Habs send scoring punch to Bulldogs

200px-hamilton_bulldogsMontreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League have assigned five more players to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Of the five, three played for Hamilton during the 2008-09 American Hockey League season. Returning are forward Ben Maxwell and defencemen Mathieu Carle and Yannick Weber. Goaltender Curtis Sanford (NHL Vancouver Canucks / AHL Manitoba Moose) and forward Tom Pyatt (AHL Hartford Wolf Pack) join the Bulldogs for the first time.

Maxwell co-led (alongside David Desharnais) all ’Dogs rookies in scoring last season with 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) while Weber with 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) and Carle with 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) finished first and second respectively in scoring by Bulldogs’ defencemen.

Sanford is a veteran of 108 NHL games with a record of 37-37-11, a 2.76 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage. In 172 AHL games he has a record of 77-65-3, a 2.38 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage.

Pyatt is a two-time World Junior gold medalist having won the 2006 and 2007 World Junior championships with the Canadian team. Pyatt is currently injured while the other four players are scheduled to be available for today’s final pre-season game.