‘Dogs Tokarski will be seeing stars

Dustin Tokarski (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Dustin Tokarski (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

The parent Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League have returned forward Louis Leblanc to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

In 36 games with Hamilton this season, the 6’0”, 190-pound forward has nine goals and 11 assists along with 30 penalty minutes. In eight games with Montreal, the Pointe-Claire, Quebec native is pointless with four penalty minutes.

In 129 career AHL regular season games with Hamilton, the 23-year-old has 60 points (30-30) and 113 penalty minutes. In 50 career NHL games with Montreal, he has posted five goals and five assists and 32 penalty minutes.

Leblanc was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (18th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Meanwhile, the AHL has added Bulldogs’ goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the roster of the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic set for Feb. 11-12th in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He replaces Manchester Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones, who will miss the event do to a recall to the Los Angeles Kings, as the AHL All-Stars take on Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

Tokarski ranks third in the AHL with a 2.09 goals-against average and fourth with a .928 save percentage while posting a 15-9-2 record. Over the course of his All-Star season to date, the 5’11”, 198-pound goaltender has allowed two or fewer goals in 20 of 26 starts, including each of his past nine. Other highlights this season include wins in six consecutive starts from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12 as well as a 43-save shutout against his former club, the Crunch, on Nov. 23 in Syracuse, N.Y.

Now in his fifth AHL season, Tokarski has surpassed 200 career AHL regular season games and 5,000 career AHL regular season saves in 2013-2014. The 24-year-old Humboldt, Saskatchewan native won a Calder Cup championship with the Norfolk Admirals in 2012 and has a record of 119-81-13 with 18 shutouts in 222 career AHL regular season games.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Jan. 31) when the ‘Dogs will be in Abbotsford, B.C., to take on the Heat.