Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jackals Trade Former Viper Florentino To Everblades:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino to the Florida Everblades.

The Jackals signed Florentino to a try-out contract on October 15th 2014.  In 18 games this season with Elmira Florentino recorded two goals.  In 34 games this season with Florida Florentino has (4-goals-4-assists-8-points).

Florentino started last season (2013-14) with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Huntsville Havoc. In 14 games with Huntsville Florentino collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Florentino was loaned to the ECHL Reading Royals before signing with Reading on December 6th 2013.  Florentino played in just 9 games with the Royals picking up two assists, was released on March 19th 2014. 

Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.

Rob Florentino's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=42676

This was posted on the Jackals website:

Jackals Send Florentino To Florida

DULUTH, GA - January 3, 2015 - The Elmira Jackals, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today that they have traded defenseman Rob Florentino to the Florida Everblades to complete the future considerations from the October 15th trade, which sent Kevin Hart from Florida to Elmira.

Florentino, 25, skated in 18 games with the Jackals this season as a forward and defenseman, notching two goals and 35 penalty minutes. In 38 career ECHL games with Elmira, Reading and Las Vegas, Florentino has recorded four points and 54 penalty minutes.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Former Vernon Laker Metropolit Signs Contract Extension With Eagles:

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Adler Mannheim Eagles have given former Vernon Lakers forward Glen Metropolit a new contract extension.  Metropolit in his first season with Adler Mannheim signed with the Eagles on July 29th 2014.  The Adler Mannheim Eagles are an ice hockey team that play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest ice hockey league in Germany. The Eagles are based in Mannheim, a city in the north of Baden-Württemberg. 

Metropolit played last season with two teams. HC Lugano & Schlittschuh Club Bern. Hockey Club Lugano is a professional hockey club based in Lugano, Switzerland while Schlittschuh Club Bern is also a hockey team based in Bern, Switzerland. Metropolit played two seasons with HC Lugano before joining Schlittschuh Club Bern. In 40 games last season with HC Lugano Metropolit collected (6-goals-28-assists-34-points). In three games with Schlittschuh Club Bern Metropolit picked up one goal. Metropolit was also Captain for Team Canada at last years Spengler Cup where he picked up (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) in four games with Canada.

Metropolit played one season in Vernon (1994-95) with the Vernon Lakers. In 60 regular season games with the Lakers Metropolit lead the team in scoring with (43-goals-74-assists-117-points). Mettropolit was never drafted but played eight seasons in the NHL with seven different teams (Washington, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston, Philadelphia & Montreal).

Glen Metropolit's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=3587

This was posted on the Eagles website:

Eagles speed up cadre plannings for the season 2015/2016

29th December, 2014

The eagles speed up the cadre plannings for the coming season 2015/2016 and have extended the contracts running out at the seasonal end with eight players shortly before the turn of the year prematurely.

Ronny Arendt, to yokes pike and Glen Metropolit remain loyal to the eagles for an other playing time in each case. Jamie Tardif and Christoph Ullmann are available till 2017, Martin Buchwieser and Dennis Endras till 2018. Matthias Plachta has signed a long-term contract which binds him up to the 30th April, 2020 to the eagles.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Former Viper Conroy Scores Overtime Winner-Gives Vees BCHL Championship:

Former Vernon Vipers prospect forward Dakota Conroy scored at 2:06 of
overtime in Game 6 giving the visiting Penticton Vees a 3-2 overtime win over the Nanaimo Clippers capture the 2015 Fred Page Cup now advance to the 2015 Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray.

On October 28th 2014 the Vernon Vipers traded the CJHL playing rights of Conroy along with future considerations to the Penticton Vees for forward Liam Finlay.  Conroy a member with the Prince Albert Raiders at the time of the trade left the Raiders on October 19th 2014 returned home to Edmonton, Alberta awaiting a trade. Conroy was suspended by the Raiders for leaving the team was eventually released before joining the Vees in mid November.

Dakota Conroy's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=51703 

Former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun is also on the Penticton Vees BCHL Championship team.  Hannoun played one season in Vernon (2013-14) before being traded to Surrey along with Ben Butcher on June 9th 2014 as the Future Considerations in the Brett Mulcahy trade from January 2014. The Vipers sent forward Chase McMurphy & Future Considerations to Surrey for Brett Mulcahy & Future Considerations on January 6th 2014.

Hannoun played two seasons in Surrey before joining the Vipers. Hannoun was part of the future considerations in the Vipers-Eagles trade at the 2012 BCHL trade deadline that saw Vernon send Adam Tambellini & Michael Roberts to Surrey for future considerations wich at the end of that season were named (Mason Blacklock and Demico Hannoun). In 47 games with the Vipers last season Hannoun collected (15-goals-29-assists-44-points). Hannoun was committed to Michigan Tech for this season was traded from the Eagles to Penticton on August 13th 2014.

Demico Hannoun's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?statsleague=WC&player=98683&team=&year=&status=&leagueid=&season

This is in the Penticton Herald Newspaper:

Vees win in OT to capture Fred Page Cup

Posted on Apr 17, 2015

by David Crompton

The Penticton Vees went out and acquired Dakota Conroy in mid-season for moments just like this.

A prolific scorer in the Western Hockey League, Conroy scored the winning goal at 2:06 of overtime as the Penticton Vees beat the Nanaimo Clippers 3-2 Friday at the Frank Crane Arena to hoist their second Fred Page Cup BCHL championship in the last four years.

Penticton won the best-of-seven series 4-2 and advance to the Crescent Point Western Canada Cup April 25 to May 3 in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Conroy, the 20-year-old from Edmonton, recovered the puck off a faceoff and quickly whipped a high shot past Guillaume Decelles on the blocker side as the Vees completed a stunning comeback after losing the first two games of the series on home ice. It was Conroy’s first goal of the series and sixth of the playoffs. He also had seven assists in the series.

Dante Fabbro and Game 5 hero Riley Alferd also scored for the Vees, who have won the Fred Page Cup three times during Fred Harbinson’s tenure as GM and head coach. Oddly enough, all three clinching games were on the road (twice in Nanaimo).

Spencer Hewson and Brett Roulston replied for the Clippers.

Hunter Miska made 27 saves for the Vees, while Decelles made 39 stops for the Clippers. The game was scoreless until the third period.

The Vees will play the Alberta league champion in the opening game of the Western Canada Cup a week from today.

After a sluggish first period, the game opened up in the second. Nanaimo’s Sheldon Rempal had Miska beaten but Vees defenceman Patrick Sexton made a diving play to stop a wraparound and then got to his knees and blocked the rebound off his chest.

Penticton came out on a mission in the third period and after relentless pressure, it was rookie defenceman Fabbro who broke the ice at 9:18. Conroy showed great patience before dropping the puck to Fabbro who fired a high shot off the far post and in, with Steen Cooper also assisting.

But the Vees relinquished the lead in bizarre fashion 14 seconds later as Hewson’s long shot hit Miska up high and blooped over his shoulder and down into the net.

Penticton recaptured the lead on a splendid individual effort by Alferd at 11:47. Taking a feed from Jack Ramsey, Alferd went wide on a defender, got tripped up but hoisted a backhander over Decelles from his knees. Matt Serratore also earned a helper.

Once again, the Vees couldn’t close it out as Roulston batted a bouncing puck from the slot between Miska’s pads to tie the game at 2-2 with 3:22 to go. Nicolas Carrier earned the lone assist.

The Vees got a power play with 2:17 to go but couldn’t manage a single shot on goal as the final seconds wound down to send it to overtime for the third time in the series.

Like the other two overtime games, it ended quickly as Conroy scored unassisted to set off a wild celebration as the Vees won for the third time in as many games in Nanaimo in the series.

ICE CHIPS: Decelles, Conroy and Roulston were the three stars ... The Vees, Melfort Mustangs (Saskatchewan league champs), Portage Terriers (Manitoba league champs) and the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons have punched their tickets to the Western Canada Cup. The Brooks Bandits once again staved off elimination in the Alberta league final with a 6-4 road win over the Spruce Grove Saints, who still lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in Brooks.

Former Viper Tambellini Aiming For Game 5 Return:

The Calgary Hitmen are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory in Medicine Hat on Wednesday giving the Hitmen a 3-1 lead in the series.  Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini leads the WHL playoffs in assists with 10 and points with 19 missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury, but was back on skates Thursday.  Tambellini likely will skate again this morning and then be re-evaluated.

Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp in July was one of twenty players reassigned from the Rangers Training Camp in September. The Rangers reassigned Tambellini to the Hitmen on September 24th 2014.

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks. Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This was in the Calgary Herald Newspaper:

Hitmen star Tambellini aiming for Game 5 return

Laurence Heinen, For the Calgary Herald

Published on: April 16, 2015

Adam Tambellini found himself in an unfamiliar situation on Wednesday in Medicine Hat.

The Western Hockey League’s leading playoff scorer was forced to watch from the sidelines while his Calgary Hitmen edged the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

“It was a little weird not being out there with my teammates,” said Tambellini after practising with the Hitmen on Thursday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “I’d rather be out there trying to help them, but it was a great win by them. They played extremely well.”

Hitmen head coach Mark French wouldn’t divulge the severity of Tambellini’s ailment, but noted that he’d like to have his leading scorer back in the lineup as soon as possible.

“I think it’s appropriate at this time just to say that it’s an undisclosed injury,” French said. “Hopefully it’s just day-to-day and we get him back.”

Whether that happens in time for Game 5 of the series on Friday night (6 p.m., Sportsnet.ca/960) at the Saddledome remains to be seen.

Regardless of not getting the chance to add to the nine goals and 10 assists he has accumulated in Calgary’s first 10 playoff contests, Tambellini was extremely happy to see rookie Jordy Stallard score at 7:22 of the extra session on Wednesday to help the Hitmen take control of the series.

“Obviously, Stally with that overtime winner was great, but you look behind that with Taylor Sanheim making that play to him was obviously very impressive,” Tambellini said. “They played really strong all game and stuck to our system and didn’t look their age out there.”

Stallard now sits fifth among rookie playoff scorers with three goals and two assists in 11 games. Not bad for the product of the Brandon minor hockey system who doesn’t turn 18 until Sept. 18.

“It was a great feeling and it was nice to contribute and come out with the win,” said Stallard, who was happy to play a bigger role with both Tambellini and Chase Lang (lower body) not playing. “We’ve got to when we have big guys like that (out of the lineup). Tambo and Langer, they’re huge guys for our team. Other guys just have to step up and play our game.”

Overage forward Connor Rankin was also impressed with how everyone played in the absence of Tambellini and Lang.

“That’s been one of our powers this year is we’ve had a lot of depth and a lot of guys that can step up at any time,” said Rankin, who’s tied for second in the playoff scoring race with Brandon Magee of the Victoria Royals at nine goals and five assists. “I couldn’t be more proud of the guys right now and we’ve been doing a great job with everyone stepping up and doing their part.”

Rankin added that it was a little unusual to not have Tambellini as his centre for the first the first time in recent memory.

“I’ve played next to him for 71 games this year and through the playoffs,” said the 20-year-old left winger from North Vancouver. “It was different without him for sure and obviously (he was) a guy that was missed. He’s such a great player and he’s had a great year obviously so far.”

With a chance to eliminate the Tigers at home on Friday night, the Hitmen remain cautiously optimistic. They also held a 3-1 lead on the Kootenay Ice in the first round before needing to win 6-2 in a Game 7 at home on April 6.

“It definitely was a learning experience,” said Jake Virtanen of the Kootenay comeback. “We let off the pedal a bit and they came back. We’re just going to have to obviously stick together and finish it off (on Friday).”

French has already addressed the matter with his players and expects them to have a bigger sense of urgency on Friday.

“We’ve been in the situation before and we need to learn from it and hopefully handle it in a better way,” French said. “As a group it’s our first playoff experience and I don’t think we handled Game 5 in the appropriate fashion against Kootenay. I prefer we learn from that, learn how to handle our emotions the right way (and) understand how to handle this situation.”

ICE CHIPS: Via www.hitmenhockey.com, the team has a special online promo offer for Friday’s game where all seats are $15 + tax … Fans are invited to remain in their seats after the contest to watch Game 2 of the Calgary Flames/Vancouver Canucks series on the jumbotron, and the concessions will remain open.

Jandric Commits To Vipers:

The BCMML Cariboo Cougars twitter account tweeted Tuesday 17 year old forward Steven Jandric has committed to the Vernon Vipers for next season.  Jandric is listed at 5'10 175 lbs collected (18-goals-36-assists-54-points) in 39 games this season with the Cougars.  Jandric scored once played six games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks this season. 

Steven Jandric's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=268055

CKPG TV also reports Jandric has committed to the Vipers for next season,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za0TMlxSVh8

It looks like Jandric had previously committed to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks last season (March 2014).  Here is that article,

http://www.cariboocougars.ca/commitments/591-jandric-commits-to-silverbacks

Here is a story from the Pringe George Citizen newspaper (March 2014) on Jandric committing to the Silverbacks,

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/sports/silverbacks-take-shine-to-jandric-1.878574



Thursday, April 16, 2015

BCHL Reinstates 17-Year-Old Roster Rule:

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's BCHL Blog:

BCHL Reinstates 17-Year-Old Roster Rule

Friday, April 10, 2015

The BCHL has re-introduced the roster rule stating that each team must have a minimum of two players 17-years-old or younger on their active roster in 2015-16. This is a change from this past season when teams were required to have minimum of four rookie players, which was defined as those entering the season with less than 30 games of Junior A experience.

The 17-years-old and under rule was in place for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons after teams were required to carry a minimum of one 16-year-old and one 17-year-old on their rosters during the 2011-12 season.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bulldogs Release Former Vernon Viper Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs have released former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill after his second stint with the Bulldogs this season.  Gill was signed to a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on January 17th 2015 played in 24 games with the Bulldogs collected (2-goals-2-assists-4-points) was released on March 25th 2015.  Gill will return-report to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with Hamilton returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers where he played last season before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Gill played in 12 games with the Penguins collecting (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) before being released January 16, 2015.

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This is posted on the Bulldogs twitter account:

Hamilton Bulldogs‏@BulldogsAHL

24 Mar 2015

NEWS: Sahir Gill's professional try out contract has expired. He will report back to the @WheelingNailers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eagles Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Morgan:

The South Korean Hanwha Eagles baseball club have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Nyjer Morgan.

Morgan spent parts of one season with the Cleveland Indians last year, signed a Minor League contract with the Indians on January 16th 2014 before earning a roster spot with the Major League Club on March 24th 2014. Morgan returned to the Majors after playing the 2013 season in Japan where he spent the season with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Yokohama DeNa BayStars.  After just playing in 15 games spending most of his time with the Tribe on the DL Morgan was released on August 5th 2014. 

Morgan signed with the BayStars on January 23rd 2013 after spending the previous two seasons with the MLB Milwaukee Brewers before electing free agency, a day after the Brewers hastened his departure by outrighting him from the 40-man roster.

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 Pittsburgh 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). Morgan played for three MLB teams, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington before heading to Japan. 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 in the Korea Herald Newspaper:

Hanwha Eagles sign ex-big league outfielder Nyjer Morgan

Published : 2014-12-12

South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles announced Friday they have signed former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder Nyjer Morgan.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club inked the 34-year-old player for US$550,000 for 2015, along with a signing bonus of $150,000.

Morgan has 598 big league games under his belt and is a career .282 hitter with 120 steals.

He spent the 2013 season with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan, batting .294 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 108 games.

Morgan returned to the majors with the Cleveland Indians this year but was limited to 15 games.

With their latest acquisition, the Eagles have filled their foreign player quota for next season. They earlier signed left-hander Shane Youman and right-hander Mitch Talbot. (Yonhap)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Estevan Awarded 2016 Western Canada Cup:

This is posted on the CJHL website:

Bruins Awarded 2016 Western Canada Cup

Nov 04, 2014

It's official...the 2016 Western Canada Cup is on it's way to Estevan.

The announcement was made in the Affinity Place Lounge on Tuesday afternoon.  The announcemnt was made in front of residents and the local media.

Co-Chair Ron Areshenkoff made the official announcement.

"I am pleased to announce that Estevan Saskatchewan has been successful in it's bid to host the 2016 Western Canada Cup Junior Hockey Tournament."

Watch Video,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u87KWRPJNiU

This tournament features the champions of the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL, and the Estevan Bruins.

The tournament will be held in April and concluded in May 2016.

The winner of the tournament and the winner of the consolation game earn spots in the Royal Bank Cup which is the National Championship which is taking place in Lloydminister in 2016.

Co-Chairs for the tournament include Areshenkoff, Ray Frehlick, Barry Bridges, and Warren Waldegger who is also acting as the treasurer.

Areshenkoff noted during his speech they have a number of immediate priorities.

This includes them developing the tournament organizational chart and recruit a team leader for each sub-committee.

Also being able to develop processes which ensure the financial accountability of the event.

The estimated value of the event is $750,000.

On the hockey side of things, hosting the tournament will guarantee the Bruins a spot in the tournament.

" I think by the end of this season we will be more then competitive which will lead into the 2015-2016 season where we will be more competitive. " said Estevan Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Chris Lewgood after the conference.

With the Bruins guaranteed a spot in the tournament they know they will have a chance to go to the RBC Cup, however as Lewgood explained they don't want to go in the back door.

" From a management and a hockey standpoint we don't plan on taking the back door into this thing are goal every night is to win hockey games and moving forward towards the event we plan on winning our way there and building a successful team that will not only compete but move on to the RBC. "

The event will begin at the end of April 2016 and finish up in the beginning of May.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ex Viper Tambellini Named CHL Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini was named the CHL Player of the Week Tuesday.  Tambellini was named the WHL Player of the Week Monday is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen played in 71 regular season games recording (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season.

Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp in July was one of twenty players reassigned from the Rangers Training Camp in September. The Rangers reassigned Tambellini to the Hitmen on September 24th 2014.

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks. Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Tambellini receives CHL nod

Apr 07, 2015

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that New York Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini of the Calgary Hitmen is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 5 after recording 11 points in four games with six goals and five assists.

Tambellini, who was also named the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week (for the week ending April 6), led the way offensively across the WHL in the first two weeks of playoff action helping the Hitmen advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a seven-game series win against the Kootenay Ice that wrapped up Monday night.  His four games last week were highlighted by a hat-trick in Tuesday’s Game 3 helping the Hitmen grab an 8-7 overtime win, followed by a four-point performance with a goal and three assists earning second star honours in Wednesday’s 7-2 victory in Game 4.  On Friday night he collected a pair of assists and earned third star honours despite a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ice in Game 5, then scored twice and earned third star recognition in a 4-2 Game 6 loss on Saturday.  Last night Tambellini contributed two assists as the Hitmen prevailed 6-2 in Game 7 to advance to the second round where they will face the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Tambellini, a 20-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his second WHL season with the
Hitmen.  Selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Tambellini signed an entry-level contract with the club last month.  He has 15 points in seven playoff games after leading the club with 86 points in 71 games scoring 47 goals and 39 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was defenceman Jérémie Fraser of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who scored two goals and six assists for eight points in four games helping the defending QMJHL champions defeat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in six games.  In the OHL, 2015 NHL Draft prospect Mitchell Marner of the London Knights scored three goals and six assists for nine points in the final four games of a first round six-game series win over the Kitchener Rangers.

2014-15 CHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Mar. 30 – Apr. 5: Adam Tambellini (Calgary Hitmen)
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29: Brandon Magee (Victoria Royals)

2014-15 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 16 – Mar. 22: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15: Louick Marcotte (Gatineau Olympiques)
Mar. 2 – Mar. 8: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)
Feb. 23 – Mar. 1: Anthony DeAngelo (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 16 – Feb. 22: Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Danick Martel (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Jérémy Grégoire (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Evgeny Svechnikov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Mathieu Lemay (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin (Calgary Hitmen)
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Mitch Marner (London Knights)
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Mitch Marner (London Knights)
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Cole Cassels (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Sept. 22 - Sept. 28: Christopher Clapperton (Rimouski Oceanic)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Volpe Commits To Vipers:

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's BCHL Banter Blog:

Friday, April 10th 2015

Defenseman Callum Volpe committed to play for the Vernon Vipers in 2015-16. Volpe, who's from Coquitlam, BC, led all blueliners on the Vancouver NE Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League in scoring with 44 points (10 goals, 34 assists) in 40 games. The 16-year-old listed at 5'10 181 lbs added seven points (four goals, three assists) in six playoff games. He skated in one game with the Langley Rivermen as an affiliate player, notching no points.

Callum Volpe's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?statsleague=France&player=247042&team=&year=&status=&leagueid=&season=


Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond Named NHL's First Star:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond was named the NHL's First Star of the Week Monday.

Hammond made his first career NHL start Wednesday February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory. Hammond is 19-1-2 with two shutouts and a 1.82 GAA

Hammond attended the Ottawa Senators development camp in July before being released from the Sens Training camp was sent down to the AHL.  Hammond was in his second season with the Binghamton Senators before being recalled from the American Hockey League on January 29th 2015.     

After four seasons with Bowling Green University Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond played last year as a rookie with the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators. In 48 games with Binghamton Hammond went 25-19-3 with one shutout and a 2.81 GAA.

Hammond made his NHL debut last season was called up to the Ottawa Senators on February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner that night but made his NHL debut after Lehner was pulled late in the 2nd period giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and attended the Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp playing in a few exhibition games with the Senators last season. (no stats)

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts.

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007

This is posted on the Senators website:

Hammond named NHL's First Star

Monday, 04.6.2015

By Craig Medaglia - OttawaSenators.com

FIRST STAR - ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS

Hammond helped the Senators continue their surge for a playoff berth by posting a 3-0-1 record, 1.63 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage as Ottawa (40-26-13, 93 points) finished the week two points behind both Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference. Hammond stopped 16 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings March 31, made 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning April 2 and 29 stops in a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals April 4. He closed the week by posting 36 saves through overtime and five more in the shootout in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs April 5. The NHL's First Star for March has posted a 17-1-2 record with a 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts since his season debut Feb. 16.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hamilton Bulldogs Sign Former Vernon Viper Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton
Bulldogs have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill to a professional try out contract.  This is Gill's second stint with the Bulldogs this season.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with Hamilton returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers where he played last season before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Gill played in 12 games with the Penguins collecting (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) before being released January 16, 2015.

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

BULLDOGS SIGN SAHIR GILL TO PRO TRY OUT CONTRACT

By: Hamilton Bulldogs

01/17/2015

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed forward Sahir Gill to a professional try out contract. He is expected to play tonight as the ‘Dogs take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

Gill has split this season between the Bulldogs, the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In one game with Hamilton, the 22-year-old has recorded no points or penalty minutes. In 12 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the 5-10, 178-pound forward has recorded three points (one goal, two assists). In 15 games with Wheeling, the Terrace, B.C. native has recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and four penalty minutes.

Gill also spent the entire 2013-14 season – his first as a professional – with the Nailers. In 67 regular season games with Wheeling, he recorded 54 points (13 goals, 41 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. Before turning pro, he spent three seasons (2010 to 2013) with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Boston University Terriers. In 117 career games with Boston University, he recorded 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists) and 55 penalty minutes.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Finlay Named To BCHL All-Rookie Team:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

BCHL All-Stars named for 2014-15 season

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The votes have been counted and, a day before the Fred Page Cup BCHL Finals begin, the league is announcing its 2014-15 league-wide all-star teams.

The all-stars were chosen after a survey of the BCHL’s play-by-play broadcasters.

This season, there is an all-BCHL First Team, Second Team and Rookie Team.

There are 11 BCHL teams represented in the all-star teams and five of the all-stars will be competing for a BCHL championship in the Fred Page Cup.

BCHL 1st All-Star Team

F – Corey Mackin, Coquitlam Express
F – Dane Gibson, Victoria Grizzlies
F – Brett Supinski, Coquitlam Express
D – Andrew Farny, Salmon Arm Silverbacks
D – Kurt Gosselin, Alberni Valley Bulldogs
G – Hunter Miska, Penticton Vees

BCHL 2nd All-Star Team

F – Liam Blackburn, West Kelowna Warriors
F – Jacob Pritchard, Powell River Kings
F – Jake Lucchini, Trail Smoke Eaters
D – Yanni Kaldis, Nanaimo Clippers
D – Gabe Bast, Penticton Vees
G – Guillaume Decelles, Nanaimo Clippers

All-Rookie Team

F – Brett Supinski, Coquitlam Express
F – Liam Finlay, Vernon Vipers
F – Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees
D – Yanni Kaldis – Nanaimo Clippers
D – Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees
G – Aidan Pelino, Chilliwack Chiefs

Vipers Alumni Tambellini Named WHL Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini was named the Western Hockey Leagues Player of the Week.  Tambellini in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen played in 71 regular season games recording (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season.

Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp in July was one of twenty players reassigned from the Rangers Training Camp in September. The Rangers reassigned Tambellini to the Hitmen on September 24th 2014.

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks. Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Tambellini named Denny's WHL Player of the Week

Apr 06, 2015

CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmen forward Adam Tambellini is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 6th, 2015. 

Tambellini collected 11 points (6g-5a) in four games to help the Calgary Hitmen pick up a pair of wins in their Round 1 series against the Kootenay ICE in the 2015 WHL Playoffs.

On Tuesday, March 31st against the ICE, Tambellini notched a hat trick to lead the Hitmen to an 8-7 overtime victory in Game 3. The following night, Tambellini recorded four points (1g-3a) to lead the Hitmen to a Game 4 victory over the ICE by a score of 7-2 while also claiming second star honours. On Friday, April 3rd, Tambellini tallied a pair of assists while earning third star honours in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kootenay ICE in Game 5. The following night, Tambellini scored two goals and earned third star honours as the Hitmen dropped Game 6 to the ICE by a score of 4-2.

The 20-year-old Edmonton, AB native gathered 86 points (47g-39a) while playing in 71 games this season. The 6’3”, 191 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign with Calgary and has amassed 125 points (64g-61a) in 102 career WHL regular season contests. In 12 career WHL Playoff games, Tambellini has recorded 22 points (12g-10a).

The WHL has also nominated Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Hart, a 1998-born netminder from Sherwood Park, AB, recorded two wins last week in the Silvertips’ Round 1 match-up against the Spokane Chiefs. On Wednesday, April 1st, Hart turned aside 45 shots in Game 3 against the Chiefs to earn a 2-1 double overtime victory and claim first star honours. On Friday, April 3rd, Hart had another strong performance as he stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Silvertips to a 3-1 win in Game 4 over the Chiefs while earning first star honours. The following night, Hart made 39 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Game 5.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

Mar. 30 – Apr. 6: Adam Tambellini, Calgary Hitmen
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29: Brandon Magee, Victoria Royals
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22: Jake DeBrusk, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland WInterhawks
Mar. 2– Mar. 8: Peter Quenneville, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 23– Mar. 1: Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars
Feb. 16– Feb. 22: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Rihards Bukarts, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Tim McGauley, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Travis Brown, Victoria Royals
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Finlay & Aldworth Make NHL Central Scouting's 2015 Final Rankings:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

5 BCHLers among the 10 Jr. A players on CSS final list

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The NHL Central Scouting Service (CSS) has released its final player ratings in advance of the 2015 Entry Draft and five BCHLers are included among the top North American skaters.

There were 10 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players listed overall. To view the entire list, click the link below:

2015 NHL CSS Final Player Rankings

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=761663&navid=DL|NHL|home

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft will take place June 26-27 in Sunrise, Fla. at the BB&T Center.

The BCHL players listed are as follows:

#131 - Marcus Vela, Langley Rivermen
#188 - Carmine Buono, Powell River Kings
#195 - Thomas Aldworth, Vernon Vipers
#199 - Liam Finlay, Vernon Vipers
#209 - Vincent Desharnais, Chilliwack Chiefs

Other Junior A (CJHL) players are:

#152 - Jackson Keane, Winnipeg Blues
#190 - William Reilly, North York Rangers
#192 - Rhett Gardner, Okotoks Oilers
#200 - Adam Berg, Calgary Mustangs
#203 - James Vermeulen, Whitecourt Wolverines

Aldworth Commits To Quinnipiac:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Aldworth Commits to Quinnipiac

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Vernon Vipers are very pleased to announce that forward Thomas Aldworth has committed to Quinnipiac University for next season.

In his first BCHL season, the Keller Texas product impressed, leading the team in goals with 37. He also tallied 8 points in 13 games in the post season.

Aldworth will be joining fellow Viper, Luke Shiplo who also committed to the Bobcats.

We congratulate Thomas on the accomplishment and wish him all the best at Quinnipiac.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vipers Playoff Flashback Highlight's: 2009 Doyle Cup Game 2:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

2009 Doyle Cup Game 2

Posted by HockeyTube on Mar 15th, 2015

Over the years anyone who had seen this game has asked to see the highlights but unfortunately we had misplaced them. This week we discovered the lost footage from the Doyle Cup series between the Six Time National Champion Vernon Vipers and the Grande Prairie Storm.  Vernon coached by Mark Ferner and Grande Prairie coached by Mike Vandekamp went to war in Game two. A number of players from both teams went onto play minor pro and some getting a shot at the NHL.

This was one of the meanest playoff games we had ever witnessed with both teams tossing out cheap shots. The penalties ranged from spearing, slashing to blatant elbows and slew foots. Neither team was innocent in this affair but things got out of hand when Grande Prairies Elias Grossmann had roughed up one of the linesman. In that skirmish two match penalties were handed out plus a couple of game misconducts. It was a drastically different game then game one also played in Vernon.

At the time Hockey Canada rules for fighting came with an automatic game suspension…so players were taking matters in their own hands. As a result of Grossmann going nuts we had our first ever viral video…but shortly after that we had misplaced the footage on a hard drive. Now it’s here for your enjoyment!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CEsLFKK8OQ

Monday, April 6, 2015

Penguins Release Ex Viper Forward Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have released former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with the Bulldogs returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers where he played last season before signing a a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the Penguins.  In 12 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Gill collected (1-goal-2-assists-3-points).

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This was posted on the Penguins website:

Penguins Release Gill from PTO

January 16, 2015

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguinsannounced today that they have released forward Sahir Gill from his professional tryout agreement (PTO).

Gill, 22, played in 12 games for the Penguins, collecting one goal and two assists. He tallied his first career AHL goal on Jan. 2 versus Binghamton.

Prior to signing a PTO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 4, 2014, Gill had posted 14 points (4G-10A) in 14 contests for the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Last season, he led Wheeling with 41 assists and 54 points (13G-41A) in 67 games.

Now in his second year of professional hockey, Gill played three seasons at Boston University (2010-13), where he recorded 28 goals, 50 assists and 55 penalty minutes over 117 games.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thank You Vipers:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Thank you Vipers
               
Apr 5, 2015

To Mark, Kevin, Eric and the Vipers players

We would like to commend you for providing us with a most enjoyable season of hockey.  From a rather disruptive start, the team jelled into a cohesive, committed unit that left it all on the ice in the final game.

The entire season offered an exciting, entertaining brand of hockey.  It was a thrill to watch the boys take such huge strides in their development as players and young men.

Thank you to the players who came from elsewhere to play in our city.  We hope you enjoyed your Okanagan experience. It was a pleasure having you.

To the seniors who are leaving, we wish you much success in your future endeavours.  To the core of Vipers returning, we can’t wait to see you in September.

Thank you all for a great season of hockey.

Julie and Gord McIntosh,
Fran and Deniss Sponholz,

Vipers season ticket holders

The Hamburglar The Real Deal With Senators:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

The Hamburglar the real deal with Senators
                     
by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

posted Apr 5, 2015

Hamburgers for life. Starting in goal for the Ottawa Senators. Earning approximately $15,000 a game.

At 27, Vernon Viper grad Andrew Hammond is seeing years of battling hard come to fruition.

The White Rock net detective was just nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHLer who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. No Senator has ever won the award.

Current Viper coach/GM Mark Ferner gave up future considerations ($2,500) to obtain Hammond from the Surrey Eagles early in the 2007-08 B.C. Hockey League season.

“Shane Kuss (Surrey GM) had got a goalie out of Prince George – Tommy Tartaglione – and needed to move somebody so we got Hammy,” said Ferner.

“I phoned some people at the coast who I trusted and they said he was a good kid and a good goalie. He was a good fit for us. He had a good personality and he deserves everything he’s got.”

Hammond won 21 games for the Vipers his first year with Vernon bowing to Penticton in the Interior Division final series. His back-up was Lucas Gore.

The following year, Hammond recorded 27 wins with a 2.30 GAA with Graeme Gordon playing behind him. The Vipers won the Royal Bank Cup in Victoria with Hammond going the distance in a 2-0 final win over the Humboldt Broncos at Bear Mountain Arena. He registered 27 saves.

Towering Kyle Bigos scored a gorgeous insurance goal late in the third period of the final, and was named MVP and Top Defenceman in the ‘09 national tournament.

“What I remember about Hammond was his work ethic,” said Bigos, an Edmonton Oiler draft who has reccorded 1-11-12 with the ECHL Ontario Reign in California this season.

“He would always stay extra with Tiller (goalie coach Sean Matile) and work and it showed. Every practice and game he would get better and better. He gave the team the confidence it needed going into playoffs and into the Royal Bank Cup run. I still won’t forget all the times he bailed me out on my blueline turnovers. He definitely had his hands full.”

Forward Kellen Jones, now of the AHL Oklahoma City Barons, witnessed Hammond’s act for two seasons in Vernon.

“I remember how he took it upon himself before his 20-year-old year and had a great summer,” said Kellen, also an Oiler draft who has five goals and 14 points this season.

“He worked for his scholarship and kept working and now he has McDonald’s for life. During that playoff run in ‘09, I don’t think anyone on our team thought we would lose with Hammy in net. During that long playoff run, Hammy’s beard grew pretty thick and Bigos would be the guy to give his beard a good scratch. Must’ve been a good luck thing because they both had great playoffs.”

Kellen’s twin, Connor, also treasures going to war with Hammond.

“Hammy was just a great guy and an awesome teammate,” said Connor, also with Oklahoma City (4-4-8 and currently injured) this year. “In goal, his calmness in the net was something that was amazing, and knowing we had him back there as the last resort for us whenever we made a mistake, was pretty nice.”

Known as ‘The Hamburglar’, Hammond was in worry mode while riding a ferry to the Island with the Vipers his final season.

“He had committed to Bowling Green and word came out that the hockey program was going to fold,” said Ferner. “He was panicking, but then the alumni got together and saved the team.”

Hammond went 0-12-2 with the NCAA Falcons as a freshman, but started stealing wins over the next three years to earn a few nicknames from teammate Wade Finegan. He was initially called Hammond Robber, then Burglar, then Burgs. The Hamburglar eventually stuck.

Hammond brought the nickname with him to the NHL. His mask includes an image of MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman dressed as one-time McDonald’s character Hamburglar on it.

Since being summoned from the Binghampton Senators of the American League, Hammond has tied Frank Brimsek’s 76-year-old record of failing to allow more than two goals in his first 12 NHL starts and moved the Sens into a playoff contender.

Vernon’s Curtis Lazar says Hammond has pretty much brought both Christmas and New Year’s Eve to Ottawa.

“Ahh yes, the Hamburglar,” said Lazar, who was caught on TV munching on a burger tossed on the ice after a win over Boston.

“He has meant so much to our hockey club and truly has rejuvenated the mood and attitude within our dressing room. He sits in the corner by Marc Methot and he is well liked because he is a competitor and doesn’t take anything for granted.

“The attention be’s been getting with the media, fans and everyone else around the league is great. He has been the backbone to us rallying back into the hunt for the playoffs. It’s almost like the circus is in town everyday at the rink with him around because the amount of cameras he deals with is incredible.”

Lazar, a first-round draft pick who boosted Canada to gold at the last World Junior Hockey Championships, says Vernon does come up in conversation with Hammond, a Semiahmoo minor hockey alumnus.

“We talk about Vernon a bit and we always joke around because I’m pretty sure I watched him play a few times so we always have a good laugh with that.”

Sens’ head coach Dave Cameron gets asked almost nightly about Hammond, and recently talked about the goalie’s appreciation for his teammates.

“We’re a good team,” said the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Hammond, on Senators TV. “We’re not just winning by luck. We’re outshooting teams so it feels like we’re deserving to win a lot of games.”

Named the NHL’s first star in March, Hammond says he’s just worried about being ready for the next time he’s asked to play. He can’t control whether he or Craig Anderson gets the call to start.

As of press time Thursday, Hammond was 15-1-1 with a 1.85 GAA and dazzling .938 save percentage with a pair of shutouts. He signed as a free agent last year, pocketing a $140,000 signing bonus. His yearly salary is $720,000US and his cap hit is $309,000. He’s been worth every nickel.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

McDonald's Gives Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond Lifetime Dinner Card:

McDonald's gives former Vernon Vipers
goaltender Andrew Hammond a lifetime dinner card.

Here is an article on that story. In 19 games this season with the Senators Hammond is 16-1-1 with two shutouts & a 1.80 GAA 

The Ottawa Senators recalled Hammond from the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators on January 29th 2015. Hammond was in his second season with the Binghamton Senators before being called up to Ottawa where he attended the Senators development camp in July before being released from the Sens Training camp.

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts.

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007

This was in the Ottawa Sun Newspaper:

Senators Hamburglar gets full meal deal

McDonald's gives goalie lifetime dinner card

By Don Brennan, Ottawa Sun

Monday, March 16, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. - Andrew Hammond joked that he didn't eat the hamburger thrown to the ice at Canadian Tire Centre following Sunday's victory because it was "cold."

Fact of the matter is, The Hamburglar can now get all he wants, straight off the grill.

Thanks to John Bergeron, the Senators goalie will be delivered a card that will give him free McDonald's food for life. Bergeron is the father of Chris Bergeron, who coached Hammond for three seasons at Bowling Green. He also owns six McDonald's locations in the Ottawa Valley and is a big Senators supporter.

Bergeron was so moved by the rise of The Hamburglar and appreciative of the promotion provided by the Senators goalie he called the VP of marketing at the head office in Toronto, suggesting a hamburger giveaway at Canadian Tire Centre. Toronto wanted to go one further and give Hammond the lifetime card.

"In college, having a McDonald's card for life is a huge deal. Maybe Hammy can afford to eat at some of the nicer establishment in Ottawa now," joked Mike Bergeron, Chris' brother and a long-time friend of Hammond. "It's a great story. Hammy hasn't changed his 'tude at all, and he's just riding the wave. He's just enjoying it.

"He knows the deal. He knows it's not going to be forever. but the difference with a guy like Hammy is, he's playing for his life. He's playing for his next contract."

Hammond said it was "cool" to see the hamburger tossed in his honour.

"You don't expect this kind of persona to develop while you're here playing, but it's all in good fun so I'm all for it," he said. "I'm taking it as a sign of respect, so it's obviously pretty cool to get that out of the fans."

Asked if, with the card, there should be concern he'll check into next fall's camp at 260 pounds, Hammond chuckled.

"I don't know, I'm thinking they have that new light menu, with all the salad and stuff," he said. "I guess at the end of the day at least I know I'll never end up starving. If hockey doesn't work out, I have a meal plan."

Meanwhile, 20-year old rookie Curtis Lazar nearly drooled at the thought of a hamburgers-for-life deal.

"I'm in a little jealous. I may have to try my luck at goal and see what happens," said Lazar, who was asked if Hammond's play has given the team energy. "It's awesome. We go out there at the end and someone throws a burger on the ice ... who knows, if we keep that up we better watch out for flying hamburgers. It's a neat story line."

Bobby Ryan also had a laugh when he saw the hamburger thrown in tribute to Hammond.

"That was pretty incredible," said Ryan. "I also noticed when they introduced him they put a (Hamburglar) mask on him, on the jumbo screen.

"This thing has taken on a life of its own. It couldn't happen for a better guy."

In Detroit, they throw octopus on the ice. In Florida, during the Panthers playoff run years ago, it was plastic rats.

In Ottawa? Hamburgers anyone?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Former Viper Sanford Named To WHL All-Star Team:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Cole Sanford has been named to the Western Hockey League's All-Star Team.  Sanford is in his third season with the WHL Medicine Hat Tigers.  Sanford was a affiliated player "AP" with the 2011-12 Vipers went pointless in eight games. The Vernon product was fourth in WHL scoring this year played in 72 regular season games with the Tigers collecting (50-goals-45-assists-95-points).

Cole Sanford's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=101594

This is posted on the Tigers website:

COX, SANFORD NAMED WHL ALL-STARS

Mar 25, 2015

Medicine Hat, AB -- The Medicine Hat Tigers now have another streak which continues, for the past 5 seasons the Tigers have had one of their own selected to as a WHL All-Star. The last 2 seasons Curtis Valk has taken the honors selected as 1st and 2nd team All-Star respectively. This season both Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford were selected in the All-Star teams.

Cox was selected as a 1st team All-Star after putting up an outstanding 109 points in 69 games including a WHL leading 80 assists. Cox entered his 4th season as a Tiger and has been instrumental in leading the Tigers offensively. Cox also once had a 18 point lead in WHL scoring after the Christmas break, before slowing down at just a point per game pace. Cox also had his first career hat trick this season in a game versus the Kootenay Ice.

Sanford was selected as a 2nd team all-star as the speedy forward was one of two WHL skaters to break the 50 goal plateau, netting 50 on the season in 72 games, with only 12 coming via the power play. Sanford recorded 95 points on the season as well and was 2nd in the league with 6 shorthanded goals.

The Medicine Hat Tigers congratulate Cole and Trevor on their accomplishments this season and their All-Star selections.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Ivan Provorov (Yaroslavl, Russia), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Trevor Cox (Surrey, BC), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Tim McGauley (Wilcox, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brayden Point (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Jordan Papirny (Edmonton, AB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Rinat Valiev (Nizhnekamsk, Russia), Kootenay ICE
Defenceman – Colby Williams (Regina, SK), Regina Pats
Forward – Cole Sanford (Vernon, BC), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay ICE
Forward – Adam Tambellini (Edmonton, AB), Calgary Hitmen

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Taran Kozun (Nipawin, SK), Seattle Thunderbirds
Defenceman – Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds
Defenceman – Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Oliver Bjorkstrand (Herning, Denmark), Portland Winterhawks *
Forward – Cole Ully (Calgary, AB), Kamloops Blazers
Forward – Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, SK), Kelowna Rockets

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB), Tri-City Americans
Defenceman – Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC), Victoria Royals
Defenceman – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Nic Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Nick Merkley (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Adam Helewka (Burnaby, BC), Spokane Chiefs

* indicates unanimous selection

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Former Vernon Viper Calvin Commits To Selkirk College:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Dallas Calvin has committed to Selkirk
Coellege for next season. 

Calvin was an affiliated player "AP" with the Vipers during the 2012-13 season playing in one game before committing to the Vipers last season. Calvin left the Vipers on October 5th 2013 for personal reasons joined the KIJHL Beaver Valley Nitehawks before re-joining the Vipers after Christmas and played with the Vipers as an "AP" for the remainder of the season and playoffs-RBC Cup. In 11 games with Vernon last season Calvin collected (2-goals-6-assists-8-points).  Calvin committed to and played with the Trail Smoke Eaters this season.  In 32 games with the Smokies Calvin collected (16-goals-29-assists-45-points).

Dallas Calvin's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=94972

This was in the Nelson Daily Newspaper:

Saints add firepower to future with commitment by Dallas Calvin

by Bob Hall on 05 Mar 2015

On the eve of the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program announced great news as former KIJHL and BCHL star Dallas Calvin has inked a playing commitment of to attend the Castlegar-based school in and compete 2015-2016.

The six-foot-4, 220-pound Calvin recently completed his final junior hockey season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Combining an extreme amount of skill to go along with his big frame, the Trail native accumulated 16 goals and 29 assists in 32 games for the orange and black this season. For his efforts, he was named the Smoke Eater’s “Unsung Hero.”

Prior to this season, Calvin suited up for the Vernon Vipers in 2013-2014 before returning to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League where he led the team to its second championship in three seasons.

During his four year career for the Nitehawks, he scored 122 goals and 151 assists in 165 career games and is the club’s all-time leader in points with 273.

“It is important for us to continue to add players with championship experience to our hockey program,” says Saints head coach Alex Evin.

“Dallas played a huge role in leading his team to the KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor Cup, and Keystone Cup under Terry Jones last season and we hope he can contribute to more championships at Selkirk College.”

Calvin enjoyed his time with the Trail Smoke Eaters and hopes to continue on with academics and hockey as far as he can.

“Selkirk College has had a great hockey team the past few years and I am excited to be part of the growing program,” he says.

“It will hopefully be a good stepping stone for me in my academic and hockey career. I want to be an impact player every game, get stronger, and continue to improve so I can move onto a higher level once my career with Selkirk is over.”

Calvin is the eleventh player who is committed to a collegiate hockey program to dawn a Smoke Eaters jersey for the 2014-2015, an impressive achievement for the organization.

Smoke Eaters head coach coach Nick Deschenes says Calvin will make an impact at BCIHL level.

“We want to congratulate Dallas Calvin on his recent commitment to Selkirk College,” says Deschenes.

“He was a dominant player at the BCHL level and I believe that he will have a positive impact on and off the ice for the Saints. This is a great opportunity and our organization wishes him all the best in the future.”

Calvin is the fifth Nitehawk to suit up for the Saints in the last three years following in the footsteps of former KIJHL champions Arie Postmus, Mason Spear, Ryan Edwards and Mike Vlanich.

“I think it fantastic for these young men who grow up playing minor hockey, junior hockey, and now college hockey are able to reunite. Those are memories that will stay with them forever and I hope they have a lot of fun working towards academic success and BCIHL championships together,” says Evin.

Calvin plans to enroll in the Business Program at Selkirk College where he can them transfer onto a university to complete his degree.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former Vernon Viper Tambellini Scores Second Overtime Winner Giving Hitmen Series Lead:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini scored his second overtime goal of the WHL playoffs Tuesday giving the Calgary Hitmen a 8-7 OT victory over the Kootenay Ice giving the Hitmen a 2-1 lead in the best of seven WHL playoff series. Game 4 goes tonight in Cranbrook.  Tambellini scored the overtime winning goal in Game 2 Sunday giving Calgary a 3-2 overtime win.  In 71 regular season games with Calgary Tambellini recorded (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season. 

Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Tambo does it again: Hitmen win wild one in Cranbrook

Mar 31, 2015

By Andrew Schopp - Hitmenhockey.com (@Azschopp)

CRANBROOK, B.C. -- No one on the Calgary Hitmen bench or on the ice knew how it went in.

All that matters to them is that it set off the red light.

A perfect ending to a wild one, Hitmen forward Adam Tambellini followed up on his Game 2 overtime-winner on Friday with a second-straight extra-frame tally on Tuesday to claim Game 3 of their Round 1 series against the Kootenay Ice with a stunning 8-7 victory in Cranbrook.

The Hitmen now take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven.

Coming down on Ice goaltender Wyatt Hoflin, Tambellini threw the puck on net and as the 19-year-old netminder bobbled it while on his knees, it found its way past the goal-line.

“To be honest I don’t know how it went it in,” Tambellini said of his overtime goal. “I just wanted to get a puck on net and saw a couple guys there.  I heard it hit the goalie’s stick and saw the red light go on. I can’t really describe it.”

Hitmen forward Chase Lang, who scored two goals on Tuesday, didn’t know either.

“It was a weird play,” Lang said. “Tambellini came up the boards, threw it on net and somehow it squeezed in. It was awesome.”

A quartet of goals in the opening period’s first 12 minutes saw each side strike twice for a 2-2 score.

After Sam Reinhart put the Ice on the board with a strike from the left faceoff circle that went bar-down on Hitmen keeper Mack Shields, Lang banged a rebound past Hoflin to draw even before Tim Bozon regained his team’s lead with his first of the playoffs.

The Hitmen had the last word in the offensively charged first period as just seconds into his squad’s first power play chance, Tambellini delivered from the high-slot with a feed from Travis Sanheim to give his side the lead.

“It was a back-and-forth game,” Sanheim said of the bizarre tilt, which he finished with one goal and four assists. “We were lucky to get the win and happy to get the W. Hopefully we can come in tomorrow and do the same.”

The goals continued to pile on in a second period that was even more offensively robust than the first.

After Lang, Reinhart and Bozon each netted their second goals of the night, Hitmen captain Kenton Helgesen fed Sanheim on a two-on-one and the fleet-footed defenceman deposited a go-ahead marker over Hoflin’s blocker.

Just under two minutes later, Bozon struck from the high-slot to bring an end to Shields’ night.

Thrown into the offensive fire, Hitmen relief goaltender Brendan Burke found himself screened allowing Ice defenceman Rinat Valiev to hammer one through traffic and carry a 5-5 score into the third.

The flood gates stayed propped open in the final frame of regulation.

Ice centre Matt Alfaro scored just over two minutes into the period before on the power play, Tambellini ripped a one-time feed from Sanheim past Hoflin to make it 6-6.

Shortly after Tambellini’s second of the night, Taylor Sanheim scored and as the Hitmen appeared to hang on for the victory, Valiev hammered a slapper from the point past Burke with four seconds on the clock to ship the game to overtime.

Valiev’s last-second marker stung, but Hitmen coach Mark French said he was proud of his veterans, who provided a calming voice in the dressing room between periods.

“Anytime you lose a lead like we did, it’s tough to reset,” French said. “I thought our veterans did a really good job of resetting the room. It’s having the right guys in the room to say the right things and obviously they did.”

Now, the Hitmen take a breath, bask in the glory of their victory and reset their focus to Game 4 on Wednesday at Western Financial Place.

Although it was a wild one, French said his squad needs to put it behind them as they are presented with a big opportunity to take control of the series.

“We have to understand that all we did tonight was win a game,” he said. “We need to learn from tonight and make sure we stay even-keeled and understand that it’s a short turnover to play tomorrow night.”

QUICK HITS: Not dressed for the Hitmen on Tuesday were Beck Malenstyn, Layne Bensmiller, Aaron Hyman and Kyle Dumba … Entering Game 3 with four points, Hitmen forward Radel Fazleev was tied for third in WHL playoff scoring … On Saturday, Hitmen prospect Bryce Platt and the Regina Pat-Canadians took home the SMAAAHL championship with a 3-1 best-of-five series victory of the Battlefords Stars. Platt finished the 2014-2015 SMAAAHL Playoffs with two goals and three assists in 10 games. Platt met fellow Hitmen prospect Brandon Lesko in the final, who scored four goals in 14 playoff games … Former Hitmen goaltender Martin Jones is the franchise’s all-time leader in playoff wins with 32.