Bulldogs bring training camp to Sherbrooke

The Hamilton Bulldogs will bring their 2012-13 training camp to Sherbrooke later this month – so we’ve got some hockey to look forward to in the event of an NHL lockout.

Here’s the press release from the Canadiens on their American Hockey League farm club’s camp:


  1. HABZ24 says:

    If theres a lockout couldnt the habs send down there entire team to the bulldogs or only players with a one way contract?

  2. bart says:

    So…just off the wall here….if the billionaire club decides to lockdown, I think the Canadian teams should repatriate the Cup, start a true National Hockey League, ie. Canadian, add Hamilton, Quebec City, and Halifax, and go it alone. Let the American teams pay Bettman’s mega salary. Oh….if Buffalo wants to join, more power to them.

  3. Mondou6 says:

    What is the political symbolism behind the Hamilton Bulldog logo being an English bulldog instead of a Frenchie?

    Surely this cannot be a coincidence!

  4. English is not a Crime says:

    The current poll should have listed CHL in general, rather than specifying QMJHL. Same goes for College hockey in general rather than specifying Quebec College hockey.

    I can’t answer this poll, because I will be watching the OHL (which would have been included in the CHL, but isn’t included in the QMJHL designation). Just an observation since not all of us are from Quebec. (Actually, I would wager most of us aren’t)

  5. Habsman1970 says:

    Can anyone tell me if the Bulldogs games are televised?


  6. RobertAlanFord says:

    Huge influx of Timmins’ gems are eligible for Hamilton this year. Check out a few of them……


  7. JohnBellyful says:

    Where, exactly, is the next generation of hockey owners going to come from?
    Because the current crop is coming up short.
    To the extent we know any of them, most don’t inspire respect – the exact opposite in the case of the two most influential – but all of them deserve condemnation should they carry out their threat of a lockout if they don’t get their way.
    Their avarice knows no bounds, so it’s the players they look to for the imposition of constraints. Their answer is to forcibly rein in players’ salaries at the collective level because, individually, they can’t trust themselves to exercise sound business judgment in the signing of long-term contracts.
    If they were to exhibit any kind of acumen in how they conduct their affairs they would wind down those operations that are a drag on league profits.
    Just how much do these weak sisters in the United States add to the league’s national profile, and were they essential to the huge television contract signed with NBC? The suspicion is very little, and highly unlikely.
    But if the sad-sack enterprises are that important to filling league coffers, simply by being bricks in an edifice of a professional sport looking to become an even bigger draw, then the NHL should be doing more in the way of revenue sharing to prop up laggard franchises. It should view such expenditures as an investment for the league’s greater good.
    That’s if the owners firmly believe, and have good reason to think, their future and fortunes rest on a 30-team league.
    No matter how you spin it, however, keeping failing teams afloat fractures logic. League contraction offers more hope of increased prosperity and better entertainment than not pulling the plug on clubs seemingly on life support.
    There’s a lot of talk about what’s in the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners, but equally of value would be to know what is the understanding that binds the teams together, and the degree to which each of them lives up to the assumed obligations.
    Bleeding red ink for an extended period would seem to be proper grounds for eviction from the old boys club. Gross incompetence would not be tolerated for very long if a derelict owner were a player instead, hoping to remain on the roster (unless the arrangement that binds NHL teams makes allowance for the continued existence of DiPietros and Gomezes among franchises, in which case the league is truly a lost cause).
    But it’s the players, the ones most responsible for the success the NHL enjoys, who are being told they’re the solution to a problem not of their making, the solution being to take less for their toil.
    Yes, there are those who are overpaid, but the owners already have the means to keep salaries in check: self-discipline. The evidence is there that recklessly spending on long-term contracts more often than not fails to achieve the desired goal.
    Play the odds, don’t overpay players, is advice worth heeding, and shouldn’t need to be enshrined in a contract.
    Of course, the owners run the risk of being accused of collusion should a sudden outbreak of common sense occur.
    Greed and shortsightedness pretty much ensure that’s not likely to happen any time soon.

    — “A little whine, a little rant — let’s put an end to all this cant” —

  8. habsfan0 says:

    What “event” are we most likely to see next?

    1) NHL hockey
    2)Next Quebec provincial election
    3)Quebec awarded an NHL franchise
    4)Timo gets married..Mike Boone is the Best Man
    5)Montreal awarded a MLB team
    6)Buffalo Bills win Super Bowl…Cigarette Smoking Man from “The X-Files” be damned

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Buffalo Bills are relocated to Montreal, prompting Quebec City to demand an NHL team but it gets a MLB (Minor League Baseball) team instead, drawing the wrath of the PQ government, which calls a snap election, but all eyes are focused on the pending nuptials of Timo and Boone.
      It’s weird how some things work out.

    • Timo says:

      4) My wife may have something to say about that… something like “go right effing ahead”.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Timo was just in Russia, isn’t that the largest pool of “Ready Made Buy a Bride” in the world?

      Sorry Timo, had to ask though. 😉

  9. Muckbringer says:

    I have a serious question as an anglo relocated to brampton at a young age.
    If i relearn french (and move back) Would I, for the first time, be speaking the “common tongue” or would it become a bunch of english on their phones that seem to speek louder than necessary.

    something tells me that if i learn french i would feel more at home.

  10. commandant says:

    Oh look a Tony Romo interception….. ho hum… same old same old.

    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    ‘Putin planning to lead Siberian crane migration’; cbc.ca http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/09/05/putin-crane-flight-siberia.html

    …wonder if he has ‘a beak’ that fits Marois ? …and, hopefully along the way, she ‘bonds’ with the geese and never comes back

    …I was surprised how emotional I reacted last night hearing the PQ is back for another 4 years of political Chinese water-torture

    …I have been out of Quebec for 16 years …You would think I would have let-go all the resentments

    …seems I haven’t …maybe never will

    …o well, take a deep breath Christopher …British Columbia ain’t chopped liver 🙂

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    …and, last, but not least: FREE PUSSY RIOT !!!

    • punkster says:

      I give it 2 years…max…then they’re out on their ears again.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …it’s just those 2 years of misery We have got to endure though

        …let alone Our Team …if You were a FA choosing between Our Habs and another in a city where one does not have these perceptions of high taxes and potential linguistic hassles for their children’s schooling, etc., it’s another needless deterrent when We will want to add a veteran talent to Our promising Kids in the future

        Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

        Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

        …and, last, but not least: FREE PUSSY RIOT !!!

        • punkster says:

          Pfft…I’ll outlast them here and I’m a transplant from Laffland.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …well, if I was left with a ‘choice’ between Toronto and Marois …I can understand Your resiliency 🙂

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I do worry that some free agents might be put off by any kind of political and social ruffles due to the Parti Québécois being in power. I’m not very worried about the political consequences, they’re in a minority and will have to govern with probity and collaboration, just about the perception of a UFA having to choose a place to live with his family. Factor in the weather, the media, the taxes, now this on top? Not something we needed.

          Look at me putting hockey above politics. I’m getting not so young.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Yikes! This guy is looking more and more like the fellow from North Korea, can usay cheesy publicity stunt? Seems at home riding that ass, or is it a donkey in the photo. 🙂

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    Don’t know anything about the fellow reporting this, but Peter Adler Of the Edmonton Journal thinks both sides are talking.


    • Duracell3 says:

      The way I see it, the players can play elsewhere (albeit at lower salaries).

      Some teams (looking your way Phoenix) might balance or even gain from this (short term…as if Phoenix has any future other than short term haha).

      But for teams that matter, that is an insane amount of money not going to be made to just let this go. You have to think the wealthy teams would just be furious at not having a season.

  13. Boomer says:

    Dammit I just moved from Sherbrooke to Calgary a few months ago!!! What the heck!

    Occupation: Professional Hedonist… aiming low and exceeding expectations 😉
    Hobo with a laptop

  14. Adidess says:

    Ready for some football, some Federer tennis at the US Open, and some Bill Clinton speech at the DNC.

    Got a feeling it’s gonna be a good night!

  15. Bripro says:

    Welcome to the first instalment of Football Inside Out.
    On today’s program….uh….ooops.
    Wrong blog site…. sorry.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …yes UCe and HIB seem to be in the wrong room, don’t Ya think ?
      …sayin’ all the ‘right things’ …but those avatars have gotta go 🙁
      …Gooo Packers !!!!!!!! …Goooo Als !!!!!!!!!

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Go Packers ….. Go Ticats …..
        Edit: Gawd, now someone’s clipped my exclamation marks

        Edit. Edit. And half my colons

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I like to think my avatar is useful, in that it serves well to identify my posts. Those who are interested in reading my musings can easily pick them out, as well as those who want to give them a wide berth. Much better than using the CH like everyone else, they don’t stand out from each other.

        Also, what’s with all the Golden Retrievers at HIO? Three by my count. No problem with it, Goldens are the coolest dogs ever, just a nice coincidence.

        And before you excommunicate me, know that I use the CH in one of my Fantasy Football Leagues, and I’m damn proud of it.

        This isn’t “Billionaires vs. Millionaires.” Only a willfully uninformed fool would apply that sloppy shorthand designation to this disgraceful power grab crafted by some of the wealthiest individuals and corporate entities in North America aimed against professional athletes.–Larry Brooks of the New York Post


    • Nitroslices says:

      Football inside/out?..Below is a link to that board. Occasionally there are 2 or 3 of us posting…… 😉 The site does not have the extensive following that rivals this board.


  16. 44har48 says:


    On another more important note, this is the best I have felt about my Steelers in a very long time A-Z. Major talent both young and old now, all over the field on both sides of the ball. I know the statistics are not in their favor (year 3 blah blah blah) and some would think they are old and slow…keep thinking that.

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL! Hey its all we got.

    • frontenac1 says:

      You bet Amigoi! Finally, Go Cowboys.. Yee Ha!

    • Bripro says:

      So aside from the fact that my man TB will pull another rabbit out of his helmet (oooo witty….), do I have to plan an Ontario road trip?
      Try and do it on a 3-day weekend, if possible Gerry.
      That way, if my wife nags me to come, I can drop her off at her brides’ maid’s house and we can go and get sh*t faced! 😉
      Just kidding, but if you do manage something, let me know.

  18. HabFab says:

    For the Quebecers in the house and just in case…a review of the QMJHL East division teams;

  19. HabFab says:

    Check out Bob McKenzie’s video on TSN on all the young guy’s coming off ETL and still awaiting new deals including PK…he explains the probable why.

  20. Un Canadien errant says:

    A copy of the email I sent RDS recently. Please add your voice to mine and pressure RDS into giving us Hamilton Bulldogs hockey this season, at least during the lockout.

    Their email address is info@rds.ca


    Bonjour RDS.

    I’m a Shaw Cable subscriber in British Columbia as of Thursday September 6. When my service resumes, I won’t be subscribing to RDS as I have in years past, strictly due to the planned lockout of the NHL. Please provide this feedback to your partners in the NHL. I suspect I won’t be the only subscriber outside Québec you will lose because of this work stoppage.

    One reason I would pay for RDS is if you would broadcast Hamilton Bulldogs games. I would love to see the next crop of Canadiens playing this season in the AHL. If you can see fit to plug the holes in your schedule by providing us with a couple games a week of Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, I’ll gladly pay the extra for your programming.

    This isn’t “Billionaires vs. Millionaires.” Only a willfully uninformed fool would apply that sloppy shorthand designation to this disgraceful power grab crafted by some of the wealthiest individuals and corporate entities in North America aimed against professional athletes.–Larry Brooks of the New York Post


  21. Un Canadien errant says:

    I wonder if Gary Bettman overplayed his hand by being so intransigeant and huffing about a lockout so early in the negotiations. I feel that the players, and even the fans, have come to accept the lockout, since it’s inevitable. They’re prepared for it psychologically, and while they’d rather be playing and earning, they’re expecting to go a month or two at least without pay. The PA told them to hold off on big purchases and bank their salaries from last year, they’re getting their escrow amounts soon, so the September 15 date might feel more and more like a bureaucratic technicality. So as much sabre-rattling as Mr. Bettman does, it’s not scaring anyone, they know what they’re in for anyway, the threat has no effect when it’s combined with a no option to alleviate the threat.

    “I’m going to punch you in the nose if you don’t give me a dollar.”

    “We both know you’re going to punch me in the nose no matter what, and that I won’t give you a dollar, so why don’t we just get it over with.”

    As such, now the real deadline might be the January 1 Winter Classic, and the pressure will slowly shift to the owners’ side to become more reasonable as the lockout endures into October and November. While they were united behind Mr. Bettman in 2004, I think in this case Geoff Molson and the new Leafs owners, among others, will grow disenchanted at having to pay interest on loans with no revenue coming in. They’ll start to think that a 1st round knockout isn’t necessary, a decision would suit them fine.

    This isn’t “Billionaires vs. Millionaires.” Only a willfully uninformed fool would apply that sloppy shorthand designation to this disgraceful power grab crafted by some of the wealthiest individuals and corporate entities in North America aimed against professional athletes.–Larry Brooks of the New York Post


    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hey I mentioned he overplayed his hand on this site earlier, DOH! forgot to trademark my thoughts.

      Yah, I think he did, but I think he also is going to find out soon from a couple owners, exactly what he needs to do in order to get a deal done soon or else.

      I don’t think the power brokers want to miss a season for the sake of Phoenix, Jersey, etc, etc.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        It wasn’t plagiarism, but maybe I absorbed your ideas through HIO-osmosis.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          LOL, I think Bettman in his arrogance actually thought he could just bully the union around. His smugness is sooo annoying, like I have posted before, he makes Donald Fehr sound like a reasonable person with whom I would enter a business partnership with. And that is IMPOSSIBLE I thought. But Gary does do that.

  22. secretdragonfly says:

    @HiB – if you’re serious about the mini summit idea, count us in! Love watching the baby Habs in that drafty old barn 🙂

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I will need some help, but Yah, if indeed we face big lockout I would be happy to try do something. I have already emailed the Dogs asking what they can do.


      • HammerHab says:

        I would be in. I know someone in sales as well, perhaps he can help if you run into a dead end.


        It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  23. shiram says:

    One thing the Bulldogs could improve on is that logo, nothing against the bulldog breed, but that’s just not a good logo.

  24. Rad says:

    In some ways Hamilton may be more exciting to watch than the big team. It’s where the future of the organization is. We already know the Habs will at best be fair-to-middlin’ this year.

  25. frontenac1 says:

    @Habinburlington. Back in the 80″s a buddy of mine was manager of the Don Cherry”s near Copps. Is it still there? He said there were nice broads down there.

  26. shiram says:

    Thought this might interest some.

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    Pre-orders of NHL®13 picked up at midnight September 11, 2012 at each participating location will include an alternate NHL®13 cover sleeve featuring that city’s selected NHL player*. Lineups will begin at each location at 7:00pm (local time) to secure a chance to have your copy signed.

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    So I just looked online at tickets for Bulldogs, Season Tickets are $570 for all reg. home games in the golds at Copps Coliseum. Okay, thinking seriously now about buying those. Ends up being $15 per game. Reg. price is $26 per.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Been debating the same thing myself but am not sure of my work travel schedule so it is hard to commit. Good deal though

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I have emailed them with some questions. Apparantly if you can’t attend a game they will allow you to use your ticket from that game towards a voucher at another game. I am guessing you may instead get an additional ticket or perhaps food/beer at another game. I will let you know details when I get them Kooch.

        • otter649 says:

          Went to a Dogs game a couple of years ago & once you are inside you can sit anywhere it appears. Had the $ 26.00 tickets (lower level behind the opposition net) and a group of 6 below us wanted to watch Hamilton shot on The Marlies for three periods so they changed their seats after the 1st/2nd periods & sat in the same location for the third period with no problems as a good attendence at the games is about 5,000 so no one is going to get hasselled on where they do or do not sit in the arena……

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Nice info G. No increase from last year. My grandson got in for $20. Parking, meh $5 (different use of the word meh). All-in-all probably a great bargain to watch Bournival, Gallagher, Beaulieu, Tinordi, Ellis and Pateryn (listed in order of earliest call-ups to the post-lockout Habs). Oh and Cedric should be a solid goalie. Nathan Lawson was solid last year but has moved on. Young Czech goalie, ?Robert Mayer?, wasn’t impressive.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Rad says:

        Pateryn may surprise. He is older, more physically and mentally developed than the others. He has size, plays the physical game that the Habs need on the back end, and had a good Prospect camp this Summer. If he gets off to a good start down on the farm he may be the first call-up on D.

    • Bripro says:

      Wow, that’s a great deal.
      Too bad it would cost me $200 in gas for every game.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Good Deal.Go for it Amigo.

  28. JayK-47 says:

    Oct 26,28
    Nov 7,9
    Nov 14,16

    Look like good weekends to take a train and bail for the weekend and see how the next generation looks.

    Where’s a nice place to stay in Hamilton? (Nice=serves beer, maybe food. I’m not too picky)

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Across the Skybridge in Burlington. Waterfront Hotel. Nightlife in Hamilton can be rough, but if you can handle it….. Sheraton Hotel is right next to Copp’s Coliseum.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Haha, good recomendation Guy, JayK can do some cougar hunting at the Waterfront hotel after the game! 😉

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Did not know that ’til now! And by the way, some of the local big cats drive Porsche Cayennes and Audi Q5s.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

          • JayK-47 says:

            That sounds like an option for the day my GF smartens up and dumps me, thx!

            Looking at Google Maps though, would I be warm if I said Burlington looks a lil more pedestrian friendly?

        • mrhabby says:

          hamilton cougars= sketchy.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Well I can’t testify to sketchy or not, but this is in Burlington not Hamilton. We Burlingtonians think there is quite a difference. 🙂

          • frontenac1 says:

            Are they those Steel Mill broads ?

          • JayK-47 says:

            Dude, I was stationed on Edwards AFB in the Mojave. The ‘chicks’ that frequented the off-base bars were brown leather, sun dried, daughters of the sand who made us happy to make the 2 hour drive to L.A. That said, I’m ‘Montreal spoiled’

  29. mrhabby says:

    does avril lavigne and chad (freddie) kroeger play there music at the wedding….

  30. mrhabby says:

    michelle obama ..hot

    pauline marois..not

  31. Lafleurguy says:

    P.K. Subban is going to be on Sportsnet 590 radio in TO after 3 pm (formerly FAN 590). Will be interviewed by Tim and Sid.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    So if indeed a full on lockout occurs, Oct. 19th Hamilton would then be the site of the Ontario and whomever else wants to make it Summit?

    Marlies vs. Dogs, Mid October is still good golf weather….hmmmm that sounds decent.

    Oh yah and for the fisherman, Hamilton Harbour has some beautiful 4 eyed Salmon waiting to be caught, night fishing is allowed as the fish glow in the Harbour. 🙂

  33. HabinBurlington says:

    I think that is a pretty good idea for the Dogs to have training camp in Sherbrooke. I wonder though how logistical nightmare it would be to have in Brossard if indeed NHL is in lockup. Those kids would figure out quick which team drafted them. Have to believe still lots of people would shoud up to watch.

  34. HardHabits says:

    Poignant tweet from last night. “One dead, eight million injured.”

  35. commandant says:

    Brodeur vs Hasek vs Roy

    What do you guys think?


    Go Habs Go!
    Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

    • Say Ash says:

      Three Conn-Smythes between them.

    • frontenac1 says:

      That”s a Trick Question ! Answer is Jacques Plante!

    • Bripro says:

      # 1 is Ken Dryden.

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      I always have to go with Roy.

      Started before the giant pads, played behind teams not known as defensive juggernauts…. gets the credit for starting this whole butterfly style.

      Plus I he was the best player on the team when I started watching hockey at the tender age of 4…. and was the reason I have seen 3 cups in my lifetime.

    • BrianSkrudland says:

      Before I jump to read what is surely another great write-up on your site, I must mention the New York Islanders prospects report that you recently posted.

      I have been following Isles prospect, Casey Cizikas, over the past couple of years and found your commentary concerning the player to be quite insightful. He is an intriguing young talent. It is nice to have access to such comprehensive analysis of a non-Hab prospect. Great work!

      Now…time to read-up on the Brodeur vs Hasek vs Roy arguments. Should be good!

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      Hasek for me. Roy for clutchness. Brodeur for longevity. But Hasek was unreal for that 5 or 6 year stretch.

  36. Habfan10912 says:

    Just checked the Dogs schedule. No Albany trip this year. A longer road trip in store for me. For once in a long time the future DOES lie down on the farm and in Junior’s this year. Certainly worth checking on.

  37. Bripro says:

    Yeah! A new page, with no political discussion!
    Let’s all take the time to enjoy….and breathe!
    Too bad Sherbrooke is so far.
    I would love to watch our promising up-and-comers practice.

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