Canadiens return Lapierre to Bulldogs


After an impressive, but brief stay with the Montreal Canadiens, forward Maxim Lapierre has been returned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Lapierre, 21, was recalled by the National Hockey League team on Dec. 11 and appeared in four games with the Canadiens, posting four points (3-1-4) and a plus-5 rating. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound centreman registered his first-career NHL point, an assist, the next night versus the Boston Bruins and his first-career NHL goal on Dec. 14 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

When the Canadiens recalled Lapierre, he had 9 points (8-11-19), a plus-8 rating and 49 penalty minutes in 26 games with Hamilton. The native of St-Leonard, Quebec, Lapierre scored his first-career AHL hat trick on Nov. 26 against the Milwaukee Admirals in a 6-1 Bulldogs win.

Lapierre will join the Bulldogs in time for tonight’s (December 20) game in Winnipeg, against the Manitoba Moose. The game can be heard on 820 CHAM beginning with a pre-game show at 8:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘B2 Networks’ or ‘820 CHAM’ icon on the ‘Dogs website.

The ‘Dogs next home game is on Friday (Dec. 22) at Copps Coliseum against the Albany River Rats at 7:30 p.m.