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Canadiens sign defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to three-year contract

Saint John Sea Dogs Charlie Coyle, left, and Nathan Beaulieu celebrate their second goal scored behind Shawinigan Cataractes goalie Gabriel Girard during first period of Memorial Cup action in Shawinigan Que., on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

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The Montreal Canadiens signed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a three-year contract on Wednesday.

He had 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 53 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Saint John Sea Dogs this past season.

The six-foot-two, 190-pound native of Strathroy, Ont., was selected by Montreal with the 17th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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