When the 2010-11 season opens a number of members of this year’s Hamilton Bulldogs will be part of the Canadiens roster. Here is some of what the Bulldogs accomplished in ’09-’10.
…The team broke a total of 31 franchise records, tied six club records and broke one AHL record in the 2009-2010 regular season. In the post-season Hamilton broke 12 post-season franchise records and tied another 11.
… David Desharnais led the team in points with 78 (27 goals, 51 assists) while rookie defenceman P.K. Subban led all Bulldogs defenders and tied for third in the AHL among rookies in points with 53 (18 goals, 35 assists).
…In goal, Cedrick Desjardins led the AHL with a 2.00 goals-against-average and also recorded six shutouts and a 0.919 save percentage to hold a record of 29-9-4 while Curtis Sanford ranked 3rd in the AHL with a 2.13 goals-against-average and also recorded four shutouts and a 0.916 save percentage to hold a 23-11-3 record.
…The Bulldogs had a total of 17 players play for both Hamilton and their National Hockey League affiliate the Montreal Canadiens in 2009-2010, the most of any AHL team and its NHL affiliate..
… The ‘Dogs broke the AHL record for most points earned on the road (60) in one season
… Desjardins set a franchise record for longest shutout streak by a goaltender 212 minutes and 37 seconds from November 25th until December 9th. The club also set a franchise record for team shutout streak as the ‘Dogs were not scored on for 207 minutes and 21 seconds from November 25th until December 5th
…The Bulldogs recorded 12 shutouts this year, tying the franchise mark set by the 2002-2003 team while Desjardins earned six shutouts which tied Jaroslav Halak for most shutouts in one season by a Bulldogs goaltender. Desjardins also set a franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in one season with 27.
…Subban’s 18 goals, 53 points and 11 power-play goals are all franchise records for a Bulldogs defenceman in a single season. Subban’s plus/minus rating of plus-46 set a franchise record for highest plus/minus rating by a Bulldogs player.
…Desharnais’ 78 points are also a new franchise mark for most points in a season by a Bulldogs player.
..The Awards – Desjardins and Subban were both named to the Canadian team at the AHL All-Star Classic in January. At the conclusion of the regular season, Subban was named an AHL First-Team All-Star and to the AHL All-Rookie Team while Desjardins was named an AHL Second-Team All-Star. Head Coach Guy Boucher was named the AHL’s outstanding coach in his rookie season with the Bulldogs while Desjardins and Sanford received the Harry “Hap” Holmes Award which is given to the goaltenders on the team which allows the fewest goals in the regular season.
In the Post Season – Desharnais once again led the Bulldogs in points as he earned 23 (10 goals, 13 assists) to set a franchise record for most points in one post-season.
.In their second game of the playoffs, Hamilton defeated Manitoba 8-2, tying the franchise record for most goals scored in a post-season game and setting the club record for largest margin of victory in a playoff game.
Andre Benoit (five goals, 22 assists) and Desharnais (11 goals, 16 assists) became the franchise leaders in all-time post-season points with 27 while Benoit’s 22 assists also make him the franchise leader in all-time post-season assists.