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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bulldogs Training Camp underway, Exhibition opener Wednesday!


It's the kick off to the 2016-2017 training camp today as the Bulldogs and all BCHL teams hit the ice to officially begin the process of preparing for puck drop on opening night. 

After tryouts and training camp, the next step in the process is of course exhibition games - the Bulldogs play their preseason opener Wednesday night when they visit the Grizzlies at Juan De Fuca Arena for a 7:00pm puck drop. The Dogs return home to host Victoria on Saturday night, before they renew acquaintances with the Nanaimo Clippers for a home-and-home set next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Dog Pound and the Frank Crane Arena respectively. The preseason wraps up September 2nd and 4th when the Bulldogs host the Capitals Friday night and visit the Powell River Kings Sunday afternoon at Oceanside Arena for a 2:00pm puck drop. 

Points are up for grabs and it's the real deal when the Bulldogs visit the Clippers for the season opener September 9th. They visit the Grizzlies the next night before hosting the Clippers for their home opener September 16th.   

Find the full training camp sked below. 

As for coverage of the proceedings on the blog for fans parents and families alike - I'm going to be unavailable to update on Wednesday night as I'm going to be in the middle of squeezing in one last family vacation before the mayhem that is the 58 game regular season! I'll will be back and providing some updates Saturday night so be sure to check the blog, my twitter, etc!

Hammer



2016-2017 AUGUST MAIN CAMP SCHEDULE


Monday AUG 22th
            8:30am              Check In
             9:00am            Welcome and Introduction (Upstairs Lounge)
             9:30am            Base Line and Fitness Testing (JT Ward)
             12:00-1pm        Practice      Team Black
             1:15-2:15pm     Practice      Team Gold
             2:30-4:00pm     Practice      Team  Green  
             7:00-9:30pm     Game Black vs Gold
             3/20minute stop time periods. Flood after each period
Tuesday AUG 23th
              8:00am-9:00am         Goalie Session
              9:30am-10:30am       Practice     Team Black   
              11:00am-12:00pm     Practice     Team Gold
              12:15-1:30pm            Practice     Team Green
              6:00pm–8:30pm        Game        Gold vs Black
             3/20minute stop time periods. Flood after each period

Wednesday AUG 24TH  
               8:00-9:15am              Practice   Team Green 
               2:00-3:15pm              Practice    Team Green

   Thursday AUG 25TH   
               9:00am - 10:30am     Practice    Team Green

               6:00 – 8:30pm          RED & WHITE Game
               3/20minute stop time periods. Flood after each period

 Friday AUG 26th         Practice 2:30-4:15pm
 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bulldogs announce signing and trade


See below for the latest Bulldog news - welcome Jake, and best of luck in the future to Rhett! 

Hammer



BULLDOGS SIGN NEW FORWARD, TRADE VETERAN


PRESS RELEASE
July 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are please to announce the signing of forward Jake Witkowski for the 2016-17 season.

Witkowski, a 5’10, 175lb, forward from Melrose, MA is coming off an excellent final season with Avon Old Farms School where he scored 40 points (13 goals and 27 assists) in 27 games. Witkowski is a smooth skating, dynamic forward who possesses a lot of skill with and without the puck. Playing alongside 2016 Nashville Predators NHL draft pick Patrick Harper this past season, Witkowski excelled in all situations for the “Winged Beavers.”

“I’ve always been excited about the possibility of playing in the BCHL,” says Witkowski. “I can’t wait to begin the season in the Alberni Valley, it is a great fit for me as I hope to prepare myself to become an NCAA student-athlete.”

“Jake is an all-around athlete who is motivated to play juniors in the BCHL,” says Head Coach Kevin Willison. “We know he is a competitor and hopefully we can prepare him for collegiate hockey and give him a positive experience in our community.”

The Bulldogs also announce that they have traded twenty year old forward Rhett Willcox to the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for Future Considerations.

The Bulldogs want to thank Rhett for his contributions to the community and team and welcome Jake and his family to the Alberni Valley. Main Camp is set to open August 22nd at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison by phone at 250-735-0487 or by email at kevin@albernivalleybulldogs.ca.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Customer Appreciation Day right now at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel Liquor Store!

I'm broadcasting live right now at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel Liquor Store (a great friend and supporter of the blog) for their customer appreciation day! Great deals, great prizes and a Burger and Dog BBQ with proceeds going to the Ty Watson House! Come check it out! 

Hammer













Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bulldogs acquire Paul Savage



BULLDOGS AQUIRE NEW DEFENSEMAN


PRESS RELEASE
July 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC – With the regular season approaching quickly, the Bulldogs are pleased to announce the acquisition of defenseman Paul Savage (Surrey, BC) from the Yorkton Terriers in exchange for Future Considerations.

As a member of the Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Savage appeared in 78 games while registering 17 points (6 goals and 11 assists) and 119 penalty minutes. During the 2013-14 season with the Valley West Hawks of the British Columbia Major Midget League, Savage scored 34 points in 40 games prior to making the transition to Junior “A.” Savage is a strong skater, who will provide stability, experience, and leadership to the Bulldogs defense core.

The Bulldogs would like to welcome Paul and his family to the community of Port Alberni.


For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison 

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Welcome to the team and the community Paul! Find Paul's stats here

Hammer

Monday, July 04, 2016

Bulldog add two forwards, Bailey and Zolnierczyk sign with Sens and Preds, Alberni Wrestling Kids Camp




Excuse the recent lull in posting, as I was checked right out and off for some much needed holiday time with the family! A bunch of news to digest can be found below!

Hammer



BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TWO FORWARDS FOR 2016/17

PRESS RELEASE
June 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are please to announce the signing of two new forwards for the 2016-17 season.

Ryan Steele, a 6’2, 185lb, centerman from Stratford, PEI comes to the Bulldogs from The Holderness School, which is located in New Hampshire. This past season Steele scored 46 points (23 goals and 23 assists) in 29 games. Steele is a very strong skater and someone who can play a strong 200-foot game while adding size and depth to Bulldogs offensive core.

“I’m very excited to be a part of a great organization like Alberni Valley,” says Steele. “I look forward to working with my new coaches and teammates. I know it is a place where we will find lots of individual and team success.”

The Bulldogs would also like to welcome George King, a native of Calgary, AB to the team. King ended last season with the Cochrane Generals in the Heritage Junior Hockey League. King scored 14 points (5 goals and 9 assists) in 7 regular season games. After a long playoff run, the Generals eventually bowed out in the HJHL finals. King who stands at 6-feet, 175 lbs, is a gritty and speedy winger who has also spent time in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (38 games).

“I am excited to join a great organization and great community,” says King. “Alberni has made a tradition of being a good team on and off the ice and I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in any way possible.”

Both Steele and King will join the Bulldogs for their Main Camp, which opens August 22nd at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison



Former Bulldog Casey Bailey re-signed with the Ottawa Senators today. He signed out of Penn State with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who traded him to the Sens last season as part of the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Read more from the Senators HERE  


Best of luck Bails! Can't say how much I appreciated Casey always finding time to do alumni interviews with me each season, despite being incredibly busy going to school and playing hockey. 

Here's a video I posted earlier this season, he had a big league shot even then. Enjoy!



In more alumni news, former Bulldog (2005-2007) Harry Zolnierczyk signed with the Nashville Predators.








A final Bulldog note - congrats to former Dog Jared Wilson, who has been invited to attend the Calgary Flames Rookie Camp.

This week the Alberni Valley Wrestling Club is hosting its annual Summer Wrestling Camps, and wrestlers from all over the province are travelling to Port Alberni to learn from some of the sport’s best. First off is the Kids Camp running from July 5th to 7th followed by the Elite Camp running from the 7th to the 10th.

The Kids Camp is completely free, for skill levels ranging from being a first introduction to wrestling to having wrestled for several years, and is geared towards students in Grades 3 to 7. The camp runs from 10am-12pm July 5, 6, & 7th at ADSS. After having successfully ran the first Alberni Valley Elementary Wrestling League last fall, the Kids Camp is a great opportunity for young grapplers to hone their skills for the upcoming school year.

After the Kids Camp is the Elite Camp, which boasts an impressive line-up of clinicians this year. At the top of the list is hometown Olympian Travis Cross, and Vancouver Island wrestling legend World Silver Medallist Stacie Anaka. Other top clinicians include 3x All-American Clete Hanson, Commonwealth Games Champion Selwyn Tam, and former coach of Team Oregon Jeff Karlin. With such a talented group of clinicians it’s no wonder that year after year the Alberni Summer Camp is the largest wrestling camp in the province.

If you’re interested in learning more about the two Wrestling Camps, or would like to register for one of them, all the information is available at www.alberniwrestling.ca



Friday, June 17, 2016

Bulldogs announce pair of recruits



BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TWO MORE COMMITMENTS FOR 2016/17


PRESS RELEASE
June 15th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are please to announce the signing of two new defensemen for the 2016-17 season.

Connor Welsh, a 5’8, 160lb, defenseman from Halifax, NS is coming off an excellent final season with Stanstead College where he scored 43 points (5 goals and 38 assists) in 68 games. Welsh is a very intelligent, mobile defenseman who possesses a lot of skill with the puck.

“I’m excited to be a Bulldog and play in the BCHL,” says Welsh. “I look forward to meeting my new teammates along with playing in front of the best fans in the BCHL.”

The Bulldogs would also like to welcome Tyler Lentz, a native of Calgary, AB to the team. Lentz played last season for the Calgary Northstars Midget AAA program where he scored 21 points (5 goals and 16 assists) in 32 regular season games and added 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 7 playoff games. Lentz who stands at 6-feet, 185lbs, is another strong skating defenseman who has the ability to join the rush and move the puck to his teammates.

“I am looking forward to moving on to the next level in my hockey career as well as becoming a part of the Port Alberni community,” says Lentz. “I am excited to work with the coaching staff every day and improve both on and off the ice.”

Both athletes are bright students and will have many doors open in their NCAA future. The Bulldogs are very excited to welcome Connor and Tyler to the Bulldogs family.

The Bulldogs continue to prepare for their Main Camp, which opens August 22nd at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison

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Welcome to the team and the community Connor and Tyler! 

Hammer

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bulldogs move Sarault, Conrad



BULLDOGS MOVE CONRAD & SARAULT


PRESS RELEASE
June 11th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Alberni, BC –The Bulldogs announce that forwards Liam Conrad and Chris Sarault have been traded to the Dieppe Commandos of the Maritime Junior Hockey League for Future Considerations. With both players residing from the east coast, Conrad and Sarault requested to play closer to home and begin their post-secondary education.

The Bulldogs would like to thank Liam and Chris for all of their contributions to the team and the community this past season and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Willison 



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The Bulldogs sent out the above news following the conclusion of the MHL trade freeze on Saturday. It's too bad to see Liam and Chris move on, as I was a fan of both of them as players and I was looking forward to watching them improve. Here's hoping that the future considerations end up being solid additions to the Dogs. Best of luck to Liam and Chris in for looking to the rest of their life and wanting to go on to College and playing closer to home.

Hammer