Friday, November 24, 2017

Game Preview: Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (17-6-0-4) @ Trail (19-6-1-0) 7pm

Today is the second of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Wednesday, November 22nd Wenatchee defeated Vernon 2-1
Wednesday, November 22nd Penticton defeated Trail 2-1

Next Game:

Saturday, November 25th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, November 25th Trail @ Merritt

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Vernon Vipers Alumni-College Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Mark Hamilton (2013-14) & the Maine Blackbears take on Providence today at 11am on TSN 2

Wild Hold Off Vipers 2-1 On Dollar Beer Night:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Wild hold off Vipers 2-1 on dollar beer night

Kevin Mitchell

Nov. 24, 2017

It was Dollar Beer and Hot Dog Night Wednesday at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

And while the crowd of 2,708 lined up for the cheap bevvies and tube steaks, they also went home happy after the Wild brushed off the Vernon Vipers 2-1 in B.C. Hockey League action.

Some fans were still searching for their seats when Lucas Sowder put Wenatchee on top just 19 seconds after the national anthem. Jasper Weatherby and Cooper Zech assisted on a wraparound goal that Sowder stuffed between the pads of former Wild goalie Anthony Yamnitsky. Sowder has nine snipes on the season.

The Vipers had a Grade A opportunity to level the score on a shorthanded breakaway by Niko Karamanis, but goalie Austin Park recorded a huge save that helped preserve the lead through 20 minutes.

Vernon tied things in the second period as Connor Marritt stepped into a shot a moment after starting his shift during a sequence of sustained Viper pressure. Marritt’s unassisted tally was his third of the year and it came on his mother Tracey’s birthday.

The Wild opened the third period with a 5-on-3 power play, but couldn’t convert and ended up 0-for-6 on the man advantage. Viper captain Jagger Williamson and Keyvan Mokhtari took penalties 16 seconds apart in the final minute of the second period. Mokhtari was ejected since it was Vernon’s second goaltender interference minor of the game. Williamson took the first at 3:12 of the opening stanza.

Midway through the third, Weatherby sent fans to their feet with a shot that rippled the outside of the net and falsely triggered the goal horn, but moments later he won a puck battle below the goal and slipped it out front where Slava Demin blasted it home for his fourth of the season. Demin, a B-rated NHL prospect out of California, took part in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 21 in Buffalo, recording an assist to help a team coached by Brian Leetch record a 6-5 win over a squad guided by Chris Chelios.

Vernon called a timeout with 1:40 left and pulled Yamnitsky for a sixth attacker but the Wild held fast. Park earned his 10th win with a 20-save effort, while Yamnitsky made 23 saves and is 7-5-0-1. The Wild have earned a point in six straight games and moved to 16-7-1-1 for third place in the Interior Division.

“We didn’t generate the chances we needed,” said Williamson. “It was a werid game, really tight checking and even.”

The Vipers dipped to 17-6-0-4 for second in the division, one point back of the Trail Smoke Eaters, 2-1 losers to the Penticton Vees Wednesday night before, 1,314 fans at Cominco Arena. Penticton is one point behind Wenatchee with two games in hand.

The Vipers visit the Smokies Friday night before hosting Wenatchee Wednesday night. Vernon entertains the Smokies Friday, Dec. 1.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ex Viper Shortridge Named ECAC Goaltender Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge has been named the ECAC goaltender of the Week.

Shortridge is in his second season with Quinnipiac University after playing one season in Vernon (2015-16). In 44 games with the Vipers last season Shortridge went 19-25 with two shutouts posting a 3.15 GAA

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

This was posted on the Bobcats website:

Men's Ice Hockey 11/21/2017 11:33:00 AM QU Athletic Communications

Andrew Shortridge Named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week

ALBANY, New York – Quinnipiac men's ice hockey sophomore Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) was named the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 as announced by the league office. Shortridge's stellar weekend also earned him the honor of being named as one of NCAA Hockey's three stars of the week.

Shortridge posted a shutout in in the Bobcats' 5-0 victory against Brown on Friday, Nov. 17. The second-year Bobcat followed with another shutout in Quinnipiac's 3-0 win over rival Yale on Saturday, Nov. 18. Shortridge is the first goalie in the nation to post back-to-back shutouts in a weekend series this season. Shortridge was also the first Quinnipiac goalie to record back-to-back shutouts since Michael Garteig against Yale on Dec. 4, 2015 and Brown on Dec. 5, 2015.

After his 52-save weekend, Shortridge now boasts a .925 save percentage and a 1.85 goals-against average this season. The Bobcats' goalie now owns a scoreless streak of 129:15 dating back to the third period of Quinnipiac's game at Union.

Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it takes on the University of Massachusetts in a home-and-home series. The Bobcats will host the Minutemen on Friday at the Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena at 7 PM, followed by traveling to take on the Minutemen at Mullins Arena in Amherst on Saturday at 7:30 PM.

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:

Penticton Vees Make Roster Moves:

The Penticton Vees finalized the acquisition of veteran defenceman Jordan Henderson Thursday as they get set for a big home-and-home series with the Vernon Vipers. The Vees and Vipers do battle Friday at 7 p.m. at the South Okanagan Events Centre and Saturday at 6 p.m. at Kal Tire Place. Henderson, who was able to practice with the Vees this week, is expected to suit up tonight, wearing jersey No. 5. The Vees acquired the 20-year-old’s BCHL rights from the Merritt Centennials for cash considerations. “We definitely needed another dependable, veteran presence on the blueline,” said Vees president, GM and head coach Fred Harbinson. “He’s got size, he moves well and has a lot of experience.” The Surrey native played three seasons in the Western Hockey League – the first two in Spokane before splitting the 2016-17 campaign with the Chiefs, Saskatoon and Medicine Hat. Over 158 regular-season games, Henderson logged seven goals, 36 points and 72 penalty minutes. Henderson, six-foot-one and 185 pounds, played early in the current season with the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones. “I got to meet him face-to-face this week and he’s an outstanding kid,” said Harbinson. “He looked great in practice and he’s really going to add to our group.” The Vees have a talented, but largely youthful group on the back end with 16-year-old Luke Reid, 17-year-old Jonny Tychonick and rookies Nicky Leivermann and Ryan O’Connell. Henderson and Joe Leahy are 20 and Kenny Johnson 19. Reid and forward Massimo Rizzo will miss the Vernon games as they are playing at the World Under-17 Challenge that wraps up this weekend in northern B.C. Harbinson said the Vees needed depth on the blueline, especially since the team anticipates being without as many as three of them for up to six games at the World Junior A Challenge in early-December in Truro, Nova Scotia. As for this weekend, the Vees will be playing with just 10 forwards after losing veterans Chris Klack and Jackson Keane to injuries, along with the absence of Rizzo. Klack, injured when he crashed into the boards at practice on Wednesday, was placed on long-term injured reserve and will be out until at least Christmas with an upper-body injury. “He is seeing a specialist today and we’ll know more after that,” said Harbinson. Keane suffered an upper-body injury in a home-ice loss to Powell River on Saturday, and will miss at least the weekend games, and possibly the home encounter versus the Surrey Eagles on Wednesday. The Vees (10-5-1-1) have lost three straight and play a red-hot Vernon team that is tied for the Interior Division lead with Trail with a 15-4-3-0 mark. Brett Stapley (14 goals, 32 points) and Jimmy Lambert (9 goals, 30 points) are first and fourth, respectively, in the BCHL scoring race “We’ve got to be better on our details than we have been in some of the recent games,” said Harbinson. “We make mental mistakes against a good team like Vernon … it’s not going to work. We’ve beaten them a lot in recent seasons and they’re going to be hungry to kick us while we’re down.” The Vees earned a win and a tie in the only other meetings with Vernon Oct. 6-7. Penticton has eliminated Vernon in three straight years in the playoffs. “We’ve got five games in hand on Vernon and four on Trail, so you want to stay close and take advantage later with those extra games,” said Harbinson. But the coach said he’s not putting a lot of emphasis on trying to win a seventh straight Interior pennant. “It’s way too early and a lot of things can happen,” said Harbinson. “The important thing is making sure you get home ice for the first round of the playoffs.” Harbinson said the main focus is for the team to be playing its best when it matters most. “If we can get all the ingredients for the dinner on the counter, we still firmly believe we’ve got a team that can cook going down the stretch and into the playoffs,” said Harbinson. Harbinson said the adversity will help make the players better and him as a coach better. As long as they keep plodding along in fifth place in the vaunted Interior, the Vees may also get the rare chance to fly under the radar. “Sometimes it’s more draining to be chased than it is to do the chasing,” said Harbinson. “I’m not looking at our situation as a bad thing whatsoever. I welcome the challenge. We just have to keep pushing and find our way through it.”

Express Make Roster Moves:

Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff has been busy this week, especially with his GM duties. He's made a number of moves to change the look of the Express roster. It started Monday when the Express traded veteran forward Mitch Newsome (97) to the Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) for goaltender Brock Hamm (97). Newsome was acquired by the Express on January 10, 2016 from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. In parts of three seasons with the Express, the Surrey native dressed in 61 games scoring 11 goals and adding 25 assists for 36 points. He also had 1 goal and 1 assist in 3 playoff games with the Express in 2016. Hamm, a Saskatoon native comes to the Express where he played the previous three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. In 100 career WHL games Hamm has posted a record of 33-50-6-2 (wins-losses-overtime losses-shootout losses) with a 3.97 GAA and .886 save percentage. He also posted one shutout. In 2015-16 Hamm played a career high 56 games posted a record of 21-26-3-0. He began his junior career with the Humboldt Broncos in the 2014-15 season where he posted a 9-10-0 record in 21 games while posting one shutout with a 2.78 GAA and .918 save percentage. Wednesday, the Express traded the rights of forward Blake Hayward (98) to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for forward Nic Holowko (97). Hayward dressed for 107 games for the Express over the previous three seasons with 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 points. He also represented the Express twice at the World Junior A challenge winning gold in 2015. He committed to Union University late last last season. This season he dressed for 6 games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he didn't register a point and was a -2. Holowko comes to the Express with 208 career games of WHL experience with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Prince Albert Raiders and Kamloops Blazers. He has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in his WHL career. He dressed for 7 games with Kamloops this season he has 3 goals and 1 assist. Nic is the nephew of TSN 1040 radio host and long time TV sportscaster Don Taylor. The final move the Express have made is adding defenseman Landon Fuller (99). The Express acquired his rights as future considerations in the January 2017 trade that sent Dominic Masellis to the Surrey Eagles. Fuller comes to the Express from the Tri City Americans of the WHL. He brings some size to the backend at 6'5, 235 lbs. He has 16 games of WHL experience over parts of 3 seasons with 1 assist. In 17-18 had his lone helper in 8 games. The Williams Lake native also split 44 games last season with Salmon Arm and Surrey with 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.

Bulldogs Make Roster Moves:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a pair of transactions, acquiring 1998-born forward Tyler Vanuden from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League and trading 1998-born defenceman Graham Rutledge to the Truro Bearcats of the Maritimes Hockey League. Vanuden hails from Fort Frances, ON and began the season with the reigning Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Brooks Bandits, where he scored once in six regular season games. He spent the 2016/17 campaign with the VIJHL’s Victoria Cougars and finished seventh in league scoring before adding 20 points in 14 playoff contests to help his team advance to the league finals. “Tyler is a speedy, smart two-way forward who we feel can help our group at both ends of the ice,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He’s also a hard worker who gives us some versatility playing up or down our line-up.” Meanwhile, Rutledge heads home to Nova Scotia to join the Bearcats after playing 13 regular season games with the Bulldogs. “Graham is a great kid who made a positive impact in our locker room and community,” says Hughes. “We’d like to thank him for his time in Port Alberni and wish him all the best in the future.” Vanuden skated with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday and will be available to make his Bulldogs debut when the team faces Victoria and Nanaimo on home ice this weekend.

Nanaimo Clippers Announce New Ownership:

We are pleased to announce that the Nanaimo Clippers Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club has been purchased by Wes Mussio of the Mussio Goodman law firm in Vancouver, B.C. Wes Mussio has an extensive background in hockey management and administration. He was the President and Vice President over a five-year period at the Burnaby Winter Club helping run the Hockey program during those years. He also sat on numerous committees at the PCAHA. He helped manage or coach several spring hockey programs including the Vancouver Selects Black, Toronto Pro Hockey and the Backroad Mapbook Eagles. Most recently, he owned the Delta Ice Hawks of the PJHL in 2015-2017 and sat on the Board of the PJHL. That successful franchise was sold for the sole purpose of purchasing a BCHL franchise as the PJHL rules preclude ownership in both leagues.

Mr. Mussio is partnering with Dave Leneveu, current President and Alternative Governor of the Nanaimo Clippers. Mr. Leneveu will continue on as the Governor and President of the Nanaimo Clippers as a minority shareholder.

The corporate name operating the Nanaimo Clippers will be Clippers Hockey Limited Partnership. Wes Mussio is the principle owner and director of the Partnership.


Mr. Leneveu, ex-Nanaimo Clipper and ex-NHLer, lives in Nanaimo and will continue to be the face of the franchise as President and Governor. He will oversee day-to-day operations including game day operations. Mr. Mussio is in the process of purchasing a home in Nanaimo as a part-time residence. He will be opening a branch law firm in Nanaimo for ICBC injury claims and estate litigation as part of the provincial strategy for Mussio Goodman. In fact, the law firm has been looking at an island presence for several years having already opened four offices spread around the province. Mr. Mussio will be one of the lawyers taking on files out of Nanaimo.

Warriors Make Roster Moves:

The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Sunday that the club has made multiple roster moves including a pair of trades. The Warriors have acquired defenseman Spencer Hora (’99) from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. The 18-year-old rearguard is a veteran of 78 BCHL games where he has scored one goal and added 18 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes. The Kelowna, BC native has started the 2017/18 season off well in 21 games so far, the 5’10”, 180-pound defender has registered 10 assists and is very familiar with the Warriors roster, having played with forwards Lucas Cullen, Chase Stevenson, Jordan Todd, Matt Kowalski and goaltender Cole Demers during the 2015/16 season with the Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget League. West Kelowna has also added goaltender Cody Porter (’97) to their current roster. The 20-year-old netminder played in 117 career Western Hockey League games with the Vancouver Giants and the Calgary Hitmen, posting a 52-42-5-4 record with a 3.30 GAA and a .887 career SV% along with 5 shutouts. Porter started the year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and got into two games with the St. John’s Sea Dogs before being released and available for the Warriors to add. The North Vancouver, BC native is no stranger to the Warriors organization as the 6’3”, 200-pound goaltender spent his 16-year-old season in West Kelowna getting into 16 games with an 8-4-1 record to go along with a 3.54 GAA and a .875 SV% and did get into action on Friday night as he came in on a relief appearance in a loss in Wenatchee. To make room on the roster for those additions, the Warriors have traded defenseman Nathan Reilly (’98) to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in exchange for future considerations. The 19-year-old blue liner suited up in 17 games for the Warriors and added two assists to go along with 21 penalty minutes. The Warriors have also placed forward Bennett Norlin on injured reserve as of Friday after he was injured in the Warriors victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Wednesday night. The Farmington, MN native has collected four goals and nine points in 21 games to start the season.

Alberni Valley-Olds Trade:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade with the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, acquiring 1998-born forward James Orban in exchange for 1999-born forward Cayden Kraus. Orban hails from Calgary, AB and was playing in his second season with the Grizzlys. He scored twice and added 17 assists in 59 regular season games as a rookie during the 2016/17 campaign and had scored four times while totaling 11 points in 17 games so far this season. “James is a smart, hard working left winger who competes at a high level every night and contributes in all three zones,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He’s began having some good success offensively this season and we look forward to the positive impact he’ll have with us on the ice and in the dressing room.” Meanwhile, Kraus is set to join the Grizzlys following two-plus seasons in the Alberni Valley. The Winnipeg, MB product leaves the Bulldogs after scoring 28 goals and collecting 48 points in 124 career BCHL games. “Cayden is a tremendous competitor and a very good person,” says Hughes. “As a third-year player we believe he deserves a chance to play important minutes in an offensive role and we wish him all the best with this new opportunity in Olds.” Orban is expected to join the Bulldogs on their upcoming three-game road trip, which begins Friday in Trail.

Anderson Commits To Trail For 2018-19 Season:

The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to announce the commitment of Bryce Anderson for the 2018-2019 season. Anderson, a forward, currently plays for the Yale Hockey Academy Prep team after spending last season with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget Hockey League. In 15 games this season, Anderson has registered 27 points for the Yale Prep team and has also tallied 2 goals in 3 games as an AP for the Smoke Eaters this year. The 5’9” Whitehorse native is a player that the Smoke Eaters know well. Assistant coach, Jessie Leung was Anderson’s coach for a full season with the Valley West Hawks in 2016-2017 and the young forward spent some time at the start of the season practicing with the team to get a feel for the organization. “Having the opportunity to practice with the team in Trail for a few weeks and see the town was an unbelievable experience. The facilities and fan base are amongst the best in the league. I am beyond excited to be suiting up for the Smoke Eaters next season and will continue to work hard to prepare myself to be a key part of the team next season.” “The entire organization is excited to add Bryce to the Smoke Eaters next season. He provides speed, skill, and character to our group. Our team and fans have already seen a brief glimpse of what Bryce will add to our lineup and we are very excited for the future with Bryce wearing a Smoke Eater uniform,” adds Craig Clare, Director of Hockey and Business Operations. The commitment of Anderson marks the first signing of a player from the Identification Camp held in Whitehorse this past spring, which is a positive sign of things to come for the future camps to be held in the area. The team is already preparing to return to Whitehorse next May to have another look at the players that are from that area in hopes identifying additional players. The entire Smoke Eaters organization would like to welcome Bryce and his family to our team. The team and fans alike look forward to following Bryce’s progress this season with Yale and anticipate his arrival in our community next season.

West Kelowna-Waywayseecappo Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Thursday afternoon that the club has traded forward Peter Tomaras (’98) to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations. Tomaras, 19, played in 61 career games with the Warriors, registering 5 goals and 15 points to go along with 21 penalty minutes during a season and a half in West Kelowna. The 5’10”, 170-pound forward scored 3 goals and 5 points in addition to 6 penalty minutes in 16 games played this season. Prior to his time in West Kelowna, the Edmonton, Alberta native played three seasons in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) with the South Side Athletic Club (SSAC) Athletics where he collected 35 goals and 70 points in 101 games of Midget hockey. “Peter is a character kid and plays with his heart on his sleeve,” commented Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster, “We want to wish him all the best in Waywayseecappo.” The Warriors would like to thank Peter for his time with the Warriors and his contributions to the city of West Kelowna.

Salmon Arm-Coquitlam Trade:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Reid Cooper(98)(G) from the Coquitlam Express in exchange for future considerations

Surrey-Yarmouth Trade:

The Surrey Eagles have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Derrick Johnson(98)(D) to the Yarmouth Mariners of the MHL in exchange for future considerations

Cowichan-Waywayseecappo Trade:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals transfer the CJHL playing rights to Yann Dery(98)(G) to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the MJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Brandon Stanley(97)(F) and future considerations

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wenatchee 2 Vernon 1

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

0:19 WEN Lucas Sowder (9) ASST: Jasper Weatherby (17), Cooper Zech (23)

2nd Period:

7:15 VER Connor Marritt (3) ASST: None

3rd Period:

9:21 WEN Slava Demin (4) ASST: Jasper Weatherby (18)

Wenatchee outshot Vernon 25-21 Austin Park made 20 saves in the win, while Anthony Yamnitsky made 23 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Report,

Text Boxscore,

Game Preview: Vipers vs. Wild:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Midweek Matchup- Game Preview: Vipers vs. Wild

November 22, 2017

Contributed by Jesse Adamson for BCHL communications

Tonight – Vernon Vipers (17-5-0-4) at Wenatchee Wild (15-7-1-1)

6:30 p.m. at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.

Previous Meetings

Vernon leads the season series 2-1. In the first meeting on Sept. 16 forward Brett Stapley had two goals and goaltender Anthony Yamnitsky stopped 36 of 37 shots against his former team as the Vipers won 5-1 over the Wild. Vernon defenceman Chris Jandric had two assists and was named the game’s first star.

In the second meeting between the teams, on Oct. 11, Wenatchee forward Sam Hesler scored the game winner in the third period as the Wild overcame an early two-goal deficit and won 3-2.
Wenatchee defenceman Cooper Zech and forward Jack Lippis chipped in with two assists each.

The teams most recently met on Oct. 27 with the Vipers winning 4-1 led by two goals from Stapley, a goal and two assists from forward Jimmy Lambert and 32 saves from Yamnitsky.

Who’s Hot

Vernon forward Jesse Landsell comes into the game riding a ten-game point streak. He has two goals and 11 assists in that span. Landsell currently has the sixth-longest point streak in the BCHL this season. Vipers forward Brett Stapley is fifth in BCHL scoring with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 26 games, followed closely by Jimmy Lambert who is tied for sixth with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 23 games. Stapley’s 14 goals are tied for fifth in the league. Michael Ufberg is second among BCHL defencemen with 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 26 games. Vernon goalie Anthony Yamnistky is second in the BCHL with a 2.15 goals-against average and third in save percentage with .922.

Wenatchee forward AJ Vanderbeck is on an eight-game point streak with seven goals and six assists in that span. Wild forward Jasper Weatherby is tied for third in BCHL scoring with 37 points in 24 games and tied for first in goals with 21. Cooper Zech leads all BCHL defencemen with 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 24 games.

What’s at Stake

Vernon is the second-place team in the Interior Division as well as the entire BCHL with 38 points. They are one point behind the Trail Smoke Eaters and could move ahead of them with a win tonight and a Trail loss, who also play tonight at home to the Penticton Vees. Vernon and Trail play each other on Friday in Trail in a potential first-place showdown.

Wenatchee is in third place in the Interior Division with 32 points. They’re six points behind second-place Vernon with two games in hand, so a win tonight would help in their chase to climb the division standings. The Wild are also only a point ahead of Penticton and the West Kelowna Warriors so they will try to put some distance between themselves and the teams chasing them in the crowded Interior Division.

Coaches Comments

Wenatchee Wild coach Bliss Littler on facing Vernon tonight:

“They’re a very uptempo team, they like to get up the ice, their D gets involved. They try to make the other team’s D turn a lot and retrieve pucks. The one big difference is, they’re one of the most veteran teams in the league and we’re one of the least veteran teams in the league… right now we’re playing pretty good hockey and it should be a good measuring stick to see if we’ve been able to pick up our game since last time we played them.

“We need to be physical, we need to limit the outnumbered rushes we give up, we need to win the special teams battles… Against Vernon you have to do a good job on the penalty kill because they can really hurt you there. We need to stick to how we play and stick to our game plan and if we do that, we’ll have a chance.”

Littler on playing in the competitive Interior Division:

“It’s a grind every single night. In our situation, I think our fans like it, I know that our players love it. You’re in for a battle every single night.”

Littler on playing in Wenatchee:

“I think we have one of the better buildings in junior hockey. I think our fan support’s good…Whether it’s BCHL, USHL, or the Western Hockey League, I think it’s a good place to play junior hockey.”

Vernon Vipers coach Mark Ferner on facing Wenatchee tonight:

“They’re one of the best teams in the league. They’re very well coached, their back end is very mobile, they have very explosive forwards. We’re going to have to be close to our best to give ourselves a chance. We’ve had great games against them. I have the utmost respect for that program, so it’s going to another good challenge for us.

“I think the biggest thing with our group is to manage the puck real well. They’ve got mobile defencemen… When we’ve had a little bit of success against them we managed the puck well, got pucks behind their D, got them turned around and tried to play as much in their end as possible… We can’t turn the puck over against that hockey team. They’ve got a great transition team. If you get over-extended against them, that’s when they can do their damage.”

Ferner on playing in the competitive Interior Division:

“It’s great. I think that’s the way the game should be. The parity, not only in our division, but the league is very close. There’s no easy nights for us. You’re always watching the scoreboard, but at the same time focusing on our group. We just tell our kids that we don’t necessarily care who we play, that’s not disrespecting anybody, but we care how we play.”

Ferner on playing in Wenatchee:

“It’s so exciting for our kids… It’s a little bit of the American mentality, they make it an experience for sure. It’s a beautiful building, they do things the right way, they treat the visiting team very very well. It’s just a real good atmosphere to be in, not only for the fans but also for the players. We’re pretty fortunate to have Wenatchee in our league.”

Game Preview: Vernon @ Wenatchee:

Vernon (17-5-0-4) @ Wenatchee (15-7-1-1) 6:30pm

Tonight is the fourth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Wenatchee Wild. The Vipers lead the season series 2-1

Last Game:

Friday, November 17th Vernon defeated Merritt 3-2
Sunday, November 19th Surrey defeated Wenatchee 3-2 Overtime

Next Game:

Friday, November 24th Vernon @ Trail
Friday, November 24th Chilliwack @ Wenatchee

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Vipers Pocket Anzai From AJHL Thunder:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers pocket Anzai from AJHL Thunder

Nov. 22, 2017

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Vipers have added some leadership to their roster.

Vernon has acquired Sam Anzai from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Anzai turned 19 earlier this month.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward had been the captain of the Thunder. Anzai, a native of Los Angeles, had four goals and 13 points in 22 games for the Thunder this season. He pocketed 6-4-10 in 54 games with Drayton Valley last year. The Thunder are last overall in the AJHL at 6-21.

“He’s got some skill and can make some plays,” said Viper head coach and director of player personnel Mark Ferner. “We wanted somebody a little older and hopefully, he can make us better.”

Ferner watched Anzai play for the California Wave against the Okanagan Rockets in Midget Quad play two years ago and said he was one of their strongest players.

Ferner said the Vipers have five more cards remaining. The roster deadline is Dec. 1. Vernon had an open roster spot following the trade of Finn Evans in late October.

Anzai will practise with the Vipers today and make his debut Wednesday night when they visit the Wenatcheee Wild.

The Vipers visit the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday night and play the Warriors Saturday night in West Kelowna. Wenatchee is in Vernon Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Unfazed By Trade, Former Viper Hammond Helps Belleville Senators To Another Win:

Here is an article on former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond.

The Ottawa Senators traded Hammond to Colorado November 5th 2017. Hammond will remain with the American Hockey League's Bellville Senators until the Colorado Avalanche trade Hammond.

Hammond has played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators. Hammond has spent this season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators.

After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.

Hammond made his NHL debut  February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory.

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

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Unfazed by trade, Andrew Hammond helps Belleville Senators to another win

Sports Nov 09, 2017

by Stephen Petrick  Belleville News

Belleville — Give a hand to the Hamburglar.

Three days after being traded by the Ottawa Senators he was still playing great for the Senators — the American Hockey League's Belleville Senators that is.

The goaltender made 25 saves to lead the B-Sens to a 4-3 win over the Binghamton Devils on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Yardmen Arena.

Hammond, nicknamed the Hamburglar in his stint with the parent Ottawa Senators, was traded to the Colorado Avalanche organization on Sunday as part of an NHL blockbuster trade.

But the Avalanche decided to loan his services back to the Belleville Senators, as they look to trade him to another team with more urgent goaltending needs.

Despite the uncertainly over his future, Hammond played sharp, turning away a number of shots late in the team’s dismal third period, when the Sens nearly blew a three-goal lead and missed an easy empty-net goal opportunity that would have made the final 30 seconds a breeze.

After the game, Hammond said he knew from the time of the trade that the plan was for him to stay in Belleville — and he was happy about that.

“Obviously it’s a unique situation, but I’m happy to be here and able to play with these guys,” he said.

"I had a conversation with (the Avalanche organization) on Sunday night. The gist of it was 'just keep playing well, it will take care of itself. Just try to keep winning games.' And that’s what I’m going to do.”

Hammond has played his entire pro career with the Senators organization and will forever be remembered for a great stretch with Ottawa in 2015.

After Sunday’s trade, he Tweeted an emotional message of thanks to the Senators organization and its fans. “Thank you to the Senators for giving me my first chance in the NHL,” he wrote. “Through good bad, healthy, injured … I can’t say enough about my teammates, Sens staff and fans.”

On Wednesday, he said he’s grateful for the opportunity to stick with his Belleville teammates for the time being.

“It’s nice to have the guys still and not have to be on the side of things where you have to make friends with 25 new guys. I really like it here. The guys, the coaching staff, the fans, everything.”

Belleville Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst praised the play of his goaltender following the win.

When asked if there’s any dilemma with playing Hammond now — given that his role is to ensure Ottawa Senators prospects are developing properly — he chuckled a bit and said, “no there’s no dilemma, no no no.”

The decision to play Hammond on Wednesday was based on the fact that he’s been playing great of late. Danny Taylor, who’s also been solid in goal, will still get playing time, too.

But Kleinendorst said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion would never ask him not to play Hammond, if he’s helping Belleville win games.

“He’s a part of our family. He got traded to Colorado — I get that. But we’re not going (to bench him). We’ve got a guy running hot here. We’re getting timely saves and he’s a big reason we won tonight.

"You develop through winning. You make more progress through winning.

"Pierre has not said, 'don’t play him' and I don’t think he will say 'don’t play him.'”

Jim O’Brien also had a great night for the Senators, scoring the opening goal at 14:49 of the first and what would turn out to be the game winner, at 13:53 of the second. Colin White and Max McCormick also scored in the second period for the Senators, helping the home team build a 4-1 lead.

Binghamton scored two goals three minutes apart late in the third period to make things interesting. But the defence held down the fort in the dying seconds of the game, when Binghamton, with a pulled goalie, had a five on four and brief six-on-four advantage.

A rough third period aside, Kleinendorst said the team, overall, played a good game, despite being down a number of players due to injury. Ben Sexton was a late scratch, causing the team to play with just 11 forwards.

“We battled hard. It was a gutsy effort by everybody,” he said.

The Senators welcome Rochester to the Yardmen next, for a two-game series Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is 7 p.m. both nights.

Vipers Recieve Honourable Mention In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

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CJHL Weekly Top-20

November 20, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings are out and the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) are the new No. 1 club in the 132-team CJHL.

MHL: The surging South Shore Lumberjacks remain 10th in the rankings this week with the Edmundston Blizzard moving to 14th and the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners 19th.

LHJAAAQ: Les Cobras de Terrebonne is now slotted No. 4 nationally while College Français de
Longueuil comes in at No. 15 across the country.

CCHL: New CJHL No. 1, the Carleton Place Canadians, have reeled off 27 wins in 29 games and have a healthy lead on the Fred Page Cup-host Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators, now No. 8 in the nation, for first overall in the CCHL.

OJHL: The Georgetown Raiders have moved up to No. 7 in the rankings while the Toronto Patriots are 12th. Earning honourable is the Wellington Dukes and Oakville Blades.

NOJHL: The NOJHL-leading Powassan Voodoos continue to produce and have been tabbed fifth in the CJHL up a notch from last week’s selections.

SIJHL: Despite suffering their first loss Saturday, the 18-1 Thief River Falls Norskies are second in the rankings while the Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Dryden GM Ice Dogs is ninth.

MJHL: The OCN Blizzard jumped to 16th in the CJHL and the Steinbach Pistons were slotted 18th. The Winkler Flyers garnered honourable mention status.

SJHL: The Battlefords North Stars are now sixth in the CJHL and the Melfort Mustangs picked up a No. 17th nod for their on-ice efforts.

AJHL: The Okotoks Oilers have moved up to No. 3 with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons tabbed 11th and the Whitecourt Wolverines were ranked 20th in the country.

BCHL: The Trail Smoke Eaters moved up to No. 13 in the CJHL this week while the Penticton Vees and Vernon Vipers secured honourable mention status.

CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Nov. 20/17)


1. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (2)
2. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (1)
3. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (4)
4. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (3)
5. Powassan VooDoos (NOJHL) (6)
6. Battlefords North Stars  (SJHL) (8)
7. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (9)
8. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (13)
9. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (11)
10. South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL) (10)
11. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (7)
12. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (14)
13. Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) (15)
14. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (19)
15. College Francais de Longueuil (LHJQ) (18)
16. OCN Blizzard (MJHL) (HM)
17. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (HM)
18. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (5)
19. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (20)
20. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (12)

Honourable Mention: Penticton Vees (BCHL); Vernon Vipers (BCHL); Winkler Flyers (MJHL); Oakville Blades OJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL)

ABOUT THE CJHL RANKINGS: Picked by an independent scouting service, the rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.


The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of the 10 Junior ‘A’ leagues across Canada.

Representing 132 teams and over 3,000 players, the CJHL also boast over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Stapley, Taylor & Judson Invited To Team Canada West Selection Camp:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Here are the tryout invitees for the 2017 WJAC

November 20, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), with assistance from NHL Central Scouting, have zeroed in on a list of 100 players from across the country who are invited to selection camps in advance of the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

A group of 60 invitees will assemble in Calgary Dec. 2-5 for four days of practices and games as part of the Team Canada West selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park. The players were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan
Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

Team Canada West’s coaching staff and its director of operations, Kevin Saurette (Winnipeg/MJHL), will use the selection camp to make their final evaluations – with input from the camp’s guest coaches – before
naming Team Canada West’s final roster.

“As a group, we are very excited at the depth of talent, character, and work ethic of the 60 players that have been identified for selection camp,” said Saurette. “We look forward to watching these players earn the opportunity to represent Team Canada West at what will be a very competitive selection camp. It is always a difficult process to narrow down and identify 60 players from the five leagues in the West, and I commend our coaching staff on all their hard work, dedication, and professionalism through this process.”

Team Canada West will open its tournament against the Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. AT on Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, 40 Team Canada East hopefuls will gather at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont., for four days of scheduled games and practices as part of Team Canada East’s evaluation process.

The players were selected from among the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior du Québec (LHJQ), and Maritime Hockey League (MHL). The team’s staff will use the camp as a final opportunity to evaluate the prospects before selecting their roster for Team Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge.

“A tremendous amount of work has gone in to this process of talent-identification by our Team Canada East staff since the beginning of this season,” said Paul Currie (Stratford, P.E.I.), director of operations for Team Canada East. “It was an incredible effort to go from 70 teams across the five eastern CJHL leagues to this group of 40 players, and we are looking forward to a very competitive camp as we look to narrow down this talent pool to a final 22-player roster that will represent the team in Truro next month.”

Team Canada East, the 2016 silver-medallists, will open this year’s tournament against Russia in prime time on Sunday, Dec. 10, when the World Junior A Challenge returns to Atlantic Canada this December.

New ticket options launched for World Junior A Challenge

Full-tournament packages – which give fans the best value at $175 (including fees and applicable taxes) and are the only way to secure reserved seating (all other ticket options will be general admission) – include all 13 tournament games and are available online at, in-person at the RECC, or by calling 1.888.311.9090. An Evening Game package, which includes a general admission ticket to all six evening games plus the gold-medal game, is now also available in limited quantities starting at $99.50.

Beginning on Friday, Dec. 1, all other ticket options will also be available, including single-game tickets, a $25 Day Pass valid for single-day use Dec. 10-14, and a Family Four-Pack for $49.50.

The RECC Arena in Truro will also host two pre-tournament games on Friday, Dec. 8. At 3:30 p.m. AT, the Czech Republic will take on the Truro Bearcats, while Team Canada East will play Team USA at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. Team Canada West and Russia will travel to nearby Amherst for a 7:30 p.m. pre-tournament game on Dec. 8 as well as a warm-up to the official puck-drop on the World Junior A Challenge on Dec. 10. Tickets for the pre-tournament games will go on sale Dec. 1 at or at the RECC Arena and Amherst Stadium box offices.

The World Junior A Challenge is made possible thanks to the partnership between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and NHL Central Scouting, and features two Canadian teams, representing East and West, as well as four international teams vying for a gold medal. Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took home gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in 2008.

For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, visit or follow along via social media at Facebook or Twitter.

Vernon-Drayton Valley Trade:

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Vipers Add Drayton Valley Captain

November 20, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

The Vernon Vipers have added some leadership to their roster. Vernon has
acquired 19 year old Sam Anzai from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for Future Considerations.

The 5’11 190 pound forward was the captain of the Thunder and 4 goals and 13 points in 22 games this season.

He is expected to make his Viper debut on Wednesday when the team visits Wenatchee to take on the Wild.

Vernon had an open roster spot following the trade of Finn Evans in late October.

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College Hockey TV Schedule:

This was posted on the BCHL website Friday:

College Hockey TV Schedule

November 17, 2017

Always one of the best days of the hockey season is here again, the day the schedule of televised NCAA games comes out from College Hockey Inc. and TSN.

Across all of TSN’s five channels plus the TSN GO mobile service, there will be 60 NCAA games broadcast in Canada this season. It’s must-see for hockey fans as virtually every game will feature graduates of the BCHL. In addition to that, the NHL now sees more than 30 per cent of its players come from NCAA hockey so you’re sure to see future top talent in these games broadcast by TSN.

This year’s slate starts with a flourish as there are three games on the TSN schedule for Friday night, Nov. 17. It starts tonight on TSN5 with Harvard at Minnesota at 5 p.m. Pacific in a game that could feature as many as nine BCHL grads, including Chicago Blackhawks draft pick and Penticton Vees alum Jack Ramsey of Minnesota

Also on tonight starting at 6 p.m. on TSN3 is a heavyweight conference matchup as defending NCAA champs and No. 1-ranked Denver hosts No. 3 North Dakota. This game could see as many as 10 BCHL alums including Powell River Kings product Jarid Lukosevicius who’s scored a hat trick in last season’s NCAA title game.

Starting at 7 p.m. Pacific tonight is a meeting of the two newest NCAA programs, Penn State and Arizona State. This game could feature as many as five BCHL alumni including Penn State captain and Langley Rivermen alum James Robinson.

“Our comprehensive broadcast partnership with TSN will once again make it possible for NCAA hockey fans in Canada to follow their favorite teams and players throughout the season,” said College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee. “Close to 30 per cent of NCAA players are Canadian, many of whom will be playing in the NHL in the future or representing Canada in the Olympics, World Juniors or other international tournaments.”

CLICK HERE to see the full Canadian TV schedule

CLICK HERE to see the entire overall TV schedule

Another highlight on the schedule is the Friendship four tournament live from Belfast, Northern Ireland on Nov. 24 and 25. This event features Providence, Maine, RPI and Clarkson which combined have 21 BCHL alumni and 20 NHL draft picks. Providence has Chilliwack Chiefs alum Vincent Desharnais, an Edmonton Oilers draft pick and former Merritt Centennials forward Brandon Duhaime, a Minnesota Wild selection. RPI features Wenatchee Wild product Chase Perry, drafted by Detroit and Nanaimo Clippes alum Will Reilly who was selected by Pittsburgh in June.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Royals Sign Former Vernon Viper Robertson:

The East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals have signed former Vernon
Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson.

Robertson spent last season with the East Coast Hockey League Utah Grizzlies & Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Fayetteville FireAntz.

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

Sean Robertson's Player Profile:

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Royals Add Five with Tryout Agreements

September 29, 2017/in News /by mthompson

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, today announced that the team has signed five players to ECHL Tryout Agreements: forwards Dillan Fox and Al Graves; defensemen Ben Bauer and Sean Robertson; and goaltender Dylan Wells.

Fox (5’11 / 187) (26), who hails from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, registered thirty-six points (16g-20a) and sixteen penalty minutes in forty-nine games with the Mississippi River Kings of the Southern Professional Hockey League in his rookie season last year. Prior to turning pro, Fox played four seasons of college hockey at SUNY-Plattsburgh (30g-46a=76pts, 32 pims in 96 games).

Graves (6’1 / 211) (28), who has attended Royals’ training camp previously, is from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Last year, in his second season of pro, Graves notched eight points (4g-4a) and forty-nine penalty minutes in twenty-three games with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the SPHL.

Bauer (5’11 / 193) (25) split his rookie season last year between the Columbus Cottonmounths and Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs of the SPHL (1g-6a=7pts, 33 pims in 40 total games). Bauer started his collegiate career at Curry College but finished up with three seasons at Castleton State College (2g-10a=12pts, 70 pims in 59 total college games).

Robertson (6’0 / 195) (26), who hails from Cobble Hill, British Columbia, played seven ECHL games with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL last season (0g-0a=0pts, 0 pims). He also racked up twenty-two assists (0g-22a) and fifteen penalty minutes with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the SPHL. Robertson, who played five full seasons of junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League principally with the Victoria Grizzlies, also played one season of NCAA hockey at Merrimack College and one year of Canadian University hockey at the University of Guelph.

Wells (6’1 / 199) (26), who is currently attending training camp with the Hershey Bears in the AHL, hails from Nashville, Tennessee. Wells, who split his college career at the University of Southern Maine and Utica College, played twenty-two games in the SPHL last season with the Knoxville Ice Bears, compiling a record of 4-9-2 with a 2.95 goals against average and a .906 save percentage with one shutout.

The on-ice practice sessions for the Royals 2017-18 Pre-Season Training Camp, all of which are open to the public, will begin with a fan friendly evening practice on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Training Camp will run until Thursday, October 12, and will feature a home-and-home pre-season exhibition series with the Adirondack Thunder. All other practices will be held at Santander Arena from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Lakers Name Ex Viper Defenceman Renz Assistant Captain:

The Lake Superior State Lakers have named former Vernon Vipers defenceman Ryan Renz assistant captain.

Renz is in his fourth year with the Lakers, is pointless in nine games this year. Renz played parts of four seasons in Vernon (2011-2014).

The Prince George Spruce Kings traded Ryan Renz to Vernon January 10th 2011 for Todd Skirving & future considerations. Renz played in 160 games with the Vipers collecting (10-goals-52-assists-62-points). Renz was captain in his final year in Junior hockey with the 2014 Royal Bank Cup host Vernon Vipers.

Ryan Renz's Player Profile:

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2017-18 Lake Superior State Hockey Captains Announced

Sep 26, 2017 

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Senior defenseman Aidan Wright has been chosen to as the Lake Superior State University men's ice hockey team captain for the 2017-18 season team in an announcement made this Tuesday (Sept. 26) by LSSU fourth-year head coach Damon Whitten.

Senior defenseman Ryan Renz and junior forward Gage Torrel were named the Lakers' assistant captains for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.  A season ago, Wright and Renz both served as alternate captains for Lake Superior State.

"I'm excited about this leadership group," said LSSU head coach Damon Whitten.  "We had one senior last season so it's great to have four seniors who will be a a valuable part of our leadership corp.  Each of these guys leads in different ways and all of them will prove to be a valuable asset for our coaching staff."

Wright, who was named a 2016-17 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American Scholar, posted a personal career season-high seven points on a goal and a career-best six assists to go with a plus one efficiency rating while appearing in all 36 LSSU games last season.  He finished tied for 11th-place among the 2016-17 Lakers in assists and his 66 blocked shots ranked the second most on the squad.  Wright, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, registered eight points on a goal with seven helpers in 28 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) encounters to go along with a team second-highest 52 blocked shots.  For his career, Wright has accumulated 16 career points on three goals and 13 assists in 114 appearances during his three-year Lake State career.

A two-time (2015-16 and 2016-17) WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, Renz also was recognized as a 2016-17 All-American Scholar by the AHCA.  The Laker blueliner garnered all three of his 2016-17 season points on assists in 14 contests and recorded a plus one efficiency rating while blocking six shots by the opposition.  Renz, who hails from Castlegar, British Columbia, tallied the three points in 10 league outings this past season.  In his LSSU career, Renz has two goals with 10 assists for 12 points in 69 games to date.

Torrel is coming off his best season in a Lake Superior State jersey as the forward placed tied for fourth among the 2016-17 Lakers' top points producers with a career season-high 22 points on both a team-leading and career-most 14 goals with a squad 10th-most eight assists in 36 contests.  The Monticello, Minn., native concluded the 2016-17 campaign ranked in a 33rd-place tie on the WCHA's leading points getters and tied for sixth in league goal scoring.  Nationally, Torrel finished tied for 77th place in goals per outing with a 0.39 average.  In his two seasons at Lake State, Torrel has amassed 41 career points with 22 goals and 19 assists to go with three game-winning lamplighters in 74 appearances.

Lake State will begin preparations for the upcoming 2017-18 season this Saturday, Sept. 30, as the Lakers will hold their annual Blue and Gold Intrasquad Game at Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  Opening faceoff is at 3:07 p.m. (EDT) and a donation entry fee in required for admittance with all proceeds going to LSSU Hockey's student cheering section, the Laker Legion.  All funds collected will be utilitzed for a LSSU student fan bus to an away Laker regular-season game during the 2017-18 campaign.

Vipers Cash In Two Road Cents:

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Vipers cash in two road Cents

Kevin Mitchell

Nov. 19, 2017

The Vernon Vipers are back in first place in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Division.

The Snakes held off the Merritt Centennials 3-2 before 400 fans Friday night at Nicola Valley Arena, improving to 17-5-4, one point ahead of the Trail Smoke Eaters. Trail upended the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 6-4 Friday night.

Jordan Sandhu and Josh Prokop, each with their ninth snipes of the season, and Jimmy Lambert with his 11th, handled the Vernon offence in front of Ty Taylor (21 saves).

Henry Cleghorn (eighth) and Brendan Schneider (fifth) replied for the Cents, who trailed 1-0 and 3-1 by periods.

D-man Chris Jandric and Lambert drew assists on Sandhu’s goal at 7:56 of the opening stanza. Cleghorn levelled the score just 45 seconds into the second period on a powerplay.

Jesse Lansdell earned the helper as Prokop put the Vipers ahead 10 minutes later. Brett Stapley and Jandric combined to set up Lambert’s winner with 1:53 to play in the period.

Austin Roden recorded 53 saves to rate first star ahead of Jandric and Colten Gerlib of the Cents (8-12-2-1).

Meanwhile, NHL Central Scouting has put Stapley on notice. The pro bird-dog bureau unveiled its players-to-watch list this week and of the 18 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players included, eight are from the BCHL.

Stapley, a centre, is listed as a C-level prospect, meaning a possible fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Stapley, who turns 19 in February, is a Campbell River product in his third year with the Vipers.

He is fourth in league scoring with 14 goals and 34 points in 26 games. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound dangler has locked up a scholarship with the University of Denver Pioneers for next season. He rang up 138 points in his final Bantam season with North Shore Winter Club.

“He’s creative, he’s quick, he’s shifty and he sees the ice well,” said Marty Stein, a Vernon-based scout with the Detroit Red Wings. “He’s going to a good program in Denver; they won it last year.”

There were just five BCHLers listed on the Central Scouting report published in early October.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wrecking Ball En Route For Civic:

This was in Fridays Morning Star Newspaper:

Wrecking ball en route for Civic

Roger Knox

Morning Sta Staff

Nov. 17, 2017

Time has run out on the Vernon Civic Arena.

After reviewing numerous options, council decided Tuesday to pursue demolition of the Civic Arena, the oldest such facility in the Okanagan which opened in 1938.

The move came after council received a structural building assessment and cost estimates associated with reusing the building.

“The reports indicated given the state of the 80 year old building, reuse would be technically challenging and very costly,” states the city in a press release. “The Civic Arena would require significant upgrades in order to repurpose it.”

Reports indicated that bringing the building into compliance with the Building Code to a basic shell building would be an estimated $11-12 million. New construction for the same basic shell facility would be $8-9 million. The estimates did not include any interior finishing or upgrades related to a future use.

Discussions about the future of the Civic Arena were sparked by the new ice surface expansion at Kal Tire Place (targeted opening date of Sept. 1, 2018). Once complete, the Civic Arena will no longer be used as an ice surface.

The Civic Arena hosted the 1956 Allan Cup Canadian Senior Hockey Championship (won in five games by the hometown Vernon Canadians), the 1978 Canadian Senior B Lacrosse Championships (won by the hometown Vernon Tigers) and the 1990 Centennial Cup Canadian Junior A Hockey Championship (won 6-5 in overtime by the hometown Vernon Lakers over the New Westminster Royals).

The old barn has also hosted rock concerts, boy scout ice jamborees, legendary basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters, and has been the permanent home of the Vernon Coca Cola Classic Pee Wee Invitational Hockey Tournament during the Vernon Winter Carnival since the tournament’s inception in the 1970s.

City staff are expected to outline a process for demolition early in the new year, including the salvage and reuse of materials, specifically the big timber trusses in the building, cost estimates for demolition and potential funding sources.

Council vetoed a staff recommendation to bring together a “diverse spectrum of the public, including youth and the tourism advisory committee,” and design a future park to be developed on the arena site.

“I think we should demolish the building, then wait. We’ve got enough to do. Actually, we’re behind; we’re overworked,” said Coun. Brian Quiring. “I don’t want to start another process or rush into anything here.”

Coun. Catherine Lord called for a public participation process.

“I don’t like designing a future park,” she said. “I want to leave that open to public participation, and not just specifically having the site as a park.”

Council unanimously supported Quiring’s motion to defer the site’s future for one year.

Vernon Vipers Match Game – Stapley & Williamson

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Match Game – Stapley & Williamson

November 13, 2017 HockeyTube

Match Game – Stapley and Williamson – The BCHL Vernon Vipers are doing a new feature this year called ‘The Match Game’ with their players sponsored by Match Eatery and Public house. Simple concept that is a lot of for the players and fans of the team. Each week the players will see how many questions they agree on.

Fans also get in on the action by trying to predict how many correct matches they will have on the team’s Facebook page. Everyone who correctly guesses will have their name put into a draw for game tickets and other prizes.

This week it’s team ‘Jett’ featuring Brett Stapley and Jagger Williamson. The team to beat right now is Ufberg and Kelly who matched on 13 out of 16 questions.

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:

Chilliwack Chiefs Make Roster Moves:

The Chiefs made a series of roster moves today involving five players. Signed to the active roster is 19 year old defenseman Kyle Yewchuk. The 6’5 214 pound native of Calgary Alberta spent the last two full seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He had one goal and nine assists in 74 games with Edmonton, and four assists in 26 games with Lethbridge. Acquired from the Trail Smoke Eaters are the Canadian Hockey League rights to 19 year old forward Dawson Martin in exchange for the CHL rights to 20 year old defenseman Brennan Riddle. Martin, from Winnipeg Manitoba, has played 127 games with the Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, scoring 12 goals and adding 14 assists. In 65 games with Red Deer last season he scored 10 goals and added six assists. In the third move of the day, the Chiefs announced that 19 year old defenseman Nick Ormon has been traded to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. In 16 games with the Chiefs this season, Ormon scored one goal. In today’s final move the team announced that 19 year old forward Jordan Roy has left the team for personal reasons. Both Martin and Yewchuk are expected to be in the Chiefs lineup this weekend.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Vernon 3 Merritt 2

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

7:56 VER Jordan Sandhu (9) ASST: Chris Jandric (10), Jimmy Lambert (22)

2nd Period:

0:45 MER Henry Cleghorn (8) ASST: Zach Zorn (11) (PP)

10:30 VER Josh Prokop (9) ASST: Jesse Lansdell (15) 

18:07 VER Jimmy Lambert (11) ASST: Brett Stapley (20), Chris Jandric (11)

3rd Period:

5:22 MER Brendan Schneider (5) ASST: Bradley Cocca (6), Chase Bell (4)

Vernon outshoots Merritt 56-23 Anthony Yamnitsky makes 21 saves in the win, while Austin Roden makes 53 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Merritt Centennials Blog,

Game Report,

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Vernon Vipers Alumni-College Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay (2014-2016) & the Denver Pioneers take on North Dakota tonight at 6pm on TSN 3

Game preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (16-5-0-4) @ Merritt (8-11-2-1) 7pm

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

Last Game:

Wednesday, November 15th Vernon defeated West Kelowna 3-2 double overtime
Saturday, November 10th Salmon Arm defeated Merritt 5-3

Next Game:

Wednesday, November 22nd Vernon @ Wenatchee
Saturday, November 18th Alberni Valley @ Merritt

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Vipers Win In Double OT:

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Vipers win in double OT

Kevin Mitchell

Nov. 17, 2017

Jimmy Lambert missed a huge twinbill against the Penticton Vees last weekend as he nursed an upper-body injury. And the Vernon Vipers sorely missed the Saskatoon streak in collecting just one of four possible points.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stapley Listed By Central Scouting:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

8 BCHLers listed by Central Scouting

November 15, 2017

NHL Central Scouting unveiled its players-to-watch list this week and of the 18 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players included, eight are from the BCHL.

Penticton defenceman Jonny Tychonick is listed as a B-level prospect, meaning a possible second- or third-round selection.

Wenatchee defenceman Slava Demin is listed as a B-level prospect.

Chilliwack Chiefs defenceman Powell Connor is listed as a C-level prospect, meaning a possible fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selection.

Langley Rivermen forward Brendan Budy is listed as a C-level prospect.

Langley Rivermen forward Angus Crookshank is listed as a C-level prospect.

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Max Crozier is listed as a C-level prospect.

Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Seth Barton is listed as a C-level prospect

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley is listed as a C-level prospect.

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There were just five BCHLers listed on the Central Scouting report published in early October. Added for this latest ranking are Crookshank, Barton and Stapley.

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 22 and 23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Vernon Vipers Alumni Calvin Named BCIHL Player Of The Month:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Dallas Calvin has been named the BCIHL Player of the Month.

Calvin is in his third season at Selkirk College. In 10 games this season Calvin has (8-goals-16-assists-24-points).

Calvin was an affiliated player "AP" with the Vipers during the 2012-13 season playing in one game before committing to the Vipers for the 2013-14 season. Calvin left the Vipers on October 5th 2013 after just 11 games for personal reasons before joining the KIJHL Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Calvin re-joined the Vipers after Christmas as an "AP" for the remainder of the season, playoffs & Royal Bank Cup. In 12 games with the Vipers Calvin recorded (3-goals-6-assists-9-points). Calvin didn't return to the Vipers the following season, committed to-played with the Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2014-15 season.  

Dallas Calvin's Player Profile:

This is posted on the BCIHL website:

Calvin named Player of the Month for October

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Submitted by BCIHL Media

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League has unveiled its award winners for the month of October:

Player of the Month - Dallas Calvin, Selkirk College

It took little time for one of the BCIHL's most dynamic players to get back to business after having his 2016/17 season derailed by injury. The 23-year old scored goals in all but one September contest and began the season on a six-game point streak. His 17 points on the month were six more than his nearest competitor and he helped lead a rookie-laden Saints squad to top spot in the league standings with a 6-0 record.

Avalanche Looking To Trade Ex Vipers Goaltender Hammond:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew
Hammond will remain with the American Hockey League's Bellville Senators until the Colorado Avalanche trade Hammond.

The Ottawa Senators traded Hammond to Colorado November 5th 2017.

Hammond has played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators. Hammond has spent this season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators.

After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.

Hammond made his NHL debut  February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory.

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

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

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Nov 7, 2017

Report: Avs looking to flip G Hammond Staff

Andrew Hammond's stay with the Colorado Avalanche could be a short one.

According to James Gordon of The Athletic, Hammond will remain with the AHL's Belleville Senators on loan from the Avalanche while general manager Joe Sakic looks to trade the newly acquired netminder.

The Avalanche received Hammond, along with prospects Shane Bowers, Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and three draft picks in return for sending Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. The Senators also traded centre Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators as part of the three-team deal.

Hammond owns a $1.35 million cap hit in the final season a three-year deal signed with the Senators in 2015. He currently counts for $325,000 against the Avalanche cap while he plays in the AHL.

The 29-year-old appeared in just six games with the Senators last season, posting an 0-2 record with a 4.08 goals-against average and an .837 save percentage.

He's off to a strong start in the AHL this season, though, and owns a .925 save percentage with a 2.61 goals-against average for a 2-2-1 record.

The Avalanche will continue to move forward with goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier on their NHL roster and Spencer Martin, Ville Husso and Joe Cannata at the AHL level on the San Antonio Rampage.