Canadiens Sign Bouillon, Peter Vandermeer

MONTREAL, Quebec – The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have re-signed former Wheeling Nailers defenseman Francis Bouillon (pictured) and left wing Peter Vandermeer, who began his professional career in the ECHL.

In his first professional season in 1996-97, Bouillon scored 42 points (10g-32a) and had 77 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games and two assists and 10 penalty minutes in three Kelly Cup Playoff games for Wheeling.

In his rookie season in 1996-97, the 6-0 and 210-pound Vandermeer scored 17 points (6g-11a) and had 195 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and scored three points (2g-1a) and had 25 penalty minutes in seven playoff games with Columbus (Ohio).

The 29-year-old Bouillon will begin his sixth season in a Canadiens uniform. In 2004-05, he had 18 points (6g-12a) in 21 games with Leksand in the Swedish League. He has 49 points (8g-41a) and 171 penalty minutes in 228 career regular season NHL games and was the recipient of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy in 2003-04 with the Canadiens. He joined the Canadiens as a free agent on August 18, 1998 and following a short stint with the Nashville Predators was claimed on waivers by Montreal on October 25, 2002.

In 2004-05, the 29-year-old Vandermeer was under contract to Detroit and played for Grand Rapids in the American Hockey League, finishing with 17 points (4g-13a) and 310 penalty minutes in 73 regular season games.

Vandermeer returned to the ECHL in 1997-98, scoring 11 points (4g-7a) with 78 penalty minutes in 20 games with Columbus (Ohio) and seven points (2g-5a) with 165 penalty minutes in 18 games with Richmond. He also played in the American Hockey League in 1997-98, scoring six points (4g-2a) with 140 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and one goal with 13 penalty minutes in four playoff games with Rochester.

In 1999-2000 with Richmond of the ECHL, Vandermeer registered career professional bests in goals (31), assists (25), points (56) and penalty minutes (457) in 58 regular season games while also registering an assist and 20 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He led the league in penalty minutes while leading the team in power-play goals with 15, tying him for fourth in the league. He also played two games with Trenton in 2001-02, registering an assist and two penalty minutes.

Vandermeer has 897 penalty minutes and 92 points (43g-49a) in 128 career regular season ECHL games and 46 penalty minutes and four points (2g-2a) in 10 career ECHL playoff games.