The Hamilton Bulldogs announced today that they have signed free agent forward Stephen Macaulay to a one-year, AHL contract.
Macaulay, who spent last season split between the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads, is the former alternate captain of the Sea Dogs, and was part of three consecutive QMJHL Championship teams from 2010-11 to 2012-13.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Blues, Macaulay never signed on to play in Missouri, and became a free agent.
Over his QMJHL career, Macaulay was never an extremely prolific playmaker or goal scorer, but he will contribute a solid two-way game to the Bulldogs next season. Over his 280-game QMJHL career, the 21-year-old tallied 71 goals and 84 assists, and won the Memorial Cup twice.
This past season, Macaulay — along with 2013 top picks Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin — helped the Halifax Mooseheads win their first Memorial Cup. During the run to their first championship, Macaulay helped out to the tune of eight goals and 12 assists in 16 games, playing primarily in the middle of the lineup.