Press release

Bulldogs Assign Bobby Shea to Nailers, Release Shane Bakker

Shea has three points in 12 games this season with ‘Dogs

Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have assigned defenceman Bobby Shea to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers and forward Shane Bakker has been released from his professional try out contract.

Shea has split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In 12 games with Hamilton, he has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) and 21 penalty minutes. In 31 games with Wheeling, he has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and 86 penalty minutes. In 41 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs and Rockford IceHogs, the 5-11, 195-pound defenceman has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 105 penalty minutes. In 54 career ECHL regular season games with the Nailers, Toledo Walleye and Reading Royals, the Harrison Township, Mich. native has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and 125 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old was signed by the Bulldogs to a one-year contract on July 21, 2014.

Bakker has also split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In 15 games with Hamilton, the 6-4, 210-pound forward recorded one assist and 37 penalty minutes. In 24 games with Wheeling, the Navan, Ont. native has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) and 37 penalty minutes. In 73 career ECHL regular season games with the Nailers, he has recorded 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) and 113 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.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday, March 4 when they’ll host the Adirondack Flames at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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