13-Stefan Chaput-Wheeling Nailers

The Bulldogs have some injury problems.  Forwards Louis Leblanc and Joonas Nattinen both missed Sunday’s loss to the Lake Erie Monsters.  Leblanc had returned from a high ankle sprain earlier in the week and may have suffered a setback.

With the team heading out on a four game road trip starting with a doubleheader in Abbotsford B.C. Friday and Saturday, centre Stefan Chaput was recalled from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

On October 4th, the  Bulldogs assigned four players to  Wheeling.  Two of them have since been recalled, defenseman Joe Stejskal and Chaput.  Chaput was third among Wheeling scorers.

Still in Wheeling are forwards Ian Schultz and Olivier Fortier.  Schultz, who showed great promise with Hamilton last season, reported for training camp in terrible shape and has only two assists in 13 games with the Nailers.

From Bulldogs Communications

HAMILTON, ONT – Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Club has recalled centre Stefan Chaput from the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

Chaput, 24, has played 15 games for the Nailers this season recording nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) and eight penalty minutes.  Chaput has played 164 regular season games over parts of five seasons in the American Hockey League from 2008-2012 for the Providence Bruins, Syracuse Crunch, Charlotte Checkers and Albany River Rats registering 71 points (24 goals, 47 assists), 51 penalty minutes and a +11 rating.  The native of Montreal, Quebec spent four seasons from 2004-2008 with the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League posting 168 points (71 goals, 97 assists), 145 penalty minutes and a +51 rating in 196 regular season games.  The 6’0”, 192-pound centre was second in scoring for the MAINEiacs in 2007-2008 with 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists) while also ranking second in goals.  Chaput was originally selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round, 153rd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.