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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

TEDDY BEAR TOSS Friday night, Meet the players at Safeway, Alberni Wrestling+Alberni Midget Dogs updates

Bulldogs Teddy Bear Toss Night

November 29, 2011

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that the annual Teddy Bear Toss Night will take place on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7pm when the Bulldogs host the Powell River Kings. Fans are once again being asked to bring new teddy bears to the game, and “send the fur flying,” says Laurie Smilie Director of Sales and Marketing. “It always brings a smile to everyone’s face when the Bulldogs score their first goal, the horn goes off and the fans collectivley toss their new teddy bears onto the ice.” The players will deliver all the teddy bears collected that night to local children and seniors on December 7th.

Fans are reminded that if you cannot attend the game you may drop off your newly purchased teddy bears at the Bulldogs office. The Bulldogs would like to remind all those that will be purchasing a new teddy bear for this great event to shop local and support local merchants.

For more information contact Director of Marketing and Public Relations Laurie Smillie at 250-723-4412, 250-735-3647 or

Meet the Bulldogs and get autographs at Safeway

November 29, 2011

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Safeway are pleased to announce that on Saturday, December 3, 2011 the public will get a chance to meet select Bulldogs players and coaches in person at
Safeway between 12pm and 2pm. Players will be on location in two separate groups: one group from 12-1pm and the other from 1-2pm.

The first 20 people in line for autographs at Safeway from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and again from 1:00pm to 2:00pm will also receive a free ticket to a select upcoming Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ game.

“The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have many wonderful and generous sponsors,” said Head Coach and Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Paul Esdale. “Saturday will be another great way for our players to connect with our supporters and also help promote one of our major sponsors.”

For more information contact Director of Marketing and Public Relations Laurie Smillie
at 250-723-4412, 250-735-3647 or

Alberni Wrestlers Compete at Island Novice in Victoria

Wrestling teams from ADSS, EJ Dunn, and Neill Middle School travelled to Victoria on Saturday to compete at the Island Novice Wrestling Championships. The tournament marks the official start of the school wrestling season.


The Novice tournament is intended for athletes who are relatively new to the sport and there are restrictions as to who can compete.  As a result a number of the Alberni wrestlers either did not travel to Victoria or travelled down to referee rather than wrestle in the tournament. Despite having only a portion of their wrestlers compete the local teams did very well.

EJ Dunn Middle School finished third in the Junior Boys Division.  The Dunn boys were led by the gold medal performances of Anthony Ashby (41 kg), Aaron Badovinac (45 kg), and Tyler Drew-Adams (Light Heavyweight).

“I was really impressed with all our wrestlers”, commented EJ Dunn Coach Russ Bodnar.  “These three wrestlers did amazingly well.  Anthony and Aaron are brand new to wrestling.  Their natural talent and determination allowed them to have success at their first tournament.  That is pretty fortunate.  For Tyler his hard work and dedication really showed through. He simply outwrestled his opponents.  I am really happy with the group of kids we have at Dunn they are a great group to coach. It helps having two Alberni alumni that I coached coming back to teach and help coach with James and I.  Makes me feel old but new teachers Andrew Edgell and Maureen Messenger are going to be great for the future of our program.”

EJ Dunn had six additional wrestlers place in the Junior Division to help them to their third place finish.  Trevor Barker (3rd at 35kg), Quentin Young (4th at 78kg), Austin Patten (5th at 60kg), Jaylyn Keitlah (6th at 45 kg), Kerrick Frey (6th at 35 kg) and Brody Daoust (6th at 57 kg) all contributed valuable team points to help their team finish third.

Neill Middle School and ADSS also had wrestlers competing in the Junior Boys Division.  Though small in numbers a handful of Grade 9 boys helped ADSS finish 8th in the Junior Division.  ADSS boys were led by the silver medal performance of Logan Henson.  ADSS wrestler Jared Beckett placed fifth in a tough 51 kilogram division.  The Neill boys wrestling team was led by the fourth place finish of Aaron Prest (4th at Light Heavyweight).

ADSS has had a small number of boys compete and place 7th overall in the Senior Boys Division. Tristan Schulz had an outstanding tournament to claim the gold medal at 85 kilograms.  Cody Stewart finished third at 80 kilograms and Johannes Kulich placed fourth at 66 kilograms.

On the girls side tournament officials elected to combine the Junior and Senior division to give more opportunity for competitive matches.  Despite competing against high schools EJ Dunn was once again the top Alberni school finishing 5th overall with 19 team points followed closely behind by ADSS with 18 team points.  Neill Middle School also had a small number of athletes compete but finished just out of the top placers.

Breylyn Hutchings (43 kg) from EJ Dunn and Lauren Barker (54 kg) from ADSS both went undefeated in route to claiming the gold medal in their respective divisions.  Silver medalists from Alberni included Jessica Finlayson (43 kg) from Neill, Corrine Gough (46 kg) from Neill and Courtney Lescorbeau (57 kg) from EJ Dunn.  Isabella Larsen from ADSS (3rd at 51 kg), Isabella Jones (4th at 46kg), Lily Finalyson (4th at 43kg), Morgan Dagenais (5th at 51kg) and Kennady Clarke (6th at 47 kg) wrestled hard in order to have their names noted in the results package.

Reflecting on the results from the day Neill Middle School coach Erin Anker had this to say, “all our wrestlers should be proud of how they wrestled.  Many wrestled their first match ever.  All of our wrestlers, including those that didn’t place, showed courage to come to this tournament and wrestle.  You learn from every match and I know we will continue to get better.  That why the in Alberni wrestling the tradition continues.”

Wrestlers from all three teams will be right back on the mats training this week in preparation for upcoming tournaments. On Saturday a select group of elite wrestlers will be travelling to SFU to compete in the Roberts Rumble.  At the same time wrestlers from all levels will be travelling to Chemanius for the Cougar Invitational.  Parents, wrestlers and program supporters interested in finding out more about upcoming wrestling events are encouraged to visit the club’s website <> .


With two more wins on the weekend, the Van Isle Ford Midget A Bulldogs solidified their position on top of the Vancouver Island League Division 1 standings.  They beat Juan de Fuca Grizzlies 2-0 and Saanich Braves by 3-1 and are now at 5 wins and 1 loss.

On Saturday, November 27th, the Bulldogs clashed head on with Juan de Fuca Grizzlies in a contest that amassed over 200 minutes in penalties and left both teams with short benches by the start of the third period.  The first two periods were scoreless.  Colby Lim, assisted by Chase Gaudreault scored the first goal of the game to start the third period.  Ryan Buse, with support from Cameron MacAdams scored with 8 minutes left to make it a 2-0 final.

The game on Sunday November 27th demonstrated the depth of the Alberni Valley competitive hockey program.  The Midget A Bulldogs were short 8 regular players, with six players sitting out penalties from the previous day, and 2 recent player transfers to Junior B teams.  The team was reinforced with 4 A/Ps from the Midget B team who came directly from their regular home game, goalie Andrew Cusson, defenceman Dawson Marlatt, and forwards Colin Mowat and Liam MacLeod.

Alberni Valley got the first marker five minutes in.  Lim passed across the front of the crease and Cameron MacAdams slapped the puck in before the Saanich goaltender could get across.  The Bulldogs spent the next three minutes on penalty kill, including a stretch of 5 on 3 that they defended successfully.  Early in the second period Saanich took advantage of a loose puck in the slot to even the score.  The game went end to end for most of the second period with no penalties and very few stoppages in play.  With 3:38 to go, Tyler Wilhelm sniped the top corner of the net from the bottom of the left circle.  MacAdams and Buse assisted.  Lim added an insurance marker with 7:33 left in the third period, assisted by Gaudreault and Greg Tuckerman.  Final score 3-1.

Assistant Coach Rob Gaudreault felt that the team played well on Sunday.  He said, “Our A/Ps were strong and really helped win this game.  Our speed and strength continue to win games for us.” 

The Van Isle Ford Midget A Bulldogs will take on Comox Chiefs in their next home game at the Multiplex on Saturday December 3rd starting at 5PM.

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