Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that Chase Van
Allen has committed to the NCAA Division I program at the University of
Alaska Anchorage for the 2013/14 season.
"He worked so hard the
past two years,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs educational advisor Tom
McEvay. “Most people do not see what players like Chase do off the ice
in terms of preparing themselves academically. Chase was always prepared
to do whatever it took.”
Since making the jump to the BCHL from
the Alaska Avalance in the NAHL, Van Allen showed significant
improvment each of the last two seasons with the Bulldogs. Not only did
Van Allen’s point production increase as he honed his offensive
abilities, but he also becamed more disciplined and was named one of the
Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ assistant captains in 2012/13.
Allen finished the 2012/13 regular season campaign with 7 goals, 25
assists for 32 points in 53 games putting him in the top 10 for scoring
amoung all BCHL defensemen. However, it’s what Van Allen did in the
playoffs that made many talk about how he quietly became one of the
elite defensemen in the league. Van Allen stepped his game up, playing
with extreme confidence and poise, and contributed with an additional 8
points in 14 playoff games, including 3 powerplay assists and one game
“I am very happy that Chase gets the opportunity
to play NCAA Div 1 hockey right in his own backyard for the University
of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves,” said Bulldogs’ head coach and general
manager Kevin Willison. “Chase was a big part of Alberni’s community,
volunteering whenever he could and was also a big help in the Bulldogs
In School program. Not only was he the Bulldogs’ best defensemen last
season but his leadership really came to life in the playoffs,”
Van Allen took home two team awards
following the conclusion of the 2012/13 season: the Best Defenceman
Award and the Humanitarian Award for his outstanding work in the
“Thank you to everyone that helped me this season.
It’s an unbelievable feeling to commit to such a great program – it’s
really a dream come true,” said Chase Van Allen. “I want to thank my
teammates, my coaches Kevin Willison and Adam Hayduk, the entire
Bulldogs staff, all the volunteers, and my billet parents for the
amazing time while in Alberni Valley and for giving me the opportunity
to move forward with my hockey career,” concluded Van Allen.
Alberni Valley Bulldogs family would like to thank Chase for everything
he has done for the organization and for the community over the past 2
seasons. Chase will be missed and we wish him all the best in his hockey
and future endeavours.
The UAA Seawolves are a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
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