Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Bulldogs add 20 year old Scott Cooke from WHL
The support, treatment, etc, that the team and this community gives to these players is absolutely priceless when it comes to situations such as this!
Here's some stats on Cooke from Elite Prospects
October 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have further strengthen the roster by adding WHL veteran forward Scott Cooke to the team. He will wear number 21 when he debuts for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs against the Victoria Grizzlies this weekend.
Cooke, a native of Surrey, BC, will bring energy, experience, and grit to the Bulldogs line-up. During his major midget days with the Valley West Hawks, Cooke showed that he had some offensive abilities that led to him being drafted in the 5th round by the Vancouver Giants in the 2009 WHL entry draft.
However, both the Vancouver Giants and, recently, the Moose Jaw Warriors expected Cooke to take on more of an enforcer role rather than putting up points. The team believes that Cooke’s skill and work ethic will translate into goals for the Bulldogs.
Cooke is expected to play on a line with St. Paul Academy standout Drew Blackmun and Bulldogs’ captain Mitch Makin.
“I am extremely excited about returning to my home province,” said Cooke. “I’m especially excited to contribute on and off the ice to the Bulldogs organization and really look forward to this season,” added Cooke. “I’m impressed with the players’ and the coaches’ desire to bring a championship to the Alberni Valley. All I want to do is work hard, contribute, and win.”
Two former Bulldogs, Teal Burns and Marlon Sabo, had a hand in reaching out to Cooke as soon as they heard he was released by the Moose Jaw Warriors.
“They both told me that they loved their time in Port Alberni, spoke of how great the
organization is and that I’d love it here,” said Cooke.
Teal Burns joined the Bulldogs at the 2012/13 trade deadline and was a key addition to a memorable playoff run to the conference finals. Burns is now entering his 2nd season with the University of Guelph in the CIS and is joined this season by former captain and fan-favorite Tryg Strand.
Sabo, a childhood friend of Cooke’s, joined the Bulldogs in 2011/12 after being cut by the Cowichan Valley Capitals. In just two short seasons, Sabo’s development excelled in the Bulldogs environment and he is now entering his 2nd season with the Princeton University Tigers. Sabo is best remembered for his punishing hits, intimidating style of play, and his overtime game-winning goal in game 4 of the 2012/13 Island Division Championship against the Victoria Grizzlies.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very excited to welcome Scott to the Bulldogs family and look
forward to him being a big part of the 2014/15 season.
For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’
head coach and general manager Kevin Willison