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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jim Robson on THE PEAK this morning, Canucks vs Kings on THE PEAK tonight, Female Hockey Try it TONIGHT, Bulldogs Spring Camp opens TOMORROW

Don't miss the legendary Jim Robson on 93.3 The Peak FM this morning, just after the 8:00 Information Update as he joins us for a chat about his experiences as the play-by-play voice of the Vancouver Canucks AND his time as a 17 year old rookie working for CJAV AM in Port Alberni. As CJAV celebrates our 65th birthday, we just had to talk to our most famous alum.

How is this for crazy? Man I love the Internet sometimes! A Jim Robson Sportscast from CJAV in 1956!

If you can't get enough on the Canucks, or enough on Mr. Robson, check out his books "Hockey Play-by-Play" by clicking HERE

Catch the Canucks hosting the LA Kings tonight on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show kicking off at 6:30 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow just after 7pm.

From the Canucks website, here's the GAME PREVIEW

This one sounds like some fun......

Women’s Hockey Try It Session
·       Thursday March 31
·       7pm – 8:30pm
·       FREE hockey equipment available for new players
·       On-ice seminar to feature skills sessions and a fun scrimmage
·       New players only need basic skating skills(can skate forward)
·       FREE hockey skates available for use
·       FREE registration and Bring a Friend to Try It!
·       Call the Multiplex at 720-2518

The Bulldogs 2011 Spring Camp kicks off tomorrow and goes all weekend at the Multiplex. If you can't get enough hockey, head down to the Multiplex to check out some future prospects. The first ice session is at 10:30 tomorrow, with rosters available at the rink. Ice sessions go throughout the weekend - admission is FREE


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ACAC Championship Game to be replayed over technicality, Oilers Voice gets NAME retired to rafters, Alberni Golf Club Update

This is just plain crazy...maybe the back up goalie was amazingly proficient at opening and closing the bench door, and as such, he was a factor in the game? 

Just plain sad, along with crazy. I hope Mount Royal wins again, and I hope if SAIT does win in the end it feels hollow and as tainted as it is. Apologies to former Bulldog Warren Muir, who plays for SAIT. 

Alberta college hockey championship game to be replayed over technicality

      CALGARY - A Calgary hockey team that won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship on Sunday is now being told the game will have to be replayed.

      The Mount Royal University Cougars defeated the SAIT Trojans by 1-0, taking the series 3-2 and finally breaking the Trojans' four-year winning streak.

      But on Tuesday, the ACAC ruled the Cougars used a backup goalie who wasn't eligible and ordered another championship game be played on Saturday.

      The unusual situation came as a result of an injury to Cougars' starting goalie Justin Cote in Game 4.

      Cote wasn't available to play in the next game, so backup Brett Bothwell played instead, leading the Cougars to the win.

      But the Cougars brought in another goalie to back up Bothwell, and even though he never played in the game, he was deemed ineligible because he is only a part-time student at the university.

      (Global Calgary) 

Now here's something different - Rod Phillips, the long time voice of the Edmonton Oilers (37 years) was honoured last night by the Oilers with his name - and the number of games he called (over 3000) raised to the rafters. Cool stuff.

 Last but not least, here's your Alberni Golf Club Men's Club update.

Seventy men teed it up on Sunday as another Men’s Club Season got under way. The weather was fine, although there was a slight shower as we headed out onto the links, but it only lasted for one hole. The sun even tried to come out at one point. So much for the weather report.

Thanks so much to the firm of Duncan, Sabine, Collyer Accountants for sponsoring the four man best ball.
This year Club Captain Fred Fredrickson has changed things around slightly, by awarding 3 gross prizes and 5 net prizes.

First low gross was won by the team of Brett Parhar, Sam Parhar, Ken Fong and Gord Cutting. Second low gross went to the team of Steve White, Jerry White, Mickey Keeley and Gene Kimoto. The final gross prize went to Wayne Johnstone, Dennis Debolt, Colin Hamilton and Pat McKay. On the net side, first place went to Jim Proteau, Cory Neilson, Darrel Van Os and Bill Morin. Second was the team of Tom Price, John Panagrot, Colin McPherson and Bill Goodman. In third spot was Dave Mann, Steve Pointon, Phil Anker and Brian Boulliard. Fourth low net went to Joe Baker, Clint Wilson, Jim Rhodes and Ron Barker. Fifth low net was won by Wolf Suhr, Ned Stewart, Don McGowan and Vic Carlton.

Closest to the pins were won by Mike Shewchuck on #2, Fred Fredrickson was the winner of the Charity Closest to the pin on #4, collecting $46 for his effort. For his second shot on #6 it was Brett Parhar, Colin Hamilton on # 13, and Jerry White on #17. The long drive on #16 was won by Chris Colclough who received a gift certificate donated by Westwind pub. There was also three draws made for those who weren’t in the prizes, but you had to be there when you name was called to win.

In the ball sweep, Jim Proteau shot an impressive 72 to win 3 balls, followed by Bruce MacDonald winning 2 balls with a gross 77. On the net side taking home 2 balls each after shooting 69 was Mickey Keeley, Gene Kimoto and Jerry White,

Next Sunday is an open day, with the option of playing blind partners for a $5 fee. It is a two man best ball but you wont know who your partner is until you finish the game. Tee times start at 8 AM. Enter in the Pro. Shop in your own foursome. Don’t forget to enter the ball sweep, money pot and the Charity closest to the pin.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Deju Vu all over again.....all over again? Vipers vs Kings 3.0, March 27th 1964....

For the third straight year - (pretty incredible, no?) the Fred Page Cup Champs will be either the Vernon Vipers or the Powell River Kings. The Vipers have defeated the Kings the last two years in the final, going on to win the RBC Cup both times, winning in 6 games in 2008-2009 and 7 games last year. The series gets going April 1st and 2nd in Powell River.

It was 47 years ago YESTERDAY that Port Alberni was hit by a Tsunami from the Good-Friday Earthquake in Alaska.

For some incredible video from the March 31st, 1964 Newscast from CBC - CLICK HERE

And some more pictures. Are you PREPARED for as bad as 1964. Or as bad as Japan in 2011?
1964 inundation zones are in ORANGE. 1700 inundation zones are in YELLOW, and an estimation.

BE PREPARED. Visit the Provincial Emergency Program's Tsunami Preparedness page HERE

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ron Paulson joins Dogs as Director of Business Operations...

OUTSTANDING HIRE. Welcome to the team Ronnie. It's like you were already there anyway with your tireless efforts around the rink.

Bulldogs welcome Director of Business Operations
Ron Paulson brings wealth of experience to new role

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs named Ron Paulson as the organization’s Director of Business Operations today. This new position has been created to oversee the day-to-day business operations.

Paulson will leverage over 35 years of doing business in Port Alberni to build and sustain the Bulldogs’ relationship with the local community, while overseeing the organization’s business operations.

"We are extremely pleased to have Ron join our organization,” said Andy Oakes, President of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. “He has proven himself to be a great Alberni citizen who has contributed to multiple successful community events over the last number of the years. Ron will bring a great business acumen to our organization and local presence."

Currently working for Port Alberni Parks & Recreation, Paulson first came to the city in 1974 to play for the local senior hockey team. Since then he has gained extensive experience in retail and has been an active member of the community.

His experience in local sporting events is second to none. He was Chairman of the World U17 Hockey Challenge in 2009, and worked for the BC Summer and Winter Games when they were hosted in the area. Paulson also sits on the Alberni Valley Tourism board as a sport tourism representative, and acts as Director on the Community Futures board.

“I’m very excited about joining the Bulldogs family. I’ve been involved with Bulldogs games for 8 years from the Parks & Recreation side, and I have a strong devotion to the club in good times and in bad. I look forward to bringing that enthusiasm into work with me.”

For further information please contact:
Andy Oakes
President and Governor

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Midgets fall short for Bronze Medal, Pee Wee Bulldogs update....more Minor Hockey

A hard fought loss for the Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs yesterday in the Bronze Medal game at the Provincials as they fell 3-1 to Surrey. Earlier in the day they lost 4-2 to Crankbrook in the Semis.

Here's hoping the last couple of losses don't take away from the great season these kids had - Island Champs and making the Final Four in British Columbia are things to be proud of. You battled hard and represented the city well, and you should be proud!

From one group of Dogs to another....thanks to Stef for an update on the PeeWee Dogs....

Hi Evan

Just got back from Coquitlam where the Peewee Bulldogs won bronze with 3 straight round robin wins -
5 - 3 over New Westminster, 4 - 3 over Burnaby and 4 - 2 over Semiamhoo

The team then lost a tight semi-final against Coquitlam, 5 - 4 in Double OT before meeting and defeating Semiahmoo again in the bronze medal game 5 - 4, another overtime Thriller.

Congrat's to the team for a great season!

And one more Minor Hockey Update - currently, the AVMHA Novice Devils are playing at the Fuller Lake Tournament - they opened up the tourney yesterday with a  6 to 4 win over the Lake Cowichan Lakers and then followed that up with a 9-7 win over the Victoria IceHawks.

Thanks to Stef and Richelle for updates!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Midget Bulldogs advance to Final Four...Junior Bulldogs make more changes....


The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs advanced to the BC Championship semi-final with a 3-1 win in their game against Williams Lake on Tuesday. The victory means that Alberni Valley finished the round robin with 5 points, to stay on top of pool A, the same as Surrey.   

The teams played so close that the tie breaker came down to a coin toss which put the Bulldogs first in the pool. They will play Cranbrook, the second place team from pool B in the semi-final Wednesday morning.

The Bulldogs last played Williams Lake at a tournament in January and lost by one goal. This time they were seasoned by play-off action and ready for anything. The teams tested each other for weakness, with Williams Lake trying to use their size to intimidate the smaller Alberni players.  The game went end to end with no score for the first 30 minutes, before Williams Lake found an opening on a power play. It was beginning to look as if nothing Alberni threw at the goalie would get by until Brady Janzen passed cross crease for Colby Lim to score on the open side and even it up with 33 seconds left in the second period.
The momentum swung to the Bulldogs in the third period.  At 11:20 Lim passed out to Janzen to finish and two minutes later Janzen set up his other line mate, Carson McCulloch, to score from down low on the left side.  Suddenly it was a 3-1 advantage to Alberni.  Williams Lake had little to lose and started hitting at every opportunity, which drew 20 minutes in penalties in the last ten minutes of the game. The Bulldogs did a good job of maintaining discipline and locked in the victory.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to play their semi-final game at 8 AM today against Cranbrook, and are guaranteed a berth in one of the medal games later in the day.

Thanks as always to Simon Read for the updates, and thanks as well to Dave Cusson for the picture. Get updates on the Semi Final today by checking the blog or by listening live to 93.3 The Peak FM

Alberni Valley Bulldogs make organizational changes

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced a number of structural changes to their organization today. The changes are being implemented to improve the team’s performance within both hockey operations and business operations.

Effective immediately, the General Manager position has been eliminated from the organization and Paul Esdale will assume the duties of Head Coach and Assistant Director of Hockey Operations.

“This move will allow Paul to focus on the athletes and hockey department completely,” stated Andy Oakes, President.

A Director of Hockey Operations position has been created to oversee the hockey department on a daily basis. This position is yet to be filled by a candidate that has a very strong hockey background, which will lead and grow the hockey department.

A Director of Business Operations position has been created to oversee the day-to-day business operations in the community. The ideal candidate will be a local person who can dedicate their business experience to the growth of the company’s business operations.

The changes have affected the Assistant Coach role, which will become a seasonal position similar to many other teams in the BCHL.

“These changes have been implemented to strengthen the organization on both sides of the business,” stated Oakes. “This allows two senior people to operate the company at a local level rather than from afar. This will translate into a more stabilized situation for all aspects of the business within the Bulldogs organization.”

Interested candidates for the Director of Hockey Operations, Director of Business Operations and Assistant Coach are encouraged to send their resume to the attention of Andy Oakes at or via fax to (250) 492-9222.

For further information please contact:

Paul Esdale

Andy Oakes
President and Governor

Monday, March 21, 2011

Midgets Bulldogs top New West at Provincials...Alberni Golf Men's Club Update

photo:Dave Cusson


The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs came out flying and dominated most of the first period play against New Westminster in their second round robin game. Coach Brent Demerais said, “They were firing on all cylinders today. …and like a dog with a bone, once they had the lead, they weren’t going to let go.”

The first goal came at 8:43.  Colby Lim slapped a shot in from the slot through a sea of bodies.  Brady Janzen assisted.  With 4:11 left, Janzen rushed in with the puck, Lim picked it up and Carson McCulloch finished it off.  Then in the last minute, it was Lim finding the mark from the left circle, this time assisted by Janzen and Cory Beecroft to end the first period with a 3-0 lead.

Penalties took away some momentum in the second period, but the penalty kill and goalie Bryce Dirocco went 7 for 7 in this game, including successfully defending a 5 on 3. New Westminster scored late in the period to make it 3-1.

New Westminster stepped it up in the third, but the Bulldogs were up to the challenge.  They matched the physical play of New Westminster, but stayed disciplined and this period it was New Westminster that took most of the penalties and could not sustain momentum. Alberni capitalized on the man advantage with 9:22 left. Janzen and McCulloch broke out with Lim who took the puck from the neutral zone outside two defenders then cut in past the third to score.  It took strong team defence to hold off New Westminster for the 4-1 final. 

The win has Alberni Valley and Surrey on top of the standings in pool A with one game each left Tuesday, Port Alberni versus Williams Lake and Surrey versus New Westminster. Cranbrook and Salmon Arm are on top of pool B. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals on Wednesday.


On Sunday March 27th, opening day starts off with the Duncan, Sabine,
Collyer, Partners Accountants four man best ball, with the best net and best gross counting on each hole, Please register in the Pro. Shop with your own foursome or as a single and you will be placed on a team. The shotgun start takes place at 9AM following a short meeting. Try to be in the clubhouse no later than 8:30. Breakfast will be available starting at 7:30, on the opening and closing days only. There are 13 special events spread through the season., which as usual cost $10 to enter, this is to cover prizes for the day. This year there are some optional events which cost $5 to enter, they will be held on the open days.

As in the past couple of years the Men’s Club dues are only $10, which entitles you to some awesome draws on the windup day as well as throughout the season. For every Sunday you play, event or open day your name goes in that many times for a draw to be held on October 2nd. We have some new score cards, to be used by the Men's Club only on Sunday mornings. A big thank you to Houle Printing Inc. for their generous donation of the score cards.

The Club Championship will be match play again this year with Club Captain Fred Fredrickson and Head Pro Bruce MacDonald running things. Hopefully Jeff Dagg will be around to defend his title. Qualifying for the Championship
takes place on July, 10th, so keep that day open.

Just a couple of reminders Gentlemen. When you come into the Clubhouse on Sunday mornings there will be three boxes set up, one for the ball sweep, one for the money pot and one for the Charity closest to the pin. You must put $2 in each box and register your name before teeing off if you intend on entering. The Charity closest to the pin is usually set up on #2, if you haven’t paid your two dollars please don’t write your name on the card no matter how close you are. Please make sure that you fill out your score cards correctly, last name, gross score handi-cap and your net score. Also make sure the addition is right, any incorrect score cards turned in will be disqualified. 
Remember to keep up to the group ahead of you, it makes for a smoother round for everyone.


Final comments regarding Kevin Hasselberg moving on. I received an email yesterday inquiring if I knew what was happening with Kevin and family, as I made it sound like they were moving....Just to be 100% clear - I have no idea what Kevin's plans are. I apologize for making it sound like Kevin and family are moving. In my defense, I assumed with Kevin being done with the Dogs, and with the Dogs being the only Junior team in town, that his pursuit of the puck would take him elsewhere. As momma said, assuming makes an ____ out of you and me! You just never know how things will work out.



Midget Dogs tie defending Champs in Provincials opener, Bulldog Alumni Update, see ya Matt Cooke


The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs drew 2010 defending champions Surrey for their first game on Sunday March 20 and battled to a 4-4 tie. The coaches were mostly pleased with the game, but added that, “The good news is (the Bulldogs) can play even better.”
The Bulldogs came out tight and gave up a goal in the first minute.  The momentum stayed with Surrey for most of the period. Finally, Colby Lim took the puck in front of the Surrey goal and passed back to Nathan Read on right point.  Read one timed a blistering shot to the top corner to even the score at 1-1. Carson McCulloch and Brady Janzen also assisted.

The Bulldogs were stronger in the second period but did not score in spite of some good chances. Surrey scored on a power play at the five minute mark and then again with seven minutes left to make it 3-1.  The Bulldogs stepped it up late in the period.  With 4 seconds left, Bryan Read jumped up into the slot to receive a pass from Lim which he hammered under the goalie, narrowing the gap to one.

Surrey went up by two again at 11:21 of the third period and appeared confident of winning. But the Bulldogs were determined not to lose and dug deeper.  At 6:02, playing 4 on 4, Lim captured a loose puck near centre, beat the last defenceman, then beat the goalie high stick side to make it 3-4. Surrey attempted to slow down the game, but Alberni Valley kept the pressure on.  After multiple shots, and rebounds controlled by the Bulldogs, Janzen received the puck from Lim and banged it in to tie the game at 4-4.  That score held as the final.

Alberni Valley is playing in a pool with Surrey, Williams Lake and New Westminster.  All four teams are ranked by Hockey Now above the five in the other pool.  All four tied their first games, so the rest of the championship promises more intensely competitive hockey.  Kamloops and Salmon Arm also tied their game Sunday morning.

Thanks to Simon Read for sending in the update, much appreciated. 

Also big thanks to Tom McEvay for this update on former Bulldogs playing in various levels of Pro Hockey

Some updates on Bulldog alumni playing pro .....

After a stellar 4 years at U Mass Lowell Maury Edwards signed this week with Providence of the AHL. Maury graduates from UMass Lowell this year. Below is a link from UMass Lowell ....  

In another signing this week after four years at Providence College Jordan Kremyr signed with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. Jordan graduates from Providence College this year. 

In other alumni news Harry Zolnierzyck scored his first two pro goals this week for Adirondack of the AHL. He got his first goal and was third star on Wednesday and then last night in his home town of Toronto with many family and friends in attendance Harry scored the game winner and was first star in Adirondack's 3-1 win over the Marlies. Harry signed an NHL/AHL contract less than two weeks ago with Philly and Adirondack after 4 years at Brown University, the last as their captain.

Alumni Brian Stewart continues to lead the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL as he was a star in three recent wins. He is 16 and 4 as their starting goalie since joining Bakersfield. Brian graduated from Northern Michigan University last year. 

Earlier in the week alumni and former captain Devin Timberlake scored his first goal since being traded to Gwinnett of the ECHL from Reading. Devin graduated from Brown University last year after being their captain for two years.

Alumni Doug Krantz is playing for the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. Doug graduated from Cornell University in 2008. He left the Bulldogs in 2004. 

Alumni Joe Scali is playing for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League this season. Joe graduated from Cornell University last year after being recruited out of the Bulldogs in 2006.

Alumni Josh Bonar had an outstanding season of pro hockey in Hungary this year where he played in Miskolc. Josh lead his team and was high in the league in points.

Take care. 


Tom McEvay
Educational Advisor
Alberni Valley Bulldogs

This one doesn't deserve much discussion.....See ya Mr. Cooke. What are your guesses for the impending suspension? 4, 6, 8 or 10 games? Less, more?

I apologize for not having any further comments on the Press Release sent out by the Dogs on Friday regarding Kevin Hasselberg moving on....I have been moving over the last week and the weekend was literally around the clock moving, painting, sanding, etc, from Friday until last night. I just didn't have the time to wade into it all. First and foremost, I was sad to hear the news, like I am any time anyone leaves the organization and most likely, the community. If you work in conjunction with anyone for any length of time - better yet an entire season, that person becomes a friend, a familiar face, someone you have some passionate discussions with and some mundane ones with. Kevin and his family were actively involved in Minor Hockey with two kids involved - the local hockey scene will no doubt miss them. It's not easy to move a family and it's not easy on the kids or the parents. As I said in the beginning, I was sad to hear the news that things didn't work out here.

When Kevin was hired here I thought it would be an interesting dynamic with a rookie Head Coach being complemented by a 10 year Junior A veteran Coach, and I was curious as to how the Coaches work work together. This is by no means a criticism of Ownership and Management. I thought it would either be sink or swim outcome. It would either be a great set up, or a tough go of things, with a Rookie Head Coach being Assisted by someone with lots of experience. The proof is in the pudding in regards to how it worked with the Press Release sent out Friday. It is always funny how things work out. There was plenty of negative comments from the fan base on the hiring of a Rookie Head Coach in Nolan Graham - yet in the end it led to the best season in Franchise History. When Paul Esdale was hired when Nolan moved on, the prevailing sentiment was that it was a good decision to keep some stability and keep the momentum going forward from LAST year. Now it seems that from the collection of comments that he is the bad guy...Paul had a tough year from the word GO with Mark MacMillan requesting to play at home, with Jordan Grant not reporting, with Ryan Green not reporting, etc etc etc. And that was all before the season even STARTED. For all the trials and tribulations of the year, I saw many positive things out of the team in 2010-2011, and I am optimistic of great things to come next season.

I firmly believe that Paul Esdale is a good coach and I believe good things are ahead for the team now that he has his rookie year behind him and with how motivated he is to ice a winner in 2011-2012.

At the same time, I firmly believe Kevin Hasselberg is a good coach, and a good guy, and I wish him and his family all the best in the future and I hope he finds another opportunity to be involved in the game in short order.

It is all a part of the business that I certainly don't enjoy, but this is first and foremost a business, it ain't Minor Hockey.

If you have things to get of your chest, I encourage you to contact the team personally to let them know your opinion while standing behind your words in the process, as opposed to using the blog to anonymously vent.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Kevin Hasselberg moves on....

Hasselberg Moves On

March 18th, 2011


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization announced today that Kevin Hasselberg will not be returning for the 2011 – 2012 season as Assistant Coach / Assistant General Manager. Kevin will be pursuing other coaching opportunities for the upcoming season while the Bulldogs will be starting their search for a new Assistant Coach immediately.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to thank Kevin and his family for their efforts over the past year in the community and organization.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hockey Club
3737 Roger Street
Port Alberni, B.C., Canada, V9Y 8E3
Phone: 250-723-4412 Fax: 250-723-4452

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Zolnierczyk scores first goal,. gets 3rd star, Kidsport Shoot and Score Program, support the Midget Bulldogs, new Goalie Camp at OHA....

Thanks to Jamie, Steve and Theresa for all giving me a heads up on Harry Zolnierczyk scoring his first pro goal last night with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL last night. Harry was a +2 while being named third star of the game. Read more from the Phantom's site here

Some Kidsport news - thanks to Ron for sending this along...

Here is a photo of an on ice presentation made at the March 1st Bulldogs playoff game. It represents the amount raised for KidSport Port Alberni through the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Shoot & Score program this season. During the 2010/11 season, program sponsors Alberni Chrysler and Alberni Toyota contributed $10 for every home goal scored by the Bulldogs hockey Club. Including playoffs, the total amount raised for KidSport Port Alberni was $1070.00.

These funds will help pay sports registration fees for local athletes - "So All Kids Can Play!"

In the photo: (L) Ron Doetzel (KidSport PA); (C) Jim Pelk (Alberni Toyota & Alberni Chrysler) ; (R) Dean Williams (KidSport PA)

 Don't forget that the Van Isle Ford Midget Rep Bulldogs are off to Salmon Arm for Provincials this weekend...they have been working hard at raising funds for the last couple of weeks - if you can help in any way, call Al McCulloch at 250-720-3671....Go Dogs!

Cool stuff here from the OHA......
Vaughn Logo                  OHA logo no background                   Hockey Canada Logo
Invitational Goaltender Development Camp 
Okanagan Hockey School announced a new summer development camp for goaltenders today.

The Okanagan Hockey School Goaltender Development Camp is a licensed Hockey Canada program, operated by the Okanagan Hockey School in partnership with Vaughn Goaltending.

"Hockey Canada is very excited to work along side the Okanagan Hockey School, a leader in Canadian Hockey Schools, and Vaughn Goaltending a world leader in custom goaltending equipment", says Paul Carson, Vice President Development with Hockey Canada. "Through this partnership we believe we have put together outstanding development opportunities for young goaltenders who want to reach for new heights in their game".

The camp, which will run from July 5-9, 2011 in Penticton, BC, is available by invite only, intended for the country's most promising young goaltenders aged 11-17.

"We are excited about bringing together Canada's goaltending community  with this new initiative to take goaltending development in this country to a new level", added Scott Carter President of Vaughn Canada.

The program instructors will include Andy Moog, Clint Malarchuk and Kim Dillabough:

Andy Moog - Three time Stanley Cup Champion. Played 18 years in the NHL with over 700 regular season games. In 1994, Andy was only the 10th goalies to record 300 career wins. He was inducted in to the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

Clint Malarchuk - Played 10 years in the NHL with over 300 regular season games played. Clint has worked as a goaltending consultant since 2002, working with the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets and currently with the Atlanta Thrashers

Kim Dillabough - A former WHL goaltender that played with the Tacoma Rockets and then with the team when they relocated to Kelowna. Kim is currently an Assistant Coach for the WHL Kelowna Rockets, as well he is a goaltender consultant for the Los Angeles Kings.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for a select group of goaltenders from within the province to learn from three of the most well respected names in the business" says Andy Oakes, President of Okanagan Hockey School. "It is always a pleasure to work with Hockey Canada and we are thrilled to be partnering with a world class business such as Vaughn Goaltending for this camp."

Hockey Canada Logo A licensed Hockey Canada Goaltender Development Camp

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Back to Bloggin' BCHL Playoffs, Help Japan, Canucks host Avs tonight on THE PEAK

I apologize for the down time around the blog lately. I've been keeping busy with a lack of hockey all of a sudden - moving, fathering, assembling child's that isn't an easy job! I have indeed followed the playoffs - although not much more than looking at Boxscores. Just too much life right now to keep me busy!

Back to some blogging - anyone surprised with how the Playoffs have played out this round?

Surrey tops Langley in 6 - it's pretty much how I saw this one going. Nice to see former Bulldog and Port Alberni Native Robert Lindores putting up some great numbers - in 10 games played he has 6 goals and 3 assists for 9 points. As a comparison, he had 9 goals in 60 regular season games.

Victoria takes a 3-1 series lead on Powell River, game 7 goes tonight in PR as the Kings fight back...This isn't surprising to me - Victoria is as offensively talented as anyone, and they have a great keeper in Matt Ginn. Powell River is a defensively sound as anyone, and they play a very structured team game. The Kings are of course coming off a 1st Round bye - going on the Bulldogs experiences last year, the bye does little good UNLESS you get deep in the playoffs, like the League Finals or the Doyle Cup. When you are a team coming off the bye facing a team that has just been through a playoff series, it's not easy to immediately find your game, and raise your game to the level needed to win in the playoffs. Maybe with back to back wins to force Game 7 tonight the Kings have found their game. Is the pressure on them tonight, or on Victoria?

Incredibly, this is the THIRD STRAIGHT series for the Kings to go to a Game 7. Bulldog fans will remember (painfully) that the Kings trailed 3-1 last year in the Coastal Final before coming back to win. They also trailed the Vipers 3 games to 2 last year to force a Game 7 in the League Final before losing, and now, it's Game 7 all over again. They are certainly experienced in playing Game 7's.

The damage in Japan is just unthinkable. Please visit the Canadian Red Cross to help
Catch the Canucks hosting the Avalanche tonight on 93.3 The Peak FM, part of the Canucks Radio Network. The pregame show kicks off at 6:30 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:00

From the Canucks website - click to read the PREVIEW GAME NOTES and LINE UP

Friday, March 11, 2011

9:52AM UPDATE - Tsunami Advisory CONTINUES, All Schools SD 70 Closed today...

9:52am UPDATE 
Advisory continues. Provincial Emergency Planning will update us, we will update you, when we have more news.... , 93.3 The Peak FM for LIVE UPDATES
Some reports locally of small level waves in the Inlet. 

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Bulldog Alumni Harry Zolnierczyk Signs with the Philadephia Flyers!

Congrats to Harry - details below from Tom McEvay...

Harry has given me the go ahead to let people know ….

Just a quick note to a few people I know Harry would want to know. I just got off the phone with Harry and this afternoon he signed an NHL/AHL contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He will leave Brown this week and play in Adirondack for the rest of their AHL season and then be brought up to practice and travel with the Flyers for the playoffs. He had worked his schooling so that if this happened he could leave and it will not affect his degree and graduation as he has finished all the required courses. He will train in Philly all summer before camp in the fall.

Harry signed a one year deal for the NHL rookie max and the AHL rookie max, plus the max rookie signing bonus. It was a feeding frenzy today with no fewer than 15 NHL teams interested. He had 10-12 offers from other NHL teams but chose Philly because they have given him the best indications that they expect him to play for them next fall. Clearly Harry is thrilled and very excited to be embarking on this new challenge in his young life. He is so appreciative of all the people who have helped him along the way and supported him through the ups and downs of life.

I told him that anyone who knows him is going to be very proud and excited.



Tom McEvay

Educational Advisor

Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Midget Bulldogs - Island Champions!

Huge congrats to the Van Isle Ford Midget Rep Bulldogs, Island Champs for the third time in four years with a 5-3 win today  over Juan De Fuca.

The Bulldogs were down 0-1 in the best of three series after a 5-2 loss last weekend at Bear Mountain, but they forced a deciding game today on the road with a 4-3 overtime win yesterday at the Dog Pound.

In talking to some of the people who are involved with the team and were around the rink yesterday I was happy to hear that the Junior A Bulldogs and Trainer/Therapist Chad Oliver set the Midget Dogs up in the Bulldogs room with the full set up. Chad also helped the team on the road today.

Congrats to all, and best of luck at Provincials!

Midget Bulldogs force deciding game in Island Championship with OT win

Big congrats to the Van Isle Ford Midget Rep Bulldogs as they picked up a 4-3 overtime win over Juan De Fuca yesterday in front of a great crowd at the Multiplex. Carson Mcculloch was the hero with the OT winner.

The deciding Game 3 goes this afternoon at Bear Mountain Arena.

Updates here on the blog when I get them...

Go Dogs!


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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Midget Dogs in MUST WIN today at Multiplex...

If you are looking to fill the hockey void on a Saturday, or if you just want to support some local athletes, please consider getting down to the Multiplex to support the Van Isle Ford Midget Rep Bulldogs in Island Final action today.

The Dogs lost Game 1 of the best-of-three last weekend to Juan De Fuca at Bear Mountain Arena by a score of 5-2, making todays contest at the Multiplex at 2:45 a MUST WIN.

Admission is FREE. Hope to see a good crowd on hand to cheer on the boys!

Go Dogs!



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Friday, March 04, 2011

Dogs season over, Midget Bulldogs in must win tomorrow.....

I'm not sure what else to say about the Bulldogs season that I didn't say at the end of the Broadcast Tuesday night. It's always hard to do a post season wrap up.

When it comes to the game in question Tuesday night, I'm a fan of the story in the Alberni Valley Times the next day by Jose Araujo, mostly due to his comments on the officiating, and about the Chiefs 1st goal specifically - I get pretty tired talking about the officiating all the time - it didn't cause the Dogs to lose the game - it just wrecked the game for the most part - as I said in the first period, if I wasn't the calling the game, I would have been heading for the exits. The last thing I WANT to do is talk about the officiating. Doesn't make me look good, but at the same time I am quite simply not doing my job if I am blindly ignoring the 20 tonne white elephant in the rink that 950 people also see.

Click to read Dogs fight hard, come up short

Here's hoping that the rookie officials will get some much needed time to season and improve themselves in the playoffs. And here's hoping that they don't blow a game or a series or a season for someone. Who knows, maybe we will have a Game 7, version 2.0 like they had to play in Nanaimo in 2004 when the officials made up a rule and gave a penalty shot to Nanaimo late in regulation of Game 7 and they had to play the game from that point on about a week later after Powell River appealed - anyone remember that circus? 

Question -  I am well aware that the water has certainly passed under the bridge a long time ago now - but how huge does the blown call on the hand-pass in overtime of Game 1 on the game winning goal play loom now, that the Dogs have been swept? Who's to say that the Dogs would have scored the "next" goal that night - the sad thing is that due to the rules of the game not being upheld correctly, by any of the three officials on the ice, we will never know.

Them's the breaks I guess. Wow does that sound shallow though. The Officials job is an incredibly hard one. I know they are all trying their best. The game is just so hard to call, so fast, so many big bodies and such a little space. The job is hard, and your decisions to make or don't make calls can influence the season. It possibly changed the entire complexion of the series for the Bulldogs. Like I said, it's one thing to lose 2 points and move on and play another night on a blown call in the regular season. It's an entirely different ball of wax when it's a playoff game. How about if - or I almost think WHEN - it decides a SERIES this spring?

Best of luck to the Chiefs in Round 2. They certainly have plenty of talent on that club, from the goalie out. I'm not a fan of the taunting, trash-talking, general crap - but would you expect a Harvey Smyl team to do anything different? I don't intend that to be an insult. Harvey Smyl teams always play with a fair amount steal a word from Toronto GM Brian Burke - truculence. They always work hard, and they always play aggressive. At the Junior A level - maybe any level of hockey, it is all you need to do night after night and you will win your fair share of games. Which is exactly why Smyl has a consistent record of winning. They just won the series 4-0 so you can say that they know what they are doing. How far will it take them though? I just hope a player doesn't scream in a guys face and taunt him or taunt the bench etc after a goal or something else, and it ends up in a cross check or baseball swing to the face or head in retribution that results in a serious injury. That would sure look good for the league, and the game, if that made Sportsnet or Sportscentre, wouldn't you agree? We would all blame the player for losing his cool and not controlling his stick. Not the guy taunting him and screaming in his face. Right? Does taunting make you play better? What if the end result is a broken jaw/face/arm/leg? Hard to play that way. Guys have clubbed one another for less. I wouldn't want even my worst enemy to go through an incident where they hurt somebody in the heat of the battle, or where they get hurt by someone else in the heat of the battle. Bad for the game, and bad for the players, they are all just kids in the end.

The next part of the blog is brought to you by IHOP. I am waffling and changing my pick. I am a big fan of Harvey Smyl, and all the people behind the scenes with the Chiefs - just a bunch of great guys. At the same time, Matt Erhart is a great guy and the Eagles have their fair share of great people as well. Just like with the Chiefs, the Bulldogs had their fair share of incidents against the Eagles in the four games this season that could have been uglier. Just check the box scores. In the end, no team is full of angels, the Bulldogs included. My final decision comes from the code of  the Hockey Gods (at least how I interpret them) that you cannot cheer against the team that put you out of the running. As hard as that might be, in the end if you lost to the best, you can say you lost to the best. So GO CHIEFS. 

It is a MUST WIN game for the Van Isle Ford Midget Rep Bulldogs tomorrow in the Island Championships as they host Juan De Fuca. The Bulldogs lost 5-2 last weekend at Bear Mountain Arena - now they have home ice advantage back at the Multiplex tomorrow. Game time is 2:45pm. Admission is FREE, so get out and support the Dogs!


Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Chiefs 6 Dogs 5 in OT

Heroic comeback by the Dogs falls short.



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Win or go home...

The Dogs need to win to extend their season as they host the Chiefs for Game 4. You just never know how a game with this sort of stakes will go down - are you on the bus to Langley for Game 5, or is it time to clean out the stalls? Personally, I'm packing my bags to catch another boat back to the Mainland. Here's hoping that we get a chance to watch Game 6 at the Pound as well!

Catch the pregame show with Rick and I on 93.3 The Peak FM and online at starting at 6:45 with the puck drop at 7:00. Lars Hepso is our 1st Intermission guest, while Surrey Eagles Play-by-Play voice and blogger Colin Tiggelaar is on for the 2nd Intermission for an update on that series, currently led 3-0 by the Surrey Eagles.

Great tickets are still left so get down to the Dogs office - I bought one that can't be used so my parents will be giving away at the rink. Thanks Charles Mealey for the shout out and to the fans for the great AV welcome, by the way!

Go Dogs Go