Hello and thanks as always for checking the blog.
Please see yesterday's Press Release from the Bulldogs below, regarding the move that was initially announced on the team's twitter account on Friday that sees the Bulldogs acquire Luke Gingras along with Future Considerations from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Jordan Sandhu.
For further insight into how and why the deal went down, read this story from the Alberni Valley News by clicking HERE
All the best in the future to Jordan, and thanks for all that you did in a Bulldog sweater, both on the ice and off the ice out and about in the community. Despite not having the season he wanted last year, and despite how bad the standings picture looked or the scoreboard on some of the rough nights, I was always impressed with how Jordan refused to quit and always played hard.
Welcome to the team and the community Luke, I look forward to what you can bring to the team!
Fun fact - Luke scored for the Vipers against the Bulldogs last season in Vernon.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER SASKATOON BLADES FORWARD ADDED FROM VIPERS
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce the acquisition of 1998-born forward Luke Gingras and future considerations from the Vernon Vipers in return for 1999-born forward Jordan Sandhu.
Gingras is a veteran of three seasons with the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades. He scored six goals while totalling 13 points and 132 penalty minutes in 109 WHL games before joining the Vipers midway through the 2016/17 season. In Vernon, the Langley, BC product picked up 10 points in 21 regular season games and one goal in 12 playoff contests.
"We're excited to add a player of Luke's character and experience," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He brings size and toughness to our roster along with some untapped offensive potential that we're confident will benefit our group."
In return, the Bulldogs have sent Sandhu to Vernon following two seasons with the Bulldogs. The 18-year old contributed 30 points last season after being named team captain in September and is committed to Arizona State University for the 2018/19 season.
"I'd like to thank Jordan for all his efforts in Alberni Valley and wish him success moving forward in his hockey career," says Hughes.
The new-look Bulldogs will begin their main training camp on Monday, August 21st at Weyerhaeuser Arena.