Montreal recalls two from Bulldogs


The Hamilton Bulldogs, who have had issues counting goals in the early going of the American Hockey League, are losing some of their scoring punch.

The parent Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League have recalled forwards Mike Blunden and Patrick Holland.

Forward Mike Blunden (14) split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Forward Mike Blunden (14) split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Blunden, 26, has two goals and one assist in three games with Hamilton this season and is currently tied for the team lead in goals. The Toronto native split last season between Hamilton and Montreal. In 54 regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 6’4”, 214-pound forward recorded 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and 76 penalty minutes. In five regular season games with the Canadiens, Blunden had no points and four penalty minutes.

He was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (43rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Holland, 21, has one goal and one assist in four games with Hamilton this season and currently leads the team in plus/minus at plus-4. Last season, in 69 regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 6’0”, 175-pound forward recorded 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) and eight penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the seventh round (193rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Hamilton’s next game is Tuesday (Oct. 22), when the Rockford IceHogs (affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks) visit Copps Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.