SKILLED 19-YEAR OLD FORWARD ADDS TO BULLDOGS’ ARSENAL UP FRONT
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a pair of transactions, acquiring 1998-born forward Tyler Vanuden from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League and trading 1998-born defenceman Graham Rutledge to the Truro Bearcats of the Maritimes Hockey League.
Vanuden hails from Fort Frances, ON and began the season with the reigning Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Brooks Bandits, where he scored once in six regular season games. He spent the 2016/17 campaign with the VIJHL’s Victoria Cougars and finished seventh in league scoring before adding 20 points in 14 playoff contests to help his team advance to the league finals.
“Tyler is a speedy, smart two-way forward who we feel can help our group at both ends of the ice,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He’s also a hard worker who gives us some versatility playing up or down our line-up.”
Meanwhile, Rutledge heads home to Nova Scotia to join the Bearcats after playing 13 regular season games with the Bulldogs.
“Graham is a great kid who made a positive impact in our locker room and community,” says Hughes. “We’d like to thank him for his time in Port Alberni and wish him all the best in the future.”
Vanuden skated with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday and will be available to make his Bulldogs debut when the team faces Victoria and Nanaimo on home ice this weekend.
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