Giroux first Alberni Bulldog camp casualty

The Alberni Bulldog's back up is now packed up and headed to Victoria's Junior B league.

Goalie Tighearnan Marsh

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have released former backup goaltender Kiefer Giroux to the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, to play with Victoria in the Junior B league.

Giroux’s departure leaves the Junior A Bulldogs with three goaltenders on the pared-down, 29-player roster following four days of training camp last week.

“That was a tough decision,” Bulldogs’ head coach Paul Esdale said. “We felt he needed to go somewhere to play more games.”

Giroux will remain an affiliated player with the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, Max Fenkel, Peter Dudek and Sean Lawrence will share netminding duties through the B.C. Hockey League exhibition season.

Fenkel, 20, committed to the Bulldogs earlier this year. Dudek comes to Port Alberni from Nichols Prep School in Buffalo, NY, and Lawrence played last year for the Dallas Stars AAA midget team. While Lawrence wasn’t scouted by Bulldogs’ staff, Esdale was tipped off that he was available and he was invited to camp.

“All three of them are going to get time over the next little while to prove themselves,” Esdale said.

The 29-player roster includes 16 forwards and 10 defencemen. Esdale said there were some surprises at camp, “especially with some of our young recruits. They showed they belong in this league.”

Evan Tironese and Ryan Lough, who come to the team from the Notre Dame Argos, as well as the Kalashnikov brothers impressed, Esdale said.

“Chase Van Allen…looks like he’s going to fit in really well,” he added.

Tuesday was the first day for regular practice, as well as the first day of school for many of the Bulldogs players.

The team will still evolve as they begin their exhibition schedule this weekend. “We’re going to slowly integrate new systems for the year,” he said, adding that the coaching staff is still getting to know many of the players.

Esdale and assistant coach Adam Hayduk will have to cut down their roster to 21 players by Sept. 23. “If we don’t think we have what we need at the end of (exhibition season) we’ll be looking elsewhere,” Esdale said.

Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2011-12 Bulldogs this Saturday, Sept. 10 for the inaugural Fall Fair game. The Bulldogs host the Nanaimo Clippers at 5:30 p.m. at Weyerhaeuser Arena. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the Alberni Valley Fall Fair, with the game ending early enough to take in the midway.

ICE CHIPS…. The ‘Dogs’ regular season kicks off Saturday, Sept. 24 when Coquitlam Express come to town. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at Weyerhaeuser Arena.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: Meet the candidates for the Courtenay-Alberni riding

In an effort to inform the Courtenay-Alberni riding constituents, we have supplied… Continue reading

City of Port Alberni offers support after fatal bus crash

Two University of Victoria students killed after crash en route to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Participants double at Parkinson’s Superwalk in Port Alberni

Second annual event also saw an increase in funds raised

Alberni School District considers three name changes

Neill Elementary, Ucluelet Secondary and school district identified for new names

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

VIDEO: We’re not ‘cold-blooded killers’ of bears, B.C. conservation officer says

When it’s a matter of public safety, the animals pay the ultimate price

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

Most Read