The Hamilton Bulldogs, American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens, will stage their 2008 training camp at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The camp will run from Monday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 5.
In preparation for their 13 season in Hamilton, the Bulldogs will also host North Division rivals the Manitoba Moose (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) and the Toronto Marlies (AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) in a pre-season tournament at Mile One Centre.
“In preparing for the 2008-2009 season, we had discussions with the Toronto Marlies and the Manitoba Moose about playing a three-team pre-season tournament, initially in Northern Ontario”, said Hamilton Bulldogs President and Governor Glenn Stanford. “We were then approached by St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. who proposed that we hold training camp and host a pre-season tournament at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After reviewing their proposal, all three teams decided that it was not only a viable option, but also a wonderful opportunity for our coaches, players and staff to return to a city and province that strongly supported an AHL team for 14 years.”
“St. John’s Sports and Entertainment is delighted to be playing host to Hamilton Bulldogs training camp and four AHL pre-season games at Mile One Centre in the fall of 2008”, said St. John’s Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Board of Directors Chairman Gerry Smith. “This event is part of our strategic plan to bring AHL hockey back to St. John’s, Newfoundland.”
The four-game round robin tournament, which will feature the Hal’s three Canadian-based franchises, will commence on Thursday, Oct. 2 with a contest between the Moose and the Marlies. The tournament’s second game will take place on Friday, Oct. 3 when the Bulldogs will battle the Marlies. The third and final game of the round robin is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 when Hamilton will meet the Moose.
Following the round robin, the top two teams will advance to the tournament’s championship game, which is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 5.
Every Bulldogs pre-season game will be broadcast live on AM 820 CHAM and online at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.