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Hamilton’s Calder Cup Hero Ajay Baines Joins Broadcast Team

April 4, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs News Release

HAMILTON, ON - The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that former Team Captain Ajay Baines will join Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills as his guest colour commentator for tonight's broadcast of the Bulldogs versus Abbotsford Heat game from Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre at 10:00 p.m. Fans can tune in to tonight's game live on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 820 CHAM, and online on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com and www.ahllive.com beginning with the pre-game show at 9:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs magic number to clinch a spot in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs is one. If Hamilton earns a point tonight in their game against the Heat, they will earn a berth into the playoffs. With four regular season games remaining the 'Dogs are also trying to become the regular season North Division champions for the second year in a row and currently sit two points behind the Manitoba Moose, who only have two games remaining.

Baines, scored the game, series and championship-winning goal in Game 5 of the 2007 Calder Cup Finals as the Bulldogs captured their first American Hockey League championship and the City of Hamilton's first-ever professional hockey championship.

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound centre spent two seasons with the 'Dogs from 2006-2008 captaining the club in 2007-2008 and earning a total of 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 135 games. The native of Kamloops, British Columbia is currently retired after playing his final season with the Iowa Chops of the AHL in 2008-2009.

The 'Dogs will play their final four games of the 2010-2011 regular season this week beginning tonight in Abbotsford at 10:00 p.m. The Bulldogs and Heat will meet in a rematch tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. in Abbotsford before Hamilton travels to Winnipeg to battle the Manitoba Moose in back-to-back 8:30 p.m. games on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th. Fans can tune in to all four games live on 820 CHAM, www.hamiltonbulldogs.com and www.ahllive.com. Each game will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Become a Fan of the Bulldogs on Facebook by joining their Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/hamiltonbulldogs. Fans of the page will receive the latest news and information regarding the team and players. Fans can also follow Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dogsplaybyplay. Derek provides news about the Bulldogs throughout the day and from the road as well as instant updates during the games and practices.

Tickets for all Hamilton Bulldogs home games are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at www.ticketmaster.com or through charge-by-phone at 1-855-872-5000. For more information on 'Dogs season tickets, flex packs, mini packs and group tickets call 905-529-8500 ext. 179 or visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.

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