Two new left-wingers and one centre are hoping to find a spot with the Hamilton Bulldogs.The American Hockey League team and their National Hockey League parents, the Montreal Canadiens, have inked wingers Peter Lenes and Joey Haddad and centre Eric Lampe to Professional Try-Out contracts.
The 25-year-old Lenes has played in 17 games for the East Coast Hockey League’s Wheeling Nailers this season, recording 20 points (14 goals, 6 assists) on 73 shots on goal, four penalty minutes, and a plus-11 plus/minus rating. The 5-foot-4, 158-pound left-winger is tied for second in goals scored for the Nailers.
Lenes also suited up for the ECHL’s Trenton Titans this season, playing 32 games and recording 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) with 98 shots on goal and 18 penalty minutes. The Shelburne, Vermont native spent last season in Austria playing in for 49 games with the Graz 99ers and registering 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) on 22 shots on goal while maintaining a plus- plus/minus rating.
Lenes has previously played with Hamilton Bulldogs forward Philip DeSimone, suiting up for the United States Hockey League’s Sioux City Musketeers in 2004-05.Haddad, 23, has played in eight AHL games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, recording two shots and two penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-winger has also suited up for 38 games with the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011-12, recording 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) on 95 shots on goal, 88 penalty minutes and a plus-2 plus/minus rating.
Last season, the Sydney, Nova Scotia native played 50 games for the Wheeling Nailers, collecting 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists), which ranked him third on the team for goals, and registering 135 shots, 93 penalty minutes and a plus-one plus/minus rating. Haddad also played in 16 games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL last season, recording four points (1 goal, 3 assists) on 18 shots on goal, and 15 penalty minutes.Lampe, 25, has played in 46 games for the Las Vegas Wranglers this season and leads the ECHL with 60 points (34 goals, 26 assists) with 177 shots on goal. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound centreman has scored five shorthanded goals and leads the Wranglers with a plus-17 plus/minus rating. The Madison, Wisconsin native has also suited up for three games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters this season, registering one assist and one shot on goal. Last season, Lampe played 24 games with the Syracuse Crunch, recording four points (2 goals, 2 assists) on 42 shots on goal and 16 penalty minutes. He also suited up for 34 games with the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL, notching 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) on 117 shots on goal and 12 penalty minutes.
The Bulldogs’ next game will take place on Friday, Feb.17 at 7:30 p.m. when they host the St. John’s IceCaps at Copps Coliseum.