Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bulldogs Add Fred Page Cup Champion and Colgate Alum To Coaching Staff

Press Release

Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that the organization has made a decision not to renew the contract of goalie consultant Matt Korchmar for the 2013/14 season.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs also take this opportunity to announce that Alex Evin has been hired as the team’s goalie coach moving forward.

Evin is no stranger to long-time BCHL fans, having played in 198 regular season games with Powell River, Williams Lake, and Penticton Vees over his 5-year career.  In Evin’s rookie season in 2003/04, he was named to the BCHL All Rookie Team and was also named the Powell River Kings’ Top Academic player. In Evin’s 20-year-old season in 2007/08, he was acquired by the Penticon Vees and went on to win the Fred Page Cup, was named the BCHL Top Goaltender, and led the league in two categories: best goals against average (2.20) and best save percentage (.921) while posting a record of 31-10-1 and adding 4 shutouts.

Evin followed up his successful stint in the BCHL with a NCAA Division I scholarship to Colgate University.

Following a successful four years at Colgate and graduating with a degree in English in 2012, Evin attended the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat camp before moved back to his home town of Castlegar, BC. Seeing a need for specialized goalie instruction in his area, Evin founded NLGoaltending and has worked with minor hockey goalies, the Trail Smoke Eaters, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the KIJHL, and the BCIHL league champion Selkirk College Saints. Evin will also stay on with Selkirk College as their assistant coach and goalie coach for the 2013/14 season.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs coaching staff. I know nothing but positives about the organization and its community support,” said Evin. “As a goalie in the BCHL for 5 seasons, Alberni was always one of the best places to come in and play because of the electrifying atmosphere in the building. Last season the team and goaltenders had great success and I hope I can assist in that process again."

Evin is a rising star with a proven playing history and a passion for hockey. He communicates extremely well and is a great addition to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

“We are honoured to have Alex on board with us,” said head coach and general manager Kevin Willison. “His past speaks for itself and he has great insight from first-hand experiences that he can share with our goalies.”

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to thank Matt Korchmar for the contributions he made to the organization during the 2012/13 season and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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