Locke gets chance to play first NHL game

The National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens have recalled Hamilton Bulldogs’ forward Corey Locke. At the same time, the American Hockey League’s Bulldogs have also recalled defenceman Jon Gleed from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League.

Locke, 23, leads the Bulldogs with 23 points (8-15-23) and has a plus-4 rating and 20 penalty minutes in 30 games this season. The native of Newmarket became the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer, posting his 180th career point (63-117) in his 265th career AHL game on Saturday (Dec. 29) in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Marlies. Locke surpassed former Bulldog Brian Swanson who posted 179 points (71-108) in 183 games in Hamilton.

Locke, a 5-9, 171-pound forward was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round (113th overall) overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In his four seasons of professional hockey (2004-2008), Locke has never played a regular season game in the NHL.

Gleed, a 23-year-old native of Milton, has played 13 games with the Bulldogs this season, collecting two assists and two penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound blueliner has also picked up four assists, a plus-4 rating and 22 penalty minutes in 11 games with the Cyclones.

The Bulldogs return to action on New Year’s Eve when they travel to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins at 7 p.m. Fans can listen to the game 820 CHAM. The ‘Dogs next home game is Friday, Jan. 4 against Grand Rapids Griffins at 7:30 p.m.