Friday, June 21, 2013
Paylor and Deo to NCAA
Great story here, as a couple 20 year old players who came to the Dogs looking to further their education and hockey careers are now off to the NCAA level next year.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Two Bulldogs’ Post-Season College Commitments
Port Alberni, BC – Following the conclusion of the most successful playoff run in Alberni Valley Bulldogs team history, the coaches and educational advisor Tom McEvay continue their hard work to promote players to the next level. As a result, we would like to congratulate Chase Paylor and Jay Deo. Both players recently committed to NCAA Division III programs for 2013/14.
Shortly after the season ended, Bulldog’s forward Chase Paylor committed to play for the University of St. Thomas Tommies starting next season.
The 21-year-old Calgary native was acquired just before the trade deadline and played 19 regular season games. He made an immediate impact by adding 13 points in the regular season, including one power play goal and two game-winning goals.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Paylor became the seventh Bulldog to commit to school for next season. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minne competes in the MIAC conference.
Also announced today: Team MVP Jay Deo has committed to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for 2013/14.
Deo was acquired in the off-season and immediately became a fan favourite through his outstanding and exciting play each and every night. Deo and Rebagliati soon became a very strong tandem and won many games for the Bulldogs this season.
Deo appeared in 43 regular season games for the Bulldogs and posted a .914 save percentage. However, it’s what he did in the playoffs that will be remembered for a long time. Deo backstopped the team to the most successful playoff run in team history, playing in all 14 playoff games en route to an amazing 2.37 GAA and a save percentage of .935.
“I am extremely excited to go to a strong division 3 program that won the national championship last season,” said Jay Deo. Deo continued on to say that “I want to thank all my teammates and the entire Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization for helping me achieve this goal. I couldn't have done it without you guys as well as my family. Alberni will always have a place in my heart and will be an experience I will never forget.”
“We are extremely proud of both Chase and Jay and what they contributed to the organization this season,” said Bulldogs Head Coach and GM Kevin Willison. “They worked hard both on and off the ice to realize their goals and dreams of playing college hockey at respected programs next season,” concluded Willison.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs family would like to thank Chase and Jay for an exciting season and wish them both continued success in college and in all their future endeavours.
For more information on the player acquisitions, contact the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Head Coach and GM Kevin Willison