Bulldogs blueliner joins forwards in trip to Montreal

Within hours of the Montreal Canadiens recalling two players from the Bulldogs, a third has been sent scurrying to catch the bus before it leaves Hamilton.

Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu has been summoned from the American Hockey League team to report to the National Hockey League club. Earlier on Monday (Oct. 21) forwards Mike Blunden and Patrick Holland got the call.

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

Nathan Beaulieu split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Beaulieu has appeared in one game with Hamilton this season, recording three shots on goal and two penalty minutes in a 2-1 loss against the Toronto Marlies on Sunday (Oct. 20). He has also played two games with Montreal this season, recording no points and no penalty minutes.

The 20-year-old split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. Last season, 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, Ont., 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 Montreal Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.