01/15/2013 11:41 AM
MONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Club has acquired defenceman Jason DeSantis from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman Brendon Nash.
DeSantis, 26, has played 32 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs and San Antonio Rampage this season recording 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) and 22 penalty minutes. DeSantis played 66 games for the St. John’s IceCaps last season posting 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) and 58 penalty minutes, which were all American Hockey League career-highs for the defenceman. The native of Oxford, Michigan was third in points and tied for first in assists with the IceCaps last season. In 179 regular season games in the AHL from 2008-2012, the 5’11”, 187-pound forward notched 79 points (15 goals, 64 assists) and 106 penalty minutes with the Philadelphia Phantoms, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, St. John’s IceCaps and San Antonio Rampage. DeSantis played four seasons for the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association from 2004-2008 registering 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) and 150 penalty minutes in 144 regular season games. DeSantis won a Silver Medal while playing for the United States National Under-18 Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Junior Championship.
Nash, 25, has played 30 games for the Rampage and Bulldogs this season recording eight points, (1 goal, 7 assists), 39 penalty minutes and a +5 rating. The native of Kamloops, British Columbia missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a shoulder injury. In 101 regular season games with the Bulldogs since 2010, the 6’3”, 206-pound defenceman has posted 38 points (6 goals, 32 assists), 97 penalty minutes and a +27 rating.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Heat in Abbotsford tonight at 10:00 p.m. All ‘Dogs games during the month of January will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820), with select games simulcast on Montreal's TSN Radio 690 (AM 690). The game will also air on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio. 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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