Goaltenders come and go with Bulldogs


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

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

Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Dustin Tokarski is on his way to Montreal and Wheeling Nailers puckstopper Mike Condon is on his way to Hamilton. The two players movements will have Tokarski join the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens while Condon will leave his East Coast Hockey League club and suit up for the American Hockey League’s Bulldogs.

Condon has split this season between Hamilton and Wheeling. In three games with Hamilton, the Needham, Massachusetts native has a record of 1-1-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. In 32 games with Wheeling, the 6’3”, 195-pound goaltender has a record of 17-11-4 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts.

He currently ranks in the top-10 in the ECHL in wins, goals-against average, save percentage, minutes played and saves.

The 23-year-old spent last season with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Princeton University Tigers, the ECHL’s Ontario Reign and the AHL’s Houston Aeros. In 24 regular season games with Princeton, he was 8-11-4 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts.

In four regular season games with Ontario, he posted a record of 3-1-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout. In five regular season games with Houston, he had a record of 3-0-0 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Condon was signed by the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent on May 8, 2013.

Tokarski has appeared in 34 games with Hamilton this season, compiling a record of 17-13-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout. He recently participated in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 228 career AHL regular season games with the Norfolk Admirals, Syracuse Crunch and Bulldogs, the 24-year-old has a record of 121-85-14 with a 2.44 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 18 shutouts. In seven career NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he a record of 1-3-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .871 save percentage.

Tokarski was originally selected by the Lightning in the fifth round (122nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 28) when the ‘Dogs will host the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.