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Atom Recreation Silent Auction closes April 4

Despite a tournament cancelled the Atom Recreation Division had a superb lineup of items to auction.

 

Support our Silent Auction

You can view the items and make a bid at:  https://www.32auctions.com/avmha?v=6_7

Thanks for your support!


Wed. Apr. 1st – FACEBOOK LIVE – 7:00 pm


BC Hockey Bulletin 2020-005 – March 10, 2020


ISSUE #: 2020-005
March 10, 2020
TO: BC Hockey Membership and Participants
FROM: Barry Petrachenko
Chief Executive Officer

SUBJECT: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

BC Hockey is closely monitoring the evolving situation with respect to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are continuing to review and monitor information from the Provincial Public Health Authority as well as both the Government of Canada and Government of BC.
BC Hockey is entering a very busy time of the year for the hockey community. Championships, jamborees and Program of Excellence/Zone Camps all begin within the next five (5) to 10 days. Leagues at all levels are into playoff action, along with tournaments and Regional and National championships are approaching over the next few weeks.
Please be assured that the health and safety of our participants is our priority.
We are in daily communication with our national partner, Hockey Canada, and we are monitoring updates, recommendations and warnings that may be issued by the Government of BC and Government of Canada.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk to Canadians as low and recommends assessing the risk from a specific situation or event on a case-by-case basis. Currently the Government of BC also identifies the risk to BC residents as low. Links are provided below to the respective government update pages.
Government of Canada Government of BC The Public Health Agency of Canada
At this time, BC Hockey has not cancelled any events, and each scheduled event will have additional precautions communicated through the hosts directly to the participants.
Should a member of BC Hockey be hosting their own event and have questions or concerns, they are asked to please reach out to the BC Hockey office at info@bchockey.net so it can be individually evaluated.
As new information is provided from any of our events, BC Hockey will continue to update all members and participants.
This situation serves as a reminder that, with the health and safety of participants our priority, prevention in the hockey environment should be considered by those involved in our game.
The following are recommendations that should be considered at all times during all hockey programming:
– Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Make soap and/or hand sanitizer available in dressing rooms and hotels.
– Avoid contact with sick people, including avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
– Gloves should be worn by staff handling towels or laundry in the team environment.
– Towels should not be shared on the team bench. Players should not share clothing, bar soap or other personal items such as razors.
The Hockey Canada Safety Program recommends the following protocol as it relates to the use of water bottles:
– Good team hygiene includes ensuring all players and staff have their own water bottles to prevent the transmission of viruses and bacteria.
– Bottles should be labelled and washed after each practice or game.
– It is further recommended that officials avoid the practice of drinking from the goaltender’s water bottle. If officials require water during a game, we suggest they have their own water bottle at the penalty bench.
– There should not be sharing of water bottles in the penalty box, as well as no sharing of towels.
– Avoid raw or undercooked animal products if having team meals, or if eating while travelling to events/tournaments.
– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands).
– Advise players to try and not touch their own mouths or nose when in the hockey environment to reduce the chance of them passing an infection on to COVID-19 themselves.
– Monitor illness and injuries in all teams. Parents are urged to keep children away from the hockey environment if they are showing any signs of infectious disease or virus.
– Team members should be encouraged to self-report if they feel ill.
– Fist bump with hockey gloves on, instead of shaking hands. Officials and coaches will also not be required to shake hands during the Fair Play Initiative.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Monitor travel restrictions on the Government of Canada Travel Advisory website, which can be found at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
It is also important to check with applicable insurers specific to any cancelation policies or travel health insurance policies you may purchase to ensure there is coverage as it relates to COVID-19.
Good hygienic practices will help to maintain a healthy team atmosphere and ultimately assist in keeping all participants healthy throughout the season.
Any questions can be directed to Brianna Davey, Vice President Member Services & Safety at bdavey@bchockey.net


Season Standings (as of March 11th)

as of March 11, 2020 from information posted on VIAHA website.

Recreational Teams:

Midget:  League standings: Games played 11.  Won 4, Lost 7. Total points 9

Last game played Feb. 29th:  AV1 – 1 vs NAN2 – 8.

Bantam:  League standings:  Games played 12.  Won 5, Lost 6, Tied 1.  Total points 18

Lost in Semi Finals – March 7th – NAN6 – 3 vs AV1- 2

PeeWee:  League standings:  Games played 14

AV1 –   Won 1, Lost 13.  Total points 14.  Last game Feb. 29th, AV1 – 2 vs COW2 – 9

AV2 – Won 0, Lost 14.  Total points 14.  Last game Feb. 29th, AV2 – 1 vs NAN4 – 13

Atom:  League standings:  Games played 12

AV2 – Won 4, Lost 8.  Total points 19.  Lost in semi-finals Mar. 7th, OCE – 6 vs AV2 – 1

AV1 – Won 0, Lost 11, Tied 1.  Total points 7.  Last game Mar. 1st, AV1 – 2 vs OCE – 6.

Atom Development:  League standings – Games played 12.  Won 8, Lost 4.  Total points 24.

Won game in semi-finals Mar. 7th, Racquet Club – 3 vs AV – 6

Lost in Final game Mar. 8th, AV – 3 vs Peninsula – 5.

 

Tier 3 Competitive Teams:

All Competitive Teams have now completed their season with no team making the Playoff finals.

Peewee T3:  

Div. 4 League Standings, placed 2nd out of 5 teams with 17 points.

In Round Robin Playoffs they won 4 of 5 games played.  They lost 4 – 10 to Powell River, who advanced to the semi-finals.

Bantam T3:

Div. 3 League Standings, placed 6th out of 7 teams with 7 points.

In Round Robin Playoffs they tied game against Powell River and lost to Oceanside and TriPort.

Midget T3:

Div. 3 League Standings, placed 1st out of 5 teams with 20 points.

It looks like the Midgets got a buy into the Semi Final game.  On Feb. 15th they lost to TriPort 4 – 6.


March 27-29, 2020 Atom Recreation Tourney – CANCELLED

March 12, 2020 – BC Hockey and Hockey Canada have suspended all activities/events until further notice.

Team Standings

ALBERNI-1 - -(AV1) 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
ALBERNI-2 - -(AV2) 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
CAMPBELL R-1 (CR1) 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0 
CAMPBELL R-5 (CR5) 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
COMOX - - -  (CMX) 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
PENINSULA - -(PEN) 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0

Schedule

Date G#	 Start-End  Rink Home  Score  Visitor     Score
FRI  1   3:00-4:15p   C  AV2          CMX
FRI  2   3:15-4:30p   W  AV1          OCE
FRI  3   4:45-6:00p   W  CR1          PEN
FRI  4   6:15-7:30p   W  AV1          CR5
SAT  5   9:00-10:15a  W  CR1          CMX
SAT  6  10:30-11:45a  W  AV2          PEN
SAT  7  12:00-1:15p   W  CR5          OCE
SAT  8   1:30-2:45p   W  AV1          CMX
SAT  9   3:15-4:30p   W  AV2          CR5
SAT 10   4:45-6:00p   W  CR1          OCE
SAT 11   6:15-7:30p   W  AV1          PEN
SUN 12   9:00-10:15a  W  AV2          CR1
SUN 13   9:15-10:30a  C  PEN          CR5
SUN 14  10:30-11:45a  W  CMX          OCE
SUN 15   2:00-3:30p   W  3RD          4TH  BRONZE
SUN 16   3:45-5:15p   W  1ST          2ND  GOLD/SILVER

Game Highlights

(Game Highlights for all Alberni games and Gold-Silver-Bronze games)

Team Photos/Rosters

posted when available

Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors and contributors to our tournament

Tournament Director

Tournament Rules


Mar. 13-16, 2020 – Atom Dev. Spring Tourney – CANCELLED

 

March 12, 2020 – BC Hockey and Hockey Canada has suspended all activities/events until further notice.

Team Standings

ALBERNI      0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
COWICHAN     0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
JUAN DE FUCA 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
NANAIMO      0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
OCEANSIDE    0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
VICTORIA     0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0

Game Schedule

(updated Feb. 25/20)
   G#	START-END  RINK HOME SCORE HOME	SCORE	
FRI 1	17:15-18:30  W	AV	   COW		
FRI 2	17:00-18:15  C	NAN	   OCE		
FRI 3	18:45-20:00  W	JDF	   VIC		
SAT 4	 9:00-10:15  W	COW	   NAN		
SAT 5	10:30-11:45  W	AV	   JDF		
SAT 6	12:00-13:15  W	OCE	   VIC		
SAT 7	14:15-15:30  W	NAN	   JDF		
SAT 8	15:45-17:00  W	OCE	   COW		
SAT 9	17:15-18:30  W	AV	   VIC		
SUN 10	 8:00-9:30   W	1ST	   4TH		SEMI-F
SUN 11	 8:00-9:30   C	2ND	   3RD		SEMI-F
SUN 12	 9:45-11:00  W	5TH	   6TH		CONSOL.
SUN 13	11:30-13:00  W	L-10	   L-11		BRONZE
SUN 14	13:15-14:45  W	W-10	   W-10		GOLD

Highlights

Team Photos/Rosters

Sponsors

Tournament Director

Chrissy Alarie – ckalarie@shaw.ca

Tournament Rules


April 2, 2020 – Year End Banquet

The event is being organized by Karen Kozocari avmhahockey@gmail.com  250-730-5726

  • Doors open at 5:00 pm

  • 50/50 Tickets on sale, to be drawn at the end of the Awards Presentation.

  • Buffet dinner starts at 5:30 pm.  The banquet menu will be Pizza, Fried Chicken & Salads.

  • Awards presentation to start after the dinner is served to everyone.

    • Presentation of trophies to the Most “Dedicated”, “Sportsman” & “Improved” players on each team (Atom to Midget).

    • Jessica States Memorial Trophy to female, Peewee player.

    • Fred Zibin Trophy to best On-Ice Official and trophy to Top Rookie On-Ice Official

    • Coach of the Year

    • Marilyn Gibson Trophy – Volunteer of the Year

  • Grade 12 Graduating players will be presented with a personalized hockey jersey.

  • 50/50 Ticket Draw

 

 

 

Please note that the $10,000. Cash Raffle will be drawn the day before the banquet. Please be sure to turn in your ticket stubs in advance of the draw.


Dec. 14, 2019 – Initiation Winter Jamboree


Teams

- Alberni (AV)              - Campbell River H1 (CR-H1)  
- Campbell River H2 (CR-H2) - Nanaimo 1 (NAN1)  
- Nanaimo 3 (NAN3)          - Nanaimo 4 (NAN4) 
- Oceanside H1 (OC-H1)      - Oceanside H2 (OC-H2)

Game Schedule

(All games on the Weyerhaeuser Arena with 2 games at a time)

    TIME           HOME BENCH        AWAY BENCH
 8:00-9:00  AM      AV vs NAN3     OC-H2 vs NAN4 
 9:00-10:00 AM   CR-H1 vs OC-H1    CR-H2 vs NAN1 
10:15-11:15 AM      AV vs NAN4     OC-H2 vs NAN3 
11:15-12:15 PM   CR-H1 vs NAN1     OC-H1 vs CR-H2
12:45-1:45  PM      AV vs CR-H1     NAN4 vs OC-H1 
 1:45-2:45  PM   OC-H2 vs NAN1     CR-H2 vs NAN3
 3:00-4:00  PM      AV vs OC-H1    CR-H1 vs NAN4 
 4:00-5:00  PM   OC-H2 vs CR-H2     NAN3 vs NAN1

Highlights

Sponsors

* Finishing touches * Jal Design * Magic Moments * Home Hardware * Co-op * Schill Insurance * Buy Low Foods * Tyler’s No Frills * PARG * Bare Bones Fish and Chips * Tim Hortons * Quality Foods * Clydesdale Automotive * Fantastic Alberni * Cuffbum Customs * Dave Ralla Realtor * Lorraine McLeod and Tara Elder * Secluded Wellness * Slammers Gym * Epicure Selections * Solda’s Restaurant * Panago Pizza * Boston Pizza * Pizza Hut * Double R Meats * Trevor Zack * Blue Marlin * Pete’s Mountain Meats * Coulson Aircrane * Mosaic Forestry * The Brick * Catalyst – Paper Excellence * Parker Financial (Sean Parker) * Western Grater Contracting * Pete’s Precision Tax Services * AC/DC Contracting * Rough Bay Enterprises * Alberni Valley Bulldogs * Vittoria Solda Realtor * Tasha Jensen * Pacific Sands Beach Resort * The Chris Turner Experience * The Power of Three * See Group of Companies * Custom Edge Skate Sharpening * Paddle West Kayak * Next Ground Media * Middle Beach Lodge * Diane Bortoletto * Rainforest Bookkeeping * LB Woodchoppers * Cut the Cord Services * Cloud City * Flandangles * Literacy Alberni * Rachel Young * Dana Shalaine Photography * Cap-it Alberni * Huu-ay-aht First Nations *

Tournament Director – Sarah Bielert


2019-20 Team Photos

We also would like to thank the team sponsors for their support throughout the season.


Multiplex Closure + updates

Nov. 22 2019

City reports:  Ice is going in the Multiplex

Multiplex Ice Plant Back in Service


Nov. 21, 2019

Good News! from City 

Alberni Valley News says Multiplex chiller safe to operate



Nov. 5, 2019 – ADVISORY: Due to a low-level ammonia leak detected in the Multiplex’s ice plant refrigeration system, all programs and services at the Multiplex have been cancelled and the facility will remain closed until further notice.

City Shuts Down Multiplex Due to Low-level Ammonia Leak

MEDIA RELEASE – from City of Port Alberni

Submitted by aliciap on Nov 5 2019 – 6:37 pm  Port Alberni, BC

Due to a low-level ammonia leak detected in the Multiplex’s ice plant refrigeration system, all programs and services at the Multiplex have been cancelled and the facility will remain closed until further notice.

Accent Refrigeration Systems, the company responsible for the City’s ice plant maintenance, is on-site and has located the leak in a weld on a manufactured flange in the piping system.

The City is working closely with Accent Refrigeration, WorkSafe BC and Technical Safety BC, to address the leak in a safe and timely manner; however, out of concern for public safety, Technical Safety BC has issued an order that the Multiplex ice plant be deactivated resulting in the closure.

The City anticipates the closure to last approximately one week or longer.

“The City of Port Alberni takes its responsibility of being prepared for ammonia leaks in its facilities very seriously and staff followed the appropriate procedures to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Tim Pley, Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Port Alberni. “While it is unfortunate knowing that this shutdown will impact so many user groups at the Multiplex, the City supports Technical Safety BC’s decision in the interest of everyone’s safety.

The City will continue to do everything in its power to repair the leak efficiently so programs and services at the Multiplex may resume.”

The City is reaching out to Multiplex user groups to advise them of the shutdown and will work with those affected to mitigate the impacts of the service interruption.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Tim Pley
CAO, City of Port Alberni
250-720-2824
timothy_pley@portalberni.ca

https://www.portalberni.ca/news/november-5-2019-637pm/city-shuts-down-multiplex-due-low-level-ammonia-leak


UPDATE: Nov. 6, 2019 2:45 pm – Alberni Valley News

UPDATE: New ice plant failure forces closure of Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni’s hockey rink has been shut down indefinitely due to an ammonia leak in its brand new ice plant refrigeration system.
The city included funding in this year’s budget to help replace the Alberni Valley Multiplex’s almost 20-year-old ice plant chiller—a project that had been on the books for a couple of years. The new ice plant was installed in April.

However, on Sunday, Nov. 3, a low-level alarm was activated, meaning 25 ppm of ammonia had been detected in the refrigeration system. Accent Refrigeration Systems, the company responsible for ice plant maintenance, located a leak in a weld on a manufactured flange in the piping system.
City CAO Tim Pley admits that it is “somewhat frustrating” to have the failure come up so soon after replacing the chiller.
“We had been so proactive in changing it and making sure no service groups were disrupted,” he said.
Although the alarm was activated on Sunday, the multiplex was not shut down until Tuesday. Pley explained that a low-level warning does not require evacuation.

“[The alarm] never reached the high threshold,” said Pley. “It took longer than anybody expected to locate the leak.”
But Technical Safety BC issued an order that the multiplex ice plant be deactivated while the leak is repaired. Because of this, the Multiplex will be closed to all programs and services—including hockey games.
The BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs were scheduled to play two home games this weekend against the Coquitlam Express and the West Kelowna Warriors. In addition, the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association (AVMHA) was scheduled to host its annual Midget Rep Tournament over the weekend.

The Bulldogs announced on Wednesday that the club is “optimistic” that Friday and Saturday’s home games will go ahead as planned.
“Public and player safety are our top priority and if the situation changes, we will update everyone immediately and make arrangements with the GO BCHL league office to reschedule these games,” added Bulldogs president David Michaud.
The club has stated that it will make “an official announcement” once a final decision has been made.
Pley said that there is a chance that the Bulldogs and AVMHA will be able to play this weekend, but it depends on the condition of the ice after the shutdown.
“There’s a chance we’ll be able to effect repairs and get the order lifted before the ice fails,” he said. “If there are no unforeseen challenges, we may be able to get that order lifted by today or tomorrow.”
He added that it’s “more likely” the ice will fail and break apart while the cooler is shut down. If this happens, the ice will have to be removed and new ice will be made—a process that takes about a week.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com


Nov. 7, 2019 – UPDATE from City of Port Alberni – 1:23 pm

https://www.portalberni.ca/news/november-7-2019-123pm/alberni-valley-multiplex-shut-down-until-further-notice

Alberni Valley Multiplex Shut Down Until Further Notice

Media Release – Nov 7 2019 – 1:23pm.

Technical Safety BC has ordered that the Alberni Valley Multiplex remain closed until further notice.

City staff, contractors and Technical Safety BC inspectors worked through the evening of November 6th and into the early morning of November 7th to repair what is now classified as a cracked weld on a manufactured flange. After the crack was repaired, while conducting a pre-service pressure test of the system, a second crack was discovered.

“It is disappointing to see the Multiplex close during its peak season,” said Tim Pley, Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Port Alberni. “The City was proactive in replacing the Multiplex’s aging ice plant and to be faced with a closure in the new system’s first year of service is frustrating. However, the public’s safety is the City’s top priority.”

The Alberni Valley Multiplex will remain closed pending further testing and repair of the ice plant’s refrigeration system. Due to the time required to re-install ice in the Multiplex’s two rinks, the facility closure is expected to last a minimum of one week and possibly longer depending on the outcome of testing and repair of the system.

“The City of Port Alberni regrets the inconvenience that this service interruption has caused. We thank those affected for their patience and understanding while we work to repair the system in a safe and timely way,” concluded Mr. Pley.
The low-level ammonia leak was first detected on Sunday, November 3rd. The City’s qualified recreation facility staff has been working around the clock with Technical Safety BC, WorkSafe BC and Accent Refrigeration Systems to address the problems to get the facility up and running as soon as possible.

The City’s new ice plant system was installed in April 2019 and is under a ten-year warranty.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Tim Pley
CAO, City of Port Alberni
250-720-2824
timothy_pley@portalberni.ca


Second crack discovered in Alberni arena’s new ice plant

Facility closure now indefinite; minor hockey tournament, BCHL games cancelled

Susie Quinn Nov. 7, 2019 3:03 p.m. – Alberni Valley News

A second crack has been discovered in the new ice plant refrigeration system at the Alberni Valley Multiplex, and Technical Safety BC has ordered that the facility remain closed until further notice.

City of Port Alberni staff, contractors and Technical Safety BC inspectors worked through the night Nov. 6 to repair the original crack. It wasn’t until a pre-service pressure test of the system was conducted early on Thursday, Nov. 7 that the second crack was detected.

“It is disappointing to see the Multiplex close during its peak season,” said Tim Pley, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Port Alberni.

“The City was proactive in replacing the Multiplex’s aging ice plant and to be faced with a closure in the new system’s first year of service is frustrating. However, the public’s safety is the city’s top priority.”

The city installed a new ice plant in April, replacing its 20-year-old chiller. A leak in a weld on a manufactured flange in the piping system was discovered earlier this week.
The problem has since been classified as a cracked weld on the flange, according to the city.

The leak was first detected on Sunday, Nov. 3 while Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association players were using the rink. Pley said they weren’t in any danger, as the alarm was for a low-level leak, so the decision was made to allow the players to finish their session before the ice was covered.

“We were never in an evacuation situation,” he said. “Nobody was ever at any risk.”
The news was made public on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The Multiplex will remain closed pending further testing and repair of the ice plant’s refrigeration system. Due to the time required to re-install ice in the two rinks, the facility closure is expected to last a minimum of one week and possibly longer depending on the outcome of testing.
The news forced cancellation of the AVMHA’s midget rep Bulldogs’ hockey tournament scheduled for this weekend as well as two Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Jr. A home games.

“Right now we’re trying to support the Bulldogs’ home game Nov. 15 (and Nov. 17),” Pley said. Usually it’s an eight-day turnaround to get the ice in.”
If the city doesn’t receive permission to start the ice chiller by Sunday (Nov. 10), the next weekend’s games will have to be postponed. It is the Bulldogs’ parents’ weekend Nov. 15, where players’ travel from their hometowns to come and watch their sons play.

“If we’re not up and running by Sunday we won’t be ready for Nov. 15,” Pley said.

Although AVMHA and the Bulldogs are the major user groups affected, Pley said seniors’ and women’s hockey teams and figure skating groups have also been adversely affected by the closure. The city’s recreation programmers are looking at future scheduling to see how they can accommodate these groups. While December’s Winter Wonderland public skating event hasn’t been affected yet, Pley said it’s a consideration.

“Depending on how long the closure goes, it doesn’t look like it’s going to go into Winter Wonderland,” but the city is looking at whether they need to curtail Winter Wonderland dates in order for user groups to catch up.

The new ice plant is under a 10-year warranty, but Pley said the city will likely open an insurance claim for the incident depending on what exactly is covered under the warranty. He said he isn’t sure whether the city is liable for costs associated with cancellation of events such as the AVMHA tournament and BCHL Bulldogs’ games.

“We haven’t consulted the rental agreements yet,” he said. “To be honest, we’ve been flat out managing the closure and trying to get back online.”

susie.quinn@albernivalleynews.com

Second crack discovered in Alberni arena’s new ice plant


Alberni Valley News – Nov. 12, 2019

BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs set to play in Campbell River after ice rink closure.

City of Port Alberni waiting on Technical Safety BC approval to re-open multiplex.

BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs set to play in Campbell River after ice rink closure

 


November 15, 2019

The Alberni Valley Multiplex will remain closed until further requirements are met to the satisfaction of Technical Safety BC.

For details: http://ow.ly/iskr50xczfh



 


Nov 8-11, 2019 Midget Tier 2-3 Tournament-CANCELLED

 

Tournament Sponsors:  A B Sea Towing & Jal’s Designs

Team Standings

Round Robin standings after 0 of 24 games played

Pool A

  • Kamloops T2        0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Chilliwack A2      0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Comox T1           0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Oceanside T3       0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Campbell River T2  0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Alberni T3         0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0

Pool B

  • Tri-Port T3        0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Kerry Park T3      0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Nanaimo T2         0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Peninsula T3       0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Juan de Fuca T2    0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
  • Cowichan T2        0 + 0 + 0 + 0 = 0

Game Schedule & Scores

    G#  Start-End    Rink Home    Score  Visitor   Score
SAT 1   7:15-9:00  AM  W  KAMLOOPS        CHILLIWACK   
SAT 2   7:30-9:15  AM  C  TRIPORT         KERRY PARK 
SAT 3   9:15-11:00 AM  W  ALBERNI         CAMPBELL R 
SAT 4   9:30-11:15 AM  C  COMOX           OCEANSIDE 
SAT 5  11:15-1:00  PM  W  NANAIMO         PENINSULA 
SAT 6  11:30-1:15  PM  C  JUAN DE FUCA    COWICHAN 
SAT 7   1:15-3:00  PM  W  OCEANSIDE       KAMLOOPS 
SAT 8   3:15-5:00  PM  W  ALBERNI         COMOX 
SAT 9   3:30-5:15  PM  C  CAMPBELL R      CHILLIWACK 
SAT 10  5:30-7:15  PM  C  TRIPORT         COWICHAN 
SAT 11  7:30-9:15  PM  C  KERRY PARK      PENINSULA 
    G#  Start End   Rink  Home     Score Visitor    Score
SUN 12  7:00-8:45  AM  C  COMOX           CAMPBELL R 
SUN 13  7:15-9:00  AM  W  NANAIMO         JUAN DE FUCA 
SUN 14  9:00-10:45 AM  C  CHILLIWACK      OCEANSIDE 
SUN 15  9:15-11:00 AM  W  ALBERNI         KAMLOOPS 
SUN 16 11:00-12:45 PM  C  KERRY PARK      JUAN DE FUCA 
SUN 17 11:15-1:00  PM  W  PENINSULA       TRIPORT 
SUN 18  1:15-3:00  PM  W  COWICHAN        NANAIMO 
SUN 19  3:00-4:45  PM  C  KAMLOOPS        COMOX 
SUN 20  3:15-5:00  PM  W  ALBERNI         CHILLIWACK 
SUN 21  5:00-6:45  PM  C  OCEANSIDE       CAMPBELL R 
SUN 22  5:15-7:00  PM  W  PENINSULA       COWICHAN 
    G#  Start End    Rink Home     Score Visitor    Score
MON 23  8:00-9:45  AM  W  KERRY PARK      NANAIMO 
MON 24  8:15-10:00 AM  C  TRIPORT         JUAN DE FUCA 
MON 25 10:30-12:45 PM  C  A-3RD           A-4TH 
MON 26 11:15-1:00  PM  W  A-1ST           A-2ND 
MON 27  1:15-3:15  PM  W  B-3RD           B-4TH 
MON 28  3:30-5:30  PM  W  B-1ST           B-2ND

Game Highlights

(all ALBERNI games & Finals)

Team Photos/Rosters

Alberni Valley Midget Bulldogs Team Sponsors:

A B Sea Towing – Bowerman – LB Woodchoppers – Dee Jay Bobcat – Cokely Wire – LOCC – Tyler’s No-Frills – Boomerang’s – Coastal Bridge Construction – Sproat Lake Pile Driving – Dave Ralla – Trend Diesel – Jim Freeman – Cathy Braiden – Arrowsmith Flooring – Torf Contracting – Alpine Heavyhaul.

Sponsors, Contributors, Donors…

Tournament Director

Kellie Steel – tk.steel@shaw.ca – 250-735-3315

Tournament Rules


Welcome to “First Shift” 2019

 


The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is open to boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 10 years old*, who have never previously enrolled in minor hockey within Canada.

*To be eligible to participate, children must be born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014.

$199. Registration Fee includes:

* BAUER Equipment (Head-to-Toe)
* Welcome Event
* Equipment fitting demonstration
* Expert fit session and equipment distribution
* On-Ice Experience includes:
* 6 Weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour scheduled
* Focus on Fun and Learn to Play
* Insurance for participants
Full details: https://www.firstshift.ca/the-program/

 

First Shift welcomed first time hockey players and their parents to a special session on October 10th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

First Shift Schedule:
Welcome Event was held October 10th at the Multiplex.

  • plus 6 Ice sessions


    Congratulations to “Team First Shift” for graduating from the program.

    (January 2020)  Welcome to all our new players from the First Shift session! AV Minor hockey players learning from some of the best coaches around!


Oct. 15th – Team Photo Day

Photo Day Schedule

4:20 pm – Initiation Bulldogs – Tim Horton’s

4:30 pm – Novice Minor Bulldogs – Tim Horton’s

4:40 pm – Novice Major Bulldogs – Tim Horton’s

4:50 pm – Atom Bandits – McDonald’s AtoMc

5:00 pm – Atom Bullets – McDonald’s AtoMc

5:10 pm – Atom Bulldogs – Ryan Irg Construction Ltd/Rotor Maxx Support Ltd.

5:20 pm – Peewee Bulldogs – Scotiabank

5:30 pm – Peewee Bulldogs – Scotiabank

5:40 pm – Peewee T3 Bulldogs – Harbourview Collision/Best Western Plus

5:50 pm – Midget Bulldogs– GD Auto

6:00 pm – Bantam Bulldogs – Donut Shop

6:10 pm – Bantam T3 Bulldogs – Timber Rose Tug & Barge

6:20 pm – Midget T3 Bulldogs

6:30 pm – On-Ice Officials

Photo Day Coordinator – Karen Kozocari – avmhahockey@gmail.com


Attention Canucks Fans – The Tundra Tour

Letter to AVMHA President, Mike Doucette:

Good Afternoon Mike,

As per our conversation I’m excited to announce that The Tundra Tour will be coming to Alberni Toyota on October 27th, 2019 from 11-3.

We will be advertising the event but I wanted to personally invite all the members of Alberni Valley Minor Hockey to attend.

There will be a Canucks Alumni in attendance from 1-2 pm. There will be food and refreshments for all who attend.

Some of the prizes are:
PRIZING/WOW FACTORS – Spin to Win Prizing (per dealership)
– 10 pairs Canucks tickets
– 40 merch items (foam fingers, hats, tshirts, stickers)
– 1 player-signed Canucks jersey
Season-long Prizing (data/leads collected on tablet at each dealership)
– chance to win a pair of all-inclusive Konica Minolta Champions Club tickets for a Canucks game
Other (door prize at each event – up to the dealer how to reward this)
– Toyota Junior Trainer Experience (opportunity for kid to sit on bench during warm up, plus jacket and 2 tickets to game

We are super excited to bring this to town and hope that you can share this with all of your members. It will be awesome to see a child from here go to Vancouver for the Junior Trainer Experience. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me.
Thank You

Shawn Elder
General Manager


On Ice Officiating Clinic – Level 1, 2, 3

This years Officiating Clinic will take place at the Best Western Barclay Hotel on Friday September 27, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

 

If you are a NEW Level 1 official:

  • you are required to complete the Hockey University ‘Officiating 1/2′ modules prior to attending the face to face clinic, mentioned above.

  • If you have not registered for this course you can do so at https://bchockey.net/Clinics/Clinics.aspx or https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca/ehockey/ClinicDetail.aspx?cid=124816

  • Please make sure that your email address is correct upon registration as your link to the Hockey University modules will be in an email response to that specific address.

  • Hockey University (online) will take approximately three (3) hours to complete. They will prepare you for the face to face clinic (Sep. 27th at Barclay Hotel) which takes approximately four (4) hours to complete.

  • Once the Hockey University ‘Officiating 1/2’ course is completed (including the final survey) you will be free to register for the HCOP level 1 clinic.

If you are a returning official:

  • you may proceed with your HCOP clinic registration.

Register online for the HCOP clinic:  https://www.bchockey.net/Content.aspx?id=295

If you have any questions, please contact:

Francois Warren, AVMHA Referee-in-Chief

ph: 250-720-5407  email:  francoiswarren@shaw.ca


2019-2020 AVMHA TOURNAMENTS

The following tournaments have been sanctioned for the coming season.

Click on the listing below to obtain the tournament Entry forms (.pdf).

New information will be added when it becomes available.

Any inquiries should be directed to Tournament Coordinator, Sarah Bielert ph 250-730-2029 avmha.tournaments@gmail.com

Oct 11-14, 2019 - - - -PEEWEE Tier 2-3 - - - Thanksgiving Classic 


Nov 8-11, 2019 - - - - MIDGET Tier 2-3 - - - Remembrance Day Classic  
Nov 22-24, 2019 - - - -ATOM RECREATIONAL - - Winter Classic
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2019 - NOVICE- - - - - - - - Cross-Ice Jamboree  

Dec 14, 2019 - - - - - INITIATION- - - - - - Winter Jamboree


Dec 27-30, 2019 - - -  MIDGET RECREATIONAL- Winter Classic 

Jan 3-5, 2020 - - - -  BANTAM Tier 2-3 - - - Holiday Classic

Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020 - PEEWEE RECREATIONAL - Bryan Mason Memorial 

Feb 14-17, 2020 - - -  BANTAM RECREATIONAL - Bryan Mason Memorial

March 13-16, 2020 -  - - ATOM DEVELOPMENT- - - Spring Classic

March 27-29, 2020 - ATOM RECREATIONAL TOURNAMENT 

Oct 2019 – 1st Shift – for 1st Time Hockey Players

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is open to boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 10 years old*, who have never previously enrolled in minor hockey within Canada.
*To be eligible to participate, children must be born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014.

$199. Registration Fee includes:

  • BAUER Equipment (Head-to-Toe)
  • Welcome Event
  • Equipment fitting demonstration
  • Expert fit session and equipment distribution

On-Ice Experience includes:

  • 6 Weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour scheduled
  • Focus on Fun and Learn to Play
  • Insurance for participants

Full details:  https://www.firstshift.ca/the-program/

Click here for Participant Registration Form – Alberni Valley Minor Hockey

First Shift Schedule:

October 10th 6:00 pm Multiplex for the Welcome Event and ice sessions will be:

  • Sat Oct 26th 4:00-5:00
  • Tues Oct 29th 5:45-6:45
  • Sat Nov 2nd 4:00-5:00
  • Tues Nov 5th 5:45-6:55
  • Sat Nov 9th 4:00-5:00
  • Mon Nov 11th Time TBD

Any other questions, call/text Angela at 250-735-4474


Buy & Sell with AVMHA

To help parents find & sell used hockey equipment for their kids, we will be post on this website any hockey equipment you have available or what you are looking for.

Postings will remain on the website for at least 30 days.  If you have found or sold the posted equipment, please notify us so we can remove it.

It is as easy as an email with the following information to avmha.webadmin@shaw.ca to have your ad posted:

For Sale or ISO (In search of)

* Name &/or description of item:
* Size &/or age of child:
* Price range:
* Contact Name:
* Email:
* Phone Number:
(attach Photo if applicable)


All ads will be posted on the “Buy & Sell” page or click on the top menu bar-Buy & Sell.

There will be a link on the AV Minor Hockey Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Roxanne at avmha.webadmin@shaw.ca

 or ph. 250-723-9939

 


Local Awards from VIAHA AGM

ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS:  June 4, 2019 – Local Sports

Alberni hockey official honoured for dedication to his sport

Isaac McDonald received the VIAHA Most Deserving Official Award (in photo).

Blake Moore received the 2019 Summer Officiating School Scholarship.

Congratulations!

IMPORTANT – News from the 2019 VIAHA AGM


Changes to AVMHA Bylaws

The AVMHA Executive has approved the following amendments to the AVMHA Bylaws.  These amendments were presented to the membership at the AGM on May 15th 2019 and approved.  These new positions will  take effect at the AGM in 2020.


Current AVMHA Constitution & Bylaws

(11 pages .pdf)


 

By-Law 3: MeetingsParagraph: 3

Rationale:

To ensure a quorum is present for management committee meeting, representing the additional 3 proposed and elected members.

Current Wording:

Management Committee Meetings shall be held monthly and at the call of the President. A quorum consisting of not less than 4 of the (7) seven of members of the Executive Committee must be in attendance for the Management Committee Meeting to take place.

Changes to read:

Management Committee Meetings shall be held monthly and at the call of the President. A quorum consisting of not less than  6 of the 10 (ten) of members of the Executive Committee must be in attendance for the Management Committee Meeting to take place.


By-Law 4: VotingParagraph: (d)

Rationale:

To increase the number of elected members, bringing AVMHA in line with other associations of the same size.

Current Wording:

Voting for the vacant officers positions shall be in the following order: • President • Vice President • Treasurer • Registrar • Secretary • Director at Large A • Director at Large B, depending upon which positions are up for election.

Changes to read:

Voting for the vacant officers positions shall be in the following order: • President • Vice President • Treasurer • Registrar • Secretary • Director at Large A • Director at Large B • Director at Large C • Director at Large D • Director at Large E, depending upon which positions are up for election.


By-Law 5: OFFICERS, DUTIES AND POWERS  – Paragraph:  1 – 2

Rationale:

To increase the number of elected members, bringing AVMHA in line with other associations of the same size.

Current Wording:

1. The officers of the Association shall be, the Past President, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar and two Director at Large.

2. The following officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting for the terms shown below:

a) President, Director at Large A, Treasurer, Registrar will be elected in odd numbered years for a 2 year term

b) Vice-President, Director at Large B, Secretary will be elected in even numbered years for a 2 year term.

Changes to read:

1. The officers of the Association shall be, the Past President, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, and five Director at Large.

2. The following officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting for the terms shown below:

a) President, Director at Large A, Treasurer, Registrar, Director at Large C, will be elected in odd numbered years for a 2 year term

b) Vice-President, Director at Large B, Secretary, Director at Large D, and Director at Large E will be elected in even numbered years for a 2 year term.


By-Law 5: OFFICERS, DUTIES AND POWERS  – Paragraph: 7

Rationale:

To ensure that the directors who choose to occupy a position with the Association will remain current and knowledgeable with all information to act in their official capacity.

Current Wording:  (none)

Changes to read:

It should be the intention of every director to uphold the responsibilities of their position by attending executive meetings, or in extreme cases make alternate arrangements. Any elected member of the executive having not attended three (3) consecutive meetings may be subject to removal by the Executive Committee. The member shall have an opportunity to meet with the committee of a whole to determine alternative solutions prior to such removal.


By-Law 5: OFFICERS, DUTIES AND POWERS Paragraph: 9

Rationale:

To ensure that the position of president of the association remains he/she who is elected by the association.

Current Wording:

The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, have all the powers and duties of the President.

NOTE: The Vice President shall carry out other duties as may be specified from time to time in the Association’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

Changes to read:

The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, have all the powers and duties of the President. Should the President vacate the position, the Vice President will have all the duties & Powers of the President until the next AGM when the position will be up for election.

NOTE: The Vice President shall carry out other duties as may be specified from time to time in the Association’s Policies and Procedures Manual.


By-Law 6: COMMITTEES, DUTIES AND POWERSParagraph: 1

Rationale:

To increase the number of elected members, bringing AVMHA in line with other associations of the same size.

Current Wording:

The Management Committee shall oversee the operations and function of the association as prescribed by the Association’s Policies and Procedures Manual. The Management Committee shall consist of:

a) Officers of the Association as elected at the Annual General Meeting: President – Vice-President – Director at Large A – Director at Large B – Secretary – Treasurer – Registrar – Past President. – plus –

b) Coordinators as appointed by the Executive following the Annual General Meeting: Equipment Coordinator – Coaching Coordinator – Referee in Chief – Fund Raising/Sponsorship Coordinator – Public Relations Coordinator – Gaming & Licensing Coordinator – Initiation Program Coordinator – Risk Management Coordinator – Female Player Coordinator – Competitive/Development Team Coordinator – Recreational Team Coordinator. – plus –

c) Divisional Managers as appointed by the officers following the Annual General Meeting: From the Recreational teams: one person from each division, female teams being inclusive. Mites Division Manager – Novice Division Manager – Atom Division Manager – Peewee Division Manager – Bantam Division Manager – Midget Division Manager.

d) From the Competitive teams: one person from each division, female teams being inclusive. Atom Development Team Manager – Peewee Team Manager – Bantam Team Manager – Midget Team Manager. – plus

e) The past president (for the term outlined in Bylaw 5.7)

Changes to read:

The Management Committee shall oversee the operations and function of the association as prescribed by the Association’s Policies and Procedures Manual. The Management Committee shall consist of:

a) Officers of the Association as elected at the Annual General Meeting: President – Vice-President – Director at Large A – Director at Large B – Director at Large C – Director at Large D- Director at Large E– Secretary – Treasurer – Registrar  – Past President and Honorary Life Members – plus

b) Coordinators as appointed by the Executive following the Annual General Meeting: Equipment Coordinator – Ice Allocator – Coaching Coordinator – Referee in Chief – Fund Raising/Sponsorship Coordinator – Public Relations Coordinator – Gaming & Licensing Coordinator – Initiation Program Coordinator – Risk Management Coordinator – Female Player Coordinator – Competitive/Development Team Coordinator – Recreational Team Coordinator. – plus –

c) Divisional Managers as appointed by the officers following the Annual General Meeting: From the Recreational teams: one person from each division, female teams being inclusive. Mites Division Manager – Novice Division Manager – Atom Division Manager – Peewee Division Manager – Bantam Division Manager – Midget Division Manager.

d) From the Competitive teams: one person from each division, female teams being inclusive. Atom Development Team Manager – Peewee Team Manager – Bantam Team Manager – Midget Team Manager. – plus

e) The past president (for the term outlined in Bylaw 5.7) plus honorary lifetime members as per By-law 1.8(b)


 


2019 Awards Banquet

April 5, 2019 – AVMHA Awards Banquet was held at Glenwood Centre to a full house.  Thank you to Granny’s Chicken & Quality Foods for providing the dinner (Pizza, chicken, salads, vegetable trays).
Here are the highlights:


Team Player Awards went to:

 

Atom Team 1 – Tigers Coach:  Mike Foster

  • Most Dedicated Player – Linden Higgins
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Dean Holcombe
  • Most Improved Player – Jean Smit

Atom Team 2 – Knights Coaches:  Brad Golbeck, Katie Isherwood

  • Most Dedicated Player – Alex Fred
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Aiden Wilson
  • Most Improved Player – Sierra Scott

Atom Team 3 – Vicious Grapes Coaches:  Kerri Poirier, Jasmine Meikle

  • Most Dedicated Player – Malcolm Shillito
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Gavin Saran
  • Most Improved Player – Lane Dumont

Atom Development Coaches Shai Porter, Mike Doucette, Dan Cheetham, Kord Kozocari.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Deacon Massop
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Mackenzie Alarie
  • Most Improved Player – Bennett Moes

Peewee Team 1 – Coaches:  Kyle Penner, Keith Austin, Tyler Brown, Ryan Sexton

  • Most Dedicated Player – Kaleena Penner
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Justin Barrowcliff
  • Most Improved Player – Tony Nickel

Peewee Team 2 – Coaches:  Rob Ivezich, Chris McCollister, Kyle Alarie

  • Most Dedicated Player – Hunter Alarie
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Kaitlyn Saunders
  • Most Improved Player – Josh Sutherland

Peewee Tier 3 – Coaches:  Mike Souchuck, Shawn Austin, Trevor Ruel

  • Most Dedicated Player – Jace Fedirchuk
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Brynn Austin
  • Most Improved Player – Alex McKenzie

Bantam Team 1 – Coaches:  Bob King, Curtis Buxton, Mike Cole

  • Most Dedicated Player – Ryshard Pouliot
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Jimmy Cook
  • Most Improved Player – River O’Neil-Johns

Bantam Team 2 – Coaches:  Steve Tramer, Kelly Brossoit, Trevor Ruel, Mike Bray.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Ryann Tramer
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Wiley Olson
  • Most Improved Player – Aiden Poirier-Barnes

Bantam Tier 3 – Coaches:  Wade Nicklin, Shawn Banman, Matt Netzer.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Jacob Hebert
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Blake Moore
  • Most Improved Player – Hudson Swann

Midget Team 1 – Coaches:  Brent Rose, Scott Rushton, Dave Shanks.

  • Most Dedicated Player – Mason Maddison
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Zakeysha Corey
  • Most Improved Player – Austin Kuc

Midget Team 2 – Underdogs – Coaches:  Ryan Dwolinsky, Kord Kozocari

  • Most Dedicated Player – Jordan Villafane
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Brad Kozocari
  • Most Improved Player – Cody Sutherland

Midget Tier 3 – Coaches:  Shawn Elder, Kevin Erickson, Brock Elder

  • Most Dedicated Player – John Pley
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player – Noah Braiden
  • Most Improved Player – Carson Steel

Individual Awards presented:

Jessica States Memorial Award

  • Brynn Austin

Rookie Referee of the Year

  • Ethan Sutherland

Top Referee of the Year

  • Riley Swanson

Coach of the Year

  • Ryan Dwolinsky

Volunteer of the Year (Marilyn Gibson Trophy)

  • Sarah Bielert

Above & Beyond:

  • Karen Kozocari

“Bantam Bulldogs Head for Provincial Championship” AV News


Bantam rep hockey team defeated Powell River in best-of-three series

Elena RardonMar. 4, 2019 Alberni Valley News Local Sports

The Alberni Valley T3 Bantam Bulldogs collected the Island District Champions banner and punched their ticket to the provincial championships with a win against the Powell River Kings on Sunday, March 3.
The Bantam Bulldogs went undefeated in round robin play during the Island League playoffs, and a win against Saanich in the semi-finals led them to a best-of-three series against Powell River for the Tier 3 banner.

The Bulldogs lost their first game in Powell River, shutout 3-0 by the home team, but bounced back at home with a 4-1 win on Saturday, March 2 and a 5-2 win on Sunday.
“They played excellent,” said head coach Wade Nicklin on Sunday. “They grinded it out until the end.”
Hudson Swann opened the scoring just 10 minutes into the first period, and Blake Moore doubled the lead with just over a minute remaining in the first. In the second period, Powell River scored one to cut the lead in half, but Alberni’s Mason Cannon added another to put the home team up 3-1.

Scoring in the third period went back and forth. Powell River added one more goal and Port Alberni added two, with Brett Bilodeau scoring once and Cannon netting his second of the game.

Alberni Valley goaltender Jake Hebert stood tall to hold his team in the game, and the Bulldogs finished with a 5-2 win.
“Jake played stellar,” said Nicklin after the game. “He was solid in the net.”
With their win on Sunday, the Bulldogs are now headed to the Tier 3 Championships for bantam rep hockey, which will be held in Port Hardy from March 17-20.

“We’ll take it one step at a time,” said Nicklin. “We’ll get a few good practices in, then go there in a good mood.”

 


“All Female Officiating Crew” AV News

 

From left to right: Avery Cole, Kylie Scott and Nicole Gagnon. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Alberni Valley hockey tournament features all-female officiating crew

The three officials went through Alberni Valley Minor Hockey program

The most recent Bryan Mason Memorial Tournament at the Alberni Valley Multiplex featured something a little unusual—a game with an all-female officiating crew.
Kylie Scott, Nicole Gagnon and Avery Cole all grew up in Port Alberni and started playing hockey with the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association (AVMHA) at a young age. It was through the AVMHA that they picked up an interest in officiating, as well. Minor hockey players with the club can start officiating as soon as they turn 12 years old.
“I started as young as you can,” explained Scott, who is currently a student at the University of Victoria. She comes back to her hometown of Port Alberni during breaks to volunteer with the local hockey club. “I thought it was cool and wanted to try it.”
Gagnon learned about the opportunity from Scott. “I found out you could get work experience, so I got involved,” she explained.
Gagnon currently attends North Island College in Port Alberni, and strives to balance school with work and volunteering. “I try not to overwork myself,” she added.
Cole is currently a student at Alberni District Secondary School and also plays bantam hockey with the AVMHA. “I definitely like playing more [than officiating],” she said. “I play on three different teams. Sometimes it’s a lot.”
Scott, who referees in Victoria, had a chance last year to officiate at a female peewee provincial tournament in Dawson Creek. Although there are many female players involved in hockey in Port Alberni, the AVMHA doesn’t have any all-female teams yet, which made it an unusual experience for Scott.
“It was awesome,” she said. “Terrifying, but awesome. It was different, because it was girls’ hockey, and we don’t have that here. That was a really cool experience.”
Scott says she likes officiating, rather than playing, because you get to see the “other side” of hockey.
“You just get a different perspective of the game,” she explained.
Gagnon, meanwhile, says she doesn’t necessarily like one or the other more.
“I like being on the ice as much as possible,” she said. “Officiating helps you play so much better because you know more of the rules. You know what’s going to happen.”
According to Francois Warren, the AVMHA referee-in-chief, it is “a bit of an oddity” to have all three girls on the ice at the same time. On Saturday, the three of them made up the whole officiating crew for one game, with Scott acting as referee and Gagnon and Cole as the linespersons.
“It definitely doesn’t happen very often,” he said.
“Every four or five games there will be two of us on the ice,” explained Gagnon.
“But with me in school, it doesn’t really happen this year,” added Scott.
The Bryan Mason Memorial Tournament, which drew teams to the Alberni Valley Multiplex from all over Vancouver Island, ran from Feb. 15-18 and featured both a peewee and bantam recreational tournament. One of Port Alberni’s peewee teams placed third in the tournament with a 7-3 win against Port Hardy, while the other team finished sixth. Port Alberni’s bantam teams finished sixth and eighth in the tournament.

Elena Rardon Feb. 25, 2019 Alberni Valley News – Local Sports

 


In Memory of Carla Kulczycki

 


Roger St was closed to public traffic on Sunday Jan 13 from approx. 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm from the SD 70 bus garage to the Athletic Hall. Sproat Lake firefighter and former minor hockey coach, Carla Kulczycki passed away January 2nd. There was a funeral procession to the Athletic Hall for a Celebration of Life service there. Pictured above, Bantam Bulldogs players & coaches stood outside to pay their respects to Carla.