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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pat Burns' widow has car looted after funeral - TIPS LINE to return items

These people need to be drawn and quartered. Here is the number to call for tips to catch who did this. The thieves have also been offered a no questions asked deal to drop the items off. 1-514-393-1133.


More from TSN here

TEDDY BEAR TOSS SATURDAY, Alberni Wrestling and Bantam Bulldogs Updates.

The Bulldogs host their annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday when they host Coquitlam - read more here so buy some bears, bring some bears, whatever, just make sure you have some plush to throw when the Dogs score for the less fortunate folks of the community who need a lift of their spirits over the Holidays.

Alberni Wrestlers Compete at Island Novice in Campbell River
Wrestling teams from Alberni District Secondary School and Dunn and Neill Middle Schools travelled to Campbell River on Saturday to compete at the Island Novice Wrestling Championships. The tournament marks the official start of the school wrestling season although many locals attended an exhibition meet in Nanaimo last weekend. Not surprisingly the Alberni Valley was well represented by its school wrestling teams. Although the weather did deter a few athletes from making the trip the relatively small Alberni teams faired well despite their numbers.

EJ Dunn Middle School was the top team in the Senior Girls despite competing against high schools from across Vancouver Island. The Dunn girls were led by Remi Wells who went undefeated to win the Gold Medal in the 50 kg division.  Michel Kurucz won a silver medal in the 57 kg Girls division.  Michel was dominant in her preliminary matches but came up against a tough high school wrestler from Campbell River in the final.  

“The Island Novice is intended for beginner wrestlers.  Since Remi and Michel have a couple years experience we decided to bump them up to the Senior Division to challenge them a little.  We certainly didn’t expect to come home with the title but that was an added bonus,” explained EJ Dunn coach Russ Bodnar.  Also competing in the Senior Girls division were two rookie wrestlers from ADSS.  As a pair the ADSS Girls Team managed to finished a respectable 5th place.  Elaina Todd (50 kg) was second and Isabella Larson (57 kg) was fourth.

In the Junior Girls division Neill Middle School finished third behind host Phoenix Middle School and Dover Bay from Nanaimo. The Neill girls were led by the gold medal performance of Corrine Gough (40 kg).  Also placing for Neill was Bella Jones (4th at 40 kg).  The EJ Dunn Junior Girls finished fifth as a team based on the silver medal performance of up and comer Micaela Dick (54 kg).

On the boys side the EJ Dunn boys finished third in the Junior Boys Division behind Phoenix Middle School and the Victoria Bulldogs Club.  The Dunn boys were led by the outstanding performance of rookie wrestler Jamie Durning who won the gold medal at 35 kg.  Kenny Wale (2nd at 45 kg) and Tyler Drew-Adams (3rd at 78+ kg) also added to EJ Dunn’s medal count.  Trevor Barker (4th at 33kg), Tyler Maxwell (4th at 45 kg), TJ Manson (5th at 45 kg) and Oliver Witham (5th at 45 kg) all contributed valuable team points.

Neill Middle School was also well represented in the Junior Boys Division.  Local Chris Kurucz brought home the Gold Medal in the heavy weight division, Ben Salitter brought home the bronze at 66 kg, and Cody Stewart was fifth at 70 kg.  ADSS had two Grade 9s new to the sport who were also eligible to compete in the Junior Boys Division.  Tristan Schulze (1st at 78+kg) and Johnny Loudon (3rd at 57 kg) showed they will be valuable additions to the ADSS team this year.

Due to the fact the tournament is classified as a novice tournament only a small number of ADSS wrestlers were eligible to compete in the Senior Boys Division.  All three of those wrestlers who competed brought home medals.  Sheldon Haddad went undefeated to claim the gold medal at 59 kg, Wes Boris claimed the silver at 74 kg, and Cole Walton finished with the bronze at 86kg.   Grade 8 EJ Dunn wrestler Nolan Badovinac was bumped up to the Senior Boys division and brought home a silver medal at 72 kg.

Wrestlers from all three teams will be right back on the mats training this week in preparation for upcoming tournaments. On Saturday a select group of elite wrestlers will be travelling to SFU to compete in the Roberts Rumble. Wrestlers at all levels will be travelling to the Chemanius for the Cougar Invitational December 11th and SFU for the War On the Floor December 15, 16, & 17.

The Tseshaht Pacific Rim Bantam Update -

Bulldogs Win 3-0 against the Victoria Racket Club on Saturday

 The Bantam A team took the weekend November 20th 21st off,  only to come back and defeat the Victoria Racket Club 3-0 on Saturday 27th .

The star of this game was without question Matt Oliver who scored 2 of the 3 goals with an assist on the 3rd , speed and calm dictated his day as Matt relentlessly brought the game to the Racket Club.  Goal one was a classic play as Matt broke away and undressed Allan Jeremy (Racket Club Goalie) with a patient deke that had Allan going in the wrong direction.  Look for more great things from # 8 Matt Oliver.

Points for the Game:

Matt Oliver 2 Goals 1 assist
Josh Harvey 1 Goal 1 assist
Ashton Locke 1 assist
Keagun Silva 1 assist
Gary Martin will be off for a while with an abdominal injury 4-6 weeks
Jake Eskola has re-injured his collar bone and will also be off for 6+ weeks

Next Game

Saturday at Fuller Lake against Cowichan Valley ranked # 1

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Around the Pound" , live tonight on 93.3 The Peak

Hello and Happy Monday. Firing up the blog after a much needed day off yesterday to watch the Grey Cup, and do just about nothing!

Catch "Around the Pound" live on 93.3 The Peak FM tonight from 6pm to 7pm.

Tonight's Guest List - In order of appearance, and as always, subject to change:

Bulldogs Head Coach and GM Paul Esdale

Bulldog Players Connor Varley and Sam Mitchell

Dan Marshall, play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers

Former Bulldog Kevin Ross, now with the Princeton Tigers

Send in your questions for my guests by clicking here


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bulldogs vs Malmo Redhawks tickets on sale today, Athletic Hall Opens today, Dogs host Kings tonight

Yesterday was the deadline for Season Ticket and Corporate Ticket holders to claim their seats for the January 2nd game when the Dogs host the Sweden-based Malmo Redhawks. That means TODAY tickets are on sale to the general public by visiting the Dogs office or heading to the website to purchase online.

The Alberni Athletic Hall officially opens today with the Ceremonies getting underway at 1pm. A special Exhibition contest against former Armada Alumni and First Nations stars gets underway at 3:30.

More details below, click the image twice to enlarge it!

The Bulldogs host the BCHL's top team, and the Nation's #2 ranked team in the Powell River Kings tonight at the Dog Pound. Catch the pregame show with Rick and I getting underway at 6:45 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:00.

The Kings picked up a 2-1 win last night in Nanaimo, avenging a 6-3 loss at home to the Clippers on Wednesday night. The Kings are 2-1-2-0 in their last five games which is a little odd with ties being a rarity in the BCHL.

For more from the Kings side of the puck visit Rodgers Ramble, the blog of Kings play-by-play voice Fraser Rodgers.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Kevin Ross, now with the Princeton Tigers. We gotta talk about this whole orange and black thing you got going on Rossie!

The Port Alberni Fire Department will be at the game selling wrist bands to support KIDSPORT - "So all kids can play" so bring some spare pocket change and you just might help the next local Bulldog superstar get off the sidelines and get into the game!

That's it for now....see you at the Pound tonight!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Dogs 1 Caps 0

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Dogs @ Caps

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Fort Mac hosts Drayton Valley in AJHL outdoor game...

Very cool pic.
From the Canadian Press

  The Fort McMurray Oils Barons are getting the jump on the N-H-L today as they play host to the Drayton Valley Thunder in an outdoor game. 

 The Northern Classic between the two Alberta Junior Hockey League teams sold some five thousand tickets within an hour.  The forecast is for a chilly minus-eight.

Dogs visit Caps tonight, last chance for Bulldogs vs Redhawks tickets today, Kings in town tomorrow, Athletic Hall Opening Ceremonies tomorrow...

The Bulldogs kick off a two game weekend tonight when they visit the Capitals at the Island Savings Centre.

Catch the pregame show at 7:15 with the play-by-play to follow at 7:30 on 93.3 The Peak FM and our website at
Josh Mitchell will be my 1st Intermission guest while former Bulldog Brian Kang, now with the Concordia Cobbers will be my 2nd Intermission guest.

The BCHL leading Powell River Kings visit the Dog Pound tomorrow.

Check out my weekly preview from the Bulldogs website HERE

LAST CHANCE for Bulldog season ticket holders to claim their seats for the game January 2nd against the Malmo Sweden Redhawks. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow.

The Alberni Athletic Hall has it's official Opening Ceremonies at 1pm tomorrow with an Exhibition game to follow at 3:30. Here's all the the image to enlarge.
That's it for now.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

'Nucks host Avs tonight on 93.3 The Peak, LAST CHANCE for season ticket holders to get their Dogs vs Malmo tickets, Grey Cup Golf Tourney

The reeling Canucks host the streaking Avalanche tonight at Rogers Arena and live on 93.3 The Peak.

Catch the pregame show at 6:30 tonight with the play-by-play to follow shortly after 700pm.

From the  Canucks website click the links to read the

GAME NOTES               PREVIEW               and                LINE UP

Don't forget that the deadline for 'Dogs season ticket holders to claim their seats for the January 2nd Bulldogs vs Malmo Redhawks game is Friday as tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday.

Details on the Bulldog website HERE

(It might look a little different on Sunday afternoon)

Grey Cup Scramble on Sunday

Next Sunday November 28th is the annual Grey Cup Tournament and party.
Please register in the Pro. Shop with your 4,5, or 6 person teams or as a single. The teams can consist of all Men all Ladies or a mixed team. There will be very few rules, just a fun day. Both golfers and non golfers are welcome to join in the activities. If you prefer not to golf come out for the lunch and watch the game on one of two big screen TV’s.

There will be 9 holes of golf with many on course obstacles to overcome. The beverage cart will also be out and about. It all begins with a shotgun start at 12 noon. After golf enjoy one of Alberni Golf Course’s world famous lunches, served by the greatest staff to be found anywhere.

Kick off is 3:15, with the best in the West against the best in the East. There will be 3 or 4 meat draws, at ½ time courtesy of Rick Paul of Double R Meats. The price for this fun filled day is $30 for members and $40 for guests. If you come out just for lunch and the game the price is $ 15. This entry fee includes Golf, Lunch, ½ time appy’s and lots of prizes.

See you on Sunday.

That's it for today! Hopefully we'll see you out Sunday if it's still a go on account of the weather.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cold Day in the Valley!

 How cold is it around these parts? The above picture was taken out on the water in the harbour this morning. Well at least a part of the harbour that WASNT FROZEN! Bundle up and DRIVE SAFE PEOPLE!

Big congrats to former Bulldog Brian Kang, as he picked up a big goal, the OT winner for Concordia over the weekend. For more details, read the recap from the Concordia website here

Their website has Brian listed as playing for "Aleberni Valley" haha

Thanks to whomever it was that posted the link in the comments yesterday.

I'm doing my best right now to track down Brian for an interview.


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Barry Brust is a beauty, Tim Kennedy is a punk, Sidney Crosby is pretty good, Alberni Wrestling Update...

This is just plain awesome and awful at the same time. Awesome that Barry Brust steps up to protect a teammate. I've done the EXACT same thing before, way back in the day. The awful part - Tim Kennedy has no problems drilling someone from behind, but when confronted (by a goalie, no less) he takes a dive like a soccer player. Hopefully you stay in the A. Or maybe end up in the E!

This is flat out ridiculous stuff from Sid the Kid. We have no idea how good these guys REALLY are. This is just like Tiger Woods bouncing a ball on his sand wedge that was filed during commercial outtakes. It ended up BEING the commercial. Whatever the commercial was for in this situation, it won't be as cool as what Sid does here. Stay with it till the end.


Alberni Wrestlers Hone Skills at Harbour City Hubbub

Wrestlers from the Alberni Valley Wrestling Club travelled to Nanaimo to compete at the inaugural Harbour City Hubbub Takedown Competition at Wellington Secondary.  Despite it being an early season exhibition event the Alberni Wrestlers already showed signs that they will be a force to be reckoned with on the mats this season.

The event featured a unique format where wrestlers only competed to take each other down.  Rookie coach and 2010 ADSS graduate Kraig Doskotch explained the event as follows; “In regular freestyle wrestling once you take your opponent down you try to turn them to score points and ultimately pin them.  At this tournament wrestlers had to stand up as soon as the takedown was complete.  The idea behind an exhibition event like this is to have wrestlers develop their takedown skills, develop their conditioning, and encourage offensive wrestling.  I think it worked and it was a lot of fun to watch.”

Seven Alberni wrestlers went undefeated in route to winning their weight classes and claiming the title of Takedown Champion.  Veteran Grade 12 wrestlers Austin Evans (58 kg Men) and Sky Dauost (68 kg Men) demonstrated that they intend to lead their team by example.  Grade 11 wrestler Cullen Hines (74 kg Men) looked strong in his matches executing exciting throws and leg attacks.  New additions to the ADSS team this year but certainly not the sport Grade 9 wrestlers Jesse (45 kg Men) and Jordon Wagner (48 kg Men) were dominant in their weight classes recording over 30 takedowns between the two of them. On the women’s side Bailey Durning looked very tough beating a provincially ranked wrestler in a barn burner match at 59 kilograms.  Dunn Middle School wrestler Emma Vanderlee (66 kg Women) proved that although she is only Grade 8 she could be a threat at the Island Championships this year.

A number of Alberni’s upcoming wrestlers lost to only one opponent to finish second in their weight classes. On the women’s side Remi Wells (41 kg), Sophie Vanderlee (49 kg), and Julia McGowan (66 kg) all finished second in their respective classes despite only being middle school wrestlers at EJ Dunn. On the men’s side Russell David (59 kg), Sheldon Haddad (59 kg), Johannes Kulich (63 kg), Nolan Badovinac (74 kg), and Christian Anderson (100 kg) also finish second in their pools.

Rounding out the placings for Alberni were Lauren Barker (3rd at 43 kg Women), Michel Kurucz (3rd at 55 kg Women), Eryk McKenzie (3rd at 42 kg Men), Brayden Arsenault (3rd at 33 kg Men), Michaela Dick  (4th at 55 kg Women), Riley Neville (4th at 88 kg Men), Danika Bratt (5th at 55 kg Women) and Oliver Witham (5th at 52 kg Men).

Alberni Wrestling Head Coach James Messenger had this to say about his team’s performance.  “I am pleased with how we wrestled on the mats today.  This was a perfect early season development opportunity. We have a great group of kids who are showing a commitment to attending practice, training hard, and improving their skills.  It is only November but our small core group of Grade 11 and 12 wrestlers have stepped up in terms of leadership and dedication and we have a great group of wrestlers in Grade 8, 9 & 10 following their lead.  I am really excited about what the rest of the season and the next few years have in store for our program.”

Novice wrestlers from Neill, EJ Dunn and ADSS will practice this week in preparation for the Island Novice Tournament in Campbell River November 27. Experienced wrestlers will take the weekend off.  Their next competition will be the Roberts Rumble December 4th in Burnaby.

Pictures from the event can be viewed at:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Packed for Around The Pound

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Dogs 3 Cents 2

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Dogs host Cents, "Around the Pound" live after the game at Dolce Vita and Live on THE PEAK at 6pm

The Dogs host the Merritt Centennials to finish of Parents Weekend today after a tough 3-1 loss yesterday to the Clippers. The Centennials dropped a 6-1 decision to the Grizzlies at Bear Mountain Arena. 
Catch the pregame show at 2:15 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 2:30. 
Today's second intermission feature guest is former Bulldog Ryan Corbiell. 

Get it all on 93.3 The Peak FM and online at 

Don't forget to come down or tune in for "Around the Pound" the Bulldog Hockey Show tonight following the game at Dolce Vita, taking to the airwaves at 6:00pm. Come down and meet the guys and check the show out live! Head Coach and GM Paul Esdale will be on the show, along with several Bulldog players, Bulldogs Trainer Chad Oliver, and last but not least highlights from the weekend. As always send in any questions for me or my guests by clicking HERE

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Clippers 3 Dogs 1

A tough one for the home side, and a great one for the injury depleted road side saw the Clippers pick up the first road win in the season series with a 3-1 win at the Pound.

It was 1-0 Dogs 4:59 in when Casey Bailey and Josh Mitchell set up Tyler Berkholtz on a backdoor play on a 5 on 3 created when the Shipmen picked up a bench minor while already shorthanded. After the second penalty Clippers Head Coach and GM Bill Bestwick was ejected. Inside 4 minutes might be a new didn't appear that there was much in the way of comments or gesturing from the bench so my only theory was that the official wasn't happy with how the 2nd minor penalty was being served.

The Dogs had another 5 on 3 before the Clippers got a chance when the Bulldogs picked up two minors in less than a minute. The Dogs would kill it off and lead 1-0 after 1, and by the same score after 2 although the Clippers controlled the bulk of the play in the second and Frank Slubowski was very good when he had to be.

Nanaimo tied it at 1-1 early in the third when Kyle Kramer was found alone at the top of the crease. They took the lead four minutes later when Ryan Stanimir tipped a shot off Slubowski and in for a 2-1 lead. The Clippers would make the lead stand before finding the empty net with 25 seconds to go as Kyle Kramer picked up his second of the game.

Full credit to the Clippers for the win as they outworked the Dogs and played more of the 60 minutes than their opponents.

Next up for the Dogs is the Merritt Centennials at the Pound tomorrow after with the pregame show at 2:15 and the play-by-play at 2:30.

The Dogs have had consistency issues consistently. Here's hoping they will come out tomorrow and be angry about that one to bring a full effort.

Time to hit the hay.


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New Bulldogs 3rd's

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This day in history, November 20th 1999.

Two big history bits today. This day in 1999, the people of Port Alberni voted in favour of the referendum to build the Alberni Valley Multiplex. I couldn't imagine what this community would be like without it. Most likely I would have never come here, and my life would be incredibly different. THANKS PORT ALBERNI for having the vision to vote to build this great barn, for nights just like this one!

Also this day in 1999, Bulldogs Public Address Announcer Charles Mealey was elected as Port Alberni's youngest City Councillor. His comment about how his life changed this day sure got me to thinking about mine and how it has changed too! Thanks Port Alberni!


If you think your team has injury troubles, think of the Clippers situation and realize you don't have it that bad.

I'm not sure that I've ever seen more guys up top watching the game on TV instead of preparing for the one on the ice. I feel for the kids.


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Dogs host Clippers, battle for "Rival Hammer", shoot to win $25,000 tonight, Community Coat Share tonight, Lions TV Auction tonight...

The Dogs and Clippers go at it again tonight at the Multiplex with the Dogs coming off a 3-0 win, and the Clippers coming off a 3-0 loss to Merritt.

Here's some thoughts from the Nanaimo side of the coin - from the Nanaimo News Bulletin click to read "More intense matchup on tap"
Catch the pregame show on 93.3 The Peak FM at 6:45 with the puck dropping at 7:00.

Tonight's second intermission feature guest is Centennials Play-by-Play voice Alex Grebenyuk.

For more on the Centennials side of the puck check out "Making Cents" the blog all about the Centennials by Brian Wiebe, the Cents Media and Communications Coordinator.

Don't forget to buy a program when you come to the game tonight! If you have a Trent Dorais autograph in your program, you get a chance to shoot for $25,000 towards a new car from Van Isle Ford from the NEAR blue line!
Don't forget to bring your gently used outerwear tonight for the Community Coat Share project. This couldn't have been more perfectly timed with how cold it's going to get around these parts in the coming days. It's no Manitoba, but for people living here without proper winter wear it feels all the same, so please bring anything you can tonight! You'll be entered to win a Bulldogs prize pack!

Don't forget "Around the Pound" at Dolce Vita TOMORROW, not MONDAY night. It's a special "Parents Weekend" edition, live at 6pm tomorrow night after the game.

Last but not least, if you aren't going to the game tonight don't forget about the Lions TV Auction tonight! Get more information on their website at

That's it for now!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Josh Mitchell "full flight" for 1st star, Dogs 3 Mills 0

(below photos:Kaicee Trott)

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