The Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society marked its one-year milestone on Aug. 9 as owners of the B.C. Hockey League Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
Director Russell Dyson said he is pleased with the results after the first year. “We’ve managed to take an organization that was in some trouble, stabilize it, and position it for future growth,” Dyson said in a press release.
“The team contributes to the health and well-being of the community and continues to provide exciting, high performance hockey for fans.”
The society purchased the Bulldogs on behalf of the community after an intensive four-month community fundraising campaign last year.
The Bulldogs and PAJHS are recognized around the league for the quality of their respective organizations.
“One of the season highlights for me was the Surrey Eagles coming out after the final playoff game and recognizing the fans and the community. A very class act,” director Darren DeLuca said.
“We’ve committed to take the high road when dealing with players, personnel and competing teams and that effort has paid off.”
PAJHS has also been recognized at the BCHL level with team governor Ron Paulson elected to the BCHL executive by the league governors.
With another exciting season about to begin there is a flurry of activity at the AV Mulitplex this month.
Inter-squad games continue at training camp this Thursday, Aug. 22 and home exhibition games are Aug. 25 and Aug. 31.
DAWG POUND…Returning player Tryg Strand has been named the Bulldogs’ team captain for the 2013-14 season.