Canadiens Recall Goaltender Joey MacDonald from Bulldogs

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

Carey Price is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have recalled goaltender Joey MacDonald from the Bulldogs, while the Bulldogs have recalled goaltender Frank Palazzese from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

In 16 games with Hamilton this season, MacDonald has a record of 6-7-3 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. In 133 career NHL regular season games with the Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and Boston Bruins, the Pictou, N.S. native has a record of 44-61-15 with a 3.00 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and two shutouts. In 316 career AHL regular season games with the Bulldogs, Abbotsford Heat, Grand Rapids Griffins, Toronto Marlies, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, the 6-0, 197-pound goaltender has a record of 150-132-19 with a 2.64 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 24 shutouts. The Canadiens signed MacDonald as a free agent on July 1, 2014.

In 19 games with Wheeling this season, Palazzese has a record of 8-10-0 with a 3.56 goals-against average and .885 save percentage. Before turning pro this season, the 21-year-old played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. In 175 career OHL regular season games with the Sudbury Wolves, Kitchener Rangers and Kingston Frontenacs from 2009 to 2014, the 6-1, 175-pound goaltender had a record of 71-69-26 with a 3.13 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and seven shutouts. The Toronto, Ont. native signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract with the Bulldogs on Oct. 7, 2014.


  1. Price hurt again on a player crashing into him in his crease this not acceptable in my oininion. The NHL must do something to try & prevent goalies becoming injured on players making a living on taking out the other teams top goalie.
    Last season the Habs lost the chance to get to the NHL finals yes the finals.
    Montreal would have taken the Rangers out in my opinion if price played the entire series.
    Hoping that Price just has muscle problems & can get back into the net with-in a few days or so.
    Price is our pass to the post season no Price no play-offs period it’s that simple.
    This is the Price we have too pay sorry for the pun lol.

    • Thanks for the comment Mark. You are correct when you mention that the Canadiens would have made it to the Stanley Cup final last season if Carey Price was in goal for the series against the Rangers. The only objective conclusion regarding the incident is that Chris Kreider intentionally went skates first into Price. It’s not up for debate. However, I think that the most recent injury to Price is different. Near the end of the first period in the game against Columbus, Max Pacioretty launched Matt Calvert into Price with a crosscheck from behind. Price was driven back into the crossbar and may have hurt his back on the play. Pacioretty received a two-minute minor. Price has carried the Canadiens all season and “is the pass to the post season.” Couldn’t agree more.

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