Bulldogs get 21 players from Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens have assigned 21 players to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The players assigned to the American Hockey League from the National Hockey League parent include forwards Alexander Avtsin, Alain Berger, Michael Blunden, Michael Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Brendan Gallagher, Blake Geoffrion, Patrick Holland, Louis Leblanc, Philippe Lefebvre, Joonas Nattinen, Steve Quailer and Ian Schultz, defencemen Nathan Beaulieu, Morgan Ellis, Brendon Nash, Greg Pateryn, Joe Stejskal and Jarred Tinordi and goaltenders Peter Delmas and Robert Mayer.

The Bulldogs begin training camp on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Sherbrooke, Quebec and will play two exhibition games against the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Cobourg and on Monday, Oct. 8 in Brantford.

The Bulldogs’ 17th season-opener is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they will play the Griffins. The team’s 2012-13 home-opener is set for Friday, Oct. 19 when they will host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.