SPRING IDENTIFICATION CAMPS A PROVEN PIPELINE TO BULLDOGS ROSTER FOR BCHL PROSPECTS
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have announced that the organization will hold a trio of 2019 Spring Identification Camps in April and May in order to identify potential new players for the 2019/20 British Columbia Hockey League season and beyond. Registration for all three camps is now open.
The team’s Spring Identification Camps have played a critical role in shaping this season’s Alberni Valley roster, as 12 of the team’s current players got their start with the club after initially showcasing themselves for Bulldogs coaches and scouts at previous camps.
The Bulldogs will hold their long-running camps in Port Alberni from April 5-7 and Osoyoos from May 3-5. The club is also excited to return to Cranbrook from April 26-28 for a second year following a highly successful camp in 2018 that drew plenty of talent from Western Canada and the northwest United States.
“Our Spring Identification Camps have a proven track record for identifying future Bulldogs players,” says Head Coach & General Manager Matt Hughes. “We put a great deal of time and effort into running professional, competitive camps that expose players to the level of play in the BCHL. These camps also give us an opportunity to showcase our educational advancement programs under Tom McEvay, who we know to be one of the best academic advisors in Canada.”
“Our camp in Port Alberni is always strong and has been critical for us in developing a long list of Vancouver Island players like Keaton Mastrodonato, John Hawthorne, Isaac Tonkin-Palmer, Ethan Jones and Ryan Novecosky. The pleasant surprise last year was the level of talent in Cranbrook and Osoyoos; we had great turnouts at both camps and it gave us an opportunity to see a lot of good young players from outside our immediate area. There are some excellent Junior B and midget programs in those parts of the province and they’re also a close drive for families from Calgary as well as American players from down in Spokane and over into Idaho and Montana.”
Spring Identification Camps run three days (Friday to Sunday) and include fitness testing, four camp games, an education seminar and a one-on-one exit interview with Bulldogs coaches. They are open to players born between 1999 and 2004. The cost to participate in a Spring Identification Camp is $275 (includes tax).
Goaltenders who spent the 2018/19 season playing at the Junior B, Midget AAA (BCMML/AMHL) or CSSHL level are welcome to register. Those who did not play at one of these levels but feel they can compete at a Junior A camp should email Assistant Coach/Assistant GM Jeff Dubois (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief outline of their playing experience over the past three seasons and he will reply to each application.
2019 BULLDOGS SPRING IDENTIFICATION CAMP SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 – Port Alberni, B.C. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex
Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28 – Cranbrook, B.C. at Memorial Arena
Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 – Osoyoos, B.C. at Sun Bowl Arena
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Coach/Assistant GM
(250) 723-4412 ext 4