Bulldogs Acquire Templeton
The Hamilton Bulldogs have traded defenceman Jesse Saban and a 10th round pick to the North Bay Battalion in exchange for defenceman Stephen Templeton, a 5th round pick in 2017 and a conditional 6th round pick in 2019. Templeton returns home to Hamitlon, as he’s originally from Waterdown. Templeton was traded from the Oshawa Generals to North Bay before the weekend. Templeton won the 2015 Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals, and is expected to bring veteran leadership to the Bulldogs dressing room.
Saban came to the organization when he was traded to the Belleville Bulls from the Erie Otters in January 2015, along with Trent Fox. He was brought into the organization by Burnett & Branch for his size and defensive acumen. For the rest of his life he’ll be able to brag that he played alongside Connor McDavid, and was able to assist on a few of his goals.
Saban held a leadership role with the Hamilton Bulldogs during the inaugural season in 2015/16. He lead the team in TOI both even strength and on the penalty kill. The Bulldogs suffered significant injuries to Justin Lemcke and Cole Candella throughout the year, and Saban was relied upon to be a steady defensive force alongside Ben Gleason. Gleason and Saban have remained a pair for almost their entire time in the Bulldogs organization, aside from a few injuries that kept Saban out of the line up for a few games in both seasons.
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