Hamilton assigns Centre Ben Duffy to ECHL Wheeling Nailers

Hamilton assigns Centre Ben Duffy to ECHL Wheeling Nailers

After 13 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season, centre Ben Duffy has been sent to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.  Duffy, playing for Prince Edward Islan,d was the QMJHL 2012-2013 scoring champion but went undrafted and was signed to a one year AHL/ECHL contract in July as a free agent.  Duffy’s problem is learning to compensate for his 5’10”, 175 pound size.

At the same time, the Bulldogs added some veteran presence with the signing of  27 year old forward Jordan Owens to a 25-game professional tryout contract.  Owens is a veteran of 311 games in the AHL and, after playing in Denmark last season, landed with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays where he had 7 goals and 10 assists in 17 games this season.

From Canadiens Communications –

MONTREAL, QUEBECMontreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevinannounced today the Bulldogs have signed forward Jordan Owens to a 25-game professional try out contract. The Bulldogs have also assigned forward Ben Duffy to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

In 17 games with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays this season, Owens has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and eight penalty minutes. The 27-year-old forward spent the 2012-2013 season with Soenderjyske in Denmark. In 31 regular season games, he recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) and 39 penalty minutes. The Toronto, Ontario native has played 311 career American Hockey League games, recording 111 points (37 goals, 74 assists) and 347 penalty minutes.

In 13 games with Hamilton this season, Duffy has recorded two assists and no penalty minutes. The 21-year-old forward spent the 2012-2013 season with the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 68 regular season games, he recorded 110 points (39 goals, 71 assists) and four penalty minutes. He was signed to a one-year contract by the Bulldogs on July 11, 2013.