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Klassen Earns Kyle Turris Community Award for Bulldogs

Chase Klassen has received one final award for the 22-23 season.

The Bulldogs out-going captain was named the club’s winner of the BCHL’s Kyle Turris Community Service Award.

Klassen appeared in 123 games for the Bulldogs during his BCHL career and capped off his time with the club as its captain for the 22-23 season.

“Chase exemplifies what we want from our players, both on the ice, and in the community” said club president David Michaud. “Chase will be greatly missed in our locker room, but even more in the community. He was a fan favourite for all the right reasons and I’m proud to say that he was a part of club for as long as he was.”

Klassen was a constant at Bulldogs community appearances, and help with the City of Port Alberni’s Youth Hockey Programs. “Chase was a huge part of our development programs” said Dave Osborne, Recreation Programmer for the City of Port Alberni. “Chase would show up for his private and group sessions each day with a great attitude and excitement for sharing his love for hockey with our community.  Each player Chase worked with genuinely enjoyed his leadership as he would spend the time to make a positive impact on their individual experience.  We will miss having Chase around next season, but know he’ll find success in whatever path he chooses.” continued Osborne.

Klassen’s 2022-2023 trophy case also included winning the newly-minted Bill Surry Memorial Award as the Bulldogs Humanitarian of the Year, and the Community Hero Award.