The Hamilton Bulldogs have set their opening game roster to open the 78th American Hockey League season.
The team has settled on 14 forwards, 8 defencemen and 2 goaltenders.
This season’s roster includes 10 returnees and 14 newcomers.
The roster features a mix of international talent, including 17 players born in Canada (five in Quebec, five in Western Canada, four in Ontario, three in the Maritimes), two in Sweden, one in Finland, one in Switzerland, one in Czech Republic, one in the United States and one in Nigeria.
The average player age on the club will be 23.1 years as of opening night on Friday, October 11th.
Forwards opening the AHL season in Hamilton include Justin Courtnall, Maxime Macenauer, Mike Blunden, Erik Nystrom, Akim Aliu, Louis Leblanc, Joonas Nattinen, Sven Andrighetto, Patrick Holland, Gabriel Dumont, Ben Duffy, Stefan Fournier, Nick Tarnasky and Martin St. Pierre.
Defenceman starting the year on the Bulldogs roster include Greg Pateryn, Darren Dietz, Nathan Beaulieu, Nathan McIver, Drew Schiestel, Magnus Nygren, Morgan Ellis and Joel Chouinard.
Although Montreal has recalled Beaulieu.
The goaltenders opening the season in Hamilton are Robert Mayer and Dustin Tokarski.
Forwards Akim Aliu and Maxime Macenauer as well as defenceman Nathan McIver have all been signed to 25-game professional try out contracts.
All three players came to training camp on professional try out invitations.
All Bulldogs games can be heard on AM900 CHML.