Bulldogs Open Training Camp [with AUDIO]

By Rabita Naqvi and Rick Stephens, Bulldogs Hockey Report

Magnus Nygren (Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media)
Magnus Nygren (Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media)

MEDIA DAY AUDIO: Vincent Riendeau | Sylvain Lefebvre | Magnus Nygren | Joey MacDonald | T.J. Hensick

HAMILTON, ON – It was media day at FirstOntario Centre marking the official opening to the Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 training camp.  27 players are in camp preparing to spend the next few days in Newfoundland practicing in St. John’s and playing a three-game series in Gander against the St. John’s IceCaps.

One player, defenseman Magnus Nygren, attracted the most attention for comments that he made after returning to Sweden following a 16-game stint with the Bulldogs last season.  Salivating with tabloid-like enthusiasm, some media prodded Nygren with questions about crime in Hamilton and the unemployment rate.

Credit to Nygren for rising above the fray saying, “I’m here for playing hockey. What happened last year is past now. I’m looking forward to this season.” The young defenseman added, “I’m here to be a better hockey player. I’m here to help the team win.”

Coach Sylvain Lefebvre told Nygren that they would be starting with a “clean slate” telling reporters, “This year is a new year. You know for him, he’s a year older, he’s got more experience now, and he knows what to expect here in Hamilton. He knows the coaching staff and some of his teammates. I’m sure that Magnus is disappointed that he was cut from (the) main camp in Montreal, but his goal is to play in the NHL.”

Lefebvre added, “His goal is our goal. We want [Nygren] to be a very good player for our club here in Hamilton. We want him to move up (to the NHL.)”

Goaltender Joey MacDonald said that the Bulldogs should have a good combination of young players battling for positions as well as veterans like T.J. Hensick and Joe Finley saying “It’s a good situation here and I’m looking forward to it.”

Newly appointed assistant general manager Vincent Riendeau spoke about his move to a more administrative role to assist the Canadiens senior vice president Rick Dudley and assistant general manager Larry Carriere.



Press release

27 Players Invited to Bulldogs Training Camp


Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

Patrick Holland (Photo by
Patrick Holland (Photo by

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