A few hundred fans turned out at City Hall during the lunch hour today to pay tribute to the OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs who just returned from the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup in Regina.
Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer spoke to the crowd and thanked the fans of Hamilton for supporting the team during this dream season. He also praised everyone with the organization who helped turn the Bulldogs into a championship team, both on and off the ice, in just three seasons.
Other speakers included Head Coach John Gruden, Captain Justin Lemcke (who spoke on behalf of the players), and President and GM Steve Staios. Staios was a little emotional when he talked to the crowd about the group of players who put on that Bulldogs jersey every night. He says it was the most special group of young men he has ever been around.
The rally was put on by the City of Hamilton and concluded with Mayor Fred Eisenberger presenting the players, coaches and management with Civic Awards to mark the occasion.
The Hamilton Bulldogs won three consecutive five-game series in the OHL Playoffs, eliminating Ottawa, Niagara and Kingston to reach the Rogers OHL Championship Series. They proceeded to oust the CHL’s top-ranked Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in six games to hoist the R. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions in just their third season.
The Bulldogs then went 2-2 at the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan where their season came to an end following a 4-2 loss to the host Regina Pats in the semi-final game.
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