(fires) Fire crews were kept busy battling a pair of major blazes last night. Port Alberni firefighters were at the Catalyst mill shortly before 11 pm for a fire at the paper machine, which sparked automatic aid from Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek volunteer fire departments. Then shortly after 11 a major fire broke out at an apartment building at 2nd and Montrose that all valley fire departments were called to, given the size and scope of the blaze. No one was injured in the fire that forced the evacuation of the 14-unit building, but one resident was taken to hospital suffering chest pains. The fire was most intense in two suites in the centre of the building, but the whole building will have extensive smoke and water damage since the fire was able to run through the attic. Initial reports are that the fire was started by an electric scooter, but it is still under investigation.


April 16, 2015
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce that they have committed to 1998- born defenseman Max Daerendinger (dare-en-dinger) for the 2015/16 season.
Daerendinger, a product of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association and the BWC Academy, played in 6 regular season games as an affiliate with the Bulldogs in 2014/15. Daerendingerʼs assistant coach this past season was former Bulldogs star forward and current team scout Josh Bonar.
Bulldogs fans got a chance to see Daerendinger during the teamʼs first of two 2015 Spring Identification Camps held in Port Alberni, BC, this past April 3-5, 2015. The teamʼs second of two camps is coming up in Osoyoos, BC, from May 1-3, 2015.
"I am very proud to play for such a great team in a supporting community,” said
Daerendinger. “I look forward to becoming a member of the team for next season!" Daerendinger comes from some pretty good hockey bloodlines, as his great uncle Alex Delvecchio played all of his 23-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings (11 seasons as the Red Wingsʼ captain).
Bulldogs fans can expect to hear more exciting news and announcements from the team in the coming months.
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are holding their annual Spring Identification Camp in Osoyoos, BC, on May 1-3, 2015. Spaces are limited. Prospects can register online by visiting
For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley
Bulldogs’ head coach and general manager Kevin Willison

Yet another former member of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs has signed an NHL contract after the Montreal Canadiens announced that Mark MacMillan signed a two-year entry level deal on Sunday. MacMillan was drafted by the Habs out of the Bulldogs organization after a career best season with the Bulldogs in 2009-2010.

Three Alberni Wrestlers Medal at Nationals
ADSS and Alberni Wrestling only sent 3 wrestlers to the Cadet/ Juvenile Nationals this year as the event was in Fredericton New Brunswick and costs were very high. Well, it was a case of quality not quantity as all three wrestlers made the finals of their respective weights. Grade 12 Nolan Badovinac won his third National title by taking gold in the 76 kg Juvenile Men’s Division. Grade 9 first year Cadet Aaron Badovinac took a silver medal at 69 kg Cadet. Grade 12 Michel Kurucz captured silver in the 60 kg Juvenile Women’s division. Nolan later competed in the 76 kg Juvenile Greco Roman style and despite having little experience at this style he won silver. Aaron also wrestled in the FILA National trials for wrestlers in grades 10-11 and placed an amazing 5th including a win over the wrestler who beat him for the Cadet gold the day before.
Current Nanaimo coach, Alberni alumnus and Island Head coach at the Nationals Andrew Tuck was thrilled with the Alberni results, “The Alberni wrestlers led our Island and the BC team in Fredericton. They are outstanding representatives of ADSS and the Alberni Valley. Nolan is a natural leader who is highly respected by all of the BC team. On the mats he was incredible. He was dominant on route to his gold medal and is clearly one, if not the, top juvenile wrestler in the country at any weight. Aaron was tremendous in winning a silver in his first Nationals against older competition. Look out for him over the next few years. Michel is a wrestler who just never quits. She was down in matches and always fought back. I just loved her tenacity and we were so happy to see her take the silver medal. ADSS and the community of Alberni can be very proud of these young athletes and of the amazing program they have developed.”
There will be little rest for some of the Alberni wrestlers as they hope to send a small contingent to the very tough US Western Regionals in Las Vegas in early May. Before that happens they have two fundraising events for all Alberni wrestlers with the clean-up of the Maktush Campground and flagging for the local Motor Cross event both taking place the weekend of April 25-26. Contact coaches James Messenger and Russ Bodnar for more info or check the AV Wrestling website. All wrestlers, families and supporters are reminded that Thursday April 30th will be the Annual Alberni Wrestling Awards Night. Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Italian Hall that night. Tickets are free but must be picked up from the school coaches.

The MacDermotts Thrashers followed up thier regular season NCHL title with a come from behind win in game three of the NCHL playoffs Thursday night. They came from behind not only in the final game with six unanswered second period goals to clinch with a 6-2 final, they also came back in the series after losing the first game of the best-of-three by a 5-3 score. They picked up a thrilling 6 5 overtime win in game two set up the winner take all game three last night. 

Port Alberni Men’s Basketball Spring League
April 16th, 2015   
Week #2 Results
Game#1 6:15pm:  Tseshaht Market Raptors 80- Slammer’s Gym Warriors 67
Game#2 7:15pm:  Co-op Timberwolves 66 - DaveRalla Magic 62
Game#3 8:15pm:  Ladybird Engraving Heat 79– Concrete Impressions Construction Rockets 55

A learn to play softball program being offered to Grades 4 – 8 SD70 Students.  The program is free and all equipment is provided.   School District 70 in partnership with Alberni Valley Minor Softball is hosting the program.  It is designed to give students a fun introduction to softball and allow them to develop basic skills. 

Who: Grades 4 - 8 Students from any SD70 School.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: March 31, April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 4:45 pm
Where:  Glenwood Center.
 What to Bring? PE Strip (T-Shirt & Shorts/loose fitting pants) and a baseball/softball glove if you have one.  All equipment will be provided for those without

The Black Sheep Rugby Club is looking for new players. Any Men 18 years and up who want to try their hand at Rugby are encouraged to come out and see what it's all about. They have players from 19 to 63, so they can find a place for anyone who wants to play. Practices go every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 at the Black Sheep Rugby Club at the top of Argyle.

The Sheep host the Cowichan Piggies this Saturday for the Island Semi Finals at 1pm.