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Canadiens sign Andre Benoit to three-year deal

January 9, 2006 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs News Release

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today that the team has signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a three-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Signed by the Hamilton Bulldogs as a free agent in 2005, Benoit, 22, is playing in his first professional season. The native of St. Albert, Ontario has played in 39 games for the Bulldogs this season, posting 17 points (five goals, 12 assists), and 39 penalty minutes.

The 5'11, 190 pound defenseman played last season for the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) and led all defenseman in scoring, producing 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) in 67 games. In four seasons with Kitchener, Benoit played in 324 games, collecting 299 points (99 goals, 200 assists) and 330 penalty minutes. In 2004-05, Benoit was the winner of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL's Overage Player of the Year and was named to the league's First All-Star Team. In 2003-04, he was named to the OHL's Second All-Star Team and captured the William Hanley Trophy as the league's Most Gentlemanly Player. In 2002-03 he won the Memorial Cup with the Rangers.

The Bulldogs next action will take place on Friday, January 13, when they face the Syracuse Crunch at Copps Coliseum. Game time is 7:30 p.m. This game can be seen live on Hamilton's Cable 14.

Fans can listen to every Hamilton Bulldogs game this season on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, Hamilton's 820 CHAM "The Legend". To listen online, click on the ‘Bulldogs Action 820 CHAM Listen Live' Icon on the ‘Dogs website. Ellery Award winning broadcaster Derek Wills will provide the play-by-play call of all 80 regular season games with Al Craig providing the colour commentary for home games and select road games.

Tickets are available at Copps Coliseum Box Office (in-person sales only), any Ticketmaster outlet, online at ticketmaster.ca, or at Sports Obsession in Jackson Square.

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