Peter Delmas’s agent says the former Halifax Mooseheads goaltender is not planning a return to junior hockey.
Delmas, who is still eligible to play in the QMJHL as an over-age player this season, is currently suiting up for the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder after being cut by the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs two weeks ago.
Lareau said Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier wants Delmas playing pro so he can work toward a spot with the Habs’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton in 2011-12.
“Montreal told me they want him to play professionally — he did enough in junior already,” Lareau said. “Next year, he’s going to be in Hamilton.”
Delmas, a Bedford native, has allowed eight goals on 63 shots in two appearances with the Thunder. The former Colorado Avalanche second-round draft choice allowed just four goals on 60 shots in two AHL appearances with Hamilton.
NHL starter Carey Price and minor-leaguer Robert Mayer are the only goaltenders under contract with the Canadiens next season.