The Canadiens have 23 signed players outside of their NHL roster including Alexander Galchenyuk who signed a three year contract with the Habs after being taken third overall in June’s NHL entry draft. Eight of the twenty-three will be entering their first year of professional hockey. Another six will be starting their second year in Hamilton. Forward Louis Leblanc, who is still on a two-way entry level contract, is currently listed on the NHL’s main roster.
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MONTREAL – The Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, announceegin d Wednesday that the club will open its 2012 training camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec on Saturday, September 29.
The Hamilton Bulldogs will first have their medicals and physical testing at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on September 28. The team will then move to Sherbrooke where they will practice at Complexe Sportif Jocelyn-Thibault from Sunday, September 29 until Wednesday, October 3. The ‘Dogs will also play two intra-squad games while in Sherbrooke. On Tuesday, October 2 the team will take to the ice at the Complexe sportif Jocelyn-Thibault and on Wednesday, October 3 at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet. All on-ice sessions are open to the public.
The Hamilton Bulldogs training camp will be led under the guidance of head coach Sylvain Lefebvre, a former Montreal Canadiens defenseman. “I was raised in this area and had the opportunity to play during two seasons with the Canadiens AHL affiliate team in Sherbrooke, so I am delighted to be returning to the Eastern Townships to hold part of our training camp. We are convinced that hockey fans in the area will be happy to have a closer look at the young prospects of the organization”, said Sylvain Lefebvre.
The Bulldogs will continue their training camp in Ontario, from October 4-12. Two pre-season games versus the Toronto Marlies will be played on October 6 at Cobourg Community Centre, and on October 8 at Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, in Brantford.
The Bulldogs’ 17th season-opener is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they will play the Griffins. The team’s 2012-13 home-opener is set for Friday, October 19 when they will host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.