30 Bulldogs Alumni Remain in Stanley Cup Playoffs
HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Of the 41 former Hamilton Bulldogs that qualified for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 30 'Dogs alumni, including 25 players and five coaches, are now competing in three of the four second-round series.
Twenty-one of those alumni are currently with the Bulldogs' National Hockey League affiliate, the Montreal Canadiens, including forwards Sven Andrighetto, Mike Blunden, Michael Bournival, David Desharnais, Gabriel Dumont, Brendan Gallagher, Louis Leblanc, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Christian Thomas and Ryan White; defencemen Nathan Beaulieu, Francis Boullion, Davis Drewiske, Greg Pateryn, P.K. Subban and Jarred Tinordi; and goaltenders Devan Dubnyk, Carey Price, and Dustin Tokarski; and assistant coach Clement Jodoin.
Of the additional nine Hamilton alumni in other NHL organizations, five are players and four are coaches, including forwards Jarret Stoll (Los Angeles Kings), Danny Kristo (New York Rangers) and Benoit Pouliot (New York Rangers); defencemen Francois Beauchemin (Anaheim Ducks) and Danny Syvret (New York Rangers); head coach Claude Julien (Boston Bruins); and assistant coaches Doug Jarvis (Boston Bruins), Daniel Lacroix (New York Rangers) and Geoff Ward (Boston Bruins).
Eight former Bulldogs players have seen ice time in the NHL's Atlantic Division Final between the Canadiens and Bruins, including Bouillon (2014 playoffs statistics: 6 GP 1-0-1), Bournival (5 GP 0-1-1), Desharnais (6 GP 1-2-3), Gallagher (6 GP 3-3-6), Pacioretty (6 GP 1-2-3), Plekanec (6 GP 2-3-5), Price (6 GP 5-1-0, 2.54 GAA, .910 SV%) and Subban (6 GP 2-7-9). The Bruins' coaching staff includes three former 'Dogs coaches in Julien, Jarvis and Ward, while the Canadiens' coaching staff includes former Hamilton head coach Jodoin. The best-of-seven series is currently tied, 1-1.
Stoll (8 GP 1-1-2) and Beauchemin (7 GP 0-4-4) are going head-to-head in the NHL's Pacific Division Final between the Kings and Ducks. The Kings currently lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0.
Former Bulldogs forward Pouliot (9 GP 3-3-6) and former 'Dogs coach Lacroix are representing the Rangers as they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL's Metropolitan Division Final. The best-of-seven series is currently tied, 1-1.
Andrighetto, Beaulieu, Blunden, Dumont, Drewiske, Dubnyk, Leblanc, Pateryn, Thomas, Tinordi, Tokarski, and White have yet to suit up for the Canadiens in the 2014 playoffs. Kristo and Syvret also haven't skated for the Rangers.
Eleven former Bulldogs, including forwards Dan Cleary (Detroit Red Wings), Shawn Horcoff (Dallas Stars), Maxim Lapierre (St. Louis Blues), Steve Ott (St. Louis Blues), Tom Pyatt (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Raffi Torres (San Jose Sharks); defencemen Andre Benoit (Colorado Avalanche), Trevor Daley (Dallas Stars) and Jan Hejda (Colorado Avalanche); and goaltenders Yann Danis (Philadelphia Flyers) and Tim Thomas (Dallas Stars) were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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