Beaulieu goes out a winner

bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs wrapped up their season announcing the winners of the hockey club’s 2012-13 individual player awards.

Nathan Beaulieu earned four awards, winning The Spectator MVP, co-winning the leading scorer award, co-winning the best defenceman honour, and he was the top rookie.

The native of Strathroy tied for the team lead with 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) while leading the team in assists and amassed 63 penalty minutes in 67 games. Beaulieu was recalled by Montreal for the first time on March 29 and played six games for the Canadiens posting two assists and a plus-five rating.

Tinordi shared the the top blueliner award. The 6’6”, 218-pound defenceman registered 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) and 71 penalty minutes in 67 games. The native of Burnsville, Minnesota was recalled by the Canadiens for the first time on March 14 and posted one assist and two penalty minutes in six games.

Hagel was the HECFI Community Leadership Award winner for his work within the Hamilton community. The Hamilton native created a “Stick to Reading” program for two schools in his hometown. He, along with other Bulldogs’ players, made numerous visits to Hess Street School and St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School to promote literacy and encourage the elementary school students to read.

In addition, Hagel created a contest to reward the students in each class who read the most books within a six-week time frame with prizes including the opportunity to play in a ball hockey game with the team, a chance to tour the team’s dressing room, meet-and-greets with Hamilton players and free tickets to Bulldogs games. Hagel also participated in many team events throughout the season such as a team visit to 8 Wing/CFB Trenton which included a community skate at RCAF Flyers Arena, the McMaster Children’s Hospital visit, several community practices and skates with minor hockey teams in the area and the Bowling with the ‘Dogs event

Dumont, recipient of the Bill Sturrup Trophy and a co-winner of the top scorer award had 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) and 83 penalty minutes and also led the team in goals in 55 games. The native of Ville Degelis, Quebec has also played 10 games with the Canadiens recording three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and 13 penalty minutes.

Goaltender Mayer, winner of The Molson Cup, finished the season with a 16-17-3 record with a 2.93 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage.

2012-13 Hamilton Bulldogs Player Awards

The Hamilton Spectator Most Valuable Player Award (voted by the Bulldogs players):
Nathan Beaulieu.

Previous Winners: Steve Passmore (1998-99), Daniel Cleary (1999-00), Paul Healey and Brian Swanson (2000-01), Brian Swanson (2001-02), Jason Ward (2002-03), Benoit Gratton (2003-04), Chris Higgins (2004-05), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (2005-06), Jaroslav Halak (2006-07), Jaroslav Halak (2007-08), Marc Denis (2008-09), David Desharnais (2009-10), Curtis Sanford (2010-11), Brian Willsie and Andreas Engqvist (2011-12)

The Hamilton Bulldogs Leading Scorer Award:
Beaulieu and Gabriel Dumont

Previous Winners: Tomas Plekanec (2004-05), Corey Locke (2005-06), Duncan Milroy (2006-07), Corey Locke (2007-08), Yanick Lehoux (2008-09), David Desharnais (2009-10), Nigel Dawes (2010-11), Brian Willsie (2011-12)

The Tim Hortons Top Defenceman Award (voted by the local media):
Jarred Tinordi and Beaulieu

Previous Winners: Todd Reirden (1998-99), Alex Zhurik (1999-00), Rory Fitzpatrick (2001-02), Sven Butenschon (2001-02), Marc-Andre Bergeron (2002-03), Francois Beauchemin and Patrick Traverse (2003-04), Dan Jancevski (2004-05), Dan Smith (2005-06), Dan Jancevski (2006-07), Jean-Philippe Cote (2007-08), Dan Jancevski (2008-09), P.K. Subban (2009-10), Frederic St-Denis (2010-11), Frederic St-Denis (2011-12)

The Swiss Chalet Top Rookie Award (voted by the Bulldogs radio broadcast team):

Previous Winners: Yann Danis (2004-05), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (2005-06), Jaroslav Halak (2006-07), Pavel Valentenko (2007-08), David Desharnais, Ben Maxwell and Yannick Weber (2008-09), P.K. Subban (2009-10), Brendon Nash (2010-11), Louis Leblanc (2011-12)

The Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Inc. (H.E.C.F.I.) Community Leadership Award (voted by the staff of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club):
Kyle Hagel

Previous Winners: Jeff Daw (1998-99), Mike Minard (1999-00), Ryan Risidore (2000-01), Alain Nasreddine (2001-02), Jason Ward (2003-03), Duncan Milroy (2003-04), Duncan Milroy (2004-05), Corey Locke (2005-06), Corey Locke (2006-07), Ajay Baines (2007-08), Ben Maxwell (2008-09), Eric Neilson (2009-10), Alex Henry (2010-11), Hunter Bishop and Brendon Nash (2011-12).

The Bill Sturrup Trophy Presented by the Bulldogs’ Booster Club:
Gabriel Dumont

Previous Winners: Chris Ferraro (1998-99), Mike Minard (1999-00), Jason Chimera (2000-01), Brian Swanson (2001-02), Marc-Andre Bergeron (2002-03), Duncan Milroy (2003-04), Corey Locke (2004-05), J.J. Hunter, Jean-Francois Jacques (2005-06), Duncan Milroy (2006-07), Ajay Baines (2007-08), Kyle Chipchura (2008-09), P.K. Subban (2009-10), Curtis Sanford (2010-11), Aaron Palushaj (2011-12)

Robert Mayer (Photo: Antoine Letarte/Wikipedia Commons)

Robert Mayer (Photo: Antoine Letarte/Wikipedia Commons)

The Molson Cup (voted by the media at each game throughout the season based on the three stars of the game):
Robert Mayer

Previous Winners: Steve Passmore (1998-99), Daniel Cleary (1999-00), Paul Healey (2000-01), Brian Swanson (2001-02), Jason Ward (2002-03), Jozef Balej (2003-04), Yann Danis (2004-05), Jean-Francois Jacques (2005-06), Duncan Milroy (2006-07), Corey Locke (2007-08), Marc Denis (2008-09), Brock Trotter (2009-10), Aaron Palushaj (2010-11), Aaron Palushaj (2011-12)

The Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Year Award: (Hardest Working Bulldog – voted by the local media and by the Bulldogs broadcast team):
Mike Blunden, Louis Leblanc, and Aaron Palushaj

Blunden tallied 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and 76 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Bulldogs. The 6’4”, 214-pound forward has also played five games with the Canadiens. Leblanc finished the season with 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) and 53 penalty minutes in 62 games. Palushaj notched 10 points (7 goals, 3 assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Bulldogs before being claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche.

Previous Winners: Steve Potvin (1998-99), Brian Swanson (1999-00), Chad Hinz (2000-01), Jason Chimera (2001-02), Tony Salmelainen and Jarret Stoll (2002-03), Jozef Balej (2003-04), Steve Ott (2004-05), Maxim Lapierre (2005-06), Kyle Chipchura (2006-07), Jonathan Ferland (2007-08), David Desharnais (2008-09), David Desharnais (2009-10), Aaron Palushaj (2010-11), Brian Willsie (2011-12)