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The success of a book written about Vancouver Island war brides encouraged the late Sharon Hillman to continue writing about people of the Alberni Valley as a fundraiser for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and Ty Watson House’s Reflections program. Hillman produced a book of loggers’ tales in May 2017. (ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port Alberni ladies’ golf clubs wrap up 2021 season

Final joint event offered a chance to raise funds in former member Sharon Hillman’s memory

Port Alberni Black Sheep rugby head coach Jas Purewal prepares to put his players through their paces during practice Oct. 14, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Black Sheep are back competing on the rugby pitch after 16-month break

UBC T-birds, Pacific Pride will play Coastal Cup game in Port Alberni Oct. 23

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono attempts to dish a pass through a defender. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

BCHL: Two Alberni Valley Bulldogs listed as ‘Players to Watch’ by NHL Central Scouting

Ethan Bono and Emanuelson Charbonneau are both in their second seasons with the Bulldogs

Fans in masks fill seats at Weyerhaeuser Arena for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ game Oct. 15, 2021 against Victoria Grizzlies. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs welcome fans back for home opener

The Bulldogs fell 3-2 to visiting Victoria Grizzlies

Fans in masks fill seats at Weyerhaeuser Arena for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ game Oct. 15, 2021 against Victoria Grizzlies. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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2021 BCHL Showcase runs Wednesday to Sunday in Chilliwack

After one year in Chilliwack, the league intends to move the event around starting in 2022-23

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Kolten Brown of the U13 Alberni Valley Bulldogs battles with a Peninsula player during Monday’s gold medal game. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s U13 Bulldogs win gold in Thanksgiving hockey tournament

It was the first hockey tournament Port Alberni has hosted since COVID-19

Kolten Brown of the U13 Alberni Valley Bulldogs battles with a Peninsula player during Monday’s gold medal game. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers’ comeback falls short against Lake Cowichan Kraken

Two newest teams in the VIJHL squared off at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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31 BCHL alums on NHL rosters as pro season starts

The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche lead the way with three BCHLers on their rosters

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Bombers forward Grayson Erickson squares off against a Peninsula Panthers player on Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers win two in a row

The team picked up a come-from-behind win against Peninsula Panthers

Bombers forward Grayson Erickson squares off against a Peninsula Panthers player on Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)
Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Offroad racing roars back in Port Alberni

Races saw an almost two-year break due to COVID-19 restrictions

Racers take part in the wheel to wheel action on Sunday, Oct. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nicole Dabney, left, from Port Alberni, celebrates her bronze win at the B.C. horseshoe championships Sept. 4–5 in Abbotsford with first-place winner Heidi Haraga. (PHOTO COURTESY SAM TOMASEVIC)
Nicole Dabney, left, from Port Alberni, celebrates her bronze win at the B.C. horseshoe championships Sept. 4–5 in Abbotsford with first-place winner Heidi Haraga. (PHOTO COURTESY SAM TOMASEVIC)
The Men’s Golf Club made $1,000 from their charity closest to the pin this year. King Edward Liquor store matched this with a $1,000 donation of their own. The funds went to The Alberni Valley Hospice Society. From left to right are committee member Ted Stewart, King Edward Liquor Store manager Ken Porteous, committee member Preben Rasmussen and Teresa Ludvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

ALBERNI GOLF: Men’s golf club makes donation to Alberni Valley Hospice Society

The Men’s Golf Club hosted its year-end scramble

  • Oct 6, 2021
The Men’s Golf Club made $1,000 from their charity closest to the pin this year. King Edward Liquor store matched this with a $1,000 donation of their own. The funds went to The Alberni Valley Hospice Society. From left to right are committee member Ted Stewart, King Edward Liquor Store manager Ken Porteous, committee member Preben Rasmussen and Teresa Ludvigson, executive director of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Zary battles with Nick Marciano of the Cowichan Valley Capitals during a game in Duncan on Oct. 1, 2021. Zary has been named an alternate captain for the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Zary battles with Nick Marciano of the Cowichan Valley Capitals during a game in Duncan on Oct. 1, 2021. Zary has been named an alternate captain for the Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season. (KEVIN ROTHBAUER / BLACK PRESS)
Jaydon Merritt of the Port Alberni Bombers has the puck poked away by Victoria goaltender Fraser Wyatt during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Sept. 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers pick up first franchise win

The Bombers made history against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings

Jaydon Merritt of the Port Alberni Bombers has the puck poked away by Victoria goaltender Fraser Wyatt during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Sept. 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Photo courtesy Alberni Golf Club

ALBERNI GOLF: Rai, Taylor lead the way in Sunday men’s play

Men’s club windup is scheduled for Oct. 3

  • Sep 29, 2021
Photo courtesy Alberni Golf Club
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Owen Ditzel and Michael Adamek of the Victoria Grizzlies square off in front of the net during a preseason BCHL game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Monday, Sept. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)

BCHL: New faces take the ice during Alberni Valley Bulldogs preseason action

Port Alberni BCHL team has a 3-1 record in exhibition games so far

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Owen Ditzel and Michael Adamek of the Victoria Grizzlies square off in front of the net during a preseason BCHL game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Monday, Sept. 20. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)
Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.

Canadian surf champions crowned at Cox Bay in Tofino

Titles awarded in men’s / women’s Pro, Open, U18, U16 and Longboard

Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.
Port Alberni Bombers goaltender Keelan Hondro keeps an eye on the puck during a Campbell River Storm powerplay on Sept. 22. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Bombers still seek elusive first franchise win

‘Growing pains’ to be expected with new Jr. B franchise says hockey ops manager

Port Alberni Bombers goaltender Keelan Hondro keeps an eye on the puck during a Campbell River Storm powerplay on Sept. 22. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
A vehicle plows through a mud puddle during off-roading action at Alberni Motorsports Park on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Rain makes for wet and muddy weekend at Alberni Motorsports Park

Another off-road racing event scheduled for Oct. 2 and 3

A vehicle plows through a mud puddle during off-roading action at Alberni Motorsports Park on Saturday, Sept. 18. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Alberni Golf Club is located on Cherry Creek Road. FILE PHOTO

ALBERNI GOLF: Golfer shoots below his age in ‘leisurely’ trip around the greens

September 26 is an open day with the best gross and best net

  • Sep 22, 2021
The Alberni Golf Club is located on Cherry Creek Road. FILE PHOTO