WEYERHAUSER ARENA - PORT ALBERNI
3737 Roger Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V8
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 founded as 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 went on to a three-year stint as coach of the expansion WHL Chilliwack Bruins. In 2009 he was behind the bench of the Tri-City Americans and won the WHL coach of the year in 2011/12. He was an assistant with 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 made his Victoria Cougars debut in the 1980 playoffs and went on to score 142 points over his three-year WHL career. On two occasions he represented Canada at the World Junior Championships, winning gold in 1982 and bronze in 1983. At the 1982 NHL entry draft, Cyr was selected 9th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. He retired in 1993 after appearing in 470 NHL games over nine seasons, scoring 101 goals and 140 assists. In 2012 Cyr passed away from heart failure at the age of 48.