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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

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St. John’s IceCaps Projected Lineup 2015-16

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Sven Andrighetto (Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — In the next couple months the All Habs team will be taking an in-depth look at the St. John’s IceCaps roster for the upcoming season 2015-16. For the lineup below the assumption is that Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon and Jarred Tinordi will start the year with the parent club, while players like Mark Barbeiro, Sven Andrighetto and Christian Thomas are listed in this lineup. It’s understood that several players could be interchanged. With that said, we will be featuring a piece on each player while forecasting if we will see them play with the big club this season.

Forwards:

Christian Thomas – Gabriel Dumont – Nikita Scherbak
Tim Bozon – Mike McCarron – Sven Andrighetto
George “Bud” Holloway – Jeremy Gregoire – Stefan Fournier
Connor Crisp – Brandon McNally – Mark MacMillan

Defense:

Mark Barbeiro – Darren Dietz
Mac Bennett – Morgan Ellis
Joel Hanley – Brett Lernout
Ryan Johnston – Dalton Thrower
Josiah Didier

Goaltenders:

Mike Condon
Eddie Pasquale
Zach Fucale

The first line begins with Gabriel Dumont, the Bulldogs captain and leading goal scorer from last season. Nikita Scherbak is a blue chip prospect so expect him to be surrounded with the right pieces to help him learn to be a pro, while getting critical minutes.

The second line, Bozon – McCarron – Andrighetto, has a youth aspect to it, but I believe the size differential between the three, their abilities to score from different parts of the ice and most of all, their work ethic will make them a successful second line.

Holloway – Gregoire – Fournier appears to be a solid third line on paper, all responsible in their own end with a scoring upside.

Finally Crisp – McNally – MacMillan which I have affectionately called “the McCrisp line.” I fully expect that Connor Crisp will quickly become a fan favourite in St. John’s.

Defence is a little tougher to project, we really don’t know what the pairings will look like, depends on their shot hand and experience. I’m sure that head coach Sylvain Lefebvre already has an idea of the pairings he’s anticipating.

Goaltending is a very straight forward category as I believe that we will see all three of these players start a game for the IceCaps this season. What is yet to be seen is how Marc Bergevin & co. would like to develop prospect Zachary Fucale. I believe that Fucale is likely to play in Brampton as the starter for the Beast (ECHL) to start the season.

With that said, I think there are questions surrounding Dustin Tokarski who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, 2016. Tokarski’s fate will start a domino effect which could result in Mike Condon backing up Carey Price in Montreal.  Fucale could take starts in St. John’s while Eddie Pasquale (IceCaps record holder under the Jets regime) would likely sit as backup either way. It is worth noting after watching Pasquale over the last few years, I believe he is capable of overtaking Condon if given enough time this season.

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With one month left until preseason action begins, I’ll be taking a look at each player in-depth, providing you an idea of what to expect in St. John’s and potentially Montreal in 2015-’16.

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Canadiens Re-Assign Forward Tim Bozon to Bulldogs

CANADIENS RE-ASSIGN TIM BOZON TO BULLDOGS
Habs’ third-round pick in 2012 had 63 points in 57 games with WHL Kootenay this season

 

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

Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have re-assigned forward Tim Bozon to the Bulldogs from the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice.

In 57 regular season games with Kootenay this season, Bozon recorded 63 points (35 goals, 28 assists) and 19 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 196-pound forward added nine points (three goals, six assists) and six penalty minutes in seven post-season games before Kootenay was eliminated from the WHL playoffs this week.

In 260 career WHL regular season games with the Ice and Kamloops Blazers, the St. Louis, Mo.-born forward recorded 294 points (140 goals, 154 assists) and 164 penalty minutes.

Bozon was selected by the Canadiens in the third round (64th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 21-year-old was signed by the Canadiens to an entry-level contract on May 30, 2013.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, April 10 when they’ll visit the Texas Stars at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas at 8:30 p.m. ET. The ‘Dogs will return home for their final AHL regular season game on Fan Appreciation Night, Saturday, April 18, when they’ll host the Lake Erie Monsters at FirstOntario Centre at 7 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 Tim Bozon to Kootenay Ice of WHL

Canadiens assign forward Tim Bozon to the Kootenay Ice

Montreal Canadiens PRESS RELEASE

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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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27 Players Invited to Bulldogs Training Camp

BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER AND SCHEDULE

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

Patrick Holland (Photo by HamiltonBulldogs.com)
Patrick Holland (Photo by HamiltonBulldogs.com)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs initial roster for the club’s 2014-15 training camp, which includes 15 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.

Hamilton’s training camp will open tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 30 with media availability at FirstOntario Centre at 10 a.m. before the team travels to Newfoundland and Labrador later in the day to prepare for the Mary’s Cup pre-season series with the St. John’s IceCaps. The first game of that series is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls, N.L. at 7 p.m. Each pre-season game can be heard live on AM 900 CHML.

2014-15 Training Camp Roster Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Media availability – FirstOntario Centre (Hamilton, Ont.) – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Practice – Mile One Centre (St. John’s, N.L.) – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Pre-game skate – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium (Grand Falls, N.L.) – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3
Pre-game skate – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Practice – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Mile One Centre (St. John’s, N.L.) – 4 p.m.

2014-15 Training Camp Roster

http://hamiltonbulldogs.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Training%20camp%20roster.pdf

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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.