Hamilton Bulldogs

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Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton Bulldogs logo.svg
City Hamilton, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division East
Founded 1981 (1981)
Operated 2015–present
Home arena FirstOntario Centre
Colours Black, gold, white
General manager Steve Staios
Head coach Dave Matsos
Franchise history
1981–2015 Belleville Bulls
2015–present Hamilton Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League that began to play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the Bulldogs play their home games at the FirstOntario Centre. They were purchased by owner Michael Andlauer in March 2015 and re-located to Hamilton after a 34-year run in Belleville, where they were known as the Bulls.

The Bulldogs replaced the American Hockey League team of the same name, also formerly owned by Andlauer. That original team played in Hamilton from 1996 to 2015, after which they moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, to become the second incarnation of the St. John's IceCaps.


On March 12, 2015, Michael Andlauer announced that he had acquired the Belleville Bulls and that they would move to Hamilton's FirstOntario Centre for the 2015–16 season as the Hamilton Bulldogs. The former AHL Hamilton Bulldogs had been sold to the Montreal Canadiens and moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, for the 2015–16 season as the St. John's IceCaps (the True North Sports and Entertainment-owned IceCaps, which were affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets, moved back to Winnipeg).[1]


Season-by-season results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
2015–16 68 25 35 8 0 58 .426 197 260 5th East
2016–17 68 33 27 4 4 74 .544 238 225 4th East
2017–18 68 43 18 4 3 93 .684 252 207 1st East


  • 2015–16: Did not qualify.
  • 2016–17: Lost to Kingston Frontenacs 4-games-to-3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2017–18: Defeated Ottawa 67's 4-games-to-1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Niagara IceDogs 4-games-to-1 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4-games-to-1 in conference finals.
    Won championship vs Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4-games-to-2.
    Third-place finish in 2018 Memorial Cup.

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