The Montreal Canadiens will continue their quest for a 25th Stanley Cup Championship with some familiar faces on the bench. General Manager Bob Gainey announced that the Club has recalled six players, and two coaches from the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Forwards Kyle Chipchura, Matt D’Agostini and Brock Trotter, defencemen Mathieu Carle and Pavel Valentenko and goaltender Yann Danis will join the Habs for the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. In addition, ‘Dogs coaches Don Lever and Ron Wilson have been summoned to Montreal to assist the Canadiens coaching staff as the franchise continues it’s quest. All players and coaches are scheduled to join the team immediately, in time for Game 6 in Boston.
Carle, 20, played 64 games with Hamilton during the 2007-2008 season, his first as a professional. The 6’0″, 201-pound defenceman, a native of Gatineau, Quebec, finished second amongst Bulldogs blue-liners in goals (7), assists (17) and points (24) and completed the campaign with a -1 rating and 43 penalty minutes.
Chipchura, 22, competed in 39 games with Hamilton in 2007-2008. The 6’2″, 205-pound native of Westlock, Alberta finished his second season in the AHL with 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points, a -1 rating and 27 penalty minutes. The centreman also led the Bulldogs with 3 short-handed goals.
D’Agostini, 21, skated in 76 games with Hamilton during the 2007-2008 campaign. The 6’0″, 195-pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario wrapped up his sophomore season with the Bulldogs second on the club in goals (23), assists (30) and points (53), with a -22 rating and 38 penalty minutes. The right-winger also led the ‘Dogs with 235 shots on goal.
Danis, 26, appeared in 38 games with Hamilton in 2007-2008. The 6’0″, 187-pound native of Lafontaine, Quebec posted an 11-19-4 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage in his fifth season with the Bulldogs. Danis is the ‘Dogs all-time leader in wins (81) and games played by a goaltender (132).
Trotter, 20, joined Hamilton in February following three seasons with the University of Denver Pioneers. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, the 5’10”, 180-pound centre compiled 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points, a +2 rating and 4 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Bulldogs during the 2007-2008 season.
Valentenko, 20, took part in 57 games with Hamilton during his inaugural season in the AHL in 2007-2008. The 6’2″, 220-pound native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia, registered 1 goal, 15 assists, 16 points and 58 penalty minutes. The defenceman also led all Bulldogs rookies with a +3 rating.
Lever, 55, just completed his third season as Hamilton’s head coach. In 240 regular season games behind the Bulldogs bench, the South Porcupine, Ontario native has a record of 114 wins, 103 losses, 6 overtime losses and 17 shootout losses. In 2007, Lever led the ‘Dogs to their first AHL Championship with a 16-6 record in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Wilson, 51, just finished his fifth season behind the bench in Hamilton and his third as an assistant coach for Don Lever (Doug Jarvis 2003-2005). A native of Toronto, Ontario, Wilson has a record of 193 wins, 157 losses, 10 ties, 17 overtime losses 23 shootout losses in 400 regular season games with the Bulldogs from 2003-2008.