Read below for all the details from the Bulldogs released today - welcome to the team Ryan!
BULLDOGS ACQUIRE NCAA FORWARD FROM MERRITT, ANNOUNCE OTHER ROSTER MOVES
December 1st, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are excited to announce the acquisition of Ryan Finnegan from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for Future Considerations.
Finnegan will bring speed and skill to an already quick group of Bulldogs forwards. This season with the Centennials, Finnegan has scored 7 points in 22 games but has yet to hit his stride. Prior to that, Finnegan was a standout for the Skipjacks Hockey Club in the Under 18 United States Premiere Hockey League.
The Tecumseh, Kansas, native is known for his intelligence on the ice and can play and compete in small areas. “We are thrilled to add a player with the credibility that Ryan has,” says Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Willison. “It is always nice to add someone that can make things happen on the ice and we are looking forward to working with Ryan as he continues his development towards the NCAA Division 1 level.”
The 5-foot-8 Finnegan is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Quinnipiac University for the 2017-18 season. He will join the Bulldogs in time for this weekend’s 3-game road trip that sees the Bulldogs visit the Trail Smoke Eaters, Penticton Vees, and Coquitlam Express.
Earlier this week, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs reassigned 1996-born forward Logan Savard to the Oceanside Generals of the VIJHL. In 20 games with the Bulldogs this season, Savard failed to register a point.
This leaves the Bulldogs with an active roster of 21 players and one open spot. This allows the Bulldogs to bring in a player leading up to the January 10th roster deadline without necessarily having to move a rostered player.
It is also expected that this weekend Bulldogs affiliate forward Kyle Kaufmann will make his BCHL debut. Kaufmann is a 16-year-old forward on the BC Major Midget League leading North West Giants where he has 17 points in 20 games. Kaufmann was the star forward on the Hollyburn Huskies midget team the year prior, recording 45 goals and 62 assists (107 points) in 51 games.