BC Hockey

100 Great Moments in BC Hockey History

AVMHA Alumni, Rob Shick makes list of 100 Great Moments in BC Hockey history.
BC Hockey is proudly celebrating our 100th Year Anniversary. The organization was created on February 9, 1919 in Vancouver, BC and there has been an incredible amount of history and tradition of hockey in Pacific Canada. On June 9, 2018, BC Hockey announced the list of 100 Great Moments in BC Hockey history.

Rob Shick spent 23 years in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a referee. He worked over 1,300 NHL games and added another 130 games in the playoffs. Some of Rob’s most notable assignments include the 2001 Stanley Cup finals between the Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils, as well as two (2) All-Star Game appearances. He also refereed what remains the NHL’s third longest game in history, during the conference final matchup between the Pittsburg Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers in 2000.
Rob’s jersey hangs in the referee room in his hometown of Port Alberni, where he stays quite active despite him living in Los Angeles. Rob hosts a charity golf tournament in the Vancouver Island town annually.


Referee Clinic

Officiating Clinic will be held Friday, Sep. 15th, 5:30 pm at the Best Western Barclay Hotel

Registration for clinic is done through bchockey.net website, prior to attending the clinic.

As 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.

On Ice session will be Saturday, Sep. 16th, 9:30-11:00 am.  Participants will need their skates and helmet.

For more information, contact Francois Warren, AVMHA Referee-In-Chief – francoiswarren@shaw.ca  (250)720-5407

Di Rocco Female Team BC Assistant Coach


Di Rocco and Wood named Female Team BC Assistant Coaches

BC Hockey is pleased to announce that Dominique Di Rocco (Port Alberni, BC) and Jamie Wood (Miramachi, NB) have been named the Female Team BC Assistant Coaches, joining Head Coach Graham Thomas (Calgary, AB), that will help lead the team to the 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship, taking place November 1 – 5, 2017 in Quebec City, QC.

“Jamie and Dom bring a diverse set of talents to our coaching staff,” said Thomas. “I am excited to work together with them to lead the team in further development of the athletes as they represent BC Hockey” Di Rocco is currently an assistant coach with the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) women’s hockey team that just won bronze at the U Sports Women’s Hockey Championship. She is a former UBC player from 2008-2011. Di Rocco is also currently the Female Varsity coach with Delta Hockey Academy. She has been an assistant coach with Team BC at the 2015 National Women’s U18 Championship and an apprentice coach at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Wood is an Education Advisor at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and has a rich and diverse background in hockey. He has been an associate head coach with the University of New Hampshire Women’s Hockey Team and an assistant coach with the University of Minnesota’s Women’s Hockey Team. Wood has also been a founder and head coach at hockey academies in Alberta and Nova Scotia. He has an extensive education background including a law degree from the University of New Brunswick.

The 2017 National Women’s U18 Championship will bring together provincial teams made up of the best female hockey players born in 2000 or later. The tournament serves as an important platform for Hockey Canada scouts, who will evaluate candidates for the Canadian contingent that will compete at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, as well as at other international events.

For more information about BC Hockey, please visit the BC Hockey website at www.bchockey.net or email info@bchockey.net or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/BCHockeySource, www.twitter.com/BCHockey_Source, www.youtube.com/BCHockeySource or www.instagram.com/BCHockeySource.

For further information please contact: Keegan Goodrich Manager, Communications BC Hockey 250.652.2978 kgoodrich@bchockey.net


2017 Midget Tier 3 BC Championship Tournament

We are proud to have 2 teams in Provincial Championships this year.

Our Peewee Bulldogs are playing in Dawson Creek and our Midget Bulldogs play in Terrace with games scheduled as follows:

  • Sunday 1:30 pm – Dawson Creek 1 vs Alberni Valley 9

  • Monday 10:45 am – Trail 1 vs Alberni Valley 9

  • Monday 7:15 pm – Alberni Valley 5 vs Squamish 1

  • Tuesday 10:30 am – Alberni Valley 2 vs Kitimat 3

  • Wednesday (Semi-final)- Cranbrook 1 vs Alberni Valley 5

  • Wednesday (Final) 7:00 pm – Alberni Valley vs Terrace

    (unofficial – I heard on Twitter that Terrace won the Final game.)

Proud sponsors of the Midget Tier 3 Bulldogs

March 19, 1:30 pm – Dawson Creek 1 vs Alberni Valley 9

First Period:  Less than 2 minutes into the game and the AV Bulldogs  score with a goal from #22 Tynan Smyth, assisted by #14 Nicholas Sexton and #17 Cameron McCurdy. With 7:50 played, Dawson Creek scores their only goal on a power play, by #5 Brody Kraus, assisted by #16 Nolan Peddle.  Alberni goes on to score at 10:50 with the goal from #22 Smyth, assisted by #21 Connor Sabiston.  With 2 seconds left to play in the period, Alberni #9 Colton Lloyd-Williams scores with the assist from #7 Kyle Hodson.  Score – Dawson Creek 1, Alberni Valley 3.

Second Period:  Alberni goal scored by #17 McCurdy, assisted by #6 Ryan Devries after 9 minutes of play.  At 15:03, #21 Sabiston scored a goal with the assist coming from #22 Smyth.  Score – Dawson Creek 1, Alberni Valley 5.

Third Period:  It took only 31 seconds for Alberni’s #16 Ayden Brossoit to score a goal with an assist from #10 Keith O’Laney.  Eight minutes later #21 Sabiston scores with the assist from #5 Noah Fatur.  Another 8 minutes are played when #5 Fatur scores, assisted by #22 Smyth.  With less than 2 minutes to play, Alberni’s final goal is scored by #17 McCurdy with assists from #9 Lloyd-Williams and #19 Wyatt Selva.  Final Score – Dawson Creek 1, Alberni Valley 9.

March 20th, at 10:45 am –  Trail 1 vs Alberni Valley 9

Alberni goals scored:
1st period – At 5:35, #21 Connor Sabiston scored a powerplay goal with an assist from #12 Matthew Netzer.  A minute later, #17 Cameron McCurdy scores a powerplay goal with assists from #16 Keith O’Laney and #7 Kyle Hodson. The goal of the game was also on the powerplay, scored by #21 Sabiston, assisted by #22 Tynan Smyth.  At 11:37, #3 Brennan Locke scores a goal with an assist from #17 McCurdy.
2nd period – Four minutes into the period and #21 Sabiston scores his 3rd goal hat trick, on a powerplay and assists from #22 Smyth and #3 Locke.  At 9:46, #9 Colton Lloyd-Williams with an assist from #14 Nicholas Sexton.  At 10:27, with Alberni shorthanded, #19 Wyatt Selva scores an unassisted goal.
3rd period – At 4:49, #19 Selva scores with an assist from #16 Ayden Brossoit.  The final goal was scored at 18:41 on the powerplay, by #5 Noah Fatur, assists from # 17 McCurdy and #22 Smyth.
Alberni had 12 penalty minutes.

March 20th at 7:15 pm – Alberni Valley 5 vs Squamish 1

Alberni goals scored:

1st period – At 5:15, a powerplay goal was scored by #19 Wyatt Selva, assisted by #9 Colton Lloyd-Williams.  At 6:33, #14 Nicholas Sexton scores a goal with an assist from #9 Lloyd-Williams.  At 8:21, #5 Noah Fatur scores with assists from #6 Ryan Devries and #22 Tynan Smyth.

2nd period – At 14:52, #21 Connor Sabiston scores with an assist from # 5 Fatur.

3rd period – At 7:19 a powerplay goal from #12 Matthew Netzer was assisted by #22 Smyth.

Alberni had 16 penalty minutes.

March 21st at 10:30 am – Alberni Valley 2 vs Kitimat 3

In the 1st period at 0:32 #22 Tynan Smyth scored with an assist from #6 Ryan Devries.  In the 3rd period at 8:33 #5 Noah Fatur scored an unassisted goal.

Alberni had 8 minutes in penalties.

March 22nd (Semi-final) – Cranbrook 1, Alberni Valley 5.

1st Period – Alberni goal at 2:36 from #19 Wyatt Selva, assisted by #16 Ayden Brossoit.  Powerplay goal at 4:20 scored by #19 Selva, assisted by #21 Connor Sabiston and #34 Tanner Doucette.

2nd Period – Alberni goal at 7:07 from #14 Nicholas Sexton, assisted by #9 Colton Lloyd-Williams.

3rd Period – Alberni goal at 17:28 scored by #21 Sabiston, assisted by #3 Brennan Locke.  Final goal scored at 18:07 by #22 Tynan Smyth, assisted by #21 Sabiston.

Alberni had 34 penalty minutes.

March 22nd 7:00pm (Final) – Alberni Valley vs Terrace.

Midget Bulldogs in action in Terrace BC (photos by Tami Netzer)



Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs team with Island League Div. 1 Championship Banner

Lessons From Behind the Glass


As part of the Sportsmanship Starts in the Stands program, BC Hockey has partnered with the Vancouver Canucks and author of Lessons From Behind the Glass, Allyson Tufts, to create a video series of “lessons” to continue to promote sportsmanship and positivity in the stands.


Midget Tier 3 at BC Championship in Gibsons

Alberni’s Midget Tier 3 team has travelled to Gibsons, BC to compete in the BC Championship Tournament.

(Link to Standings:  http://bchockey.net/Championships/ScheduleandScoresDetail.aspx?division=1033&external=0&season=1631 )

March 13, 2016 – 12:00 pm Alberni Valley 5 vs Whitehorse 2

Good win to start the tournament. 

March 14, 2016 – 10:30 am.  Alberni Valley 3 vs Whistler 3

March 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm.  Coquitlam 2 vs Alberni Valley 3

March 15, 2016 – 1:00 pm.  Trail 3 vs Alberni Valley 7

Alberni with 3 wins & 1 tie (7 points) will be in the playoffs.

March 16, 2016 – 5:00 pm.  Alberni Valley vs Sunshine Coast

Semi-Final of Pool A.  Winner plays in Championship Game.  Loser plays for 3rd or 4th place.

March 17, 2016 – 8:00 am – Alberni Valley vs Smithers – Bronze medal game 

March 17, 2016 – 11:00 am – Whistler vs Sunshine Coast – Championship game 

BC Midget Tier 4 Championship – Games



Our local Midget Tier 4 team is hosting the BC Championship here at the AV Multiplex, March 13-16, 2016.

Six teams participating include our Alberni Valley Midget Tier 4 team, Windemere, Surrey, Prince Rupert, Burns Lake, and Coquitlam.

The game schedule is as follows:

Sunday, March 13th

  • 8:00 am – Windemere  10  vs Alberni Valley  1  – Final
  • 10:45 am – Surrey 1 vs Prince Rupert 6 – Final
  • 1:30 pm – Burns Lake vs Coquitlam 2 – Final
  • 4:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 4:30 – Prince Rupert 11 vs Alberni Valley 1 – Final

Monday, March 14th

  • 8:30 am – Coquitlam 1 vs Windermere 6 – Final
  • 11:15 am – Surrey 2 vs Burns Lake 8 – Final
  • 2:00 pm – Prince Rupert 2vs Windermere 1 – Final
  • 5:45 pm – Alberni Valley 2 vs Burns Lake 2 – Final

Tuesday, March 15th

  • 9:00 am – Surrey 4 vs Coquitlam 2 – Final
  • 2:00 pm – Burns Lake 2 vs Windemere 3 – Final
  • 4:45 pm – Coquitlam 0 vs Prince Rupert 8 – Final
  • 7:30 pm – Alberni Valley 5 vs Surrey 2 – Final

Wednesday, March 16th

  • 8:30 am – Burns Lake 2 vs Prince Rupert 7
  • 11:15 am – Windemere 11 vs Surrey 0
  • 2:00 pm – Alberni Valley 3 vs Coquitlam 7
  • 7:30 pm – Prince Rupert 3 vs Windemere 2 – Championship Game (in overtime)

Prince Rupert wins the title of BC Midget Tier 4 Champions – Congratulations!

BC Midget Tier 4 Championship pages:

 Teams  |   Game Schedule  |  (BC Hockey) Standings  |  Updates |  Photos


Alberni Valley Midget T4 Team Sponsors 2015-2016

2015 On Ice Officials (Referee) Clinic

2015 Referee Awards

2015 Referee Awards

Every year we welcome AVMHA players (12 yrs. +) to our Referee Program.  If you have any questions, please contact our Referee-in-Chief Chris Canuel.

LEVEL 1’s (aged 12 to 15 years) AND THOSE NEW TO OFFICIATING (aged 16 years and up) receive certification in a blended model requiring the completion of both an online E-Learning Course and attendance at a face to face clinic.  The E-Learning Course must be completed prior to attending the clinic!

Registration Process

Search – Search available clinics via Hockey Canada E-Hockey

Register – Register for the face to face clinic of your choice: Officiating Level 1 or Officiating – New Adult Referee. (In some cases, you may have received a link to register for a private clinic sent from your association.)

Complete – Once you have registered and paid for the face to face clinic, you will receive two (2) emails to the email address you used to register.  Please make sure your email address is correct.  Your link to Hockey Canada E-Learning modules will be in one (1) email and the second email is your receipt.

E-Learning Modules

  • The E-Learning modules will take approximately 3.0 hours to complete
  • Delegates pay for both the e-learning modules and the face to face clinic in one payment. A receipt is emailed to delegates upon payment.



Level 1

  • 12 – 15 years of age as of December 31 of the current calendar year
  • Non-competitive minor hockey
  • E-learning component

Level 2

  • Minimum of 16 years of age on or before December 31 of the current calendar year
  • 70% required on national exam (45 questions)
  • Competitive minor hockey

Level 3

  • Minimum of 18 years of age on or before December 31 of the current calendar year
  • Must have been registered as Level 2 for previous two (2) consecutive years
  • Must have Referee Committee member approval to upgrade to Level 3
  • Referee minor hockey playoffs
  • 80% required on national exam (45 questions)

 AV Minor Hockey Officials (Referee) Clinic Level 1-2-3

 September 11, 2015

5:30 – 9:30 pm at Barclay Hotel

Sign Up online 

Contact:  Chris Canuel  chriscanuel10@gmail.com – 250-735-2310

On-Ice Referee Clinic – Sat. Sep. 12th – Coulson Rink – 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

Tournament Refs

Tournament Refs

BC Hockey Coaches Clinics

Coaches need to register on the BC Hockey Clinics website – they will need a HCR number and they can either contact Kellie Steel or myself.

They must register for the course, pay up front and when they have completed the course minor hockey will reimburse them.

All Coaches coaching House hockey need this course if they do not have it.

Clinic #216

Clinic: Coach 2 (Hybird)

Date: October 25th, 2014

All Head Coaches of Carded Teams (Atom to Midget) need this course and all Head Coaches of Recreational Teams (from Atom to Bantam) need this course this year..


Clinic: Instructional Checking

Date: October 26, 2014

If there are any questions they can call or text me 720-5582 or e-mail me at checkerson@shaw.ca

Thanks Sharlene

Local News – AV Times – Midget Dogs win Silver

Midget Dogs return with provincial silver medals

Team advances to second straight B.C. championship final

 2014-AV Midget T3 Team-Island Champions

Two teams very far away from home met in the provincial championship final for B.C. Tier 3 midget hockey and, unfortunately for the Van Isle Ford Alberni Valley Midget A Bulldogs, gold went north west to Terrace, instead of south west to Port Alberni.

The Midget Bulldogs advanced to Friday’s provincial championship game with a 4-2 record through round robin play in 100 Mile House last week.

It was their second trip in a row to the finals – a year ago, they were able to win it all, on home ice no less.

The Midget Bulldogs were one of 11 teams competing at the provincial championship tournament.

They started provincials with a 9-0 win over the host team from 100 Mile House, but fell the next day in a 6-1 loss to Special Information Supplement Terrace.

However, the Midget Bulldogs were able to bounce back on March 18 with a 5-3 edging of North Delta.

The following day, they were back in their dominant form, beating Castlegar 9-2. That win secured the Midget Bulldogs a spot in one of the two semifinal games. However, they still had to play one more round robin game, against Dawson Creek.

Dawson Creek picked up a 5-1 win over Alberni Valley, but the game did not mean anything tangible in terms of the Midget Bulldogs reaching the medal round.

The medal round began Friday evening with the Midget Bulldogs playing their second game that day, this time against Quesnel.

Alberni, though, pulled it off with a 6-4 nail-biting win.

That put the Midget Bulldogs in the Tier 3 provincial championship game for the second time in as many years, and gave the local team, the Island champions, a chance at defending their provincial banner.

However, they could not get by Terrace, a team that was unbeaten and untied in seven games at the provincial championship tournament. The first period of the final was evenly paced and played at a high tempo, with the two teams tied at one goal each after the first period.

Terrace, though, picked up their second goal late in the second period to go up 2-1 into the final intermission.

The Midget Bulldogs could not score in the third, and gave up two more goals to fall 4-1, still earning a provincial medal for the second time in two seasons.



Local News – AV Times – Female Midgets win BC’s

Locals help win provincial championship

Five Valley hockey players, members of the North Island Impact, won the B.C. midget championship

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 Female Midget BC Champs 2014-McConnell-Savard-Clydesdale-Dawson

Five local hockey players are provincial gold medalists.

The North Island Impact wrapped up the 2013-14 hockey season with a dramatic win over two-time defending champion Richmond Ravens to capture the female midget provincial championship in Salmon Arm over spring break.

The North Island Impact consist of elite female hockey players representing hockey associations from Nanaimo to Port Hardy. The Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association has five players rostered with the Impact – Brittney Savard, Shelby Clydesdale, Sophie Vanderlee, Shay-Lee McConnell and Sarah Dawson – who contributed tremendously to the success of the team.

During the course of the season, the Impact played in five tournaments claiming two silver medals and three gold medals, including the provincial title.

At tournaments in Kelowna and Richmond to begin the season, the Impact handed the Ravens their only two losses in three years only to lose to them in the gold medal games.

Early in the new year, the Impact went on to capture gold medals in Abbotsford and Surrey, tournaments which Richmond did not attend.

The stage was set for the provincials, or so it seemed. The Impact lost to Richmond 5-3 to open the tournament, then later that night suffered another loss, this time to host team Salmon Arm 2-1. To the players, coaches and parents, after Day 1 it seemed like a disappointing end to a dream season.

After doing the math, the Impact needed Richmond to win out, which they did, by compiling a record of 6-0 to cruise into the gold medal game and earn a night’s rest before the big game to be held at 8 p.m. The Impact needed to win the rest of their games and hope for an upset or two along the way, which happened.

They defeated Terrace 3-2, Cranbrook 4-1, Surrey 3-2 and on the final morning an impressive 6-0 win over Kamloops allowed them to face a wellrested Ravens team for all the marbles.

The final game, described by B.C. Hockey as the best of the tournament, was played at a fast and physical pace.

After a quick start, the Impact took a 3-1 lead into the second period. Two powerplay goals in the second for the Ravens tied the game.

After trading great scoring chances during the first half of the third period, the Impact scored the winner with less than seven minutes remaining in the game.

Against Midget A teams from around the province this season, the team had an impressive record of 26-6-2.

– See more at: http://www.avtimes.net/sports/local/locals-help-win-provincial-championship-1.922122#sthash.Ww6jHiwg.dpuf


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Female Midget – at Salmon Arm, BC

(North Island Impact Team has 4 AVMHA players)

Sunday, March 16th

8:00PM Salmon Arm – 2   North Island – 1  
The host Salmon Arm Silverbacks opened the championship with a close game against the North Island Inpact. The home team scored at 15:32 of the first period, Sydney Castle assisted by Maddison Turner and Jenna Lazar. They took a 2 goal lead in the second period on a goal from Cassidy Marshall assisted by Sarah Whitehead and Mikayla Stirling. The North Island team got on the scoreboard at 7:01 in the second period on a goal from Olivia Knowles assisted by Lisa Lloyd and Madison Chamberlain. There was no scoring in the third but lots of action around both nets. North Island had 33 shots on Salmon Arm goalie Jaime Sedore but she stood tall in the net and denied them more than one. Salmon Arm had 12 shots on goal.
Monday, March 17th
2:00PM North Island – 3 Terrace – 2
 The first period in this game between North Island and Terrace was end to end hockey with chances for each team. In the second the North Island team scored 3 goals to pull away but in the third the Terrace team rallied to close the gap scoring 1 goal. Scoring for North Island, in the second, was Erin Murdoch at 1637 from Marijke Campbell, Ashley Penney at 14:39 from Brittney Savard and Tianna Squire and Lisa Lloyd at 4:45 from Penney. In the third Terrace’s Ashley Kuehne scored at 11:56 from Deborah Wraight and Myah Bowal at 2:03 from Bailey Kasum. Shots on goal were close, 30 for North Island and 28 for Terrace. It was a good entertaining game!
Tuesday, March 18th
2:00PM North Island – 4   Cranbrook – 1  
The play in the first period for both teams was even with no scoring for either. Cranbrook outshot North Island 15-9 but goalie Sarah Dawson for North Island shut the door on all shots. In period 2 North Island got on the board at 13:05 (Brittney Savard from Olivia Knowles) and 4:16 on the power play( Chelan Hein from Knowles). Cranbrook kept attack up with 10 shots to NI’s 3 in period 2 and into period 3 when they got on the scoreboard at 12:00 on an unassisted power play goal buy Chloe Luke. North Island had a goal at 19:02 at the beginning of the third and finished the scoring on a power play at 4:29 on an unassisted power play goal by Madison Chamberlain. CORRECTION – Total shots on goal North Island 36, Cranbrook 25 My apologizes to North Island goalie Sarah Dawson!!
Wednesday, March 19th
5:00PM Surrey Female 2 North Island 3
Surrey and North Island came out flying and ready to play in game 17 of the championship. The first period was fast but there were lots of shots at either end but the score at the end was 0-0. It wasn’t until 13:09 of the second period that the first goal was scored by Surrey’s Ashley Long from Caleigh MacDonald. North Island replied with an unassisted goal at 9:07 from April Turnbell. Long and MacDonald connected again for a goal at 8:43 and that is how the score remained until 4:56 of the third when North Island’s Erin Murdoch scored unassisted and again at 4:28 from Marijke Campbell for the go ahead goal. Surrey pulled their goalie to try for the equalizer. With 29 seconds left in the game an interference call on North Island’s Tianna Squire gave them a 6 on 4 but they were unable to put it in the net. This was a very well played game by two evenly matched and talented teams. Shots on goal were 35 for Surrey and 37 for North Island. Penalty minute were 8 mins each. Excellent game.
Thursday, March 20th
11:00AM Kamloops 0 North Island 6
The Kamloops Mystixs played their last game this morning and were in in tough facing the fast flying Vancouver Impact! The Impact scored two goals in the first four minutes of the period. The first goal was at 17:51 scored by Madison Chamberlain from Olivia Knowles and the second unassisted goal from Erin Murdoch. Their next two goals were later in the period at 5:59 from Murdoch, assisted by Brittney Savard and at 4:44 from Murdoch again unassisted (hat trick!). Undaunted, the Mystixs stuck to their game plan and never backed off. They played hard and never gave up. The Impact scored two more goals, one in the second at 18:14 by Ashley Penney unassisted and at 4:38 Murdoch scored her 4th goal. Of note is that the shots on goal the Kamloops goalie Sage Deneault faced, 63!!, she made many critical saves or the score could be higher! Shots on goal for the Mystixs were 16. The Impact now advance to the championship game against the Richmond Ravens. At the end of the game the teams lined up for a special presentation to the Kamloops Mystixs. The Fair Play was awarded to the Mystixs by the Salmon Arm Championship Committee represented by Roy Sakaki. Good job Mystixs
8:00PM Richmond Ravens – 3   North Island – 4  

The Championship Game was the best game of the tournament! The teams came out flying and we had a real show of back and forth hockey!The North Island Impact hit the ice first, forming a line on either side of the bench gate for their graduating players to skate through. What a nice acknowledgement for the players finishing their minor hockey careers! When the puck dropped both teams took off flying and never let off. The North Island Impact got on the scoreboard first at 17:32 in the 1st period when Payton Bray buried the puck assisted by Shaylee McConnell. Richmond’s Yvonne Mikulcik answered at 15:02 unassisted. Olivia Knowles of North Island scored again at 6:06 from Erin Pickup and again Richmond answered with another goal from Mikulcik assisted by Briana Trottier at 4:47. North Island went ahead for the third time at 7:24 of the second (when Murdoch scored with assists from Lloyd and Savard) and Richmond countered again at 1:08 Tamara Wong, unassisted. There was no more scoring until half way thru the 3rd period but there was lots of action at both ends of the ice. At 9:49 Lisa Lloyd from Olivia Knowles broke the tie for the final time. Richmond skated hard on the puck to get the equalizer but it was not to be. This game was very exciting and entertaining. It had the fans on the edge of their seats and was clearly the best game of the tournament. What a show of talent! Congratulations to both teams!! Thanks to Salmon Arm Minor Hockey for doing an awesome job hosting and to the Salmon Arm community volunteers for helping out to make this championship so successful!

Just to let you know, Vancouver Island Midget Impact female team took Gold in Salmon Arm last night in a 4-3 game vs Richmond!!!  Leanne Savard, Manager


Midget Tier 3 – at 100 Mile House, BC

Sunday, March 16th  Alberni Valley – 9  vs 100 Mile House – 0
Alberni Goals & (Assists):
1st period – 4:30 Sundstrum (Blake, Rae-Arthur), at 6:36 McLeod (Corlazzoli), at 16:28 Henson, at 16:48 Corlazzoli (Sundstrum).
2nd Period – at 3:21 Beecroft (Sundstrum), at 6:36 Sundstrum,.
3rd Period – at 17:29 Elder (Friel), at 19:03 Henson, at 19:32 Friel (Martin).
Penalty Summary – Alberni had 3 infractions totaling 6 penalty minutes.  100 Mile House had 2 infractions totaling 4 penalty minutes.
Monday, March 17th  Terrace – 6  vs Alberni Valley – 1
Alberni’s only goal scored by James McLeod on a penalty shot, at 13:05 of the second period.
Penalty Summary – Alberni had 11 infractions totaling 22 penalty minutes.  Terrace had 4 infractions totaling 8 penalty minutes.
Tuesday, March 18th 1:00 pm – Alberni Valley – 5 vs North Delta – 3
Alberni Goal Summary – 1st Period – at 9:34 Beecroft.  2nd Period – at 2:34 Cowan (Selva Corlazzoli), at 17:27 Selva (Cowan).  3rd Period – at 12:42 Sundstrum (Beecroft), at 13:35 Sundstrum (Friel, Martin).
Penalty Summary – Alberni had 7 infractions totaling 14 penalty minutes.  North Delta had 4 infractions totaling 8 penalty minutes.
Wednesday, March 19th Alberni Valley – 8, Castlegar – 2
1st Period – Alberni goals at 3:44 Henson (Corlazzoli, Martin), at 7:38 Sundstrum (Martin), at 13:54 Sundstrum (Beecroft, Friel), at 17:27 Sundstrum (Friel, Blake).
2nd Period – Alberni goals at 8:52 Elder (Martin, Adams), at 10:50 Friel (Sundstrum, Harvey), at 19:46 Friel (Sundstrum, Beecroft).
3rd Period – Alberni goals at 3:52 Blake (Henson, Harvey).
Penalty Summary – Alberni had 15 infractions totaling 49 penalty minutes.  Castlegar had 18 infractions totaling 63 penalty minutes.
Thursday, March 20th – 8:00 am – Alberni Valley – 1 vs Dawson Creek – 5

Only goal scored by Alberni from Josh Harvey. Jessie Geddes in net.   Penalties 4 minutes for Alberni and eight minutes for Dawson creek. Alberni plays Quesnel in the semi final today at 5 pm. Winner moves onto gold medal game at 11 am tomorrow.

5:00PM Quesnel – 4 Alberni Valley – 6
Semi-final 1: 1st Div A vs. 2nd Div B  –  (report from Alison Sundstrum)  We had an exciting semi final game vs Quesnel. Gary Martin opened the scoring unassisted at 8:49 of the first period. Keagun Selva made it 2-0 in the second from Brad Cowan.  Third goal for Alberni was from Cam Blake with a helper from Josh Harvey. Quesnel scored in the second to make it 3-1  but James McLeod scored a minute later from Logan Henson and Keagun Selva scored unassisted. Quesnel scored a goal late in the second to make the score at the end of the second 5-2.   Quesnel came out in the third scoring 2 goals to make the score 5-4′ with 8 and a half minutes left in the game. David Friel scored with 1:51 left in the game from Harvey and Ethan Sundstrum to send the Bulldogs to the gold medal game today(Friday) at 11 am vs Terrace.
Friday, March 21st 
11:00AM Terrace – 4   Alberni Valley – 1  
Championship Game – Evenly paced, high tempo game; with game tied at 1 end of the first. Terrace with the go-ahead goal late in the second to end the period 2-1; Alberni never let up and gave tremendous effort right to the end. Terrace went on to score 2 more in the third for a final of 4-1 Terrace. Shots on goal 31-28.


Bantam Tier 3 – at West Kelowna, BC

2014 Bantam provincials 6-tilephotos by Tracy Smyth
Sunday, March 16th
8:00PM Alberni Valley – 10   West Kelowna – 3  
Both teams played a well disciplined game with only 1 minor penalty in 60 minutes (by West Kelowna). Hats off to both teams. Scoring for West Kelowna were Mason Chidlow, Reegan Forsyth, Nicholas Yaremovich with assists going to Cooper Graff, Nicholas Yaremovich and Broden Ellerton. Scoring for Alberni Valley were Tynan Smyth with 3 goals, Ayden Brossoit with 4 goals and 1 assist, Noah Fatur with 2 goals and 2 assists, Shaylee McConnell with 1 goal and 1 assist. Assists went to Ryan DeVries, Ezra Paddock with 2 assists, Wyatt Selva and Reilly Kozocari.
Monday, March 17th
3:30PM Sunshine Coast – 8 Alberni Valley – 2
Both teams came out ready to play. Scoring for Sunshine Coast was Terrance Josephson assisted by Brendan Gray and Timothy Walters and scoring for Alberni Valley was Shaylee McConnell assisted by Ezra Paddock and Nicholas Sexton to end the first period in a tie. Second period also ended up tied with markers from Terrance Jospheson assisted by Brendan Gray and Kai Gerier for Sunshine Coast and Ayden Brossoit assisted by Ezra Paddock and Colton Lloyd and Wyatt Selva scoring for Alberni Valley. Sunshine Coast broke forward with 7 goals in the 3rd period. Scoring for them was Jarred Bothwell, Justin Fodchuk (3 assists), Nevan Flay ((1 assist), Kolton Cousins with 2 goals and 1 assist and Terrance Josephson with a goal and an assist. Both teams played hard.  (Penalty Summary – Alberni had 4 infractions = 8 penalty minutes.  Sunshine Coast had 3 infractions = 6 penalty minutes.)
Tuesday, March 18th 
3:30PM Whitehorse – 3 Alberni Valley – 5
Both teams came out ready to dig their heels in. Whitehorse opened the scoring at 6:38 on a goal from their captain Matthew Cooper. Alberni Valley responded a short time later with a goal from their captain Ezra Paddock assisted by Colton Lloyd. Back in action in the 2nd period, Alberni Valley scored a couple of goals in the last 5 minutes. Wyatt Selva from Maryna MacDonald and Ezra Paddock from Shaylee McConnell scored to give them a 3 to 1 lead. Alberni popped in another one at the 9:54 mark from Ayden Brosoit assisted by Wyatt Selva. Whitehorse fought back with 2 goals after the 10 minute mark of the 3rd. Johnny Elias from Bryce Anderson and Joseph Stokes brought them within 1. Whitehorse pulled their goalie for the extra attacker trying to get the equalizer. Kyle Hodgson pocketed the empty net goal with 1:12 left in the period. Great hockey to watch.  (Penalty Summary – Alberni had 6 infractions = 12 penalty minutes.  Whitehorse had 3 infractions = 6 penalty minutes.)
Wednesday, March 19th
8:00AM Alberni Valley – 2 Terrace – 4
Both teams came out to play great hockey this morning. Alberni Valley opened the scoring at the 19:24 of the 1st period on a goal from Tynan Smith assisted by Noah Fatur. Terrace came back with a marker at the 11:08 mark on a goal from Gianni Cormano assisted by Sam Reinbolt. They pocketed one more at the 10:53 mark on a goal by Conor Watt assisted by Mason Richey and Terrence O’Brien. Alberni Valley came within one on a goal by Noah Fatur assisted by Ezra Paddock. Exciting hockey throughout the first 2 periods. Great goaltending at both ends. Terrace came out with a quick goal at the 19:40 mark of the 3rd period by Austen McKean assisted by Gregory Kennedy. Alberni Valley kept battling back but couldn’t find the back of the net. Terrace finished off their scoring at the 2:10 mark of the 3rd period on a goal from Nicholas Nordstrom assisted by Jayson Kawinsky. Terrace advances to the finals. Congratulations to both teams for a great game. Well played.  (Penalty Summary – Alberni had 5 infractions = 10 penalty minutes.  Terrace had 6 infractions = 12 penalty minutes.)
Our 2 and 2 record was not good enough to advance unfortunately and the Bantam Bulldogs  finished 5th in the tournament.


Bantam Tier 4 – at Windemere Valley, BC

Sunday, March 16th
1:30PM Langley – 7   Alberni Valley – 3  
This was a good game although Langley appeared to be the stronger team from the outset. Langley accounted for 14 minutes in penalties to 8 for Alberni Valley. Alberni Valley opened the scoring in the 1st period before Langley tied it before the end of the period. Langley took over with 3 goals in the 2nd period and 3 more in the third before Alberni Valley answered with two at the end of the period. McCarron(2G/1A)and GREEN(2G)led Langley while McCURDY(2G)was Alberni Valley’s leading scorer.  (Foster Martin had 1 goal and 2 assists in this game.)
8:00PM Alberni Valley – 2   Windermere Valley – 7  
This was the feature game of the day as it was right after the opening Ceremony. It was an evenly contested game in the first period but then got a little rough with Alberni Valley accumulating 26 minutes in penalties to Windermere’s 8. Alberni Valley opened the scoring but Windermere replied with 2 goals before the end of the period. Windermere added another goal in the 2nd and Alberni Valley recorded their 2nd goal before the end of the period. Windermere then put the game out of reach with 4 goals in the 3rd period. Windermere’s GUDJONSON again led his team with 3 goals and 3 assists.
Monday, March 17th
5:00PM Alberni Valley – 2 Fraser Lake – 8
At the outset this appeared to have the makings of a close game but Fraser Lake started to take control of the game in the middle of the 1st period and totally dominated the 2nd. Alberni Valley carried the play in the 3rd as Fraser Lake got into penalty trouble, 20 minutes to 10 for Alberni Valley but just could not solve the Fraser Lake goaltender(s). Fraser Lake scored 2 goals in the 1st period, 5 in the 2nd and one more in third with Alberni Valley only able to answer with a goal in each of the 2nd and 3rd periods. LAFFIN(3G)and Nolan NICOL(2G)did most of the damage for Fraser Lake while MARTIN had both goals for Alberni Valley.
Tuesday, March 18th
5:00PM Kamloops – 12 Alberni Valley – 0
This was a one sided game from the outset with Kamloops maintaining complete domination throughout. As a result it got a little ‘chippy’ with Kamloops being assessed 19 minutes in penalties including one major and Alberni Valley receiving 18 minutes which included two majors. Kamloops opened the scoring in the 1st period, added five more in the 2nd and s1x in the 3rd. Alberni Valley had several good scoring opportunities but could not get anything past the Kamloops goaltender. McLEOD(3G), TAPHORN(3G)and PETRIE(3G/1A)led Kamloops in scoring while their goaltender VIRGO registered the shut out.
Wednesday, March 19th
8:00AM Kelowna – 12 Alberni Valley – 2
At the start of this game both teams were playing hard and each had some good scoring chances. It was a cleanly played game with only a total of eight minutes in penalties. Kelowna opened the scoring three minutes into the 1st period and then added a second goal a few minutes later. Alberni Valley scored their first goal two minutes later and the period ended with Kelowna leading 2-1. Kelowna then took control of the game scoring four goals in the 2nd period and six more in the third. Kelowna’s BARTON(2G), GALLAGHER(3G/3A) and FITZGERALD(2G/2A) did most of the scoring damage for their team. To Alberni Valley’s credit, they did not give up as the score increased, maintained their composure and continued to put a good effort forward.


LOCAL NEWS – AV Times – Jan. 10, 2014

Bantam girls selected to Island Under-16 squad


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Alberni Valley trio will play in B.C. Winter Games in February.

Three local hockey players will be representing the Alberni Valley on a provincial scale next month.  Sydney Dolling, Shay-Lee McConnell and Maryna MacDonald have been selected to play on the Vancouver Island girls under-16 team to play at the B.C. Winter Games in February.  Each of the girls plays with the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association’s Bantam A Bulldogs team.

The three girls were selected after a tough weekend of tryouts from Jan. 4 to 5 in Nanaimo.  There were over 55 girls trying out, and after fitness testing, onice skills, drills and evaluation games, they were among the 18 players and two goalies selected for the team.

The girls are all born in the years 1999 and 2000.

They will now go to the B.C. Winter Games, which will be held in Mission from Feb. 20 to 23, when teams from across the province will compete in a round-robin tournament.




From: Deborah Turney <dturney@bchockey.net>

Subject: Affiliate Players


I thought I would send this out as a reminder to all regarding affiliate players as I seem to getting more and more questions regarding this issue.  Besides  getting questions on the number of games, I  am also getting questions on the higher teams not getting permission from the player’s team. Hockey Canada policy states the higher division team must have permission from the team of which the affiliated player is registered.

I have been told that some associations have removed this policy or changed it.  Associations can not make Hockey Canada policies more relaxed, they can only strengthen them.

So if either of them are being done… you are playing an ineligible player.

Remember -tournament games and exhibition games do not count towards  your 10 games. But you can not extend to more then 10 games.

2013-2014 Hockey Canada Regulation E35a
35. a) A player of a team of a lower Division or category of the same club, or of an affiliated team, or a specially affiliated player, may affiliate to a team or teams of higher Divisions and categories at any time, to a maximum of ten (10) games.  However, if the player’s registered team completes its regular season and playoffs before the player’s affiliated team or teams, the player may thereafter affiliate an unlimited number of times.  For goaltender exceptions see Regulations B.42, E.36 (b).

In summary, the following changes are now in effect:

*   The five game limit after January 10 no longer applies.
*   Affiliation guidelines are now consistent at minor, junior and senior hockey.
*   Affiliate players are now limited to ten (10) games maximum over the course of a season. The purpose of this limitation is to prevent the use of “permanent affiliates”
*   Affiliate players may not play an eleventh game until their carded team has completed their season.
*   An affiliate player who does participate in more than ten games will be deemed to be an ineligible player.

I ask that you follow Hockey Canada rules.

Any questions…. let me know

Deborah Turney

BC Hockey District Director – Vancouver Island/Powell River

Ph: 250 307 2005  Fax: 1 866 544 9838

Email: dturney@bchockey.net

LOCAL NEWS: Hockey Players Earn Big Scholarships

Two graduating midget players will be attending the University 

Two graduates of both Alberni District Secondary School and the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association are getting some assistance in going to university due to their efforts both on the ice and in the classroom.

Ellis Martin and Liam MacLeod, who recently wrapped up their midget hockey careers in the local program, will both be attending the University of Victoria this fall, with hopes of entering the school’s kinesiology department.

Ellis Martin, left, was awarded the $1,000 B.C. Hockey Scholarship and Liam MacLeod, right, was awarded the Vancouver Island Minor Hockey Association's $500 scholarship. The two graduating hockey players and high school students plan to attend the university of Victoria this fall.;   [Scott Mckenzie, AVTimes]

Ellis Martin, left, was awarded the $1,000 B.C. Hockey Scholarship and Liam MacLeod, right, was awarded the Vancouver Island Minor Hockey Association’s $500 scholarship. The two graduating hockey players and high school students plan to attend the university of Victoria this fall.; [Scott Mckenzie, AVTimes]

Financially, though, the burden is eased with the announcement that Martin has received the B.C. Hockey Scholarship, and MacLeod has been awarded the Vancouver Island Minor Hockey Association Scholarship.

Martin’s scholarship is good for $1,000, and MacLeod’s for $500.

“This is pretty rare,” said AVMHA president Meranda Vallee.

The B.C. Hockey Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to one player in each region, has not been awarded to an Alberni Valley graduate since the 1988-89 season.

Last year, Port Alberni’s Cortland Thibodeau won the VIAHA scholarship.

MacLeod found out he had won his scholarship while he was playing a baseball game, and Martin heard about it when he was having photos taken at high school prom.

“I was pretty ecstatic,” Martin said.

The two awards are for a combination of hard work in hockey and in school.

The AVMHA had also awarded the two hockey players their annual scholarships without knowing that the two bigger awards were on the way.

As well, Martin and MacLeod were also part of the group of students at ADSS who won the Ty Watson awards for their academics.

Playing rep hockey is a big commitment that lasts through much of the school year, “so they should pat themselves on the back” for the job that they have done,” Vallee said. “It’s pretty rare.”

Balancing competitive hockey with their schoolwork, though, was something both Martin and MacLeod struggled with, but were ultimately able to handle.

“For me, it was pretty hard,” MacLeod said. “Especially on Tuesdays, I’d just have no time. I had to find time between everything, even at dryland and at the rink, to do homework. There were some late nights.”

“I had to find the time as well between everything,” Martin said. Another member of the AVMHA was also recognized provincially recently, as executive board director at large Bruce Brunt received the Silver Skate Award for Alberni Valley at the B.C. Hockey annual general meeting June 8 in Sun Peaks.

According to a media release, “this year, AVMHA not only hosted the provincial championship for midget Tier 3 but also won the provincial championship. Leading the way for AVMHA was Bruce Brunt, who was instrumental in the winning season with his roles as Midget Tier 3 team manager and the co-chair on the organizing committee that hosted the championship here in Port Alberni.”

Brunt was one of 24 Silver Skate award winners throughout the province.

AV Times published June 19, 2013
Scott McKenzie, Reporter


– See more at: http://www.avtimes.net/local-hockey-players-earn-big-scholarships-two-graduating-midget-players-will-be-attending-the-univ-1.325521#sthash.xcRJE8JO.dpuf


BC Hockey AGM in Sun Peaks, June 8th saw Bruce Brunt receive the Silver Skate award for Alberni Valley Minor Hockey.

The Silver Skate Award was first presented in the 2005-2006 season to the minor hockey association of the BC Champion in each level of the PeeWee to Juvenile divisions that have shown team work, perseverance and hard work throughout the hockey season.

This year, AVMHA not only hosted the provincial championship for Midget Tier 3 but our team also won the Provincial Championship.

Leading the way for AVMHA was Bruce Brunt, who was instrumental in the winning season with his roles as Midget Tier 3 team manager and the co-chair on the organizing committee that hosted the championship here in Port Alberni.

Link to the media report:  http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=673497


Above & Beyond - Bruce Brunt

Bruce Brunt




Alberni Valley NEWS report – Published: April 11, 2013 6:00 PM 


Shelby Clydesdale, Brittney Savard and Shay-Lee McConnell spent last weekend gaining a new perspective on rep hockey at the bantam level as they participated in the U-16 BC Cup in the Cowichan Valley.

The Alberni Valley trio played for Vancouver Island in a pool against teams from the North and Kootenay.  The other pool contained two Lower Mainland teams and Okanagan.

The Island U-16 girls won their game against Kootenay, lost against the North, and ended up having to play the North again on Saturday morning. They lost in a very close game, a team spokesperson said, which vaulted them into playing for fifth and sixth against Okanagan on Sunday.

The Island girls came from behind to beat Okanagan 6-3 and finish in fifth place in B.C.

It was an exciting weekend for both the girls and their families, the team spokesperson said. “It was nice to see so much support from Port Alberni for the three girls who attended. There were numerous family members and friends who made the trip to see the girls play against the finest female bantam players in B.C.

McConnell, Savard and Clydesdale should be very proud of this accomplishment, and now have a better idea of what is required to compete in a high-performance competition.

Clydesdale and Savard have hopes of attending the U-18 camp next season and McConnell expects to be at the U-16 competition again.

ICE CHIPS…The team forwards a special thank you to Port Alberni Fraternal Order of Eagles, Alberni Valley Rotary Club and Alberni Valley Minor Hockey for their support.


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Here are a few photos from the Provincial Championship that we hosted March 16-22, 2013.

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More photos and all the details from the tournament can be found at:  http://avhockey.net

Midget B Team Head for Lillooet Provincials

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Midget ‘A’ Dogs ready to host B.C.’s best

Provincial championships begin Sunday with opening ceremonies at 7: 15 p.m., Dogs vs. Eagles at 8 pm.

Anyone waking up early on Sunday has the opportunity head to the rink to watch a full day’s worth of hockey.

Starting at 7: 30 a.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex, the local minor hockey association is hosting the B.C. Hockey Tier 3 Provincial Championships.

The opening ceremonies of the tournament will take place on Sunday night at 7: 15 p.m., with the Van Isle Ford Midget A Bulldogs playing in the feature game at 8 p.m. against the Langley Eagles. A packed house is expected at the Weyerhaeuser Arena for that game.

Play begins again on Monday morning at 7: 30 a.m. with Dawson Creek taking on Merritt.

The Midget Dogs will host Smithers Monday at 3 p.m., and on Tuesday they play at 5: 30 p.m. against Dawson Creek.

Wednesday is the final day of round robin play, when Alberni Valley plays Merritt at 3 p.m.

The Bulldogs, playing in Pool B with Merritt, Dawson Creek, Langley and Smithers, will hope to make the semi-finals on Thursday.

If the Bulldogs finish first in their pool, they will play at 6 p.m. Thursday, and if they finish second, game time will be at 3 p.m.

However, anything less than first or second in Pool B after round robin play is complete, and the Bulldogs season will end. Medal games are set for Friday, March 22 with the bronze medal game scheduled for 8 a.m. and the gold medal game at 11 a.m.

The Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association will hold closing ceremonies at 1: 30 p.m.

Despite being the host team for provincial championships, the Midget Dogs won their way in, sweeping the Victoria Ice Hawks in the Tier 3 finals two weeks ago in games that were never really in doubt.

The Bulldogs have been hard at work ever since, and have invited local Junior B players to practice to help them step their games up to another level.

The Bulldogs have yet to lose a playoff game, after finishing in second place in the regular season playing against Tier 1 associations. The AVMHA is classified as Tier 3, so once the regular season is over they are automatically relegated to playing associations similar in size.

The provincial championships are a celebration of 50 years of minor hockey in the Alberni Valley. Make sure to look into the rafters when you are at the rink, as a sky camera has been installed for the use of Alberni District Secondary School media students, who are in the process of creating a video of the Midget Bulldogs’ season.

There will be a small entry fee for each game.




Awards – Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded annually to BC Hockey registered members to give recognition to those who develop their academic career aspirations while at the same time nourishing their interest in hockey. Applications are available between February 18 and April 30 and reviewed by a selection committee. Monetary awards vary from $500 to $1000.

2012-2013 BC Hockey Scholarship Application (PDF)

To be eligible for a BC Hockey scholarship, an individual in his or her graduating year of high school and must be a current registered member or a former BC Hockey member playing in the Western Hockey League. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, sportsmanship, hockey participation and / or quality of contribution, as well as school and community participation and service.

Midget A Dogs win Island Championship

Van Isle Ford minor hockey team goes through front door to provincials after Island tournament

Dave Beecroft wanted his team to win their way in to provincials, and the boys did, too.

The Van Isle Ford Midget A Bulldogs did just that Saturday, sweeping their series with the Victoria Ice Hawks for the coveted Vancouver Island Championship banner with a 5-1 road win.

“Victoria is a good team,” said Beecroft, the Bulldogs head coach.


“They came to play and they played really hard.”

The midget Dogs were able to put together a 4-0 lead and it wasn’t until the midpoint of the third period that Victoria was able to get a puck behind Alberni goalie Ryan Price.

Beecroft called a time out after that happened to settle things down.

“Once they scored, they came really hard,” he said.

The Bulldogs scored the next goal of the game and after counting down the final 10 seconds, sent their helmets and gloves in the air to celebrate their claiming of the Vancouver Island championship, one that slipped from their grasp a season before. And while the Bulldogs knew they had a spot in provincial championships, as they are the host, winning their way in was important to a group of boys who could have sat back and went through the back door to the B.C. championships.

“I didn’t want to go in on a free ride,” Beecroft said, “and the boys didn’t either. It proves nothing.

“I know it was easy to have it in the backs of their minds to know that they were in, but we had a team meeting and made sure we were all on board with wanting to win our way in.”

Provincials begin at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on March 17, and wrap up on March 21.

Until then, the midget Bulldogs will have two weeks to practice, and Beecroft is inviting some Junior B players in to work with the team and mix things up as they prepare for stiffer competition.

The team decided not to play any exhibition games in order to not risk suspensions or injuries.

And now, the Bulldogs need to focus on the next step and put the Island title behind them.

“We’ve got another step to go,” Beecroft said.

“Provincials was what my goal was. It was good to win the Island, but we’ve got to stay focused. We’ve still got a lot of work to do to achieve our final goal.”

The schedule for provincials has yet to be released, but it will be a tournament that features the best Tier 3 midget teams in the province.



Midget reps need help for provincials

By Susan Quinn – Alberni Valley News
Published: February 20, 2013 3:00 PM

The Van Isle Ford Midget A Bulldogs are hosting the midget rep hockey provincials this spring, from March 16–22, and they’re looking for volunteers to help pull this B.C. championship off.

Teams from 10 different regions, some as far away as Yukon Territory, will converge on the Alberni Valley for the tourney, spokesperson Roxanne Leyland said. Although the Bulldogs and a handful of other teams have already clinched spots, the remaining teams won’t be known until early March.

The provincial event kicks off Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association’s 50th anniversary, Leyland said. Up to 400 players, coaches, support staff and family members will be in the Alberni Valley for the week.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. Arrangements are being made to have a local host for each visiting team. Since teams will only play one game per day, they will have a lot of free time to explore the community, Leyland said.

To keep up with the team’s plans for the provincials, Leyland has created a website at avhockey.net. Once the tourney starts, live scores will be posted for each game, and more details about the participating teams will be available.

Follow the provincials on Facebook (AV Minor Hockey) or Twitter (@avmha), too.

To volunteer, please call tournament director Al McCulloch at 250-720-3671 or e-mail aligm99@hotmail.com.

ICE CHIPS…The Bulldogs beat Sooke 5-1 at home last weekend to advance to the Island Tier 3 championships, a three-game series with Victoria Ice Hawks. Both teams are guaranteed spots.