Brantford Bulldogs
CityBrantford, Ontario
LeagueOntario Hockey League
ConferenceEastern Conference
DivisionEast
Founded1981
Operated2015–present
Home arenaBrantford Civic Centre
ColoursBlack, gold, white
     
General managerMatt Turek
Head coachJay McKee
AffiliateHamilton Kilty B's
Franchise history
1981–2015Belleville Bulls
2015–2023Hamilton Bulldogs
2023–presentBrantford Bulldogs
Brantford Bulldogs uniform

The Brantford Bulldogs, formerly the Hamilton Bulldogs, are a major junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) that began to play in the 2015–16 season. Based in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, the Bulldogs play their home games at Brantford Civic Centre. They were purchased by owner Michael Andlauer in March 2015 and relocated to Hamilton after 34 years in Belleville, Ontario, where they were known as the Bulls. The Bulldogs won OHL championships in 2018, and 2022.

The Bulldogs replaced the American Hockey League team of the same name, also formerly owned by Andlauer. The 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.

In February 2023, due to upcoming renovations to the FirstOntario Centre, the Bulldogs announced they would be temporarily relocating to the Brantford Civic Centre and renaming as the Brantford Bulldogs for at least three seasons, beginning in the 2023–24 OHL season. The Civic Centre will also be undergoing over $9 million in renovations, funded by both the Bulldogs and the City of Brantford.[1]

History

On March 12, 2015, Michael Andlauer announced that he had acquired the Belleville Bulls and that they would move into the FirstOntario Centre for the 2015–16 season as the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Hamilton Bulldogs which played in the American Hockey League had been sold to the Montreal Canadiens and moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, for the 2015–16 season.[2]

Coaches

General managers

Team captains

Notable players

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
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
2018–19 68 29 34 3 2 63 .463 241 283 4th East
2019–20 62 24 30 7 1 56 .452 235 267 4th East
2020–21 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 Season cancelled
2021–22 68 51 12 3 2 107 .787 300 176 1st East
2022–23 68 33 30 5 0 71 .522 226 251 3rd East
2023–24 68 37 20 9 2 85 .625 267 243 2nd East

Playoffs

See also

References

  1. ^ Lawson, Samantha (February 8, 2023). "OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs to temporarily call Brantford home". CHCH-DT. Hamilton, Ontario. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
  2. ^ "Hamilton Bulldogs sell AHL franchise, buy the OHL Belleville Bulls". CBC News. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bulldogs Name Vince Laise Head Coach". OurSports Central. August 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "'It was a culmination of things' says Hamilton Bulldogs GM on firing of coach Vince Laise". Global News. March 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Hamilton Bulldogs Name Jay McKee Head Coach". OurSports Central. July 6, 2021.