SPOKANE BRAVES FORWARD ANNOUNCED AS FIRST COMMIT FOR 2018/19 SEASON
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce that 2000-born forward Dawson Tritt has committed to join the team for the 2018/19 British Columbia Hockey League season.
Tritt is currently playing in his rookie season with the Spokane Braves of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, where he has scored 13 goals and added 10 assists in 26 regular season games. His goal total is tops on the Braves roster and third-best overall in the 20-team KIJHL among skaters in his age group.
“Dawson is a tremendous offensive prospect who fit right in when he had a chance to play BCHL games as an AP,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He’s a very good skater and as he continues to fill out he’s going to be a tough guy for other teams to contain. We’re excited to have him on board for next season.”
The 17-year old also suited up in a pair of games with the Bulldogs earlier this season as an affiliate player, seeing action in a 4-2 victory over the Coquitlam Express and a 4-4 tie with the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to commit to the Bulldogs and I feel like playing in the Alberni Valley will be a great fit for me,” says Tritt, who describes himself as a play-maker who sees the ice well and is quick with the puck. “It was an unbelievable experience suiting up for my first two BCHL games in November. Experiencing the high level of play and the pace the game is played at gave me a good idea of what I need to do to be prepared to play in the league next season.”
The Spokane, WA product has been an impact player for his hometown KIJHL club so far this season. Braves general manager Nick Redding credits Tritt’s skating, high hockey IQ and scoring ability for allowing him to make a seamless transition to junior hockey.
“I think Dawson has all the tools to compete at the BCHL level and we’re ecstatic to have been a part of his development into a Junior A player,” says Redding. “Dawson has been a top 6 forward for us, producing a lot of offense and contributing on the defensive side of the puck as well. He’s a very powerful skater who generates a lot of speed with the puck on his stick. He’s been a great addition to our team on and off the ice and he’s a very high character individual in the community. Dawson is exactly the type of person we are happy to call a Brave. ”
Tritt will continue to play for the Braves and be available to play BCHL games as an affiliate player this season before joining the Bulldogs full-time next year.
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