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FEATURE | Former IceCap Eric Neilson: The Ultimate Pro

by Amy Johnson, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

MONTREAL, QC — “I don’t need to take any vitamin D pills that I was taking in St. John’s, ’cause you get lots of it from the sun!” quipped Eric Neilson shortly after our call connected, describing the beautiful weather he was quickly getting accustomed to in Missouri.  Neilson recently took some time out of his busy afternoon to chat about his move from the St. John’s IceCaps to the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks.

“Hockey-wise, it’s been awesome,” he said.  “I’m actually playing more hockey – I’m actually playing more now with the Mavericks, ice time, then I have in the last three or four years.”

At time of writing, Neilson had tallied 17 games with the Mavericks in the short time he’s been with the team – compared to just six games played with St. John’s in the first half of the season.  “We’re first in the league, we’ve got really good teammates here, and we’ve got something special going.  So I’m having fun going to the rink every day,” he added.

(Photo courtesy of the Missouri Mavericks)
(Photo courtesy of the Missouri Mavericks)

Eric said it didn’t take long for the die-hard hockey fans in Missouri to welcome him as one of their own.  “They love their hard-hitting, hard-working, you know – they don’t mind a scrap or two every now and then.  They enjoy that part of the game, too.  So obviously me doing what I do and my role, I fit right in right away and I’ve met a lot of nice people, a lot of great people down here so far.”

A 6-foot-2-inch, 205 pound right-winger, Neilson was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2004 after playing a few seasons in the QMJHL with Rimouski Oceanic.  He made his pro debut with the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL) in 2005 before playing with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL) in 2006 and the Alaska Aces (ECHL) in 2007.

During that season with the Aces, Neilson got called up to the AHL to play for the Peoria Rivermen.  He stayed with the Rivermen the following season, then went on to play with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2009.  Neilson played 38 games for the Bulldogs, scoring one goal and two assists.  After bouncing between a couple of other AHL teams, he found a home with the Syracuse Crunch in 2012 where he became a fan-favorite and team mainstay for three seasons.

(Photo courtesy of the St. John's IceCaps)
(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Making trips to St. John’s with the Crunch prompted a new dream for Neilson to chase: playing hockey in Newfoundland.  “Every time we came into St. John’s it just felt like home to me,” said the Fredericton, NB native.  “Being from the Maritimes, being from Atlantic Canada, I love the feel.  I love the people.”

It didn’t take long for that dream to become reality.  Early in the 2015-16 season, Neilson was signed to a PTO by the IceCaps after being sent down to the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs.  The IceCaps Hockey Report team interviewed Eric after a road trip game against the Hershey Bears not long afterward – watch the video HERE.

From what we observed, it was apparent that Neilson not only made an impact on the ice, but also left a remarkable impression on his teammates, coaches, and surrounding staff members off the ice.  He says evolving into an upbeat team player was never an intentional choice, but rather a product of learning how to prove himself to new teammates ever since his days in junior.  “I learned the importance of being a good teammate and the communication wasn’t there, so you had to show other ways to express the way you’re gonna bring what you do for the team.”

For Neilson, getting the opportunity to play for the IceCaps, even if only for a few months, was everything he hoped it would be.  “I was so fortunate and so blessed to be able to go back and actually

(Photo courtesy of the St. John's IceCaps)
(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

fulfill my dream of playing there,” he said sincerely.  “The people that I met there – Danny Williams and Glenn Stanford and the organization and the ownership, right down through the whole kit and caboodle, the staff.  It’s just something special.”

On January 16, 2016, just one month after signing Neilson to his second PTO, the IceCaps released him early after the Montreal Canadiens traded Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Victor Bartley and John Scott.  Neilson returned to the Manchester Monarchs who then traded him a few days later to the Missouri Mavericks for future considerations.

Now, he says, getting so much ice time in the ECHL allows Neilson to play more confidently and doesn’t require him to adjust his style of play.  “It’s a little bit slower than the American league, gives me a little bit more time to make a play with the puck or to react.”

In fact, Neilson has already lit the lamp twice for the Mavericks this season.  He laughed while recalling his first goal which came in his second game with Missouri.  “The puck was a rebound, I fanned on it.  The goalie made another save, I got the puck back again and I just fanned on it, actually, for the second time but this time it fooled the goalie, trickled through his legs and it was almost like it was a soft putt coming into the hole. It just barely crossed the goal line.”

Within the past couple of years, Neilson has realized that his hockey-playing goals have changed as he’s gotten older.  In a serious moment, he says he’s accepted that it’s possible he might not reach his “ultimate goal” of playing in the NHL but believes his role now serves a very important purpose.

“Now, for me, the goal and the motivation to come to the rink now is just to pass on what I’ve learned the last 10 years of my professional career to possibly a rookie or a second-year guy.  A younger kid who’s coming up through.”

He fondly recalls former teammates as an example.  “The smile on my face when I see a guy like Morgan Ellis get called up for the first time or when Dustin Tokarski got called up with Tampa Bay.  …Young guys that I’ve played with.”

For a seasoned veteran like Nielson, it’s moments like that which make all of the sacrifice and hard work worthwhile.  “I try to be a motivator and be a positive influence, have a positive attitude, and come to the rink every day with a smile on my face.”

Prospect news

Habs Audette Named to QMJHL Subway Series Roster

Daniel Audette (Photo by La Presse)
Daniel Audette (Photo by La Presse)

MONTREAL, QC. — Earlier today, the QMJHL announced their roster for the upcoming CHL vs Russia Subway Super Series. Making the roster is Montreal Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette who plays for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. In the current season, the Phoenix’s Audette has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in nine games, he has eight penalty minutes meanwhile being a minus-3 so far.

The CHL has been facing off against Russia in a Super Series since 2003, the series was first called the RE/Max Canada-Russia Challenge. Then from 2004 to 2008 it was called the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Since then it has had its current name.

Overall since 2003 the CHL has dominated the series, beating Russia a combined 49 to 23 throughout the WHL, OHL and QMJHL. The CHL has scored 289 total goals meanwhile they have given up 188. This series gives organizations, fans and everyone a chance to see some of the top young junior players in the world play against each other.

Daniel Audette:

Montreal Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette has been named to the QMJHL roster for the tournament, Audette is a smaller stature forward who uses his deceptive speed and hands to beat his opponents.

“His bloodlines and elusiveness put the undersized Audette on scout’s radar because of his skill,speed and heart. His skating base, and lower body strength make him strong on the puck and a guy who plays big and is a scoring threat at a moment’s notice. Reads the ice and can handle the puck at his top gear, but also he can go laterally with sharp cuts and stop/starts to get loose. His vision allows him to slip away and act on the room he has made for himself, as he passes the puck extremely well and also works hard in his own end back checking. Looks like a good long term selection who may help a team down the road. “ – Draft year scouting report from Bill Placzek

Audette has only got better this season, he continues to use his very strong passing ability and vision to succeed, Audette has continue to work on his defensive game where he works hard to maintain good positioning to not allow his man to beat him.

QMJHL Roster (With NHL drafted team):


Anthony Richard – Nashville Predators

Joey Ratelle “A” – Undrafted

Clark Bishop “A” – Carolina Hurricanes

Julien Gauthier – 2016 Eligible

Julien Nantel – Colorado Avalanche

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Philadelphia Flyers

Pierre-Luc Dubois – 2016 Eligible

Jean-Christophe Beaudin – Colorado Avalanche

Francis Perron – Ottawa Senators

Daniel Audette – Montreal Canadiens

Maxim Fortier 2016 Eligible

Nicolas Roy – Carolina Hurricanes

Anthony Beauvillier “A” – New York Islanders


Olivier Leblanc – Columbus Blue Jackets

Thomas Chabot – Ottawa Senators

Alexandre Carrier “C” – Nashville Predators

Jeremy Lauzon – Boston Bruins

Nicolas Meloche – Colorado Avalanche

Gauillaume Brisbois – Vancouver Canucks

Samuel Girard – 2016 Eligible

Jeremy Roy – San Jose Sharks


Mason MacDonald – Calgary Flames

Samuel Montembeault – Florida Panthers


The games will be played on Tuesday, November 17th 2015 at Rouyn-Noranda and on Thursday, November 19th 2015 at Halfax.


IceCaps Angelo Miceli: One Step Closer [AUDIO]

Angelo Miceli (Photo by La Presse)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by La Presse)

TORONTO, ON. — Twenty-one year old forward Angelo Miceli, a native of Montreal, Quebec realized a dream on September 27, 2015, when he signed his first professional contract. Not only was it his first professional contract, but it was with the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, St.John’s IceCaps. Miceli is that much closer to realizing a childhood dream of playing in the NHL for his hometown Montreal Canadiens!

Junior Career

Miceli played a total of 255 games in the QMJHL for the Victoriaville Tigers over a total of five seasons. Miceli played five games for the Tigers during the 2010-11 season, he registered only one assist in that time. The following year Miceli was nearly 0.50 points per game as he scored 24 points in 50 games meanwhile spending only 24 minutes in the penalty box.

The 2012-13 season was Miceli’s breakout year in the QMJHL when he scored 81 points in 68 games. Miceli just barely missed matching that point total the following year with 77 points in 68 games. In Miceli’s last season in the QMJHL, the Tigers named him the assistant captain of the team. He managed to score 38 goals and 58 helpers for a total of 96 points, meanwhile amassing only 50 penalty minutes, something that attests to his discipline on the ice. His fantastic finish to his junior career earned him an invite to the Montreal Canadiens development camp in July.

Development Camp

Once Canadiens fans found out that Miceli had been invited to the camp, expectations rose and he did not disappoint. Miceli had a fantastic development camp among players in his age group. He was consistently one of the best players on the ice. As the camp moved along, his leadership on and off the ice, along with his strong play and heart earned him an invitation to the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp, a gigantic step forward for the invite.

Angelo Miceli (Photo by Chris Hatzitolios | Rocket Sports Media)

Rookie Tournament

As the rookie camp came along, coach Sylvain Lefebvre included Miceli in the lineup, on the fourth line to start, for the first game versus the Pittsburgh Penguins, a game in which Miceli stood out as the best player on the ice for both teams. Miceli was a driving force in the Canadiens taking the game to overtime, where they lost 4-3 on a breakaway by Daniel Sprong. Miceli had three primary assists in the game.

In the second game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Miceli took a penalty, that was his only showing on the scoresheet. However as the game progressed, coach Lefebvre used Miceli on the penalty-kill, but overall, it was a quiet night for Miceli.

In the final game of the tournament versus the Ottawa Senators, Miceli had an assist on the Canadiens only goal. It was a beautiful feed from below the red line to Dryden Hunt for a very nicely executed one-timer goal bringing the Canadiens within one. Miceli was once again one of the best offensive performers in the game as his vision and playmaking ability was on display.

Miceli’s performance at development camp and the rookie tournament was not lost among the Canadiens management as he made the cut for the Canadiens main training camp.


Angelo Miceli speaking to the media after the final game of the Rookie tournament.

A one-on-one interview with Angelo Miceli after his three assist game versus the Penguins.

Training Camp And a Dream Come True

Miceli attended the Canadiens training camp in September.  He was cut however he earned himself his first professional contract, a two-way AHL contract, where he can play with either the AHL IceCaps or the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. A dream was realized for the twenty-one year old forward from Montreal.  He is in the Canadiens organization and he is one step closer to potentially playing in the NHL with the team he idolized as a kid.

Angelo Miceli is attending the IceCaps training camp with his immediate future being decided shortly. Will the forward start his first professional season with the IceCaps or the Beast?

His hard work, dedication and love for the game came through over a crazy summer. Miceli said at the rookie tournament that he is proud of what he had accomplished so far. Little did he know that he would be getting a contract a few weeks later! The dynamic forward will be a big boost to either of the Beast or IceCaps as the season starts, just the beginning of his pro hockey career.

Beast news Ignore

Beast Sign Defenseman Guy LeBoeuf to One-Year Contract

LeBoeuf to Beef up the Blueline for Second Season


Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are excited to announce that Guy LeBoeuf will be the first defenseman signed to the team for the 2015-2016 season.

Known for his imposing stature and physical style of play, Leboeuf will return to the Brampton blueline after suiting up for 34 games in a Beast jersey last year. After adding boxing to his workout regimen in South Florida this summer, the Bedford, Quebec native looks to be an even more dominant force on defense this year.

“When people look at stats, they see I’m not really a points guy,” said the 6’5” defenseman. “I want to continue what I was doing last year. I want to use my size to keep the puck out of our net by taking away time and space from the other teams’ top players and give our guys a chance to win.”

Weighing 215 pounds, LeBoeuf quickly shot up the Beast defensive depth chart, finding himself on the top shutdown pairing with Montreal Canadiens prospect Dalton Thrower.

“We’d like to see Guy in that [top defensive pairing] role again,” said Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “He’s is a strong skater and is great with getting his stick on the puck. That’s the way we want our defensemen to play.”

Prior to joining the beast, Leboeuf played 27 ECHL games, all last season, split between the Missouri Mavericks and South Carolina Stingrays, in addition to a 14 game stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. He was invited to the Arizona Coyotes rookie camp prior to the start of the year, playing with Team Canada sensation and top-prospect Max Domi.

Beast news Ignore

Beast Sign Forward Stephon Thorne to One-Year Contract

Beast Re-Sign Razor Sharp Thorne


Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are pleased to announce the return of former Brampton Battalion captain and last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Thorne to the 2015-2016 Beast roster.

“Being a part of this organization in Brampton means a lot to me,” said Thorne. “Being close to home, being a minute away from my parents who are able to come and watch me play, it means everything. It’s great to be back and I couldn’t be more excited for October.”

Thorne will suit up for his second season as a member of the Beast after logging eight goals, 13 points and 123 penalty minutes for the team last year. The Mississauga native also took over the role of protecting his teammates on the ice by leading the Beast with 13 fighting majors in 61 games.

Prior to turning pro, Thorne played three seasons with the Brampton Battalion and was named team captain in 2010-11. His first professional season came the following year with the Fort Wayne Komets, where he helped win the Ray Miron’s Cup of the Central Hockey League alongside current Beast Head Coach (and then-Captain of the Komets) Colin Chaulk.

“Thorne is a guy that plays both ends of the rink, and does things the right way,” said Chaulk of the signing. “We played a season and a half together, and won a championship together. He can fight, he can chip the puck out, and overall he plays a role that is extremely important to the team’s success.”

“I just go out there and play my game. It’s who I am,” said Thorne. “I want to be a two-way player and put up a little bit more offense, but no matter what you’ll see me protecting my teammates. I want to help those guys as much as I can, whether it’s going out there and fighting, hitting a guy or blocking a shot, that’s my game and that’s what I’m going to bring every night.“

Catch Thorne around the Powerade Centre and out at our community events in the Peel region this summer! The organization looks forward to continuing to connect with their ever growing fan-base and beginning a successful third year this coming fall.

Beast news Ignore

Beast Sign Forward Jeff Brown to One-Year Contract

Rookie Sensation Brown Re-signs with Beast


Brampton Beast Media Release

Brampton, ON – The Brampton Beast are thrilled to announce the return of rookie sensation Jeff Brown for the 2015-2016 ECHL season.

Brown, a Toronto native, will continue his career as a ‘Hometown Kid’ after making the jump to pro hockey with the Beast last February. Fresh from wrapping up his senior campaign with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (CIS), the young forward joined the Beast mid-season, and looked like anything but a rookie after notching five points in his first five games with the team.

“Jeff came in last year as the 10th forward and earned his way,” says Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk. “He is a guy that does a little bit of everything and we expect him to challenge and push our top six forwards. He plays the right way; on the penalty kill, on special teams, and at the same time he can run a guy over. The biggest thing that stood out after watching game tape was his level of physicality and his willingness to compete, and those are valuable assets to our team.”

A force to be reckoned with at both ends of the ice, Brown instantly became a fan favourite with his soft hands and hard hits, playing every shift with a ferocious energy and bringing the Powerade Centre crowd to their feet again and again during his 21 games with the team.

“I think a big part of that early success comes from the way I play my game,” says Brown. “I want to by that gritty, hard-nosed player, the two-way guy that can use strength and skill around the net and put up some good numbers.”

This combination of determination, skill and drive are qualities that Team President and General Manager Cary Kaplan also has on his checklist this summer as he continues to assemble next season’s roster.

“In a very short period of time Jeff showed a tenacity and fearlessness in his game that we are really looking for,” says Kaplan, who discussed the importance of players like Brown, who truly appreciate playing the game they love at a high level in front of such passionate fans, during the tough nights that come with a long ECHL season.

Despite several offers to play professionally overseas, Brown chose to continue his development closer to home. The older brother of prospect Connor Brown, the Toronto Marlies leading scorer this past season, Jeff will spend the summer training at the MasterCard Centre with a number of Marlies and Maple Leafs players under the supervision of former Marlies trainer Bryan Marshall.

“I had a few offers over in Europe that I turned down,” says Brown. “Returning to the ECHL to play for the Beast was my first choice. It’s a great opportunity with the Montreal Canadiens becoming our new NHL affiliate, and having the chance to sit down with Chaulk was a big part of the decision to come back and sign. He has a smart hockey mind and I like the direction he is planning on taking the team, and I want to be a big part of that this season.”

Prior to making the jump to pro, the 6’1”, 200-pound winger spent four years playing Canadian Interuniversity Sport Hockey for the Varsity Blues, scoring at a clip of over a point-per-game with 40 goals, 46 assists and 86 points in 83 total contests. Brown truly found his groove with the Blues in his final season, where he notched 13 goals and 18 assists in 27 games while becoming an on and off-ice leader for the team.

During his junior career, Brown spent two and a half seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League before being traded to the Windsor Spitfires in his final year of eligibility. During his 182-game OHL career, Brown scored 51 goals and 58 assists to go along with 263 penalty minutes.

Beast news Ignore

Beast Sign Forward Scott Howes to One-Year Contract

Former Beast Star Returning to Brampton

Scott Howes

Brampton Beast Media Release

BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast are excited to announce another familiar face, Scott Howes, will be returning to the roster for the 2015-2016 ECHL season.

Howes, the Beast franchise leader in points per game, and third overall in total goals scored, will once again suit up for the Brampton side this fall.

A pure goal scorer who spent last season tearing up the Danish Elite League, Howes has recorded 80 goals (141 points) in his last 103 professional games, a span going back three years to 2012-13 when he was a member of the Allen Americans.

“Scott was arguably the most productive player that has ever played for the Beast, scoring nearly a goal a game,” said Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan of Howes’ 36 games with the Beast. “He also has a great history in winning an ECHL championship with Alaska. We are very excited that Scott will be returning to Brampton and will be vital to our winning culture.”

During the Alaska Aces run to a Kelly Cup Championship in 2011, Howes led his team in postseason scoring with 19 points in 12 games, earning the talented forward Playoff MVP honours.

“I’m really excited to be coming back to the Beast organization,” said Howes, who will be relocating to the GTA with his wife and newborn. ”We have such passionate fans, it’s a cool situation to be able to play at home at the professional level. Between that, coaching and management, it feels like they are going in the right direction. It’s going to be a great season.”

The 26 year old native of Toronto, ON played his junior hockey in the QMJHL where he accumulated 118 points in 113 regular season games and added 26 points in 19 post season matches. Invited to training camp by the Vancouver Canucks, Howes began his pro career with the Manitoba Moose (AHL) in 2008-09 and has put up strong numbers in both the ECHL and AHL.

In 2012-13 Howes joined the Allen Americans and lit up the Central Hockey League by tallying 1.59 points per game, scoring 20 goals in 20 game and finishing at a 0.95 goals per game rate, the highest goals per game of any player in the four professional hockey leagues in North America in the 2012-13’s regular season.

Catch Howes around the Powerade summer and out at our community events around the Peel region! The organization looks forward to continuing to connect with their growing fan-base and having a successful third year.

Press release

Bulldogs Forward Charles Hudon Selected as an AHL All-Star

‘Dogs forward leads AHL in rookie scoring with 33 points in 35 games

Charles Hudon (photo by
Charles Hudon (photo by

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The American Hockey League announced today the rosters for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, with Hamilton Bulldogs forward Charles Hudon selected to play for the Western Conference at the event to be held Jan. 25-26 in Utica, N.Y.

In 35 games with Hamilton this season, Hudon – in his first full campaign as a pro – has recorded 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) and 40 penalty minutes. The 20-year-old is currently tied for fourth in AHL scoring and leads all rookies in assists and points. The Alma, Que. native was named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November after recording five goals – including three game-winners – and nine assists for 14 points in 12 games that month.

In 44 career AHL regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 5-10, 184-pound forward has recorded 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) and 44 penalty minutes. Before turning pro, Hudon played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (2014) and Chicoutimi Sagueneens (2010 to 2013). In 235 career QMJHL regular season games, he recorded 273 points (104 goals, 169 assists) and 241 penalty minutes.

Hudon was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round (122nd overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

For full Eastern and Western Conference rosters for the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic, visit

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 9 when they’ll host the Utica Comets at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Press release

Bulldogs, Future Habs Convene for Canadiens Development Camp

Fifty players invited to the Canadiens’ annual Development Camp

Montreal Canadiens PRESS RELEASE

IMG_03152Development Camp

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Thursday that the team will hold its annual development camp, from July 7-11, at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard.

A total of 50 players will participate in the development camp, including 28 forwards, 17 defensemen and five goaltenders. Five of the six players selected by the Canadiens at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft held last weekend in Philadelphia will be among the participants, including first round selection Nikita Scherbak.

The list of players invited to the development camp includes 20 prospects drafted by the Canadiens organization, a few players acquired through trades or free agency, and more than 20 players invited on a try-out basis (list of players here).

All players will be divided into two groups (A-B). The first on-ice practice sessions will be on Monday, July 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both ice surfaces at the Bell Sports Complex. On-ice practice sessions will take place in the morning for the remainder of the week, with scrimmages at the end of the day. A three-period intra-squad game will be played on Friday, July 11, at 9:30 a.m. All practices are open to the public.

Players participating in the development camp will be available to the media every day around noon (12:30 p.m.), starting Monday July 7.


#  Player 2013-14 Team Acquired Pos. Shoots Height Weight
6 AGOSTA, Justin (College player) New Hampshire (HE) Invite D R 6.03 210
26 ANAS, Samuel (College player) Quinnipiac (ECAC) Invite C R 5.08 148
58 ANDRIGHETTO, Sven Hamilton (AHL) Draft 13 RW L 5.09 183
48 AUDETTE, Daniel Sherbrooke (QMJHL) Draft 14 C L 5.08 175
40 BEAULIEU, Nathan Hamilton (AHL) / Montréal (NHL) Draft 11 D L 6.02 194
46 BENNETT, Mac University of Michigan (CCHA) Draft 09 D L 6.00 195
98 BOBYK, Colton Spokane (WHL) Invite D L 6.01 190
CARR, Daniel Union (ECAC) Free agent LW L 6.00 182
41 CONDON, Michael Wheeling (ECHL) / Hamilton (AHL) Free agent G L 6.02 209
97 CORSON, Dylan S.S Marie (OHL) / Barrie (OHL) Invite C L 5.11 190
92 CREVIER-MORIN, Marc-Olivier Gatineau (QMJHL) Invite D L 6.01 197
CRISP, Connor Sudbury (OHL) / Hamilton (AHL) Draft 13 C L 6.03 226
91 CURCURUTO, Gianluca Plymouth (OHL) Invite D L 6.01 195
34 DE LA ROSE, Jacob Leksands IF (SweAl) / Sweden Jr. Draft 13 C/LW L 6.03 187
72 DIDIER, Josiah (College player) University of Denver (WCHA) Draft 11 D R 6.03 218
84 DIETZ, Darren Hamilton (AHL) Draft 11 D R 6.01 204
85 ELLIS, Morgan Hamilton (AHL) Draft 10 D R 6.01 204
73 FEDERICO, Danny (College player) Quinnipiac (ECAC) Invite D L 6.01 205
86 FOURNIER, Stefan Hamilton (AHL) Free agent RW R 6.03 220
70 FUCALE, Zachary Halifax (QMHJL) / Canada Jr. Draft 13 G L 6.01 178
90 GADOURY, Philippe Halifax (QMHJL) / Nepean (CCHL) Invite C L 5.10 180
83 GOULET, Alexandre Charlottetown (QMJHL) Invite C L 5.11 190
47 GRÉGOIRE, Jeremy Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Draft 13 C R 6.00 187
65 HAWKEY, Hayden Omaha (USHL) Draft 14 G L 6.01 180
71 HIGHMORE, Matthew Saint-John’s (QMJHL) Invite C L 5.11 174
82 HOLLAND, Patrick Hamilton (AHL) / Montreal (NHL) Trade RW R 6.00 185
75 HUDON, Charles Chicoutimi/Baie Comeau (QMJHL) / Canada Jr. Draft 12 LW L 5.10 178
55 IMAMA, Bokondji Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Invite LW L 6.01 214
61 KOBERSTEIN, Nikolas Olds (AJHL) Draft 14 D R 6.01 180
38 LEHKONEN, Artturi Kuopio (FinE) / Filnland Jr. Draft 13 LW L 5.11 161
43 LERNOUT, Brett Swift Current  (WHL) Draft 14 D R 6.04 206
62 MacMILLAN, Mark (College player) University of North Dakota (WCHA) Draft 10 C L 6.00 171
11 MAKOWSKI, David (College player) University of Denver (WCHA) AHL D R 6.01 205
25 McCARRON, Michael London (OHL) Draft 13 RW R 6.05 237
68 McNALLY, Brandon (College player) Dartmouth (ECAC) Invite LW L 6.01 186
80 MOTTE, CJ (College player) Ferris State (WCHA) Invite G L 6.00 191
20 MUTO, Vincent (College player) Niagara University (AHA) Invite D R 6.00 204
15 NEVINS, Jack Hamilton (AHL) / Charlottetown (QMJHL) /  Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) Free agent LW L 6.01 204
63 PADAKIN, Pavel Calgary (WHL) Invite RW R 6.00 179
95 PAPIRNY, Jordan Brandon (WHL) Invite G L 6.00 170
53 RANGER, Alexandre Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Invite RW R 5.10 181
42 SCHMALZ, Matt Sudbury (OHL) Invite RW R 6.05 206
28 SCHERBAK, Nikita Saskatoon (WHL) Draft 14 RW L 6.01 175
57 SEKAC, Jiri Praha HC Lev (KHL) Free agent LW L 6.02 195
64 SORKIN, Nick Hamilton (AHL) / New Hampshire (HE) AHL RW L 6.03 175
78 SZMATULA, Michael (College player) Northeastern (HE) Invite LW L 5.08 178
60 THOMAS, Christian Hamilton (AHL) Trade RW R 5.09 176
59 THROWER, Dalton Vancouver (WHL) Draft 12 D R 6.00 203
96 TRACCITTO, Reggie (College player) University of PEI (CIS) Invite D R 6.00 204
45 WARDLEY, Evan Seattle (WHL) Invite D R 6.04 208
Press release

Official Release: Bulldogs Sign Southorn to PTO

Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release
2/27/2014 1:49 PM –

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed defenceman Jordon Southorn to a professional try out contract.

Southorn has spent this season so far with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets and Elmira Jackals, as well as the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Dundee Stars in the United Kingdom. In 39 games with Fort Wayne, the Montreal, Quebec native has recorded 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) and 36 penalty minutes. In three games with Elmira, the 6’3”, 205-pound defenceman recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and seven penalty minutes. In three games with Dundee, the 23-year-old recorded two assists and four penalty minutes.


In 191 career ECHL regular season games with the Trenton Devils, Trenton Titans, Wheeling Nailers, Jackals and Komets, Southorn has recorded 91 points (29 goals, 62 assists) and 202 penalty minutes. In two career American Hockey League regular season games with the Providence Bruins, he has recorded no points and no penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round (104th overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday, February 28th when the ‘Dogs will host the Lake Erie Monsters (American Hockey League affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.