Beaulieu leaves Bulldogs for Canadiens


Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Beaulieu has been recalled by the National Hockey League parent, the Montreal Canadiens.

Beaulieu appeared in one pre-season game with the American Hockey League Bulldogs, recording the only assist on Sven Andrighetto’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Utica Comets on Thursday (Oct. 3).

Nathan Beaulieu on the assist at a pre-season game in Dundas. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Nathan Beaulieu on the assist at a pre-season game in Dundas. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

The 20-year-old 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 native recorded 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) and 63 penalty minutes. In six regular season games with Montreal, he recorded two assists and no penalty minutes.

Beaulieu was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have assigned two forwards and released two others.

Stefan Chaput and Stephen MacAulay have been assigned to the East Coast Hockey League’s Wheeling Nailers. Jordan Owens and Alex Belzile have been released from their professional try outs.

Hamilton’s next game is its regular season and home opener, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the St. John’s IceCaps at Copps Coliseum.