Travis Novak, Ryan Flanigan, and Jesse Todd have been signed to Amateur Try-Out contracts with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Meanwhile forwards Joey Haddad and Eric Lampe were released from their Professional Try-Out contracts with the American Hockey League team on Monday (March 19).
Novak, 23, has played in 36 games for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s St. Cloud State this season, recording 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists), and 28 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward played four seasons for the Minnesota school and previously suited up with the United States Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Canmore Eagles, where he was ranked second in points 32 (16 goals, 16 assists) and tied for first in goals in the 2005-2006 season.
The native of Lethbridge, Alberta has previously played with Hamilton Bulldogs forward Andrew Conboy on the Omaha Lancers teams of 2006 to 2008.
Flanigan, 23, has spent the past four seasons playing Division-1 H-EAST NCAA hockey with Merrimack College in Maine. This season the 6-foot, 175-pound forward suited up for 36 games, leading the team with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) and recording 29 penalty minutes. The Rochester, N. Y., native was ranked second on the team in goals behind fellow new Bulldog Todd this past season as well as in 2010-11 when he registered 24 points (16 goals, 18 assists).
Todd, 25, also played NCAA hockey for the Division-1 H-EAST Merrimack College team from 2008-12. In the past season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward led Merrimack College in goals, ranking second in points behind new Bulldog Flanigan with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) while registering 37 penalty minutes.
The Calgary native previously suited up with the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks from 2005-2008, ranking second in points on the 2007-2008 roster with 70 points (35 goals, 35 assists).
The Bulldogs next face the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday in an away game.