Journalist O’Byrne; Dogs at Bell Nov. 5

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.

Team release:

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

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.



    CAREY..CAREY…CAREY You will be able to see him in Hamilton come dec.

    nuff said

  2. otter649 says:

    Actually it was a free game no cost to the fans attending sponsored by Coke Zero – I believe the third year where Coke Zero gives out tickets at no cost to the fans etc………

  3. Ian Cobb says:

    I watched as much of the Leaf, Ottawa game as I could stand last night. What a crappy game by both teams.

    I know it is exhibition season with a lot of new people playing together. But for a fan to pay to see that kind of hockey is theft for sure.

    I sure hope we don’t look that bad tonight.!

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    Here is wishing that all our HIO friends in Newfoundland are safe this morning.! Anything we can do here.?

    This disaster will probably put the 3 Bulldogs games there in jeopardy.

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    The last time I pulled a string, I ended up with a ball of thread and no underware.!

  6. SPATS says:

    He’s probably the only under 30 home owner on 10 mile point as well as the only under 30 member at Victoria Golf Club. Go figure, you’d need to be pulling in close to 7 figures to afford that lifestyle here. Well done Ryan.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    Looks like the Leafs were awful. Sens didn’t dress any of their stars and won 5-0. Phaneuf was a pylon.


  8. secretdragonfly says:

    Hey Ian, can you pull some strings and get all us summit-goers tickets? Just kidding, I’m sure Hurley’s could use the business.

  9. Keith says:

    And the CBC just hired Brad May to be an analyist for the AHL. Just another knuckle-dragging goon to add to the sinking ship that is the CBC.

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