Bulldogs newest player won’t be hard to find

200px-hamilton_bulldogsIf there is one thing defenceman Joe Finley doesn’t lack, it’s size.

The Hamilton Bulldogs latest signing checks in at 6-8 and 250-pounds. Finley and the American Hockey League club have come to terms on a 2014-15 season contract.

Finley spent last season with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and in 29 regular season games the 27-year-old recorded two assists and 50 penalty minutes.

In six seasons as a pro, Finley has participated in more than 200 regular season and playoff games between the National Hockey League, AHL and East Coast Hockey League. In 21 career NHL regular season games with the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, he has notched one assist and 32 penalty minutes. In 130 career AHL regular season games with the Sound Tigers, Rochester Americans and Hershey Bears, the Edina, Minnesota native has recorded 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and 296 penalty minutes. In 43 career ECHL regular season games with the South Carolina Stingrays, he has recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 116 penalty minutes.

Before turning pro, Finley played four seasons with the University of North Dakota in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In 154 career games with UND between 2005 and 2009, he recorded 35 points (seven goals, 28 assists) and 303 penalty minutes.

Finley was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (27th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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