The Canadiens thought enough of the work of goaltender Peter Delmas that they have signed him to a three-year two-way contract. Delmas played all but two games with the Wheeling Nailers in the East Coast development league.
He will, in all likelihood be moving up to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the coming season. The Bulldogs appear to have lost both of their key starters, Drew MacIntyre and Curtis Sanford to unrestricted free agency. Delmas will compete for the top starting Bulldogs job with Robert Mayer.
In 24 regular season games was was 15-6-2 with a 2.03 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He was called up for two games with Hamilton during the 2010-2011 season.
Still to be signed are Hamilton defencemen Frederic St. Denis and Mathieu Carle plus forward Ryan Russell all of whom are restricted free agents. The Canadiens still haven’t signed Josh Gorges and Ryan White on their main roster, both also restricted.
From the Canadiens Publicity Department
Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of goaltender Peter Delmas to a three-year, two-way contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Delmas, 21, played two games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11, posting a 1-0-1 record, a 1.92 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. He spent most of the season with the Canadiens’ development team in the East Coach Hockey League (ECHL), suiting up for 24 games with the Wheeling Nailers. He recorded 15 wins, 6 losses and 2 overtime losses, with a 2.03 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
Delmas led the Wheeling Nailers to the ECHL Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, as the club was defeated in six games against the Kalamazoo Wings. He played in 15 of the Nailers 17 playoff contests, posting a 8-5-1 record with a 3.13 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Delmas ranked second in the league with regards to playoff games (15) and saves (391), and was third in wins (8).
The 6’2’’, 190-pound goaltender played in 149 career regular season games in the QMJHL between 2006 and 2010 with Lewiston, Quebec and Halifax. He was Jonathan Bernier’s backup with the 2007 President Cup Champions Lewiston MAINEiacs.
A native of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Delmas was invited on a try-out basis at the Club’s rookie and main training camps in 2010-11.