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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Former Dog Tochkin signs with Canucks, Messenger off to Nicaragua, Tlu-piich games this weekend....

I was more than a little taken aback yesterday when I checked on my phone and saw that former Bulldog Kellan Tochkin had been signed by the Vancouver Canucks.

Read the article HERE

Tochkin was with the Dogs early in the 2007-2008 season, after being released by the Everett Silvertips. The Dogs management at the time gave Kellan a look, but as he wasn't getting in the line up every night they in the end decided that it would be best for his development if he went and played 1st line minutes in Junior B. It was made clear at the time that they wanted to keep him within the organization for the future as they saw his potential. If I remember correctly, Tochkin didn't really like that idea much and looked for another BCHL team to suit up with. Langley subsequently offered Tochkin an opporunity to play with them, but that didn't translate into a full time opportunity either as he was still in and out of the line up on a regular basis.

I remember going to a Clippers vs Chiefs playoff game that year where I ran into Tochkin in the stands during one of the intermissions. I told him to just stick with it, as he was still young, and he would still get his opportunity.

And tahhhh dahhhhh he's just been signed by the Vancouver Canucks. Way to go kid! He never did play another BCHL game I don't think, as he went straight to the WHL with Everett the next season and lit it up.

Here's an email update on Alberni Wrestling from Director Tom McEvay...could be the shortest update yet Tom ;)

More great news from Alberni Wrestling …..

1. Local coach James Messenger has been selected as the coach of the Canadian National Fila Cadet Womens’ team to the Pan American Championships in Nicaragua August 12 - 17. Messenger coached many of these young woman in May at the World Championships and then later worked with them at a the Canada Cup and a camp in early July. The Pan Ams will be another major accomplishment for this Alberni wrestling alumni and current head club coach.

For more info or a comment contact James at 250-735-8854 or email

2. Michael Cappus left yesterday for a Canada Games training camp in Jasper Alberta. Cappus is on Team BC who will compete at the Canada games in PEI in mid August.

3. Travis Cross competes in the World Police and Fire Games this Saturday August 1st in Coquitlam. For more info contact …… Tom McEvay Alberni Wrestling Office: 250-723-3744

And last but not least, the Tlu-piich games return after a 5 year hiatus this weekend...

Reviving the Tlu-piich Games

PORT ALBERNI, BC - The Nuu chah nulth Tlu-piich Games are back after being on hiatus for five years! This year the Tlu-piich Games are focusing on the grassroots people. We are working to have a family-fun orientated event to make sure all our young athletes participate and have life-long memories of this year’s Tlu-piich Games.

“It’s exciting to have the Games back the hope is to be all inclusive to all Nuu chah nulth,” said Cliff Atleo, Nuu chah nulth Tribal Council President. “We want to encourage the Alberni Valley to witness and support our event.”

The Games start on July 31, 2009. The first event is Junior Ball Hockey at the Maht Mahs Gym. Opening Ceremonies will start at 7:00pm at the Maht Mahs. Lahal or Bone Games will be at the Hupacasath House of Gathering starting at 9:00pm.

Day two will consist of Junior Softball, 3 on 3 Basketball (2 Divisions, Senior and Junior). Day three will start with Mixed Slo-pitch, the continuation of 3 on 3 Basketball, and the start of Track and Field Events at Bob Daily beginning at 6:00pm. Finally, Day four we will finish off Track and Field Events, Fun Activities, and Closing Ceremonies. Glenwood Centre will be open throughout the day for vendor booths, activities, and for spectators and athletes to get a break from the sun and heat.

Registration forms are ready and can be picked up at any Nuu chah nulth Band Offices, the Port Alberni Friendship Centre, or by calling the Tlu-piich Games Coordinator.

The Games are always looking for eager volunteers. Your expertise is needed! If you are looking to volunteer you can call the Tlu-piich Games Coordinator.

For further information / photos or interview contact Richard Samuel by email:

1 comment:

Superstar Fan said...

Wow- you should be a scout - what amazing vision you have for players?!