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Canadiens sign defenseman Chad Anderson

The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, announced today the signing of free agent defenseman Chad Anderson to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2008-09 season.

Anderson, 26, spent the 2007-08 season with the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms. In 55 regular season games, the 6’4”, 217-pound rearguard registered 13 points (two goals, 11 assists), 35 penalty minutes and finished second on the team with a plus-11 rating. He contributed a pair of assists in 12 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Phantoms last spring.

From 2003 to 2007, the Chisago City, Minn., native played in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for the University of Alaska-Anchorage. In four seasons of NCAA hockey with the Seawolves, Anderson posted 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) and 215 penalty minutes in 138 games.

In 2006-07, his final campaign with Alaska-Anchorage, Anderson led all Seawolves defensemen with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists). The right-handed-shooting blueliner also finished second in the WCHA with 96 penalty minutes.

Anderson, a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection, captained the Seawolves for 15 games during his senior season.