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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dogs end 2009 on a 7 game winning streak, 12 point lead on the Coast....

Not a lot of style points earned, but two points in the standings earned for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs last night with a 4-2 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

It was the 8th win in as many tries for the Dogs over the Caps, sweeping the season series.



The Dogs had all they could handle in the Caps, who played a great game all night.


Head Coach and GM Nolan Graham was less than impressed with the efforts of his troops last night.

In the players defense, it can't be easy to treat your opposition the same, and not take them lightly, when last game out you beat them 10-2.

Last night is a good example of why you try to play every game the same and why you just worry about your own game though.


Who would have ever thought for one SINGLE SECOND that we'd be sitting here on the last day of 2009 talking about a Bulldog team that has a TWELVE point lead on the rest of the Conference?

99% of people wouldn't have believed that the Dogs would have a 12 point hold on a PLAYOFF spot, better yet the CONFERENCE LEAD.

Just plain wow.

Now just keep it going fellas!


While the Dogs have the next three days off from game action, they are still busy in the community as they'll be out at Safeway on Saturday, hoping to meet some of their fans.


Meet the Bulldogs at Safeway


Press Release
December 29th 2009

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Safeway will join forces on Saturday January 2nd from 1:00-4:00pm. Bulldogs players will be signing autographs, selling tickets for charity and helping the Safeway staff.


The first 50 people that show up in Bulldogs apparel will win free tickets to an upcoming game.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!




Next action for the Dogs is Sunday afternoon when they host the Burnaby Express, a 2:30 puck drop at the Dog Pound. It's the last home game for a couple weeks, as the team heads out for six straight on the road after that so spread the word and PACK THE SHACK!

It was nice to see a great crowd last night, now lets just get a bigger one for Sunday!


Great job by my co-pilot last night, Alberni Golf Club Head Pro Bruce MacDonald, who filled in for Rick Schievink as he's on the Team Pacific staff for the U17's in Timmins.

Not bad at all for a radio debut...Bruce admitted he was nervous, but I thought he did a great job and he'll be back on Sunday afternoon as well.

Turns out he's a coachable in the booth as I am on the golf course, so we work well together HAHA.




Have a safe and smart finish to 2009 tonight, please and thanks everyone!



Hammer

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dogs win 7th straight

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No discipline for Dogs, line up tonight...

....I'm not 100% sure what the Dogs line up looks like tonight.



What I can tell you is that the Dogs at least won't be having any healthy bodies sittting in the stands as they didn't pick up and suspensions from the league office from the stuff that happened in Mondays game.



I'm aware that the Caps got hit with suspensions pretty hard in comparison, but as I haven't seen any official update or release from the league on it I'm not commenting further.



Hammer




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Linesman critical after neck cut while breaking up fight

Another reason I hadn't thought about that leagues want to curtail multiple fight incidences.

The danger that is there for officials trying to break it all up.

Read more from TSN.ca

The officials did a great job breaking up the stuff in Duncan on Monday.

Last home game of 2009 tonight, Dogs host Capitals

Well, who knows what to expect out of tonight as the Dogs and Capitals meet for the third straight time.

What do you expect out of a rematch two days after a 10-2 win for one team, with a couple mini line brawls and a goalie running when the game was out of reach?

More of the same? Or two well behaved teams after a stern talk from the league office to stay away from the shenanigans?

Will there be suspensions? Not sure yet. Just one mans opinion here - but the suspensions or lack thereof could dictate how tonight plays out.

Make no mistake - points are important to both teams. The Surrey Eagles burned one of their games in hand on the Dogs last night as they lost 5-1 to Nanaimo. The Dogs lead still sits at 10 points with the Eagles having a game in hand. The Burnaby Express burned one of their games in hand on the Capitals as they lost 7-5 to Burnaby. So the Capitals still lead them by three points with the Express now holding one game in hand.

The Dogs are a perfect 7 and 0 against the Capitals this season. With this being the last meeting of the season between the Caps, the Dogs will want to secure the sweep - hopefully just as bad as the Caps will want to avoid the sweep.

It will be easy for the Dogs to take the Caps lightly after beating them by eight goals - hopefully the Dogs remember the game BEFORE Christmas, the hard fought 3-2 game, instead of the game AFTER Christmas.

At this level or any level, if you take your opponent lightly - you have already lost. Or you have at least made losing alot more likely.

Catch the pregame tonight on 93.3 THE PEAK FM at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play at 7:00.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Upon further review - multiple fights are reviewed

A futher update on the multiple fight situations last night - and in the BCHL in general.

Some passionate Bulldog fans have contacted the league office showing their displeasure with the game last night, even forwarding my post from earlier this morning to the league office.

I have subsequently heard back from the league - and I have an apology to make - as the league changed their protocol on multiple fight situations this season and I wasn't aware of it.

There is NO automatic suspension for the second fight in the same stoppage.

All multiple fight situations are reviewed by the league office and disciplinarian Dave Sales.


Good to know, and my apologies for not being aware of the rule change.




Some justification as to why I thought the rules were the way I interpreted them -

I said in my earlier post that the Dogs "have been burned by this already this season"

That was a reference to the Alberni vs. Nanaimo game on October 3rd when David Dziurzynski was suspended for being the second fight in the same stoppage - when there was an instigator penalty against Nanaimo on the play.

Dziurzynski in that fight if you remember took several punches before finally having enough and dropping his gloves to defend himself.


Yet he was still suspended.


I inquired with a league official after the fact if the suspensions were still automatic and I was told they indeed were. Which made sense with "Dizzy" (sorry getting tired of typing Dziurzynski) still getting a one game vacation. It seems that was incorrect though.

Quite simply - the league might have just seen that one differently than I did. Which is quite understandable with my connection to the Bulldogs and their point of neutrality.

It will be interesting to see what sort of discipline comes or doesn't come down as a result of last night.

As it stands now - the Dogs stand to lose Warren Muir and Tyler Berkholtz unless the league sees otherwise.

I won't throw any further judgment into the stuff last night than I already have.

It is great to know that there isn't a "defend yourself or get suspended" choice for the BCHL's players as I earlier stated. And please accept my apologies for believing that was the case.

As I said in my earlier post today - I'm a fan of the leagues attempts to curb multiple fights. As much as I like to watch a gong show like the rest of some fans - I am from Flin Flon after all - but it's not what the scouts want, it's not what the parents of young players who are choosing what league to play in want.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Midget Tourney Concludes today





Thanks to Simon for the pictures and the update.

The AVMHA website is just plain awesome. Click the link below for updates on the medal games this afternoon.

Go Bulldogs!

http://www.avmha.com/MIDGET-A-TOURNEY.htm



Hammer

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dogs win 6th straight, rematch Wednesday night

An ugly one on the scoreboard, and an ugly one on the ice at times in the third period in Duncan.

What could go wrong did for the Caps, as the Dogs scored early and often to start this one off as a laugher and end it as a laugher with a 10-2 final. The Dogs were up 1-0 before the game was a minute old, 2-0 before it was seven minutes old, and then 3-0 less than a minute later.

The Caps did a good job to show some resiliency to get on the board to make it 3-1, and they also answered back when the Dogs quickly made it 4-1 as it was still a hockey game at 4-2 Dogs after one.

The score stayed that way until the floodgates opened again in the final 10 minutes of the second when the Dogs struck three times for a 7-2 lead after two.

The Dogs opened the third the way they opened the game, scoring before the period was a minute old on a nice Mark MacMillan drive to the net to make it 8-2. Another one from Tye Lewis made it 9-2 just a couple minutes later.

Then things got a little stupid, a la Slap Shot. Ryan Green and Cole Derickson entered a faceoff in their end with either a plan - or instructions - to jump Sam Mitchell and Warren Muir. The last thing Muir wanted to do was drop his gloves with Derickson after Green grabbed Mitchell off the faceoff, as Muir had just returned from a long injury layoff. Now, unless the league office takes a hard look and realizes the situation and how it began - he'll be suspended for tomorrow for the second fight in the same stoppage.

The linesman did a heck of a job to not let the two-fight scrum erupt into a full out line brawl. Caps D man Jeff Apted had dropped his gloves in the middle of the brough-ha-ha looking for someone, anyone to dance with - but the Dogs were smart and stayed out of the crap - that would be a minimum two game suspension for anyone that would have tangled with him. As the linesman were busy breaking up the two scraps going at once, Apted crossed the centre red line and engaged the Bulldogs bench. Credit to Trent Dorais for being disciplined and not doing anything stupid as Apted got right in his face.

After all the dust settled, there were no penalties called that ended up on the board that saw either team with a bigger man-advantage than they had going into the fight.

This is where I question the officials game management. It was obvious to me, and everyone in the rink that there was some intent and planning with the two fights off the faceoff. And it was obvious to me that there was potential for more CRAP. Mabe putting a team down two men isn't a surefire way to stop anything else from happening - but for my money it's about the only thing I've ever seen work. When a team is significantly outnumbered on the ice, they aren't usually as interested in starting things.

Play resumes, and just one minute later Brendan MacDonald intentionally hits Frank Slubowski as the goaltender is down covering the puck. More mayhem ensues.

Sorry, but in my humble opinion if you are intentionally hitting the goalie - you have no business playing. Hopefully the league agrees. The Dogs might lose another player to suspension out of the second fracas as each team was given two fighting penalties on the same stoppage again.

What angers me is that Frank Riddle didn't even drop his gloves, got jumped while on the ice, and he still gets a five minute major for fighting! Are you kidding me?

Again, hopefully the league takes a look at all the garbage, and they make some decisions that override the calls the referee made that might see some people suspended that shouldn't be.

It's really tough for the officials when a good ole fashion gong show breaks out to get all the calls right. That's why I hope the league takes a look at some video.




Does the league take any action here to stop what might be a big black eye if another circus breaks out here at the Pound tomorrow night?

Here's hoping.





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Dogs @ Caps - Game Day Chat

It will take a couple games to get used to this - whites on the road, darks at home.

The BCHL has their member clubs switch their jerseys after the Christmas break. I like the idea, as it gives home fans a look at jerseys they might not otherwise see.





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Back at it - Dogs @ Caps

The Dogs are back in action tonight in Duncan as they have two games left in 2009 - tonight in Duncan and then at home Wednesday when the Caps return the favour and visit the Dog Pound.



While the Dogs have been back at it since Boxing Day I just got to town last night so I'm playing catch up so please bear with me!




It was a great holiday for me in Flin Flon with 98% spent with family and 2% with friends but it was a nice mix as I don't get to see my family nearly enough. And it was only -20 most days so I didn't die due to exposure either, although I learned how soft living on the Island has made me because I was cursing the cold the whole time.





I feel like I had two Christmases with my being able to attend the World Juniors again. What an amazing experience! More on that later when I have some time.





Catch the pregame tonight from Duncan 6:45pm with the play-by-play at 7:00 on 93.3 The Peak FM.

The Bulldogs line up tonight -

Scratch Ryan Corbiell as he's still nursing an injury.

ADD Warren Muir, who makes his return to the line up after being injured November 15th against Burnaby. Muir will be a very nice addition to the line up, a veteran guy who is physical and can score goals - 10 in 28 games. Hopefully he comes back the same way he left because he was absolutely red hot at the time of his injury.


Hammer



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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wow

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wow

Da Da Canada!




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Wow

Row 1



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Nice seats

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Made it...

Now just waiting for tickets!



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En route to Canada vs. Latvia

Happy Boxing Day.



The blog is alive again, as I'm cruising from Flin Flon, Manitoba to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to watch Canada vs. Latvia as the IIHF World Juniors open in toon'town.




We've left the Canadian Shield and are now entering the prairies. The old joke, you can see for miles looking for your lost dog, haha!



Hammer
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Bulldogs now ranked 15th in Canada...Blogger on Vacation.

The latest CJAHL rankings are out, and the Bulldogs have risen to 15th in the country.



Another early Christmas gift!


The blog is now on a break for the holidays as I'm heading home to family and friends in Flin Flon. All the best to you and yours this holiday season...thanks for the support of the blog, and be safe!



Hammer





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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas! A Very Merry Bulldog Christmas, A Very Merry BCHL Christmas...



A hard fought game by both teams tonight, won by the Dogs on the strength of several great Frank Slubowski stops in the final minute of the game as the Capitals pushed hard for the equalizer.

With the win the Dogs have won five in a row, and they take an eight point lead on the Surrey Eagles into the Christmas Break for first place in the Coastal Conference.

Merry Christmas indeed.


Here's the Christmas specials for you!!!


CLICK TO LISTEN TO


A VERY MERRY BULLDOG CHRISTMAS



CLICK TO LISTEN TO


A VERY MERRY BCHL CHRISTMAS





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Video - Island Savings Centre, Game Day Chat...




Luke Fenske to join Vancouver Giants....

The Bulldogs got an early Christmas present in the form of a lump of coal from the WHL's Vancouver Giants today....


Best of luck to ya Luke, we'll miss ya buddy.



Here's the press release from the Bulldogs this morning.


Press Release

December 20th 2009


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs 93 D Luke Fenske will be joining the Vancouver Giants of the WHL following the Christmas break. The Penticton native was a final cut of the Giants earlier this season.


Fenske posted 2 goals, 12 assists and 42 penalty minutes for the Bulldogs this season.


“The Alberni Valley Bulldogs take pride in developing and preparing their players for the next step in their careers. We wish Luke all the best in the future, “comments Bulldogs assistant coach Paul Esdale.


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs thank Luke for his contributions to the team and community.



Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dogs over Timberwolves 9-1, down to Duncan today, A Very Merry Bulldog/BCHL Christmas!

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs won their fourth in a row with a convincing 9-1 thrashing of the Williams Lake Timberwolves. The T-Wolves were playing their fourth game in as many days, and the further the game went the more apparent that became as they started with some legs but as the game went on the Dogs got better and better while the opposite would be said for Williams Lake.

The Dogs scored on their first four power plays and finished the game 6 for 8 on the man advantage. Wow. That makes it three straight games for the Dogs with at least 3 power play goals - Williams Lake, Quesnel, Williams Lake.

The Dogs were led by David Dziurzynski (2g-3a=5pts) Mitch MacMillan (3g-1a=4pts) and Kevin Ross (0g-4a=4pts)

It was also nice to see Frank Riddle get his first career goal.

One more to go now, and it will be a tough one as the Dogs head down to Duncan to take on the red-hot Capitals, winners of five in a row.

A couple neat Christmas specials for you today. "A Very Merry Bulldog Christmas" runs in the first intermission show, while "A Very Merry BCHL Christmas" runs in the second intermission show.

Bulldog players and staffers as well as BCHL coaches and broadcasters will get out their Christmas greetings and they'll let us know what is on their wish list to get under the tree Christmas morning.

Catch the pregame show at 4:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play at 5:00pm on 93.3 The Peak FM

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Winter Wonderland



video

Dogs line up tonight, Boston Pizza postgame show tonight...

The Dogs have three scratches tonight -Ryan Corbiell, Trent Dorais and Warren Muir are all injured.





Don't forget to head to Boston Pizza tonight for the post game show live on 93.3 The Peak FM following the game!


Hammer

Dogs host Timberwolves - LAST HOME GAME BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

The Dogs have two games to go before the Christmas break. They will play their final home game before the holidays tonight when they host the Williams Lake Timberwolves at the POUND.

Job #1 for the Dogs is to not take the Timberwolves lightly. Yes - they are playing their fourth game in as many days. Yes they are in the bottom on the Interior Conference. Yes the Dogs beat the T-Wolves 5-3 a week ago tonight in Williams Lake.

YES - the T-wolves DID play the Dogs very tough in that game. And YES this is their last game before the Christmas break.

While I know it can also be a distraction, I'm guessing the excitement of going home and seeing family and friends will be a motivator to the T-Wolves. They will see the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" today when they start thinking about this game.

Now, does that mean they'll check out early and they wont be into this one? Or does it mean they have all day to think about going home and focus on how they want to go out on a winning note?

It's easy to forget that these are all just kids - young men, etc. Going home for Christmas after being gone from home for a while is a very very big deal.

Catch the pregame show tonight at 6:45 with the play-by-play at 7:00 on 93.3 The Peak FM (click the listen live link if you are out of radio range) or get the Pay-Per-View broadcast through the league website www.bchl.ca

Everyone in the Interior did the Dogs a favour last night - Surrey lost, Victoria lost, Nanaimo lost. Now the Dogs need to do themselves a favour.

See you tonight, talk to you tonight!!

Hammer

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Bulldog Bits....

A Friday that ISN'T a game day..that's the first time in a while. October 16th as a matter of fact.


A couple random thoughts and other things.


Look for the Bulldogs out in the community today as they are taking full advantage of their day off by getting out and getting involved. This morning the team will be out delivering all the 900 or so teddy bears that you all threw a couple weeks back. The benefactors - patients at West Coast General Hospital, Fir Park, Echo Village, The Salvation Army, and MORE.

Later, the team will be delivering Christmas Trees to several needy families that they have sponsored for Christmas. OUTSTANDING.

And finally tonight, the guys will be working the Salvation Army Kettles from 6pm to 8pm at Walmart!

Way to go Dogs!


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It's tough to start this conversation without a disclaimer. The disclaimer being - I'm NOT taking anything away from Laurent Brossoit in Cowichan. Especially because he's a Port Alberni native!

Brossoit was named the BCHL player of the week last week. He had two appearances, and gave up no goals. One was half a game in Quesnel, the other was a full start in Williams Lake. Sounds like a good week.

WHEN will the Dogs get some love when it comes to the BCHL player of the week award?

Tough to believe that the top team on the Coast hasn't had one player of the week nod yet. It's not like they don't have the league's top goal scorer, and with one of the leagues top 5 ranked goalies...I understand it's tough to spread the recognition around though.

Just last week alone - Mitch MacMillan - 5 goals and 3 assists for 8 points in four games. Mark MacMillan - 3 goals and six assists for 9 points in four games. David Dziurzynski - 1 goal 4 assists 5 points in three games.

All while the team went 3 on 3 on the road. I'm sure every team has a case or two over the last week for their guys too though, right?

One more second on Mark MacMillan. I'm not sure people get how good this kid is. Is it that he's overshadowed by his linemates?

This guy is the top scoring 17 year old in the ENTIRE LEAGUE. Anyone else notice that yet?

Yet he's not good enough for a roster spot in the prospects game, or for the All Star game?

Well it doesn't appear that he needs the recognition anyway. Several NCAA schools at the very top of the rankings are drooling over this guy. And I think they know a good player when they see one.

No offense to any other players of the week or players on the prospect game roster or all star roster. I'm jus' sayin'

I won't even get started on Kevin Ross being left out. 5th in the league in scoring for defenceman. And his best attributes don't even show up in stats either. Oh well, I don't think not making a BCHL All Star team will hurt Ross much when he's at Princeton next season.

I'd apologize for all this tire pumping I'm doing, but I know I'm just like any other fan and supporter of their own team - I want to see the guys I follow recognized.

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HUGE congrats goes out to the Bulldogs organization, the ADSS Leadership Class, and the community at large for their efforts in the "Building a better community tomorrow by fighting hunger today" campaign.


The goal was the weight of the team in non perishable food items - 4002 pounds. So far, with over 4500 items donated, it appears the goal has been raised. Outstanding job everyone!


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How cool is this? 'Dogs forward Trent Dorais will represent our country this summer in Austria at the World Ball Hockey Championships...Here's an email I got from Trent's mom!



Trent has been chosen by the Canadian Ball Hockey Association to play for the 2010 Junior Team Canada going to compete in the 2010 World Championship in Villach, Austria this coming June.


Trent has worked hard for this opportunity, and is prepared to pay for most of his trip himself working in the offseason. 100% of all corporate donations and contributions will be used to reduce the financial burden of the players so I'm doing my best to help get the word out there.


If you can think of anyone that might be interested in sponsoring please pass this email along.


Below is the link to the official announcement as well as a copy of the sponsorship letter. I've also sent the letter as an attachment.


Thanks so much,
Charlie ... aka Trent's Mom.. lol





Sponsorship of 2010 Junior Team Canada member Trent Dorais

The Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA), which was founded in 1977, has played an integral role in the growth and development of the sport at the international level. Our nation has quickly built a heritage of success on the international field, and currently are the reigning world champions at the U16, U18 and U20 levels. After capturing gold at the inaugural World Junior Championship in 2000, Canada reclaimed gold in 2008. We are now seeking corporate partners for our 2010 campaign of Junior Team Canada and their trip to Villach, Austria.



The CBHA, is a proud Associate Member of the Canadian Hockey Association. With some 70,000, aged 6 to 30, playing in registered leagues across our country every summer, the sport is recognized as a growing force in amateur athletics, and clearly represents the grass roots level of hockey because its ease of play and inexpensiveness attracts peoples of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.



Our National Junior Team program will include players, aged 18 and 19, from across Canada.



After applying the limited funding we have to date, the out of pocket expense to the players is a staggering $2,500 each, for flights, accommodations, ground transportation, medical & training supplies, team doctor, and equipment. With this cost, we risk alienating some of our best athletes and denying them of a tremendous life experience. 100% of all corporate donations and contributions will be used to reduce the financial burden of the players.



Junior Team Canada will feature 24 players from across the country and will face stiff competition from the perennial favorites Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the U.S.A. However, their biggest challenge may be fund raising for the trip with a budget in excess of $80,000. The event is expected to have as many as ten teams competing for the prestigious International Street & Ball Hockey Federation's World Junior Championship Cup. Along with Canada, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, United States of America and the Austrian hosts are attending.



If you wish any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Thank you for your time and consideration.



Sincerely,

Mauro Cugini

Junior Team Canada



Canadian Ball Hockey Association

5 – 56 Pennsylvania Ave

Concord, Ontario, L4K 3V9

Tel: 905 738 3320

Fax: 905 738 3321

E: mauro@cbha.com

W: www.cbha.com




Please give a hand if you can! Cool stuff for Trent, sounds like some great off-season conditioning for sure!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tom and Paul..

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RBC CUP

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Tom McEvay and Paul Esdale talking RBC CUP 2012 on THE PEAK this morning


Catch Tom McEvay and Paul Esdale just after 8:10am on the 93.3 The Peak FM morning show today talking about everything to do with the 2012 RBC Cup bid submitted by Port Alberni...exciting stuff!




Didn't get to the Winter Wonderland Bulldog skate last night, but looks like it was fun...thanks to Kaicee for a couple pics....


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

SKATE WITH DOGS TONIGHT + my Christmas Present to you!

Don't forget, 6:30 tonight is the 100% free everyone welcome Winter Wonderland "skate with the Bulldogs"

Skate rentals are free!

I was at the rink today, and I'm always floored when I see the set up. The way they turn the Coulson side into that display is just plain incredible!!




Sorry the blog has been quiet for the most part the last couple of days. I have a good reason for it at least - I have been very very busy the last two days making my Christmas present to ALL of you and ALL of the BCHL!

Yes, it's that time of year again!



Coming soon to a radio station near you and here on the blog you'll get my high tech version of a Christmas Card. But this is a card to you from not just me, but the entire Bulldog roster and staff!

It is called - "A Very Merry Bulldog Christmas" where the players and staff will send out their Christmas greetings, AND they'll tell us what they have on their "wish list" for what they want under their tree on Christmas morning! It's always a neat experience talking to all the guys to see how they go with this one!

"A Very Merry BCHL Christmas" is where I attempt to contact the entire BCHL. It might not seem like much, "attempting" to contact all 17 BCHL Head Coaches, and all 17 BCHL play-by-play broadcasters. Trust me, it isn't always the easiest task....some of these people are very very busy!

So far I have made pretty good progress, so wish me luck. It's the same format with the coaches and radio guys as it is with the Bulldogs - they will send out their holiday greetings and then tell me what they have on their wish list.

All very fun stuff, being able to talk one on one with the great people that make up this league and make it as great as it is.

Both are coming up this weekend!

Hammer

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bulldogs Winter Wonderland Skate!!

Skate with the Bulldogs at the Winter Wonderland


Press Release
December 15th 2009


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to invite all fans to the annual Winter Wonderland Celebration. On December 16th from 6:30 pm – 8:00pm fans will be able to join the Bulldogs for a skate at the Coulson Arena.


The Coulson Arena will be decorated to create a special Winter Wonderland. All admission and skate rentals are free.


Make sure you join your Alberni Valley Bulldogs on the ice at the Winter Wonderland Celebration!

Monday, December 14, 2009

HOME.

2056.6 Kilometres later, we're home.

Ronnie, (bulldogs bussie, pictured) you are the man!


Hammer


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Almost..

Hello Vancouver Island, you beautiful thang!!



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Dogs still 18th in Canada... 8 games 13 days done.

Another night, another hotel as we've made our destination of the lower Mainland.



Another 9 hours or so on the bus, great job as always by Bulldogs Bussie Ronnie Sandberg.



The latest CJAHL rankings are out, and a 3 win 1 loss record sees the Dogs sit unchanged at 18th.



What a grind December has been for the Dogs. EIGHT games in 13 days to open month is just nuts. In my six previous seasons here I can barely remember more than a handful of four game weeks, better yet two of them back to back. The guys are certainly deserving of a little rest after this stretch and they'll get it now as they have just two games until Christmas, and they won't play til Saturday night at home when the Williams Lake Timberwolves are in town.




Its been quite a while since the team came home from a perfect 3 game road trip. It was by no means easy, but 3 w's is all that matters in the end. Way to go guys.



We'll get a little snooze in here and then its up and on the boat to finally get home tomorrow. Snow on the Mainland and snow apparently big time on the Island tomorrow...should be interesting.



Good night!


Hammer




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Sunday, December 13, 2009

3-2 Dogs, a perfect 3 for 3 and 6 points!





Way to go Dogs!



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Dogs @ Mills

-32 with the windchill this morning in Quesnel. What a great day for a hockey game!


1:45 pre game and 2:00 puck drop on 93.3 The Peak and www.933thepeak.com

Kevin Ross will be my first intermission guest.

Josh Bonar will be my second intermission guest.

The only lineup change will be Frank Slubowski starting in goal, other than that, no changes.

Here's a look at the Quesnel Twin Rinks!





Hammer


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Recap tidbits..

We were faked out on the record breaking goal again. This time its my fault and not the leagues.



I owe referee Nick Swaine an apology. I was quite adamant that he had the Bulldogs first goal wrong, that Mitch MacMillan had scored it.



I found out on the bus that Mark actually tipped it.


Doh.


So for the second game in a row I thought Mitch had the record, but I was wrong. Doh.


I can for CERTAIN tell you that the second goal on the boxscore is incorrect, it was Tye Lewis who scored FROM Mark MacMillan. And on the 5th goal it was Mitch who set up Dziurzynski with an incredible spinarama between the legs back pass.



In the end its two points, we're back at the hotel safe and sound, and its bed time.



More tomorrow as the Dogs attempt to go 3 for 3.


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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dogs win second straight







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Made it

The Cariboo Memorial Complex.





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Bulldogs @ Timberwolves

We're en route to Williams Lake heading down Highway 97 from Quesnel.




Drivebc.ca tells us we're looking at snow covered roads that are slippery in sections, and even Wildlife, yes WILDLIFE on the roads. Haven't seen that one before!



Catch the pregame show at 7:15 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:30 from the Cariboo Memorial Complex on 93.3 The Peak FM or through our website at www.933thepeak.com




My first intermission guest will be Bulldogs forward Tyler Berkholtz. Quesnel Millionaires play-by-play voice Al Manderson will join me in the second intermission.



Just two changes to the line up - Scott Lewan will start in goal, and Ryan Corbiell will come out of the line up as he's banged up. Brody Lynott draws into the lineup on the back end.



Should be a good one! Pregame nap time.


Hammer




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Prince George Coliseum - video

I'm sorry this took so long. Really wanted to have it up before or during the game last night, but youtube hasn't been my friend lately.

No, I didn't win the frisbee toss.

Team Walk...

Bulldogs sked today - just had breakfast. Now the guys gather for the team walk.



After that, lather rinse repeat - pregame meal, on the bus, off to Williams Lake.



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Wake Up...

More snow! A winter wonderland for sure.



That's the Cowichan Valley Capitals bus in the foreground.



A neat feeling I'm sure for the players to wake up in first place by themselves.




Hammer



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