Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Bulldogs Head Coach

According to the Nanaimo Daily News (and before that a post on the BCHL message board), Nanaimo Clippers Assistant Coach Nolan Graham is set to become the next Head Coach and GM of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. This would be (from my understanding) Graham's first head coaching job in the league. However, he has been an assistant on a team that went to the BCHL finals last year and won a championship the season before. Graham scored 149 points in 2 BCHL seasons with Chilliwack before heading off to R.P.I. in the NCAA. He then played 3 seasons of pro hockey in the ECHL and CHL before joining the Clippers coaching staff.

It's not the experienced head coach with a winning track record that I'm sure some Bulldogs fans wanted. On the other hand, he's learned from one of the best and experienced what it takes to get to a championship in this league. Every great coach has a first job. This could be it for Graham.

The Bulldogs have a press conference tomorrow to make it official. I'm sure there will be more coverage on Hammer's blog when that happens. I certainly hope this is a step in the right direction for those great fans in Port Alberni.

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