Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Walker to the Dub, Winter Wonderland skate with Bulldogs tonight...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that Eric Walker has been called up by the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. Walker goes to the ‘Hawks on an emergency call-up as they have 3 defensemen invited to Canada’s world junior national team selection camp in Calgary, AB.
Walker will be evaluated by Portland’s coaching staff and it is yet to be determined if Walker will stick with the WHL club.
“We wish Eric all the best with this opportunity to, again, play in the WHL,” said Bulldogs General Manager and Head Coach Kevin Willison. “He is getting a second chance to prove he can play at that level,” added Willison.
As this opportunity presents itself to Walker, it leaves the Bulldogs with a hole to fill on the back end.
Willison concluded by saying “Walker made us a better hockey team since joining the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. While with us, his experience, physical play and good puck decisions in our defensive end made an immediate impact.”
I am very sad to see Eric go - he bought a lot to the team. He played with HEART, he played with a mean edge, he played very very HARD and brought a physical aspect that was lacking. When he dumped the puck, when he cleared the puck, he did it with purpose.
Plain and simple, he made the Dogs better, and he wore the jersey proudly. Best of luck in Portland "Walks" as you certainly deserve this opportunity with how you played in the Dogs uniform. I selfishly hope you come back, at the same time I wish you success. Great kid, the team will miss him, and here's hoping someone steps up to try and fill the void.
It's going to be a busy day for me as I'm moving - I know, great timing right? I'm still hoping to get there tonight with my little guy Griff!
BIG PLANS for the final game before Christmas this Saturday when the Dogs host the Grizzlies...Minor Hockey kids get in for just FIVE BUCKS, yes $5.00 if they bring a non perishable food item and if they wear their team jersey!
It's in conjunction with the efforts of the ADSS Leadership Class to gather as much non-perishables as possible.
The PAJHS is also honoring donors before the game, and hoping to have some words on the mic in the Upper Lounge after 6pm.
Lance Lapointe is also playing live in the Upper Lounge!