The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Darren Rizzolo to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The Vipers acquired Rizzolo September 9 2015 from the Chilliwack Chiefs for Linden Hora & Tak Anholt. Rizzolo played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2015-2016) collecting (3-goals-7-assists-10-points) in 50 games with the Vipers before being traded to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs September 29 2016 for future considerations.
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Bulldogs deal Rizzolo to Salmon Arm, add McLaughlin
January 9, 2019
ALBERNI VALLEY SWAPS BLUELINERS IN DEADLINE DEAL WITH SILVERBACKS
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, acquiring the CJHL playing rights of 2000-born defenceman Ethan McLaughlin and future considerations in return for 1998-born defenceman Darren Rizzolo.
McLaughlin is in his first British Columbia Hockey League season and has three assists in 36 regular season appearances. He played his midget hockey with the Okanagan Hockey Academy, netting 37 points in 36 games last season while making his Junior A debut as an affiliate player with the Penticton Vees.
“Ethan is a smart, two-way defenceman who moves the puck well and has the mobility to contribute in all three zones,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He’s transitioned nicely to the level of play in the BCHL and we expect him to step right in and help our group now and in the future.”
Veteran defenceman Darren Rizzolo has been moved to Salmon Arm in the deal. In his fourth BCHL season, Rizzolo had one goal and 10 assists in 26 games as well as 22 penalty minutes. In 176 career BCHL games split between Chilliwack, Vernon and Alberni Valley, the Mission, B.C. product has a combined for 10 goals and 38 assists.
“Darren has been a key member of our team over the past two and a half seasons and a well-liked individual in our room and in the community,” says Hughes. “We appreciate all his efforts in a Bulldogs uniform and wish him nothing but success in Salmon Arm.”
McLaughlin is expected to join the Bulldogs in time for this weekend’s three-game road trip to Wenatchee, West Kelowna and Coquitlam.
This is posted on the Silverbacks website:
Darren Rizzolo Acquired from Alberni Valley
January 9, 2019
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired defenceman Darren Rizzolo from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in exchange for defenceman Ethan McLaughlin and future considerations.
Rizzolo in his fourth BCHL season has one goal and ten assists in 26 games to go along with 22 penalty minutes. In 176 career BCHL games, the Mission, BC native has a combined 10 goals and 38 assists. A product of the Yale Hockey Academy, Rizzolo was named the CSSHL Top Defenceman in the 2014-15 season.
In his first season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Ethan McLaughlin recorded three assists and eight penalty minutes. Last year playing for the Okanagan Hockey Academy, he had 37 points in 36 games.
“We made the difficult decision yesterday to trade defenceman Ethan McLaughlin to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in return for veteran defenceman Darren Rizzolo,” said Head Coach and GM Scott Atkinson. “Ethan is an outstanding individual and a young player with a bright future in this league, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future. In Rizzolo we are acquiring an experienced BCHL defenceman who can contribute in all facets of the game,”
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks organization would like to welcome Darren and his family to the team, and wish Ethan the best with the Bulldogs.
This weekend Salmon Arm starts on the road playing Friday in Vernon against the Vipers. Tune in on 91.5 EZ Rock starting at 6:45 for the pre-game show. Saturday and Sunday have Island teams visiting the Shaw Centre as Salmon Arm hosts Powell River Saturday at 7pm, and the Nanaimo Clippers at 3pm on Sunday.