Ryan Pinder, play-by-play voice of the Penticton Vees, has an entertaining recap of the game available from his blog, as he did live updating from the game last night. Check it out HERE
Well done Ryan. However - I think the rivals in the Coastal Conference hate each other just as much as the guys in the Interior do.
Apparently the All Star game goes to Nanaimo next year. Read more on that from this story from the Nanaimo Daily News by Michael Rhode by clicking HERE
Too bad that the Bulldogs won't be hosting. I'm not sure how the actual process works and if the Dogs have even attempted to host this event. It would certainly be cool if it did come here one day.
I guess for now hockey fans here will have to settle for International events, with week long National TV Exposure on SHAW TV and TSN.
Speaking of TSN...Huge thanks to Gary for sending me this cool picture of TSN play-by-play voice Dave Randorf and Director Andy Bouyoukos taking some time to pose for a cool pic with the Bulldogs.
Minor Hockey now...
The Alberni Valley PeeWee Bulldogs traveled to Sooke to partake in a tournament on December 27-29th. The PeeWee Bulldogs dominated in round robin play and found themselves playing the hosting team Sooke Thunderbirds for the Gold Medal. The round robin game between these 2 teams was a Port Alberni win of 5-3. Bulldogs knew that they would have to work hard if they wanted to bring home the gold medal and thats what they did as they skated home with a 7-3 win and big shiny gold medals going all 5 games in the tournament undefeated.
The AVMHA Midget A Bulldogs tuned up with a couple of close Tier 1 games this weekend after three weeks off the ice during the U-17 World Hockey Challenge. With Ryan Campbell and Luciano Somerville back from injuries it was the first time the team played with a full roster since early in the season. On January 10 in Nanaimo they played 52 minutes of disciplined fast hockey during which the Bulldogs skated faster, passed better and hit harder than their bigger opponents. Alberni defence limited the number of good opportunities and Matt Larose was solid in turning away most of the others. Unfortunately, although there were a few good chances at the other end, including a couple off the posts, none of them found their way into the Nanaimo net. A flukey goal in the first minute and a third attempt over a sprawling Larose with two minutes to go were enough to let Nanaimo get away with a 2-0 final.
On Sunday at home they played well again against Cowichan. After a scoreless first period, the visitors got on the board first at the start of the second, the went up by two at the eleven minute mark. Within seconds Darrin Oscienny combined with Catlin Macleod to close within one. It was nearly 20 minutes until the next goal. Luciano Somerville and Leo Fitzgerald set it up for Myles Fitzgerald to tie the game. Cowichan got the game winner on a power play goal at 9:26 of the third period.
Coach Demerais said the team played well considering their long lay-off and should be warmed up for the tournament next weekend. The team goes to the Kamloops MHA Argo Road Warriors Tournament January 16-18. In Kamloops they will open in a pool with teams from Kelowna, Quesnel, Abbotsford and Peninsula.
KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE 2009 TOP 10 COMMUNITIES SELECTED
Canadians have until January 18 to vote for their favourite hockey town
Toronto, ON – January 14, 2009 –Ten communities have been selected from over 7,100 nominations to proceed to the next phase of Kraft Hockeyville 2009. CBC’s Ron MacLean and Cassie Campbell announced that Harbour Grace, NL; Stanley, NB; Acton Vale, QC; Thetford Mines, QC; Woolwich Township, ON; Lincoln, ON; La Broquerie, MB; Terrace, BC; Penticton, BC and Humboldt, SK will now compete for the coveted Kraft Hockeyville 2009 crown. These ten communities now enter a knock-out phase as Canadians from coast-to-coast vote for their favourite hockey-crazed community.
Canadians can vote by visiting CBCSports.ca/hockeyville, via telephone by calling 1-866-533-8066 or by texting (text VOTE + community name to 222111 – Standard text messaging rates apply to all texts sent and received in connection with voting. Text voting is limited to people 13 years of age and older). Voting is unlimited but will close on January 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The first of the top five communities will be revealed on CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA on January 25 during its NHL® All-Star Game broadcast, beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
“The top ten communities demonstrated real devotion to their hometowns and beat out a record number of submissions,” said Dino Bianco, President, Kraft Canada. “The overwhelming volume of entrants is a testament to strong community spirit and the love of hockey in Canada.”
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs will be hosting a Variety Game Night on January 17th at 7pm. They will be holding a Puck Toss during the first intermission. Thanks to some very generous local businesses there are some awesome prizes to be won. Prizes include the following:
Kodak Easy Share C713 ~ 200mm Digital Camera ~ Donated by Zeller’s
Other Prizes to be won include:
$25 gift card ~ Donated by Canada Safeway
One of 2 gift certificates for a box of dilly bars ~ Donated by Dairy Queen
One of 4 $25 gift certificates ~ Donated by Quality Foods
One of 2 Windriver Back Packs ~ Donated by Mark’s Work Wearhouse
$25 A&W gift card ~ Donated by Dorothy Young
2 one day passes ~ Donated by Boogaloo Bears Indoor Play & Café
Dinner for 2 at Stamp’s Café ~ Donated by Best Western Barclay Hotel
Gift Certificate for a turkey ~ Donated by The Magnussen Family
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs “Heart of an Angel” Campaign continues to run during each home game this month so please remember to stop by, say Hi to Angel, and purchase a heart for a minimum $2 donation. Through your donation you can help make an incredible difference in the life of a Variety Child and their family. Donations to the
Cheryl Magnussen on behalf of Angel