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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bulldogs face Vees to open 2014-2015 season this afternoon at Showcase


That's the main rink inside the beautiful Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs won't be playing in this rink for today's season opener against the Vees, (1-0-0-0 after an 11-2 demolition of the Surrey Eagles last night) as they will instead be playing on the secondary ice sheet, also known as the community rink. The Bulldogs will be playing in the big rink tomorrow though. It seems only fair that each team get a game in each rink - last year the Bulldogs were really lucky (or maybe just the broadcaster was) as they got both games in the big rink. That certainly made up for their appearance at the inaugural Showcase in 2012 when the Bulldogs played BOTH of their games in the secondary rink. Every team except the Capitals gets at least one game in the main rink, it's nice to see the league spread the chance around, not that the scouts wont be all over the place hanging from the rafters in both rinks!


Those two pictures give a bit of an idea as to the set up in the community rink.

In the end it doesn't really matter, both rinks have the same ice sheet dimensions and the nets are the same size! I think the Bulldogs would play hallway hockey if it got them a win, as they have yet to win a game at the Showcase over the last two editions, going 0-3-0-1.

That's all irrelevant and in the past though - today is about a new beginning and a fresh slate. Nothing like the excitement of a new season! I'm sure there will be plenty of butterflies to go around from rookies to vets. It's important to just be ready to play, and to not try to do too much. Just play your game, push the pace, and let the puck bounce how it may. As important as it is to get off to a good start to a season as the Bulldogs found out last year, it's a marathon not a sprint.



The new season of Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey kicks off this afternoon on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show at 3:15 and the play-by-play to follow at 3:30 with myself and Bulldogs Public Address Announcer Charles Mealey calling all the action and providing the colour, analysis and statistics.


If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:


Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com

Today's 2nd Intermission feature guest is BCHL Comissioner John Grisdale, talking about the showcase and all things BCHL.

Lets drop the puck already!

Hammer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Showcase kicks off today, Bulldogs open season tomorrow, Van Isle Ford/Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey BACK on THE PEAK!

The third edition of the Bauer BCHL Showcase kicks off this afternoon in Chilliwack with four games - Vernon vs Cowichan, Salmon Arm vs Langley, Coquitlam vs West Kelowna and Penticton vs Surrey. You can listen to all the games through the BCHL website, and you can watch them all through Fast Hockey.

 The Bulldogs open their 13th season tomorrow when they take on the Penticton Vees at 3:30. You can catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show kicking off at 3:15.

Very happy to have Van Isle Ford (home games) and Pacific Chevrolet (road games) back as our title sponsors this year - if you appreciate the broadcasts, thank them with your business!


New to the broadcasts this year (and still relatively new to the Alberni Valley) is the Save on Foods Bulldog Power Play contest. Enter your name in the draw box at Save on Foods. Every time the Dogs go to the power play we will draw a name, and if the Dogs score, you'll win a Save on Foods gift card! 



If you are interesting in being a sponsor on Bulldog Broadcasts, the more the merrier - contact our sales staff at 93.3 The Peak at 250-723-2455, we have plenty of options from big to small available!



Also pleased to have a couple of great guys back in the booth with me in Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand providing analysis and statistics!

Options for listening  / watching the game, beside the trusty radio are:


Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com

Talk to you tomorrow from Chilliwack!

Hammer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dogs golf tourney a blast, Dogs finish preseason on a high

A great way to end the preseason for the Bulldogs Saturday as they picked up a 5-1 win over the Nanaimo Clippers at the Dog Pound, exacting some revenge after a lack lustre ( and that's putting it kindly) 6-1 loss to the Clippers in Nanaimo on Friday night when pretty much no one looked good.

On Saturday, everyone looked good. That's how it goes sometimes with winning and losing. It was nice to see Billy Christopolous have a solid game in net, and it sure was nice to see Evan Tironese back in a Bulldog sweater and doing some of the things he did out there Saturday night. An elite player without question - he will be fun to watch this year. Being a year older than we last saw him, I'm confident he'll be ready to put up with the stuff that elite players have to deal with. I certainly don't agree with it and don't enjoy the fact that the impact guys have to deal with the abuse that they get, but it seems to goes with the territory at every level of hockey. If you are an impact player, team will try to get you off your game. It takes a higher level of mental strength and maturity than I have to put up with the attention and shenanigans they face, but I believe Evan has it and has the support of his team, and teammates as well.

Lets drop the puck and get this thing going already! It's a critical week of practice leading up to game #1 on Saturday afternoon, as EVERYTHING will be ramped up a couple of notches. The intensity, the speed, the level of play from the opposition, the pressure, etc etc etc. It's up to the Coaches to prepare the players as best they can for the games when all of a sudden points are on the line. I can't wait!
 


What a great time at the Alberni Golf Club yesterday for the 3rd Annual Bulldogs season-opening golf tourney. Huge thanks to everyone that came out and played, and of course all the volunteers that put it together and the sponsors that made it happen.

Pictured above is the winning team of myself, Laurie Smillie, Everett Putz, Josh Adkins my little guy Griff and our honorary caddy Deserray McClary. I was pretty surprised that our score of 28 was the winning one - I thought we had a way better chance with our score last year but a couple teams went really low. Everyone had a couple great shots at key moments, Josh Adkins got a drive over the creek on #9 which was really tough from the back tees, and he got one to stick on the green on the approach which was even tougher. Laurie won the Ladies Long Drive which really helped us on #7 and Everett almost holed one out for Eagle on #3...I'm still actually not sure how it didn't go in as it hit the pin, and went around-the-world around the cup but somehow stayed out!

I wish I would've seen the highlight of the day as Head Pro and Colour Analyst Bruce MacDonald holed one out from 240 PLUS yards for an Albatross on the Par 5 third hole. More rare than a hole-in-one. How they didn't win the tourney after that I don't know! Another highlight was Mitch Hawes putting one within INCHES of going in off the tee on the 8th hole. Almost an ace on a par 4. That's Happy Gilmore stuff, even if they did have us hitting off the Women's tees on that hole! Fun time all around. Good to get the "fun and games" out of everyone's system now that it's right down to work!

Update - just a couple pictures of the community events the guys were involved in yesterday. The team has sure done a fantastic job being champions of the community in my opinion. It's one thing to ask your community to come out and support your games. Its another thing entirely to get out and be EVERYWHERE supporting your community with all their events. That will make more of them come and cheer for you, one has to think. They know you, they have a connection to you, it makes  a difference!





I'll be busy this week putting all the broadcast elements together at 93.3 The Peak FM control and I'm also hoping to be able to devote some time to working on fine tuning the blog. Thanks again to everyone that commented over the weekend that they were following along, and thanks for the comments and feedback as well received via email. Doing my best to make the comment process easier. If you like the blog - please thank the sponsors of the blog with your business - they make it happen, as much as you all motivate me to keep putting in the effort and updating it....and last but not least if you like the blog click the donate link in the upper right hand corner, nothing is expected everything is greatly appreciated!

Hammer 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Clippers top Bulldogs 6-1, rematch tomorrow at Dog Pound




evening from the Frank Crane Arena... Updates to follow ... Let's start with a line up!


Click the above line up image to enlarge it, and right click it again and select  VIEW IMAGE for an even bigger view!

Not a good start for the Bulldogs, as they give up a 2 on 1 rush in the opening seconds - they dodge a bullet as the shot hits the bar and stays out. Seconds later they give up another odd-man rush as Eric Rempal walks in alone on net where he goes top corner, far side over the glove of Nathan Warren. Yanni Kaldis picks up the only assist :55 seconds in.

Clippers take a 2-0 lead at the 7:18 mark on a nice feed out front to the slot for Jake Wozney from Anthony Rinaldi. Shots are 9-3 Clippers, and they have definitely carried the bulk of the play.

Score after 20 minutes 2-0 Clippers, shots favor the Clippers 12-4.

Clippers are 0 for 3 on the power play. Bulldogs didn't get a power play. Bulldogs certainly deserved a chance, but the officials have done a reasonably good job of maintaining order when tempers seem to be a little high.

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 No scoring in the second period so far, 7:00 in. Shots 16-10 Clippers.

ROLL CALL time - add a comment - is anyone reading these updates, and should I keep doing them? Where are you checking the blog from?

UPDATE - Midway point of the game, still 2-0, shots 18-13 in favour of Nanaimo. Clippers change goalies, Cameron Pateman comes out, Jacob Severson comes in.

Clippers take a 3-0 lead on the power play as the Bulldogs lose their discipline a bit. Jacob Hanlon gets credit for the goal as it appeared a point shot hit traffic in front. Sean Buchanan picks up the assist at 13:20.

The Bulldogs take yet another penalty on the ensuing shift, but kill the bulk of it off before the Clippers take a penalty. Just as four-on-four hockey ends and the Dogs go to the power play, they find the score board as Kurt Gosselin drives down the wing and in on goal where he slides one through Severson. Scottie Clark picks up the only assist at 15:34 of the second.

Immediately afterwards, yet another Bulldog penalty. Clippers going to their sixth advantage, leading the game 3-1 with 3:44 to play in the second. 

Clippers score on the power play to go up 4-1 as a fluttering puck is swung at and missed by a Bulldog defender but perfectly bunted on net by Devin Brosseau through the legs of Nathan Warren. Assists on the play went to Sean Buchanan and Spencer Hewson at 16:59 to make it 4-1 Clippers.

On the next shift, the Clippers are penalized. With a power play pending, a Bulldog gives an excuse me tap to the back of a Clipper. By the letter of the rule book, a penalty, but not a lot of discretion shown by the Referee. Having said that, don't give the Referee a chance to give you a penalty - some have shown that they have a track record that they barely need a reason to give you a soft one. Better discipline is needed - as soft as the call was.

Second period ends with the Clippers up 4-1, and leading the shots 26-20.

Clippers are 2 for 6 on the power play, Bulldogs are 1 for 2.

I'm somewhat surprised no one posted a comment yet....you must be all watching the Pay-Per-View Broadcast!

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No update in the scoring, 5:54 into the third period. Bulldogs are going on their third power play of the frame. They just had a 5 on 3 advantage. The Officials have given them every opportunity to get back into this one, but they have yet to capitalize.

Clippers score on the power play to take a 5-1 lead at 8:24 of the third on a nice cross-ice set up finished off by Edwin Hookenson. Assists on the play went to Brendan Taylor and Jake Jackson at 8:24 of the third.

One item of mention, both teams  began the third period with five defenceman as Troy Dobbs was ejected along with Brett Roulston for a second period dust-up.  

More rough stuff on the shift after the Clippers goal. Tempers are really high - not sure why, maybe just impatience to get the season really going. There certainly isn't much to be gained, and lots to be lost at this time of year when it comes to the rough stuff, just my 2 cents!

It appears the Bulldogs are now down to four defenceman as Darian Henry was just ejected, presumably for his part in an after-the-whistle skirmish.

Clippers take a 6-1 lead late in the game when Sheldon Rempal walks in on net and slides one past a prone Nathan Warren. Nicholas Carrier with the helper at 15:35.

There would be no scoring the rest of the way, with the final shots favouring the Clippers 42-40.

I had the Bulldogs at 1 for 7 on the power play and the Clippers at 3 for 7.

The teams meet Saturday night at the Dog Pound for the rematch to conclude the Exhibition schedule.

Thanks for following along tonight! I got some emails - but no comments...with the email feedback I have changed some settings so hopefully it's easier to leave comments now!


Hammer

Fasthockey broadcasts - Dogs in Nanaimo tonight, home against Clippers tomorrow...busy BUSY weekend!

Don't forget you can watch both games tonight and tomorrow night through  Fast Hockey - at www.fasthockey.com Dan Marshall and Darryl Major will have the call tonight, while Bruce MacDonald, myself, and Dan Tisserand will bring you the action and stats tomorrow night.

As I previously mentioned here on the blog - this is a FAST HOCKEY ONLY broadcast, not the full-meal deal!

 Just a little heads up - this will be no way in any shape or form what our "real" broadcasts will be like when we are professionally produced and operated through 93.3 The Peak FM studios. We are doing it on our own time for you the fans to follow the team, and also as a way to shake off the rust and do some tests and make sure all the Fast Hockey Pay-per-view broadcast equipment works. So don't expect a pre game or post game show or intermission features or rosters that we have had well in advance for the purpose of preparation, memorization, research, etc . We will do our best to cover all the action though!



As for all the other events happening around town today and through the weekend - I encourage you to like THE PEAK on Facebook....I'm running out of time to update all the sites I'm supposed to! Check out our Facebook Page HERE




If you aren't on Facebook, here's a post a put there today of everything on the go right now!

 Alright, trying again to keep you up to date on all the events happing around the Valley! LIKE THIS SHARE THIS if you are excited for a gorgeous weekend! ~Evan

The Bulldogs visit Nanaimo to face the Clippers in exhibition action on Friday night before returning home to conclude the pre season by hosting the Clippers on Saturday night. The 3rd Annual season-opening Bulldog Charity Golf Tournament is at the course on Sunday.

The Jericho Road Church in partnership with the Christian Reformed Church are hosting a FALL BASH tonight at Jericho Road Church from 4pm to 6pm. Free food, free school supplies - while supplies last - great prizes, face painting, bounce around, and MORE!

Also today, the AV Midget Bulldogs are having a BBQ/bake sale/car wash/bottle drive fundraiser at Cap-It from 11 to 4.

The 30th Annual Port Alberni Toy Run leaves little Qualicum Falls at noon SHARP on Saturday, with the festivities for all ages at Glenwood Centre to follow. Dances to follow that night at the Glenwood, and a sober dance to follow at Char's Landing. Tickets to the dance at Glenwood will be for sale for riders out at Little Qualicum Falls, and should there be any remaining, they will go on sale at Glenwood following the run. Sunday is the poker run with a live band to follow at Boston Pizza.

Also on Saturday, Canada Post Employees will be going door to door in the city picking up non-perishable food items for the People Helping People Food Drive from 8:30 to 12 noon. Just leave your items in a bag at the front door by your mailbox/slot for pick up.

Sunday is also the 34th Annual Terry Fox Run. Registration is at the Royal Canadian Legion at 9am and the run is at 10am.

Also Sunday, it's Family Farm day!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Raise a Reader tonight, Dogs in Nanaimo tomorrow, Midget fundraiser, Toy Run and Dogs home Saturday, Golf/Terry Fox, Family Farm day Sunday

WOW, there is just wayyyyyy to much happening around here lately! The Dogs are in Nanaimo tomorrow, and home against Nanaimo to finish the preseason on Saturday.

As for all the rest of the stuff, lets get at it...

Here's the details on tonight's Raise a Reader Road Hockey Game! I will be attempting to provide play-by-play!

Raise a Reader
5th Annual Road Hockey Challenge

The Tradition Continues!


Date:                                                     Thursday September 11th

Time:                                                     Food and games to begin at 5pm
Players should arrive no later than 530pm
Ball Drop at 6pm

Location:                                              Multiplex Lower Parking Lot



FRIDAY the AV Midget Bulldogs are having a BBQ/bake sale/car wash/bottle drive fundraiser at Cap-It from 11 to 4.

Also tomorrow, is the FALL BASH!




The Jericho Road Church in partnership with the Christian Reformed Church are hosting a FALL BASH this Friday at Jericho Road Church from 4pm to 6pm. Free food, free school supplies - while supplies last - great prizes, face painting, bounce around, and MORE!







The 30th Annual Port Alberni Toy Run leaves little Qualicum Falls at noon SHARP on Saturday, with the festivities for all ages at Glenwood Centre to follow. Dances to follow that night at the Glenwood, and a sober dance to follow at Char's Landing. Tickets to the dance at Glenwood will be for sale for riders out at Little Qualicum Falls, and should there be any remaining, they will go on sale at Glenwood following the run. Sunday is the poker run with a live band to follow at Boston Pizza.






The Terry Fox run goes Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion - registration goes at 9am with the run starting at 10:00am. Community hero, Spirit of Hockeyville winner and Bulldogs Assistant Equipment Manager Jamie Amos will most likely once again be the local fundraising CHAMP, way to go Amos!

It's Family Farms day Sunday - click HERE for full information


 The Bulldogs season kickoff golf tourney is also Sunday - visit the Bulldogs website HERE FOR MORE INFO
If anyone else wins the long drive, they cheated...or I hit in in the bush!


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Taking some pictures....

The 93.3 The Peak FM crew gathered at the rink yesterday for a photo shoot in advance of the 2014-2015 season. These are just the shots off of my iPhone, I can't wait to see the professional ones!

Getting more excited by the day for the puck to drop!





Monday, September 08, 2014

Amazing picture, Bulldogs in Fall Fair parade video

What an unreal shot! Sandra Gentleman took this last night leaving the rink after a night of Women's Hockey. What a spectacular picture!

Here's some cool video of the Bulldogs in the Fall Fair Parade. I was in the parade with my little guy Griffin, so I couldn't watch the parade! Pretty funny that the Dog didn't like Bernie! Thanks to Bulldogs fan Kaicee for the video courtesy youtube.

Hammer