Habs assign seven more players to AHL Bulldogs

Hamilton Bulldogs received seven additional players just as they started their four-game preseason schedule on Wednesday night.

The players, expected to join the club either today or Friday, were assigned from the training camp of the parent National Hockey League Montreal Canadiens.

Joining the training camp of the American Hockey League Bulldogs are returning players goaltender Yann Danis, forwards Corey Locke, Jonathan Ferland, Maxim Lapierre, and Kyle Chipchura, and newcomers forward Ajay Baines and defenceman Danny Groulx.

Danis, 25, appeared in two preseason games with Montreal last week (Sept. 20-22) and stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced. The native of Lafontaine, Quebec, posted a record of 17-17-3 with a 2.97 goals-against average, and a .902 save percentage in 39 games with Hamilton last season. Danis recorded his 47th career regular-season win as a Bulldog last April 15, tying him with Steve Passmore for the all-time franchise record.

Locke, a 22 year-old native of Newmarket, was Hamilton’s leading scorer last season with 59 points (19-40) and 67 penalty minutes in 77 games.

Ferland, 23, appeared in seven games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, recording his first NHL goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 3. In 39 games last year with the Bulldogs, the native of Ste-Marie-du-Beauce, Quebec, notched 15 points (7-8) and 75 penalty minutes.

Baines, 28, notched 20 points (12-8) and 71 penalty minutes with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals and Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in 56 games last season. The native of Kamloops, B.C., is a veteran of seven seasons of professional hockey and signed a two-year AHL contract with Hamilton in August.

Lapierre, a 21 year-old native of Saint-Leonard, Quebec, had 13 goals and 23 assists and 214 penalty minutes in 73 games with Hamilton last season.

Chipchura, 20, appeared in eight games with the Bulldogs last season, registering three points (1-2-3) and six penalty minutes. The native of Westlock, Alberta, spent the majority of last season with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, recording 55 points (21-34-55) and 81 penalty minutes in 59 games.

Groulx, a 25 year-old native of LaSalle, Quebec, appeared in 51 games with the Kassel Huskies of the German Elite League, recording 13 points (2-11-13) and 93 penalty minutes.