The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that their parent club, the Montreal Canadiens, has signed a one-year loan agreement with the Edmonton Oilers.
As part of the agreement, the Oilers will provide players to the AHL’s Bulldogs for the 2005-06 season.
Edmonton is expected to place up to seven players in Hamilton, including one goaltender, for the upcoming season.
The 2005-06 season marks the Bulldogs’ 10th-anniversary season in Hamilton. As well, the Bulldogs are entering their fourth season as the primary developmental affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
The Oilers were affiliated with the Bulldogs from 1996-2003, with Hamilton making two appearances in the Calder Cup Finals (1997, 2003) during that time.
Oilers’ assistant general manager Scott Howson says, “It’s critical our young players not only get a chance to play in a strong development league, but it’s imperative we have them placed with a good organization. Our new affiliation agreement with Hamilton fulfills both those mandates and we’re extremely pleased to be returning to Hamilton.”
With the Edmonton Road Runners suspending operations for the 2005-06 season, the Oilers were prompted to move their AHL prospects. Details regarding another AHL affiliation agreement are expected from the Oilers in the near future.