Friday, August 24, 2012

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hire Spiros Anastas as GM & Matt Korchmar as Goalie Coach:


The Alberni Valley Bulldogs shored up their Hockey Operations department on Thursday, adding Spiros Anastas as General Manager and Matt Korchmar as Goaltending Coach.

Here's the release from the Bulldogs website:

In two separate press releases, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs add two key staff: goalie coach Matt Korchmar and general manager Spiros Anastas.

Here are both press releases:

MATT KORCHMAR:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are proud to announce that Matt Korchmar will replace Perry Elderbroom of Gold In The Net as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs' goalie coach.

Korchmar makes his return to the Alberni Valley and to the organization. Korchmar appeared in 9 games between the pipes for the Bulldogs in 2006/07 before moving on to play for the Portage Terriers and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

“It’s nice to be back in Port Alberni with the organization that I got my start and still be able to see some familiar faces,” said Korchmar.

During Korchmar’s tenure with the Bulldogs, he billeted with current Bulldogs’ educational advisor Tom McEvay.

“I’m very excited to work with the team and the goalies this season,” added Korchmar. “I look forward to the opportunity to with Rick, Kevin, and Adam this season and help our goalies become one of the stronger tandems in the league.”

Korchmar is entering his 8th year as a goalie coach and instructor.  Matt has quickly established himself as one of the top goalie coaches in British Columbia. Matt has worked closely with and learned from several NHL goalie coaches.

“Matt is a former Bulldog making our relationship that much stronger,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs director of hockey operations Rick Schievink. “The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are honored and excited to have Matt back in the Alberni Valley and a part of the organization.”

Korchmar will also instruct at the Alberni District Hockey Canada Skills Academy and will also be available for additional goalie instruction here in Port Alberni.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would also like to thank Perry Elderbroom for the contributions he made to the organization and wish him continued success.

SPIROS ANASTAS ANNOUCEMENT:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce the appointment of Spiros Anastas to the position of General Manager effective immediately. Alberni Valley Bulldogs/Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society Director Darren DeLuca confirmed the appointment today and commented that the team and the society are very pleased to recruit someone of Spiros’ caliber to join the team. “It is a credit to both the reputation of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and the BCHL. Spiros will be an important element in the long term health and sustainability of the organization. ” said DeLuca, adding that the new position is intended to focus specifically on achieving business excellence within the organization and will provide the final link in the staff and management team that is already in place for the coming season.
 
Anastas brings excitement and energy to his new role and holds a BA in Economics and a BSc in Business Administration/Accounting along with a recently completed a Masters’ degree in Sports Administration. Anastas, a Mississauga, Ontario native, had a Junior A career in the OPJHL with the Bancroft Hawks, Huntsville Otters, and Vaughn Vipers from 2002 to 2006 before attending Lebanon Valley College as a dual sport student-athlete, competing in Track & Field and anchoring the Hockey team as Captain for four seasons. Anastas brings a variety of both on and off ice experiences having held Assistant Coaching positions at Lebanon Valley College and most recently Western Michigan University.
 
Anastas was in Port Alberni earlier this month at the Junior Prep Camp and fell in love with the community and its evident passion and support for hockey. "I am extremely thrilled to be joining the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. I see a very bright future for the team and I'm excited to be a part of it. We will need all hands on deck from top to bottom and support from all of our fans and sponsors so we can reach our goals and I am looking forward to helping make that happen, and to make Port Alberni proud. ” said Anastas.
 
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to welcome Spiros to the organization and look forward to a successful 2012 – 2013 season.

The public’s first opportunity to see this years’ team on the ice is Saturday night when the Dogs host the Cowichan Valley Capitals in BCHL exhibition play, the puck drops at the Alberni Valley Multiplex at 7.

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