Hours after the Montreal Canadiens had assigned eight players to their American Hockey League affiliate, two more skaters were dispatched to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday (Sept. 26).Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Gabriel Dumont were assigned to Hamilton where they spent much of last season. The two were tied for the Bulldogs’ team lead in scoring last season.
Beaulieu, 20, split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. The 6’2”, 194-pound defenceman was named the Bulldogs’ Most Valuable Player and Top Rookie and also shared top defenceman honours with Jarred Tinordi. In 67 regular season games with Hamilton, the Strathroy, Ontario native recorded 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) and 63 penalty minutes. In six regular season games with Montreal, Beaulieu had two assists and no penalty minutes.
He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Dumont, 22, also split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. With the Bulldogs, he received The Bill Sturrup Trophy as fan favourite. In 55 regular season games with Hamilton, the 5’10”, 186-pound forward recorded 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) and 83 penalty minutes. In 178 regular season AHL games, the Ville Degelis, Quebec native has 73 points (34 goals, 39 assists) and 217 penalty minutes.
In 13 regular season NHL games, Dumont has three points (one goal, two assists) and 13 penalty minutes. He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round (139th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.