The Canadiens put another big free agent forward out of last week’s development camp under contract with the signing of Halifax forward Stephen MacAulay to a one year American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs contract.
On Saturday signed 6’3″ 220lb free agent forward Stefan Fournier also of Halifax to a three year contract two-way Canadiens contract.
MacAulay was originally a sixth round draft choice of the St. Louis Blues but never offered a contract. He’s a hard worker but skating and keeping his intensity consistent seems to have been the issue. By signing him to an American Hockey League contract the Canadiens don’t use up one of the spots on their 50 man reserve list and buy time to assess his prospects at Hamilton or their Wheeling ECHL affiliate.
Nobody will ever accuse MacAulay of not being a winner. The 6’2″ 190 pound centre finished last season with the Memorial Cup Champion Halifax Mooseheads. He is the only player to participate in four QMJHL President Cup Finals and win two championships. That led to three Memorial Cup appearances and two championships. Prior to coming to Halifax in January, he played with the St. John’s Sea Dogs, winners of the Memorial Cup three years ago.
From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of free agent forward Stephen MacAulayto a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2013-2014 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 2012-2013, MacAulay was a member of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League President Cup Champion and Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup Champion Halifax Mooseheads. The 21-year-old is the only player to ever participate in four QMJHL President Cup Finals and win two championships and compete in three CHL Memorial Cup Championships and capture two titles.
In 16 post-season games with Halifax last season, MacAulay produced 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) and 24 penalty minutes. In 25 regular season games with the Mooseheads, the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native recorded 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) and 16 penalty minutes. Prior to being traded to the Halifax Mooseheads on January 5th, 2013, the 6’2”, 190-pound right winger registered 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) and 36 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs.
In five junior seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs (2008-2013) and Halifax Mooseheads (2012-2013), MacAulay compiled 155 points (71 goals, 84 assists) in 280 regular season games and 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 75 post-season games.
MacAulay was selected in the sixth round, 164th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft.