Thursday, May 21, 2015

2014 RBC Cup Boosts Area Charities:

This was in Wednesdays Morning Star Newspaper:

RBC Cup boosts area charities
              
by  Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star

May 20, 2015

Three North Okanagan charities will benefit financially from the 2014 RBC Cup national Junior A hockey championship, held at Kal Tire Place.

Greater Vernon KidSport, the Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association  and the Vernon Boys and Girls Club each received a cheque for more than $14,000 from RBC Cup tournament committee members Don Klepp and Betty Chan Klepp.

“These three groups helped run the 50-50 lotteries during the tournament and they each received $9,206.67, which was one-third of the net proceeds of the 50-50 lottery,” said Don Klepp.

“Each of these three groups will receive a minimum of an additional $5,000 from the 2014 RBC Cup’s net profits.”

Other legacies from the tournament, won by Saskatchewan’s Yorkton Terriers – who eliminated the host Vernon Vipers in a semifinal – include items purchased or donated for the event have been provided for community use.

Approximately $8,600 worth of digital two-way radios and an accompanying service package, which was donated by Kenwood and VMR Communications, was given to Kal Tire Place and the Vipers for use at hockey games and other events.

Office chairs that were purchased to use in the press box and the Hockey Canada/CJHL seating area have been donated to Kal Tire Place. Additional chairs were donated by Corbett Office Plus.

If sufficient funds remain, an electronic 50-50 gaming system will be purchased for use by community organizations during events at Kal Tire Place.

“The event also generated more than $60,000 in concession and beer sales, which accrued to Kal Tire Place,” said Don Klepp.

In addition, RBC’s Avion program paid Kal Tire Place for the free concession drinks that were provided to fans who signed up for the Avion card.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wenatchee Wild Set To Announce Press Release Regarding News On Franchise:

This is posted on the Wild facebook page & twitter account:

WENATCHEE WILD FANS BIG NEWS ON MAY 31st

Wenatchee Wild Hockey

May 12

On May 31st We will be sharing a press release that involves exciting news about our Franchise.

Each day gets more exciting around here as we get ready for next season and we will constantly update everyone as we get more official information.

Remember to call us at 888-7825 to put your deposits down for next year’s season tickets. All you need to put down is a minimum of $50 and this will cover all your seats.

As soon as you can do this the better as there are some fans wanting to change seats and new fans waiting to find out what’s available.

We promise we will not give any seats away without talking to the current season ticket holder first.
2015/16 Season is going to be awesome and the beginning of a new ERA and you don’t want to miss it!!

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's Blog:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Penticton Vees play-by-play man Fraser Rodgers had BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale on during his broadcast of the Vees-Soo game yesterday at the RBC Cup. During the interview - which is on the link below,

https://pentictonvees.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/rbc-cup-post-game-4-vees-beat-t-birds-semi-finals-talk-commish-interview/

Grisdale confirms what was reported in this space earlier this month, which is that the Wenatchee Wild will play in the Mainland Division next season. However, Grisdale also mentions that Wenatchee's division placement will be reviewed following the 2015-16 season. The Wild's import situation is also clarified in the interview. Basically, Wenatchee is allowed four imports under USA Hockey rules, but the BCHL has allowed the Wild to have a catchment area which consists of Washington, Missouri, California, and Colorado. Any players from those states won't be considered import players for Wenatchee while any players from the remaining 46 states and Canada will be considered imports.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Former Viper Sanford Goes Big With WHL Tigers:

This was in Sundays Morning Star Newspaper:

Sanford goes big with WHL Tigers

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

May 17, 2015

Snubbed in the 2014 NHL entry draft, Cole Sanford’s huge numbers with the Medicine Hat Tigers have teams taking a closer peek a year later.

Seeing sweet success of NHL players with similar vitals as the 5-foot-9 roadrunner forward has also boosted Sanford’s stock after a 50-goal, co-MVP season with the Western Hockey League Tigers.

“My agent, Tobin Wright, of Minnesota, has talked to a couple of teams and he says there’s some interest, but I’m not banking on being drafted,” said Sanford, a Vernon minor hockey grad who turns 20 in July.

Sanford rang up 95 points and 71 penalty minutes in the regular season, supplying 10 game winners, a dozen powerplay snipes and six shorties. He added five goals and 11 points in 10 playoff games as Medicine Hat’s season halted in a Game 5 double overtime loss to Canuck prospect Jake Virtanen and the Calgary Hitmen.

One of nine B.C. players who helped the Tigers finish fifth overall, Sanford’s fast hands make him dangerous being blessed without the big vital stats scouts drool over.

“Maybe when I was younger, it bugged me,” said Sanford, an alternate captain who wears No. 26. “Now a days, you look at Johnny Gaudreau, Tyler Johnson and Brendan Gallagher, they’re helping out guys like me by doing what they’re doing in the NHL. You can’t really worry about that. There’s nothing I can do now about my size except show them how I can play.”

Sanford, Trevor Cox of Surrey and Steve Owre of California formed Medicine Hat’s elite unit with Cox amassing 29 goals and 109 points. Owre pocketed 20 goals and 52 times while missing time with a broken jaw.

“Cole brings one of the best scorers in the WHL to our line,” said Cox. “He’s a veteran guy in the league that leads both on and off the ice. He’s got one of the best releases I’ve seen and when you have a guy on your line scoring 50 goals a year, it’s never a bad idea to pass the puck to him.”

Detroit Red Wing scout Marty Stein has watched Sanford since his Watkin Motors Pee Wee AAA Mustangs days in Vernon.

“His biggest assets are his skating ability and hockey sense,” said Stein. “The WHL is a very hard league to score in and for him to score 50 goals is a huge achievement. The WHL’s rules and type of play are indicative to the NHL. He has great sense and he competes. One play comes to mind was in the series against Calgary. He was getting hacked and whacked by Keegan Kanzig who is a monster of a d-man (6-foot-6, 242-pound Calgary Flames pick). Cole turned around and cross checked him for every whack. Big balls to do that.

“He’s still very weak but you can’t question his ability. He’s a type of player that could start in the minors and work his way up. He just needs a window of a chance.”

Vernon’s Dennis Holland of the Dallas Stars’  scouting staff saw Sanford half a dozen times this season.

“Cole is a very smart intelligent player,” said Holland. “Good offensive instincts and a quick release.  Understands his limitations size-wise and plays to his strengths. Will need to show he can produce against bigger stronger players at the next level which is no different than any other smaller, skilled player.”

Sanford developed his 747 snapper the past couple of summers, shooting thousands of pucks at an outside net with buddy Colten Dahlen (Nanaimo Clippers grad). He scored from the red line on a dump-in after Calgary goalie Mack Shields misplayed the puck in Game 5. Reaching the 50-snipe club was somewhat of a chore.

“I scored my 50th in P.A. (Prince Albert). Owre feathered me a pass mid-blue and I went forehand, backhand. It felt unreal. I felt like I was on 47, 48 for a while. I think our trainer still has the puck, hopefully.”

The Tigers were spoiled by sellout crowds of 4,006 in a 45-year-old building affectionately known as The Arena. Fans all shout “Let’s Go Tigers,” jeer opposing netminders and taunt Brent Sutter if he’s in the building. They move into a new $94 million facility outside of the Gas City next season. The Events Centre seats 6,500 with 222 luxury suites.

“It’s pretty exciting to play there every night,” said Sanford, who racked up 33 goals and 73 points two seasons ago after playing Junior B in Revelstoke and spending eight games with the BCHL Vernon Vipers.  “People ask me where my favourite place to play is and I have to say home. The support we get every night and in the playoffs with them waving the orange towels, there’s really no better rink to play in. I know guys from other teams who come into Medicine Hay and say, ‘What a crowd, what an atmosphere every night.’”

Sanford also made the WHL’s second all-star team while winning the Tigers’ Three Stars honour and sharing team MVP with Cox, his roomie on the road. He also took playoff MVP. The Tigers lost to Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings in round three of the playoffs last year. Sanford had 11 points in 53 games as a rookie when the Tigers stunned the Memorial Cup host Saskatoon Blades in the playoffs.

“We had quite the start as a team and personally. We went through some ups and downs midway and towards the playoffs, but overall, I’ve never played on a team like I did this year. Just how close we were and how much fun it was to play there. Would have liked to have go further, but that’s just the way it goes. Probably one of the most memorable seasons I’ve ever played. Personally, I was able to achieve some goals and it was pretty exciting.

“I’ve been playing with Coxy for a while and Stevie kind of jumped in and filled the role with losing (Curtis Valk through graduation) Volky, and I couldn’t have done it without those two guys. I see Coxie as being a passer and he’d always find me. Stevie’s a smart player so we had quite the chemistry this year and I’m really looking forward to playing next year with them.”

Sanford gives props to Medicine Hat head coach Shaun Clouston, a 47-year-old former Portland Winterhawk offensive star.

“He’s a good coach. Coming in, we didn’t really know each other much. He gave me that opportunity halfway through my 17-year-old year, to get in the lineup a little more and play some more minutes. I’m grateful for him giving me those opportunities. The way he coaches and organizes practices, he’s always pushing guys to get better each and every day so when you have a coach like that, there’s a good atmospshere.”

He also credits his parents – Mike and Shelley – for influencing his career and adulthood. Evan Marble, his Bantam coach at Pursuit of Excellence, “has also always looked out for me.”

Sanford’s skating speed tested well in Minnesota a few years ago. He’s got pro wheels and now aims to work on lower body strength alongside Parker Bowles of the Tri-City Americans with Kelowna trainer Shane Pizzy to get even faster while striving to pass and shoot harder. He wears Bauer skates and used CCM Superfast and Tacks sticks this season.

“Off the ice, I’m pretty easy going, laid back,” said Sanford, who took in a few Kelowna Rockets’ playoff games. “I like to have fun, smile and laugh a lot. On the ice, the same. Like to keep it loose before the games and keep it fun. On the ice, I like to play pretty physical and play on the edge a bit.”

He loves kicking the soccer ball around, wake surfing and beating buddies like Michael Roberts of the Vipers on the tennis court. He played with the KIJHL Grizzlies alongside older brother Tye, an aspiring RCMP member.

On Virtanen, a Canucks’ first-rounder, he said: “He’s obviously a great player. As he got going in our series, he was hard to shut down, especially when he winds the zone. He’s a power forward, maybe around 200 pounds. You see him off the ice and he’s pretty thick. He’s got a great shot as well, real powerful.”

On Adam Tambellini, an ex-Viper with the Hitmen: ”Tambo had quite the second half of the season. I think he ended off with 48, 49 goals and he carried that play right into the playoffs. He’s a great player with great potential. He signed (with the Rangers) for a reason and he’s gonna do good things there.”

Monday, May 18, 2015

Former Vernon Laker Metropolit’s Unexpected Rise From Toronto’s Mean Streets:

Here is a great article-story on former Vernon Lakers Alumni Glen Metropolit.

Metropolit is in his first season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Adler Mannheim Eagles.  The 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 signed with the Eagles on July 29th 2014 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 CBC website:

Glen Metropolit’s unexpected rise from Toronto’s mean streets

His brother served 16 years in prison. His family had no money. Now Metropolit is approaching his 1,400th game as a pro.

by Tim Wharnsby for CBC Sports

The neighbourhood Glen Metropolit knows has changed quite a bit since he left Regent Park for good to embark on a hockey career two decades ago.

When Metropolit, now 40, was a teenager he saw it all. He saw crack cocaine being sold and smoked. He saw prostitution. He saw fights and he saw thefts.

“When I was a kid, Regent Park was pure energy,” Metropolit said, via a phone interview from his new hockey home in Mannheim, Germany. “I remember walking through there from the rink and I’d see men fighting, people selling drugs, bikes being stolen. It was crazy.

“It’s nothing like when I was growing up. I don’t know anybody there anymore when I come back. I dropped by the rink last summer and it was empty. All the buildings are being torn down.”

The Regent Park social housing neighbourhood was built just east of downtown Toronto in the 1940s. A few years ago work began to soften the hardscrabble area.

The gentrification – or revitalization as politicians like to call it – continues. The last of the remaining 14-story apartment buildings are being demolished. Those structures are being replaced by shiny new condominium towers. Modern townhomes are being built to replace the old townhouses.

Even Metropolit’s home away from home, the Regent Park south rink, has undergone a facelift. The city of Toronto, Hockey Canada and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment joined forces to fund the renovation. It reopened on Jan. 4 and has become a lively spot for locals to work on their shot and play shinny.

The youngsters that now have replaced Metropolit on the rink have heard of him. They know he played in the NHL. But they don’t know his entire story.

Maybe when Metropolit visits in the summer, there could be a ceremony and the rink could be named after him.
  
Metropolit’s hockey career has taken him from Regent Park to Vernon, B.C., Nashville (ECHL),
Atlanta (IHL), Pensacola, Fla., Grand Rapids, Mich., Portland, Maine, Washington, Tampa Bay, Helsinki, Lugano, Switzerland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal and back to Switzerland to Zug, Lugano and Bern before landing in Mannheim this season.

Most summers, Metropolit returns for a week in Toronto. He spends an afternoon at the Regent Park community centre spreading his goodwill. He tours around his old stomping grounds and reflects.
 He even travels a few blocks away, takes the footbridge across the Don Valley Parkway and runs the Riverdale Park East hill.

When Metropolit was younger, a friend spotted then Toronto Maple Leafs captain Doug Gilmour running the hill as part of his summertime training. That was enough for Metropolit to copy one of his idols.

What does Metropolit think about when he visits Regent Park?

“I look back and get in the moment,” he said. “I’m so thankful in being able to get out of there. It gives me strength. It renews me, even at this age. It gives me an appreciation and reminds me where I came from.”

Metropolit came from a challenging childhood. His mother, Linda Hachey, gave birth to her eldest son when she was 18. Metropolit knows only the name of his biological father, Marty McGill.

Metropolit gets his surname from Bruce Metropolit, Linda’s former boyfriend and father of her son Troy, who is three years younger than Glen. Troy and Glen have a younger sister, Nicole, now 30.

Because of the family’s dire financial situation back then, Glen and Troy were in and out of foster homes as kids, and sometimes they were separated. But Glen found solace on the hockey rink. Troy, on the other hand, was lured by the excitement of Regent Park’s mean streets.

Sixteen years ago, Troy and two accomplices kidnapped lawyer Schuyler Sigel and his wife Linda, and then ransacked their Rosedale condominium.

Troy was sentenced to 14 years and then was charged with first-degree murder of a fellow inmate in Millhaven maximum security prison in Bath, Ont. He ended up spending 16 years in prison and was released to a halfway house last month.

“He’s upbeat,” said Glen, who frequently kept in touch with his brother throughout his incarceration. “He’s worried, but he seems to have it together. I’m doing what I can through some connections to get him a job in construction.”

Who knows what would have happened to Glen had he not fallen for hockey. If he wasn’t outside playing shinny, he was hanging out with his uncle Neil Karrandjas and his friends watching their beloved Maple Leafs.

“In looking back and thinking about it now, there was so much negative stuff going on around me, and when I fell in love with hockey, it was a way for me to get away from all the negative stuff,” Metropolit said. “As I think back now hockey brought me to a happy place.

“There was a lot of talent on that rink back in those days, but there also was a lot of misguided youth. Some of them are now dead.”
  
“All I could think about was this little kid from Regent Park, who played organized hockey but didn’t play at a high level. I was trying not to be overwhelmed. But I was in awe. I wish I wasn’t, but I was.”

Metropolit never played AAA hockey. Instead, he suited up for house league at Ted Reeve Arena, playing in hand-me-down equipment from friends. His uncle often was there to help with costs.

Eventually, through a friend, Metropolit landed a tryout in Richmond Hill for the local tier II junior team. From there, at age 20, he left Toronto to further his junior career in Vernon, B.C., in the hopes of landing a U.S. college scholarship.

He signed a letter of intent to play at Bowling Green University, but his marks weren’t good enough. So instead a coach helped him get a tryout with the IHL Atlanta Knights. He almost made the team, but started the season with the Knights ECHL affiliate in Nashville.

 It was in his second pro season, with the ECHL’s 1996-97 Pensacola Ice Pilots, that Metropolit
met his wife Michyln. They have three children: Alivia, 13, Max, 10, and Esther, 8.

Metropolit calls Michyln his rock. His pro career got a lift when he landed in Grand Rapids, Mich., the following season and got to play under head coach Dave Allison.

“Metro is a guy you cheer for,” Allison said. “He lives life in the sense of what is presented in front of him. He has no agenda. He hasn’t cheated anyone.”

Playing on a line with Michel Picard and Mark Greig, the three combined for 76 goals.

“The thing that struck me about him was how naïve Metro was,” Allison said. “But naïve in a great way. He was naïve in the way that whatever we wanted him to do, he would do it.

“Nothing was beneath him. We needed him to defend better, so he did it. If that’s what he needed to do to get better he would do it.”

Metropolit did get better. The Washington Capitals took notice and after his lengthy journey there was Metropolit ready for his first NHL game on Nov. 2, 1999 against the Florida Panthers.

He started the game alongside Adam Oates and Peter Bondra and lined up for the opening face-off staring at Pavel Bure. That first shift is among Metropolit’s fondest moments in the game.

“All I could think about was this little kid from Regent Park, who played organized hockey but didn’t play at a high level,” he said. “I was trying not to be overwhelmed. But I was in awe. I wish I wasn’t, but I was.”

For the next few years, Metropolit bounced back and forth between the Capitals and their AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine. He wasn’t getting a fair shot, so he packed up the family and went to Finland to play for Jokerit.

He had one year remaining on his deal with the Capitals and felt a year in Europe would allow him a fresh start the following season with a different NHL team. But a lockout cancelled the 2004-05 season.

Metropolit stayed with Jokerit and with the many Finns like Saku Koivu having returned to play at home during the lockout, along with some Canadians, Metropolit continued to flourish. He finished eighth in league scoring. He was once again on the radar of NHL teams.

But he remained in Europe in 2005-06 to play with Lugano, won the scoring title, MVP honours and a league championship. His play earned him a spot on the Canadian national team for the 2006 world championship in Riga, Latvia.
  
Metropolit was a mentor to a young Trevor Daley, who now plays for the Dallas Stars.

One of his teammates on that team was Dallas Stars defenceman Trevor Daley, who was raised a few blocks east of Regent Park and who was mentored by Metropolit.

“Just stay focused on his hockey and not answer the call of the streets,” replied Metropolit, when asked what advice he gave a young Daley. “I’m so proud of him. He’s such a good kid.”

After the world championship, Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell signed Metropolit.
He bounced around in the NHL, playing with five teams in four years. But he proved himself and he played an important role in limited ice time in the Montreal Canadiens run to the East final in 2010.

Fast forward to this season. After four seasons in Switzerland he jumped at a chance to hook up with his old Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward, who now is running the Mannheim Eagles.

Metropolit, whose new teammates include former NHLer Jochen Hecht, leads the team in scoring with six goals and 38 points in 40 games. The Eagles are in first place and Metropolit has played so well he has signed on to play for next season.

This is Metropolit’s 20th pro season. At 1,381 combined regular season, playoff, Spengler Cup and world championship games, he is nearing the 1,400-game milestone. It’s a remarkable feat for the kid from Regent Park.

“When I first started I didn’t think about any of that,” he said. “It was all about playing a game that I love. I’ve been blessed that I’ve been able to stay healthy and that I continue to get an opportunity to play.

“Hockey was all I knew [two decades ago]. I don’t know what life had to offer me outside of hockey in Toronto. But I knew hockey was all I wanted to do.”

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Thunder Suspend Former Vipers Captain Ullrich:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Stockton Thunder have
suspended former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Mike Ullrich after not reporting to the team.  Ullrich has yet to play a game with the Thunder is contemplating his future after the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears traded Ullrich to Stockton on February 4th 2015.

Ullrich was in his second season in Orlando after playing with three teams during the 2012-13 season. (South Carolina, Tulsa & Trenton). Ullrich a free-agent signed with Orlando on July 1st 2013 before re-signing with the Solar Bears on June 17th 2014. Ullrich collected (10-goals-25-assists-35-points) in 42 games last season with the Solar Bears while picking up (9-goals-23-assists-32-points) in 37 games this season with Orlando. Ullrich also spent time in the American Hockey League last season playing with Manchester & Iowa as well as a try-out with St. Johns. Since the trade Ullrich has yet to play a game with the Thunder.

Since 2007-08 Ullrich has played in three leagues with seven different teams. Pensacola, Tulsa, Orlando, South Carolina, Trenton, Manchester & Iowa. In 228 semi-pro games Ullrich has collected (73-goals-85-assists-193-points).

Ullrich played parts of two years in Vernon (2005-2007). Ullrich left the Vipers during the 2005-06 season before returning to Vernon the following season after a short stint with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes. In 103 games with the Vipers Ullrich collected (39-goals-92-assists-131-points).

Mike Ullrich's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13474

This was on the recordnet.com website:

By Scott Linesburgh
Record Staff Writer

Posted Feb. 12, 2015

Forward Mike Ullrich has not reported to the team, and Kromm said he is contemplating his future. Ullrich was acquired in a trade with Orlando on Feb. 4 for forward Peter Sivak, who was assigned to Orlando by Bridgeport as part of the agreement.  Ullrich has been placed on the suspended list by the Thunder.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

2014-15 Reflections With Viper Alumni Adam Tambellini:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini & the WHL Calgary
Hitmen's season come to an end after an 8-2 loss to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings falling 4-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship series.  In 71 regular season games with Calgary Tambellini recorded (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season.  In 16 playoff games Tambellini collected (13-goals-13-assists-26-points).

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

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

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.

This was posted on the Hitmen website:

Posted: 05 May 2015

Hitmen Alternate Captain Adam Tambellini looks back on his final season in the WHL

http://www.hitmenhockey.com/video/58046

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ex Viper Hannoun Returns For A Third Straight RBC Cup With Third Different Team:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun is in his third straight National Championship this time with the Penticton Vees.  Here is an article I found on Hannoun going to three straight Royal Bank Cups.

Hannoun is in his first season in Penticton 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 posted on the RBC Cup website:

Third time’s a charm?

Demico Hannoun returns for a third straight RBC Cup, with a third different team

Kristi Patton

May 12, 2015

Act like you have been there before.

If anyone at the RBC Cup, Canada's National Junior A Championship, knows what that means, it is Penticton Vees forward Demico Hannoun. In fact, he knows it all too well.

After a trip to nationals with the Surrey Eagles in 2013 and earning a bye to the tournament playing with the host Vernon Vipers last season, he plans for his third attempt to hoist the cup to be the most memorable.

“Hopefully third time is the charm,” said Hannoun. “I think it does actually haunt my dreams.”

While he has a cool, quiet confidence about him, it is the exact opposite on the ice. In the BCHL playoffs, Hannoun led Penticton with 21 points. He said the edge in his game comes from years of road hockey battles with cousin, and Winnipeg Jets prospect, Nic Petan. Despite his playoff performance, Hannoun admits the transition to the Vees this season was a bit awkward.

“I was on the teams that knocked them out of the BCHL playoffs the past two seasons and then finding out I was coming to their team for this season, it was a bit strange initially,” said Hannoun. “I didn't know what to expect but it has been an unreal season, and needless to say, looking back I am pretty excited to be playing for Penticton.”

Vees head coach Fred Harbinson knew he wanted the guy who ended their season early on his side.

“When there was an opportunity to get him on our roster last summer we jumped. He has a lot of experience playing late in the year and it is a great opportunity for him to go to the RBC Cup again,” said Harbinson.

The coach expects Hannoun to lead the team through a challenging week.
“Our veterans have played in key situations and Demico is definitely one of those guys,” said Harbinson. “He can be one of the best players on the ice when he wants to be and hopefully we will see the best parts of his game this week. He knows what to expect and hopefully he can lead the rest of the boys.”

Patrick Newell, who has joined Hannoun and Tyson Jost on what has been the Vees’ best line in the playoffs, said he feels lucky to have been put on a line with Hannoun early in the season.

“He is one of the most talented players I've skated with and has been here before so he can show us what it takes. He has already told us that in a tournament like this you can't take any days off and you have to come ready to play. That is the kind of attitude he has every game,” said Newell. “Hopefully we can get him a win this time.”

Having played on a trio of teams that have made it to the RBC Cup, Hannoun said it takes more than just a few talented players to get to the national final. The Vees, he feels, are giving him his best title shot yet.

“This team has a lot of depth (compared to) the other teams I played for. We roll all four lines and everyone can go hard out there and there is no worries. We also have a great goalie on our side as well,” said Hannoun of netminder Hunter Miska, who was named top goaltender at the Western Canada Cup, received the same nod from the BCHL and was nominated for the nation’s top honour.

Hannoun readily admits to being the quiet guy in the locker room; it only perks his teammates’ ears more when he does say something. That comes with the experience of dealing with pressure situations, whether on home ice in Penticton or on the international stage.

Twice the North Delta, B.C., native has played in the World Junior A Challenge, winning a bronze medal in 2013. Playing with the Maple Leaf on his chest, he said, taught him to take nothing for granted.

“Cracking that roster for two years is amazing. I learned what to expect playing on a big stage just like at nationals; it will be all Game 7 situations from here on out,” he said.

The fast pace of international play is something that stuck with him returning to his club team, and Hannoun said it allowed him to see things differently on the ice and realize what a winning squad looks like.

“Staying focused at nationals will be the difference. Even if we are down a goal, we have to rely on that feeling in our gut that we can score. I think that will be the difference in some of these games and what has been the difference between us and other teams this year,” said Hannoun. “There are a lot of good teams at the RBC that won their league, so we have to stay positive.”

The comments all play into Hannoun's calm composure, but when it comes down to it he is just like every other player who dreams of winning the RBC Cup.

“Getting a chance to lift the cup with this team, I don't think words can describe it. I would finally accomplish the goal that I have wanted so bad these past two seasons and accomplish the goal this team put forward at the beginning of the year.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Former Vipers Associate Coach Mallette Wins WHL Championship:

Former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette & the Kelowna
Rockets defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-0 on Wednesday night, winning the WHL Championship in four games, qualifying to the Memorial Cup.

Here are the Game highlight's from Game 4 last night,

http://www.kelownarockets.com/video/58391

For more on the Rockets visit Regan Bartel's Kelowna Rockets Blog,

http://reganbartel.blogspot.ca/

Mallette a Rocket Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vipers last year (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets on July 4th 2014. Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.

Kris Mallette's Players-Coaches Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=19340

This is posted on the Rockets website:

Rockets Win WHL Championship

May 13, 2015

The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-0 on Wednesday night at Prospera Place, winning the WHL Championship in four games and qualifying to play in the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Leon Draisaitl, Rourke Chartier and Nick Merkley scored for the Rockets as they claimed the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions in front of the largest crowd in Prospera Place since 2004 as 6,428 cheered the Rockets onto victory.

It's the Rockets fourth WHL Championship after winning it in 2003, 2005, 2009 and now 2015.

Game four was a tightly contested game that scoreless through two periods of play before the Rockets took control with two short-handed goals on the same penalty.

First Leon Draisaitl opened the scoring on a nice passing play and then just 19 seconds later, Chartier scored his 13th of the season to give Kelowna a 2-0 lead early in the third period.

Merkley would add the insurance goal later and Jackson Whistle shut the door for his fourth shutout of the WHL Playoffs.

The Memorial Cup in Quebec City opens next Thursday and the Rockets will play the host Quebec Ramparts on Friday May 22.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Viper Alumni Zalewski Scores Game Winner To Give Comets Series Lead:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Zalewski scored the game winner
Monday early in the 3rd period giving his Utica Comets a 3-2 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons in Game 3 of the American Hockey League Western Conference Semifinals.  Former Viper Twins Connor & Kellen Jones (2006-2010) play for the Barons.  Game 4 goes tonight.

Zalewski is in his first season with the Comets attended the Vancouver Canucks Prospects development camp in early July, was also at the Canucks Training camp this year got into some exhibition games with the Canucks before being sent down to the American Hockey League. In 55 regular season games with Utica Zalewski picked up (3-goals-9-assists-12-points).

Zalewski left his third year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) last season signing with the Canucks on March 17th 2014. Zalewski skated in his first NHL practice with the Canucks on March 21, 2014 before making his NHL debut on Saturday April 12 2014 in a 5-2 loss in Edmonton. Zalewski picked up his first career NHL point (assist) in a 5-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames the following night. Zalewski played two season's in Vernon (2010-2012) In 106 regular season games with the Vipers Zalewski collected (50-goals-54-assists-104-points).

Mike Zalewski's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=60363

This is posted on the AHL website:

Comets hang on to beat Barons in Game 3

May 11, 2015

Mike Zalewski’s goal early in the third period was the difference as Utica defeated host Oklahoma City, 3-2, in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the Cox Convention Center on Monday night.

The Comets have a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday.
Coming off a split of a pair of overtime games to open the series, Utica grabbed the early lead 1:20 into Game 3 as Sven Baertschi found Alex Friesen in close and Friesen knocked the puck home for his first goal of the playoffs.

Alexandre Grenier was left alone in front and tucked a shot past Richard Bachman for his second goal of the postseason at 12:35 of the first, giving the Comets the first two-goal lead by either team in the series.

Andrew Miller brought the Barons back to within 2-1, firing a shot top-shelf from between the hashmarks at 15:10, a shorthanded goal scored just moments after a Utica power play had begun.

The score remained unchanged until the 3:08 mark of the third period, when a wide-open Joshua Winquist put home his second goal of the playoffs from the top of the crease, pulling the Barons even at 2-2. The goal was Oklahoma City’s first power-play marker in 11 tries during the series.

Utica responded quickly, however, and regained the lead at 4:50 as Zalewski got a piece of Alex Biega’s shot and deflected it past Bachman for his first career playoff goal.

Markstrom (5-3) made 20 saves in the win; Bachman (3-2) stopped 25 shots in defeat.

Western Conference Semifinals – Series “K” (best-of-7)

1-Utica Comets vs. 6-Oklahoma City Barons

Game 1 – Thu., May 7 – Oklahoma City 2, UTICA 1 (4OT)
Game 2 – Fri., May 8 – UTICA 2, Oklahoma City 1 (OT)
Game 3 – Mon., May 11 – Utica 3, OKLAHOMA CITY 2
Game 4 – Wed., May 13 – Utica at Oklahoma City, 8:00
Game 5 – Thu., May 14 – Utica at Oklahoma City, 8:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 18 – Oklahoma City at Utica, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., May 20 – Oklahoma City at Utica, 7:00

*if necessary... All times Eastern

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

25 Year's Ago Today....

25 Year's ago today (May 12th 1990) the Vernon Lakers defeated the powerful New Westminster Royals in the 1990 Centennial Cup 6-5 in overtime in one of the greatest so called games in Junior hockey history. New West built up a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes, but couldnt hold onto the lead as Cam Sylven scored the game tying goal and the overtime winner in front of a packed Vernon Civic Arena.

The Lakers were only in the Centennial Cup because they were the hosts. New West, easily the best team in the country, went 52-3-4 in the BCHL regular season, beat the Interior Conference champion Lakers (who were 33-20-5) 4-2 in the league final, then won 12 straight games (including a 5-3 decision over Vernon in the round robin) to reach the Centennial Cup final.

The Lakers, who had 28 days off before the tournament, went 3-1 in the round robin (the first year the tournament went to five teams), and eliminated the Nipiwin Hawks of Saskatchewan 11-5 in their semifinal, setting up a rematch with the Royals and a showdown of, arguably, Canada’s top-two junior A squads.

This was the Lakers second straight Centennial Cup as Vernon would make it to a record four straight Centennial Cups from 1989-1992

Here’s a rundown on how the Lakers did through out the BCJHL Playoffs to advance to the teams second straight Centennial Cup.

Preliminary Roundrobin Series:

Vernon finished off with a record of 5-2.

BCJHL League Finals: New Westminster defeated Vernon 4-2

Vernon would advance to its second straight Centennial Cup as the host team.

The Centennial Cup 1990 is the Tier II Junior "A" 1990 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Callaghan Cup, and a host city.

The tournament was hosted by the Vernon Lakers and Vernon, British Columbia.

The Playoffs: Round Robin

Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA

1 x-New Westminster Royals BCJHL Doyle Cup 4-0 28 8
2 x-Vernon Lakers BCJHL Host 3-1 19 9
3 x-Nipawin Hawks MJHL Anavet Cup 2-2 12 10
4 x-Longueuil College Francais QJAAAHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 1-3 12 24
5 Amherst Ramblers MJAHL Callaghan Cup 0-4 7 27

Note: x- denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.

Results

Vernon Lakers defeated Longueuil Sieurs 6-1
Nipawin Hawks defeated Amherst Ramblers 4-3 in overtime
New Westminster Royals defeated Longueuil Sieurs 11-3
New Westminster Royals defeated Amherst Ramblers 9-0
Vernon Lakers defeated Nipawin Hawks 2-1 in overtime
Nipawin Hawks defeated Longueuil Sieurs 5-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Vernon Lakers 5-3
Vernon Lakers defeated Amherst Ramblers 8-2
Longueuil Sieurs defeated Amherst Ramblers 6-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Nipawin Hawks 3-2 for the Abbott Cup

Semifinals:

New Westminster Royals 10
Longueuil Sieurs 4

Vernon Lakers 11
Nipawin Hawks 5

Cetennial Cup Final:

Vernon Lakers 6
New Westminster Royals 5

Please note: Final was won in overtime.

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Marc Alain Duchaine (Longueuil Sieurs)

Top Scorer: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)

Most Sportsmanlike Player: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)

All-Star Team

Forward

Mark Karpen (New Westminster Royals)
David Oliver (Vernon Lakers)
Al Monitowy (Nipawin Hawks)

Defence

Andrew Wolf (New Westminster Royals)
Dean Zayonce (Vernon Lakers)

Goal

Lauren Belland (Nipawin Hawks)

Role of League Champions:

AJHL: Calgary Canucks
BCJHL: New Westminster Royals
CJHL: Hawkesbury Hawks
IJHL:
MJHL: Portage Terriers
MVJHL: Amherst Ramblers
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Prince George Spruce Kings
QPJHL: Longueuil College Francais
SJHL: Nipawin Hawks

Vernon Lakers Playoff Roster:

Dave Oliver
Brad Neumeier
Troy Ewanchyna
Shane Morson
Rob Atkinson
Paul MacLEAN
Duane Dennis
Darren Naylor
Dean Zayonce
Don Monteith
Bruce Ramsay
Lorne Kanigan
Mike Knapton
Chad Schraeder
Garth Geddes
Cam Sylven
Jason Elders
Mike Dennis
Marcel Aubin
Rylan Ferster
Barry MacLeod
Stacy Paulson
John Hancock
Murray Caton
Dean Kutz

Owner-GM Mel Lis
Head Coach Ed Johnstone
Assistant Coach Keith Chase

Monday, May 11, 2015

Former Vernon Vipers Goaltender Smith Named To ACAC All-Conference Team:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Austin Smith has been named to the ACAC All-Conference Team. 

Smith finished his first season at Sait (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology).  In 29 games this year with the Trojans Smith went (22-7 with 3 shutouts and a 2.96 GAA).  Smith was released from the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos before joining the Vernon Vipers.  Smith spent two seasons in Vernon (2012-2014) In 77 regular season games with the Vipers Smith recorded a (31-39-4 Record with 3 shutouts).

Austin Smith's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=50097 

This is posted on the Trojans website:

Trojans trio named to ACAC All-Conference Teams

SAIT Trojans

33/20/15

CALGARY (March 20, 2015) — The SAIT Trojans men's hockey team saw three of its players named to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) All-Conference Teams.

Goalie Austin Smith, defenceman Mike Puddifant and forward Mitchell Board were all named as All-Conference selections — Smith a First Team nod, Puddifant and Board to the Second Team. It is the first time each of the three has earned the honour.

Smith becomes the first SAIT goalie to be named First Team All-Conference since Michael Tadjdeh did it in 2013. Since 1968, 27 Trojans goalies have been selected to the All-Conference teams, and Smith becomes just the ninth to be named First Team.

Puddifant joins a long list of SAIT blueliners to be named Second Team All-Conference. Trojans defenceman have made the cut in seven of the last eight seasons.

Board becomes the first SAIT forward to be named to the Second Team since Clinton Pettapiece was selected in the 2012-13 season.

SAIT Men's Hockey First Team All-Conference Player:

Austin Smith (Goalie)

Smith shined in his rookie season in the ACAC. His 22 wins not only set a new SAIT Trojans single season record, but they also led the league. He also finished top four in the league in goals against average (2.96), saves (829), shots faced (914), minutes played (1,724) and shutouts (three).

SAIT Men's Hockey Second Team All-Conference Players:

Mike Puddifant (Defence)

Puddifant had an exceptionally good season patrolling the blueline for the Trojans. He led all ACAC rearguards with 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) in 28 games. He recorded multiple points on seven occasions, including five assists in his team's 12-5 win over Portage College on Sept. 27.

Mitchell Board (Forward)

Board's third season with the Trojans was his best offensively. He led the Trojans with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 32 games played, which was good enough for seventh best in the ACAC. His production rose in the second half of the season, recording 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in his final 16 games.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ex Viper Twins Win Sixth Longest Playoff Game In AHL History:

Former Vernon Vipers forwards-twins Connor and Kellen Jones & the
American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons won the sixth longest playoff game in AHL history Thursday after a 2-1 overtime victory over former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Zalewski (2010-2012) & the Utica Comets in Game 1 of the best-of-seven AHL Western Conference semifinal series. 

Connor & Kellen both played four years in Vernon (2006-2010) are in their first season with the Barons.  Both brothers also spent time with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors. The Jones Twins signed their first pro contract with the Barons on April 3rd 2014. The Barons assigned the Jones Twins to Bakersfield after Training camp this season before the pair went back and fourth between the ECHL & AHL this regular season.

In 163 regular season games with the Vipers. Connor collected (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Connor also is the Vipers all-time franchise points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time franchise goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Kellen played in 154 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (39-goals-134-assists-173-points). Kellen is also the all-time franchise assists leader (regular season & playoffs) with 150. Kellen was drafted in Round 7 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft #202 overall by the Edmonton Oilers.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38011

Kellen Jones Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38013

This is in the Edmonton Journal Newspaper:

Kellen and Connor Jones dominant as Oilers farm team wins sixth longest playoff game in AHL history.

May 8, 2015

The Jones boys, Connor and Kellen, are too old and too small to be considered top NHL prospects, but they put in a dominant performance in the sixth longest playoff game in American Hockey League history on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The game ended early in the fourth overtime, when the Barons big line of Justin Wilians and Curtis and Ryan Hamilton combined on a goal, with Curtis Hamilton spinning in the slot on a scrambled play and firing in a loose puck.

But it was the Jones boys and their linemate, fierce Matt Ford, who led the way for the Edmonton Oilers farm team in Oklahoma City.
Kellen and Connor are both 5-feet, 10-inches, 185-pounds. They will be 25 in August. Kellen was an Oilers 7th round draft pick with Connor signing on as a free agent. The two both spent four full years at Quinnipiac University, where they were strong college players. They started this year in Bakersfield in the ECHL, then got promoted to OKC, where they struggled to score much, Connor with 10 points in 41 games, Kellen with 15 in 49.

But the firm of Jones, Jones and Ford buzzed the Utica Comets all night. Kellen scored the first Barons goal. He contributed to eight scoring chances, with Connor chipping in on nine and Ford a team high 11. They play a fast, smart, pesky brand of hockey, using good wheels and superlative passing to gain advantage. Utica had no answer for them, though the line did slow down as the game dragged on. Perhaps they ran their own selves ragged.

Other notes:

* Jujhar Khaira is big and young enough to be a prospect. He also shows skill with the puck, but he’s got to demonstrate a bit more smarts with it, making sure he gets the puck out of the Barons’ zone when he’s got the chance, and gets it deep into the Comets’ zone when he’s got the chance. He’s got to play a simple, tough, straight line game, advancing the puck from zone to zone and hitting people. He does that some of the time but has to do it all of the time.

* Martin Marincin had a much better game. He hadn’t looked himself in the three-game sweep of San Antonio, but was skating and moving the puck well against Utica. He and his partner Jordan Oesterle were the most effective pairing on the Barons blueline.

* Darnell Nurse was a healthy scratch for the game and it might be hard to find a spot for him on a team on a four-game playoff winning streak right now. That said, Dillon Simpson struggled at times against Utica, so it might make sense to slot in Nurse there.

* Richard Bachman was his usual steady self in net. He made 56 saves, while Utica’s Jacob Markstrom made 66. Bachman is small for a pro goalie, but he could take this Barons team far. That said, after so much work on Thursday, it would be no surprise to see Laurent Brossoit in net for tongight’s rematch.

* Ryan Hamilton and Curtis Hamilton continue to play dominant and heavy hockey at the AHL level. If this team goes far, they will be a big part of the reason.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Former Vipers Defenceman Emilio Commits To Colorado College:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Jake Emilio has committed to play for
NCAA Div. I Colorado College next year.  The Vipers acquired Emilio from the OJHL Cobourg Cougars on August 28th 2014 for future considerations.  After collecting one assist in seven games with the Vipers, Vernon traded Emilio along with Aydan Macdonald to Victoria on October 8th 2014 for Brandon Egli, Mitch Meek & future considerations.  In 49 games with the Grizzlies Emilio picked up (9-goals-22-assists-31-points).

Jake Emilo's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=97166

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Grizzlies' Emilio earns scholarship to NCAA Div. I Colorado College
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

After just one season in the BCHL, Victoria Grizzlies defenseman Jake Emilio has committed to play for NCAA Div. I Colorado College next year.

The Woodbridge, Ont. product was in his first season with Victoria and has committed to playing next season in Colorado Springs for the Tigers.

Emilio had himself a nice season after being traded from the Vernon Vipers. He finished second in points-per-game for Victoria defensemen in his last eligible junior season with 30 points in 42 games. He’ll be brought in to shore up some of the issues that plagued Colorado College, who finished 6-26-3 last season.

Colorado College plays in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) and is one of eight teams in the conference.

Notable teams in the conference include North Dakota and the University of Denver. The Tigers are coached by former Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland.

Emilio is a rare commit from the BCHL for Colorado College. The Tigers have just one other BCHL commit, sophomore forward Matt Hansen, who played for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Former Viper ten Vaanholt Named NCAA Div. III Second-Team All-American:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Jarryd ten Vaanholt was named NCAA Div. III second-team all-American.

ten Vaanholt finished his third season at Elmira College.  The Vipers aquired ten Vaanholt and defenceman Justin Elliott from the SJHL Kindersley Klippers on August, 2nd 2011 for forward Dane Muench & defenceman Phillip Patenaude.  ten Vaanholt attended the Vipers training camp played in just two exhibition games before the Vipers traded the twenty year old forward to Victoria on September, 19th 2011 for the playing rights of forward Pearce Eviston just three days before the start of the 2011 regular season.

Jarryd Ten Vaanholt's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=47724

This is posted on the BCHL website:

ten Vaanholt captures AHCA all-American recognition

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Over his last two seasons in the BCHL, Jarryd ten Vaanholt showed he was a dangerous offensive player and now three seasons into his NCAA career at Elmira College, it's still the same and now he's got a nice line to add to his resume.

ten Vaanholt was named last week as an NCAA Div. III second-team all-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

The West Vancouver, BC native led the Soaring Eagles in goals with 12 and assists with 23. His 35 points were a career high at the college level. ten Vaanholt was named a ECAC West Player of the Year and an all-conference first team pick.

The 23-year-old scored in 11 consecutive games to start the season and wound up with nine multi-point games on the campaign.

For his NCAA career, ten Vaanholt has recorded 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points in 73 games.

In the BCHL with Salmon Arm, Victoria and Prince George, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward totaled 54 goals and 64 assists for 118 points in 123 games.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Viper Grad Magowan Leaves Lions:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Kenny Magowan leaves the DEL
Frankfurt Lions.

The Frankfurt Lions are a professional men's ice hockey club from Frankfurt, Germany that play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.  The Lions signed Magowan October 22nd 2014 playing in 17 games picked up (9-goals-8-assists-17-points).  Magowan played with former Vernon Vipers forward Lanny Gare (1997-1999) who is in his third season with the Lions.

Magowan spent the past three seasons with the DEL Adler Mannheim Eagles. An ice hockey team of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest ice hockey league in Germany. The team is based in Mannheim, a city in the north of Baden-Württemberg. In 25 games last season with the Eagles Magowan collected (2-goals-7-assists-9-points).

Magowan spent three seasons (2004-2007) playing in the East Coast Hockey League & American Hockey League with six different teams (Albany, Augusta, Toledo, Philadelphia, Rochester & Bridgeport) before playing the last eight seasons in Germany with four different teams (SC Riessersee, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, Adler Mannheim & Lowen Frankfurt). 

Magowan played two seasons in Vernon (1998-2000) played in 118 games with the Vipers collecting (46-goals-62-assists-108-points).  Magowan was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 198th overall in Round 7 at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Kenny Magowan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15121

This is posted on the Lions website:

Collaboration with Ken Magowan finishes

10th January, 2015

Forward leaves the lions Frankfurt.

The lions Frankfurt have made use of her by contract agreed option and have finished the collaboration with forward Ken Magowan on today's Saturday.

The lions had obliged the Canadian forward on the 22nd October on account of the persistent injury plight.

The lions Frankfurt thank Ken Magowan for the support during the both last months and wish him for his other future all the best.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wenatchee Wild Awaiting Approval From BC Hockey & Hockey Canada:

This was posted on Brian Wiebe's BCHL Blog:

Wenatchee Awaiting Approval from BC Hockey & Hockey Canada

Thursday, April 30, 2015
 
The Wenatchee Wild's admission to the BCHL is awaiting approval from Hockey Canada and BC Hockey. In an article by Mario Annicchiarico in today's Victoria Times-Colonist, BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale indicates that the league's governors approved the admission of Wenatchee unanimously, and approvals have also come from USA Hockey and the North American Hockey League.

An official announcement won't come until later in June, after BC Hockey's annual meeting. The article also mentions that Wenatchee is considered a BCHL expansion team and isn't taking over an existing franchise, which means the Williams Lake TimberWolves remain suspended by the league and dormant as a franchise "not in good standing". I'd expect that the current 16 BCHL franchises will benefit greatly from an expansion fee provided by the Wild. Under various ownership groups, Wenatchee has been trying to join the BCHL on and off since 2006.

This was in the Victoria Times Colonist Newspaper:

Wenatchee’s play for BCHL spot gains traction

Mario Annicchiarico / Times Colonist

April 30, 2015

The Wenatchee Wild’s bid to join the B.C. Hockey League seems to have finally gained ground.

An official announcement that the North American Hockey League club from Wenatchee, Washington, will become the BCHL’s 17th team is expected once financial information is in order and final approval has been given.

League commissioner John Grisdale confirmed on Tuesday that — barring any last-minute setbacks — the league would write Wenatchee into the BCHL Showcase schedule, which kicks off the 2015-16 campaign.

“What I can tell you is the BCHL board of governors has approved it unanimously. USA Hockey has given conditional approval, as has the North American Hockey League, which has to give approval under the U.S. rules,” said Grisdale, adding the bid is still awaiting approval from B.C. Hockey and Hockey Canada.

The application has been filed with B.C. Hockey, which is holding its annual meeting June 12-14. Hockey Canada’s annual meeting is set for the Victoria Day long weekend.

Grisdale said it was important to begin scheduling with Wenatchee in mind.

“We have to keep pushing forward because we’re running out of time.”

He wouldn’t stipulate how the schedule or divisions would be worked out, however. Island teams would likely play the Wild once away and once at home.

Wenatchee would be the only U.S. team in the BCHL, although Bellingham was in the league from 1972-1975.

When the BCHL went through the process in 2013, the bid was approved by B.C. Hockey, but failed to win Hockey Canada’s approval because of lease problems in Wenatchee that have since been resolved. The Wild has attempted to join the BCHL the last three seasons.

John Wilson, one of the owners of the Victoria Grizzlies and the team’s alternate governor, said the move is a good sign for the league. “The league has been under attack lately for being in a bad financial situation. Having a new team in the league and owners committed to coming in shows that the BCHL is still alive and well and thriving.”

The Wild would be an additional team, not a replacement one.

The team — which plays in the Town Toyota Center, a 4,300-seat multi-purpose arena in Wenatchee, in north-central Washington — will be an expansion club, with fees yet to be determined by the BCHL.

Scheduling should be completed at the BCHL annual meeting in June, which this year will be held in Victoria.

“It’s good news and maybe this opens the door to future expansion to the United States,” said Wilson, who confirmed the Grizzlies’ board of directors is also in negotiations to renew its contract at The Q Centre.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Falcons Sign Ex Vipers Defenceman Weinstein:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Steve Weinstein to an amateur try-out contract.  In three games to date with the Falcons Weinstein has one assist.    

Weinstein spent the past four seasons with Bentley University, In 145 games with the Bentley Falcons Weinstein collected (14-goals-91-assists-105-points).  Weinstein played three seasons in Vernon (2008-2011) collecting (10-goals-49-assists-59-points) in 153 regular season games with the Vipers.

Steve Weinstein's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38003

This is posted on the Falcons website:

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS REASSIGN SONNY MILANO TO SPRINGFIELD FALCONS, FALCONS SIGN MATTHEW ZAY, RICK PINKSTON, STEVE WEINSTEIN TO ATO

03/23/2015

Springfield, Mass. – The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned forward Sonny Milano from the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League to the Springfield Falcons, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Additionally, the Falcons have signed forward Matthew Zay and defensemen Rick Pinkston and Steve Weinstein to amateur try-out contracts, Falcons Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Landon announced.

Milano, 18, led Plymouth in scoring with 22 goals and 46 assists for 68 points and added 24 penalty minutes in 50 games in 2014-15, his first season in the OHL. He spent the previous two campaigns with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recording 14-25-39 in 25 games played for the USNDP Juniors (USHL) in 2013-14.

Columbus’ first pick, 16th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Milano was tied for second on Team USA in points with 2-2-4 in five tournament appearances at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships. The Massapequa, New York native won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2014 IIHF U18 Championships, collecting 3-7-10 in seven games. He also helped the Americans capture bronze at the 2013 World U17 Hockey Challenge, registering 4-6-10 in six games.

Zay, 24, appeared in 39 contests with Mercyhurst College of the AHA this season, recording 12-20-32 with 44 penalty minutes and a +3 rating. During his collegiate career, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward has accumulated 47-81-128 and 131 penalty minutes. The Glendale, New York native also spent the 2010-11 season with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League notching 18-35-53 with 16 penalty minutes in 55 match-ups.

Pinkston, 24, finished his senior season at Dartmouth College of the ECAC this year, tallying 4-9-13, 26 penalty minutes and a +14 rating. In 117 contests with Dartmouth, the Trenton, Michigan native posted 11-23-34 and 126 penalty minutes. From 2008-11, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman skated in 147 games with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, accumulating 9-31-40 and 271 penalty minutes.

Weinstein, 24, recorded 5-18-23 with six penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 35 games this season with Bentley University of the AHA. During his four years at Bentley, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound defenseman earned 14-91-105 and 36 penalty minutes. The Los Angeles, California native has also skated in 153 contests with the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbus Hockey league, posting 10-49-99 and 12 penalty minutes in 153 games.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Thunder Sign Former Vernon Vipers Goaltender Gore:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Stockton Thunder have signed former Vernon Vipers goaltender Lucas Gore. 

Gore spent the previous five seasons with the University of Regina.  In 7 games with the Thunder Gore is 2-4-1 with a 4.37 GAA 

Gore played one season in Vernon (2007-08). In 27 games with the Vipers Gore went 14-8-1 with a 3.31 GAA before joining the Western Hockey League Chilliwack Bruins the following season.

Lucas Gores Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=23803

This is posted on the Thunder website:

Netminder Gore Signed, Joins Team

Thursday, 03.05.15

By admin

The Thunder have signed former Chilliwack Bruin and University of Regina goaltender Lucas Gore to a contract ahead of tonight’s game in Boise, ID.

The Stockton Thunder, owned by the Calgary Flames and proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, signs goalie Lucas Gore to a contract before the team takes the ice against the Idaho Steelheads tonight at 6:10 p.m. PST.

Gore, 24, tended the Chilliwack Bruins net of the WHL for parts of four seasons, posting a 60-61-12 record and 10 shutouts before heading to the University of Regina to play four years with the CIS side, the University of Regina Cougars. While in the CIS, Gore recorded a 22-46-1 record with 2 shutouts.

The Kamloops, British Columbia Native was named the goaltender of the week in the entire Canadian Hockey League twice, once in 2010 and again in 2011. Gore made international headlines for a game on March 16, 2011 where he stopped 77 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Spokane Chiefs.

The goaltender holds the WHL record for the most saves made in regulation with 72 and the WHL record for most saves in regulation and overtime with 77.

The Thunder return home for the final three games of the year against the Idaho Steelheads on March 13, 14 and 15. For tickets call (209) 373-1500 or visit StocktonThunder.com.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Former Vipers Conroy & Hannoun-Western Canada Cup Champs!


Former Vernon Vipers forwards Dakota Conroy & Demico Hannoun & the Penticton Vees have won their first Western Canada Cup Saturday after a 4-3 overtime win over the RBC Cup Hosts Portage Terriers at the WCC in Fort McMurray.

Here are the game highlight's,

https://vimeo.com/126738124 

The Vees are looking for their third National Championship are making their fourth appearance at the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup.

This was in the Penticton Herald Newspaper:

Chartier hero as Vees win the West

May 2, 2015

by David Crompton

After surrendering the lead in the last minute, the resilient Penticton Vees recovered in overtime to beat the No. 1 team in the country and capture the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup Junior-A hockey title.

Connor Chartier stuffed home a rebound of Dakota Conroy’s bad-angle shot from the right side at 2:59 of overtime as the Vees defeated the Portage Terriers 4-3 in front of 943 fans Saturday at the Casman Centre in Fort McMurray.

Both teams had already clinched berths in the RBC Cup May 9-17 in Portage, Man., but played for keeps in a thrilling game from start to finish.

Portage will play the Melfort Mustangs in an essentially meaningless game Sunday aftrenoon. Melfort defeated the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-2 earlier Saturday to earn the second West region berth at the RBC Cup, while Portage is in as the host team.

The Vees will open the five-team RBC Cup – ironically against the host Portage team – next Saturday at 12 noon.

Riley Alferd, Dante Fabbro and Steen Cooper had the other goals for the Vees, while Taylor Friesen, Tyler Jeanson and Zack Waldvogel connected for Portage.

Tournament MVP Hunter Miska was magnificent again with 34 saves for the Vees, while Justin Laforest made 32 saves for Portage but gave up the weak goal in overtime.

A tough first period proved to be the difference when Portage beat the Vees in the round-robin game, but this time Penticton got the jump.

Off a faceoff win by Alferd, Jack Ramsey got a spin-around shot on goal and Alferd went to the net and tucked home the rebound at 7:01.

Friesen tied it on his own rebound at 13:41 after the Vees got caught on a slow line change. Tanner Jago assisted.

An extremely quick whistle cost the Vees the go-ahead goal a minute later. Again it was Ramsey getting the shot on goal and the puck was clearly loose, but referee Mark Pearce ruled it out as Alferd tapped the puck into the open net.

The Vees did reclaim the lead at 5:15 of the second period as Fabbro’s seeing-eye shot made its way through a maze of legs and past a helpless Laforest. Patrick Sexton and Matt Serratore earned the assists.

Penticton opened up a 3-1 lead on the power play at 15:35. After some terrific puck movement, Mike Lee directed a shot from the right point that Laforest stopped through traffic, but Cooper drove hard to the net and slipped in the rebound. Conroy also assisted.

But the Vees couldn’t handle prosperity and let the Terriers get back within 3-2 just 25 seconds later, as Jeanson scored on another rebound from Brett Orr and Jordan Boyd.

Fabbro was knocked from the game in the third period and did not return after taking a pair of dangerous hits to the head, neither of which went penalized.

With 2:48 to go, Vees forward Tyson Jost was whistled for a marginal holding-the-stick infraction on the offensive zone.

Portage got Laforest for an extra skater to make it a 6-on-4 and Waldvogel tied it up with 56 seconds left, tipping Jago’s point shot and then swiping home his own rebound.

On the Vees first offensive foray in overtime, Conroy lofted a soft shot from the right side that somehow went right through Laforest and appeared to be going in anyway before a hard-driving Chartier made sure of it.

Miska and Jago – who had two assists – were the game MVPs.

ICE CHIPS: Miska was also named the tourney’s top goaltender, Jost was named top forward and top scorer, while Miska, Jost and D Miles Gendron were named to the tourney all-star team ... With veteran F Cam Amantea out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, rookie F Jordy Bellerive dressed for the Vees but played sparingly ... In the Dudley Hewitt Cup final, Soo Thunderbirds edged the host Fort Frances Lakers 3-2 and will represent the Central region at the RBC Cup ... Carleton Place Canadians play Dieppe Commandos today in the Fred Page Cup final, with the winner to represent the East region.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Viper Alumni Hammond's Success Presents The Senators With A Pickle:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 2015.

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 where he would finish the remainder of the season in the NHL with the Senators.     

Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory.

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 in the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper:

Hammond's regular season success presents the Senators with a pickle

Ken Warren, Ottawa Citizen

Published on: April 28, 2015

Now that it’s all over, The Hamburglar’s contract situation has left the Ottawa Senators in a bit of a pickle this barbecue season.

Goaltender Andrew Hammond is to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, while Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner have guaranteed NHL contracts. Anderson has three years remaining on his deal, while Lehner, still experiencing post-concussion symptoms, is under contract through the end of the 2016-17 season.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hammond said Tuesday, as Senators players packed up and said goodbye for the year. “I love Ottawa. I love everything about Ottawa: The fans, the organization and everything. It’s still early. No one knows what’s going to happen here. I’d obviously love to stay.”

During Hammond’s record-setting 20-1-2 stretch, his agent, Dan Plante, and Senators general manager Bryan Murray agreed to put any contract discussions on hold.

Along with his teammates, Hammond has spent the past few days getting over the disappointment of the six-game first-round playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens. He recognizes his contract is big topic that he and the Senators need to discuss, but he’s not ready to go there just yet. He hasn’t talked to his agent about the next step.

“Obviously, my contract situation does play into it, but the season is just ending, it’s pretty fresh.”

The Senators will certainly entertain trade talks for Anderson and Lehner – the NHL draft could be the trigger for a swap — but Lehner’s health could prevent a team from taking a chance on him. Also keep in mind that part of the Senators sales pitch in trying to sign Boston University goaltending prospect Matt O’Connor is that there would not be a long line of netminders ahead of him on the depth chart.

Hammond has also not allowed himself to dwell on his remarkable, improbable rise to become the key piece of the greatest comeback to a playoff spot in NHL history, after spending the first half of the season struggling with Binghamton of the American Hockey League. He says he needs some time to “decompress” after the crazy ride.

“I’m going to try and make a conscientious effort to look back at everything and soak it in. Part of being able to have success at this level is being able to be numb to what’s kind of going on around you. At the same time, it was my dream growing up to play in the NHL and to go through what we’ve gone through, so it’s also important to kind of take a step back and enjoy it as well.”

While Hammond says he’s comfortable in the NHL and is confident that he can “be an asset to an (NHL) team,” he’s also not assuming he’s guaranteed to be in the big leagues next season.

Even though the end of his season came on a bit of a sour note, replaced by Anderson after losing the opening two playoff games against the Canadiens, he understands why the move was made.

“Every goalie wants to play every game, it’s just natural and the the decision was made,” he said. “You can look around the league and we’re not unique in that regard that that happened. There are goaltenders (Corey Crawford) have won Stanley Cups that are sitting on the bench, so for me to be kind of selfish about it and take away from the team wouldn’t be right. I understand the decision and obviously you saw what happened and Craig played extremely well. Part of being a good goaltender is being a good team player.”

Anderson, in fact, played that role for the longest time while Hammond was the star of the show. On Tuesday, Anderson paid the utmost respect to Hammond.

“That was remarkable,” Anderson said of Hammond’s performance in the final two months of the regular season. “There would have been no opportunity to play in the playoffs if it wasn’t for what the team and Andrew did. It was outstanding. He was so calm, so controlled, so humble. He came in, worked so hard. It’s one of those things where you can’t explain it, but he did it. He found a way to do it. It’s a credit to what his make-up is.”