Friday, July 21, 2017
Bulldogs announce another recruit
Welcome to the team and the community Graham! As a former goalie, I'm a fan of 6'2 defenders!
SIX-FOOT-TWO DEFENDER EXPECTED TO BRINGS SIZE, POISE AND SKILL TO
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce
that Phillips Exeter Academy Prep defenceman Graham Rutledge has
committed to join the team for the 2017/18 BCHL season.
Rutledge recently completed a successful three-year career at the New
Hampshire-based prep school, totaling six goals and 25 points in 30
games in his senior season while helping his team to a 23-7-1 record.
Overall, the six-foot-two blueliner dressed in 91 games at Phillips
Exeter, scoring 11 goals and adding 32 assists. He was named a team
captain prior to the 2016/17 campaign.
"Graham is the rare breed of defenceman who combines great size with a
high hockey IQ and a tremendous ability to move the puck," says
Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "We believe he can step right into
our line-up and make an immediate impact in the BCHL, and we're
excited that he has chosen the Alberni Valley as his destination to
pursue an NCAA scholarship."
Rutledge is a former teammate of 2016/17 Bulldogs' scoring leader
Trevor Cosgrove, as the two spent a pair of seasons together
patrolling the Phillips Exeter blueline.
"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to play for the Alberni
Valley Bulldogs," says Rutledge, who describes himself as a
defensive-minded, physical player who continues to improve the
offensive side of his game. "With the organization's emphasis on
community service and education, along with the opportunity to grow
and develop in a high caliber league like the BCHL, it seemed like a
great fit for me. I'm also looking forward to playing in a town that's
so invested in its team. My main goal for this upcoming season is to
contribute to the team's success and hopefully go on a strong playoff
run, and individually it has been my dream to obtain an NCAA Division
Rutledge will take the ice with his new teammates when the Bulldogs
begin their main training camp on Monday, August 21st at Weyerhaeuser