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On the eve of the 2014-2015 Wester Junior C Season, we salute our loyal fans and sponsors!
See you at the 'Dog House!
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
Bulldogs Rounding Out Team - Sign Local Players
When the new coaching staff took over the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs early this year, one of the areas they promised to focus on was looking at local players.
“We came into this training camp wanting to give the Kincardine kids every opportunity to play junior C hockey at home this season but we were not giving away any spots”, according to Coach Steve Stepaniak. Although the Bulldogs have signed a lot of local talent, Stepaniak emphasized “There are a couple more Kincardine kids fighting for the last couple of spots as well so there should be lots of local talent on this year’s team”
Joining returning players, Gerrit Satosek, Matt Baker and Carter Strachan are newcomers Michael Osadca, Derrick Bernath, Jordan Bell and Brett Burrows as players signed by the Bulldogs.
All of these players have enjoyed great success in the KMHA system with OMHA Championships, International Silver Stick Gold Medals and OFSAA Championships.
“Osadca, Bernath, Bell and Burrows all worked their butts off to beat out some really good hockey players to earn spots on the team. These four join Gerrit Satosek, Matt Baker & Carter Strachan as players I am familiar with from coaching in midget and I really hope the success they had in minor hockey can translate to success at the junior level.”
Osadca, a 6’4”, 185 lb defenseman will help shore up the defense corp. for the Bulldogs with the other newcomers all being forwards or two-way players.
The Bulldogs round out their exhibition season with the 2nd Annual Jr. “C” Exhibition Day held in Kincardine on Saturday, September 6th with two games. Kincardine, the Wingham Ironmen, the Exeter Hawks and the Stayner Syskins take to the ice for a final tune up on Saturday before the Bulldogs open their home season on Saturday, September 13th when the defending league champions Wingham Ironmen come to town. Game time is 4:00 p.m.
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 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: email@example.com.
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.