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Bulldogs add Raffler, part ways with Vanuden

EXPERIENCED STAY-AT-HOME DEFENCEMAN ACQUIRED FROM POWELL RIVER KINGS

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade with the Powell River Kings, acquiring the CJHL playing rights of 1998-born defenceman Ben Raffler in return for future considerations.

Raffler joined Powell River during the 2016/17 campaign and has suited up in 99 regular season and playoff games for the Kings, including 68 last season. He has scored a goal and added 14 assists over the course of his BCHL career.

“We’re excited to welcome Ben to the team,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “We’ve seen firsthand that he’s a steady, smart and physical defender who can match up against top forwards and move the puck effectively. He brings playoff experience and additional veteran leadership to our blueline.”

In a corresponding move, the Bulldogs have released 1998-born forward Tyler Vanuden. The 20-year old joined the team in October 2017 and contributed 19 points over 34 regular season games.

“We’d like to wish Tyler all the best moving forward and thank him for all his efforts on the ice and for representing the team well in the community,” says Hughes.

The Bulldogs are next in action on Friday, October 12th when begin a weekend home-and-home series against the Victoria Grizzlies at the Q Centre. The teams will also face off at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday at 7:00 PM.

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For more information, please contact:

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