The Hamilton Bulldogs completed a trade with the Flint Firebirds Wednesday (Sept. 28), bringing Will Bitten into the fold of the Ontario Hockey League club.
In acquiring Bitten, along with Flint’s 12th round pick in 2017, the Bulldogs gave up goalie Connor Hicks, defenceman Fedor Gordeev and a second round pick in 2019 (Owen Sound) and 2020 (Niagara).
Bitten was Plymouth’s first round (7th Overall) in 2014 and the Montreal Canadiens third selection (70th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Ottawa native played in 67 games last season for the Firebirds, registering 30 goals and 35 assists. He has also represented Canada on three occasions at the World Under 17s in 2014, Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2015, and the IIHF World Under 18 Championship this year.
“We are excited to welcome William to the Bulldogs family” said Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios, “William is the type of player that the Hamilton Bulldogs covet. He will provide us with speed, skill and work ethic. He will be an integral piece of our hockey club moving forward.”
Bitten is expected to join the Bulldogs in time for Friday night’s game in Guelph.
The Bulldogs would like to thank Connor Hicks and Fedor Gordeev for their contributions to the organization.