WEYERHAUSER ARENA - PORT ALBERNI
3737 Roger Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V8
ARENA WEBSITE - http://playinpa.ca/
YEAR BUILT - 2001
CAPACITY - 1,854
Weyerhaeuser Arena is one of two ice rinks at the Alberni Valley Multiplex and home for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).
In November 2019, the Port Alberni Multiplex was forced to shut down for three weeks due to an ammonia leak from the arena’s ice refrigeration plant. The Bulldogs were forced to postpone and move a couple of games to Campbell River and Parksville.
Alberni Valley Bulldogs
The Bulldogs were originally the Burnaby Bulldogs, a BCHL expansion team founded in 1998. The franchise moved to Port Alberni in 2002 and renamed the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. In 2019 the team was purchased by Keycorp Sports and Entertainment, who also own the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association
Jim Hiller - Head coach of the Bulldogs in 2005/06. After one season with the Bulldogs, Hiller was hired as the coach of the Western Hockey League (WHL) expansion Chilliwack Bruins and spent three years with the team. In 2009 he was named coach of the Tri-City Americans and won the WHL coach of the year in 2011/12. He was an assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings in 2014 and Toronto Maple Leafs from 2015 to 2019 under head coach Mike Babcock. He is currently an assistant coach with the New York Islanders.
Port Alberni Alumni
The late Paul Cyr was born in Port Alberni on October 31, 1963. He began his junior career with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL in 1979-80 and went up to play for the Victoria Cougars from 1980 to 1983. A gifted goal scorer and playmaker, he totaled 209 points in 142 games for the Cougars. He was on the Cougars 1980-81 WHL Championship team and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1982 World Junior Hockey Championship. Cyr was drafted in the first round, 9th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1982 NHL entry draft. He retired in 1993 after playing 470 NHL games over nine seasons, scoring 101 goals and 140 assists. In 2012 Cyr passed away from heart failure in Nakusp, BC at the age of 48.