Bournival, Tokarski back in the ’Dogs’ house


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

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

Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League have assigned two players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. Joining the Bulldogs are forward Michael Bournival and goalie Dustin Tokarski. Bournival is being sent down for conditioning while Tokarski is being returned.

In 50 games with Montreal this season, Bournival has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and 14 penalty minutes. The 21-year-old spent all of last season, his first as a professional, with the Bulldogs. In 69 games with Hamilton in 2012-13, the 5’11”, 196-pound forward recorded 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) and 26 penalty minutes.

Before turning pro, the Shawinigan, Quebec native spent four seasons with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Shawinigan Cataractes. In 201 career QMJHL regular season games, Bournival has 204 points (93 goals, 111 assists) and 121 penalty minutes. He finished his junior career by winning the Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup as captain of the Cataractes.

Bournival was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired via trade by the Canadiens from the Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

Tokarski has split this season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In three games with Montreal, the Humboldt, Saskatchewan native has a record of 2-0-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. The 24-year-old earned his first NHL shutout on Sunday (March 16), making 29 saves in a 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. In 34 games with Hamilton this season, the 5’11”, 198-pound goaltender has a record of 17-13-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout.

In 228 career AHL regular season games with the Norfolk Admirals, Syracuse Crunch and Bulldogs, Tokarski has a record of 121-85-13 with a 2.43 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 18 shutouts. In 10 career NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Canadiens, he has a record of 3-3-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and one shutout.

He 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 Wednesday (March 19), when the ‘Dogs welcome the Abbotsford Heat (AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames) to FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.