Bulldogs sign Manlow to 2-year deal

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today the signing of center Eric Manlow to a two-year American Hockey League contract.

As per club policy, financial terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (50th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Manlow, 31, is a veteran of 11 seasons of professional hockey. He spent the last two seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins, and in 2005-06 he skated in all 80 regular season games for the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy-winning Griffins, setting career highs with 25 goals and 73 points and finishing third on the team in scoring.

"We are thrilled to have been able to acquire a player the caliber of Eric Manlow," said Hamilton Bulldogs majority owner, chairman and governor Michael Andlauer. “As a proven point producer, and a great leader, we are confident that Eric will not only help the Bulldogs win hockey games, but will also assist in the development of the talented group of Montreal Canadiens prospects playing in Hamilton”.

Manlow, an AHL All-Star in 2001, has recorded 125 goals and 243 assists for 368 points in 455 career AHL games with Grand Rapids, Bridgeport, Providence and Baltimore.

A native of Belleville, Ont., Manlow has also skated in 37 career NHL contests with the N.Y. Islanders and Boston, netting two goals and four assists.