The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are proud to announce the hiring of Joe
Martin on a multi-year agreement to become the Bulldogs’ new Head
Coach and General Manager.

Martin joins the Bulldogs as the current BCHL Coach of the year after
guiding the Merritt Centennials to an overall record of 36-15-4-3
during the 2018/19 season, good for second place overall in the
Interior Division.

In four seasons as the Centennials’ Head Coach and General Manager,
Martin compiled an overall record of 106-97-21-3.  In total, Martin
spent eight seasons with Merritt, joining them as an Assistant
Coach/Assistant GM for the 2011/12 season before taking over the reins
as Head Coach in 2015. Martin has also served as the Assistant Coach
for the past two Team Canada West clubs at the World Junior A Challenge.

“Our family is excited to be moving to the city of Port Alberni and to
join the Alberni Valley Bulldogs,” says Martin. “Every time I’ve
coached in the Weyerhaeuser Arena, I’ve always been impressed with the
hometown presence. It’s a loud building with fantastic ice — arguably
the best in the BCHL. I look forward to bringing an entertaining brand
of hockey to the Alberni Valley and continuing to help young athletes

“Having Joe Martin join us in Port Alberni is a major win for our
program,” says David Michaud. “I’ve seen first-hand during my time in
Penticton the type of teams Joe Martin can deploy.  Joe has also
demonstrated an ability to move his athletes on to the next level. Our
club is very lucky to have Joe and his family join us in our pursuit
of becoming an elite program in the BCHL.”