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.


AV NEWS: Local hockey player heads for Harvard

Kevin Rothbauer  Mar. 18, 2018 6:00 a.m.Local

Although she spent the first few years of her life in Bamfield, about 90 km from the nearest arena in Port Alberni, Maryna MacDonald still fell in love with hockey.
Her passion for the sport eventually took her to Shawnigan Lake School, and come next fall, she will be playing for the Harvard Crimson.
MacDonald knew the sport from watching her cousin, but didn’t play until she moved to the “big city” of Port Alberni at the age of seven.

“The day we moved to our new house, even before we opened any boxes, we drove to the rink and signed up,” MacDonald recalls.
She took to the sport immediately. A few years later, when she was 15, MacDonald was skating for the female midget AAA Vancouver Island Seals. Scouts from Harvard spotted her at a tournament in Washington, D.C., and kept in touch.
“It was a hell of a roller coaster,” MacDonald laughs. “Their hockey coach saw me in D.C. and scouted me. I committed to the hockey team, and from there I had to get in. Since Grade 10, I’ve been working every day to get in. To be in now is surreal.”
It was on Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m., during practice with the Shawnigan female prep team, that MacDonald found out she was one of 900 students to get early acceptance to one of the highest-regarded schools in North America.
“She ran into the locker room and checked her phone,” Shawnigan head coach Carly Haggard remembers. “When she came back, the whole team jumped on her.”
Admission to Harvard, MacDonald explains, isn’t based strictly on grades, but on other criteria as well.
“They want to make sure you’re doing your absolute best,” she says.
That’s no issue for MacDonald, who is playing only her Grade 12 year at Shawnigan as part of the process for reaching Harvard.
“I’ve always taken school seriously,” she points out.
No one is more familiar with the route from Port Alberni to the Ivy League than Haggard, who grew up in the same city, then left the Island for Dartmouth College in 1999.
“I understand the dedication you need to play at that level,” she acknowledges.
After four years at Dartmouth, including serving as team captain in 2002-03, Haggard went on to play for the U22 national team and professionally in the National Women’s Hockey League’s Oakville Ice and in Switzerland. She also coached three years at University of Guelph, including one season as head coach.
Haggard spent three years away from the sport in Australia before she signed on as the first head coach of Shawnigan’s female hockey program in 2016. Helping players like MacDonald achieve their dreams is exactly what Shawnigan wants to do.
“The goal of our program is that anyone who wants to play in college or the elite level, to make them ready academically and athletically,” she says.
A defender, MacDonald sits sixth in Shawnigan scoring with seven points in 13 games this year. She put up 21 points on 12 goals and nine assists with the Seals last season.
“She is an amazing hockey player,” Haggard says. “Her talent, you don’t see that very often in high school. I couldn’t be happier with what she has done for our program in such a short time.”
Beyond Harvard, where MacDonald will study engineering, MacDonald is aiming for the national team. She has played with the Team BC program, which is the first step in that direction, and last spring skated for B.C. at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Duncan. Hockey Canada scouts will continue to observe her at Harvard, as well.
“Obviously,” she said, “Team Canada is always the goal.”

Maryna MacDonald (left) will follow in the footsteps of Shawnigan Lake School female prep coach Carly Haggard (right) as she heads from Vancouver Island to the Ivy League ranks next season.


(Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

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


Brittany Savard College Rookie


A former Port Alberni hockey player was recently recognized for her achievements in collegiate hockey at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

On March 4, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference announced the selection of Brittney Savard as Rookie of the Year for the 2016-17 season. Savard started her hockey career in Port Alberni and nowplays on the NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey team. She said she was honoured with the award andintends to use her skills for her future goals.

Savard first laced her hockey skates at the age of four when she played with her older sister,Nicolette.

“I wanted to be just like her,” Savard said.

For the first few years, she played with the boys on house teams and when rep teams becameavailable at the atom level, she tried out and made the team.

“I was pleasantly surprised and I think that’s when my love for the game was born,” she said. “Sincebeing the only girl (with the exception of having the opportunity to play with Shay-Lee McConnell fora few years) on an all-boys team wasn’t easy, especially when I reached bantam level and the boysstarted to get bigger and stronger, I decided to try girls hockey.”

In her second year of bantam, she played on both boys’ and girls’ house teams.

“I fell in love with the atmosphere of feeling unbreakable bonds with my girl teammates and beingmore of a part of the team when I started playing on girls’ teams,” Savard said.

In her first year of midget, Savard made the North Island Impact A team and was made assistantcaptain. The following year she played for the Impact and was an affiliated player for the Vancouver Island Hurricanes (now Seals) AAA team. In her final year, she decided to go with the Seals full-timeand ended the season as the team’s leading scorer.

Savard graduated from Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) in June 2016 and took the summeroff to prepare for her move to post-secondary education at NAIT, for which she received ascholarship. She currently maintains a 4.0 GPA in the Personal Fitness Training Program.

“I decided the Personal Fitness Training Program was the best-suited career path for me because it isincredibly important to me to help people reach their goals,” she said. “That something I’ve alwaysbeen interested in since I was little. My ultimate goal is to eventually either own my own gymcompany or to move forward and go more in-depth with athletic therapy and learn more aboutsports medicine and rehabilitation.”

Balancing school work, hockey, additional classes, volunteering, and a social life is somethingSavard said she does with her learned time management and prioritizing skills. Her selection asRookie of the Year was based on those criteria, but particularly on a player’s overall performance.

After this semester, Savard intends to return home to Port Alberni to work and begin her off-seasontraining to prepare for the upcoming season.




Edmonton,  March 4 , 2017 – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is pleased to announce that Brittany Savard of the NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey team, has been selected as the 2016-17 ACAC Women’s Hockey Rookie of the Year.

Brittany’s play this season helped lead the NAIT Ooks hockey team to a 1st place regular season finish in the ACAC.  Savard, a 1st year Personal Fitness Trainer student from Port Alberni, BC, had a 4.0 GPA during the fall term. She scored the most goals in the league by a rookie with 13, which was second overall behind teammate Carlin Boey who had 15. Brittany was also tied for 7th overall in points with 16, putting her 2nd in rookie points in the ACAC.

NAIT Ooks women’s hockey head coach Deanna Martin had the following to say about her student-athlete.  “Savard is without a doubt deserving of this recognition.  I see a bright future ahead for her with the Ooks. She is the top ranked fitness and practice player on our team and is working hard towards developing her leadership skills for a future leadership role with our program”.


About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to provide competitive collegiate sport experiences, promote academic achievement and be a leader of sport development in Canada.

For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca



JAL Designs has put together some apparel with the AVMHA logo on them.  They are for sale directly from JAL Designs with a portion of the price going back to AVMHA.  These items are not just for players but the 50th anniversary logo and Timbermen logo make them attractive to former AVMHA players, parents and volunteers too.


Link to JAL Designs Facebook Page.

Alumni – Josh Bonar

Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Alumni  1989-1999


Josh Bonar

Йо ш Бонар
  • Position: right wing
  • Player status: active player
  • Gender: male
  • Nationality: Canada 
  • Birth date: 22.01.1984
  • Birth place: Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
  • Height: 188 cm / 6′ 2″
  • Weight: 90 kg / 198 lbs
  • Shoots: right
  • Trivia:
  • 2010-2011 MOL Liga Top Scorer
    2012-2013 MOL Liga All-Star Team
Season Team League GP G A P PIM +/-
2013-14 Corona Brasov Wolves MOL Liga 17 11 17 28 44 0
2012-13 Corona Fenestela Brasov Liga Nationala De Hochei(Play-off) 7 4 3 7 60 0
2012-13 Corona Fenestela Brasov Romanian Cup 2 1 1 2 0 0
2012-13 Corona Fenestela Brasov Liga Nationala De Hochei 6 2 6 8 25 0
2012-13 Corona Fenestela Brasov MOL Liga 40 30 38 68 113 0
2011-12 Miskolci JJSE OB I (HUN) (Play-off) 7 4 6 10 39 0
2011-12 Miskolci JJSE MOL Liga (Play-off) 11 5 9 14 24 -1
2011-12 Miskolci JJSE MOL Liga 30 20 17 37 112 16
2010-11 Miskolci JJSE OB I (HUN) (Play-off) 3 0 4 4 4 -6
2010-11 Miskolci JJSE OB I (HUN) 14 10 10 20 22 3
2010-11 Miskolci JJSE MOL Liga (Play-off) 7 4 4 8 49 1
2010-11 Miskolci JJSE MOL Liga 31 29 30 59 115 25
2009-10 Louisiana IceGators SPHL 49 21 19 40 105 -11
2008-09 Lørenskog IK GET Ligaen 12 3 4 7 14 3
2008-09 Laredo Bucks CHL 11 1 4 5 6 -3
2008-09 Rapid City Rush CHL 5 0 0 0 0 -3
2007-08 Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (2003-2012) CHL 63 21 17 38 74 -10
2006-07 Brock University OUA 27 12 12 24 24
2005-06 Brock University OUA 24 9 13 22 18
2004-05 Alberni Valley Bulldogs BCHL (Play-off) 9 4 7 11 4
2004-05 Alberni Valley Bulldogs BCHL 42 23 25 48 34
2003-04 Alberni Valley Bulldogs BCHL (Play-off) 10 1 5 6 14
2003-04 Alberni Valley Bulldogs BCHL 56 34 37 71 168
2002-03 Vancouver Giants WHL (U20) 1 0 0 0 5 0
2001-02 Vancouver Giants WHL (U20) 50 11 9 20 44 0
2001-02 Kamloops Blazers WHL (U20) 18 3 2 5 9 0
2000-01 Kamloops Blazers WHL (U20, Play-off) 3 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Kamloops Blazers WHL (U20) 40 3 8 11 28 3

Midget rep goalie signs with Comox Valley Jr. B

Bryce DiRocco inks first contract with Glacier Kings of VIJHL

A Port Alberni born goaltender is leaving town to become a king.  The Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island Junior B Hockey League announced this week that they have signed Alberni Valley goalie Bryce DiRocco to his first ever junior hockey contract. DiRocco appeared in this exhibition season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL, and also spent time practicing with the local BCHL team.

He was the starting goalie for the midget A Bulldogs, and while that is a tough loss for the local minor rep team, Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association president Al McCulloch said he would never hold anyone back who is trying to get to the next level.

DiRocco had already backstopped the midget Bulldogs to two tournament medals this season (one gold, one silver).

DiRocco was already affiliated with the Glacier Kings, and had appeared in two games with the team. His only start was on Oct. 14 against the Nanaimo Buccaneers, when he stopped 20 of 22 shots for the win. DiRocco also played in relief duty against the Westshore Wolves on Nov. 9 and made five saves on six shots in 16 minutes of play. The midget rep Bulldogs have called up Ryan Price from the midget B team to help replace DiRocco and team up with the team’s other goalie, Jason Brunt.

The Glacier Kings are leading their division with a record of 12-10-0-2, three points ahead of Nanaimo.


AVMHA Alumni – Somerville

Somerville taking different route

Local hockey player took unorthodox way to playing college hockey at UVic

After two seasons of Junior B hockey, Luciano Somerville was ready to hang up his skates and focus on school, even with two years of eligibility remaining.  He didn’t even know that there was a hockey program at the University of Victoria.  Now, the freshman forward is eight games into his BCIHL season with the Vikes.

“I was just planning on going to school and not playing hockey anymore,” Somerville said after helping out with the Alberni Valley Hockey Academy Wednesday. “When I found out they had a team, I talked to the coach and got a try-out.”

Somerville managed to make the team and is now playing college hockey, something he dreamed to do but thought was unattainable if he didn’t play Junior A.  “It’s definitely a route I didn’t expect to take,” said Somerville, 19.  “I was expecting to play Junior B then try to play Junior A and try to get a scholarship somewhere. That’s the only way I thought I could do it. I never thought this would happen.”

Somerville is majoring in sciences at UVic.

Playing in the BCIHL, he said, is comparable to playing in the BCHL, just with older players.  “Most of them are at least 20 and they’re all ex-Junior A guys. It’s like playing with men.”

Somerville spent four years with the Alberni Valley Hockey Academy and he said it played a big role in his journey to playing in college. Going through practices with his rep teams throughout his minor hockey career, Somerville felt he didn’t have enough time to work on individual skills, rather, his team’s practices were more focused on systems.

While those are an integral part of the game, it was the hockey academy that allowed him to succeed by helping him take his shooting, stick handling and skating to another level.  It is part of the reason why he helps out with the hockey academy whenever he is back in Port Alberni. Despite not playing Junior B anymore – he had two years left – Somerville is still traveling around the province playing a high level of hockey, and has the chance to do so for the next four years.

The University of Victoria men’s hockey team plays in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League against teams such as Simon Fraser University, Eastern Washington University, Trinity Western University and Thompson Rivers University.


Local News – AV News – Oct 2012

Bulldogs to retire Timberlake’s jersey


Former Bulldog Devin Timberlake played with the Bulldogs from 2002-2006 and captained the team from 2004-2006.

Gordon Lee/Special to the News

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs will honour one of its most popular players by retiring his jersey this Saturday.

Just before the Bulldogs take the opening face-off against the Chilliwack Chiefs, Devin Timberlake’s No. 18 will be raised to the rafters.

His jersey will join that of Colin Guiguet, who was one of the Bulldogs’ first captains. Guiguet’s hockey career was cut short when he suffered a serious knee injury.

Timberlake, an Alberni Valley minor hockey product, played for the Bulldogs for four seasons, from 2002–06. He was the team captain for the final two years.

“He was an exceptional leader,” said Tom McEvay, the team’s educational co-ordinator and now a friend of Timberlake’s.

“He was the heart and soul of the team. He was never the guy leading the team in scoring but he led the team in heart,” McEvay said.

McEvay stays connected with many of the Bulldogs’ alumni.  He watched Timberlake grow up playing hockey in Port Alberni and predicted to a Brown University scout one day that “there’s no doubt in my mind if Devin comes to Brown he will be your captain before he’s finished.”

Timberlake spent two years as team captain at Brown, and was succeeded by another Bulldog alum, Harry Zolnierczyk.

Timberlake went on to play within the NHL Boston Bruins’ minor league organization in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and with another team in Louisiana.

“That’s awesome to hear the Dogs are retiring Timby’s number,” fellow alum Jordan Kremyr wrote in an e-mail to McEvay.

Kremyr played in Providence, Rhode Island, near Brown University.

He is now playing hockey in Alaska with the East Coast Hockey League following a tryout with the Abbotsford Heat.

“Just let it be known that among all of our alumni, I am really proud of Timby and all of his accomplishments in hockey and in life,” Kremyr wrote.

“My heart will be with him and all of the Bulldogs with him that night.”

Timberlake is no longer playing professional hockey, having put his university degree in finance to good use with a job as a financial analyst at Primary Capital in Vancouver. Timberlake and his family will be at the rink for the ceremony before the puck drops at 7 p.m.

“Devin is the perfect example of someone who used hockey as a vehicle to enhance his education and life,” said Bulldogs’ current general manager, Spiros Anastas.

“My hope is that we pack the building so we can all celebrate him together.”

Alumni – Hayley Dowling – U18 Team BC

Congratulations to Hayley Dowling for making the roster of 2012 Team BC in the U18 National Women’s Championship to be held in Dawson Creek, BC – November 5-12, 2012.


2012 Team BC Roster

Edward Dyson Signs with BCHL Surrey Eagles

(Port Alberni Goalie) Edward Dyson takes next step in his hockey career heading to the junior A team in Lower Mainland

Port Alberni’s Edward Dyson is set to spend his final year of junior hockey in the BCHL, as he recently signed with the Surrey Eagles.

Dyson, who will be playing his 20-year-old season in 2012-13, spent the last two years in Dawson Creek as the starting goalie for the Dawson Creek Rage, a Tier 2 Junior A team in the North American Hockey League.

When the Rage folded after just two years in the league, Dyson had discussions with multiple BCHL teams to finish out his junior career with them, and that included his hometown Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

However, he believes Surrey was the most committed to him and were offering more playing time – the Eagles lost both their goalies from last season and the only other one on their roster is a rookie – and more exposure.

“[Earning the starting job] will be based on performance, though,” he said.

Dyson does have experience in the BCHL. He had a brief stay with the Cowichan Valley Capitals where he played one game, and it came in a home loss to the Bulldogs.

Dyson will get a chance to play the Bulldogs in Port Alberni in front of friends and family on Feb 23 for the first, and, barring a playoff series, last time.

“That’s going to be a neat experience,” Dyson said.

Making the switch from the NAHL to the BCHL will have some similarities. Dyson said the NAHL is better than it’s made out to be.

“Not many people know about the NAHL because it’s an Amer-ican league, but it’s pretty competitive,” he said.

However, making the jump to the BCHL is part of the plan for the 6’4″ goalie who is heading closer to home in search of an NCAA Div. 1 scholarship.

“I had a few options to go to school at the beginning of last year, but they didn’t really work out,” Dyson said. “My personal goal is to get more recognition from Div. 1 schools.

The difference, though, will be the travel.

Playing in Dawson Creek, the shortest road trip for the Rage was 16 hours long. With the BCHL’s new scheduling format, 32 of the team’s 56 games will be played within the Mainland Division, with the only real road trip in that division being to Prince George.

Being a ferry ride away from home won’t hurt, either.

Another difference will be the competitiveness of his team.

Last season, Dawson Creek finished with the second worst record in the 28-team league. Dyson went 6-27 with a 4.27 GAA.

In Surrey, Dyson will join a team that finished second in the Coastal Conference and reached the second round of the BCHL playoffs.

There will still be work to do, though, as the Eagles lost their three leading scorers to graduation, as well as two of their top three defencemen.


Alumni – Lindores gets Scholarship

Eagles forward Lindores lands scholarship to Northern Michigan

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – Submitted by BCHL Media

Surrey Eagles forward Robert Lindores has secured a scholarship to Northern Michigan University for the coming season.  Lindores had by far his most productive BCHL campaign this season scoring 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points. His previous career high was nine goals and 12 assists the season prior.

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Port Alberni played four full seasons in the BCHL and suited up for 207 games. He played his first two seasons for his hometown Alberni Valley Bulldogs before coming to Surrey in 2010.

Lindores becomes the third current BCHLer to commit to Northern Michigan along with Cohen Adair of Powell River and Darren Nowick of Vernon. The Wildcats compete in the NCAA’s Central Collegiate Hockey Association.


ALUMNI – Ryan White

ALUMNI – Robert Lindores

ALUMNI – Where are they now?

For several years now, Stacey McCulloch has followed many of the former AVMHA players as they carried on with hockey.  Again this year she has a list of 15 AVMHA Alumni who continue to play hockey and 5 former players who have returned to AVMHA to coach.

To view all the Alumni reports, click on TEAMS on the menu at the top of the page and from the drop down menu, select ALUMNI.  Or click on this link:  ALUMNI

COACH – Jordan Dowling

Jordan Dowling

After a disheartening female hockey season last year, when Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association voted to cancel all local Minor Hockey Female Competitive teams reduced into 2 Vancouver Island Zone Teams, Jordan Dowling was determined not to let this get her down.

As a recent grade 12 graduate from ADSS and a graduate of AVMHA, Dowling decided to come back this past September and return to AVMHA as a coach. Assistant coaching along side Head Coach Andre Savard and Assistant Coach Heather Senger for the ‘AAA Photography’ Midget Thunder Female Team, Dowling is just learning how to hone her coaching skills. “The Female Program on Vancouver Island suffered last year and still is. Last year we played with tremendous difficulty as female players either quit playing or moved into the male league”. Dowling played hockey for 8 seasons (3 of which were spent in the Competitive program). ” I had so much fun in the years spent in Minor Hockey, playing for quite a few really good coaches (Diane Moore, Mel Campbell, Kevin Hasselberg, and my dad), and loved being part of a team. We travelled all over B.C, Everett, WA and made a trip 2 seasons ago to San Jose, California for a tournament”.
Dowling comes from a hockey oriented family; her older sister Kylie plays in the local Female Rookie League; her younger sister Hayley currently lives in Penticton, B.C playing for the Okanagan Hockey Academy as an upcoming female goaltender; her Dad Dave plays in the local Men’s Rookie League and also spent the past 2 seasons on the AVMHA Executive for Female Co-coordinator; and her Mom Kelly has served many years as Team Manager and also for VIAHA’s Female Midget Commissioner.
“I really wanted to come back and coach because in my real world I want to become a teacher, so coaching gives me the opportunity to teach what I’ve learned (in hockey). The team so far is doing very well and have won more games this season so far than last. It doesn’t feel like I’m giving back, it’s just so much fun to be on and off the ice with the girls that I’ve played hockey with last year”. Currently taking her 1st year University studies at North Island College and working part-time at Parks & Rec, Dowling managed to tie up her skates and hit the ice with the local Female Competitive Team the JAL Design Panthers.
Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association is proud to have Jordan Dowling on the coaching staff for Female Hockey this season and wish her success in her first year of coaching.

Sponsor of the Female Midget Thunder Team


COACH – Darcy Haggard

Darcy Haggard

As a recent grade 12 graduate from ADSS, Darcy Haggard decided to live in his hometown for awhile to figure out what he’d like to do. Taking on work at McDonald’s Restaurant, he decided he would like to get back on the ice this past September. Unfortunately for Haggard, AVMHA did not field enough players for their Juvenile Team this season, so he took advantage of the ice and went for the next best thing; Coaching.
Haggard practically grew up on the ice playing in both the Recreation & Competitive Leagues. He has a strong hockey family background. His Dad Pat played Recreation & Competitive hockey throughout his child/teen years; his Mom Michelle still plays hockey in the local Female Rookie League; his brother James played Recreation & Competitive and now plays in the local Men’s Rookie League; his cousin Carly Haggard is a well known hockey player and very well known coach for the ‘Guelph Gryphon’s Women’s Hockey Team’, in Guelph, Ontario.
Trying his hand at coaching for the ‘JAL Design & Graphics’ & ‘Brakers Electric’ Midget ‘B’ Rep team has been a very easy transition for Haggard. Assistant coaching alongside Head Coach (in his 2nd season) Bruce Brunt, and Assistant Coaches Rob Cole and (1st year Coach) Nolan Jarvis he has learned immensely from and continues to do so this season. Haggard definitely sees the game from a different perspective from the bench, “I decided to assistant coach, because I love hockey and it’s great to be back on the ice. This year’s team is focused and hardworking and has very strong goaltending with Andrew Cusson in net (Midget ‘A’ Rep Goaltender from last season) and also Jason Brunt. Really hoping to make the playoffs and finish strong this season”. The downside from being an 18 year old Assistant Coach? “Well, I’m only a year older than the 3rd year Midget players, so communication is sort of a challenge at times. It’s all good though, they’re a great group of guys”. 
Darcy Haggard is also a Referee for AVMHA the past 5 seasons. He won AVMHA’s Referee of the Year 2010/2011 last season.
The Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association is proud to have Darcy Haggard on the coaching staff this year and wish him success in his first year coaching in the competitive program.

Sponsors of the Midget B Bulldogs Team

COACH – Krista Callow


Krista Callow

Krista Callow decided to come back this season to Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association volunteering as a first year coach. Hitting the ice with the ‘The Flooring Depot’ Bantam Female Thunder has meant a lot to Callow. Taking guidance from veteran Head Coach Aaron Vissia and Assistant coaches Hubert Vanderlee and Bill Welsh, Callow is learning that coaching is more than ‘just being part of a team’. The commitment she’s made with the Bantam Thunder on and off the ice this season is something she is proud of, ” I had alot of coaches over the years and I just felt that I should be giving back in my own way and say thank you”.
Callow spent 8 years in AVMHA, playing defence in the Female Recreation and Competitive programs. “Defence just came natural to me. I couldn’t imagine playing forward. If there is something I can offer (to teach) the players in the defensive zone, then I’m doing my job”. Spending time at practices and home games, Callow sees what this years ‘The Flooring Depot’ Bantam Female Thunder team is made of. “Coaching is so different, to be on the ice as an observer and watching the different skill level that the players are at is pretty neat. Before, as a player, you don’t notice these things right away. It’s so much fun to be with a group of girls as a team. I’ll take any chance just to be on the ice. I love hockey and want to be a part of it”.
Callow graduated from ADSS June of 2010 and divides her time working at Pete’s Mountain Meats, commuting to Vancouver Island University as a part-time student and playing defence for the ‘Shooters’ of the local female Rookie League.
Alberni Valley Minor Hockey Association is proud to have Krista Callow on the coaching staff for Female Hockey this season and wish her success in her first year of coaching.

Sponsor of the Female Bantam Thunder Team

ALUMNI – Sheldon Trees

ALUMNI – Luciano Somerville

ALUMNI – Bryan Read

ALUMNI – Carson McCulloch

ALUMNI – Dylan Haugen

ALUMNI – Myles Fitzgerald