It’s possible the Canadiens jumped the gun when they originally announced the release of the three defencemen remaining on a tryout contract earlier Wednesday. With Morgan Ellis back in Montreal undergoing treatment for an undisclosed injury, the Bulldogs were left with only six on their blueline.
Although hardly an offensive force (see below) Corbin is 6’3″ and 206 pounds and plays a physical game which fits into the direction the Canadiens are trying to go on defence. Corbin was born in Granby, Quebec but has developed his hockey skills in Western Canada since he was twelve.
The signing now leaves 25 players in the Bulldogs camp. They’ll be cutting a goaltender and probably a forward before they break training camp Friday. The season opener will be Saturday at Grand Rapids Michigan.
PLAYERS REMAINING AT HAMILTON BULLDOGS TRAINING CAMP (OCT. 10 2012)
Ellis, Morgan (injured)
From Canadiens Communications –
MONTREAL, QC – Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Club has signed defenceman Antoine Corbin to a one-year American Hockey League contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Corbin, 20, has spent parts of four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Prince Albert Raiders and the Kelowna Rockets, registering 70 points (25 goals, 43 assists) and 265 penalty minutes in 189 regular season games. The 6’3”, 206-pound defenceman played two games with the Raiders this season and scored two goals before receiving an invitation to Bulldogs training camp. The native of Kelowna, British Columbia led all Raiders defenceman with 12 goals during the 2011-2012 season while ranking second on the team with 25 points by a defenceman.