Blunden making third trip to Montreal


bulldogsPlayers are coming to and going from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The parent National Hockey League Montreal Canadiens have recalled forward Mike Blunden from the Bulldogs and have assigned forward Petteri Nokelainen to their American Hockey League affiliate.

Blunden, now on his third recalled by the Canadiens this season, has played 54 games for the Bulldogs in 2012-13. During that time he has posted 22 points from 10 goals and 12 assists while accumulating 76 penalty minutes.

The 26-year-old Blunden played 39 games for the Canadiens in 2011-12 and registered four points (two goals, two assists) and 27 penalty minutes. In 90 games over six seasons in the NHL, the Toronto native has amassed eight points (four goals, four assists) and 96 penalty minutes

In 17 games during the 2011-12 season for the Bulldogs, the six-foot-four, 214-pound forward recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) and 26 penalty minutes. Blunden has played 311 games in the AHL and has totaled 150 points (65 goals, 85 assists) and 382 penalty minutes.

Nokelainen, 27, last played for the Canadiens on March 31, 2012 and has been sidelined this season due to injury. He split the 2011-12 season with the Canadiens and the Phoenix Coyotes, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) and 37 penalty minutes.

The native of Imatra, Finland has played 245 regular season games with the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Coyotes and Canadiens in the NHL over five seasons since 2005. His totals include 41 points from 20 goals and 21 assists along with 103 penalty minutes.

The 6’1”, 201-pound forward played four seasons in Finland for SaiPa Lappeenranta (2002-05) and Jokerit Helsinki (2010-11), posting 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) and 168 penalty minutes in 140 regular season games. Nokelainen also played 68 regular season games over two seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Providence Bruins of the AHL from 2006-07, notching 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) and 55 penalty minutes.

Nokelainen helped lead Finland to a Bronze Medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Junior Championship in 2004. He was acquired by the Canadiens in a trade with the Coyotes, with Garrett Stafford joining Montreal and Brock Trotter going to Phoenix along with a seventh round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on October 23, 2011.

Nokelainen was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round, 16th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.