Port Alberni, B.C – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs Junior A Hockey Club has begun a search for Ownership Partners that will solidify the long-term success of the franchise in Port Alberni.
The Bulldogs franchise relocated to Port Alberni from Burnaby in 2002 and quickly became ingrained as an important part of the city’s sporting community. The team was sold in 2012 to the Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society, which has owned and operated the team for the past seven seasons.
“The Bulldogs have been run by a committed group of local individuals who were determined to keep BCHL hockey in the Alberni Valley,” says PAJHS Director Darren Deluca. “The reality is that Junior A hockey is a business and we feel the time is right to find an ownership partner who shares our interest in the success of the team and the significant role it plays in our community.”
From a strong season ticket base that exceeds 700 to a team-friendly arena lease and tremendous local corporate sponsorship support, there is no shortage of positive factors that should make the Bulldogs an attractive opportunity for potential ownership partners.
“We have tremendous fans and sponsors that really set the Bulldogs organization apart,” says Deluca. “The relationship with local government is strong and there is a lot of money being invested in the economic development of our region. And anyone who has been inside the Alberni Valley Multiplex for a big game knows that this is a great hockey town. We’re very confident that potential partners will see all the reasons why the Bulldogs can thrive on and off the ice over the long term in Port Alberni.”
The Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society is spreading the word regarding the potential for ownership in the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in order to attract the best possible field of potential partners. BCHL franchises sell at a wide range of values and Alberni Valley’s is going to be driven by the market.
“The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are an essential part of our local community,” says City of Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. “In addition to providing great entertainment to hockey fans in Port Alberni, the team contributes to numerous projects and events that benefit our citizens. We look forward to working with anyone whose goal is to ensure the long-term strength and stability of the Bulldogs organization in the Alberni Valley.”
To learn more about the Bulldogs organization, the City of Port Alberni and the opportunity to join our team, visit www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca/invest.