September 18, 2012

Former P-Bruin Chaput signs with Hamilton

By Jesse Connolly

Stefan Chaput, who spent parts of two seasons with the Providence Bruins, has agreed to a one-year, two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

A 24-year-old native of Montreal, Chaput will join the top affiliate of his hometown Canadiens. 

The B's acquired him via trade in February of 2011 in a deal that saw the Ducks receive Brian McGrattan and Sean Zimmerman, with Chaput and David Laliberte coming the Black and Gold's way. None of the four players involved in the swap ever played a game for Boston.

Chaput got off to a decent start with the P-Bruins, posting 3-3-6 totals and sporting a plus-7 rating in 15 contests. His 2011-12 season was injury-plagued, as hip woes limited him to just 11 games. In 26 total games with Providence, he had 11 points.

Drafted 153rd overall by the Hurricanes after an impressive, four-year run with the now-defunct Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL, Chaput has accumulated 70 points in 164 games in the American Hockey League for the Providence Bruins, Syracuse Crunch, Charlotte Checkers and Albany River Rats.

The Habs' ECHL affiliate is the Wheeling Nailers, which they share with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.