Forwards Ben Duffy and Stephen MacAulay have been released from their standard players’ contracts with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The two will play in Canadian Interuniversity Sport while pursuing educational opportunities.
Duffy split this season between the American Hockey League Bulldogs and East Coast Hockey League’s Wheeling Nailers. In 15 games with Hamilton, the 21-year-old had two assists and no penalty minutes. In six games with Wheeling, the Lower Sackville, N.S., native recorded six points (four goals, two assists) and no penalty minutes.
The 5’10”, 177-pound forward spent the 2012-13 season with the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 68 regular season games, he recorded 110 points (39 goals, 71 assists) and four penalty minutes. He was signed to a one-year contract by the Bulldogs on July 11, 2013.
MacAulay also split this season between the Bulldogs and Nailers. In eight games with Hamilton, the 21-year-old recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and no penalty minutes. In 12 games with Wheeling, the Cole Harbour, N.S., native recorded two assists and 14 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 191-pound forward split the 2012-13 season between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
In 34 regular season games with Saint John, he recorded 36 points (18-18) and 36 penalty minutes. In 25 regular season games with Halifax, he registered 26 points (13-13) and 16 penalty minutes.
Originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the sixth round (164th overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, he was signed to a one-year contract by the Bulldogs on July 8.