Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Vipers Owner Talks Off-Season:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Owner Talks Off-Season

May 2, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Viper’s Owner Duncan Wray Still Having Fun

Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray has been spending a lot of time recently around the rink following his team’s first round exit to the Penticton Vees. Just recently he spent the entire last weekend watching some  hockey hopefuls participate in the team’s Spring Camp at Kal Tire Place. We caught up with the chairman of the BCHL to ask him about the health of the league and if he still has the passion for the game after 25 years as owner of the Vernon franchise. Watch the video below (filmed last weekend).

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

McCarthy Commits To Sait:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

McCarthy Commits To Sait

May 2, 2016

Vernon Vipers captain Colton McCarthy has accepted an offer and will play Alberta college hockey next season with the Trojans of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

McCarthy finished second on the Vipers with 21 goals in the 2015-16 season, to go along with 12 assists and 97 penalty minutes. The Salmon Arm, B.C. product wound up with 31 goals and 27 assists for 58 points in 94 career BCHL games.

“SAIT is very excited to have Colton attend SAIT as a student-athlete and look forward to his development in the classroom and on the ice,” said Trojans head coach Dan Olsen.

This past season, former BCHLers Trevor Cameron, Mike Puddifant, Brenden Forbes, Austin Smith and Brandon Egli played for SAIT. McCarthy is the first player this season to commit to the program.

SAIT competes in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) against Red Deer College, University of Augustana, Portage College, Grant McEwan University, NAIT, Concordia, Briercrest College and Keyano College.

Monday, May 2, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

Dubois Commits Warriors:

It’s been an up-and-down month for two Williams Lake hockey players. Both Colton Thomas and Chase Dubois, third- and final-year players with the Prince George-based, BC Major Midget League’s Cariboo Cougars, learned recently their seasons would be coming to an abrupt end with just 12 games left in the regular season. Thomas suffered a dislocated knee during the Mac’a AAA Midget Hockey Tournament over the Christmas break, while Dubois broke his ankle in a regular season game last weekend against the Vancouver North East Chiefs. The news isn’t all bad, however, as Dubois was named the BCMML player of the month for December of 2015 and has committed to play junior A hockey next season for the West Kelowna Warriors, an opportunity the young player said he’s looking forward to. Dubois amassed a total of 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 25 games this season and sits seventh in league scoring currently. Thomas, meanwhile, put up 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 26 games played. Both players are considered leaders on the team by Cougars’ head coach Trevor Sprague. In three seasons with the club Dubois and Thomas were an integral part of the team’s success. The Cougars are currently first place in the BCMML with a 19-6-3 record. Last season, the duo helped the Cougars win the 2014 Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament championship. “Chase has been a good role model for our younger players this season in demonstrating the competitiveness necessary to have success game in and game out,” Sprague said. “Through the month of December Chase was a dominant player for our team and he’s a player that is counted on to play in all situations.” Dubois said despite his injury, earning player of the month is a huge honour. “I’ve always wanted to get player of the month and to get it in my last month of my BCMML career feels great,” he said. “It feels good to know where I’m going to be playing next season and with a great organization in a good city. “I’ve always wanted to play junior hockey and to know I will in the 2016/17 season means a lot.” Dubois noted his ankle injury came after he was blindsided by a Chiefs player into the boards while falling awkwardly on his ankle. “I was instantly in pain and had to be carried off the ice,” he said. Thomas said the plan for his recovery is to come back strong and healthy for next season to join Dubois to play junior hockey next year. “Playing for the Cougars the past few years really helped with my hockey development and the challenges of living on my own away from home made me a better person all around,” Thomas said. Dubois noted playing for the Cougars were the best years of his life. “I learned many life skills, met many great friends and it’s hard to go out like this,” he said. “I’ll always look back on my Cariboo days — the best years of my life so far.”

Kozlowski Commits To Salmon Arm:

18 yr old goaltender Trevin Kozlowski has committed to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Listed at 6'4 201 lbs played with the USHS Gunnery Prep School.

Vees Add Murals To SOEC:

The Penticton Vees have added A couple of nice additions outside the hallway of the Penticton Vees dressing room, two separate murals of former Captains Brett Hextall, Logan Johnston and Patrick Sexton have been added to the Vees wall of fame.

Nowhere To Go But Up: Eagles’ Owner

After back-to-back BC Hockey League seasons with fewer than 10 wins, the Surrey Eagles are about to undergo a thorough “top to bottom” review of the organization in an attempt to right the listing ship. Co-owner and team president Chuck Westgard told Peace Arch News this week that the organization is “regrouping and taking a look at things,” after the Eagles wrapped up a disappointing 7-48-1-2 season (win-loss-overtime loss-tie) – the worst record in the league by far. In the last two BCHL regular seasons – under head coach Blaine Neufeld – the team has 16 wins in 116 games. “Believe me, after nine wins and seven wins, we’re exploring all our avenues to make not only the on-ice product better, but management better and the organization better,” Westgard said. Westgard – who, along with childhood friends Gary Nylund and Scott Bradley bought the team from Ronnie Paterson in 2010 – acknowledged the recent record could hurt the team’s ability to recruit top players. “It’s a concern. After last season, with nine wins and going with the all-local roster, we thought we should change things up. We had high hopes at the start of the year, but we could never really attract all the players we wanted,” he said. “We thought we had players this year… but we found out pretty early in the year that we really didn’t, and we took a bit of a step back.” Westgard wouldn’t lay the blame entirely on hockey operations, saying instead it was “an organizational thing,” noting that attracting players is a priority. “You have to be able to convince the kids, the families, the universities that this is a good place to play. It takes years to build that, but only takes one bad season to unravel it,” he said. “No doubt about it, it’s something we have to look at, and we are.” Wins and losses aside, the 2015/16 season was also marked by the the mid-season resignation of Nylund as assistant coach, and the December departures of Westgard’s son, Ty – who left the team for the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals – and fellow forward Darius Davidson, who was traded to the Penticton Vees. (Davidson is the son of Bill Davidson, whose Pro 4 Sports company owns a stake in the Eagles.) “Obviously it was a little different this year, with the people involved, and (our) own kids leaving,” Westgard said. “With Ty, we would’ve liked him to have stayed and finished Grade 12 here, but it was his decision. We tried to promote the college route. He had full-ride offers from (NCAA) Div. 1 schools but wasn’t accepting them. So I just asked him what his plans were for next year and he said he was going (to the WHL).” The team’s struggles played a part in the decision, Westgard said. “You know, I think if we had the team we had in 2013, he’d have stayed for sure. But these were the circumstances.” Nylund – who sold his minority stake in the team to Westgard a few years ago – left due to disagreements over how the team was being run, Westgard said. Nylund had been an assistant coach with the Eagles in 2013 when Matt Erhart coached the team to a league title, but he left for family reasons. This past season under Neufeld – who was employed by Pro 4 Sports prior to coaching the Eagles – was Nylund’s first back behind the bench. “Gary and I are the best of friends, and I know he loved the boys, but there were a few conflicts with how he wanted to run things. Not conflicts between him and I, but between the different ownership groups, myself and Pro 4,” Westgard explained. “When things aren’t going that well and the product on the ice is not competitive, it’s a tough situation. I just think it got to the point where it wasn’t the same type of environment as it was when he first was here, and it just didn’t really work.” Coaching philosophies aside, Westgard brushed off the suggestion of internal conflict at the ownership and management level. “I don’t think it’s unstable at this point… it’s stable enough. We’re just in a bit of transition, and obviously I’m involved – I’m hoping to get back to where we were a couple years back,” he said. Though a decline in on-ice performance often correlates to a decline in ticket sales and a team’s finances, Westgard suggested the team is “alive and well, financially.” Last December, in an email to PAN, the BCHL head office reiterated as much, writing that “as far as the league is concerned, the Surrey franchise is as committed to their operation in the BCHL as they’ve ever been.” “Rumours do go around, but as long as I’m involved, there will be a team on the ice here,” Westgard said. “But everything needs to improve. It has to. There’s not much lower to go, so we need to figure out a way to go up from here.”

Vees Name Jones Captain For Next Season:

The Penticton Vees have announced Nicholas Jones as the team’s Captain for the 2016-17 season, the team announced Tuesday. “It was an easy choice,” said Head Coach Fred Harbinson. “He was a great player for us all season and a quality veteran leader. We’re confident he’ll be an excellent Captain.” Jones had nine goals and 16 points in 11 playoff games, tying for the team scoring lead with Scott Conway. He had another 21 goals and 63 points in 42 regular season games, when he joined the team in late October. The Edmonton, Alberta, native started the season in college hockey before landing in Penticton, and is committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2017-2018 season. The Penticton Vees look forward to welcoming the best of the west in 2017, as hosts of the Western Canada Cup. The team will be holding a press conference in coming days to announce WCC and Season Ticket packages.

Farkus Commits To West Kelowna:

16 yr old Goaltender Shane Farkus has committed to the West Kelowna Warriors. From Penticton BC played in 23 games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy this season. Listed at 6' 183 lbs

Martini Commits To Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce the commitment of local, 2000 birth year defenceman, Ethan Martini. The 6′ 4″ D-man from Trail, BC has been away for the past couple of seasons honing his game at the “Edge School for Athletes” in Calgary, AB.  The Smoke Eaters are thrilled Ethan has chosen to return home and play in front of family and friends at the Cominco Arena.  Ethan has played in 35 games this season registering 4 points and 90 penalty minutes.  Ethan will add some size and strength to the back end.  Ethan was also a 3rd round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam draft, going 54th overall to the Swift Current Broncos. Here is what Ethan had to say about coming back to play for the Smokies: I am honoured to get the chance to play for my home town team and be a part of such a great organization.   I am excited that after two years of living away from home, I not only get to come back and be with my friends and family, but play for a team that I have dreamed of playing for since I was 5 years old.  I am honoured to have the chance, that not many kids have, of putting on a BCHL jersey as a 16 year old, and it being a Trail Smoke Eaters jersey makes it so much more special for me.  I want to thank Trail for giving me this opportunity to further develop and hopefully use it as a stepping stone for further success in hockey. We’d like to welcome Ethan and his family to our organization.

Hamelin Commits To Salmon Arm:

19 yr old defenceman Derek Hamelin has committed to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Listed at 5'11 170 lbs played with Selects Hockey Academy.

Chorney Commits To Chiefs:

The Chilliwack Chiefs are pleased to announce the commitment of defenseman Austin Chorney to the team for the 2016-17 season. Chorney (Abbotsford, BC) joins the Chiefs after a successful season with the Yale U18 Prep Lions of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League that saw him finish second in league scoring among defenseman with ten goals and 19 assists in 36 games. “We are very happy with the addition of Austin to our line up next season,” said Chiefs General Manager and Head Coach Jason Tatarnic. “He’s a very skilled player who is sound in the defensive zone but he’s also more than capable of contributing offensively as well. He’s got good vision and will join the rush when it the opportunity presents itself. He’ll also add a physical element to the back end.” Chorney, who picked up three assists in five games this season with the Chiefs, is thrilled to be making the move. “This year as an affiliate, the coaches were absolutely great and the players welcomed me like family. The atmosphere of the game nights at Prospera Centre was so energetic. I am looking forward to playing in front of the best fans in the BCHL and wearing a Chiefs uniform.”

MacDonald Commits To Rivermen:

The Langley Rivermen are pleased to announce forward Alex MacDonald (1997 born) has committed to the Rivermen for the 2016-17 season. MacDonald is a Halifax native and is in his third season with St. Andrews College. In 9 games this year, MacDonald recorded 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points. In 98 career games, he has registered 47 goals and 62 assists for 109 points. “I’m very excited to join the Rivermen organization next year. They have a great reputation for advancing players to the next level and the talks I have had with Coach Henderson have been great. I’ve never been to British Columbia before, so I am eager to come to Langley and get started,” said MacDonald. Before deciding on the Rivermen, MacDonald bounced any questions he had off a few current players on the team. “Last season, I played with Justin Fregona and Adam Sinclair at St. Andrews College, and I know Matt Graham from back home in Halifax. They all had nothing but positive things to say about the team and city,” MacDonald continued. St. Andrews College Head Coach David Manning describes Alex as a dynamic forward. “Alex is a creative, offensive player that can make plays off the rush and in the attacking zone. Alex’s best asset is his ability to be creative at top speed and I believe he can be an immediate impact in the BCHL with the Rivermen. He produced at a consistent rate at our level, and if he didn’t battle injuries in his senior season, he likely would have been our leading scorer,” said Manning. Coming into his rookie season in the BCHL, MacDonald already has a few short and long term goals in mind he would like to accomplish. “I want to come to Langley next year and contribute any way I can and help the team contend for a championship. My long term goal is to achieve an NCAA scholarship playing hockey at a school that I feel will compliment me not only in hockey, but academically as well,” finished MacDonald”.

Didmon Gets Disciplined After Sharing Alcohol With Players:

A Sooke teacher and hockey coach who shared alcohol with underage players and misrepresented himself as setting up a school hockey academy with the Victoria Grizzlies has been found guilty of professional misconduct by B.C.’s Teacher Regulation Branch. Craig Didmon, who is also head coach and general manager of the Grizzlies junior hockey team, has been suspended twice by the school district since 2014 and now has been ordered to complete an ethics course. Didmon admitted that between 2012 and 2013 when he was teaching and coaching for his school’s hockey academy — as well as coaching the Grizzlies — he bought alcohol and drank with underage players from the Grizzlies who were also students in the district. He also admitted to taking time off from school without permission to attend Grizzlies games and practices, according to the disciplinary document. In response, the school district suspended Didmon without pay for 25 days and ordered him to repay half a month’s wages. Didmon also worked as head hockey coach at another school in the district that operates a hockey academy. He admitted that, during a November 2014 meeting with representatives with a private hockey academy, he claimed to be setting up a partnership with that school’s hockey academy and the Grizzlies. He also suggested he would be running the new program. The private academy had been considering a three-way partnership with the Grizzlies and the school hockey academy. “At that meeting, Didmon made representations on behalf of the district which he was not authorized to make,” the document says. Last April, the school district suspended Didmon without pay for the month of June, removed him from coaching at his school’s hockey academy and returned him to classroom teaching. As well as undertaking to complete an ethics course by the end of May, Didmon agreed to a two-week suspension of his teaching certificate.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Former Vernon Viper Mick & Former Vernon Laker Ferster Meet At Western Canada Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Logan Mick and the Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues Brooks Bandits will face Former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster & the West Kelowna Warriors at the Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

Western Canada Cup Schedule:

Ferster is in his fifth season as Warriors Head Coach-GM played one season in Vernon winning a Centennial Cup with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers.  In 28 games with the Lakers Ferster collected (8-goals-11-assists-19-points).

Rylan Ferster's Player-Coaching Profile:

Mick playing in his first season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Brooks Bandits collected (6-goals-11-assists-17-points) in 24 games with the Bandits this season, are in the second round of the AJHL Playoffs with the Canmore Eagles.

Mick started the season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, never played a single game this season due to injury was traded to Langley on October 6th 2015. Mick was released from the Rivermen after playing in 22 games (2-goals-8-assists-10points) before signing with the Bandits on December 30th 2015.

Mick played two years in Vernon (2012-2014) before being traded to the Merritt Centennials on May 29th 2014 as part of the future considerations from a trade in January. On January 3rd 2014 the Vipers sent defenceman Jason Bird & future considerations (Logan Mick) to Merritt for defenceman Dylan Chanter. In May the United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion Bloomington Thunder selected Mick 400th overall in Round 25 of Phase two of the USHL draft. On June 20th the Merritt Centennials traded Mick to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for Luke Bertolucci & future considerations.

Logan Mick's Player Profile:

This is in the Vancouver Province Newspaper:

For BCHL champs West Kelowna, familiar faces on tap at the Western Canada Cup tournament

By Steve Ewen, Vancouver Sun April 29, 2016 

Rylan Ferster and Logan Mick should both see plenty of familiar faces this weekend at the Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

Ferster, who’s the general manager and coach of the BCHL champion West Kelowna Warriors, is a Saskatchewan product, a guy who grew up and played his minor hockey in Prince Albert. He recruits heavily from that province to this day: West Kelowna’s top scorer in the playoffs so far has been Kylar Hope, 20, a forward from Lashburn, Sask.

Mick, a forward with the Alberta champion Brooks Bandits, is a B.C. kid, a native of Armstrong who started his Junior A career in the BCHL. The 19-year-old was a member of the Vernon Vipers team that hosted the RBC Cup national championship in 2014.

The top two teams from the five-club event in Estevan advance to this year’s RBC May 14-22 in Lloydminster, Sask.

Action in Estevan wraps up May 8.

“I haven’t gotten a chance to play a BCHL team in a while. I think it’s going to be fun,” Mick said of Brooks opening up the tournament on Sunday against West Kelowna, a day after the Warriors get the event started against the host Estevan Bruins.

“I think the BCHL, in general, is a little more skilled, but I think the AJHL is grittier.”

Extensive stats aren’t kept on the RBC, but there have been players suit up in the nationals for teams from different leagues before. For example, defenceman Mathew Backhouse was a member of Manitoba’s Dauphin Kings at the 2010 event and Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos in 2012. 

As well, defenceman Davis Ross, who was a member of last spring’s championship squad with the tournament host Portage Terriers of Manitoba, remains in the hunt to return to the RBC this year with the Fort Frances Lakers, an Ontario team from the Superior International league.

Mick played for three different BCHL teams, including a stint with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, where his dad Troy — a former WHL star defenceman —  is president and general manager.

The younger Mick never seemed to find that right fit in this province, and signed on with the Bandits after he was released by the Langley Rivermen earlier this season.

He had 18 goals and 25 assists in 149 regular-season contests in the BCHL, but showed enough in various aspects of the game that he’s already landed a scholarship to vaunted Quinnipiac, a Hamden, Conn., program that lost the NCAA title game this spring to North Dakota.

With Brooks, Mick had six goals and 11 assists in 24 regular-season games and then two goals and four assists in 13 playoff matchups.

“We were tipped off about by him by his school,” said Brooks GM and coach Ryan Papaioannou. “He’s been effective for us. He’s a player who doesn’t always need to score points to be important.”

Ferster, meanwhile, led West Kelowna to a second-round upset of the ballyhooed Penticton Vees, who featured two potential first-rounders for the upcoming NHL draft in forward Tyson Jost and defenceman Dante Fabbro. West Kelowna beat the Chilliwack Chiefs in six games in the league finale, but lost star goalie Matthew Greenfield to an undisclosed injury part way through Game 5.

Back-up Keelan Williams, who hadn’t played a full game since mid-February, made 36 stops in the 4-2 win last Saturday over Chilliwack that advanced West Kelowna to Estevan.

Ferster said he is hopeful that Greenfield would be ready to play this weekend.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mick One Happy Bandit:

This was in Fridays Morning Star Newspaper:

Mick one happy Bandit
by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Apr 29, 2016

All Logan Mick wanted was more ice time when he was traded to the Brooks Bandits by the Langley Rivermen.

The 19-year-old Vernon roadrunner got extra playing time and may be competing for the Royal Bank Cup in May.

Mick and the 100-point Bandits won the Albert Junior Hockey League Gas Drive Cup over the 102-point Spruce Grove Saints in a five-game final, ending the Saints’ two-year run as champions.

Brooks opens the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup Sunday in Estevan when they tangle with the BCHL Fred Page Cup winning West Kelowna Warriors in a matinee.

“I know about half of the Warriors, but nothing on the other teams,” said Mick, who amassed six goals and 16 points in 24 games with the Bandits after earning 2-8-10 with Langley.

The Bandits held a Thursday morning practice and will take a stingy defence (+171 goal differential in regular season) into the five-team Western tournament.

“We were just sharpening up everything, making sure we’ve got things wedged in our minds,” said Mick, who plays on the third line with Landon Welykholowa of Calgary and Tyrell Mappin of Big Valley, Alta.

The veteran unit has 21 points in the post-season. Mick has two goals and six points.

“I’m actually playing more of an offensive role on this team. I’m still playing my game, skating hard and going into the corners. I’m definitely glad I came here. It’s a great hockey town.  Everybody knows who the Bandits are.”

Mick spent 2012-14 with the Vipers, racking up 11-12-23. He then landed with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks the year later. He will play NCAA Division 1 for the Quinnipiac Bobcats in Hamden, Conn. next fall.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder, who is blessed with NHL speed, is high on Brooks head coach Ryan Papaioannou, a 32-year-old Calgarian who played 61 games as a goalie with four WHL teams.

“Coach Papaioannou is the best coach I’ve ever played for,” said Mick. “He just hammers in the details to make sure we’re prepared. He doesn’t overlook anything.”

Meanwhile, the Vipers took a look at 100 youngsters in their spring camp at Kal Tire.

“It was a good camp; there were lots of good, young players,” said Vernon head coach/GM Mark Ferner.

Ferner and staff will run a Viper prospects camp starting July 29 in Detroit, where he said “There is lots of untapped talent in that area.”

Friday, April 29, 2016

'It Was A Great Thing For Vernon'

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

'It was a great thing for Vernon'

by Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star

Apr 29, 2016

It’s a good thing Ivan Armstrong and his friend knew the usher.

The Vernon Civic Arena was packed to its wooden rafters – fire chief Fred Little had fans sitting on the section steps – on a spring Sunday night 60 years ago today – April 29, 1956 – as history was about to be made.

Armstrong, then 13, had ventured in from his home on Guildford Court in Coldstream to watch his hockey heroes, the Vernon Canadians, take on the Chatham Maroons of Ontario in Game 5 of the Allan Cup Canadian Senior hockey championship.

A Vernon victory on this spring Sunday would give the Canadians – or Blues, as the team was nicknamed for its dark blue jerseys with large white numbers on the front and back – the Allan Cup.

By the time Armstrong and his friend arrived for Game 5, the arena was already full. People who didn’t have a seat inside could listen outside on speakers to Don Warner, the voice of the Canadians on Vernon radio station CJIB, broadcast the history-making game.

“I knew the usher, he saw me and my friend and told me to go inside but do so on our hands and knees,” said Armstrong, now 73, retired from the City of Vernon.“He said ‘go in on the aisle’ and we did. We crawled in. We were able to see the winning goal.”

The winning goal came late in the first period off the stick of captain Johnny Harms, a Saskatoon native who scored twice in the opening 20 minutes as the Canadians jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Forward Jack MacDonald, picked up for the 1956 Allan Cup playdowns from league-rival Penticton Vees, and defenceman Willie Schmidt had the other goals for Vernon.

The Maroons chipped away at the lead and cut the Vernon deficit to 4-3 but goalie Hal Gordon, who was marvellous throughout the playoffs, shut the door the rest of the way.

Merv Bidoski – the only Vernon Minor Hockey product on the Blues – scored the Cup-clinching goal, set up by player-coach George Agar and forward Brian Roche – at 17:45 of the third period.

The old scoreboard clock in the northwest corner slowly ticked down the final two minutes.

Vernon 5 Chatham 3. The Canadians had won the Allan Cup in five games.

“It was a great thing for Vernon,” said Bidoski, 82, who came with his family when he was two from Grandview, Man., and worked in the parts department for J.S. Galbraith and Sons, a logging/construction firm.

“The last few minutes were quite hectic,” added Canadians forward Odie Lowe, who turned 88 on April 15, and is one of four surviving members of the Allan Cup squad (Bidoski, forward Walt Trentini and defenceman Tom Stecyk are the others, all four living in Vernon). “Everybody was sweating.”

Senior hockey and the Allan Cup were big in the 1950s.

The Canadians were members of the four-team Okanagan Senior Hockey League, along with the Penticton Vees, Kelowna Packers and Kamloops Elks. It was a league made up of former professional players who still enjoyed playing competitively.

Lowe, for example, had been in the New York Rangers’ farm system with the New York Rovers, members of the Quebec Senior Hockey League (Lowe appeared in four NHL games with the Rangers), before moving home to the Peg, then came to Vernon in 1954 “for a chance to get ahead and play hockey.” Lowe got a job with Cliff Brown’s furniture delivery business before working for the city.

The Vees had won the Allan Cup in 1954, having beaten Lowe’s former team, the Winnipeg Maroons, in the Western Canadian final, then knocked off the Sudbury Wolves in seven games in the Allan Cup final. Penticton, as Allan Cup champions, represented Canada and won the 1955 World hockey championship.

With the Vees concentrating on the worlds, the Canadians won the 1955 Okanagan title and beat the Yorkton Terriers in six games to advance to the Western Canadian championship against Ontario’s Fort William Beavers, who beat the Blues in six games. The Beavers then lost the Allan Cup final in five to the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchmen.

The following season, Vernon repeated as OSHL champs with a 37-17-2 record, winning the Becker and Willoughby Cups as league and playoff champions. They won the B.C. Savage Cup title, then defeated the Winnipeg Maroons four games to none (with one tie) in the Patton Cup Western Canadian final.

The Chatham Maroons, coached by Murph Chamberlain, were led offensively by the trio of Jim Connelly, Eric Unger and Lloyd Ferguson. Combined, the three forwards had 75 goals in 1955-56. In goal, the Maroons picked up 21-year-old Marv Edwards, who played all 17 Maroons’ Allan Cup playdown games. Edwards went on to NHL fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with the Pittsburgh Penguins and California Golden Seals.

A crowd of 4,000 lined the streets of Vernon to welcome the Maroons to town which obviously put the Eastern champs in good spirits. They won the opening game of the Allan Cup 7-1.

“Agar just about s—t,” laughed Lowe. “We regrouped after that first game.”

The Canadians won the next four – 6-2, 7-1, 6-4 and 5-3. Games three and four were played in Kelowna and Kamloops, respectively.

“It was about money,” said Lowe. “The organizers wanted to spread it out so it wasn’t so hard on our public paying the whole shot. There wasn’t that much work around here in ‘56. The players, we were upset that the games were moved from Vernon.”

Team general manager George Castonguay, a real estate agent, and Vernon Mayor Frank (One-Eyed Frank) Becker were among the well wishers in a cramped Canadians dressing room after Game 5, where Harms told reporter Dennis Williams of The Vernon News, “We are proud to be able to do something big for Vernon and for B.C.”

Agar, taking a swig from a bottle of Coke, told Williams: “It was the biggest game of my life, believe me. It was the toughest game and biggest game in 18 years of hockey. The boys were wonderful. Tonight’s game wasn’t easy, but we licked ‘em.”

The Vernon News – which came out on Mondays and Thursdays in 1956 – paid special tribute to the Allan Cup winners with HAIL THE CHAMPIONS! THE CUP COMES HOME as its headline on April 30. The issue featured congratulation ads from such businesses as S.P. Seymour and Son, Fitzmaurice Ltd., Kripps Real Estate, Sigalet Brothers, Coldstream Hotel.

The Vancouver Sun saluted the Canadian champs while legendary Canadian sportswriter Dick Beddoes of Toronto wrote about the Canadians’ win in his column.

An estimated 10,000 fans lined the streets of Vernon for a championship parade for the Canadians, complete with Agar burning his hockey long-johns.

The Canadians had hoped to represent Canada at the 1957 World Hockey Championships in Moscow, but a Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956 led to a boycott.

The Blues would reach the Allan Cup final again in 1959, but were swept in four games by Ontario’s Whitby Dunlops.

Chatham won the Allan Cup in 1960, beating the Trail Smoke Eaters in five games (with one tie).

Due to dwindling fan interest and finances, the OSHL ceased operation in 1961.

Design Contract Awarded For New Arena:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Design contract awarded for new arena
by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star

posted Apr 28, 2016

The first major step has been taken towards a new ice sheet in Greater Vernon.

MQN Architects of Vernon has been awarded the contract to provide prime consulting services for the design and development management of the second arena at Kal Tire Place.

“As the original designer of Kal Tire Place and the author of the feasibility study, MQN demonstrated a clear understanding of the project and what was required as the deliverables as listed in the request for proposals,” said Doug Ross, the City of Vernon’s director of recreation services.

“MQN also clearly identified the need to design a building that can be built for the fixed budget price of $13 million and emphasized the role of cost control at each step of the design/build process to ensure that the project will stay on budget.”

Four bids for the project were received and evaluated.

As part of the design phase of the project, MQN will consult with the facility’s user groups, stakeholders and members of the public.

Work will begin immediately and will include geotechnical testing, environmental impact study, stakeholder consultation, initial design work and a traffic demand study.

The target for opening of the new arena is the fall of 2018.

Brian Quiring, a Vernon city councillor, is part of the management team of MQN.

“Quiring has removed himself during all council discussions regarding the twinning of the facility in which he could have a conflict or perceived conflict of interest in the project,” states a city release.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Utica Comets Release Ex Viper Forward Marino:

The American Hockey League’s (AHL) Utica Comets have released former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Marino started the season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Brampton Beast picked up (13-goals-28-assists-41-points) in 40 games before signing a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the Comets January 12th 2016. In 8 games with the Comets Marino had just one goal.

Marino spent last season with the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League (AEBHL) SAPA Fehérvár AV19.  SAPA Fehérvár AV19, is a Hungarian ice hockey team. After four years with Bemidji State University Marino spent the next five seasons playing in four different leagues (IHL, CHL, ECHL & AHL) with three different teams (Quad City, Fort Wayne & Norfolk) before playing in Hungary last season.

Marino played just two games with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers.

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Comets website:

Comets Release Marino from PTO

Feb 10, 2016

Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher announced today that the club has released forward Brandon Marino from his professional tryout contract (PTO).

Marino, 29, scored once and picked up four penalty minutes in eight games for the Comets. This season he has recorded 34 points (9-25-34) in 34 games for the Brampton Beast of the ECHL this season. Last year, the Riverside, CA native played in 50 games in Austria for the Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan Hockey Club, where he scored 11 goals and added 28 assists. With the Fort Wayne Komets in 2013-14, he paced the league with 58 assists, and won the league scoring title with 88 points (30-58-88). During the 2010-11 season with the Quad City Mallards of the CHL, he scored a league high 41 goals, and 13 power-play goals, en route to league MVP honors.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vipers Sign Shattuck Centre:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers sign Shattuck centre

Apr 27, 2016

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Vipers have added a strong two-way forward to their B.C. Hockey League roster.

Niko Karamanis, a 17-year-old centre, has committed to the Vipers for next season.

“He is truly a character kid and exactly the type of player we want to add to our program,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner, who scouted Karamanis at the recent U.S. Toyota Youth Tier 1 U18 Nationals in San Jose.

“A true 200-foot player that should be able to play in any situation for us and makes everyone around him better. We are very excited to have him as part of our program.”

The product of Courtenay just finished his fifth season at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota, suiting up for the school’s Midget Prep team.

Karamanis amassed 18 goals and 40 assists in 47 games.

“They were upset by Oakland in the semis; the Oakland goalie beat them,” said Ferner. “I thought they were the best team there.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite recorded a 3-0 win over the Culver Academy Eagles in the tournament final.

Ferner met Karamanis’ parents and was impressed with how the youngster handled himself on and off the ice.

“He comes from a great family. His coach, Tom Ward, says he’s a kid you can put in any situation. He plays the point on the powerplay, he takes key face-offs and he blocks shots.

He’s real intelligent. If you have a line that’s struggling, you stick him on there to get them going. He kind of reminds me of (former Viper star) Kyle Murphy and he may be a better player.”

The Vipers just completed its 2016 spring camp and expect 50 players from the camp to be invited to main camp in August.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Karamanis Commits To Vernon:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Land Shattuck Recruit

April 26, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of 17 year old Forward Niko Karamanis for next season. The product of Courtenay BC just finished his 5th season at Shattuck St Mary’s in Minnesota suiting up for the schools Midget Prep Team.  Karamanis tallied 18 goals and 40 assists in 47 games.

Head Coach Mark Ferner is thrilled to have Niko on board.  “He is truly a character kid and exactly the type of player we want to add to our program” A true 200 foot player that should be able to play in any situation for us and makes everyone around him better.  We are very excited to have him as part of our program.”

The Vipers just completed their 2016 Spring Camp and expect 50 players from the camp to be invited to Main Camp in August.

For more information please call the Viper Office at 250-542-6022.

Vipers On The Hunt-Busy Recruiting:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers On The Hunt

April 25, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Vernon Vipers Busy Recruiting

The Vernon Vipers wrapped up their 2016 Spring Camp this past weekend at Kal Tire Place.  Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Marker Ferner called the camp a success and said a few players caught the attention of the recruiting staff. Close to 100 players attended the camp and from as far away as the U.S. East coast. Watch the video below to hear Mark’s thoughts on this years camp and where the Vipers are headed next in their recruiting efforts.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Former Vernon Laker Ferster-Warriors Win BCHL Championship:

Former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster & the West Kelowna Warriors captured their first Fred Page Cup-League Title after a 4-2 win over the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday, taking the series in six games. This is the Warriors first & only Fred Page Cup since the Langley Hornets moved to West Kelowna in 2006. The Warriors will now advance to the Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

Here are the game highlight's-celebration from Game 6,

Ferster is in his fifth season as Warriors Head Coach-GM played one season in Vernon winning a Centennial Cup with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers.  In 28 games with the Lakers Ferster collected (8-goals-11-assists-19-points).

Rylan Ferster's Player-Coaching Profile:

This is posted on

Warriors, BCHL champions

Wayne Moore - Apr 23, 2016

The party will go well into the night in West Kelowna.

After 10 long, sometimes frustrating years, the West Kelowna Warriors can call themselves BC Hockey League champions.

The Warriors won the BCHL title and the Fred Page Cup Saturday with a thrilling 4-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs, and a 4-2 series win, before more than 1,500, mostly delirious fans at Royal LePage Place.

The crowd rose in unison, cheering and counting down the final minute. The sound was deafening as the Warriors brought home the championship.

Backup goaltender Keelan Williams, filling in for an injured Matthew Greenfield was brilliant at times, stopping 36 shots in his first start since Feb. 17.

He talked about the pressure of coming into such a pressure situation with a chance to win a league title.

"You are always going to feel pressure in a championship series, but I think the one good thing is I love pressure," said Williams.

"I love having that role where the game is on my shoulders. I don't even know if I could have scripted it any better, where I had to sit out for two months. All I wanted to do was seize the opportunity when I did get it."

He seized it and then some. With the Warriors up 4-2 and the Chiefs putting on pressure after having just scored, Williams made the save of his life and, given the situation, possibly the save of the season.

Williams somehow was able to slide to his left and and get a glove on a one-timer from Chiefs sniper Jordan Kawaguchi, who was alone at the edge of the crease after taking a backdoor, cross-crease pass.

"Honestly, I was just trying to read the play. I got there and I just tried to make the save.

"There's not much more to it. In a series like this and a game like that, you just have to be able to focus on the next shot, and that's what I was trying to do."

He called it the biggest save of his career given the situation.

"I just can't say enough about that young man coming in under those circumstances," said Warriors coach Rylan Ferster.

"I thought he was outstanding, and he gave us a chance to win. That's all you can ask from him. He made that 10-beller for us at the end to basically win the game for us."

The Warriors, who dropped a 5-2 decision in Chilliwack Thursday, came out of the gates flying and set the tone from the outset..

Jake LeBrun threw a crunching check on the fore check seconds into the game to get the crowd into it.

That early pressure helped draw a penalty just 23 seconds in, setting up Garrett Forster's power-play goal two minutes in. Forster deflected home Jake Harrison's shot from the left point for his sixth of the post season.

Chilliwack tied it on a power-play of their own minutes later, but a brilliant stretch pass from Rylan Yaremko onto the stick of a streaking Kyle Marino, helped forge a lead they would never relinquish
Marino muscled past a defenceman, and beat Aidan Pelino with a backhand deke for his seventh of the post season.

The goaltenders took over from there, especially Pelino, who stopped three breakaways to keep the Chiefs in the game.

The Warriors finally got some breathing room when Kyler Hope snapped home a power-play goal seven minutes into the third. The goal would prove to be the winner.

Four minutes later, Jonathan Desbiens notched his 15th when he converted a two-man breakaway with Brett Mennear.

The Chiefs pulled Pelino with more than eight minutes left and were rewarded with one goal immediately after but, other than Kawaguchi's chance, were not dangerous the rest of the way.

Before talking about his team, Ferster, as he always does, praised the opposition for a good, hard fought series.

"First and foremost we want to congratulate Chilliwack. They're a very classy group and Jason Tatarnic is a great coach and a very classy guy.

"I want to wish him all the best and wish their graduating players the best."

Ferster said the start was key.

"I thought so. And, getting the traction on our power-play. Even though we gave up that one shortly after, I thought our start was key," said Ferster.

"We talked about that, and playing a 10-minute game, and having a real good start. If you look over these playoffs, I don't think our starts have been unbelievable, and when you don;t have a good start, you;re chasing the game."

It was the Chiefs who were chasing most of the night.

The Warriors got good work out of their special teams as well Saturday, going 2-2 with the man advantage while shutting the Chiefs down for the most part. Chilliwack was 1-4 on the power-play.

Captain Kyle Marino, a physical force most of the series, said being a BCHL champion was a surreal feeling.

"I've never won a thing in my life. This is the first thing," said Marino.

"What a feeling though. A lot of guys have been here a long time, a lot longer than me. This is for them, 100 per cent."

The Warriors will enjoy a day off Sunday before getting back to work, in preparation for the Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

The week-long, five team tournament, will determine the two Western representatives in the RBC Cup next month in Lloydminster, Sask.

The Western Canada Cup begins next Saturday.

The Warriors will be joined by the host team along with Portage, the Manitoba champions and reigning RBC Cup, Brooks, the Alberta champions and Melfort, winners of the Saskatchewan league.

The Warriors will open against the host team from Estevan next Saturday night.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Third And Final Day From Vipers Spring Camp:

I stopped by Kal Tire Place this morning for the final day of Vipers Spring Camp. I missed the opening game-scrimmage but caught the final two games.

In the second game of the day Team Gold beat Team Blue 7-1. It was 2-0 Team Gold after the 1st period before they opened the flood gates in the 2nd period scoring five goals. Team Gold was the better of the two teams, carried the better of the play. Team Blue with very limited chances had troubles getting pucks to the net, didn't get a lot of quality shots on goal.

Players I thought stood out-played well

Team Gold:

Max Gaudet replaced starting goaltender Ty Taylor in the 2nd period. Gaudet didn't see a lot of rubber but made some quality saves when needed. Played his position, square to the shooters & quick on his feet. Gave up the lone goal of the game.

John Ludvig played a physical-in your face style of the game on the blueline. Played with an edge, was getting under the skin of several players off Team Blue, I thought played well this morning.

Levi Johnson (1 goal) Also was very strong today, played well through out the game-scrimmage. Was one of if not Team Gold's better forward.

Team Blue:

Dorrin Sekikawa-Luding replaced Jordan Naylor after the opening frame and finished the game gave up five goals in the 2nd period but was forced to make several big saves with not a lot of help in front of him. I thought played well yesterday didn't have the defence in front of him today was basically hung out to dry on a lot of shots-goals.

Alex McLeod who played well yesterday, had spurts-shifts again this morning that caught my attention.

In the third and final game of Spring Camp Team Red shutout Team White 6-0. Team Red looked very good most of the game-scrimmage, were by far the better team this morning. This team looked like they have been playing together for a while, making several nice plays-passes, creating-generating a lot of offensive chances showed signs of skill and speed up front with a solid defence. This team can move the puck, had several odd man rushes, were quick to the puck, won most of the races. Team Red was up 3-0 after the 1st before scoring three more in the 2nd period to come away with the win. Team White turned over the puck lots, gave up a lot of odd man rushes, didnt generate or create a lot of offensive opportunities, had troubles passing-making plays. Looked very disorganized.

Players I thought stood out-played well

Team Red:

Trent Thompson worked hard, competed and battled all game. Didn't show a lot of offensive skill but willing to battle and compete.

Brady Maezocco Caught my eye in yesterday's game, stood out again today. By far the best-most talented kid at Camp this weekend. A smooth skater, can handle-move the puck, quick on his feet, soft hands in front and has a quick release-shot. Had several scoring opportunities through out today's scrimmage.

Matthew Facchinelli was another kid that I liked this morning, played well.

Team White:

Geoffrey Drought replaced starting goaltender Joshua Tetlichi after the opening frame and was very good between the pipes. Allowed three goals but made some big saves in the 2nd period.

Alex Koumontzis was by far Team White's best-top player. This team didn't have much for offence, as Koumontzis created-generated a lot of their chances. Has some good size, goes to the net, always skating, making plays. Someone at Camp today told me he is a friend of Vipers forward Odeen Tufto.

Viper Alumni Mick-Bandits Win AJHL Championship:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Logan Mick and the Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues Brooks Bandits won the 2016 Gas Drive Cup-AJHL Championship for a third time in five years after a 4-1 victory over the Spruce Grove Saints Friday. Mick & the Bandits now advance to the 2016 Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The Bandits will open their tournament schedule on Sunday, May 1st with a 2:00 PM matchup with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) champions.

Mick playing in his first season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Brooks Bandits collected (6-goals-11-assists-17-points) in 24 games with the Bandits this season, are in the second round of the AJHL Playoffs with the Canmore Eagles.

Mick started the season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, never played a single game this season due to injury was traded to Langley on October 6th 2015. Mick was released from the Rivermen after playing in 22 games (2-goals-8-assists-10points) before signing with the Bandits on December 30th 2015.

Mick played two years in Vernon (2012-2014) before being traded to the Merritt Centennials on May 29th 2014 as part of the future considerations from a trade in January. On January 3rd 2014 the Vipers sent defenceman Jason Bird & future considerations (Logan Mick) to Merritt for defenceman Dylan Chanter. In May the United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion Bloomington Thunder selected Mick 400th overall in Round 25 of Phase two of the USHL draft. On June 20th the Merritt Centennials traded Mick to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for Luke Bertolucci & future considerations.

Logan Mick's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Bandits website:

Bandits win third AJHL Championship

Posted April 23rd, 2016

SPRUCE GROVE, AB (April 22, 2016) – For the third time in the last five seasons, the Brooks Bandits are Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) champions, after a 4-1 win over the Spruce Grove Saints in Game 5 of the Gas Drive Cup Final on Friday night.

The Bandits scored once in the first and second periods to take a lead they would not relinquish, and after a late charge by the Saints, responded with two empty net goals to seal the final score.

“I thought our players did a really good job throughout the playoffs just staying in the moment,” said Bandits head coach and general manager Ryan Papaioannou. “To go 12-1, and to beat a team like Spruce Grove – we’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for the way they play, and how they’re coached – tonight I thought we played the most complete game we’ve played in the series.”

The game opened with a bevy of golden scoring chances for both teams, including a Scott Ferguson breakaway for the Saints that was steered aside by star Brooks goalie Garret Hughson (Foremost, AB). The first goal came on the first Brooks power play of the game, when Dylan McCrory (Kirkland, PQ) sped in off the rush and split the Saints defence, tucking a forehand shot past Matthew Murray for his team-leading 11th goal of the post-season.

McCrory became just the second Bandit in team history to score 11 AJHL post-season goals, joining Cam Maclise in 2013. After the game, he was also named the recipient of the 2016 AJHL Playoff MVP award.

The Bandits doubled their lead at the 10:34 mark of the second period, when Jared Cockrell (Byfield, MA) feathered a pass from the left boards of the Saints zone to a streaking in Josh McKechney (Calgary, AB) in the slot. The rookies quick wrister beat Murray and gave Brooks a 2-0 advantage. It stood up as the championship-winning goal.

The Saints got on the board late in the third when Brandon Biro tipped a point shot at the side of the net to spoil Hughson’s shutout bid with 3:10 left in regulation.

But late pressure by Spruce Grove with an extra attacker wasn’t quite enough, as Landon Welykholowa (Calgary, AB) broke free for a breakaway on the empty net and the insurance goal with 1:13 left. Cockrell added a second empty net goal with 43 seconds left to notch the 4-1 final score.

Hughson stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win, and has set the new AJHL record for lowest goals against average in a post-season at 1.10, breaking the record of 1.23 set by the Camrose Kodiaks in 2006. He had already tied the record for most shutouts in a post-season at 4.

“It feels awesome,” said Bandits captain Derek Lodermeier. “We’ve worked hard all year; it’s been one of our goals at the beginning of the year that we set, and it’s just one step in the big picture here.”

The next step for the Bandits will be the 2016 Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Saskatchewan, where they will take on the champions of the other three western leagues, as well as the host Bruins, with the top two teams advancing to the RBC Cup national championship.

The Bandits will open their tournament schedule on Sunday, May 1st with a 2:00 PM matchup with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) champions.

The 2015-16 Bandits join the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams as Brooks squads that have won the AJHL title, with this season’s edition doing it in the fewest post-season games in franchise history, winning with a 12-1 record.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Day 2 From Vipers Spring Camp:

I was unable to attend Spring Camp yesterday because of work but made it down to Kal Tire Place this morning for Day two of Spring Camp. I missed the opening game-scrimmage but caught the next two games. Each game-scrimmage consisted of two thirty minute periods with a full ice clean in between periods. A penalty was an automatic penalty shot.

In the second game-scrimmage this morning Team Gold defeated Team Green 3-2 in a fairly evenly matched game with not a lot of great scoring chances. Both teams showed speed and hustle in a fairly fast paced game. Team Gold jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Nicholas Leyer & Dawson Frank before Team Green tied the game. Team Gold scored the game winner with one second remaining in the game for the 3-2 victory.

Teams will take a break this afternoon, before games-scrimmages start again at 4pm

Players I thought stood out-played well

Team Gold:

Kelowna Chiefs defenceman Joel Scrimbit played very well on the blueline, was denied on two penalty shots saw a lot of ice, very steady, moves the puck well, good skater, really sees the ice well-reads the play. Likes to get pucks to the net.

Nicholas Leyer (1 goal) Also played very well, had some chances, was involved in the play, went to the net, generated-created opportunities through out the game-scrimmage.

Logan Robinson was another kid on Team Gold that I liked. Good speed, moves the puck well, showed lots of hustle, quick on his feet.

Team Green:

Aiden Rysen I thought played fairly well on the backend, showed some signs of physical play, not the greatest skater but handled his own defensively-on the blueline. Played a fairly rugged game.

Liam Ryan caught my attention this morning, seemed to be involved in the play, quick on his feet.

Josh Maser was another forward who played well for Team Green. Created-generated some chances, was involved in the play.

In the third game this morning saw Team Red defeat Team Blue 4-3 in a game-scrimmage where Team Red carried most of the play, out chancing Team Blue. Team Red couldn't buy a goal in the 1st period couldn't seem to buy-get a bounce or lucky break had several great chances, created some very nice plays but had troubles finding the back of the net. But it was Team Blue that jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period even though were outplayed. Team Red would finally get on the board after a nice deflection in front off the stick of Coleton Bilodeau before Team Red would snap two quick back to back goals a few minutes later to grab the lead. Team Blue tied the game late with about four minutes remaining before Team Red scored the game winner late to hold onto the 4-3 victory. Team Red was the better of the two teams, carried most of the play, had a ton of great opportunities couldn't buy a goal. Team Red has a fairly big defence, very good with and without the puck. Team Blue didn't generate much for offence, played most of the game-scrimmage in their own end.

Players I thought stood out-played well

Team Red:

Reid Conroy-Duttonplayed the entire game-scrimmage with Team Red only having one goaltender. Conroy-Dutton wasn't tested much but made a few big saves when tested. I thought played well-made the saves when called apon.

Ben Baker Played a strong game on the backend. A good skater, moves the puck well, makes that strong first pass coming out of the zone, sees and reads the ice well. Looked like a veteran defenceman out there this morning. I really liked the looks of this kid.

Coleton Bilodeau (1 goal) Was another kid that stood out, quick on his feet, always on the go, goes to the net, shifty with the puck down low, has some skill with and without the puck.

Brady Maezocco Had a strong game for Team Red, was robbed of a goal in the 1st period after coming in on a two on one attack. A very good skater, has some wheels, created-generated some good opportunities today.

Cameron Welch Also caught my eye today, played hard, battled and competed along the wall and in front of the net, played with a bit of an edge, was banging bodies out there most of the day.

Team Blue:

Dorrin Sekikawa-Luding Was very solid between the pipes today for Team Blue. Kept his team in the game most of the morning, making some big saves. None bigger then robbing Brady Maezocco on a two on one. Played his position well, has a quick glove, making several glove saves.

Alex McLeod Was one of the more offensive minded forwards for Team Blue, generated a few opportunities today.

Grayson McMaster Was another forward who showed signs of skill up front.

Jessie Young Showed a lot of hustle-hard work, was strong on the back check, made a few defensive plays, coming back into his own end to break up a scoring play. This kid never quit, worked hard through out the game-scrimmage.

Here is a look at all six team rosters-lineups:

Team Black:

Austin Roden (G) 1998
Mattia Dal Monte (D) 2000
Wyatt Newpower (D) 1998
Dylan Sedlacek (D) 2000
Tanner Sawka (D) 2000
Emilio Salas (D) 1999
Matthew Monk (D) 1998
Max Wutzke (D) 1999
Nick Unruh (F) 2000
Aidan Buhler (F) 1999
Martin Rudolf (F) 2000
Garin Butler (F) 2000
Liam Evenson (F) 2000
Marco Mazza (F) 1999
Thomas Spink (F) 1999
Cooper Johnson (F) 1998
Brayden Camrud (F) 1998
Jessie Cunningham (F) 1997
McKullen Astill (F) 1998

Team Blue:

Dorrin Sekkikawa-Luding (G) 1999
Jordan Naylor (G) 2000
Lucas Arbour Neagoe (D) 2000
Ty Pickering (D) 1999
Simon Snyman (D) 1999
Jameson Murray (D) 1999
Jayden Jefferson (D) 1998
EJ Shaw (D) 1998
Matteo Pecchia (F) 2000
Brendan Schulte (F) 1998
Jayde Sauder (F) 2000
Flynn Perry (F) 2000
Brandon Costa (F) 2000
Riley Clarke Smoler (F) 1999
Demetri Kambeitz (F) 1998
Alex McLeod (F) 1998
Grayson McMaster (F) 1997
Jessie Young (F) 1999

Team White:

Joshua Tetlichi (G) 1998
Geoffrey Drought (G) 2000
Lucas Gaudet (D) 2000
Jack Judson (D) 2000
Zach Whithead (D) 1999
John Jebamani (D) 1999
Marek Karoch (D) 1999
Charlie Wilkie (D) 1998
Luke Harvie (F) 2000
Jarrett Raymond (F) 2000
Ty Kolle (F) 2000
Nolan Dawson (F) 1999
Jonas Leas (F) 1999
Moritz Miguez (F) 1999
Cameron Obcena (F) 1998
Trevor Sundher (F) 1998
Ryland Chernomaz (F) 1997
Alex Koumontzis (F) 1997
James Farmer (F) 1997

Team Green:

Billy Cawthorn (G) 1998
Adam Marcoux (G) 1998
Connor Smith (D) 1999
Aiden Rysen (D) 2000
Spencer McHardy (D) 2000
Jeremy Masella (D) 1999
Garrett Ewert (D) 1999
Michael LeNoury (D) 1998
Liam Ryan (F) 2000
Ethan Schmunk (F) 2000
Christian Sanda (F) 1998
Austen McKean (F) 1999
Ryan Cooper (F) 1999
Tyler Maser (F) 1999
Josh Maser (F) 1999
Curtis Dubinsky (F) 1998
Samuel Hanson (F) 1997
Chase Stevenson (F) 1999

Team Red:

Ethan Vanderkley (G) 2000
Reid Conroy-Dutton (G) 1998
Wyatt McLeod (D) 2000
Trevor Longo (D) 2000
Quinn Schneidmiller (D) 1999
Owen Williams (D) 2000
Ben Baker (D) 1997
Owen O'Connor (D) 1998
Coleton Bilodeau (F) 2000
Trent Thompson (F) 2000
Palmer Jenkins (F) 2000
Brady Maezocco (F) 1999
Nate Castonguay (F) 1999
Matthew Facchinelli (F) 1999
Aiden Bar-Lev-Wise (F) 1998
Cameron Welch (F) 1998
Tyson Davey (F) 1997
Dawson Chase (F) 2000

Team Gold:

Max Gaudet (G) 1998
Ty Taylor (G) 1999
Ante Mustapic (D) 1999
John Ludvig (D) 2000
Adam Johnson (D) 2000
Jason Shaigec (D) 1999
Jarrod Isley (D) 1998
Joel Scrimbit (D) 1998
Ethan Scardina (F) 2000
Brett Didyk (F) 1999
Hudson Schandor (F) 2000
Nicholas Leyer (F) 2000
Sho Takai (F) 1999
Logan Robinson (F) 1999
Dawson Frank (F) 1999
Brock Sottile (F) 1999
Michael Fidanza (F) 1998
Levi Johnson (F) 1997

Ex Vipers Voltin & Hannoun Commit To Northern Michigan University:

Former Vernon Vipers forwards Demico Hannoun & Luke Voltin  have
committed to Northern Michigan University for the 2016-17 season.

Hannoun played one season in Vernon (2013-14) before being traded to Surrey along with Ben Butcher on June 9th 2014 as the Future Considerations in the Brett Mulcahy trade from January 2014. The Vipers sent forward Chase McMurphy & Future Considerations to Surrey for Brett Mulcahy & Future Considerations on January 6th 2014. Hannoun played two seasons in Surrey before joining the Vipers. Hannoun was part of the future considerations in the Vipers-Eagles trade at the 2012 BCHL trade deadline that saw Vernon send Adam Tambellini & Michael Roberts to Surrey for future considerations wich at the end of that season were named (Mason Blacklock and Demico Hannoun). In 47 games with the Vipers Hannoun collected (15-goals-29-assists-44-points). Surrey traded Hannoun to Penticton on August 13th 2014.

Demico Hannoun's Player Profile:

Voltin played one season in Vernon (2014-15) asked for a trade over the summer was traded to Langley on August 27th 2015 for future considerations. In 44 games last year with Vernon Voltin picked up (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). Voltin played in seven games with the Rivermen this season collecting (1-goal-1-assist-2-points) before being traded to Penticton on October 10th 2015.

Luke Voltin's Player Profile:

This was posted on Fraser Rodgers Penticton Vees Blog:

Two Veterans Commit to Northern Michigan University

January 28, 2016

by fraser

Recent News, Three V's Blog

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forwards Demico Hannoun (95) and Luke Voltin (95) have committed to Northern Michigan University (NMU) for the 2016-17 season.

The two 20-year-olds are the 13th and 14th players on the Vees roster to commit to an NCAA Division l program.

Hannoun, who’s in his fourth season in the BCHL, has 11 goals and 22 points in 29 games this season; he missed 13 games due to injury. Since returning to the line-up, Hannoun has four assists in the last three games. The North Delta, BC, product has had a decorated junior hockey career, winning two BCHL Fred Page Cup championships, two Western Canada Cup championships and has played in three RBC Cup national championships. The veteran forward has amassed 75 goals and 166 points in 219 career games with the Vees, Surrey Eagles and Vernon Vipers. He’s also played in 66 Fred Page Cup playoff games, racking up another 17 goals and 49 points.

Hannoun says it has been a long process but a rewarding one, “First, I want to thank our coaches for the guidance and help I got during this process; it meant a lot. When I was talking to Coach Kyle at North Michigan, I realized it was the right fit for me; I liked everything the school has to offer. I’m excited to get down there next year.”

Voltin came to the Vees via an early season trade with Langley and has five goals and 21 points in 43 games; 19 points in 36 games with the Vees. Voltin, who hails from Blaine, Minnesota, is in his second season in the BCHL and in 87 career games has accumulated 15 goals and 47 points; in nine career playoff games he had seven points. Voltin was a graduate of the US National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent parts of three seasons in the USHL before landing in the BCHL.

Voltin says continuing his hockey career after this season is all he could ask for, “It’s a huge honour to be able to play at the college level, and I’m thrilled to be able to achieve my goal I set out for myself at the beginning of the year.”

Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette, Michigan, and the men’s hockey program plays in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). The Wildcats have made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, playing in three Frozen Fours and were national champions in 1991. There are seven BCHL alumni on the Wildcat’s roster, including former Vees Zach Urban and John Siemer.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Vernon Vipers 2016 Spring Camp Schedule:

This is posted on the Vipers website:


April 20, 2016

Spring Camp Schedule

by Vernon vipers

The 2016 Vernon Vipers spring camp opens on Friday, April 22nd at Kal Tire Place. Fans are welcome to attend any of the games listed below.

Friday April 22nd

9:30 Registration @ Kal Tire Place

11:00-1:00pm Black Vs Blue
1:15-3:15pm White Vs Green
3:30- 5:30pm Red Vs Gold

Saturday April 23rd

7:00-9:00am Black Vs White
9:15-11:15pm Green Vs Gold
11:30- 1:30pm Blue Vs Red
4:00-6:00pm Black Vs Gold
6:15-8:15pm Blue Vs White
8:30- 10:30pm Green Vs Red

Sunday April 24th

7:00-9:00am Black Vs Green
9:15- 11:15pm Blue Vs Gold
11:30- 1:30pm White Vs Red

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Former Vernon Viper Scofield Leaves ECHL For Europe:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield
has left the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Rapid City Rush to return to Europe, for an opportunity to play in Switzerland.

Scofield started the season with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks after signing with the Sharks May 4th 2015. The Sharks are an Austrian professional ice hockey team that currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league (EBEL).  In 11 games with the Sharks Scofield collected five assists. Scofield signed with  the Rush January 10th 2016 picked up (2-goals-3-assists-5-points) in six games before leaving the team.

After four seasons at Bemidji State University Scofield has spent the past seven seasons playing in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany & the US playing with eight different teams (HC Plzen, Klagenfurter AC, Graz 99ers, Ontario Reign, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, HC Innsbruck & Rapid City Rush) from 2009-2016.

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:

This is posted on the Rush website:



(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced that forward Tyler Scofield has returned to Europe, taking an opportunity to play in Switzerland.

Scofield, a seventh-year pro from Prince George, British Columbia, recorded 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 6 games with the Rush.  The 31 year-old played his college hockey at Bemidji State University in the NCAA, and has spent the vast majority of his pro career in Europe, specifically Austria, where he won his lone professional championship in the 2012-13 season with Klagenfurter AC.

Other Rush News:

Join Rush Nation for only $10 per game!  Call the Rush office at 716-7825 for details, and stay informed on all Rush happenings this season through the official Rapid City Rush team website,, and the Rapid City Rush mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ex Vernon Viper Povelofskie-Wranglers Win Keystone Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Povelofskie helped the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) 100 Mile House Wranglers win the Keystone Cup Sunday in Regina after a 3-2 overtime win over the Saskatoon Quakers.
The Wranglers went 4-2 at the Keystone Cup.


Povelofskie in his first season with the Wranglers come out of retirement to join-sign with the Wranglers in September. In 32 games with the Wranglers Povelofskie picked up (15-goals-16-assists-31-points). Povelofskie played last season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before announcing his retirement on June 18th 2015 to pursue a post-secondary opportunity.  In 26 games with the Bulldogs last year Povelofskie picked up (6-goals-9-assists-15-points). 

Povelofskie played one season in Vernon (2013-14) was traded 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:

This was in the Nelson Star Newspaper:

KIJHL: 100 Mile House Wranglers claim Keystone Cup
by Taylor Rocca - Cranbrook Daily Townsman

posted Apr 18, 2016

The 100 Mile House Wranglers are Keystone Cup champions following a 3-2 overtime victory against the Saskatoon Quakers Sunday afternoon in Regina.

On the road to the Keystone Cup, the Wranglers defeated the Kimberley Dynamiters to claim the 2016 KIJHL crown in five games, before winning the B.C. provincial championship and Cyclone Taylor Cup with a 5-4 triumph over the host Victoria Cougars April 10.

Cole Zimmerman, 20, a native of 100 Mile House, scored the overtime-winning goal in Sunday’s

The Wranglers went 3-2 in round-robin play,  defeating the host Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals, North Peace Navigators and Peguis Juniors, while losing to the Thunder Bay Northern Hawks and Quakers.

The Navigators, of the North West Junior Hockey League, used overtime to defeat the Capitals, of the Prairie Junior Hockey League, in the bronze medal game.

This marks the fifth consecutive year the Cyclone Taylor Cup champion has gone on to win the Keystone Cup for western Canadian Junior B supremacy.

British Columbia-based teams have claimed 12 Keystone Cup titles since 1983.

In 2015, the Campbell River Storm of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League edged the Dynamiters for the provincial title before going on to win the Keystone Cup in Cold Lake, Alta.