Habs return two players to Bulldogs

Left winger Nigel Dawes and centre Andreas Engqvist have been returned to the Hamilton Bulldogs from the parent Montreal Canadiens. Both players are scheduled to be available for tomorrow’s American Hockey League game in Rockford.

Dawes, 26, played in four National Hockey League games with the Canadiens since being recalled on March 16. He also played in nine games with the Atlanta Thrashers this season, recording one assist. The native of Winnipeg currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 54 points (33 goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks first on the team and the AHL in goals with 33.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound left winger has played a total of 212 NHL regular season games registering 84 points (39 goals, 45 assists) and 43 penalty minutes. Dawes was drafted in the fifth round, 149th overall by the New York Rangers at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens along with Brent Sopel from Atlanta on Feb. 24 in exchange for Ben Maxwell and a fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Engqvist, 23, has played in a total of three games with the Canadiens this season but was held pointless. In 62 games with the Bulldogs this season. The 6-foot-4, 197-pound centre has registered 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and 16 penalty minutes. He has collected 122 shots on goal and maintained a +8 rating. The native of Stockholm was signed as a free agent by Montreal on July 13, 2009.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday (March 25) when they travel to Rockford to battle the IceHogs for an 8:05 p.m. game. All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.