Alberni Valley Bulldogs: Graduating players and eligible returnees

Due to the cancelation of the 2020 BCHL playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic, rather than focus on each BCHL team as they were eliminated, I decided to cover each team’s graduating players and eligible returnees alphabetically.

The Bulldogs have three 20-year-olds on their roster in forwards Ryan Doolin, Jackson Doucet, and Matthew Grouchy who have aged out of junior. Defencemen Tim Gould, Jackson Munro, Jimmy Rayhill and Moe Acee, and forward Mitch Deelstra are each off to NCAA hockey for next season and won’t be back in the BCHL.

Forward Tyler Kostelecky was injured for most of the season and only got into 15 games, but is still slated to attend Arizona State this fall. Forward Austin Spiridakis is committed to Quinnipiac University, but not set to start attending until September 2021.

A reminder that all NCAA commitment years are as posted on the BCHL website.

Bulldogs GM and head coach Joe Martin has ten players eligible to return up front, three on the blueline and both goaltenders from the 2019-20 season. Alberni Valley also has four players eligible to return who will count as 20-year-olds, which means the Bulldogs could potentially add two 2000-born veterans before reaching the BCHL limit of six.

Alberni Valley also has an extremely strong group of 19-year-olds eligible to come back, with seven forwards and both goaltenders falling into that age group.

The depth chart is based on coaches going with a 23-man roster of 13 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders.

Graduating Players

Moe Acee (St. Lawrence University)
Mitch Deelstra (Ferris State University)
Tim Gould (University of Maine)
Tyler Kostelecky (Arizona State University)
Jackson Munro (Brown University)
Jimmy Rayhill (Cornell University)
Jackson Doucet (aged out)
Ryan Doolin (aged out)
Matthew Grouchy (aged out)

Eligible Returnees

(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Dawson Tritt (00)
Caige Sterzer (00)
Josh Zary (01)
Tommy Bannister (01)
Stephen Castagna (01)
Isaac Pascoal (01)
River Fahey (01)
Olivier Fizet (01)
Jacob Bosse (01)
Austin Spiridakis (02)

Grayson Valente (00)
Mattias Dal Monte (00)
Cameron Newson (02)

Luke Pearson (01)
Jackson Glassford (01)