Monday, July 6, 2015

Vernon Vipers 2015-16 Schedule:

The BCHL released it's 2015-16 regular season schedule June 26th, Here is a look at this year's Vernon Vipers schedule.

September:

Friday, September 11th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, September 12th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 16th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Friday, September 18th Coquitlam @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, September 19th Chilliwack @ Vernon 6pm
Saturday, September 26th Vernon @ Wenatchee 3:30pm (BCHL Showcase-In Chilliwack)
Sunday, September 27th Cowichan @ Vernon 10am (BCHL Showcase-In Chilliwack)

October:

Friday, October 2nd Vernon @ Powell River 7:15pm
Saturday, October 3rd Vernon @ Nanaimo 6pm
Sunday, October 4th Vernon @ Victoria 2pm
Friday, October 9th Nanaimo @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 10th Prince George @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, October 14th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, October 16th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 17th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Friday, October 23rd West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 24th Victoria @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, October 28th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, October 30th Trail @ Vernon 7pm

November:

Friday, November 6th Vernon @ Alberni Valley 7pm
Saturday, November 7th Vernon @ Cowichan 7pm
Sunday, November 8th Vernon @ Surrey 4pm
Tuesday, November 10th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, November 14th Vernon @ Wenatchee 7:05pm
Wednesday, November 18th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, November 20th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Sunday, November 22nd Alberni Valley @ Vernon 2pm
Wednesday, November 25th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Friday, November 27th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, November 28th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 6pm

December:

Wednesday, December 2nd Vernon @ Coquitlam 7pm
Friday, December 4th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Saturday, December 5th Cowichan @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, December 9th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, December 12th Vernon @ Langley 6pm
Tuesday, December 15th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Wednesday, December 16th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Friday, December 18th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Sunday, December 20th Powell River @ Vernon 2pm

January:

Friday, January 1st Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, January 8th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 9th Vernon @ Merritt 8pm
Tuesday, January 12th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Friday, January 15th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Friday, January 22nd West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 23rd Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Friday, January 29th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 30th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm

February:

Wednesday, February 3rd Vernon @ Prince George 7pm
Tuesday, February 9th Vernon @ Merritt 7pm
Friday, February 12th Langley @ Vernon 7pm
Tuesday, February 16th Vernon @ West Kelowna 11am
Wednesday, February 17th West Kelowna @ Vernon 11am
Friday, February 19th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Saturday, February 20th Vernon @ Chilliwack 7pm
Tuesday, February 23rd Surrey @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, February 26th Wenatchee @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 27th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Eagles Release Former Viper D-Man Morgan:

The South Korean Hanwha Eagles have released
former Vernon Vipers defenceman Nyjer Morgan.  Morgan played in just ten games before being released.

Morgan signed with the Eagles on December 12th 2014 was kicked out of the Eagles preseason baseball camp in February before returning to the ball club on a later date. 

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 posted on the globalpost.com website:

Hanwha Eagles release ex-big leaguer Nyjer Morgan

May 6, 2015

SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles Wednesday released a former major league outfielder Nyjer Morgan.

Morgan appeared in just 10 games in his first season in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) League, batting .273 with five RBIs and a steal.

Morgan, 34, came in with 598 Major League Baseball (MLB) games under his belt. He was kicked out of the Eagles' spring camp twice, and spent most of his preseason with the Eagles' minor league affiliate. He'd signed a one-year deal worth US$550,000, along with a $150,000 signing bonus.

Morgan is a career .282 hitter with 120 steals in the majors.

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 in 2014 but was limited to 15 games.

The Eagles said they are looking for a former big leaguer who has played outfield and catcher as Morgan's replacement.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

BCHL News & Trades:

Here's a look around the league on what some of the other teams have been up to this off season regarding trades, player announcements and other team news.

I found these press releases off team websites, other hockey blogs or online.

BCHL News & Trades:

Armour & McLean Commit To Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters added two players to their new recruits. Committing to the Smokies for the 2015-16 season are 17-year-old Ross Armour and 17-year-old Spencer McLean. Both players skated with the junior B Beaver Valley NiteHawks in 2014-15, finishing second and third respectively in scoring. Armour had 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists) in 49 games and McLean notched 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games this season, which are impressive totals for 16-year-olds making their first foray into junior hockey. Amour played seven games as an affiliate player with the Smoke Eaters and McLean played five games as an AP with Trail, each posting two assists.

Hardy & Page Commit To Nanaimo:

The Nanaimo Clippers announced the commitment of two new players for the 2015-16 season. Heading to the Hub City are 16-year-old forward Owen Hardy and 19-year-old defenseman Louis-Philippe Page. Hardy is from Nanaimo and played this past season with the North Island Silvertips of the BC Major Midget League. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games with the Silvertips and no points in three games with the Clippers as an affiliate player. Hardy played for Team BC at last month's Canada Winter Games and had one assist. He was selected in the 2nd round, 42nd overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Page comes from the Deerfield Academy Varsity Boys high school team in Deerfield, MA. He's played three seasons with Deerfield and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 26 games this season. Page was a 2nd round pick, 34th overall, by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

O’Brien Leaves Spruce Kings For Western Hockey League:

Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins is pleased to announce that 1997-born forward Brogan O’Brien (Prince George, B.C.) has signed a standard WHL player agreement with the Prince George Cougars. Brogan O’Brien (6’2”, 195 pounds) has spent each of the past two seasons with the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL. During the 2014-15 season, O’Brien scored 12 goals and added 17 assists for 29 points in 57 regular season games. He also added two goals and three assists in 10 playoff games. In January 2015, O’Brien represented Team West at the CJHL Top Prospect’s Game, which was held in Oakville, ON. His CHL rights were acquired by the Prince George Cougars in a trade with the Kelowna Rockets at the 2015 WHL trade deadline in exchange for Chance Braid. Brogan cracked NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary List of Players to Watch List with a ‘C’ rating back in September, 2014. “We are very pleased to welcome Brogan and the O’Brien family to the Prince George Cougars organization,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “We’ve been following his development closely over the past two seasons. He’s excelled at every level he’s played at, including the B.C. Major Midget League with the Cariboo Cougars, and the BCHL with the Prince George Spruce Kings. Brogan has professional hockey aspirations and the Prince George Cougars will provide the necessary development to help him get there.” Harkins adds, “He’s a very skilled, big-bodied forward that imposes his size and strength on opposing teams to create offense. He has a very high hockey IQ that allows him to make the players around him better. He will be a big part of our core group moving forward on a team that is already rich with 1997-born talent.” O’Brien was introduced to his new teammates today and joined them on the ice for practice this morning.

Ayre & Ginnetto Commit To Langley Rivermen:

The Langley Rivermen added two new players to the "New Recruits". The players added are 17-year-old forward Trevor Ayre and 16-year-old Cameron Ginnetti. Ayre is from Surrey and played 2014-15 with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League. He was seventh in league scoring with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games. Ayre also got into five BCHL games with the Rivermen as an affiliate player, but didn't register any points. Ginnetti played junior B hockey this past season with Grandview Steelers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. In 32 games with the Steelers, the Vancouver native picked up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He also had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 12 playoff games for Grandview, which advanced to the Tom Shaw Conference Finals in the PJHL. Ginnetti played four games with Langley as an AP, scoring no points.

First Of Two Cents’ Spring Camps Begin:

There’s no shortage of young hockey players aspiring to play in the British Columbia Hockey League. Not according to the speed with which registrations came in for this weekend’s Merritt Centennials’ spring camp and where the players are coming from. A capacity 88 players, ranging in age from 16 to 19 and hailing from all parts of North America, are signed up to take part in the three-day Cents’ evaluation camp that runs from Friday to Sunday at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. A second camp is scheduled for Abbotsford on the June 12 to 14 weekend. Incoming players will be assigned to one of five teams that will take part in a series of scrimmages with each other, commencing at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and continuing through to 1:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Breaking down the numbers, a total of 10 goalies will be at the spring camp, along with 30 defencemen and 48 forwards. According to their year of birth, the largest contingent of players is 1997-born (34), followed by 1998 (31), 1999 (17), 1996 (5) and 1995 (1). Not surprisingly, given the time of year and the fact that schools are still in session, the largest group of participants in this weekend’s camp are from B.C. (71). Eight players are from Alberta and another nine from various parts of the United States, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington State. Of the 88 players registered to attend, 42 played some level of midget hockey this past season, from Tier 3 to major midget, while another 22 were involved in hockey academy programs such as Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna and OHA in Penticton. Sixteen players are coming to camp with at least one year of Junior B experience, and one having played Junior A. Two American-born players competed for their high school teams. Merritt and area is well-represented at the camp with six invitees. Goaltender Kritstian Stead spent this past season playing for the 100 Mile House Wranglers of the KIJHL, while fellow puckstopper Sam Suzuki toiled between the pipes for the local Jr. Centennials midget squad. Suzuki’s teammate Grady Musgrave is the lone defenceman at the Cents’ camp with ties to the Nicola Valley. The hometown forwards include Marcelo Bose and Logan Lake’s Eric Lalonde (both played for the Merritt midgets), Riley Barnes (Golden Rockets, KIJHL) and Sunil Sahota (Thompson Blazers, BCMML). Some of the players expected to be here this weekend have interesting connections to Centennials past and present. Current Cents’ forward Nick Fidanza will have his younger brother Michael at camp, skating with Jovin Kaila, a distant cousin of Centennials’ defenceman Malik Kaila. The Michigan trio of Hunter Kero, Mitchell Kalleward and Cale Markham are all related to former Merritt goalie Devin Kero, who played one season (2013-14) for the Cents before earning a scholarship to Michigan Tech. Brothers Rory and Hunter Garlasco, from Mahwah, New Jersey, came to the attention of Cents’ assistant coach Joe Martin through long-time friend Peter Goulet from Kingston, Ont. who coached Rory in Nepean (outside Ottawa) this past season. Martin is pleased with the talent that has signed up for this year’s first evaluation camp, especially considering all that’s going on still hockey-wise. “It’s actually not the best weekend,” Martin said. “The Cyclone Cup (provincial Jr. B championship) is taking place at the same time in Kimberley, as well as the B.C.-Alberta major midget finals involving the North East Chiefs from Vancouver. This past weekend, 16 teams were busy with the U.S. midget championships. It’s unlikely we’d see any of those players.” While on paper the Centennials have 14 players eligible to return next season, Martin is anticipating the number will be more like nine or 10, leaving plenty of spots open for new additions. Expected to return and contend for their place on the team are defencemen Malik Kaila, Tyrell Buckley, Cole Arcuri and Matt Foley, forwards Gavin Gould, Colin Grannary, Nick Fidanza, Brandon Duhaime and Zac Bowles, along with goaltender Anthony Pupplo. Question marks when it comes to returning to Merritt are forward Devin Oakes (expected to retire following season-ending shoulder surgery), forwards Cole Chorney and Stephan Seeger (both expected to try and return to major Junior), and forward James Neil (out with long-term concussion symptoms). Martin said that both he and head coach and GM Luke Pierce know exactly what they’re looking for going into the spring camps. “Stability and maturity both on and off the ice,” Martin said. “Character kids that can play in any situation, and are using their time at the rink every day to get better.” Martin said that he really likes the returning group of core players for next season, but the team is intent upon finding players who will push those returnees for ice time each and every day.

Former Silverbacks Head Coach Leaves Rockets:

The junior B Golden Rockets of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League are looking for a GM/Head Coach for the 2015-16 season. Ty Davidson tendered his resignation from the Rockets, effective at the end of this season. He's a former Head Coach of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks who also played in the BCHL for Nanaimo and Penticton and cited being closer to home and family as the reason for his resignation.

De Melo & Mitchell Commit To Salmon Arm:

A pair of Okanagan Rockets players have committed to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks for the 2015-16 season. Joining Salmon Arm are 17-year-old defenseman Sam De Melo and 16-year-old forward Marcus Mitchell. Both players are from Kelowna and although they both played for the Rockets in the BC Major Midget League in 2014-15, their seasons were markedly different. De Melo was injured after just one game and didn't play at all for the remainder of the season as he rehabbed the injury. He was listed as an affiliate player by the SilverBacks, but didn't get into a game with them. Mitchell was named the Rockets MVP after producing 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 39 games. He played one game with Salmon Arm as an AP, but didn't register any points.

Express Name LaChimea Sales & Marketing Manager:

Please join us in welcoming Frankie LaChimea as the Express' new Sales & Marketing Manager! Frankie interned with the team over the last season and we are excited to have him join us full time in his new role.

Chilliwack-Trail Trade:

The Chiefs announced today that they have completed the January trade that saw Scott Davidson acquired from the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for Evan MacEachern and future considerations. To complete the trade, the Chiefs have sent forward Kurt Black to the Smoke Eaters. Black spent two seasons with the Chiefs, scoring 28 goals and adding 41 assists in 112 regular season games. He added two goals and three assists in ten playoff games this season as the Chiefs captured the Mainland Division championship. The Chiefs wish Kurt all the best and would like to thank him for all he did both on the ice and in the community of Chilliwack.

Spruce Kings Named Van Diemen New Head Coach-GM:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are very excited to announce the hiring of Chad van Diemen as the team’s new head coach. The 33-year-old van Diemen joins the Spruce Kings after having spent the last six seasons with the Powell River Kings, most in an associate head coach/general manager role. During his time in Powell River the team compiled an impressive 205 – 122 – 35 record for a .632 win percentage. Other achievements in Powell River include 2010-11 BCHL regular season championship with 46-11-3 record, 46-36 Playoff record for .561 win percentage, 2010-11 BCHL single season record for least GA (115 GA in 60 GP), three-time Coastal Conference champions. Chad played four seasons as a defenceman in the BCHL from 1998 to 2002 including stops in Nanaimo, Powell River and Quesnel. In 2001-02 he tallied 53 points in 56 games played for The Quesnel Millionaires. He then went on and played four seasons of NCAA hockey with Iona College and Manhattanville College, graduating from Manhattanville with a degree in business management. “I’m very excited that we are able to bring in a young, energetic coach like Chad,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “I have known Chad for a number of years and have always respected the way in which he helped build very good teams in Powell River and the way that he got the most out of his players. “There are many parallels between our organization and Powell River’s organization. I think this will help with the transition and will allow us to hit the ground running and work towards building next year’s team.” Chad is married to wife Laura and they have two young boys, Dallas (2) and Kyle (1). They are excited about the move to Prince George and look forward to becoming part of the Prince George community and culture.

Robillard Commits To Coquitlam:

Defenseman Troy Robillard has committed to join the Coquitlam Express for 2015-16. The 16-year-old had seven assists in 37 games this season for the BC Major Midget League's Vancouver NE Chiefs. He added one assist in four BCMML playoff games with the Chiefs. Robillard also played one game with the Express as an affiliate player, failing to register a point.

Powell River Kings Names Sawyer New Assistant Coach:

The Kings would like to thank, and wish good luck to outgoing Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Chad Van Diemen, who has taken up the position of Head Coach for the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings. The move ends a 6-year tenure with the Kings for Van Diemen. “Chad’s been a crucial part of our staff for a long time now” says Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis. “He’s been excellent especially with the college aspect of the game, communicating with schools and ensuring our guys are getting a good look.” Van Diemen is spending the weekend looking over Spruce Kings prospects, and then will return to Powell River and begin the process of moving up to BC’s Northern capital. “We’re going to miss Chad, his wife Laura and their two sons Dallas and Kyle” says Lewis. “We as a team and I wish them nothing but the best up north.” In turn with van Diemen’s departure, the Kings have hired Brock Sawyer as a full-time Assistant Coach. Sawyer played with the club for 1 and a half seasons between 2007 and 2008 and joined the team as an Assistant Coach last season after a successful college career at Elmira University and pro-hockey afterwards.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Oilers Invite Ex Viper Forwards Sanford & Coughlin To Orientation-Prospects Camp:

The Edmonton Oilers have invited former Vernon Vipers forward Cole Sanford to the Oilers 2015 Orientation Camp from July 1st to 6th at Rexall Place, while former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Coughlin has been invited to the Oilers Prospects Camp.

Here is a look at the Oilers Orientation Camp schedule & roster,

http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=773001

Here is a look at the Oilers Prospects Camp roster,

http://oilers.nhl.com/club/roster.htm?type=prospect 

Sanford spent the past three seasons with the Western Hockey League (WHL) Medicine Hat Tigers finishing his Junior hockey career with the Tigers.  The Vernon product was fourth in WHL scoring last year played in 72 regular season games with the Tigers collecting (50-goals-45-assists-95-points).  Sanford was a affiliated player "AP" with the 2011-12 Vipers went pointless in eight games.

Cole Sanford's Player Profile:

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

Coughlin spent the past two seasons in Vernon (2013-2015) In 107 games with the Vipers Coughlin collected (38-goals-67-assists-105 points).  Coughlin has committed to Vermont University for this coming season was drafted 130th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in Round 5 at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=248303

This was posted on the Vipers twitter account:

Former Viper will be at the prospects camp...

This is posted on the Tigers website:

SEVERAL TIGERS HEADED TO NHL DEVELOPMENT CAMPS

Jun 30, 2015

While the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft has come and gone, NHL interest in Tigers players is just starting to heat up. Professional clubs have gotten savvier in recent years, digging through the rosters of CHL teams searching for the next great untapped - and undrafted - talent.

A bevy of Tabbies had their cell phones go off in the moments after the draft, including forwards Trevor Cox, Cole Sanford, Dryden Hunt and Markus Eisenschmid.

With 109 points in the regular season, it's hardly surprising Trevor Cox would garner somebody's attention, in this case that of the Washington Capitals, who invited the shifty playmaker to their Development Camp.

"I can't wait to go down there, experience my first NHL camp and see what's its all about," says Cox, whose phone rang just a few minutes after the draft.

Cox has been been billet brothers with Capitals draft pick Tyler Lewington for the past three seasons, and is perhaps the beneficiary of the NHL club coming to check in on its defensive prospect. Whatever the case, Trevor is thrilled to be putting his skills on display at Washington's camp.

"I was obviously really excited when I found out. Having my roommate Tyler going there is going to make it that much more special and interesting. I'm really looking forward to the experience and seeing what a pro environment is all about," adds Cox.

Cox and fellow linemate Cole Sanford generated a ton of attention all season long with their highlight reel goals and otherworldly chemistry. The payoff for Sanford is an invitation to the Edmonton Oilers Orientation Camp, which kicks off on Canada Day. 

"After the draft I got a call from my agent saying they wanted me to attend the camp, and I ended up accepting the offer Sunday night," says Sanford, already in Edmonton for medical and fitness testing that begins Wednesday.  "Got the call Monday and got everything organized. Obviously, it feels good to finally get a chance to experience a NHL camp."

This weekend's draft saw the Montreal Canadiens select forward Matt Bradley in the 5th round. Matt was thoroughly scouted by many NHL teams throughout the season, and it turns out the Habs were enamoured with more than just Bradley, as a pair of his teammates will be joining him in 'la belle province' later this week.

"Montreal said if I were not to get drafted I was invited to their camp," says Tigers forward Dryden Hunt, who found out well in advance of last weekend where he would be skating next. "Getting drafted would have been an honour, but this is the next best thing."

Montreal wasn't done with the Tigers yet, as just shortly after the draft another Bengal found his phone buzzing with good news. Import forward Markus Eisenschmid would be joining his teammates at Canadiens camp.

"I found out about 10 minutes after the NHL draft when my agent texted me that Montreal wants to have me there for July 4th," says Eisenschmid. "I'm very excited for my first camp and it's an unbelievable opportunity."

Added Hunt: "I couldn't be happier heading to Montreal on Friday, especially because I get to share the week with Brads and Marky."

Tigers fans couldn't be happier to see those that they've cheered on all season long are getting their just due and a good look from NHL camps as well.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Vipers BCHL Schedule Heavy On Friday Nighters With 13

This was in yesterdays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers’ BCHL schedule heavy on Friday nighters with 13

Jul 1, 2015

The Vernon Vipers better be primed for Friday night hockey next season.

The Snakes will play 13 of their 28 home B.C. Hockey League games on Friday nights, starting Sept. 11 when they entertain the Trail Smoke Eaters in their season opener.

“Opening night is Sept. 11 but unlike the last three years, the Bauer BCHL Showcase will not be the start of the regular season,” said BCHL media director Brent Mutis.

“There will be two weekends of regular-season games before the Showcase takes place Sept. 24 to 27 in Chilliwack. Each team plays 58 games this season. With the Wenatchee Wild joining the BCHL, there are now 17 teams and there will be 493 total games.”

Vernon will play five home dates on Saturday (special 6:00 starts) and Wednesday nights. They have three Tuesday nighters and two Sunday matinees.

The Vipers face Wenatchee and Cowichan Valley at the showcase at Prospera Centre. Vernon’s first major road trip goes Oct. 2-4 when they battle the Powell River Kings, Nanaimo Clippers and Victoria Grizzlies.

Vernon heads to Port Alberni, Cowichan Valley, and Surrey for games Nov. 6-7-8.

The Vipers finish 2015 with a Sunday afternoon tilt versus Powell River Dec. 20 at Kal Tire Place. Vernon hosts the defending BCHL champion Penticton Vees in a special New Year’s Day Friday contest at 7 p.m.

Again, the league is playing a full interlock schedule, meaning each team will host every other team and also visit every other team. This will be done once each with out-of-division teams while in-division rivals will meet multiple times home and away. The regular season ends Sunday, Feb. 28 with the playoffs starting Friday, March 4.

The 2016 Royal Bank Cup will be hosted May 14-21 by the Alberta-Saskatchewan border town Lloydminster Bobcats.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grizzly Adams Release Viper Alumni Scofield:

The EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams
have released former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield. EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams are a professional ice hockey club of the German professional ice hockey league Deutsche Eishockey Liga.  Scofield signed with EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams on January 28th 2015 played in just nine games before being released collected (1-goal-3-assists-4-points).   

Scofield had previously spent his entire professional career in Europe playing with three different teams from 2009-2014 before signing with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign on December 4, 2014. Scoffield was suspended by the Reign on January 27th 2015 after 18 games for leaving the team to play overseas. Scofield collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points).

Scofield started last season with the Moser Medical Graz 99ers, an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria that play in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league. Scofield collected (5-goals-0-assists-5-points) in eight games with Graz 99ers before leaving the team on November 4th 2014.

Scofield spent the past four seasons in Austria with Klagenfurter Athletiksport. Klagenfurt AC is a professional ice hockey team from Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League. In 49 games last season Scofield collected (18-goals-10-assists-28-points).

Scofield played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2000-2002) before being traded to Prince George during the 2001-2002 season. The Vipers sent Scofield and Mark Nelson to the Spruce Kings in return for Rod Pelly, Dan Rossi & Josh Ciocco. In 79 games with the Vipers Scofield collected (21-goals-19-assists-40-points).

Tyler Scofield's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=34054

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's Blog:

Scofield Released by Grizzly Adams

Monday, April 13, 2015

Forward Tyler Scofield (Vernon, Prince George, Alberni Valley, 2000-04) wasn't tendered a new contract for the 2015-16 season by Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg of the German Elite League. Scofield, who's from Prince George, BC, had four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games with Wolfsburg this season. He also played 18 games with the ECHL's Ontario Reign and eight games with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian League in 2014-15.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BCHL News & Trades:

Here's a look around the league on what some of the other teams have been up to this off season regarding trades, player announcements and other team news.

I found these press releases off team websites, other hockey blogs or online.

BCHL News & Trades:

Turnbull Commits To Kings:

The Powell River Kings are proud to announce the commitment of 1998-born forward Carter Turnbull for next season. Turnbull, who turns 17 in September, is from Nanaimo and joined the Kings at their main camp this past August as well as playing in exhibition games for the club. This season, Turnbull was with the VIJHL’s Nanaimo Buccaneers and was 2nd in team scoring with 31 goals and 40 assists for 71 points. Those numbers also had Turnbull 9th in league scoring. Listed at 5’7, 155lbs, Turnbull is a small forward who isn’t afraid to mix it up. "Powell River plays a gritty game, and I like that" says Turnbull. "I’m hoping to bring some offence to the table, I like to be creative in the offensive zone." In addition to his time in Nanaimo, Turnbull played 1 game with the Kings and 4 with Cowichan Valley as an affiliate, scoring a goal and adding an assist with the Caps. "Carter is a very good player who is going to have a big role with our hockey club" says Kings Head Coach and General Manager Kent Lewis. "He’s obviously a very gifted player offensively, but he’s also smart with the puck and that’s why we’re excited to have him with us next season." With a successful season in Nanaimo under his belt, Turnbull set his mind on playing in the BCHL for the 2015/2016 campaign, and decided that he wanted to do that in Powell River. "The Kings are always a contender in the playoffs, they always have a good, tough team" says Turnbull. "Also some of the best coaching staff in the league, and it’s a beautiful town so there really wasn’t any reason not to choose Powell River." "We had a good look at Carter during camp and exhibitions last year and he certainly demonstrated that he can play at this level" says Lewis. "We felt the best thing for his development at the time was to spend time with the Buccaneers logging a lot of minutes there, and be able to come up to Junior A next season and play a big role for us." "Obviously it’s faster, it’s smarter, it’s better passing, better goalies, all around better" says Turnbull. "The challenge will be adapting to that and getting used to working with new guys and better players. I have ice time in the summer to get my feet wet, and lots of time in the gym in order for me to get stronger and bigger and ready for the season." Turnbull will be in Powell River late August as the eligible returnees assemble for Main Camp in town, in preparation of the 2015/2016 season beginning in September.

Trail-Merritt Trade:

The Merritt Centennials traded 18-year-old Rhett Willcox to the Trail Smoke Eaters as the future considerations. The deal completes the trade that saw the Cents pick up 20-year-old defenseman Griffyn Martin. Martin, who's from Fairfield, CT, had ten assists in 20 games with Merritt after posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 35 games with the Smoke Eaters. He played two games of NCAA hockey with Union College in 2013-14 before joining Trail this past season. Willcox, from Surrey, BC, is a veteran of two BCHL seasons in Merritt. He notched 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 97 career games with the Centennials. Willcox is a 10th round selection of the Portland Winterhawks in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

Dupas Leaves Sprince Kings:

"The world has gotten smaller because of technology," Hawes said, "and the hockey world is even smaller. Within a couple of hours of the announcement, I was getting calls and texts from people interested in the position." Dupas resigned to be closer to his family in the Okanagan, and Hawes says it wasn’t a complete surprise. His wife and two children had remained in West Kelowna after he took the Spruce Kings job partway through the 2010-11 season. "It wasn’t a shock. It’s always a tough situation when you’re away from your family for that long. Four and a half years is a long time to be in that situation." Hawes says there is a good chance the team will have hired a new coach by the time the Prospects Camp starts. "I’ve kind of overseen the Prospects Camp in the past, so it’s not necessary that we have a coach in place, but there’s a very good chance we will." The Prospects Camp will give the Spruce Kings executive and coaching staff a chance to look at players who will possibly be with the team next season. "We have 12 players eligible to return next season," Hawes said. "All 12 would be key contributors. We have one goalie, four defencemen and seven forwards. "That’s part of my job as general manager, to try and make sure we have a good nucleus of players coming back"

Meyer & Dingmann Commit To Bulldogs:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce two commitments for the 2015/16 season: 6'4" defenseman Paul Meyer from the Edina HS Hornets in Edina, MN, and 6'4" forward Nathan Dingmann from the Wayzata HS Trojans. Both Meyer and Dingmann played together for the Minnesota Blades Major Midget program. Meyer is a big, solid, two-way defenseman. This season for Edina, Meyer contributed 17 point in 25 regular season games. Currently after two section playoff games, Meyer sits with 3 goals and 2 assists. Edina HS won the Minnesota state championships last season. Dingmann is described in an ISS scouting report by Pat Forciea, a former Executive Vice President with the Minnesota North Stars who also served on the NHL Board of Governors, as a massive forward that is athletic and gifted. Dingmann's assets include his skating, offensive upside, hockey sense, and a passion and drive for the game. Dingmann is projected to be a quality top 6 forward at the NCAA level. "I am very proud to have the opportunity to continue my hockey career playing with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs," said Dingmann. "I look forward to becoming a member of the team next season!" The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very excited to welcome Paul and Nathan to the Bulldogs family for the 2015/16 season.

Hardy & Page Commit To Nanaimo Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers announced the commitment of two new players for the 2015-16 season. 16-year-old forward Owen Hardy and 19-year-old defenseman Louis-Philippe Page. Hardy is from Nanaimo and played this past season with the North Island Silvertips of the BC Major Midget League. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games with the Silvertips and no points in three games with the Clippers as an affiliate player. Hardy played for Team BC at last month's Canada Winter Games and had one assist. He was selected in the 2nd round, 42nd overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Page comes from the Deerfield Academy Varsity Boys high school team in Deerfield, MA. He's played three seasons with Deerfield and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 26 games this season. Page was a 2nd round pick, 34th overall, by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Busy Off Season Ahead For Spruce Kings:

Mike Hawes has quite the to-do list in front of him this summer.Hire a head coach. Fill the remaining roster spots for the 2015-16 season.It's all in a day's work for the general manager of the Prince George Spruce Kings.Hawes hasn't had to worry about filling the head coach role in four-and-a-half seasons, but with Dave Dupas resigning Friday so he could be closer to his family that live full-time in Kelowna, there's now a vacancy behind the bench.During his time in Prince George, Dupas' teams never missed the B.C. Hockey League playoffs. This season, for the first time in 10 years, the Kings reached the second round of the playoffs before they were eliminated last week in four games by the Chilliwack Chiefs."The search (for the coach) has started. As soon as word got out, my phone's been ringing off the hook and guys have been emailing their resumes," said Hawes on Sunday. "There's a handful of individuals I want to have discussions with. I've got at least 12 resumes."With spring camp right around the corner from April 10 to 12 at the Coliseum, Hawes said since he oversees the camp and makes the decision on who to offer player cards to, it's not necessary to have someone in place before then. He would rather go through proper process and take his time hiring a new bench boss. As for the lineup, seven players won't be returning next season because they've earned NCAA hockey scholarships to U.S. universities for the 2015-16 season. They include forwards Chad Staley (Alaska-Anchorage), Jermiah Luedtke (Alaska-Fairbanks), Michael Buonincontri (St. Cloud State), defenceman Viktor Dombrovskiy (Harvard), and goaltender Jesse Jenks (Alaska-Fairbanks). Defenceman Karan Toor, who was sidelined for the entire year due to a groin injury, is off to Dartmouth, while forward Justin Rai, who only appeared in 25 games in the season after suffering a season-ending concussion, will go to school at the University of Maine. Forward Marco Ballarin and defencemen Adam Clements were eligible to return but were dealt on the weekend to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They were the future considerations in the deal Hawes made in December for defencemen Tyler Kunz who was later traded.The Kings will have a goaltender, four defencemen and six forwards eligible to return next season. They include goalie Alex Brooks-Potts, defencemen Cole McCaskill, Ryan Fritz, Alex Stoley and Matt Stief and forwards Jake LeBrun, Brogan O'Brien, Braiden Epp, Cole Todd, Nick Guerra, Daniel Nachbaur and Riley Hawes. "That's normal, usually having between 10 to 14 players return is an average year," said GM Hawes. "We have a good group of 12 back and Brooks-Potts is going to be a solid number one goaltender in the league. The building blocks we have are really good."Exit interviews with the players were conducted on Friday before they all returned home."The feedback we received was really good," said Hawes. "They were happy with the season and we have 12 guys who are eligible excited to come back. There's a guy like Stief from (Weston) Florida who loves Prince George. It's a good organization. He was at our spring camp last season and he loved the community then."So far, 60 players have registered for the spring camp and it rolls around, Hawes expects there will be 100 guys taking to the ice competing for five spots.The King were riddled with injuries this season, forcing Hawes to make roster moves on an almost weekly basis."It absolutely was one of the most difficult years in my role with the team," said Hawes. "Being able to ice a competitive team every night with a lot of turn-over losing a lot of man games to injuries. We don't have easy access to affiliate players like the Lower Mainland teams. Our closest junior B team is three-and-a-half hours away (in 100 Mile House). It was a lot of phone calls and definitely a lot of work, but it's part of my role."

Ayre & Ginnetti Commit To Langley:

The Langley Rivermen added two new recruits. 17-year-old forward Trevor Ayre and 16-year-old Cameron Ginnetti. Ayre is from Surrey and played 2014-15 with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League. He was seventh in league scoring with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games. Ayre also got into five BCHL games with the Rivermen as an affiliate player, but didn't register any points. Ginnetti played junior B hockey this past season with Grandview Steelers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. In 32 games with the Steelers, the Vancouver native picked up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He also had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 12 playoff games for Grandview, which advanced to the Tom Shaw Conference Finals in the PJHL. Ginnetti played four games with Langley as an AP, scoring no points.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mallards Add Ex Vernon Viper Eviston To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd 2015 the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced
the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Quad City Mallards have twenty three players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers forward Pearce Eviston.

Eviston finished his first season with the East Coast Hockey League Quad City Mallards. In 60 games last season with Quad City Eviston recorded (12-goals-15-assists-27-points).

Eviston started last year in Idaho after signing a try-out contract with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Idaho Steelheads.  Eviston attended the Steelheads Training Camp but never played a game was released on October 13th 2014. Eviston then an unrestricted free agent signed with Idaho on October 22nd 2014 before being traded to Quad City on the same day.

Eviston didnt play hockey in 2013-14 before returning in September 2014.  Eviston played parts of one season in Vernon (2012-13). The Vipers acquired the playing rights of Eviston from the Victoria Grizzlies on Seprember 19th 2011 for Jarryd Ten Vaanholt. Eviston currently playing with the WHL Portland Winterhawks at the time of the trade, joined-signed with the Vipers on August 3rd 2012. Eviston played in 34 regular season games with Vernon before being sent home. The Vipers ended up trading Eviston to Victoria on January 10th 2013 for future considerations.

Pearce Eviston's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=19842

This is posted on the Mallards website:

MALLARDS ANNOUNCE PROTECTED LIST

By: Mallards Communications Staff

06/02/2015

The Quad City Mallards today announced a 23-man protected list.  Placing players on the Mallards’ protected list is the start of the process used to reserve the rights to players for the 2015-16 season.

The Mallards have protected 12 forwards: Kevin Baker, Michael Clarke, Anthony Collins, Pearce Eviston, Justin Fox, Mario Lamoureux, Jeff Lee, Paxton Leroux, Matt Neal, Logan Nelson, Joe Perry and Liam Stewart; seven defensemen: Jake Baker, Austin Coldwell, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Matt Duffy, Darren McMillan, Mike Monfredo and Nicholas Rioux; two forwards/defensemen: Jannik Christensen and Nick Grasso; and two goaltenders: Parker Milner and Evan Mosher.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the collective bargaining agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a standard player contract in 2014-15 with the member team, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2014-15, and was recalled to the National Hockey League/American Hockey League or International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a qualifying offer last summer for the current season, did not sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the member team or the ECHL, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2014-15 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL retirement form, and has not been traded or released.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all future consideration trades by 2 p.m. CT on June 13 and that teams must submit their season-ending roster by 2 p.m. CT on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-15.

Mallards 2015-16 season tickets are now available.  Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings of the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits.  For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2015-16 BCHL Schedule Unveiled:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

2015-16 BCHL schedule unveiled

Friday, June 26, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The BCHL has released its full schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Opening night is Sept. 11 but unlike the last three years, the Bauer BCHL Showcase will not be the start of the regular season. There will be two weekends of regular-season games before the Showcase takes place Sept. 24 to 27 in Chilliwack.

To view the full season schedule, Click link below.

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/schedules.cfm?clientid=1413&leagueid=2393

(You can also find the league schedule under the 'Scoreboard' menu above and the 'League Schedule' page).

Each team plays 58 games this season. With the Wenatchee Wild joining the BCHL, there are now 17 teams and there will be 493 total games on the 2015-16 calendar.

After playing twice at the Showcase, each team will have 28 home dates and 28 on the road.

Again, the league is playing a full interlock schedule, meaning each team will host every other team and also visit every other team. This will be done once each with out-of-division teams while in-division rivals will meet multiple times home and away.

The regular season concludes on Sunday, February 28 with the playoffs starting Friday, March 4.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wild First For Vipers Sept. 28

This was in yesterdays Morning Star Newspaper:

Wild first for Vipers Sept. 28

Jun 26, 2015

The Vernon Vipers get first dibs at the expansion Wenatchee Wild in the annual Bauer B.C. Hockey League showcase in Chilliwack.

The teams will meet Saturday, Sept. 28 (3:30) at Prospera Centre to open their regular seasons.

Vernon faces the Cowichan Valley Capitals on the Sunday morning (10:00).

Wenatchee was accepted as the BCHL’s 17th franchise a month ago after seven years in the North American League. The Vipers visit the Wild’s gorgeous 4,300-seat Town Toyota Center in November.

Wenatchee will be in Vernon for the Vipers’ final regular-season game in late February. The official schedule will be released next week.

This year’s showcase begins on a Thursday rather than a Friday as in years past. This will allow 16 of the 17 games scheduled to be played on the main ice sheet at Prospera Centre.

“I know this will be appreciated by fans and scouts alike,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “The scouting community has responded overwhelmingly to each of the first three showcase events and we expect the same this season, with as many as 200 talent evaluators taking in the games representing the NHL and collegiate levels.”

Over the last three seasons since the advent of the showcase, the league has averaged 137 players per season with some form of college commitment.

“That translates into about $2 million to BCHL families annually in financial benefit toward a college degree.”

Meanwhile, the NHL Entry Draft starts today in Florida with Viper grads Liam Finlay and Thomas Aldworth on the final list of prospects.

Aldworth is rated No. 195 and Finlay  199 in the final Central Scouting  Bureau rankings (North America skaters).

The first round goes today at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. (live on TSN).

Friday, June 26, 2015

NHL Entry Draft Could Be A Bring Big News For Aldworth & Finlay:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

NHL Entry Draft could be a bring big news for some BCHLers

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

In the final list produced by NHL Central Scouting, five BCHL players were listed as potential selections at the 2015 Entry Draft. But each year, some of those listed players don’t get taken and some unlisted players do get snapped up. So here is a look at the listed players and a few names that might surprise us by being called this weekend.

(Note: 1998-born prospects Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost currently project as early selections in the 2016 Draft).

NHL Central Scouting – Listed BCHL players:

Marcus Vela – Forward – Langley Rivermen

6-foot-1, 205 pounds. Hometown: Burnaby, BC

Vela has grown-man strength already and will make an increasingly rare leap by entering the University of New Hampshire as a true freshman this fall. Doubled his offensive output in his second BCHL season and recorded 11 goals over the final 10 games of the regular season.

Carmine Buono – Defenceman – Powell River Kings

6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Hometown: Burnaby, BC

Buono’s frame projects well and he displayed snarl by racking up the second-most penalty minutes in the BCHL last season. Shows above average skating ability and notched 14 of his 24 assists on the power play. Committed to UMass.

Thomas Aldworth – Forward – Vernon Vipers

5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Hometown: Keller, Texas

The Lone Star State product was one of the fastest skaters in the BCHL last season and used his elite speed and pro-calibre shot to record 37 goals, fourth most in the league. Had a Div. I scholarship to Providence but de-committed to accept an offer to Quinnipiac, which has long been a heavy recruiter of BCHL talent.

Liam Finlay – Forward – Vernon Vipers

5-foot-7, 145 pounds. Hometown: Kelowna, BC

Despite his stature, Finlay showed elite offensive ability in Vernon after playing the first 10 games of the season on a deep Penticton Vees team. Exceptional skating, agility and puck skills make him extremely evasive. Great vision. Committed to the University of Denver for 2016.

Vincent Desharnais – Defenceman – Chilliwack Chiefs

6-foot-6, 205 pounds. Hometown: Laval, Que.

Extra-large frame has room for more weight and projects well to the next level. Desharnais has an above-average shot but is not an offensive player. Size and reach are his best assets but he needs to work on agility.

Dark horse candidates:

Hunter Miska – Goaltender – Penticton Vees

6-foot-1, 180 pounds. Hometown: Stacy, Minn.

Miska’s best asset is his competitiveness and recovery which often make up for any positional flaws. Battles hard to find the puck and doesn’t give up on plays. Moves well laterally and has a good glove hand. Committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth

Jacob Pritchard – Forward – Powell River Kings

6-feet, 185 pounds. Hometown: Macomb, Mich.

Finished the season strong to wind up with the team scoring lead. Competes hard and retrieves a lot of pucks in the offensive zone. Committed to St. Lawrence University

Brett Gruber – Forward – Victoria Grizzlies

5-foot-8, 175 pounds. Hometown: Appleton, Wisc.

Has elite speed and agility. Tracks back to his own zone well and is committed defensively. Will steal the puck off opponents. Competitive level helps makes up for lack of size.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Bauer BCHL Showcase Schedule Unveiled:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Schedule for 2015 Bauer BCHL Showcase unveiled

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The matchups are all set for the fourth Bauer BCHL Showcase happening Sept. 24 to 27 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

All 17 BCHL teams come to one venue with 17 games being held over the four days. To view the schedule, Click on link below 

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/custom_page.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&pageID=12982

The Showcase host Chilliwack Chiefs play feature games on Friday and Saturday night, both 7:30 p.m. starts. The defending league champion Penticton Vees play at 4 p.m. on Thursday and then face the Chiefs Friday night.

The secondary rink at Prospera Centre, which was not supposed to be used this year, becomes necessary for one game as the Wenatchee Wild have joined the BCHL. The Wild will play the Vernon Vipers on the secondary sheet of ice on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

About 200 scouts from the college and professional ranks are expected to attend this year's Showcase.
Showcase tickets wil go on sale to the public Sept. 1

Over the last three seasons, since the Showcase began, the BCHL has averaged 137 players with college commitments and this past season, there were 247 BCHL graduates playing NCAA Div. I hockey (Click on link below)

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/custom_page.cfm?clientid=1413&leagueid=2393&pageID=4050.

There have also been 12 BCHL players selected in the two NHL Entry Drafts since the first Showcase was held. There are five current BCHL players listed by NHL Central Scouting leading into this year's Draft.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cobourg Cougars To Host 2017 RBC Cup:

This was in the Northumberland newspaper:

Cobourg Cougars to host 2017 RBC Cup

June 3rd 2015

Nine-day tournament to be held at Cobourg Community Centre

Karen Longwell / Northumberland News

COBOURG -- The Cobourg Cougars, seen here celebrating a goal in March at the Cobourg Community Centre, have been selected to host the RBC Cup, the national Junior A Hockey Championship in May 2017.

Northumberland News

COBOURG -- Cobourg will be on the national stage in 2017 as the Cobourg Cougars host the RBC Cup.

The Ontario Junior Hockey League announced on Tuesday, June 2 that the Cobourg Cougars Junior A Hockey Club will host the 2017 RBC Cup, Canada’s national Junior A championship.

Hockey Canada confirmed the selection of the Cobourg bid shortly after the spring congress concluded in Toronto on May 31. The decision remains subject to the club finalizing the key event hosting agreement with Hockey Canada.

The nine-day tournament, scheduled for May 13-21, 2017, will be held at the Cobourg Community Centre, recognized recently by the Ontario Hockey Association as one of the best arena complexes in junior hockey. The tournament will feature five of Canada’s top Junior A hockey teams, including the Cobourg Cougars, who play in the East Division of the OJHL.

Cougars general manager Brent Tully said the team had been working towards the goal of hosting the RBC Cup for the past several years.

“With our organization about to celebrate its 50th year of consecutive operations as a proud member of the OJHL and the Ontario Hockey Association, we are very pleased to have been selected to host the 2017 RBC Cup right here in Cobourg,” said Tully, adding the event would not only showcase the great communities within Northumberland County, but will create a new standard of success for the hosting of events of this magnitude in the future.

The Cougars will be joined by four regional representatives, including regional champions from the West, Central and East regions, and a second West team. The tournament’s championship game will be broadcast live on TSN, once again putting Cobourg on the national stage.

“We intend to do some new and innovative things for the tournament and our work starts today,” said Tully. “We are going to work collaboratively with all of our partners to showcase to all of Canada the beauty, culture, diversity and accessibility in and around Cobourg, which is conveniently located one hour east of Toronto.”

The Cobourg Cougars worked hard on the bid to bring the tournament to Cobourg, said OJHL commissioner Marty Savoy.

“The OJHL is extremely excited that Hockey Canada has awarded the Cobourg Cougars the opportunity to host the 2017 RBC Cup,” said Savoy.

Visit the Cougars website at www.cobourgcougars.com , the OJHL website at www.ojhl.ca , the Canadian Junior Hockey League website www.cjhlhockey.com and the Hockey Canada website at www.hockeycanada.ca/rbccup for further information and updates on the tournament.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vernon Junior Hockey Alumni Holland & Salmond Named To Canada's Management Team:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Pair of BCHL alums named to Canada's management team

Monday, June 22, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The lead-in to the 2016-17 hockey season will have added intrigue with the World Cup of Hockey being played in Toronto and two BCHL alumni will have a hand in Canada's
team.

Ken Holland and Scott Salmond were named Monday to Canada's national team's management group.

Holland has been general manager of the Detroit Red Wings since the 1997-98 season and served as assistant GM and director of amateur scouting prior to that.

In the BCHL, Holland was a backup goaltender with the 1973-74 Vernon Vikings, a team that also featured future NHLer Don Murdoch. The Vernon, BC native went on to the Medicine Hat Tigers before turning pro. He got into scouting with Detroit in 1984.

Salmond has been with Hockey Canada since 2001. He served in a management role at the 2012 World Championships and the 2015 World Juniors and World Championships.

In the BCHL, Salmond was a forward with the 1988-1990 Vernon Lakers, Kelowna Spartans and Merritt Centennials. Over the course of 163 games in three BCHL seasons, the Vancouver, BC product racked up 94 points and 822 penalty minutes.

Also named to the management team for Canada's 2016 World Cup of Hockye Entry are Monteal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Rob Blake and Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray.

This is posted on the Hockey Canada website:

Canada’s National Men’s Team management group named for 2016 World Cup of Hockey

June 22, 2015

CALGARY, Alta. - Hockey Canada announced Monday the management group that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto, Ont.

Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL) will lead the management group as general manager, with assistance from Marc Bergevin (Montreal/Montreal, NHL), Rob Blake (Simcoe, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL), Bob Murray (Kingston, Ont./Anaheim, NHL), and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.

The management group will oversee and lead operations for Team Canada, including staff selection and player evaluation and selection.

Doug Armstrong just completed his fifth season as general manager of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and will be part of Team Canada management for the eighth time. He served as a member of the management group for the gold medal-winning 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and was Canada’s general manager at the 2009 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, capturing silver. Armstrong was an assistant general manager at the 2002 and 2008 world championships, a special assistant to general manager Steve Yzerman in 2007, winning gold, and part of the management group at the 2013 worlds. Before joining the Blues, Armstrong spent 16 years with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, winning the Stanley Cup as assistant general manager in 1999. He was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2011-12.

Marc Bergevin has spent three seasons as general manager of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and will join Team Canada in a management role for the first time. He was a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year award for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Prior to joining Montreal, Bergevin was the director of player personnel for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, and served as assistant general manager during the 2011-12 season. As a player, Bergevin represented his country just once, helping Canada end a 33-year gold medal drought at the 1994 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He played 21 NHL seasons with eight teams after being selected 59th overall by Chicago in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

Rob Blake has spent two seasons as assistant general manager of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, following three seasons in the NHL’s player safety department. Blake assists Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi in all facets of hockey operations, including contract negotiations, player personnel and overseeing the organization’s top prospects, while also serving as general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. He also served as Canada's general manager at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, and as assistant general manager at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. As a player, Blake represented Canada on numerous occasions, appearing in 58 games over nine events, winning gold medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 1997 IIHF World Championship, and 1994 IIHF World Championship. Over his 20-year NHL career, Blake appeared in 1,270 regular season games, amassing 777 points (240 goals, 537 assists), winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, and the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman in 1998. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2014.

Ken Holland has been the general manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings since 1997, and returns to Canada’s management group after winning gold at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He was also part of the management group at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, was general manager at the 2006 world championship, and won silver as assistant general manager at the 2005 worlds. During his time as general manager of the Red Wings, Holland has led the team to Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, and he won another as assistant general manager in 1997. He was selected 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft and played four NHL games with the Hartford Whalers and Detroit.

Bob Murray has been the general manager of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks since 2008 and will be a part of Team Canada management for the second time, having served as an assistant general manager at the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He won the NHL General Manager of the Year award in 2013-14 and is a finalist again for the 2014-15 season. Prior to taking over as general manager in Anaheim, Murray was the Ducks’ senior vice-president of hockey operations from 2005-08, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007, and served as general manager of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks from 1997-99. He played 1,008 NHL games with Chicago from 1975-90 after being selected 52nd overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft.

Scott Salmond has been with Hockey Canada since 2001, serving in his current position of vice-president of hockey operations and national teams since June 2014. In this position, Salmond oversees all operations of Canada’s national men’s teams for the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, as well as the sledge hockey program at the Paralympic Winter Games and IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship.

“These are some of the most respected and successful men in hockey, and we could not be more excited for them to lead Team Canada into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,” said Tom Renney, president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “There is a lot of work to be done between now and Sept. 17, 2016, and as a staff we look forward to working with the management group as we look toward a second consecutive World Cup championship for Team Canada.”

The eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will include Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland,  Russia, Sweden, the United States, Team Europe and the North American Youngstars.

Team Europe will be comprised of a pan-European roster of players from countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden – in short, all of the other European countries who are developing world-class hockey players in ever-increasing numbers. Countries such as Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Belarus, Estonia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania (among others) will all be eligible for representation on Team Europe.

The players for the North American Youngstars will be selected from a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States. Those players age 23 and under will be available for selection exclusively by the North American Youngstars.

All eight teams will be comprised of 23 players, including 20 skaters and three goalies. Each national association has the right to select its own team and must announce at least 16 members of its roster, including at least two goalies, no later than March 1, 2016, with the balance of each team’s roster to be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

To select the rosters of Team Europe and the North American Youngstars, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) will jointly name each of the management teams.

Canada won the most recent edition of the World Cup of Hockey in 2004, going undefeated and beating Finland 3-2 in the championship game. It finished as runner-up at the first World Cup in 1996.

The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

NOTE TO MEDIA: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, is on site in Toronto and can be reached at 587-999-5681 or fdupont@hockeycanada.ca for any interview requests.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Former Viper Trainer Cochran Given Extension With Pats:

The Western Hockey League (WHL) Regina Pats have extended the contract of former Vernon Vipers Trainer/Equipment Manager Gord Cochran.  Cochran joined the Pats last summer after spending five seasons in Vernon with the Vipers from 2009-2014.

This is posted on the Pats website:

Dave Struch Named Assistant General Manager

May 28, 2015

Written By: Regina Pats Staff,

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats have reorganized the team’s hockey operations division.  While his role has not changed, John Paddock has added General Manager (GM) to his title along with Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach.   

Assistant Coach Dave Struch’s role is expanding to include being the team’s new Assistant General Manager.  Further, Gord Pritchard, currently the Director of Corporate Affairs will now be the Assistant to the GM.

“When Dave and I started working together it became pretty clear early on that we had similar ideas and philosophies about what makes an organization successful,” said Head Coach John Paddock.  “As the season went on, our communication and trust grew which made elevating Dave’s role with the team a no-brainer.”

Other moves include extending the contract of Goaltender Coach Rob Muntain.  In addition, the Pats are pleased to announce the contract extensions for the team’s Athletic Therapist Greg Mayer and Equipment Manager Gord Cochran.

The Regina Pats regret to announce that Assistant Coach Darrin McKechnie will not be returning to the team as of June 1.  McKechnie, an Inspector with the Regina Police Service (RPS), recently received a promotion.

“I am sorry to lose Darrin as he is a great coach,” said Coach Paddock.  “It is clear he is a valuable member of the Regina Police Service with a long and distinguished career dedicated to public safety. We wish him all the best.”

A search will begin immediately to replace Coach McKechnie.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Former Viper Forward Povelofskie Retires:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Povelofskie is hanging up his skates,
retiring from Junior hockey.  Povelofskie played last season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs after one season in Vernon (2013-14).  In 26 games with the Bulldogs Povelofskie picked up (6-goals-9-assists-15-points).  The Vipers traded Povelofskie to Alberni Valley on May 22nd 2014.  Povelofskie was the future considerations the Vipers owed the Bulldogs from a previous trade.  On October 1st 2013 the Vipers sent Craig Martin & future considerations (Tyler Povelofskie) to Alberni Valley for Jared Wilson.  In 53 games with the Vipers Povelofskie collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).     

Tyler Povelofskie's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=153007

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

Tyler Povelofskie Retires Early To Begin Apprenticeship

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Submitted by Alberni Valley Bulldogs

 Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce that forward Tyler Povelofskie has decided to retire early from junior hockey and pursue a post-secondary opportunity.

Povelofskie will being attending Thompson River University as an opportunity has presented itself in the heavy duty/transport mechanic program.

“This was not a decision made lightly on my part,” said Povelofskie. “I would like to take the time to sincerely thank the Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization for the opportunities and experiences that I gained last season,” added Povelofskie. “I would also like to thank coaches Kevin and Adam for their endless commitment to coaching, Tom for his education advice and expertise, Lyle and Kathy Pitts for opening their home as billet parents and, last but definitely not least, the community, volunteers and fans that support the Bulldogs win, lose, or draw.”

Povelofskie missed a large portion of last season with a serious skate-caused laceration but worked extremely hard to get back in the line up a lot earlier than anyone thought was possible.

“Tyler has been seeking this opportunity to become a heavy duty mechanic for a few years now but it didn’t work out with the hockey schedule,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs head coach and general manager Kevin Willison. “Now with a shop giving him the opportunity to have his education paid for, it is like a scholarship to him so we wish Tyler all the best moving forward into the new chapter in his life,” added Willison.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs family would like to wish Tyler all the very best and it was a pleasure to have him a member of our community for the 2014/15 season.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Former Viper Hunt Commits To University Of Victoria:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Riley Hunt has
committed to the University of Victoria for this coming season.  While playing Minor hockey in Revelstoke at the young age of 16 Hunt had previously committed to Harvard University for the 2014-15 season.

Hunt played last year with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Yorkton Terriers.  Hunt signed with the Terriers on January 9th 2014 winning the 2014 RBC Cup.  In 51 games last season with the Terriers Hunt collected (15-goals-22-assists-37-points).  Hunt was recruited by the Vipers and played his first full season in Vernon (2010-11) before being traded to Salmon Arm during his second season with the Vipers after playing in just four games. Hunt was traded to the Silverbacks on September 25th 2012 for future considerations. In 53 games with the Vipers Hunt collected (1-goal-5-assists-6-points).  

Hunt played the 2013-14 season with three different teams (Salmon Arm, Summerland & Yorkton). Hunt started his first full season with the Silverbacks (2013-14) before being sent down to the KIJHL on December 2nd 2013 where he played with the Summerland Steam but was still an affiliated player "AP" with the SilverBacks. In 18 games with Salmon Arm Hunt picked up just two assists. In 12 games with the Steam Hunt collected (5-goals-8-assists-13-points). On January 9th 2014 Hunt signed with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Yorkton Terriers where he would finish his Junior hockey career.  

Rile Hunt's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=142795

This is posted on Benny Walchuk's Yorkton Terriers Blog:

Terriers' graduating dman Rossiter commits to Brock University (CIS); Hunt also commits

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Yorkton Terrier 1995 born forward Riley Hunt has announced his commitment to the University of Victoria Vikes hockey team (BCIHL) for the 2015/16 season .

Hunt in his 19 year old season had a team high 37 points (15 goals 22 assists) for the Terriers in the 14/15 season where he was named the team's MVP.

He played in 86 total games as a Terriers and finished off with 24 goals, 35 assists for 59 points.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hurricanes Name Viper Alumni Kisio New Head Coach:

The Western Hockey League (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes have named
former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio their new Head Coach.

Kisio was an Assistant, Associate Coach & Assistant General Manager in eight seasons with the Western Hockey League (WHL) Calgary Hitmen.  Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) in 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

Brent Kisio's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=78357

This is posted on the Hurricanes website:

Brent Kisio Named Hurricanes Head Coach

Jun 04, 2015

Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Thursday that Brent Kisio has been named the 14th Head Coach in franchise history agreeing to a three-year contract.

Kisio, 32, has spent the past eight seasons from 2007 until 2015 as an assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen where he won the Western Hockey League Championship in 2010. During his tenure with the Hitmen, Kisio appeared in two WHL Finals and five Eastern Conference Finals while only missing the playoffs once.

The Calgary, Alberta, native says he’s thrilled about the opportunity, “I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s a great opportunity and I can already see the passion here and how much people want a winning team here. Myself and my family are very happy to be here.”

“It’s a great honour. It’s a league that has some great coaches and it’s a privilege and an honour to be one of them,” added Kisio. “It’s a great roster shaping up for next year. There has been some great building blocks added on by Pete already and we’re proud that some guys have signed on. You can see where it’s heading right now, I think Pete has a lot of guys believing in the direction that he’s building and we just want to continue off that momentum.”

Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt say’s Kisio was the guy he wanted, “I shortlisted three or four guys and went through the process. We had some real quality people, I just felt Brent really fit here better than any. I like his hockey pedigree, born and raised in the hockey world and being involved in the hockey business.”

“He’s worked with a strong winning organization for the last eight years with the Calgary Hitmen with three good quality head coaches; Dave Lowry, Mike Williamson and Mark French most recently. He’s had some really good training and he’s been a part of the development of the Hitmen over the eight years he’s been there, which was very important to me,” added Anholt. “I like that he’s a young and up and coming coach, I think we are in the business of developing coaches. He’s going to bring in some new coaching ideas and new thoughts. I also like his philosophy on coaching and how he’d like his team to play with pressure and making it hard for teams to come in here and play against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.”

Kisio says he wants to bring in an up tempo style of game, “I think our team is going to play some fast hockey and is going to work hard. We will be prepared. We’ll be held accountable to the players and coaches as well. We want to be an exciting team. Everyone’s goal is to make the playoffs, we’ll be no different. We want to make the playoffs and we will work towards that.”

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Hitmen congratulate Brent Kisio on being named head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes

Jun 04, 2015

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club would like to congratulate Brent Kisio on being named head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

“We are extremely excited for Brent for this coaching achievement,” said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore. “Brent has been an important part of our organization.  The success we have had as a team has certainly been influenced by the work and contributions he has made to the Calgary Hitmen.”

Kisio recently completed his eighth season with the Hitmen.  He joined the franchise in August 2007 as video coach and assistant coach after four successful years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he played for the Mavericks (NCAA) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.  Following the 2007-08 season, Kisio moved exclusively into the role of assistant coach.  In October 2012, he was appointed associate coach and prior to Calgary’s 20th anniversary season, he added the role of assistant general manager to his duties.

During his eight-year tenure, Kisio helped guide the Hitmen to four Central Division titles and their second Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions in 2010.

The Hitmen organization will now begin the process of identifying candidates for the assistant coach vacancy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Smoke Eaters Sign Ex Vernon Viper Tetteh:

The Trail Smoke Eaters have signed former Vernon Vipers affiliate player "AP" defenceman Nii Noi Tetteh for this coming season.  Tetteh went pointless in one game as an "AP" last season with the Vipers.

Nii Noi Tetteh's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=247064

This is posted on the Smoke Eaters website:

Smokies Add To Blueline With Tetteh Signing

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trail, BC - The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to announce the signing of defenceman Nii Noi Tetteh (98). Tetteh spent last season with his hometown Revelstoke Grizzlies posting 6 goals and 15 assists in 49 games played in his rookie season.

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to join the Trail Smoke Eaters, make the jump to the BCHL and start a new chapter in my hockey career. My goal is to bring something to the table every night and try to help our team be successful day in and day out. Also work hard on and off the ice to try and give the fans something they can continue to be excited to watch.”

“Nii Noi has transitioned to defence last year and became Revelstoke’s top scoring defenceman as a 16 year old. He is a strong skater and has great vision. We look forward to helping Nii Noi reach his goal of playing college hockey.” stated Nick Deschenes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Everblades Add Former Viper Defenceman Florentino To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd 2015 the Eeast Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Florida Everblades have twenty three players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino.

Florentino started the 2014-15 season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals.  The Jackals signed Florentino to a try-out contract on October 15th 2014 before being traded to the Everblades on January 3rd 2015. In 18 games with Elmira Florentino recorded two goals   In 34 games this past season with Florida Florentino had (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 is posted on the Everblades website:

Everblades Announce Protected List

June 2, 2015

ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Tuesday their protected list of players.  The list of 23 players is comprised of two goaltenders, seven defensemen, and 14 forwards.  This is the first of a three-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2015-16 season

Goaltenders

Anthony Peters
Matt Ginn

Defensemen

Matt Mangene
Mike Cornell
Mike Little
Jordan Henry
Cameron Burt
Gleason Fournier
Rob Florentino

Forwards

Kevin Lynch
Mitch Wahl
Casey Pierro-Zabotel
Mike Aviani
Evan Bloodoff
Alex Lavoie
Matt Marquardt
Gabriel Desjardins
Adam Brace
Steven Whitney
Ray Kaunisto
Chris Kushneriuk
Corey Trivino
Brant Harris

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2014-15 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2014-15, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2014-15 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-15.

2015-15 Season Opener!

The Everblades will now begin preparing for the 2015-16 season, which begins at home on October 16 against the Gwinnett Gladiators!

To view the full 2015-16 regular season schedule click the link below,

http://floridaeverblades.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2015-16-Everblades-Regular-Season-Schedule.pdf

2015-16 Ticket Packages

Ticket packages for the 2015-16 season are now on sale! Full and partial tickets plans are available to fit your schedule and budget.  All packages save you money from the box office price and come loaded with great benefits!

For more information call  239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades Main Office located at Germain Arena, Monday—Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning.