Arthur Kaliyev’s history making season for the Hamilton Bulldogs continues as he is selected 33rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings. This selection makes Kaliyev the first Hamilton Bulldog to be chosen in the 2nd Round of the NHL Draft.
Following his selection by the Los Angeles Kings, Arthur Kaliyev was asked for comment on being selected to the National Hockey League by LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen:
“It was good, but it’s good to be over with right now. I think it was awesome…It feels unreal, of course. I’ve been working towards this point since I started playing hockey, so it’s really a great feeling.”
In addition Arthur was asked for his thoughts on joining the Los Angeles Kings organization, once again from LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen.
“I think I talked to them a lot of times, so I think they really liked me so I’m very proud to be with them.”
The 2018-19 season would see the Bulldogs sniper set franchise records for goal scoring becoming the first Hamilton Bulldog to reach the 40 & 50 goal mark before finishing with 51. Kaliyev’s 51 goal campaign puts him in very rarefied air joining John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Jeff Skinner & Alex DeBrincat as the only OHLers to score 50+ goals in their 17 year old season. Kaliyev would also go on to set the single season points record for the Bulldogs at 102, becoming the first Hamilton Bulldog to cross the 100 point plateau.
Originally drafted in the 2nd Round (26th overall) in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Arthur Kaliyev burst on the scene in the 2017-18 season scoring 31 goals as a rookie and appearing in all 68 regular season games, while adding an additional 11 points through 21 playoff games en route to helping the Hamilton Bulldogs secure their first OHL Championship.
The entire Hamilton Bulldogs organization would like to congratulate Arthur Kaliyev and his family for his accomplishments over the past two years and continuing to make franchise history.