Alberni Bulldogs: There goes the Kalashnikov bros

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have less fire power going into the 2012-2013 season with the release of the Kalashnikov brothers.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have less fire power going into the 2012-2013 season.

Team officials announced that they have released brothers Yan and Arty Kalashnikov.

The team opted not to renew the player transfer agreement with the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation that the brothers play under.

The brothers are free to sign with any team that renews the agreement.

The brothers were industrious in their year with the Bulldogs.

Arty played 55 games in which he scored  16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points. Despite being sidelined with a broken wrist in the winter Yan still managed to score 13 goals and 22 assists over 36 games.

Yan was also named the British Columbia Hockey League’s Player of the Week in October.

The team introduced the brothers to Port Alberni in July 2011.

Originally from Minsk, Belarus the Kalashnikovs played for the Grand Forks Border Bruins of KIJHL Junior B League in 2010. The 5’9”, 165-pound brothers moved from Belarus to Port Coquitlam two years ago to pursue their hockey careers.

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