03/15/2013 10:33 AM
MONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Canadiens have assigned forward Petteri Nokelainen to the Bulldogs.
Nokelainen, 27, last played for the Canadiens on March 31st, 2012 and has been sidelined this season due to injury. Nokelainen split the 2011-2012 season with the Canadiens and the Phoenix Coyotes recording seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and 37 penalty minutes. The native of Imatra, Finland has played 245 regular season games with the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League over five seasons since 2005 registering 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) and 103 penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 201-pound forward played four seasons in Finland for SaiPa Lappeenranta (2002-2005) and Jokerit Helsinki (2010-2011) posting 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) and 168 penalty minutes in 140 regular season games. Nokelainen also played 68 regular season games over two seasons with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Providence Bruins of the American Hockey league from 2006-2007 notching 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) and 55 penalty minutes.
Nokelainen helped lead Finland to a Bronze Medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Junior Championship in 2004. Nokelainen was acquired by the Canadiens in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes with Garrett Stafford in exchange for Brock Trotter and a seventh round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on October 23rd, 2011. Nokelainen was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1st round, 16th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the IceCaps in St. John’s tonight at 6:00 p.m. All ‘Dogs games will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820). Fans can also listen to and watch all 'Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage with the broadcast team of Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills (all home and away games) and Colour Commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
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