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Bulldogs acquire veteran goaltender Lancaster from Merritt for MacDonald, futures


Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce the acquisition of 1998-born goaltender Colten Lancaster from the Merritt Centennials in return for 1997-born forward Alex MacDonald and future considerations.

Lancaster is a two-year BCHL veteran who posted a 5-15-0 record in 24 appearances for the Centennials last season. Despite his modest win-loss record, the 19-year old finished 11th amongst qualifying BCHL goaltenders in goals-against average (3.04) and ninth in save-percentage (.913). He was also named a Three Stars selection on 11 separate occasions.

“Colten is a quality young man who has already proven himself to be a very capable BCHL goaltender during his two seasons in Merritt,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “We feel that he’s just starting to scratch the surface of his potential and we look forward to seeing his continued development and growth into an elite netminder while in a Bulldogs’ uniform.”

Before joining the Centennials, Lancaster spent his 16-year old season playing under Hughes on the U18 Prep team at Pursuit of Excellence.

“I’m very excited to be coming to Alberni Valley; the town is beautiful and they are known for their amazing fans,” says Lancaster, who describes himself as calm and efficient between the pipes. “I look forward to playing for the Bulldogs and have high hopes for what the team achieve this season. I feel that all individual success starts with the guys in front of me. When the team does well that’s when individuals start to have success and if we can keep that in mind we have a great opportunity to make it to playoffs and see where it goes from there.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to play for Matt Hughes before and found him to be an unreal coach and a very honest, straightforward guy. I really cannot wait to play for him again.”

Lancaster will take the ice with his new teammates when the Bulldogs begin their main training camp on Monday, August 21st at Weyerhaeuser Arena.


For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes
Head Coach/GM
(250) 723-4412