Canadiens defenceman Ryan O’Byrne writes a piece for the Victoria Times-Colonist, his hometown paper. It’s one of a series of reflections by prominent Victoria natives about their city. If Ryan didn’t have a ghost-writer, there are a few of us Inside/Out whose careers are now on thin ice. Thanks to @torrievenoit on Twitter for steering us to this.
• The Hamilton Bulldogs are coming to the Bell Centre for a game Nov. 5. Read on below.
The Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, will play host to the Binghamton Senators at the Bell Centre on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. This event is a presentation of evenko in collaboration with the SMS Group, promoter of the game. It will be the Bulldogs’ fifth game at the Bell Centre in team history, the third time against Binghamton.
Tickets, starting from $6, will be available as of Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., at the Bell Center box office, by phone at (514) 790-2525 or 1-877-668-8269, or at www.evenko.ca.
The Bulldogs roster will feature some of the Canadiens’ top-rated prospects just a few strides away from the NHL. The Bulldogs will actually open their training camp on September 28 with three pre-season contests against the Binghamton Senators, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. The games will be held in Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor and St. John’s, N.L.
More than 14,700 fans attended the first Bulldogs’ game of the 2009-10 season at the Bell Centre on Nov. 6 when they hosted Binghamton. More than 15,000 fans attended the second match last Feb. 21, which saw the Bulldogs blank the Adirondack Phantoms 5-0.
Several young Canadiens prospects who contributed to the Bulldogs’ success last season are still at camp with the Canadiens, including David Desharnais, P.K. Subban, Ryan White, Tom Pyatt, Mathieu Carle, Yannick Weber and Ben Maxwell.
The Bulldogs’ first game at the Bell Centre was held on March 18, 2007, against the Syracuse Crunch, weeks before the first Calder Cup championship in franchise history. The Canadiens’ current roster features four Bulldogs alumni from the 2006-07 championship edition: netminder Carey Price, defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, as well as forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Maxim Lapierre.
On Nov. 30, 2008, the Bulldogs played host to the Binghamton Senators before some 14,000 fans at the Bell Centre.