VIJHL GOALS LEADER ADDED PRIOR TO BCHL ROSTER DEADLINE
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have made their final roster addition prior to the January 10th trade deadline with the signing of 2001-born forward Josh Zary.
Zary joins the Bulldogs from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Nanaimo Buccaneers, where he led the team in scoring with 21 goals and 17 assists in 28 regular season games. His 21 goals tie him for the league lead while his 38 points are tops amongst VIJHL rookies and rank fifth overall amongst all skaters.
“Josh is a highly skilled, intelligent offensive player who has made a seamless transition to junior hockey with the Buccaneers,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “We’re excited to have him join us and continue his development in the BCHL, and we think he has a bright future ahead of him in a Bulldogs uniform.”
With the Bulldogs, Zary will be reunited with former North Island Silvertips linemate Ethan Jones. The duo finished in the top-10 in B.C. Major Midget League scoring last season, combining for 111 points.
The Bulldogs made one other move prior to the trade deadline, dealing the Junior A rights to 1999-born defenceman Jonathan Smart to the Penticton Vees in return for future considerations. Smart had been listed by the Bulldogs earlier in the season while playing for the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice.
Alberni Valley begins a three day, three game road trip tomorrow against the Wenatchee Wild, before visits to West Kelowna and Coquitlam on Saturday and Sunday.
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