Bulldogs roster grows by five more from Habs

200px-hamilton_bulldogsGoaltender Curtis Sanford, defencemen Alex Henry and Yannick Weber, and forwards Ben Maxwell and Ryan White have been assigned by the Montreal Canadiens to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Sanford, 31, appeared in one pre-season game with the parent National Hockey League’s Canadiens, making six saves in 29 minutes of play. Last season, the native of Owen Sound played in 41 American Hockey League games with the ‘Dogs, compiling a record of 23-11-3 with a 2.13 goals-against-average, a .916 save percentage and posting four shutouts. In nine playoff games with Hamilton last season, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound goaltender had a 5-4 record along with a 2.02 GAA and a .925 save percentage with two shutouts.

Henry, 31, had an assist in four pre-season games with Montreal. The Bulldogs 2009-10 captain played in 68 games with Hamilton last season recording 13 assists and ranking second on the team in penalty minutes with 154. The native of Elliot Lake also recorded four points (two goals, two assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenceman was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 67th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Weber, 22, played four pre-season contests with Montreal, registering two assists. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound defenceman played in 65 games for the Bulldogs last season recording 32 points (seven goals, 25 assists) and 58 penalty minutes. Weber also represented his native Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympics, playing in five games and recording six penalty minutes.

Weber was drafted in the third round, 73rd overall by Montreal in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Maxwell, 22, had a goal and an assist in four pre-season games with the Canadiens. The native of North Vancouver produced 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Bulldogs in 2009-10. The 6-foot, 177-pound centre also played in 13 games with Montreal earning six penalty minutes.

Maxwell was drafted in the second round, 49th overall by the Canadiens in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

White, 22, competed in five pre-season games with Montreal, recording three points (two goals, one assist). The native of Brandon, Manitoba played in 62 games with Hamilton last season, registering 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) while leading the team in penalty minutes with 173. White posted nine points (four goals, five assists) and 47 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games with the ‘Dogs.

The 6-foot, 200-pound centre also skated in 16 games with the Canadiens recording two assists and 16 penalty minutes. White was drafted by Montreal in the third round, 66th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Hamilton opens its 15th AHL season on Friday, Oct. 15 when they travel to Rochester to battle the Americans. The Bulldogs home opener at Copps Coliseum is the following day at 4 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies.