Three new players are looking for employment with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
Forward Ian Schultz has been re-assigned to the Bulldogs from the Utah Grizzlies of the East Coast Hockey League while forward Riley Armstrong and defenceman Mark Isherwood have inked Professional Try-Out Contracts.
Schultz, 22, has played 26 games this season for the Wheeling Nailers and Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, recording six points (two goals, four assists) and 72 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 216-pound forward played 105 regular season games for the Bulldogs from 2010-12 and posted 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) and 153 penalty minutes.
The Calgary native played four seasons – 2006-2010 – for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League where he totaled 127 points (55 goals, 72 assists) with a plus-36 rating and 405 penalty minutes in 196 regular season games.
Schultz helped the Hitmen win a WHL championship during the 2009-10 season while recording 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 23 playoff games.
He was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens with Lars Eller from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halak on June 17, 2010.
Armstrong, 28, has played 31 games this season for the Grizzlies and ranks third on the team in points with 32 (15 goals, 17 assists) and 100 penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 185-pound forward suited up for 402 regular season games in the AHL during various seasons from 2004-11 and registered 167 points (86 goals, 81 assists) and 559 penalty minutes
The native of Saskatoon played two games for the San Jose Sharks during the 2008-09 season and had two penalty minutes.
Isherwood, 23, has played 26 games for the Grizzlies this season, posting 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 34 penalty minutes. The 6’0”, 180-pound blueliner spent the 2011-12 season playing for Cortina SG in Italy and notched 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games while winning the Italian championship with the team.
He played 70 regular season games for the Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces of the ECHL in 2010-11 and posted 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) and 61 penalty minutes, while accumulating six points (two goals, four assists) in 11 playoff games.
The native of Abbotsford, B.C. played five seasons from 2005-10 for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL registering 128 points (44 goals, 84 assists) and 353 penalty minutes in 268 regular season games.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Heat in Abbotsford on Tuesday, Jan. 15.