Bulldogs welcome two, say good-bye to two others

Well-travelled and experienced defenceman Patrick Traverse is back with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The 32-year-old native of Montreal was assigned to the American Hockey League team on Thursday by the Montreal Canadiens.

Players Eric Manlow and Ajay Baines model Bulldogs new home and away jerseys for the 2006-07 season.

Traverse, a third round pick of the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League’s 1992 entry draft, played 80 regular season games and 10 playoff dates for the Bulldogs in the 2003-04 campaign.

During his professional hockey career, Traverse has played for New Haven, Prince Edward Island, Worcester, Hershey, Quebec, Houston and Iowa, in addition to Hamilton in the AHL. He played for Grand Rapids when they were in the International Hockey league.

At the NHL level, Traverse has made stops at Ottawa, Anaheim, Boston, and Montreal.

Also joining the Bulldogs, who open the season tomorrow night at Copps Coliseum, is blueliner Danny Groulx. The 25-year-old native of LaSalle, Que., played last season in the German Elite League. Before heading to Germany, Groulx played for Manitoba and Grand Rapids in the AHL.

With those two additions, the Bulldogs assigned forwards Jimmy Bonneau and Cory Urquhart to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League.