Hamilton’s Tenute sticks with Bulldogs

Joey Tenute (Photo: TheAHL.com)

Joey Tenute (Photo: TheAHL.com)

Forward Joey Tenute is now a full-fledged member of the Hamilton Bulldogs. The team signed him to an American Hockey League contract on Thursday (Jan. 30).

Tenute has played six games since signing a Professional Try-Out contract with the Bulldogs on Jan. 8 notching four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and eight penalty minutes. The 29-year-old Tenute played 32 regular season games last season for Klagenfurt AC of the Austrian League recording 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists) and 16 penalty minutes while also playing 18 regular season games for Tappara Tampere of the SM-Liiga posting seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) and eight penalty minutes.

From 2008-12, he played in Europe with Jokerit Helsinki, Frankfurt Lions, Hamburg Freezers, Tampere and Klagenfurt. In 207 regular season games in the AHL from 2005-08, the 5’9”, 190-pound forward registered 166 points (69 goals, 97 assists) and 190 penalty minutes for the Hershey Bears and San Antonio Rampage. Tenute helped the Bears win the Calder Cup in 2005-06 while also playing one game that season for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League.

Prior to turning professional, the native of Hamilton played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-04 posting 271 points (95 goals, 176 assists), a plus-55 rating and 259 penalty minutes in 253 regular season games for the Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting. He was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the eighth round, 261st overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum on Friday (Feb. 1) at 7:30 p.m.