Canadiens Sign Sanford

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed former Peoria and Long Beach defenseman James Sanford to a two-year contract.

Signed by the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League as a free agent on Oct. 10, 2004, the 21-year-old has played in both the AHL and the ECHL in 2005-06, registering 20 points (8g-12a) and 29 penalty minutes in 37 games with Hamilton and four assists and 12 penalty minutes in eight games with Long Beach of the ECHL.

The Ice Dogs are the ECHL affiliate of the Canadiens of the NHL and the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

In his first professional season in 2004-05, the 5-foot-9 and 190-pound Sanford had 11 points (2g-9a) in 24 games with Peoria of the ECHL and 10 points (2g-8a) in 31 games with Hamilton. He was selected to the ECHL All-Star Game, but was unable to play as he was on call up to Hamilton.