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The American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the Hamilton Bulldogs came into the AHL as tiny, puck-hungry puppies back in 1996. Over the next decade, the team quickly established itself as a dominant force, reaching the playoffs in eight of its first ten seasons. And it was during that tenth season that the Bulldogs reached maturity and shed their puppy skins, claiming the Calder Cup for the very first time in 2007.
Today, the team plays all of its home games at Copps Coliseum—known as the Dog Pound to diehard fans. The Coliseum is the home of team mascot Bruiser the Bulldog, who leads legions of red-and-blue-clad supporters to support the team with thunderous howls, menacing growls, and puppy-eyed pleas for food from the concession stand.