Canadiens Reassign Delmas to Wheeling

WHEELING – Montreal has reassigned goaltender Peter Delmas to the Wheeling Nailers, and he practiced with the team Wednesday morning at WesBanco Arena.

Delmas, 23, is entering his fourth season of professional hockey, after spending his first three making himself a household name in Wheeling, thanks to his stellar performances in the crease. Delmas has appeared in 92 games with the Nailers, posting a 48-32-9 record, a 2.45 goals against average, a .914 save percentage, and a team-record nine shutouts. His victories and games played totals rank second in team history, and his goals against average is also second best among goaltenders with at least 20 appearances.

The Bedford, Nova Scotia, native has also played in at least two games at the American Hockey League level during the last three seasons, all with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Delmas has two AHL victories under his belt, defeating the Toronto Marlies on both occasions, including a 32-save effort on Oct. 29, 2010, in his second career start.

Prior to turning pro, Delmas spent parts of five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, as a member of the Lewiston MAINEiacs, Quebec Remparts, and Halifax Mooseheads.

His best two seasons were his first in Lewiston, when he combined to go 40-23-4. As a 16-year old rookie in 2006-07, Delmas teamed with Jonathan Bernier, leading the MAINEiacs to their lone Presidents Cup title.

In a separate transaction, the Nailers released goaltender Alex Westlund.

The Nailers will be in action Saturday night, when they visit Toledo.