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Go Dogs Go!
A thank you goes out to all our fans! We play because of you and we play for you! See you next season in the Dog Pound!
Training Camp and Exhibition Schedule
In exhibition action we defeated the Hanover Barons 6 to 3 in Ayton Tuesday 19 August and 3 to 1 at home on Thursday 21 August.
Next game is at home Thursday 28 August when we host the Mount Forest Patriots at 7:30 PM.
The Bulldogs will then travel to Dorchester on Monday, September 1 at 4:00 p.m. to complete their training camp exhibition schedule.
The Bulldogs will once again be hosting their 2nd annual Junior "C" Exhibition Day in Kincardine on Saturday, September 6th at the Davidson Centre.
The annual event provides an opportunity for teams to play high level competition before finalizing their rosters.
The teams participating in this year’s event include the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs, the Wingham Ironmen, the Exeter Hawks and the Stayner Siskins. The schedule for the day is as follows:
12:00 p.m. Stayner Siskins vs Kincardine Bulldogs
1:45 p.m. Exeter Hawks vs Wingham Ironmen
5:00 p.m. Stayner Siskins vs Wingham Ironmen
6:45 p.m. Exeter Hawks vs Kincardine Bulldogs
Bulldogs Hire New Coach
“I am looking forward to getting back involved in junior hockey and the challenge of getting the Bulldog organization back on top. I had a pretty good thing going with the Midgets, but I feel like this was a great time to make that next step and I am excited by the opportunity”, Stepaniak explained when asked about the decision to make the leap to head coach in the Junior ranks. “I think the biggest challenge is the depth in the Western Jr C league. For years this league was dominated by 1 or 2 top teams, but now there are 5 or 6 teams that can win on any night”.
According to Doug Kennedy, Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the Bulldogs the organization was excited when Stepaniak agreed to take the position, “Happy to have Steve as our coach as he has proved his leadership skills as a player and a coach of our midget team the last 4 years”
Although Stepaniak has not finalized the remainder of his coaching staff, he has a commitment from another former Bulldogs captain already. “Dustin Catto is going to help out. He helped me for 3 years with the midgets and we had a lot of success together. I also like the idea of getting Ex-Bulldogs involved. Hoping to have a 2nd assistant finalized in the next week”
The Bulldogs approached Stepaniak when former coach Jeff Alcombrack stepped aside due to work commitments.
A former Bulldog captain during his playing career Steve is excited about his role in the organization. “It’s an honor to be back with the Bulldogs and to be named head coach. I had a lot of fun with this team as a player and a couple of more good years as an assistant coach. I really do feel that this organization is one of the best in the OHA and now the challenge is to get the Bulldogs back on top”
Bulldogs Finalize Coaching Staff
Joining newly hired coach Steve Stepaniak behind the bench will be Kincardine native Dustin Catto and Saugeen Shores native Ryan Dudgeon.
Catto, a former Captain of the Bulldogs previously coached with Stepaniak when the two lead the Kincardine Midget team to back-to-back All Ontario Championships and are very familiar with each other’s coaching style. “He helped me for 3 years with the midgets and we had a lot of success together.” said Stepaniak. “I also like the idea of getting Ex-Bulldogs involved”
This will be the first time that Stepaniak and Catto have worked with Dudgeon. The former standout player from Saugeen Shores played Jr. “B” for the Owen Sound Greys before playing three years of N.C.A.A. hockey at Northeastern University. Dudgeon then moved on to play professionally for Landsberg 2000 EV in the GerObl league in Germany.
“His experience as a player will make the transition to coaching seamless. Ryan was a top offensive player at the JR B level before advancing to play NCAA division 1 - he knows what it takes to advance through the OHA to a higher level of hockey. Having Ryan involved should help our power play before we even hit the ice,” according to Stepaniak.
The Bulldogs also bolstered their off-ice personnel announcing some key positions have been filled for the team’s Hockey Operations department.
General Manager and Vice President Hockey Operations - Doug Kennedy
Head Coach - Steve Stepaniak
Assistant Coach - Dustin Catto
Assistant Coach - Ryan Dudgeon
Manager - Chris Dunlop
Business Manager - Mike Hackett
Head Trainer – Bob Richards
Head Scout - Brad Watson
Bulldogs Announce New "Jr Dogs Club"
Free Rally Towel to bring to home games to support the BulldogsA personalized membership card to be presented at designated “Kids Day” throughout the season for free admission to the games.
(Four “Kids Day” dates will be set once schedule is solidified)
A free “chuck the puck” puck at “Kids Day” games with the presentation of the membership card.A birthday card from the Bulldogs on the members birth dateA chance to meet the Bulldogs, get autographs and take pictures with their favourite Bulldogs at a designated Kids Day game
As an added bonus each time the member shows their Jr. ‘Dogs membership card to attend a Bulldogs home game their name will be entered into the year-end draw to win valuable prizes.
“We recognize that some of our greatest fans are our young fans. This is a way for the organization to show how much we appreciate them”, Mike Hackett, Business Manager for the Bulldogs states. “There isn’t anything better as a player than to look up in the stands a see a bunch of loud, cheering fans going crazy for their home team.”
Memberships will be sold at each home game but also can be purchased prior to the season at special events or by requesting a membership application by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bulldogs Welcome Back CKNX To "The Doghouse"
November 28 - Goderich at Kincardine, 8:30pm
Along with the above games the Bulldogs will also be heard on November 21, 2014 when they travel to Walkerton to take on the ‘Hawks (game time 7:20pm)
“We are extremely happy to have Steve and the gang back in Kincardine” said Darren Maurer, Director of Media Relations for the Bulldogs. “Other years, they have broadcast away games but for the first time in about 7 years, they will be here to broadcast a non-playoff home game and we couldn’t be happier. Steve is one of the best around in bringing play-by-play to life and along with some other features they want to produce, the Bulldogs should be prominent on the radio. We are excited to welcome them back and to renew a long overdue relationship”
The Bulldogs are currently finalizing their schedule and plan to release it in the next few days.
“The league schedule has been finalized but we need to put a few finishing touches on our home schedule for special event nights including our “Junior Bulldogs” nights, sponsor nights and some other special events we have planned,” explained Maurer.
Bulldogs Beach Volleyball Scenes
Goderich Returns To The Western Jr C League
CAMBRIDGE, ON – The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is pleased to announce that the Goderich Sailors Junior C Hockey Club is back after their year of absence and will participate in the 2014-15 season.
At the April 16th OHA Board of Directors Meeting the Board approved the Goderich Sailors re-entry into the Association.
"It is great to have Goderich back competing in the OHA," said OHA Chief Executive Officer Scott Farley. "This is due to tireless efforts of a number of people in the community who wanted to have OHA junior hockey back in Goderich. We look forward to a great partnership with the team and the community."
Beginning next season, the Sailors will play in the Western Junior C League, becoming the seventh team.
"We want to give the players the right tools to succeed on the ice and more importantly in their lives," said Sailors President Jim Gorloff. "We’re a new group who want the community of Goderich to be proud of their team for years to come."
Originally the Sailors cited a lack of players as the reason for the request for a one-year leave of absence from the OHA. With new staff taking over, the hope is they’ll be able to keep local players in their lineup for the foreseeable future.
"We’re happy to have them back," said Western Junior C League Convenor Steve Coulter. "To have them as the seventh team is great for our league. They’re ownership group are heading in the right direction and we’ll certainly help to assist them any way we can."
For more information on the Goderich Sailors re-entering the OHA Western Junior C League please contact OHA Development Coordinator Stephen Boscariol through email email@example.com
Bulldogs Receive Support
On hand for the November 22 game with the Ironmen, was Society representative Shirley Hayes, pictured here with 'Dogs Cody Britton and Brett Catto (sporting the Society jerseys worn during pre-game warmup), and Society member and Bulldog Trainer Bob Richards.
On behalf of the Players, Coaches and Executive of the Bulldogs, we say a huge "Thank you to the Society!" Together, we make a great team!
Seniors & Students: $6.00 - Children 12 & Under: $4.00
Adults (AGES 18 - 59) $75.00
Seniors & Students (Seniors 60+) $65.00
Children 12 & UNDER $45.00
Tickets May Be Obtained At Home Games Or The Davidson Centre
League Flex Ticket Packages
You may purchase a package of 12 tickets good for any Western Jr C Regular Season Game at a cost of $70.00. This results in you receiving two free tickets.
The packages may be purchased via PayPal and will be delivered to your nearest Ideal Supply Store where you will also receive a free gift courtesy of Ideal Supply.
Please visit the Western Jr C League website for additional details and purchase. www.westernjrc.com
Previous Season Memories
Interesting reading for all Jr C Fans!
BULLDOGS RENEW MAJOR SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Kincardine Bulldogs’ organization is extremely pleased to announce the renewal of the team’s major sponsorship agreement with Nicol Insurance. This agreement will extend the relationship between the two organizations for an additional three years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The Bulldogs are entering their 20th season in the Western Junior “C” League of the Ontario Hockey Association and will be known as the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs for the life of the agreement. “This sponsorship demonstrates Nicol Insurance’s commitment to our team and our community. We look forward to an excellent relationship with Nicol Insurance for the foreseeable future.” said Warren Beisel, President of the Bulldogs.
Nicol Insurance has had a long history in Grey Bruce and a strong commitment to the local community with a variety of sponsorships over the years.
Go Dogs Go!