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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Canucks host Avs tonight on 93. 3 The Peak, Bulldogs Wearing PINK Saturday, Team West World Junior A Roster Announced, Midget A Bulldogs Update

The Canucks host the Avs tonight at Rogers Arena with the puck dropping just after 7:00. Catch all the action on The Peak, part of the Canucks Radio Network.

Check out the game preview from the Canucks website.... HERE

 And here's your questionable hit of the day update from the NHL

 The Bulldogs are wearing their special Breast Cancer Awareness Pink jerseys Saturday night when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Here's everything you need to know about what the team has going on in the community this week to promote the event, and where you can go to make a donation to the cause to hopefully win one of these sweaters Saturday night

Walmart Barbeque – 11:30 – 1pm Wed. Oct. 27th 
Sam Mitchell,  Liam Darragh, Konrad Litke, Brandon Adams

Tim Hortons – 8am – 10 am - Thursday Oct 28th  
Frank Slubowski, Liam Darragh, Trent Dorais, Connor Varley, Sam Mitchell

(Coffee Sales from 8-10 donated by Tim Horton's.You can put in to win Frank Sluowski's jersey while at Tim Hortons)

Ryan Renz – Sugar Shak - Tuesday 11am – 12:00

Tyler Berkholtz – Alberni Echo Toyota – Tuesday 12:00 – 1pm

Kyle Weber – RBC – Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30pm


Sawyer – Trends Design Team - Wed. 6pm – 7:30pm

Brody Lynott – QF – Wed. 12:00 to 1pm

Frank Riddle – Best Western Barclay – Wed. 12:30 to 1:30


Lars Hepso – Alberni Chrysler – Thursday 12:00 – 1pm

Sam Mitchell – Walmart – Thursday 6pm – 7pm

Josh Mitchell – Canadian Tire – Thursday 6pm – 7pm

Casey Bailey – Beaver Creek Home Center – Thursday 12:30 – 1:30

Trent Dorias – AV Times – Thursday 12:30 – 1:30pm

October 25, 2010 --

A total of eight British Columbia Hockey League players have been selected to compete for Team Canada West at the upcoming 2010 World Junior A Challenge, which runs from November 8th to 14th at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

Team Canada West’s 22-man roster was announced Monday by Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson and Canada West general manager Rylan Ferster. It includes three members of the Penticton Vees, two members of the Trail Smoke Eaters and one player each from the Victoria Grizzlies, Vernon Vipers and Westside Warriors.

Four of the BCHL players named to the team are returnees from the squad that won silver at the 2009 World Junior A Challenge in Summerside, PEI.

The eight BCHL representatives on Team Canada West are:

Madison Dias, F, Victoria Grizzlies — A returnee from last season’s silver medal-winning team, Dias is competing in his third season in the BCHL and has collected 10 points through 14 games. The Penticton, B.C. product set a career-high with 43 points last season and has committed to Cornell University for the 2011/12 season.

Grayson Downing, F, Westside Warriors — Another member of the team that won silver in Summerside a year ago, Downing is well on his way to a career high in points with 21 through 17 games. The Abbotsford, B.C. native is in his third BCHL season and has committed to the University of New Hampshire for 2011/12.

Joey Laleggia, D, Penticton Vees — A member of the 2009 silver medal-winning team, Laleggia leads all BCHL defencemen in points with 23 through 18 games. An Interior Conference Top Defenceman nominee as a rookie last season, the Burnaby, B.C. native recently committed to the University of Denver.

Mark MacMillan, F, Penticton Vees — A fourth round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens earlier this year, MacMillan recently returned from an injury suffered in Penticton’s season opener. Last season’s Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year is coming off an 80-point campaign and a scholarship commitment to North Dakota.

Sam Mellor, F, Trail Smoke Eaters — Mellor is currently second in BCHL scoring with 35 points through 19 games on the heels of a 63-point rookie season. The Cranbrook, B.C. product has committed to attend the University of Alaska-Anchorage and was recently named to the Watch List for the 2011 NHL Draft.

Brendan O’Donnell, F, Penticton Vees — O’Donnell will be competing at the WJAC for the second consecutive year after being named to the team as a member of the Winnipeg South Blues last season. A sixth round draft selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning, O’Donnell has counted 11 points in 18 games with the Vees this season.

Travis St. Denis, F, Trail Smoke Eaters — Currently seventh in league scoring with 31 points in 19 games, St. Denis is already a three-year BCHL veteran at just 18-years old. The Trail, B.C. product is a Quinnipiac University commit who was recently named to Central Scouting’s Watch List for the 2011 NHL Draft.
Dylan Walchuk, F, Vernon Vipers — Walchuk leads the Vipers in scoring with 19 points in 18 games and played a key role in helping Vernon to their second consecutive RBC Cup championship in May as a rookie. The 18-year old is committed to Northern Michigan University for the 2011/12 season.

Canada West is pooled in Group B at the event and will face Switzerland and Russia in the round-robin portion of the tournament on November 8th and 10th respectively. The semi-finals will be held on Saturday, November 12th and the Gold Medal game will be televised nationally on TSN on Sunday, November 14th.

The team will have a pair of tune-up games prior to beginning of the event, as they will take on Canada East at the Wesbild Centre in Vernon on November 5th and the United States at the South Okanagan Events Centre on November 6th.

An interesting personal connection exists between one of the players on the roster and yours truly - and no, it's not former Bulldog Mark MacMillan. It's Mark's teammate with the Vees, Brendan O'Donnell.

Brendan's dad Art was one of the co-organizers of the "Normac Skills and Drills" Hockey School in my hometown of Flin Flon, Manitoba when I was just a young lad. Also working with the school was my Dad Cal, and Gardiner MacDougall - now Head Coach of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds. It never ceases to amaze me how small the world is, and the hockey world especially.

I remember my first foray as a businessman, or entrepreneur if you will, and it involves this hockey school.

One summer Art, my Dad, and Gardiner were at our house at the lake for what might have been a hockey school planning meeting. Mixed in was some relaxing on our deck and playing our Pitch and Putt Golf Course my dad made had around our house.

Somewhere along the course Art and Gardiner ran into my 10 gallon bucket filled with Hockey Pucks. They saw a money saving possibility, I saw a money making opportunity. At first I said no way to selling the pucks as I didn't really want to part with any of them. I had built up my collection through lots of hard work - mostly going to the Junior A Games early for the Pre-Game Warm Up so I could run and get the pucks that went over the glass. I would do pretty good some nights, getting 3 to 5 pucks. I used them for shooting around the yard, in the basement, out on the lake, when going to the rink for shinny, etc.

Art and Gardiner wouldn't be denied. They counter my refusal of their first offer - which I think was $10.00 or something like that - with an offer of a set of hockey cards. I thought "now we're talking" so we hashed out a deal - my pucks for a set of Box Set of 1990 or 1991 Upper Deck "Super Rookies" or something like that. I remember thinking I had struck pay dirt, not only did I get something for my pucks, I also went through them ahead of time and took all my favorite pucks with coloured logos out and kept them! Ha!

I'm sure the Upper Deck Box Set is still in my parents garage somewhere, maybe worth a couple of bucks too! Just some random memories for a Tuesday you hopefully got a kick out of!

One last thing before I go -


The Midget A Bulldogs will play their 2010-2011 regular season in Division 1 of the Vancouver Island Hockey Association.  The move up to the top division was confirmed when the VIAHA Executive met on Saturday October 23 to assign teams in the 24 team league to four divisions for the coming season.  It is based on the team’s winning record in placement games which included wins over Nanaimo M2 (12-1), Powell River (4-3), Comox M1 (6-2) and Comox M2 (8-2).  The only loss was a close game with Victoria Racquet Club when an early lead turned into a 5-3 loss.  Coach Brent Demerais says “The boys are doing well so far this season.”  The strength of Alberni Valley minor hockey is underlined by the fact that at least 9 players from this age group have moved on to Junior already and several members of the current Midget team are alternates for junior teams as well.

On the same day as the Executive meeting the team took on one of their new division rivals, Nanaimo M1 in an exhibition game at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.  Carson McCulloch got Alberni on the board first, getting behind the defence and roofing a shot from the slot at 9:27 of the opening frame.  A minute later Tyler Wilhem took a pass from Brady Janzen and scored from the top of the circle with a quick wrister to make it 2-0.  Nanaimo got a power play goal to open the second period, but the Bulldogs penalty kill continues to be effective allowing only that one while going shorthanded six times and even scoring one of their own during the last PK in the third period.  Bryan Read controlled the puck in the Alberni zone and passed to Colin Mowat at the far blue line.  Mowat’s shot from the circle had enough on it to trickle through the goalie’s five hole.  Read topped off the scoring with under ten seconds left on the clock, jamming the puck in at the right post for a 4-1 win.

The team plays their first league game away on October 30th versus Comox M1 at 4:45 PM.  They will be at home to Victoria Racquet Club on October 31st.  Game time 12:30 PM at Weyerhaueser arena.

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