Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
PORT ALBERNI JUNIOR HOCKEY SOCIETY PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO
100% ownership of the team is the goal, however the minority local owners of Dennis See/The See Group of Companies and Dr. David Ness have indicated they would be happy to stay on as owners should the society not be able to secure anything more than the funds required to purchase the majority ownership from the Okanagan Hockey School / Okanagan Hockey Academy.
The initial board of directors:
Chair - Darren Deluca
Secretary - Bob Cole
Treasurer - Al McCulloch
Director - David McCormick
Director - Tom McEvay
The board is now forming fundraising committees to embark on an aggressive 45 day campaign to gauge the support of the people of the Alberni Valley, setting an initial goal of 500,000 to be raised by June 1st with further efforts to reach the ultimate goal of 1,000,000.
Alberni Clayoquot Community Futures has approved a 50,000 refundable loan to kick off the campaign with seed support also pledged by the board of the 2009 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.
Donations can be made to the "Donors Club" and "Founders Club" by visiting the RBC on 3rd Ave, the offices of Mollon Tyler Mollon on Johnson Road, the newly established Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society at 3009 4th Avenue, the Bulldogs Office, at Port Alberni City Hall, and by visiting their website going live today at www.portalbernijuniorhockey.com
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Five wrestlers of the Alberni Valley Wrestling Club travelled to Fredericton to compete in the 2012 Cadet/Juvenile National Championships this past weekend. They were joined by coaches James Messenger and Chris Bodnar and pairing master Richelle McKenzie. The club’s results were outstanding with all five wrestlers finishing in the top six in Canada.
Grade 12 wrestler, finished Daley Forbes finished her high school wrestling career in style winning the gold medal and the title of National Champion for the third straight year. Competing in the 75 kilogram Juvenile (17 & 18 year olds) Girls Division, Daley was dominant throughout the competition. This was the fourth year in a row that Daley was in the National Championship finals.
“Daley has been a very reliable performer for our wrestling team. She demonstrated that once again this weekend. Her consistency is a testament to the fact that regardless of the tournament, regardless of her opponent, she sticks to her game plan and wrestles for the positions she needs to be in. It isn’t the flashiest wrestling style out there but it certainly caught the attention of some of the university coaches who were in Fredericton recruiting members for their varsity programs. At this point Daley isn’t sure what she will do next year but we are all hopeful that she will continue to pursue both her education and wrestling.” commented coach James Messenger.
Fredericton was the first trip to the National Championships for Grade 9 wrestler Nolan Badovinac. Badovinac did not let his inexperience show as he went undefeated to claim the title in the 72 kilogram Cadet (15 & 16 year olds) Boys Division.
When asked about Nolan’s gold medal performance Coach Chris Bodnar had this to say, “Nolan has had a very successful Grade 9 season. He obviously had an outstanding National tournament and was extremely dominant this weekend. Many people are surprised to hear that he is so successful as a Grade 9. No one who spends any time around our wrestling program is surprised. Yes, he is talented but he also works very, very hard. He never misses a practices, never misses a run, and doesn’t shy away from wrestling with tougher, more experienced training partners. It all came together for him at the Nationals and we couldn’t be happier for him. ”
Grade 12 wrestler Connor McDonald wrestled at his best to finish fourth in the Juvenile Men’s 82 kilogram Division. “Connor wrestled the best tournament of his life.” commented Messenger. “He showed up to compete and didn’t let the level of competition intimidate him. He scrambled well and finished takedowns better than I have ever seen him do. I am really proud of how he did and how he finished his high school career.”
Grade 10 wrestlers and twin brothers Jordan Wagner (5th Cadet Men 54 kilograms) and Jesse Wagner (6th Cadet Men 50 kilograms) found themselves in two of the toughest Cadet weight classes of the tournament. They each won multiple matches against tough opponents but a couple of hard fought losses resulted in them being held out of the medal rounds.
The most immediate event coming up for local wrestlers is their Annual Awards Night Thursday April 26th 7 pm at the Italian Hall. Wrestlers, their families, and all supporters are encouraged to make plans to attend. Clearly the Alberni Wrestling Program has much to celebrate.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
And one more item before I go - a note from the Bulldogs Office - 2012-13 Season Ticket renewal deadline is TUESDAY, APRIL 17th. If you don't get in touch with the office to indicate you are renewing your seats you are at risk of losing them to ticket holders that have already renewed next season who are looking to upgrade their seats! So get into the office ASAP or over the weekend or call them at 250-723-4412!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Dogs Spring Camp kicks off Friday, Nucks come out flat, Vees sweep Kings, MENS NIGHT at Alberni Golf Club tonight......
2012 SPRING IDENTIFICATION CAMP SCHEDULE
8:30-8:55am Check In
9:00-9:15am Assembly, Opening Comments, Welcome, Video
9:30-11:00am Fitness Testing
12:00-1:00pm On-ice skills, Teams 1 + 2
1:15-2:15pm On-ice skills, Teams 3 + 4
2:30-4:30pm GAME 1, Teams 1 vs 2
4:45-6:45pm GAME 2, Teams 3 vs 4
9:00-11:00am GAME 3, Teams 2 vs 3
9:00-10:00am Education Seminar with Tom McEvay (Parents + Players) Teams 1 + 4
11:15-1:15pm GAME 4, Teams 1 vs 4
11:30-12:30pm Education Seminar with Tom McEvay (Parents + Players) Teams 2 + 3
1:30-2:30pm Goalie Session
4:00-6:00pm GAME 5, Teams 1 vs 3
6:15-8:15pm GAME 6, Teams 2 vs 4
7:15-9:15am RED & WHITE GAME #1 (rosters announced Saturday night)
9:30-10:30am Exit Interviews for players from Red & White Game #1
10:30-12:30pm RED & WHITE GAME #2 (rosters announced Saturday night)
12:45-1:45pm Exit Interviews for players from Red & White Game #2
If you aren't aware, Penner injured himself this year while eating pancakes for breakfast. And WOW were the Canucks ever flat! It could have been 5-0 five minutes in if not for Roberto Luongo. The Kings looked like a Sutter coached team, while the Canucks looked like...nothing good for the most part. Here's hoping they find some urgency and intensity for tomorow, or this run could be a short one.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Fenkell Commits to Bowdoin
April 2, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to announce that 91 G Max Fenkell has committed to the NCAA hockey program at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The Bowdoin Polar Bears play in the NESCAC, the premiere conference in NCAA Division 3 hockey.
“Bowdoin is a highly selective liberal arts college on the coast of Maine with a long history of
educating leaders in all walks of life,” as described on the school’s website. “The campus is a closeknit community where respected scholars have built an environment that values collaboration and
teaching above all else. Our location in Maine is central to the experience, allowing access to mountains, cities, and coastal environments.”
Bowdoin also has a very rich hockey tradition, dating back to 1919. The Polar Bears play in the new Sidney J Watson Ice Arena that opened in January of 2009. “The Sid”, as the rink is arena is commonly known as, averages 1,100 fans per game. “I am very pleased that Max has the opportunity
to continue his hockey career,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs Head Coach Kevin Willison. “Bowdoin College is getting a very special and talented athlete,” added Willison. “The Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization would like to wish Max all the best moving forward as he is a very focused and goal oriented young man.”
“Bowdoin is a top academic school in the US and Max has high academic qualifications so it is a good fit,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs Educational Advisor Tom McEvay. “Max had opportunities to return to NCAA Div 1 schools but in the end the opportunity to further his academic interests and to play on a regular basis were the deciding factors.”
“I would like to thank the Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization for everything they did for me during my year in the valley,” said Max Fenkell. “Coaches Kevin and Adam and Tom were tireless in their efforts to help me achieve my goals and gave me every opportunity to make this day a reality,” added Fenkell. “Thank you to all the fans for the support and to my billets, Rick and Melinda, you guys gave
me a place to succeed away from the rink.”
Fenkell will suit up for the Bowdoin Polar Bears in the 2012-2013 season. The Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization wishes Max the very best while at Bowdoin College and in all his future endeavors.
For more information please contact Assistant Coach Adam Hayduk at 250.723.4412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge congrats to Max...I love being involved in the game for stories like this, where persistence, attitude and perseverance win in the end!
HERE and to sign up head to Home Hardware anytime!