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IceCaps Assign Winger Stefan Fournier to Brampton Beast

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

Stefan Fournier
Stefan Fournier

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 16, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned right-winger Stefan Fournier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The six-fooot-three, 220-pounder from Montreal, split last season between the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) and did not dress in the IceCaps first three games this season.

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IceCaps Pre-Season Report

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

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ST. JOHN’S, NL. — On the eve of the St. John’s IceCaps first game of the year in Hartford against the host Wolfpack, one cannot help but feel the buzz that is brought to the city this time of year. Typically every October you can feel it in St. John’s, but this year, under new management and new affiliation there is something special about being connected to the most storied franchise in sports.

In the Coleman’s Cup Training Camp series against rival Toronto Marlies, the IceCaps came back from a Game 1 loss to win games 2 and 3, and the first training camp series win of the franchise history. Game 1 occurred in Stephenville, NL during the IceCaps annual road trip to start the year. Jeremy Gregoire and Morgan Ellis tallied goals for the IceCaps but it wasn’t enough as they lost in the final minute to the Marlies.

Game 2 took place in Corner Brook, NL and was a complete reversal; the IceCaps went out and hammered the Marlies 5-2 on the back of last year’s rookie standout Daniel Carr as he registered two goals. Other scorers were Stefan Fournier, Connor Crisp and Markus Eisenschmid.

Game 3 was held in Gander, NL. The boys took over with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Marlies. Carr registered the lone goal in the shootout, following up a strong performance through the camp. Nikita Scherbak finally seemed to find his groove with a goal and two assists for a game high three points. Joel Hanley, Bud Holloway and Gabriel Dumont were the other goal scorers.

In the four years that the IceCaps have called St. John’s home, they have managed a 50 per cent success rate at finding the playoffs. It’s not necessarily the best percentage, but when they’ve made it to the dance they’ve stuck around all night, making it to Eastern Conference Finals in their inaugural season, and following that up with a loss to the Texas Stars in their third season in town. The exciting part of this is never in those four years did the team ooze the potential it possesses with this combination of young prospects and veterans.

With final cuts from the Canadiens last week, the baby Habs managed to find support in the likes of former Calder Cup Champion and World Junior Champion, Dustin Tokarski. He’ll add to a goalie tandem which has already proved to be competitive between blue chip prospect Zach Fucale and hometown favourite Eddie Pasquale.

Also clearing waivers or being sent down were former AHL Defenseman of the Year, Mark Barberio, incumbent Captain Gabriel Dumont, Christian Thomas, Charles Hudon, Sven Andrighetto, Nikita Scherbak, and Michel Therrien’s favourite pet project Jacob De La Rose.

New projected lines look like we could see Carr – McCarron – Scherbak as a fixture which was present during the Canadiens rookie camp and into regular camp. JDLR could also see time on a top unit with Andrighetto and Hudon. Dumont, Thomas and Gregoire/Bozon may round out the top 9.

The impressive part of these line combinations is the versatility with many of them playing multiple positions through junior and pro ranks.

This provides the IceCaps with potentially the deepest front nine in the Eastern conference, but certainly the most potential. If the Canadiens can remain healthy this year, residents of St. John’s will be in for a treat watching this team and you can feel the anticipation in the air.

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Canadiens Assign Fournier, Bulldogs Recall Shea from ECHL’s Nailers

CANADIENS RE-ASSIGN FOURNIER, ‘DOGS RECALL SHEA
Fournier has five assists in 12 games with ECHL Wheeling this season

(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 Canadiens have re-assigned forward Stefan Fournier to the Bulldogs from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, while the ‘Dogs have recalled defenceman Bobby Shea from the Nailers.

Fournier has split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In eight games with Hamilton, he has recorded one assist and seven penalty minutes. In 12 games with Wheeling, he has recorded five assists and 22 penalty minutes. In 48 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 6-3, 224-pound forward has recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) and 93 penalty minutes. In 13 career ECHL regular season games with the Nailers, the Dorval, Que. native recorded five assists and 22 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old was signed by the Canadiens to an entry-level contract on July 6, 2013.

Shea has also split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In 13 games with Hamilton, he has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) and 21 penalty minutes. In 36 games with Wheeling, he has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 93 penalty minutes. In 42 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 59 career ECHL regular season games with the Nailers, Toledo Walleye and Reading Royals, the Harrison Township, Mich. native has recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and 132 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old was signed by the Bulldogs to a one-year contract on July 21, 2014.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday, March 21 when they’ll visit the San Antonio Rampage at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas at 8 p.m. ET. The ‘Dogs will return home on Thursday, April 2 when they’ll host the Chicago Wolves at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 2015-16 season tickets, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton’s AM 900 CHML, on www.900chml.com or watch live on www.ahllive.com. Catch every Friday night home game live in high definition on Cable 14.

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Canadiens Assign Forward Stefan Fournier to Wheeling Nailers

CANADIENS RE-ASSIGN STEFAN FOURNIER TO NAILERS
Forward has one assist in eight games with Bulldogs this season

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Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have re-assigned forward Stefan Fournier to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers from the Bulldogs.

Fournier has split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In eight games with Hamilton, he has recorded one assist and seven penalty minutes. In three games with Wheeling, he has recorded two assists.

In 48 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 6-3, 224-pound forward has recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) and 93 penalty minutes. In four career ECHL regular season games with the Nailers, the Dorval, Que. native recorded two assists.

The 22-year-old was signed by the Canadiens to an entry-level contract on July 6, 2013.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 27 when they’ll host the Charlotte Checkers at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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Bulldogs News: Injury Update, Fournier Returns, First Responders

Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club
Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report – Twitter @Dale_Bulldogs

Hamilton Bulldogs News and Notes for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Bulldogs Injury Update

The Bulldogs gave an update on injuries to four players in Tuesday Weekly Release. Here are the following updates:

Connor Crisp – Out with a lower and upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day. Crisp was hit from behind in Saturday’s game against the Lake Erie Monsters where he left and did not return.

Magnus Nygren – Nygren is still sidelined with a concussion (upper-body injury) and is day-to-day, with having a setback last week.

Eric Tangradi – Tangradi will miss the next four weeks with a fracture in his left hand  (upper-body injury) which occurred in a game against Milwaukee a couple weeks ago.

Jarred Tinordi – Tinordi is considered day-to-day with facial and head injuries (upper-body injury) during a fight in which he was knocked out in on Friday against Utica.

Stefan Fournier Back To Hamilton

The Montreal Canadiens have sent forward Stefan Fournier back to the Bulldogs after a three game conditioning stint in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers, where he recorded two assists.

Bulldogs And City Of Hamilton To Pay Tribute To First Responders

On Friday, Jan 23rd, the Bulldogs and the City of Hamilton will pay tribute to the regions’ police, fire and ambulance services when the ‘Dogs host the Toronto Marlies at the FirstOntario Centre. This will be the Bulldogs and City of Hamilton’s second year hosting an event for first responders. And according to a press release, the team will have ”a ceremonial puck drop and interactive in-game components associated with the first responders.”

Next Game

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday night as they continue their season long seven game homestand at FirstOntario Centre as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:30 p.m. And as always, I will be in attendance so be sure to follow along via my Twitter (@Dale_Bulldogs) and here at Bulldogs Hockey Report.

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Canadiens Assign Forward Stefan Fournier to Bulldogs

CANADIENS RE-ASSIGN FOURNIER TO BULLDOGS FROM NAILERS

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

Stefan Fournier (Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
Stefan Fournier (Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have re-assigned forward Stefan Fournier to the Bulldogs from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

In three games with Wheeling this season since being medically cleared to play and assigned on Jan. 8, Fournier has recorded two assists.

The 22-year-old split the 2013-14 season – his first as a professional – between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In 40 games with Hamilton, the 6-3, 224-pound forward recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) and 86 penalty minutes. In one game with Wheeling, the Dorval, Que. native recorded no points or penalty minutes.

The Canadiens signed Fournier to an entry-level contract on July 6, 2013.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 when they’ll host the Milwaukee Admirals at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

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Habs Trim Training Camp, 17 Players to Bulldogs

CANADIENS ASSIGN 17 PLAYERS TO BULLDOGS

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Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have assigned 17 players to the Bulldogs, including nine forwards, seven defencemen and one goaltender.

The players assigned to Hamilton include (* indicates an injury): forwards Tim Bozon, Daniel Carr, Connor Crisp*, Stefan Fournier*, T.J. Hensick, Charles Hudon, Patrick Holland, Jack Nevins* and Nick Sorkin; defencemen Mac Bennett, Morgan Ellis, Joe Finley, David Makowski, Magnus Nygren, Bobby Shea and Dalton Thrower*; and goaltender Michael Condon.

Hamilton’s training camp will open on Tuesday, Sept. 30 with media availability at FirstOntario Centre at 10 a.m. before the team travels to Newfoundland and Labrador later that day for the Mary’s Cup pre-season series with the St. John’s IceCaps. A complete training camp roster will be announced tomorrow.

Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 season tickets, flex tickets and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton’s AM 900 CHML, on www.900chml.com or watch live on www.ahllive.com. Catch every Friday night home game live in high definition on Cable 14.

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Tryout Filled Bulldogs Drop Preseason Opener to Marlies

By Dan Kramer, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

OAKVILLE, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their preseason calendar Friday night, and for the first few minutes, picked right back up where they left off last year. A weak line-up filled mostly with tryouts was dominated early by a Toronto Marlies squad highlighted by some of the Leafs’ top prospects, but fought back to make a game of it after Toronto had staked out a 2-0 lead. In the end, however, a valiant effort would fall short, with a late Spencer Abbott goal snapping a 3-3 tie and en empty netter rounding out the 5-3 Marlies victory.

Condon's debut in a Bulldogs sweater was a success, despite the loss (PHOTO: Ontario Reign)
Condon’s debut in a Bulldogs sweater was a success, despite the loss (PHOTO: Ontario Reign)

The Marlies opened the scoring when Mike Condon gave up a juicy rebound on a Kevin Marshall shot, kicking it cross-crease to where Jerry D’Amigo had an easy tap in. Condon appeared shaky when moments later, no one could clear Greg McKegg from in the crease, and his third whack at the puck snuck across the goal line to give Toronto a 2-0 lead. In fairness to the ‘Dogs, their roster contained few players expected to be major contributor to the team this season, while the Marlies iced multiple top Leafs prospects for the first half of a back-to-back.

But the tryouts on the Hamilton side were determined to strut their stuff in what could be their only chance to do so, given the Bulldogs’ short three game pre-season schedule. Though a 5-on-3 proved unfruitful, before the second penalty could expire, a Dalton Thrower point shot was narrowly missed on a deflection attempt by Alex Belzile, but the puck would bounce back in front off Akim Aliu for a Chad Wiseman tap-in before Christopher Gibson could recover, cutting the lead in half. Erik Nystrom – who left Sweden for a mere 25-game tryout deal with the Bulldogs – tied the score with a nifty deflection of a Joel Chouinard blast before the first frame was out.

The Bulldogs stormed out of the gates to start the second period, with the best scoring chance coming from Wiseman again off an Aliu rebound. Aliu was easily Hamilton’s most dangerous forward on the night, but Wiseman couldn’t find the puck in his skates quickly enough to capitalize for what would have been Aliu’s third assist. Though the Dogs were outchancing their rivals, it would be Toronto’s Wade MacLeod who would break the tie, tipping a Sam Carrick point shot past Condon during a delayed penalty.

After appearing shaky on the first two goals, Condon was solid between the pipes, notably robbing a Marlie with a cross-crease dive during a 4-on-3 penalty kill where it seemed he had no chance. The Princeton University alum will be in his first professional season, though he is almost certain to begin in the ECHL with Dustin Tokarski and Robert Mayer in the picture for Hamilton.

The second period ended on a bit of a scary note when Matt Lashoff took a hard hit while pinching in the offensive zone and was slow to get up. That ended his night, and perhaps his entire disappointing tryout with the organization.

Just before the ten minute mark of the third, Kelsey Wilson – the originator of a line-brawl in the game’s first period – appeared to tie the game on a great feed from Belzile, but despite him being the only player near the net, the goal was strangely waved off. The official announcement was that the net had come off its moorings, but the Oakville complex unfortunately offered no in-game replays.

Stefan Fournier would managed to knot things up a minute later, squeaking a shot through Sparks. Fournier nearly went from hero to goat, taking a penalty shortly after his tying goal, but sound goaltending and good defensive work from Chouinard (to go with his pair of helpers) kept it even.

Despite continued strong play from Condon, the Marlies would regain the lead with under two minutes to play. Jerry D’Amigo would spot Spencer Abbott alone on the doorstep after Matt Grassi lost his man in coverage, and Abbott had an easy tap-in to an open side of the net.

Shortly after Condon got to the bench for an extra attacker, Alex Belzile would turn the puck over in the neutral zone, and D’Amigo completed his night as the best skater for either side with an empty netter, icing the 5-3 victory.

The game should have ended there, but there was a strange dust up with fifteen seconds to play. Wilson again dropped the gloves, this time with Sam Carrick, and after a good bout of several blows exchanged each way, a fired up Wilson walked behind Hamilton’s bench, shouting on his way to the dressing room.

 

Hamilton line-up:
Erik Nystrom – Ben Duffy – Jordan Owens
Chad Wiseman – Akim Aliu – Alex Belzile
Justin Courtnall – Joonas Nattinen – Andre Morrissette
Stephen MacAulay – Stefan Fournier – Kelsey Wilson

Dalton Thrower – Matt Lashoff
Jeremy Price – Joel Chouinard
Matt Grassi – Nathan McIver

Mike Condon
Robert Mayer

 

The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday night with a rematch against the Marlies in Cobourg, Ontario. Their final preseason game is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd against the Utica Comets in Dundas, Ontario, before opening their regular season at home on Friday, October 11th. You can tune in via radio throughout the season on the new home of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hamilton AM 900 CHML, which will feature brand new pre- and post-game shows sure to highlight many Montreal Canadiens’ prospects.

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Hamilton Bulldogs Training Camp Roster

BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

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By: Hamilton Bulldogs staff

09/19/2013 2:37 PM -MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today Hamilton’s training camp roster. The Bulldogs will begin camp tomorrow, Friday, September 20th with 18 forwards, 11 defencemen and four goaltenders.

Forwards
No. Player Sh. Hgt. Wgt. 2012-2013 Team
9 COURTNALL, Justin L 6’3″ 205 Providence (AHL) / South Carolina (ECHL)
10 CHAPUT, Stefan L 6’0″ 192 Hamilton (AHL) / Wheeling (ECHL)
12 MACENAUER, Maxime L 6’0″ 200 St. John’s (AHL)
15 NYSTROM, Erik L 5’11” 180 Karlskrona HK (SWE-1)
19 ALIU, Akim R 6’4″ 225 Abbotsford (AHL) / Calgary (NHL)
20 LEBLANC, Louis R 6’0″ 190 Hamilton (AHL)
21 BOUVET-MORRISSETTE, Andre R 6’3″ 201 Peoria (AHL) / Evansville (ECHL)
23 NATTINEN, Joonas R 6’3″ 197 Hamilton (AHL)
25 WILSON, Kelsey L 6’1″ 210 Trenton (ECHL)
26 OWENS, Jordan L 6’0″ 180 Soenderjyske (DEN)
27 ANDRIGHETTO, Sven L 5’9″ 182 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
28 LALIBERTE, David R 6’1″ 206 Adirondack (AHL)
41 WISEMAN, Chad L 6’1″ 203 Albany (AHL)
42 DUFFY, Ben R 5’10” 177 PEI (QMJHL)
45 BRUESS, Trevor R 6’0″ 220 Florida (ECHL)
47 FOURNIER, Stefan R 6’3″ 212 Halifax (QMJHL)
55 MACAULAY, Stephen L 6’2″ 191 Saint John (QMJHL) / Halifax (QMJHL)
63 BELZILE, Alex R 5’11” 188 Hamilton (AHL) / Gwinnett (ECHL)
Defencemen
No. Player Sh. Hgt. Wgt. 2012-2013 Team
3 THROWER, Dalton R 6’0″ 203 Saskatoon (WHL)
4 DUREPOS, Pierre L 6’0″ 178 Saint John (QMJHL)
6 CIANFRINI, Paul L 6’1″ 205 Trenton (ECHL)
11 MCIVER, Nathan L 6’2″ 195 Bridgeport (AHL)
22 SCHIESTEL, Drew L 6’2″ 193 Rochester (AHL) / Greenville (ECHL)
24 PRICE, Jeremy R 6’1″ 190 Colgate (ECAC) / Chicago (AHL)
44 ELLIS, Morgan R 6’1″ 202 Hamilton (AHL)
46 LASHOFF, Matt L 6’2″ 205 Zurich (Swiss-A)
48 NARBONNE, Jonathan R 5’11” 180 Shawinigan (QMJHL) / Moncton (QMJHL)
59 CHOUINARD, Joel L 6’1″ 190 Lake Erie (AHL) / Denver (CHL)
61 GRASSI, Matt R 6’3″ 220 Michigan State (CCHA) / Hamilton (AHL)
Goaltenders
No. Player Sh. Hgt. Wgt. 2012-2013 Team
29 MAYER, Robert L 6’1″ 199 Hamilton (AHL)
31 FESTARINI, Christopher L 6’1″ 193 Niagara (OHL)
35 CONDON, Michael L 6’2″ 209 Princeton (ECAC) / Houston (AHL) / Ontario (ECHL)
39 DELMAS, Peter L 6’3″ 195 Hamilton (AHL) / Wheeling (ECHL)