Published 11 Apr 2013 Alberni Valley Times
Another season of minor hockey in the Alberni Valley is in the books and the association handed out its annual awards.
Atom development coach Dan Shiner was named coach of the year. Shiner started as a member of the AVMHA at a very young age. He played as an Alberni Valley Timbermen for many years – being coached by some of the best and worst coaches AVMHA has ever had. As his family grew so did his role in AVMHA – he became a coach first to his oldest son, then juggled coaching both sons in two different divisions and this year, he coached his youngest. Over the years, he has played the role of assistant coach, head coach and coach mentor.
The volunteer of the year award went to Kellie Steel, who had 23 nominations for the award.
Bruce Brunt, who was instrumental in running the Tier 3 Midget provincial championship tournament, was given the above and beyond award, and the Jessica States Memorial Award was earned by Nicole Gagnon.
Also at the awards ceremony, 42 graduating players were given their jerseys as a gift from the association.
The team awards are as follows:
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Daniel Marriott
Most Improved Player: Logan Rozwadoski
Most Dedicated Player: MacKenzie Adams
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Zechariah McDonald
Most Improved Player: Acacia Thompson
Most Dedicated Player: Grayson Erickson
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Abbey Nelson
Most Improved Player: Jordan Villafane
Most Dedicated Player: Justin Brown
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Riley Shiner
Most Improved Player: Joe McAllister
Most Dedicated Player: Noah Fatur
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Alisa Clydesdale
Most Improved Player: Dezirae Henstridge
Most Dedicated Player: Jakob Gaudet
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Ryan Turgeon
Most Improved Player: Braeden Reynolds
Most Dedicated Player: Tyler Torfs
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Annika Johnson
Most Improved Player: Carmen Sanders
Most Dedicated Player: Kylie Scott
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Ryan Rae Arthur
Most Improved Player: Tynan Smyth
Most Dedicated Player: Shay-lee McConnell
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Kayla Caddy
Most Improved Player: Tristen Clydesdale
Most Dedicated Player: Shelby Clydesdale
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Brennan Locke
Most Improved Player: Colton Bowerman
Most Dedicated Player: Ayden Brossoit
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Liam Macleod
Most Improved Player: Keagun Selva
Most Dedicated Player: Jason Brunt
MIDGET B Bulldogs
Most Sportsmanlike Player: James Mcleod
Most Improved Player: Eric Gill
Most Dedicated Player: Logan Henson
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Tyrell Terryberry
Most Improved Player: Aiden Harris
Most Dedicated Player: Jayden Lajeunesse
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Cole Tewinke
Most Improved Player: Bryan Michel
Most Dedicated Player: Dylan Nakagawa
MIDGET FEMALE FUSION
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Carley Gitelman
Most Improved Player: Angelle Welsh
Most Dedicated Player: Sarah Dawson.
Rookie of the Year: Ravi Manhas
Top Referee of the Year: Austyn Smith
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Midget A – Most Sportsmanlike – Liam Macleod
Midget A – Most Dedicated – Jason Brunt
Midget Canucks – Most Dedicated – Dylan Nakagawa
Bantam Coyotes – Most Dedicated – Shelby Clydesdale
Atomc Kings – Most Sportsmanlike – Abbey Nelson
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More photos will be added in the coming days.
Above & Beyond – Bruce Brunt
Coach of the Year – Dan Shiner
Jessica States Memorial Award – Nicole Gagnon
Rookie Referee – Ravi Manhas
Volunteer of the Year – Kellie Steel
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***Latest Updates will be reported here as they become available.
Midget Tier 4:
***The JAL Design/AAA Photography Midget B team won the Island Banner championship on Sunday Feb 24th in a 2 game knockout of Juan de Fuca. First win was on Sat Feb 23rd , an 8-4 victory and the banner winning game on Sunday Feb 24th with a final score of 7-1 for us.
The players and parents would like to thank the coaches Charles Macdonald (head coach) and Mike Locke (asst. coach) for their dedication and hard work towards the team.
We are off to Provincials on March 16th in Lillooet, BC!!!
Alberni Valley Midget B Tier 4 Team with Island Championship Banner
-Kristi Oliver reporting for the Midget Tier 4 team
Female Midget Team:
The CUPE/Flooring Depot Female Midget Fusion team have one game left in their regular season and are fighting for the 4th place position to make it into the playoffs. We won’t know until after next weekend whether we have made it or not, but they won both their games this weekend which was crucial for them to maintain their standing.
If they have make the playoffs they will take place on March 8 and 9th.
-Leanne Savard reporting for the Female Midget Team
Midget Tier 3:
Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs won our round robin placement games against Tri-Port (6-5) and Juan de Fuca (8-1).
Midget Bulldogs defeated Sooke T3 5 to 1 on Saturday Feb. 16th to advance to the Island T3 championships. Because we are hosting the BC Championships and as such the Island gets 2 entries, both teams in the finals are guaranteed to go. Victoria won their game against Tri-port in double overtime 4 to 3 thus locking up the second spot.
***Van Isle Ford Midget A Bulldogs won their game Saturday Feb. 23rd against Victoria 6 to 3 to take a 1 game advantage in the best of three. Game two on March 2, had our Midget Bulldogs win against Victoria (5-1) to win the Vancouver Island Banner and earn their spot in the up coming BC Midget Championship here in Port Alberni, March 17-22nd.
Midget Tier 3 Bulldogs with banner for Island Playoff Champions
-Bruce Brunt reporting for Midget T3
Atom Development Team:
The Dr. Tremblay/Solda’s Restaurant/LA Marine Atom Bulldogs had their first playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 9th and they tied 5- 5 with Campbell River. #19 Kobe Bos had a pair of goals and #2 Carson Steel had 3 goals and an assist. They had the lead of 5-3 until the last 4 minutes in game when Campbell River game back to Tie.
Atom Bulldogs played Kerry park on Sunday Feb. 17th and won 6-3. #19 Kobe Bos, #2 Carson Steel and #5 Zach Ursel all with a pair of goals. Kids played well and it was a great game!
***The Dr. Tremblay/Solda’s Restaurant/LA Marinet Atom Bulldogs played Saturday Feb. 23 against Victoria Racquet Club B. The 1st and 2nd period where a real battle to get goals. Third period we stepped it up and came back for the win 5-1. Tristen Gortan had a great game and made some great saves. Carson Steel and Zach Ursel got 2 goals each and an assist along with a goal from Daniel Marriott.
***March 2nd, The Dr. Tremblay/Solda’s Restaurant/LA Marine Atom Bulldogs won there game in Peninsula 3-0. #19 Kobe Bos scored 2 goals and 1 goal scored by #5 Zach Ursel. Semi-Final and Finals will be hosted in Port Alberni Saturday March 9/10. Will post schedule when it comes available.
*** Saturday March 9th, the Dr. Tremblay/Solda’s Restaurant/LA Marine Atom Bulldogs won there semi-final 4-2 against Victoria Racquet Club. They are now playing in the playoff Final today March 10th at 10:30 vs Kerry Park, on the Weyerhauser Arena.
Well Atom Bulldogs made a great effort but came up a bit short. Played a great team and had a great game against Kerry park. The score was 5-4. It has been a great season and we came home with the league Championship banner. The kids and the coaches should be proud because we played well. Thanks for all the support!
- Kellie Steel reporting for Atom Development Team
Midget Recreation Teams:
The Canadian Tire Midget Canucks played their last league game on Sunday (Feb. 10th) defeating Nanaimo 5 to 3 to take top spot in the North Division (I believe they have won the North Island Banner).
The Buy Low Midget Flyers also won their game vs Oceanside 7 to 6 putting them in second in the North with one game to play. It is a close race for 2nd to 4th so stay tuned…
Quarter Final Playoffs start the first weekend in March with the top seed playing the fourth seed (yet to be determined) in each division. In the semi’s the teams cross over to play the winners of the South which will be done March 8th, and the Final Game being played March 9th. All games will be played in the Cowichan Valley.
It will be tough going as the south is very strong but our kids are up to the challenge. Each of our teams will be hosting the top Cowichan team in exhibition games Feb 16th and 24th here at the Multiplex. We will get to see what we will be up against in the playoffs!!! Both teams have done very well this year…..The Canadian Tire Midget Canucks finished with 11 wins 2 losses and a tie and the Buy Low Midget Flyers are 8 wins 3 losses and a tie with one game to play…Way to go everyone…A big thank you to our coaches, managers, players and parents for a great season………We end the year with the Midget Tournament from March 22nd to March 24th with 9 teams including three from the mainland.
***(Update Feb. 26th) Midget Recreational (Mid Island) playoffs start Saturday March 2nd. The Quarterfinals for the North have the First Place Canadian Tire Midget Canucks playing the Fourth Place Nanaimo 1 at 3:50 PM in Fuller Lake followed by the Second Place Buy Low Midget Flyers playing Third Place Oceanside 3 at 5:30 PM also in Fuller Lake.
Only 5 points separated First and Second and 2 points from Second to Third. Nanaimo was tied with Oceanside 2 for the fourth spot with Nanaimo edging them out due to a head to head win, it will be a true battle in the North.
The winners of these games cross over to play the winners of the South quarterfinals in the Semi’s…All four of the Cowichan teams are in the playoffs, with their Quarterfinals taking place Sunday March 3rd. Both the Alberni teams played exhibition games vs Cowichan teams here at home over the last two weekends, with the Canucks defeating them 6 to 1 and the Flyers lost by one goal 7 to 6. The Semi Finals will be played Saturday March 9th and the finals are on March 10th.…Best of Luck to both Teams in your playoff hunt……
-Trish Cusson reporting for the Midget Canucks & Flyers Teams
Bantam Tier 3:
West Coast Cutting & Coring/GDM Boom & Sort Bantam A Team won’t know their fate until Wednesday Feb. 13th, but it is not looking good for them. they need a miracle from that game.
-Bruce Brunt reporting for Bantam T3
PeeWee Tier 3:
Best Western Barclay/Smitty’s Peewee A team placed second in the north island division and will play Victoria 3 in the crossover with the south island division this weekend, Feb. 16-17th.
-Nancy Logan reporting for PeeWee Tier 3
PeeWee Recreation Teams:
Pee Wee Division has not started play offs yet. Dievert’s Roofing Bruins (AV1) will have their first game on Saturday, March 2nd 11:45 – 13:45 against Lake Cowichan 1 at Kraatz Arena in Parksville.
AV Times Avalanche (AV3) will have their first game on Sunday March 3rd 09:45 – 11:45 against Cowichan Valley 1 at Meeker Arena in Parksville. Scotiabank Warriors (AV2) did not make play offs.
-Leslie Kailer-Dore reporting for PeeWee Recreation Teams
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The Atom Development Team players picked children off the DQ Angel tree and all bought presents for each of them.
For all the results, game reports, photos, etc. go to the tournament website: avhockey2012oct.wordpress.com
BC Hockey Sanction Permit #2012-2013-3967
Earlier this Fall, Carson Steel’s Mom, Kellie, filled out a contest form from the Vancouver Canucks website called, “Every Kids Dream’. Carson Steel, age 9 and an Atom Rep player from Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association, was randomly chosen from kids all over British Columbia. So, on October 22nd, they headed to Roger’s Arena in Vancouver where Carson had an experience of a life time!
He won 2 tickets to the game Vs The Minnesota Wild. Carson was taken to the Vancouver Canucks dressing room met players such as Ryan Kesler, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malholtra and had his stick signed. Best of all, this young forward was taken to ice level and skated with the entire Vancouver Canucks during warm up. He lined up on the blue line for the National Anthem, with Vancouver Canucks starting line up and the announcer broadcast, “Standing in line up tonight is CARSON STEEL of the Port Alberni Minor Hockey Association”.
Quite an experience for Carson, especially when Daniel Sedin talked to him on the blue line. An experience that he won’t soon forget!!
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Coach Mike Doucette, Asst. Coach Raif Moss, Asst. Coach Kevin Hasselberg, Asst. Coach Paul Manhas
The Alberni Valley Atom Bulldogs hosted a tournament Friday Nov. 12th to Sunday Nov. 14th, 2010 at the Multiplex.
The other five teams playing in the tournament were the Comox Valley Chiefs, Cloverdale Colts, Nanaimo Clippers, Oceanside Generals and West Vancouver Thunder.
The web page includes:
- Team photos and rosters
- Game schedule
- Game photos.
- Scores and highlights of every game
The Atom Bulldogs would like to thank all the volunteers for their time and effort to make this a successful tournament.