One leaves, two return to Bulldogs in player shuffles

Winger Sergei Kostitsyn has been recalled by Montreal Canadiens from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. At the same time, the Canadiens re-assigned forwards Cory Urquhart and Jimmy Bonneau to the Bulldogs from the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

The recall will reunite Sergei with his brother and former Bulldog, Andrei, on the Montreal bench.

Kostitsyn, 20, leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points (6-16-22) and has a plus-2 rating and 18 penalty minutes in 22 games this season. The native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, notched his first-career AHL point, an assist, in his first-career professional game on Oct. 7 against the Rochester Americans, and scored his first-career AHL goal on Oct. 12, also against Rochester.

In the 2006-2007 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, the 6-foot, 194-pound forward finished third overall in OHL scoring with 131 points (40-91-131) and led the league with 91 assists. Kostitsyn was selected by Montreal in the seventh round, 200th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Urquhart, 23, was previously re-assigned from Hamilton to Cincinnati on Dec. 6 and registered one assist in one game with the Cyclones. Prior to that, the native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, appeared in 18 games in the AHL with Hamilton, posting five goals, three assists, eight points, and 12 penalty minutes.

In 51-career AHL games, all with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-3, 203-pound forward has 26 points (10-16-26) and 26 penalty minutes. Urquhart was selected by Montreal in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Bonneau, a 22-year-old native of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, joined Cincinnati from Hamilton on Nov. 20 and has picked up an assist, a plus-2 rating and 26 penalty minutes in seven games with the Cyclones. Bonneau has also appeared in one game this season with Hamilton and was held scoreless.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pound left-winger has collected 59 penalty minutes in 10-career AHL games with the Bulldogs. Bonneau was selected by Montreal in the eighth round, 241st overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Hamilton plays tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 12) at 7 p.m. when they take on the Griffins at Grand Rapids.