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Joel Chouinard (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

Joël Chouinard (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

Free agent defenceman Joël Chouinard has signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / East Coast Hockey League contract for the Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 season.

Chouinard, 23, split last season between the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters and the Central Hockey League’s Denver Cutthroats. In 42 games with the Cutthroats, he was second on the team in scoring among defencemen with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) and accumulated 28 penalty minutes. In 10 games with the Monsters, he recorded no points and 11 penalty minutes.

In 98 career regular season AHL games with Lake Erie, the Longueuil, Quebec native had 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) and 68 penalty minutes. Before turning pro, the 6’1”, 190-pound blueliner played for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Victoriaville Tigres (2006-10). In 221 career regular season QMJHL games, Chouinard recorded 144 points (45 goals, 99 assists) and 236 penalty minutes. He was named a First-Team All-Star in 2009-10.

Chouinard was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the sixth round, 167th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.