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Ryan Steele named Bulldogs captain; Welsh, Poliziani, Oliver named as alternates

TWO RETURNING PLAYERS, TWO NEWCOMERS SET TO LEAD BULLDOGS INTO BCHL SEASON

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce that 20-year old forward Ryan Steele has been named team captain for the 2017/18 British Columbia Hockey League season. Forward Cole Poliziani and defencemen Connor Welsh and Mitch Oliver have been named as alternate captains.

Steele is entering his second season as a Bulldog following a 29-point campaign as a BCHL rookie last season.

“Ryan is an outstanding young man who sets a great example for his teammates of what it takes to prepare and play at a consistently high level,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He has the respect of everybody in our dressing room and he leads every day with tremendous work ethic and character.”

Welsh is also back for his sophomore season in the Alberni Valley, while Poliziani and Oliver were acquired in offseason trades.

“Connor, Cole and Mitch are all positive, vocal guys who have earned this opportunity,” says Hughes.

Steele and the Bulldogs open the 2017/18 season tonight in Nanaimo with a revamped roster that includes five returning players, four summer trade acquisitions and 14 rookies.

“It’s an honour to be named captain of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and to have the support of my teammates and coaches,” says Steele. “I’m looking forward to this being a great season we can all be proud of, both on the ice and in the community.”

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For more information, please contact:

Matt Hughes
Head Coach/GM
(250) 723-4412
matt@albernivalleybulldogs.ca