The Hamilton Bulldogs saluted a season that won’t soon be forgotten prior to Sunday’s home opener, raising the club’s 2018 East Division, Eastern Conference and OHL Championship banners to the heights of FirstOntario Centre.
The J. Ross Robertson Cup was on hand for the ceremony as Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer joined president and general manager Steve Staios in ushering the trophy out to centre ice.
The OHL title is Hamilton’s first since 1976 as league supremacy followed a 43-18-4-3 regular season. The Bulldogs ousted the Ottawa 67’s, Niagara IceDogs, Kingston Frontenacs and Hamilton Spectator Trophy recipient Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in their playoff push before going 2-2 at the 100th Memorial Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Bulldogs are off to a 2-1-1-0 start in their title defence, featuring 14 players that have returned from last year’s roster while several veterans have moved on in their hockey careers.