Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Former Viper Stevenson Suspended:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Chase Stevenson has been suspended.

Stevenson is in his first season with the West Kelowna Warriors, attended the Vipers training camp in August. Stevenson never played any exhibition games was injured during camp, before being placed on the injured reserve to start the regular season. Stevenson was released early into the regular season. The Warriors signed Stevenson November 9th 2016. In 22 games this season, Stevenson has (5-goals-7-assists-12-points).

Chase Stevenson's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=299156

This is posted on the BCHL website:

22-Jan-17 The West Kelowna Warriors Chase Stephenson is suspended 4 games for receiving a major penalty for a blow to the head

BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, twitter accounts, blogs or online. All Vipers news-trades are posted on this blog as soon as released-announced.

BCHL News & Trades:

North Delta's Sungod Arena Eyed For Junior A Hockey Franchise:

The owner of the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL wants to move the Junior A hockey team to North Delta’s Sungod Arena. The relocation bid, among other topics, will be discussed by the league’s board of governors at meetings today (Tuesday) and Wednesday. “We’re in negotiations, no doubt, but that’s where we sit until I get something on paper,” Warriors owner Mark Cheyne told the Now. “I’ll be honest and up front with you, the sooner the better, if it was going to happen for me, but it’s up in the air right now,” Cheyne added. “I’ll know more in the next two weeks probably.” BCHL commissioner John Grisdale confirmed “there’s interest for a team to play in North Delta, either a relocation or an expansion team,” starting in the fall of 2017. “Meetings are coming up but there may or may not be a decision on that,” Grisdale said on Monday. “The league will look where it’s at, where its existing franchises are, to see what’s best for the league. We have 17 franchises, and we have to consider what’s best for them.” The league’s six-team Mainland division currently includes Surrey Eagles, Langley Rivermen and Coquitlam Express as the franchises closest to North Delta, geographically speaking. Last season, the Warriors, who play in the Interior division, won the RBC Cup national championship among Junior A hockey teams. Despite the recent on-ice success, the team has struggled to attract crowds at Royal LePage Place, the rink in West Kelowna. “It’s about a chance to break even there (in North Delta) because we just can’t break even here, you know,” Cheyne said. “It’s just a better move financially. With the (WHL) Rockets here and everything, it’s just a case of (people) don’t support it here as well as they need to, that’s for sure, even with a national championship, a really good team last year. I was told all along, for 10 years, that once we get over that hump, win the division, win something, things will change here drastically, but that’s just not the case.” In November, Delta council supported a move to have Junior A hockey games played at Sungod, and a memorandum of understanding was drafted. The club is looking to play, on average, one home game and several weekday practices per week, according to a report to council from Ken Kuntz, Delta’s director of parks, recreation and culture. “The practices do not conflict with existing uses,” Kuntz wrote. “However, the home game schedule is planned for Saturday evenings, which is currently assigned to North Delta Minor Hockey Association. A key component of the MOU (memorandum of understanding) is that the association fully support a new club at Sungod. The association has agreed to relocate during the game times, subject to the provision of an equal amount of time at another facility” – probably Planet Ice, the four-sheet arena located under the Alex Fraser Bridge. Stephen VanSpall, president of North Delta Minor Hockey Association, said he is “pretty excited” about the possibility of Junior A hockey coming to Sungod. “Hockey of that calibre can only benefit the community of North Delta and also North Delta Minor Hockey Association,” he said. “It could help expand the interest of hockey in this area, in general, and result in more kids playing hockey. We’re definitely on board with the application.” The MOU calls for an initial five-year deal for a Junior A team at Sungod, and includes use of an office, dressing room, ticket booth, limited advertising sales and first right of refusal to operate the arena concession. Grisdale said the BCHL board of governors will decide whether having a team in North Delta “is the right thing for our league. “It’s a rink that’s kind of lost in time,” Grisdale said. “I haven’t been in there in some time but it’s been well-maintained but not with a lot of updates. There’s a lot of great hockey history there, too, and the BCHL was there once in the ’70s for a season or two. “We have support from the city and the community, no question, so we’ll see where this goes.” The Junior-B North Delta Devils played at Sungod until the end of the 2014 season, when they moved to Langley and became the Knights. Last fall, the PJHL franchise moved to Surrey and currently plays games at North Surrey rec centre.

Many Questions Remain About Proposed Nanaimo Event Centre:

Former Nanaimo City Councillor Merv Unger runs a website that provides information to the community, and with a referendum coming up, he believes his work is now more crucial than ever. He says voters don’t know enough about the project to make an informed decision. “They haven’t picked out the location,” he says. “They haven’t got a firm tenant. I believe if they get a hockey team to come in here from the WHL, we’ve got to get a long-term lease.” The Nanaimo Islanders played just one season at Frank Crane Arena back in the 1982-83 season and Unger is worried history may repeat itself. “All the NHL teams get long term leases,  20 years or so, and then they can’t just pack up and leave after one season and leave a community with an empty rink.” A coalition campaigning against the project also wants to know more, including the exact cost. “Is it going to be 100 per cent funded by tax payers? If so, then we’re probably looking at a bill of $100 million dollars,” says Don Bonner of novote2017.com “If not, then council needs to let us know what would be the breakdown.” And both sides say voters need to know the ballot question as soon as possible. “I think it would be in everybody’s best interest if they came forward with the question sooner, and with all the information we need to make an informed decision,” says Bonner. The City says it is providing as much information as it can, as fast as possible, and putting it on the a webpage devoted to the project. When will the public likely learn about the chosen location and the associated cost? That will come on February 6th, if not earlier said Kim Fowler, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Nanaimo. The City says the referendum question and other details will be released early next month and insists everything is being done by the book, so that voters will be provided with the information they’ll need come voting day.

Warriors Could Be Leaving West Kelowna:

One season after winning a national title, and just two months after getting a break on their arena rental rate, the West Kelowna Warriors are expected to relocate to North Delta. Team owner Mark Cheyne has sold the team and the BC Hockey League’s board of governors is in the process of approving the move, says an official with the Corporation of Delta. “My understanding is that approval is happening at league meetings taking place this week,” Ken Kuntz, Delta’s director of parks, recreation and culture, said Tuesday. Kuntz gave the name of the new owner as Kejun Wang. Representatives of Wang have already signed a memorandum of agreement with Delta officials for the use of the Sungod arena in North Delta. “Every indication is that this is positive hockey news for Delta, but maybe not so positive for West Kelowna,” Kuntz said. Cheyne could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Emails and phone calls to the BC Hockey League office in Vancouver were not returned. The Warriors, now in their 11th season in West Kelowna, won the RBC Cup national championship last year. But that on-ice success was not accompanied by financial profitability. The team lost more than $300,000 last year, and annual losses previously exceeded that amount, Cheyne told West Kelowna city officials last fall when he was seeking a rent break at Royal LePage Place. In early November, city council voted to reduce the team’s annual rent for the arena from $63,600 to $52,000, an amount said to be in line with that charged clubs in Vernon and Salmon Arm. But Cheyne had been aiming for a “significantly lower payment,” West Kelowna parks manager Bob Kusch told council. Attendance at Warriors games has averaged 840 fans for the team’s past three home games. The Royal LePage Place arena has a capacity of 1,500. The newly signed arena deal has a five-year term, but Kusch said Tuesday it could be terminated by either party with 12 months’ notice, or in a shorter period with the consent of both the municipality and the team. “We’re huge hockey fans here in West Kelowna, and huge fans of the Warriors, and we’ll miss them if they do decide to move,” Kusch said. “But who knows, another team might see the opportunity to come to our community.” The Surrey Now newspaper reported earlier Tuesday that Cheyne hoped to move the money-losing club to North Delta as soon as possible. “It’s about a chance to break even there (in North Delta) because we just can’t break even here, you know,” Cheyne told the newspaper. “With the (WHL) Rockets here and everything, it’s just a case of (people) don’t support it here as well as they need to, that’s for sure, even with a national championship, a really good team last year.” The BCHL has 17 teams, with other clubs in the Interior Division being the Merritt Centennials, Penticton Vees, Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Trail Smoke Eaters and Vernon Vipers. Although Penticton and Vernon have populations similar to West Kelowna, teams in those cities draw substantially more fans than the Warriors. The Penticton Vees have averaged 2,500 fans the past three years, and attendance at Vernon Vipers games since 2014 has averaged 1,850.

BCHL Continues With Bauer:

Bauer Hockey, the world’s leading manufacturer of hockey equipment, today announced that it has extended its multi-year partnership with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) as the official equipment and apparel provider to the league and its nearly 400 players. The BCHL, one of the most successful elite junior leagues in North America, has sent several players directly to the NHL and is Canada’s No. 1 feeder league to college hockey. Last year, the BCHL sent a league record 148 players to college hockey and has historically sent 100-150 players per year to the college ranks. Last year, each of the league’s 17 teams had multiple college-committed players on its rosters and three players were selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. “Bauer Hockey has been an incredible partner for the past four years and continuing our relationship is exciting for our league, our teams and players,” said John Grisdale, BCHL commissioner. “The safety and the opportunity for our players to perform at their absolute best is of utmost importance to us and with BAUER we know our players are using equipment that is second to none.” As part of the partnership extension, each BCHL team will continue to exclusively wear BAUER uniforms, helmets, gloves, pants and off-ice apparel. In addition, the agreement provides each team in the league with BAUER sticks and bags. “We are excited to extend our partnership with one of the most influential junior leagues in North America” said Brad James, General Manager Team and Apparel, Bauer Hockey. “The continued relationship is a testament to the high level of innovative products and service that our team continues to provide to players at all levels. We look forward to working with the entire BCHL organization to meet all of their product and apparel needs for many years to come.”

'Feeling Of Emptiness' For Warriors' Fans"

Craig Musgrove is a self-described ‘diehard’ fan of the B.C. Hockey League’s West Kelowna Warriors. So when news broke this week that the club would likely be leaving West Kelowna at the end of the current season, Musgrove was, to say the least, distraught" “This has been difficult, the Warriors were very personal for me,” said Musgrove, a season-ticket holder for Warriors’ games at Royal LePage Place since 2010. “It’s been a meeting place, a social event where a lot of people with the same interests get together. Those things alone will be missed. “The hockey, of course, the players, the people in the organization,” added Musgrove, “they all become part of your life. “There’s just a real feeling of emptiness right now.” If all unfolds as expected, the Warriors will be headed to North Delta’s Sungod Arena for the start of the 2017-18 season. Warriors’ owner Mark Cheyne has signed a letter of intent to transfer ownership of the club to a Delta businessman, with the move subject to approval by the league’s board of governors. A money-losing venture since moving to West Kelowna from Langley in 2006, Cheyne took over sole ownership of the club in 2009. With an RBC Cup championship run last season, Cheyne hoped the club’s financial fortunes would finally take a turn for the better. But with community support for the team and attendance remaining stagnant this season, Cheyne said the writing was on the wall. “We were never even close to breaking even once and after awhile it’s just no fun anymore,” Cheyne said. “The last few years, you look for that light at the end of the tunnel, and when we won it all last year, we hoped that would be it. “I was told once you get by Vernon, once you get by Penticton, once you win something big, it’ll turn around,” Cheyne added. “But the light at the end never came.” Cheyne, who moved with his family to West Kelowna in 2007, said the decision to pull up the team’s stakes came with considerable soul searching. “It was difficult,” said Cheyne, “a long, hard decision. It hurts me and I know some people will be hurt this. But there’s not much else we can put into it.” For Craig Musgrove, the Warriors were the centrepiece of his family’s winter calendar and he wishes more could have been done to keep the club in West Kelowna. But Musgrove also understands the financial realities of operating a junior A franchise. “I can’t hold anything against Mark [Cheyne],” he said. “You can’t keep operating at a loss like that. Everybody knows BCHL teams don’t make money. “It was great, cheap entertainment for the fans, it’s really too bad they have to go.” If the sale goes through, the Warriors will leave Musgrove and hundreds of other devoted fans with some fond memories, thanks largely to last season’s magical run to a Canadian junior A championship. “The day they finally beat Penticton, that was one of the happiest days I can remember,” he said. “Then they went on a tear, won the Fred Page Cup, they won in Estevan, and then they took care of things in Lloydminster [RBC Cup]. "It was incredible what that team did, it was great to be along for the ride. They’ll leave us with some great memories.” And Musgrove vows he will be there right to the end, cheering on the Warriors to their last second on the ice at Royal LePage Place. “For me, that last game will feel like a disaster,” Musgrove said. “A really big piece of West Kelowna is going to be missing and that’s going to be tough.”

With The WHL Closing In, Clippers’ Future In Nanaimo Up In The Air:

The hockey landscape in Nanaimo could face a drastic change in the next few months and the Nanaimo Clippers could obviously be caught in the middle. With a referendum set for March 11 regarding the construction of a new events centre that would draw a Western Hockey League franchise as its main tenant, that leaves the B.C. Hockey League franchise very much in limbo. “We’re in a precarious situation,” David LeNeveu, president, governor and part-owner of the Clippers admitted after Day 2 of BCHL board of governors meetings on the mainland on Wednesday. “Obviously, if a WHL team comes to Nanaimo, that could displace the Nanaimo Clippers. There’s been no decision made on that side. “We’ve been working with the league to protect the league and protect ourselves and everyone involved, but there’s not much to say until March 11 happens. Everything is up in the air until that vote goes one way or another.” LeNeveu said the team’s mandate is to continue operating as normal: “Because we haven’t been told otherwise.” But the Clippers’ lease with the City of Nanaimo and Frank Crane Arena ends following this season and their desire to negotiate for 2017-18 has not been met. A WHL club would obviously supplant the Clippers, who know full well the Harbour City isn’t big enough to support both leagues. A move could be made or the team could choose to fold. The West Kelowna Warriors have already stated their hopes of moving to North Delta, citing financial losses. The West Kelowna franchise would relocate to Sungod Arena, which desperately wants the club there. And following league meetings Wednesday, sources confirm the Warriors will not be in West Kelowna next season. “You would never say there’s not room [for the WHL and BCHL in Nanaimo] because it is happening in cities across B.C. — Prince George and Victoria being a couple,” LeNeveu said of the Clippers’ circumstances. “Is that the ideal situation moving forward? No, it definitely wouldn’t. Is that possibility still on the table? Sure it is, but we’re going to be looking to take care of everybody’s organizations in the best possible way looking forward.” The team, currently stuck between a rock and hard place, has to plan ahead. “We have to look at all our options of how this is going to best go forward,” said LeNeveu. “For our franchise, and the city of Nanaimo, we are operating as if nothing is changing. We’re working on our season-ticket holders and sponsors, because if we don’t do that and the event centre doesn’t go through, we would be so far behind. “On the other side, we have to make sure we protect the interests of the league and all our various partners in the league and make sure all our options are explored and that we have contingency plans in place, just like any other business would have in any eventuality.” The obvious rumour making the rounds is that the Clippers could move to Campbell River, where the ownership group of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Storm have been eying a BCHL franchise for some time. “We are exploring all our options and that’s something we can’t decide on today,” said LeNeveu. “They are operating a pretty good Junior B program out of there. If a BCHL team went in there, would they want to make improvements? Sure, but that’s not for me to decide.” LeNeveu said he has not had discussions with Campbell River or the Storm, which operate out of Rod Brind’Amour Arena, which seats roughly 1,000 and would require expansion. Linda Spooner, owner of the Storm, said the interest may be there down the road, but not at this time. That doesn’t mean someone else in Campbell River couldn’t step in. “Everyone makes that assumption [of the BCHL moving to Campbell River] because, honestly, on the Island it is the next place to go, right,” she said. So the Clippers will sit and await the referendum.

News From Semiannual Meeting:

The BCHL conducted its semiannual board of governors meeting this week in Richmond and a number of items arose that will potentially affect the league’s operations for the 2017-18 season. First, the board of governors approved a move to a 23-man roster for next season. Teams have been operating with 22-man rosters since the 2012-13 season. Also, the board has directed its Franchise Committee to review a franchise transfer application. This is a result of talks between West Kelowna Warriors owner Mark Cheyne and a group interested in purchasing his franchise and moving it to North Delta’s Sungod Arena. It is the responsibility of the Franchise Committee to make a recommendation to the board of governors as to what would be best course of action for the BCHL and all its member clubs in this matter. The Franchise Committee is also to determine a timeline to when this potential transfer would be voted on by the board. Finally, regarding speculation on the Nanaimo Clippers and a possible impact to their operation from a relocating Western Hockey League (WHL) franchise, the city of Nanaimo is holding a referendum on March 11 where residents will decide whether or not they want the city to proceed with construction of a new hockey arena capable of hosting a WHL franchise. Nothing can be decided about the Clippers’ future until the results of the referendum are known.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Former Vernon Viper Williamson vs Former Chilliwack Chief Henderson:

Former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Jason Williamson #39 takes on Chilliwack Chiefs defenceman Bobby Henderson #12 during a Vipers-Chiefs game at the Chilliwack Coliseum during the 1999-2000 season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg1F9WZQDBM

Williamson played three years in Vernon (1999-2002) before going to Niagara University.

Williamson returned to the Vipers in 2008 spending three years as an Assistant Coach (2008-2011) before being named Head Coach-GM in 2011. Williamson was Head Coach-GM for three seasons (2011-2014) before stepping down-resigning as Head Coach-GM after two exhibition games into the 2014-15 season. Williamson is fifth on the Vipers all-time wins list as Head Coach (81-Wins 70-Losses 6-Ties).

Williamson spent the 2015-16 season as Head Coach of the Okanagan Rockets before leaving the Rockets in April 2016. Williamson is in his third season with the Nanaimo Clippers as Director of Scouting and Recruitment.

Jason Williamson's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=81172

Lions Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Morgan:

The Caracas Lions have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman-
former major leaguer Nyjer Morgan.

The Caracas Base Ball Club (CBC) (English: Caracas Lions) is a Venezuelan baseball team that currently plays in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Morgan played summer ball with the Puebla Pericos (English: Puebla Parakeets) a team from Mexico. Played last season with the South Korean Hanwha Eagles. Morgan signed with the Eagles on December 12th 2014 was kicked out of the Eagles preseason baseball camp in February 2015 before returning to the ball club on a later date. Morgan was released after playing in just ten games. 

Morgan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. On September 1st 2007 Morgan made his major league debut for the Pirates against the Milwaukee Brewers as a late-season call-up. On June 30 2009 Morgan was traded to the Washington Nationals along with pitcher Sean Burnett in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Joel Hanrahan. On March 27 2011 Morgan was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for prospect Cutter Dykstra (son of baseball player Lenny Dykstra). After playing for three MLB teams, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington Morgan elected free agency played the 2013 season in Japan with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Yokohama DeNa BayStars. Morgan would return to the Majors in 2014 where he played with the Cleveland Indians.  After just playing in 15 games spending most of his time with the Tribe on the DL Morgan was released on August 5th 2014 
before heading to South Korea last season.

Morgan attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp in 1996-97. Morgan played as an affiliated player "AP" as a 16 year old with the Vipers during the (1996-1997) season while playing with the KIJHL North Okanagan Kings.

Nyjer Morgan's Player Profile:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morgany01.shtml

This was posted on the LVBP.com website:

Lions announced the imported Nyjer Morgan and Deunte Heath

9/29/2016

Nyjer Morgan comes to play with Puebla

Andreina Salas Guzman | Press Leones del Caracas

Caracas.- The Caracas Lions hired outfielder Nyjer Morgan and pitcher Deunte Heath as part of the 2016-2017 season import of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Both outsiders are scheduled to arrive in the country this weekend to be in uniform with the team from the first day of the season.

Morgan will make his premiere in winter baseball with the Lions. However, he played in the majors between 2007 and 2012 and then returned for the 2014 campaign. In those years he wore the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians.

For life in the majors, Morgan left a .282 batting average in which he gave 74 doubles, 27 triples, 12 home runs and drove in 136 runs. The outfielder is an aggressive player with steals ability (120 in 598 MLB matches) and a solid defense.

This year, Morgan was titled champion in the Mexican League of Baseball with the Pericos of Puebla. In the regular round, he hit .306 with 25 doubles, two trebles, 11 homers and 58 RBIs in 101 games. In addition, he stole 22 bases and traded 52 tickets, while striking out 54 times.

"Morgan is the type of player that fits the profile of that first bat we are always looking for," said Luis Avila, president of the organization. "He is a contact hitter, good speed and the expectation of a player who adds to his good defense the possibility of unbalancing at bat to the rivals. We expect a lot from him given his experience. "

"He is a fast outfield, especially central fielder, with good defense and good arm to pitch to the bases," added manager Alfredo Pedrique. "He is a warrior baller, very skilled with base and aggressive running. His experience will help us very much as first bat because he knows to base and steal pads. I'm sure the fan will enjoy her way of playing baseball. "

Jose Manuel Fernandez, the team's sports manager, added that Morgan comes with good recommendations from other players on the team.

"There are several of our players who had the opportunity to play with him in the past and others who played against him this year in Mexico," he said. "Particularly Jesus Guzman was one of the first who saw it and recommended it. From the first moment that the possibility was considered, Pedrique agreed. We started talking to him and we were able to hire him to be that first bat and center fielder we were looking for. "

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Vipers Unveil New Jersey:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Jen Unveils Jersey

Posted on 1/21/2017

The Vernon Vipers are hosting the Nanaimo Clippers on January 28th, 6pm at Kal Tire place and we encourage everyone to come out and help support the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The Vernon Vipers will be sporting these very cool green white and gold (CMHA colours) jerseys in honour of the special day. Also if you buy a 50/50 ticket that night it will also go to support the Canadian Mental Health Association.

PLUS you can also bid on the jersey by going to the Vernon Vipers office or by calling 542-6022. If you would like to see who has the top bid in...JUST CLICK HERE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN-0oz5vBtg

Vipers Powerplay Clicks In Win:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers powerplay clicks in win

by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star

Jan 22, 2017

If it was to be their last-ever regular season appearance at Royal LePage Place, the Vernon Vipers made it count.

Brett Stapley scored two second-period powerplay goals against former teammate Cole Demers Friday, and Demers’ replacement, Darion Hanson, made 33 saves as the Vipers edged the West Kelowna Warriors 2-1 in B.C. Hockey League action over the William R. Bennett bridge in front of 1,313 fans at Royal LePage.

The Warriors are closing out the year as rumours persist the team will be moving to North Delta (see more below).

“Our guys don’t even know what’s going on there,” said Vernon head coach Mark Ferner about the rumour. “The media is making much more out of this. Nobody knows if the sale is going to go ahead. It might very well fall through.”

The Vipers hosted Powell River Saturday at Kal Tire Place. The Kings scored four unanswered third-period goals Friday to stun the Silverbacks 5-3 in Salmon Arm.

After a scoreless opening period, Stapley potted his eighth of the year on a powerplay 1:50 into the middle frame with Jimmy Lambert drawing the only assist.

Stapley added his ninth at 16:09 with the man advantage, Lambert and Michael Ufberg – with his team-leading 23rd helper – drawing assists.

The Warriors got to within one with 37 seconds left in the period as Quin Foreman scored his team-leading 21st of the year unassisted.

The goalies took over in the third period. Hanson made 11 of his 33 saves in the final frame as the Warriors looked for the equalizer. Demers made 12 saves and finished with 35 stops as he faced his former team for the first time.

“We competed and we worked,” said Ferner of picking up a key two points. “Our powerplay was good. So was our penalty kill. Our goalie was real good. It felt like a playoff game out there. Down the stretch we have to make sure our compete level is high. We beat a team that was playing well. The two teams played hard. That’s the way it should be.”

Demers appeared in 12 games for the Vipers, going 3-8 with a 3.20 goals against average, before being released in November. A native of Kelowna, Demers joined the Warriors after Christmas. He has played in five games, going 3-2 with a GAA of 2.83 and a .917 save percentage.

Vernon went 2-2 in West Kelowna this season.

The victory moved Vernon (23-14-4-3) to within 10 points of the idle first-place Penticton Vees in the Interior Division. West Kelowna remained alone in third place (22-19-1-0), eight points behind the Vipers and one point ahead of the Merritt Centennials and Trail Smoke Eaters. Salmon Arm is sixth, eight points back of Merritt and Trail.

The Smokies fell 6-3 in Chilliwack Friday. Merritt did not play.

• The BCHL conducted its semi-annual board of governors meeting this week in Richmond, and a number of items arose that will potentially affect the league’s operations for the 2017-18 season.

The board has directed its franchise committee to review a franchise transfer application.

This is a result of talks between West Kelowna owner Mark Cheyne and a group interested in purchasing his franchise and moving it to North Delta’s Sungod Arena. It is the responsibility of the committee to make a recommendation to the board of governors as to what would be best course of action for the BCHL and all its member clubs in this matter. The franchise committee is also to determine a timeline to when this potential transfer would be voted on by the board.

Regarding speculation on the Nanaimo Clippers and a possible impact to their operation from a relocating Western Hockey League (WHL) franchise, the City of Nanaimo is holding a referendum on March 11 where residents will decide whether or not they want the city to proceed with construction of a new hockey arena capable of hosting a WHL franchise. Nothing can be decided about the Clippers’ future until the results of the referendum are known.

The governors approved a move to a 23-man roster for next season. Teams have been operating with 22-man rosters since the 2012-13 season.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Powell River 3 Vernon 1

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Kings game as Powell River defeated Vernon 3-1 in front of 2,818 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Darion Hanson
Powell River: Mitch Adamyk

Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean dropped the puck for the ceremonial faceoff before tonight's game.

1st Period: The Vipers got the early jump on the visiting Powell River Kings. About fifty seconds into the opening faceoff Connor Clouston's shot from the point was stopped by the quick glove of Mitch Adamyk who flashed the leather. On the following faceoff a quick shot from the corner forced Adamyk into making a difficult save before a scrum in front of the Kings goal. On the following shift Powell River would get the games first powerplay, but the Kings would record just two shots with the man advantage and didn't really generate/create much for offence as the Vipers killed off the minor. A minute later Steven Jandric beat Mitch Adamyk on the wrap around as the puck slowly crossed the line, as Adamyk tried reaching back for the puck just as it crossed the goal line, giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 4:22 Brett Stapley & Connor Clouston with the assists. The Kings responded off the following faceoff, come right back with a strong push back shift, forced Darion Hanson into making two difficult saves before the Vipers would get their first powerplay of the evening. Vernon unable to capitalize with the man advantage, as the Kings killed off the minor. Just past the halfway mark Mitch Adamyk had to be sharp, making a few stops down low on a goal mouth scramble. Shortly after Cameron Trott's dump in shot took a weird bounce off the end boards, coming out front hitting Adamyk in the pads before the Kings goaltender was forced into making a tough save off the strange hop off the boards. Shortly after Ian Ross's point shot was denied by Darion Hanson who had to be alert, making a save with bodies in front. With about a minute and a half remaining, Tristan Mullin and Carter Turnbull lead a Kings two on one rush, Mullin decided to keep & shoot, was denied by Darion Hanson. Late in the 1st inside the final minute Powell River would get a late powerplay and capitalize. Jonny Evans quick wrist shot looked to go post and in beating Darion Hanson tying the game 1-1 at 19:34 Cam Donaldson and Ben Berard with the helpers. Between the Kings goal and the faceoff Shane Kelly would take an undisciplined penalty sending Powell River back to the powerplay. The Kings with little time remaining would take the powerplay into the 2nd period. It was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers jumped on the Kings early, would open the scoring in a very fast paced entertaining 1st period. Both teams went back and fourth but I thought Vernon carried a bit more of the play, had a slight edge on the Kings. Both teams were flying, moving the puck, playing with speed, played well. Vernon outshot Powell River 11-10.

2nd Period: The Kings started the middle frame on the man advantage that was carried over from the 1st. The Vipers with a good PK were able to kill off the minor. Just as the penalty expired, Cam Donaldson with a great opportunity in front, couldn't solve Vipers starting goaltender Darion Hanson. Shortly after Powell River would jump back on the powerplay but couldn't capitalize. The Vipers with a second penalty kill just minutes into the 2nd. The Kings playing with lots of jump, as Vernon looked to be a step behind. The Vipers would get a look with the PP just minutes after killing off the penalty. But shorthanded it was Curtis McCarrick using his wheels, would break in for the parcial breakaway be stopped by Darion Hanson on a missed opportunity. Vernon struggled with the powerplay, didn't record a shot as Powell River killed off the minor. The Kings playing very well on this six game road trip, were the better of the two teams. Powell River would get a few quality chances in the second half. With about eight minutes to go, Tristan Mullin was denied by Darion Hanson before Cooper Watson unloaded a rocket of a shot from the circle, beat Mitch Adamyk but clanked one off the crossbar, as the Vipers come within inches of taking the lead with about six and a half minutes remaining. Vernon would get a powerplay with about five minutes remaining, but again had troubles on the PP. The Vipers for a second straight powerplay, couldn't register a shot as Powell River killed off the minor. Shortly after Ben Berard with a good opportunity couldn't give the Kings the lead on a chance late in the frame. With just less then two minutes in the second period, Shane Kelly would take a undisciplined penalty, sending the Kings to the powerplay. Moving the puck around, Liam Lawson setup Matthew Cairns who beat Darion Hanson giving Powell River a 2-1 lead at 19:32 Lawson & Carter Turnbull collected the assists. This was the Kings second goal scored inside the final minute of a period. Powell River was up 2-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Kings started the frame on back to back powerplays, couldn't capitalize. Powell River carried the play early and through out most of the 2nd period. The Kings moving the puck well, played very well, scoring inside the final minute for their first lead of the night. The Kings defence was very good, closing the shooting lanes, kept Vernon to the outside, were smothering the Viper attack for most of the period. The Vipers were forced into starting the period on the penalty kill, didn't seem to have their legs going, were a step behind Powell River most of the frame. Vernon didn't have the same jump/energy they played with in the 1st were outplayed and outworked in the middle frame. The Vipers with very little zone time, had troubles getting pucks to the net, generated/created very little opportunities, hit the crossbar, struggled with the powerplay. The Kings were the better team this period. Powell River outshot Vernon 14-8.

3rd Period: Two and a half minutes into the final frame, Kyle Betts with a great look in front was stopped by Darion Hanson. Minutes later Betts would get a second look-opportunity, looking to give Powell River a two goal lead. Shortly after Steven Jandric turned up the jets, beat his defender before trying to beat Kings starting goaltender Mitch Adamyk on the wrap around on a nice save from Adamyk. Jandric beat Adamyk on a wrap around in the opening frame to open the scoring. Shortly after Vernon would get an early powerplay but again struggle. The Kings would kill off the minor. The Vipers offence had dried up, really struggled through out the night. The Kings were smothering Vernon's attack in the final two periods. Just before the halfway mark the Kings would jump on the man advantage and basically put this game to bed. Carter Turnbull setup Tristan Mullin for a wicked wrist shot that beat Darion Hanson far side, giving Powell River a 3-1 lead at 10:02 Turnbull and Liam Lawson picked up the helpers. From here on in the Kings basically dumped and chased, before giving Vernon all kinds of trouble trying to get through the neutral zone. Powell River really slowed down the pace, brought the game to a crawl at times, as the Vipers struggled offensively. With just under six minutes remaining the Vipers would get a powerplay, to try and get within a goal. But once again Vernon struggled with the extra attacker. The Kings forecheck and solid defensive play was too much for Vernon's powerplay as the Kings killed off the minor. The Vipers would jump back on the powerplay with just over two minutes remaining. Mark Ferner would call a late timeout, this getting Darion Hanson to the bench for the extra attacker. Vernon with a few looks, didn't generate much, were held to the outside, forced to move the puck around, waisting a lot of valuable time off the clock, as Powell River killed off another minor. Inside the final minute Curtis McCarrick missed a wide open cage after taking a shot at the open goal from just outside the Viper blueline. It didn't matter as Powell River would hang on for the 3-1 victory. It looked like the Vipers ran out of gas, Vernon looked slow-tired at times, were having all kinds of trouble, moving the puck out of their own end, getting any kind of offence-zone time. The Vipers with three powerplays, didn't generate much with the man advantage, missed some good opportunities. The Kings played a very shut down 3rd, with a dump and chase, with a strong forecheck. Kept the Viper offence to the outside, limited Vernon's shots-chances most of the 2nd and 3rd periods, were very strong in front of their own goal. Tristan Mullin's powerplay goal was big, to basically put the game away. Powell River outshot Vernon 8-7.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Ryan Brushett carried the puck a lot, moved the puck through the neutral zone into the attacking zone in a hurry, was strong with the puck, but either held onto the puck too long-or couldn't get to the net to create/generate a scoring play. I thought played well, seemed to be one of a few Vipers that tried to generate/create some offence.

Steven Jandric (1 goa) I thought played hard, used his speed, was driving to the net, opened the scoring, had a few opportunities.

Darion Hanson (29 saves) Kept Vernon in the game at times, especially in the 2nd and 3rd periods, having to make some key stops. Was out to challenge, smothered the puck often, not giving up many second opportunities.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I really liked the Vipers game in the opening frame. I thought they jumped on Powell River early, created some chances inside the opening minute, were able to open the scoring, played with a lot of jump/energy, were really skating hard, carried a bit more of the play, played very well in the first twenty minutes. I thought Vernon had a slight edge in play in that 1st period, needed to get that second or even third goal to get a good jump on the Kings. Instead they play with a 1-0 lead, before giving up a late powerplay goal inside the final minute on a undisciplined penalty. The Vipers looked-played like a different hockey club in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Didn't have the same jump/energy, seemed to be a step behind Powell River, looked tired in the 3rd. The Vipers passing just wasn't clicking tonight, several poor passes or passes in the skates, had trouble coming out of their own end, getting through the neutral zone, and getting any real sustained pressure-zone time through out the game. The Vipers struggled getting pucks to the net, were held to the outside, were being smothered in the final two periods. I thought the defence turned over the puck often at the blueline, giving up way too many odd man rushes-opportunities coming back the other way, were sloppy with the puck at the blueline, the forwards were hovering in and around the neutral zone, waiting for the pass from the d-man behind the goal. Those forwards have to come back and make that first pass available. The Vipers took a few undisciplined penalities and penalties late in a period, that cost them two goals. Vernon goes 0-6 with the powerplay, was awful with the man advantage. Back to back powerplays in the 2nd period, didn't register a single shot. Gave up a shorthanded breakaway, were limited in shots, waisted most of the powerplay, moving the puck around. The Vipers needed to play with a little more urgency in the 2nd and 3rd periods, get pucks in deep, get pucks to the net-look for second opportunities, drive to the net, try and create something, instead of looking for that pretty play-goal. I thought the Vipers needed a spark in the 2nd or 3rd period to get things rolling, just didn't have that intensity they played with in the 1st. The 4th line saw very limited ice time, maybe three shifts all night? The Vipers played-looked very good in the opening frame, but weren't so good in the 2nd and 3rd periods. A great turnout as one of the bigger crowds in a long time. It seems like it dosnt matter what year it is, the Vipers have always struggled-had troubles playing in front of larger crowds.

Top Player's: (Powell River)

Ian Ross Played very well on the Kings blueline. Was steady thought out the night, was getting pucks to the net, jumped into the play, was hard to beat one on one, had a strong night on the backend.

Liam Lawson (2 assists) Not the biggest kid, but quick on his feet. Always on the go, involved in the play, makes things happen. Played very well tonight.

Gavin Rauser Was another Kings forward I thought stood out-played well. Has some wheels, can move the puck.

Carter Turnbull (2 assists) Played a strong game, picked up two helpers, was involed in the play, goes to the net, looks for those second chances. 

Curtis McCarrick Missed an open net inside the final minute, was stopped on a 2nd period breakaway shorthanded, was very close to breaking free for a second breakaway but the play was blown dead to offside. Was very aggressive on the penalty kill, plays with a lot of jump, strong on the forecheck, played-battled hard.

Cam Donaldson (1 assist) Was another Powell River forward that looked-played very well in the victory. Strong on the attack, aggressive, skates well, battles hard, works for his opportunities.

Kyle Betts Had some good looks-chances in tonight's game, played well.

Tristan Mullin (1 goal) Is another Kings forward that goes to the net, involved in the play, generates-creates chances.

Andy Stevens played very well on the point. Was good defensively.

Mitch Adamyk (25 saves) Was forced to make some key stops in the opening few minutes, got to see-handle the puck, made some big saves on a few goal mouth scrambles, was hard to be in close other then the Vipers opening goal. I thought played very well in that opening period, making 10 saves, kept his team in the game. It was in the 2nd and 3rd periods where the Kings netminder wasn't tested much, was seeing everything, had a pretty easy night in the final two periods.

Game Thought's: (Powell River)

The Powell River Kings made their first and only regular season visit to Kal Tire Place are now 2-0 vs the Vipers this season. The Kings come into Vernon and played a very hard nosed, gritty road game to pick up their ninth straight win. I thought Powell River played very close to a full sixty minutes. I said before I thought both teams played very hard-well in that 1st period but I thought Vernon had a slight edge in play-carried a bit more of the play. It was in the 2nd and 3rd periods where Powell River didn't take their foot off the gas. The Kings kept battling and played hard. The Kings score a huge goal late inside the final minute of the opening frame on the powerplay, ties the game-gets them back in the game in a period where they didn't carry as much as the play as the Vipers. In the 2nd period they had some looks-chances were unable to capitalize-bury their chances, once again scored late on the powerplay inside the final minute of the 2nd period, to grab a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd. The Kings then capitalize on a 3rd period powerplay goal, go 3-6 with the man advantage. Specialty teams was definitely a difference tonight. You have to give credit to the Powell River penalty kill, that played very well, killing off all six of Vernon's powerplay's. The Kings have a fairly big team that isn't overly physical, has some wheels, can move the puck, create-generate chances, jumps on their opportunities. Powell River did a great job at limiting the Viper offence, played very well defensively, closed the shooting lanes, kept Vernon's offence to the outside, did a good job at forcing the Vipers to move-shoot the puck with a strong forecheck. The Kings really smothered the Vipers offence in the 2nd and 3rd period. Even with the game tied, the Kings never seemed to panic, stayed with the program and kept working, were harder on pucks, stronger along the boards, were getting pucks to the net, won a lot of draws in the win, were the better team in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Powell River will be in Langley tomorrow afternoon to wrap up their six game road trip.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Riley Brandt (Injured)
Luke Gingras (Injured)

Powell River:

Joshua Bruce
Jake Kohlhauser

Energy Player of the Game:

Brett Stapley (1 assist)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Carter Turnbull (2 assists)
2nd Star: Steven Jandric (1 goal)
3rd Star: Liam Lawson (2 assists)

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Game Preview: Powell River @ Vernon:

Powell River (29-16-1-0) @ Vernon (23-14-4-3) 6pm

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Powell River Kings. The Kings lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Friday, January 20th Vernon defeated West Kelowna 2-1
Friday, January 20th Powell River defeated Salmon Arm 5-3

Next Game:

Wednesday, January 25th Vernon @ Penticton
Sunday, January 22nd Powell River @ Langley

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Vipers-Warriors Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Royal Le
Page Place Friday in West Kelowna. The Vipers playing their final regular season visit to Royal Le Page Place, jumped out to a 2-0 lead hung on for the 2-1 victory. Brett Stapley scored twice while Darion Hanson made 33 saves in the win. The Vipers improve to 3-1-1-0 vs the Warriors this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLmiM_S3yY_OtxfNBwGOAIdB5RxW0-N1Wb&v=hFp_6mIF9Fs

Vernon 2 West Kelowna 1

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Warriors game as Vernon defeated West Kelowna 2-1 in front of 1,313 fans at Royal Le Page Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Darion Hanson
West Kelowna: Cole Demers

1st Period: A minute into the game Quin Foreman down the left wing, one on one beat his defender before going hard to the goal couldn't beat Darion Hanson who hugged the post, made the stop in close on a quality chance inside the opening minute of play. Both teams were ready to battle as the play was very evenly matched. Both teams went back and fourth with very few whistles but no real quality chances at either ends of the rink. Just past the midway mark the Vipers would get the games first powerplay. Niko Karamanis sucked Cole Demers into

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Game Preview: Vernon @ West Kelowna:

Vernon (22-14-4-3) @ West Kelowna (22-18-1-0) 7pm

Tonight is the fifth of seven regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & West Kelowna Warriors. The season series is tied 2-2

Last Game:

Wednesday, January 18th Merritt ddefeated Vernon 5-4
Saturday, January 15th West Kelowna defeated Cowichan 7-3

Next Game:

Saturday, January 21st Powell River @ Vernon
Saturday, January 21st West Kelowna @ Penticton

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Vipers Churn Out A Stinker:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers churn out a stinker

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jan 20, 2017

Fully aware his players were already feeling blue, Mark Ferner wasn’t about to unleash a barrage of verbal assaults in a post-game address Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

Instead, the Vernon Vipers’ head coach/GM discussed the 5-4 loss to the Merritt Centennials and made things clear on why the B.C. Hockey League team had its 11-game points streak snapped.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ex Viper MacDonald Plays 150th Career Game:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Ayden MacDonald played his 150th BCHL game with the Cowichan Capitals Friday, January 13th in a 6-3 loss to the Coquitlam Express. In 40 games with the Capitals MacDonald has (16-goals-21-assists-37-points) is third in Capitals scoring.

MacDonald is in his second season with the Cowichan Capitals, started the 2014-15 season with the Vipers played in just five games before being traded to the Victoria Grizzlies October 8th 2014 along with Jake Emilio for Brandon Egli, Mitch Meek & future considerations. MacDonald was recruited by the Vipers went pointless in 5 games. After one season in Victoria the Grizzlies traded MacDonald to Cowichan May 19th 2015.

Ayden MacDonald's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=259174

This was on the Capitals twitter account:

Jan 13 Congrats to Chris Harpur who tonight will play his 100th game as a Capital, and to Ayden MacDonald who'll play his 150th career game.

Grizzlies Add Former Vipers Defenceman Robertson To Training Camp Roster:

The East Coast Hockey League Utah Grizzlies have added former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson to their Training Camp roster.

Robertson played In 11 games with Merrimack College during the 2012-13 season before leaving for the University of Guelph. Robertson spent his first six seasons playing for the Victoria Grizzlies before being traded to Vernon in his final year of Junior hockey. On December 12th 2011 the Vipers traded Zach McPhee and future considerations to Victoria for Robertson.  In 31 games with the Vipers Robertson collected (0-goals-4-assists-4-points).

Sean Robertson's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=114072

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Merritt 5 Vernon 4

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Centennials game as Merritt defeated Vernon 5-4 in front of 1,660 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Merritt: Jacob Berger

1st Period: The Centennials come close to opening the scoring about two and a half minutes into the contest after beating Ty Taylor rang a shot off the post. Some good back and fourth play from both teams early as the play was fairly evenly matched. The Vipers would open the scoring after Brett Stapley's shot was stopped in close before Steven Jandric banged home the rebound giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 5:06 Stapley with the lone helper. Merritt responded with a good push back, had the Vipers on their heels, had some good sustained pressure, had

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Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (16-17-8-2) @ Vernon (22-13-4-3) 7pm

Tonight is the fifth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Centennials lead the season series 2-1-0-1

Last Game:

Saturday, January 14th Merritt defeated Vernon 2-1 double overtime
Sunday, January 15th Alberni Valley defeated Merritt 5-4 overtime

Next Game:

Friday, January 20th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, January 21st Salmon Arm @ Merritt

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Cents Money In Overtime:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Cents money in overtime

Jan 18, 2017

Morning Star Staff

The Merritt Centennials got to Kal Tire Place late and stayed even later in a 2-1 double overtime win over the Vernon Vipers Saturday night.

Zac Risteau sprung Tyler Ward for a breakaway snipe at 3:11 of 3-on-3 overtime play. The Cents were hemmed in their zone for close to 90 seconds before Ward beat Viper goalie Ty Taylor five-hole for his eighth of the B.C. Hockey League season. Ward, an 18-year-old Kamloops product, is a University of Denver Pioneer commit.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog Hits 1,200,000 Viewers:

Sometime Wednesday morning January 11th 2017 this blog hit 1,200,000 (1.2 million) viewer's-page views.

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you, the viewers who check out my blog.  Without you the fans/viewers, this blog would not be possible.  It's you the fans-viewers who keep this site going. 

I first created my Vipersdiehardfan blog in December of 2008 and since then have had over 1.2 million viewer's visit this site. To follow the viewer count, check out the counter on the left hand side of this blog.

I have a website that tell's me how many viewer's I get per month, per day, as well as per week. During the Vipers season, I average between 450-800 viewers a day but have also had up to 1000 viewers plus a day depending on the day and time of year. Last summer I averaged between 200-350 viewers per day. I started getting 400-600 viewers closer to Vipers Training Camp and once Camp hit I was getting 700-1100 per day.

The site also tell's me where the viewer's are from and how they contacted this blog. I get people from all across the world visiting this blog daily. I had 21,506 viewers visit this blog for the month of December.

Thank you again and thanks for the support. If you would like to leave a comment, there's a comment box at the bottom of this post.

Thanks, Vipersdiehardfan

Connor Clouston Fights Stephan Seeger:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Connor Clouston Fights Stephan Seeger

Posted by HockeyTube on Jan 15th, 2017

Vernon Viper defenceman #25 Connor Clouston is making a name for himself in the heavyweight division when it comes to dropping the mitts. The 20-year-old blueliner from Medicine Hat also had a big time scrap in November. The former Medicine Hat Tiger also spent a few seasons playing with the WHL Kamloops Blazers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy4pN5cX3Pk

Monday, January 16, 2017

BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, twitter accounts, blogs or online. All Vipers news-trades are posted on this blog as soon as released-announced.

BCHL News & Trades:

Cowichan-Lloydminster Trade:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Jake Keremidschieff(98)(D) to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

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