The fantastic run of news from the Bulldogs organization continues as they announced today that graduating Captain Mitch Makin has secured an NCAA scholarship with the Western Michigan Broncos. Great guy, the epitome of what a Captain should be. Congrats Mitch!
MITCH MAKIN COMMITS TO THE WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
March 30, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that captain Mitch Makin has committed to the NCAA Division 1 program of the Western Michigan Broncos.
Makin spent the last three seasons as a Bulldog after being acquired by Kevin Willison from his former team the Olds Grizzlys in exchange for 1994-born defenseman Marc Eremenko.
Makin ended up playing for the Bulldogs in 141 regular season games, contributing 42 goals and 58 assists for a total of 100 points. Moreover, Makin helped lead the Bulldogs to 28 playoff game appearances over his last three seasons.
In 2014/15, Makin was named captain of the Bulldogs. He stepped his game up even more after significant injuries to Evan Tironese and Kurt Gosselin. Since January 1st, Makin led with 34 points in the final 26 regular season games.
Makin is the third Alberni Valley Bulldogs player to join the Western Michigan Broncos in recent years, following in the footsteps of goalie Frank Slubowski and defenseman Kenny Morrison. Slubowski ended up being named to the 2011/12 NCAA (CCHA) All-Rookie Team as well as the NCAA (CCHA) Tournament MVP after guiding the Broncos to the CCHA Championships. Slubowski went on to being named to the NCAA (CCHA) Second All-Star Team in 2012/13. Morrison, who a few weeks ago was signed by the Calgary Flames, also made an impact with the Broncos as he was named to the 2012/13 NCAA (CCHA) All- Rookie Team.
There were several teams that expressed interest in Makin, but Western Michigan became the best fit.
"I would like to thank the Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me," said Makin. "Special thanks to my parents, coaches Kevin Willison and Adam Hayduk, my billets Larry and Nancy Doucette, Tom McEvay, and to everyone in the Alberni Valley for all the support given to me during my three years in Port Alberni," added Makin. "My experience and memories will last a lifetime. I am fortunate to have played my junior hockey is such an awesome place. I'm excited to attend Western Michigan and play for the Broncos. Thank you to everyone that supported me!"
Makin went on to say that he will especially miss the outstanding fan support that created such an amazing atmosphere for every home game at Weyerhaeuser Arena and how the best fans in the BCHL took that same home ice atmosphere on the road in the playoffs to Victoria's and Nanaimo's rinks.
The entire Alberni Valley Bulldogs family wishes to thank Mitch for his three years of service and wishes him all the best as he continues the next chapter of his hockey career at Western Michigan.
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Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison
To be identified as the next Mitch Makin, Kenney Morrison or Frank Slubowski, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs are hosting two Spring Identification Camps. April 3-5, 2015 in Port Alberni, BC, and May 1-3, 2015 in Osoyoos, BC. Camp information and registration details are available online at www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca.