Alberni Valley Bulldogs John Hawthorne commits to NCAA D1 Northern Michigan

John Hawthorne

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are thrilled to announce that 20-year old goaltender John Hawthorne has committed to attend Northern Michigan University and suit up for the NCAA Division I Wildcats for the 2019/20 season.

Hawthorne joined the Bulldogs prior to the start of the 2017/18
campaign following an impressive rookie season with the VIJHL’s
Nanaimo Buccaneers and made an immediate impact both on and off the
ice. He grabbed the reins as the Bulldogs’ starting goaltender early
in the year and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player following
the season.

This season, Hawthorne has continued his strong play with a 3.22
goals-against average and .910 save percentage, which ranks sixth
among BCHL netminders, in 34 appearances. His 1141 saves this season
rank first in the league while his 1917 minutes in goal rank third.

“On behalf of the entire Bulldogs organization, I’d like to
congratulate John on earning a scholarship to play NCAA hockey,” says
head coach Matt Hughes. “John is one of the most committed, hardest
working young men you’ll find at this level and he’s put in a
tremendous amount of work to earn this opportunity. He has been one of
the best goaltenders in our league over the past two seasons and he’s
been a great representative of the Bulldogs in our community. We
expect John to transition quickly to college hockey and have a great
NCAA career.”

Before coming to the Alberni Valley, Hawthorne spent a season with the
Buccaneers and three campaigns with the B.C. Major Midget League’s
North Island Silvertips.

“I think Northern Michigan is a great fit both on the ice and
academically, and I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to
continue the program’s tradition of strong goaltending,” says
Hawthorne. “The rapport their coaching staff developed with me made me
very comfortable with the program and after discussions with the
Bulldogs’ coaches, my family and our educational adviser, Tom McEvay,
it became clear that NMU was the right spot for me.”

“My time with the Bulldogs has been instrumental in getting me to this
point. The entire hockey operations staff has gone above and beyond
for myself and the rest of our team, and I can’t say enough good
things about Tom McEvay, who is a true unsung hero of the
organization. I’d like to thank the Bulldogs and the Nanaimo
Buccaneers organizations, as well as coaches James Gaertner, Dan
Lemmon and Jeff Carey, and of course my family for all their support.
I’m also excited for the remainder of the season and my goal is to
help bring as much exciting playoff hockey as possible to the Dog

Hawthorne is the fifth Bulldogs player on this season’s roster to earn
an NCAA scholarship. He joins forwards Keaton Mastrodonato (Canisius
College – 2019/20), Ryan Miotto (Canisius College – 2019/20) and
Austin Spiridakis (Quinnipiac University – 2020/21), and defenceman
Marcus Walter (Bentley University – 2019/20).