs lineup with a concussion but had been recently cleared to play by the medical staff.

Nygren is a 6-1″, 193 lb. defencemen and has been an asset to the Bulldogs’ power-play with a heavy shot from the point.Farjestad CEO Håkan Loob said that Nygren (nicknamed “Nygga”) will be on loan to his club for the remainder of the season.  Loob added, “For us it’s obviously great to get the “Nygga” the line up again. We know what he can accomplish and right now we lack a lot of “Nyggas” qualities.”

“I am extremely pleased and inspired to come home and play again.” said Nygren.

Nygren will be returning to North America in February with the Farjestad club as they participate in the AHL All-Star festivities with a game against AHL all-stars.  Farjestad will also play an exhibition game against the Toronto Marlies on Febraury 15, 2014.

Nygren signed a two year deal with the Canadiens in May and played 16 games with the Bulldogs this season tallying eight points. Nygren was selected in the fourth round, 113th overall by the Canadiens at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

On Twitter, Nygren tweeted that he was on the way to the airport. He thanked everyone for their comments and added “Soon, we’ll see all the wonderful FBK fans.”

Late Wednesday afternoon the Canadiens posted the following to their website:

Magnus Nygren to Färjestad
Wednesday, 27.11.2013 / 3:08 PM

Magnus Nygren, a defenseman with the Hamilton Bulldogs, has been assigned to Färjestad of the Swedish Hockey League on Wednesday.

In 16 games with the Bulldogs, the 23 year-old blueliner has compiled eight points, including seven assists.

The right-hander was drafted by the Canadiens in the fourth round, 113th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


Press release

Blue Jackets Sign Former Bulldog Frederic St. Denis

Blue Jackets sign defenseman Frederic St. Denis to a one-year contract
Sunday, 07.07.2013 / 5:10 PM / News

Blue Jackets Press Release

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Frédéric St. Denis a to one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2013-14 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, further terms were not disclosed.

photo_2138185_stdenisSt. Denis, 27, has spent the past four seasons with the Montréal Canadiens organization, recording 1-2-3 and a +3 plus/minus rating in 17 games with Montréal and 19-69-88, +27 in 263 games with Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

The 5-11, 192-pound defenseman competed in the AHL All-Star Game in 2011-12 and was named the Bulldogs’ Top Defenseman for 2010-11.

In five seasons with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Drummondville Voltigeurs, St. Denis recorded 44-111-155 and a +21 rating in 285 games from 2002-07. He was named an Ontario University Athletics First-Team All-Star in 2007-08, his lone season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport hockey.

Press release

Bulldogs Sign Sebastian Collberg to Try-Out Contract


Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release
04/14/2013 10:43 AM –

HAMILTON, ONT – Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Bulldogs have signed forward Sebastian Collberg to a Professional Try-Out Contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

CollbergCollberg, 19, played 35 games this season for Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elite League registering nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) and six penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 185-pound forward won a Silver Medal with Team Sweden at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Junior Championship while helping Sweden win Gold in 2012. The native of Mariestad, Sweden played 35 games for Frolunda in the SuperElit J20 in 2010-2011 and notched 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) and 12 penalty minutes. Collberg was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 33rd overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.



Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release
04/14/2013 9:12 PM –
HAMILTON, ONT – Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Bulldogs have released defenceman Peter Merth from his Professional Try-Out Contract.

Merth, 25, played seven games for the Bulldogs and recorded one assist and eight penalty minutes.