Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton Bulldogs
City: Hamilton, Ontario
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 1996
Home Arena: Copps Coliseum
Colours: Copper, Red, blue, white


Owner(s): Flag of Canada Michael Andlauer
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Clément Jodoin
Media: Hamilton Spectator,
820 CHAM (AM)
Affiliates: Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Franchise history
Nova Scotia Oilers
Cape Breton Oilers
Hamilton Bulldogs
Toronto Roadrunners
Edmonton Road Runners
Oklahoma City Barons
Montreal Voyageurs
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Sherbrooke Canadiens
Fredericton Canadiens
Quebec Citadelles
Hamilton Bulldogs
Regular Season Titles: 1 (2002–03)
Division Championships: 4 (2002–03, 2003–04, 2009–10, 2010–11)
Conference Championships: 3 (1996–97, 2002–03, 2006–07)
Calder Cups: 1 (2006–07)

The Hamilton Bulldogs are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at Copps Coliseum, nicknamed 'The Dog Pound'. They are the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. The team has won the Calder Cup once in their history, in 2007.


The Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club was established in 1996 after re-locating from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the team played several years as the Cape Breton Oilers. The team was nicknamed the "Bulldogs" after a lengthy name the team contest; and was determined to best suit the City of Hamilton. The name "Hamilton Havoc" was runner-up.

On the ice the club has reached the Calder Cup Finals three times.Firstly in 1997, the club's first year, and again in 2003 only to lose in both cases. The 2003 game 7 final was played June 12, 2003, vs the Houston Aeros. The attendance at Copps Coliseum was 17,428, making it the largest playoff crowd in the history of the AHL (the record was since broken in 2005 in Philadelphia). Houston won the game 3–0 and the series 4–3. The Bulldogs finally won the Calder Cup Final in 2007 against the Hershey Bears. This series was a rematch of the 1997 Calder Cup Final which Hershey won 4 games to 1. The Bulldogs reversed that in 2007 - Hamilton 4 games to Hershey's 1.

Off the ice, the club faced turmoil in 2000 resulting in a "Stay Dogs Stay" campaign spearheaded by Don Robertson, Ron Burnstein, Nick Javor and club President Cary Kaplan, aimed at keeping the franchise in Hamilton. The campaign was a financial success and resulted in the club remaining in the Steel City with a bolstered fan base and an improved lease with the City of Hamilton.

In spite of a franchise high in attendance in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers announced plans to move their AHL affiliation to Toronto. Local interests made a multi-million dollar investment to secure ownership of the Quebec Citadelles and relocate them to Hamilton thus keeping the Bulldogs in town. For the second time in as many years, the fate of the club was in jeopardy, but ultimately rescued by local interests. The achievement to preserve the franchise was a unique joint venture between the Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton Oilers, the American Hockey League, and a local consortium of Hamilton owners, which allowed for a joint affiliation in 2002–2003 between Montreal and Edmonton as ownership changed hands. Fans voted to keep the Bulldogs name which won over the Hamilton Canadiens and Hamilton Habs.

In the summer of 2004, Burlington businessman Michael Andlauer became majority owner, governor and chairman of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Andlauer was part of the initial group of local business people, who purchased the club from the Edmonton Oilers in 2002.

Michael Andlauer who has become a minority owner of the parent Montreal Canadiens, has provided great stability to the franchise. 2010 saw the Bulldogs under coach Guy Boucher advance to the Western Conference finals against the Texas Stars only to lose a hard fought series in game seven.

Soon to start their 15th season, the Bulldogs are the longest serving non-NHL pro hockey franchise in Canada, the longest serving Canadian AHL franchise, and one of its most successful franchises with over 2,500,000 fans to date.

Of the 30 AHL franchises, the Bulldogs are 7th in tenure (behind only Rochester, Hershey, Providence, Portland, Syracuse and Springfield).

This market was previously served by:

Franchise timelinesEdit

List of timelines for the two separate franchises known as the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Edmonton Oilers AHL Affiliates

<>Edmonton Roadrunners resurrected as the Oklahoma City Barons.

Montreal Canadiens AHL Affiliates

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Games WonLostTiedOTLSOLPoints Goals
1996–97 802839 9 4 692202763rd, Canadian
1997–98 80362217 5 942642422nd, Empire State
1998–99 804029 7 4 912292063rd, Empire State
1999–00 80273413 6 732252623rd, Empire State
2000–01 802841 6 5 672272814th, Canadian
2001–02 80373010 3 872472052nd, Canadian
2002–03804919 8 41102791911st, Canadian
2003–0480412510 4 962351911st, North
2004–05803829 6 7 892252104th, North
2005–06803541 0 4 742252516th, North
2006–07804328 3 6 952432083rd, North
2007–08803634 3 7 822082354th, North
2008–09804927 4 0 1022632012nd, North
2009–10805217 3 8 1152711821st, North
2010–11804427 2 7 952291921st, North
2011–12000 0 0 0002nd, North


Season1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
1996–97 W, 3–2, SJNB W, 4–3, SJNL W, 4–1, ALB L, 1–4, HER
1997–98 W, 3–2, SYR L, 0–4, ALB
1998–99 W, 3–2, ALB L, 2–4, ROCH
1999–00 W, 3–1, SYR L, 2–4, ROCH
2000–01 Out of Playoffs
2001–02 W, 3–0, QUE W, 4–1, HART L, 3–4, BRI
2002–03 W, 3–1, SPRW, 4–3, MTB W, 4–1, BINGL, 3–4, HOU
2003–04 W, 4–2, CLEL, 0–4, ROCH
2004–05 L, 0–4, ROCH
2005–06 Out of playoffs
2006–07 W, 4–2, ROCH W, 4–2, MTB W, 4–1, CHI W, 4–1, HER
2007–08 Out of Playoffs
2008–09 L, 2–4, GRG
2009–10 W, 4–2, MTB W 4–2, ABB L, 3–4, TEX
2010–11 W, 4–2, OKC W, 4–3, MTBL, 3–4, HOU
2011–12 To Be Determined

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Goals: 39 Paul Healey (2000–01)
Assists: 52 Daniel Cleary (1999–2000)
Points: 78 David Desharnais (2009–10)
Penalty minutes: 522 Dennis Bonvie (1996–97)
GAA: 2.00 Cedrick Desjardins (2009–10)
SV%: .929 Steve Passmore (1998–99) & Jaroslav Halak (2007–08)
Points: 115 (2009–10)
Most Wins Overall: 52 (2009–10)
Most Wins at Home: 25
Most Wins on the Road: 27


Playoff goaltending wins (1 season): 15 Carey Price (2006–2007)


Career goals: 85 Corey Locke
Career assists: 144 Corey Locke
Career points: 229 Corey Locke
Career penalty minutes: 817 Dennis Bonvie
Career goaltending wins: 81 Yann Danis
Career shutouts: 11 Jaroslav Halak
Career games: 346 Duncan Milroy

Team captainsEdit

Head coachesEdit

President/General ManagerEdit

Notable alumniEdit


External linksEdit

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