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Friday, July 22, 2016

Customer Appreciation Day right now at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel Liquor Store!

I'm broadcasting live right now at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel Liquor Store (a great friend and supporter of the blog) for their customer appreciation day! Great deals, great prizes and a Burger and Dog BBQ with proceeds going to the Ty Watson House! Come check it out! 

Hammer













Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bulldogs acquire Paul Savage



BULLDOGS AQUIRE NEW DEFENSEMAN


PRESS RELEASE
July 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – With the regular season approaching quickly, the Bulldogs are pleased to announce the acquisition of defenseman Paul Savage (Surrey, BC) from the Yorkton Terriers in exchange for Future Considerations.

As a member of the Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Savage appeared in 78 games while registering 17 points (6 goals and 11 assists) and 119 penalty minutes. During the 2013-14 season with the Valley West Hawks of the British Columbia Major Midget League, Savage scored 34 points in 40 games prior to making the transition to Junior “A.” Savage is a strong skater, who will provide stability, experience, and leadership to the Bulldogs defense core.

The Bulldogs would like to welcome Paul and his family to the community of Port Alberni.


For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison 

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Welcome to the team and the community Paul! Find Paul's stats here

Hammer

Monday, July 04, 2016

Bulldog add two forwards, Bailey and Zolnierczyk sign with Sens and Preds, Alberni Wrestling Kids Camp




Excuse the recent lull in posting, as I was checked right out and off for some much needed holiday time with the family! A bunch of news to digest can be found below!

Hammer



BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TWO FORWARDS FOR 2016/17

PRESS RELEASE
June 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are please to announce the signing of two new forwards for the 2016-17 season.

Ryan Steele, a 6’2, 185lb, centerman from Stratford, PEI comes to the Bulldogs from The Holderness School, which is located in New Hampshire. This past season Steele scored 46 points (23 goals and 23 assists) in 29 games. Steele is a very strong skater and someone who can play a strong 200-foot game while adding size and depth to Bulldogs offensive core.

“I’m very excited to be a part of a great organization like Alberni Valley,” says Steele. “I look forward to working with my new coaches and teammates. I know it is a place where we will find lots of individual and team success.”

The Bulldogs would also like to welcome George King, a native of Calgary, AB to the team. King ended last season with the Cochrane Generals in the Heritage Junior Hockey League. King scored 14 points (5 goals and 9 assists) in 7 regular season games. After a long playoff run, the Generals eventually bowed out in the HJHL finals. King who stands at 6-feet, 175 lbs, is a gritty and speedy winger who has also spent time in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (38 games).

“I am excited to join a great organization and great community,” says King. “Alberni has made a tradition of being a good team on and off the ice and I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in any way possible.”

Both Steele and King will join the Bulldogs for their Main Camp, which opens August 22nd at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison



Former Bulldog Casey Bailey re-signed with the Ottawa Senators today. He signed out of Penn State with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who traded him to the Sens last season as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Read more from the Senators HERE  


Best of luck Bails! Can't say how much I appreciated Casey always finding time to do alumni interviews with me each season, despite being incredibly busy going to school and playing hockey. 

Here's a video I posted earlier this season, he had a big league shot even then. Enjoy!



In more alumni news, former Bulldog (2005-2007) Harry Zolnierczyk signed with the Nashville Predators.








A final Bulldog note - congrats to former Dog Jared Wilson, who has been invited to attend the Calgary Flames Rookie Camp.

This week the Alberni Valley Wrestling Club is hosting its annual Summer Wrestling Camps, and wrestlers from all over the province are travelling to Port Alberni to learn from some of the sport’s best. First off is the Kids Camp running from July 5th to 7th followed by the Elite Camp running from the 7th to the 10th.

The Kids Camp is completely free, for skill levels ranging from being a first introduction to wrestling to having wrestled for several years, and is geared towards students in Grades 3 to 7. The camp runs from 10am-12pm July 5, 6, & 7th at ADSS. After having successfully ran the first Alberni Valley Elementary Wrestling League last fall, the Kids Camp is a great opportunity for young grapplers to hone their skills for the upcoming school year.

After the Kids Camp is the Elite Camp, which boasts an impressive line-up of clinicians this year. At the top of the list is hometown Olympian Travis Cross, and Vancouver Island wrestling legend World Silver Medallist Stacie Anaka. Other top clinicians include 3x All-American Clete Hanson, Commonwealth Games Champion Selwyn Tam, and former coach of Team Oregon Jeff Karlin. With such a talented group of clinicians it’s no wonder that year after year the Alberni Summer Camp is the largest wrestling camp in the province.

If you’re interested in learning more about the two Wrestling Camps, or would like to register for one of them, all the information is available at www.alberniwrestling.ca



Friday, June 17, 2016

Bulldogs announce pair of recruits



BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TWO MORE COMMITMENTS FOR 2016/17


PRESS RELEASE
June 15th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are please to announce the signing of two new defensemen for the 2016-17 season.

Connor Welsh, a 5’8, 160lb, defenseman from Halifax, NS is coming off an excellent final season with Stanstead College where he scored 43 points (5 goals and 38 assists) in 68 games. Welsh is a very intelligent, mobile defenseman who possesses a lot of skill with the puck.

“I’m excited to be a Bulldog and play in the BCHL,” says Welsh. “I look forward to meeting my new teammates along with playing in front of the best fans in the BCHL.”

The Bulldogs would also like to welcome Tyler Lentz, a native of Calgary, AB to the team. Lentz played last season for the Calgary Northstars Midget AAA program where he scored 21 points (5 goals and 16 assists) in 32 regular season games and added 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 7 playoff games. Lentz who stands at 6-feet, 185lbs, is another strong skating defenseman who has the ability to join the rush and move the puck to his teammates.

“I am looking forward to moving on to the next level in my hockey career as well as becoming a part of the Port Alberni community,” says Lentz. “I am excited to work with the coaching staff every day and improve both on and off the ice.”

Both athletes are bright students and will have many doors open in their NCAA future. The Bulldogs are very excited to welcome Connor and Tyler to the Bulldogs family.

The Bulldogs continue to prepare for their Main Camp, which opens August 22nd at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison

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Welcome to the team and the community Connor and Tyler! 

Hammer

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bulldogs move Sarault, Conrad



BULLDOGS MOVE CONRAD & SARAULT


PRESS RELEASE
June 11th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC –The Bulldogs announce that forwards Liam Conrad and Chris Sarault have been traded to the Dieppe Commandos of the Maritime Junior Hockey League for Future Considerations. With both players residing from the east coast, Conrad and Sarault requested to play closer to home and begin their post-secondary education.

The Bulldogs would like to thank Liam and Chris for all of their contributions to the team and the community this past season and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Willison 



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The Bulldogs sent out the above news following the conclusion of the MHL trade freeze on Saturday. It's too bad to see Liam and Chris move on, as I was a fan of both of them as players and I was looking forward to watching them improve. Here's hoping that the future considerations end up being solid additions to the Dogs. Best of luck to Liam and Chris in for looking to the rest of their life and wanting to go on to College and playing closer to home.

Hammer

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bulldogs make changes to Coaching Staff and Hockey Ops



BULLDOGS MAKE CHANGES TO HOCKEY OPERATIONS

PRESS RELEASE May 10, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs today announced upcoming changes to the coaching and hockey operations staff for the 2016/17 season.

After 5 years of dedicated service, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs regret to announce that Assistant Coach / Assistant GM Adam Hayduk’s contract will not be renewed for next season. “In hockey and in business you are forced to make tough decisions in the long-term interests of the team” says Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society President Ron Paulson. “We wish Adam all the very best as he pursues new opportunities in the hockey world.”

Adam’s knowledge of the intricacies of the BCHL, along with a keen eye for up-and-coming talent will make his departure a challenging transition for the team. “Adam has been an important member of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs coaching staff for as long as I have been here” says Head Coach and GM Kevin Willison. “We will really miss his contributions to the team, and to the community.”

The Bulldogs organization would also like to thank Damon Pugerude for his 2 years of service and wish him all the best in his future plans. Damon’s 2 year term with the team has now expired and the club has opted not to renew his contract. JT Ward will take on the Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager role for the 2016/2017 season and will be joining the team in August to prepare for the upcoming year

Head Coach Kevin Willison and Assistant Coach Alex Evin will continue behind the bench next season.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Willison

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Very tough news to hear, and I feel for Adam and Damon. You can argue that it's just a part of the game, which is true, but it's a part that I don't like. Best of luck to Adam and Damon, a couple of great pros who will be missed and more importantly a couple great guys who I feel lucky to call friends. 

Hammer

Friday, May 06, 2016

Hat trick of great news items from the Bulldogs, Alberni Wrestling Awards



BULLDOGS’ CAPTAIN ERIC MARGO COMMITS TO CIS QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY GAELS

PRESS RELEASE

May 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that Bulldogs’ captain Eric Margo has committed to the CIS Queen’s University Gaels for the 2016/17 season.

Margo played two full seasons with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, appearing in 112 regular season games over the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. He put up 51 points in regular season play and another 3 points in 12 playoff appearances.

Margo’s hard work and physical nature, along with timely goals, gave him the ability to change the momentum of a game, as Bulldogs’ fans experienced over the last two seasons. He’s a great addition by the Queen’s University Gaels.

“We’re very excited for Eric’s next step in life and hockey at Queen’s,” said Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison. “His hard work and great attitude has paid off.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to further my hockey career and education at Queen’s University,” said Eric Margo. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Eric gave his best on the ice and in the Alberni Valley community each and every day. We wish Eric all the best at Queen’s and with all his future endeavors.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison

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Very happy for Eric - awesome stuff! 

Moving on...


Kevin Willison and Adam Hayduk were guests at the Alberni Wrestling Awards night on Tuesday - read more from the Bulldog website HERE

While we're on the topic, here's the award winners...



            Appreciation and Announcements

Thank you to coaches - John McDonald, Jeanette Badovinac, Russ Bodnar, Ryan Dvorak, Chris Bodnar, Travis Cross,  Richelle McKenzie, Owen Coulthart, Mark Price, Erin Anker, Jen Johnson, James Messenger

Thank you to the teachers and coaches who helped make our Elementary program so successful – Jen Johnson, Erin Anker, James Messenger, Travis Cross, Chris Bodnar, Jan Davidson, Sarah Williams, Ernie Netzer, Trevor Little, Mike Mahovlic,


Congratulations ADSS Boys and Girls – Third BCSSWA Aggregate Championship 2016 plus ADSS Boys Wrestling Team Island Champions for the 29th time in the past 33 years.

Awards:
                                                                                                           
  • Comeback of the Year (Certificate) – Noah Stampeen      

  • Rookie of the Year  (Certificate) – Lane Harris

  • Top Grade Awards  (Certificates)

      • Grade 8    - Anna Frost, Owen Spencer and Seth Price
      • Grade 9    - Mackenzie Boudreau and Jayce Clayton
      • Grade 10  - Isaac McDonald, Aaron Badovinac
      • Grade 11  - Morgan Dagenais and Trevor Barker 

  • Dark Horse  (Certificate)  -   Kyla McAuley

  • Diamonds in the Rough  (Certificates) – Ethan Tramer, Mackenzie Boudreau and Scott Coulthart

  • Wrestlers of the Week  (Certificates)
  • November 5  - Jayce Clayton
  • November 12 – Daniel Spencer
  • November 19 – Isaac McDonald
  • December 3 – Jayce Clayton
  • December 17 – Aaron Badovinac
  • December 24 - Trevor Barker
  • December 31 – Owen Spencer
  • January 7 – William Merry
  • January 14 – Seth Price
  • January 21 – Lane Harris
  • January 28 – Trenton Vanderkooi
  • February 18 – Mackenzie Boudreau

  • Service  - Keiyana Sterling

  • Most Improved Junior  (Plaque plus Bursary)   - Jayce Clayton

·         Most Improved Senior  (Plaque plus Bursary) – Kiarra Fong         

  • Coaches Recognition    - Darien Van Ingen, Duncan McLeod, Jarod Gagnon

  • Gold Pin Awards  (Plaques and Buraries)  (Team171) – Kiarra Fong (11) and Isaac McDonald (20)

  • Western Canada Summer Games Gold Medal Team BC -  (Certificates)         

              Seth Price – Individual Silver Medal
             Aaron Badovinac – Individual Gold Medal


  • BCSSWA Placers 2016  (Certificates)        

  • Aaron Badovoinac  - 2nd at 70 kg
  • Isaac McDonald      – 3rd at 54 kg
  • Ravi Manhas           - 3rd at 41 kg
  • Kyla McAuley         - 3rd at 110 kg
  • Kiarra Fong              - 5th at 54 kg
  • Morgan Dagenais     - 5th at 57 kg
  • Seth Price                 - 5th at 45 kg
  • Trevor Barker           - 5th at 48 kg
  • Kylea Anderson       - 6th at 90 kg
  • Owen Spencer          - 6th at 51 kg                                                                             

  • National Placers 2016 (Certificates)

      • Cadet         -  Isaac McDonald   - 2nd 54 kg Cadet Men’s Freestyle
          • Aaron Badovinac  - 2nd 69 kg Cadet Men’s Greco
          • Isaac McDonald   –  2nd 54 kg FILA Cadet Men
          • Ravi Manhas        -  3rd  42 kg Cadet Men’s Greco
          • Daniel Spencer     - 5th 76 kg Cadet Men’s Greco
          • Kiarra Fong           - 5th 52 kg FILA Cadet Women’s Freestyle

      • Juvenile      - Morgan Dagenais  - 3rd 56 kg Juvenile Women’s Greco           

      • Junior       - Nolan Badovinac   - 2nd at 84 kg Junior Men’s Freestyle                                      

  • Attendance  (Certificates) 

          Aaron Badovinac, Daniel Spencer, Isaac McDonald, Trevor Barker, Jayce Clayton,
                      Ravi Manhas, Owen Spencer

  • Aaron Keitlah Attendance Award  (Plaque and Bursary) – Aaron Badovinac

  • International Honour Roll (Certificate) – Aaron Badovinac - Bronze US Northwest Regionals

  • Junior Honor Roll  (Certificates)

                   Anna Frost, Circe Campbell, Duncan McLeod, Jarod Gagnon, Jayce Clayton, Kyla McAuley
                               Kylea Anderson, Mackenzie Boudreau, Madeline Duperron, Owen Spencer, Prateesh Giri,
                              Scott Coulthart, Seth Price, William Merry, Jayden Iverson (Principals)

  • Junior Academics/Athletics  (Plaque plus Bursary)     -  Jayden Iverson                         

  • Senior Honor Roll  (Certificates)                                                                            

                     Isaac McDonald (Principals), Aaron Badovinac (Principals), Ravi Manhas, Kiarra Fong,
                                Trevor Barker, Morgan Dagenais, Lane Harris, Trenton Vanderkooi

  • Senior Academics/Athletics  (Plaques plus Bursaries) – Aaron Badovinac, Isaac McDonald

  • Junior Sportsmanship  (Plaque plus Bursary)     -  William Merry

  • Character  (Plaque plus Bursary)     -   Trenton Vanderkooi

  •  True Grit  (Certificates) – Daniel Spencer, Kylea Anderson, Mackenzie Boudreau, Seth Price

  •  Special Appreciation  (Plaques) – Patrick McEvay, Mike Roberts and Darral Clark

  • Leadership  - Entire ADSS Team

  • Unsung Dedication (Certificates) – Prateesh Giri and Miranda Barker

  • Most Outstanding Juniors  (Plaques plus Bursaries) – Mckenzie Boudreau and Owen Spencer

  • Most Outstanding Senior Female  (Plaque plus Bursary) – Morgan Dagenais

  • Most Outstanding Senior Males  (Plaques plus Bursaries) – Aaron Badovinac and Isaac McDonald  



Last but certainly not least, huge congrats to Bulldogs Assistant Coach/Assistant GM Adam Hayduk for leading his team to victory at the U16 BC Cup, on short notice no less. Read more HERE


Way to go Adam, Eric, and all the Alberni Wrestlers!

Hammer