Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bulldogs Finalize Roster, Acquire Doctor

Press Release

Port Alberni – Following the five exhibition games, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce the following roster heading into the BCHL Showcase weekend:

#10, Josh Adkins, Forward, Victoria, BC
#28, Jordan Andrews, Defense, Delta, BC
#21, Mak Barden, Forward, Surrey, BC
#17, Zak Bowles, Forward , Calgary, BC
#23, Ryan Buse, Defense, Port Alberni, BC
#26, Rob Click, Defense, Stillwater, MN
#12, Luca Doctor, Defense, Toronto, ON
#16, Zach Funk, Forward, Nanaimo, BC
#9, Justin Georgeson, Forward, Maple Ridge, BC
#4, Kurt Gosselin, Defense, Brighton, MI
#2, Garrett Halls, Defense, Courtenay, BC
#7, Dylan Haugen, Forward, Port Alberni, BC
#11, Mitch Makin, Forward, Crowsnest Pass, AB
#14, Shane O’Brien, Forward, Thamesford, ON
#6, Riley Ostoforoff, Defense, Castlegar, BC
#30, Blake Pearson, Goalie, Sechelt, BC
#1, Brad Rebagliati, Goalie, Cranbrook, BC
#22, Kienan Scott, Forward, Penticton, BC
#24, Brett Stewart, Defense, Penticton, BC
#81, Hunter Stewart, Forward, Calgary, AB
#20, Tryg Strand, Forward, Invermere, BC
#27, Jared Wilson, Defense, Calgary, AB

A roster spot initially became available earlier in the week when Bulldogs affiliate from the 2012/13 season Stephen Ryan informed the team that his heart wasn’t in junior A hockey anymore and he wished to go back home and play junior B for the Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Ryan’s spot has been filled via a trade with the Toronto Junior A Canadiens in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. On Thursday, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs completed a deal to acquire the playing rights of 1994-born defenseman Luca Doctor in exchange for future considerations.

Doctor brings some size, leadership, and experience to the Bulldogs. In 2011/12, Doctor was the captain of the Toronto Red Wings Major Midget team and in 2012/13 played 46 regular season and 5 playoff games with the Toronto Junior A Canadiens. Doctor is a 6’2, 200lbs, puck moving defenseman that also likes to join the rush.

“Again, it’s that time of season when we try to fit all the pieces together and we feel he is one of the pieces that will make us a stronger team,” said Kevin Willison. “We hope to have all the paper work done in time for Doctor in the line-up for the BCHL Showcase.”

With the addition of Doctor, that leaves the Bulldogs with a 22-man roster of 11 forwards, 9 defense, and two goalies.

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