Take in a Hockey Game at the Dawg Pound!
Watching Port Alberni’s hockey team “Alberni Valley Bulldogs” has been a favourite fall/winter activity since their arrival in 2002. The 2023-2024 season is already underway and the Bulldogs have a busy schedule with plenty of exciting, action-packed home games to watch. Fun for the whole family, it gets even better. Did you know that Kids are FREE? Youth 18 and under attend for free when accompanied by an adult thanks to the San Group!
Home games are played at the Alberni Valley Mulitplex – Weyerhaeuser Arena, affectionately nicknamed the “Dawg Pound.” Regular season runs from late September to the end of March, with Playoffs (fingers crossed!) running April to May.
Arriving in the Alberni Valley in 2002, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs have long been a perennial top attraction of the community. The team was founded in 1998 as part of an expansion of the British Columbia Hockey League originally in Burnaby, BC. Last season (2022-23) proved to be one of the most exciting in team history as the ‘Dawgs’ went all the way to the Fred Page Cup Finals. Sadly falling to the Penticton Vees in 4 games the Bulldogs hope to return again this year and bring home the cup!
A Focus on Education & Community
Most of the Bulldog’s roster hails from BC (4 from Vancouver Island!), and they also boast players from across Canada and the US (even as far as the North Pole). As part of the BCHL’s tradition, the team has a strong focus on helping their players move on to collegiate level (NCAA) teams. Since the Bulldogs arrived in 2002, they have proudly sent 88 players to Division 1 teams (source) with 13 players committed to entering a college program after this season. (source)
In the community the Bulldogs are proud to team up with Tim Hortons and Timbits Hockey with the 7th Player program. In an effort to help promote the growth of hockey within the Alberni Valley, each game a youngster is awarded a Bulldogs team jersey to keep, watch the pre-game warm up right from the Bulldogs bench, and join the Bulldogs on the ice for a lap before lining up for the National anthem! (source) Apart from the 7th Player program the Bulldogs are also committed to giving back by player and coach appearances. Whether it be a fundraiser, community event or even a school visit, the Bulldogs are honoured to be a part of your event. (source)