Habs ink Ferland to one-year contract

Four-year Hamilton Bulldogs’ veteran Jonathan Ferland will stay in the Montreal Canadiens colours. The National Hockey League team has re-signed the 24-year-old Ferland to a one-year contract.

Ferland appeared in 78 American Hockey League games with the Bulldogs during the 2006-07 season, posting career-highs in goals (23), assists (14), points (37), and penalty minutes (87). The 6-foot-2, 214-pound forward also suited up for 22 playoff contests and registered nine points (3-6-9) and 19 penalty minutes during the Bulldogs’ Calder Cup championship run.

In four seasons with the Bulldogs (2003-2007), Ferland has notched 81 points (41-40-81) and 219 penalty minutes in 248 games.

In 2005-06, the native of Ste-Marie-du-Beauce, Quebec had a goal and two penalty minutes in seven games with the Bulldogs parent Canadiens. Ferland scored his goal, the first of his NHL career, in his first-career game on Jan. 3, 2006 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ferland was selected by the Canadiens in the seventh round, 212th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.