‘Dogs blueliner heads back to Montreal


Nathan Beaulieu (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Nathan Beaulieu (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

If Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Beaulieu has the feeling he doesn’t know if he is coming or going, he can be excused.

Beaulieu was paged by the National Hockey League Canadiens on Thursday (Jan. 16) and returned to the American Hockey League Bulldogs on Saturday.

On Sunday, he was again summonsed by the parent Canadiens.

Beaulieu has split this season between Hamilton and Montreal. In 32 games with Hamilton, the 6’2”, 194-pound defenceman has recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 21 penalty minutes. In six games with Montreal, the Strathroy, Ont., native has one assist and two penalty minutes. Beaulieu also split the 2012-2013 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 67 regular season games with Hamilton, the 21-year-old 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. He was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, when they will host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum.