Thursday, August 13, 2020

Vipers Looking For Billets:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

Aug 11 2020

We still have a couple of opportunities for you to make a fantastic addition to your family!

If you're interested in billeting please email billetcoordinator@vernonvipers.com or billets@vernonvipers.com #OneGoal

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Growlers Add Ex Viper Skirving To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Newfoundland Growlers have eight players listed on their season-ending roster, one of the eight players is former Vernon Vipers forward Todd Skirving.

In 37 games last season Skirving collected (4-goals-8-assists-12-points). Skirving was is in his second season with the Growlers before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Skirving and the Growlers won the 2019 Kelly Cup defeating the Toledo Walleye in 6 games of the ECHL Finals. Newfoundland won the series 4 games to 2 winning the Kelly Cup in their first season in the ECHL. The Growlers are the first Canadian team in ECHL history to win the Kelly Cup.

Skirving spent four years at Rochester Institute Of Technology (RIT) before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears August 3rd 2017. Skirving spent the 2017-18 season with three different teams in the ECHL (Orlando Solar Bears, Utah Grizzlies & Atlanta Gladiators) before signing with the Growlers October 16th 2018.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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:

Coquitlam Express Name Veit New Goaltending Coach:

The Coquitlam Express are pleased to announce Ron Veit as the new Goaltending Coach and Director of Goaltender Development for the 2020-2021 season. Ron established Veit Goalie Schools in 1998 and has been training and helping place elite goaltenders into the NHL, NCAA, Junior A, WHL, CIS (U Sports) and Junior B leagues since then. Ron has previously coached on various BCHL teams including the 2005-2006 National Junior A RBC Cup Champion Express team. He has helped produce top notch goalies who have received scholarships and awards. Ron has also coached with the WHL Tri-City Americans and has consulted for the Slovak World Championship and Olympic Team. Over the many years of experience, Ron had an opportunity to work with many NHL goalies including Felix Potvin, Olaf Kholzig and Carey Price. He places special emphasis on a ‘goalie first’ approach including helping goalies tailor their style to help achieve excellence on-ice while also helping with off-ice skills including pre-game readiness and in-game focus.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Koovee Signs Former Vernon Vipers Forward Finlay:

Koovee has signed former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay.

Koovee is a Finnish ice hockey team based at Tampere. They currently play in the Mestis, the second-tier league of Finland.

Finlay finished four seasons at the University of Denver. In 36 games this past season, Finlay collected (5-goals-23-assists-28-points). Finlay attended the Vancouver Canucks development camp in July 2019.

Finlay played parts of two years in Vernon (2014-2016) after coming over in a trade with the Penticton Vees. The Vees traded Finlay October 28 2014 to the Vipers for the playing rights of Dakota Conroy and future considerations. In 96 games with the Vipers Finlay collected (39-goals-69-assists-109-points).

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

BCHL Start In December? I Don't Think So

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BCHL START IN DECEMBER? (I DON’T THINK SO)

Written by Kevin Swaile on August 5, 2020

Kevin has been a fan of junior and senior hockey for years (going back to the days of the Quesnel Kangaroos in the mid ’60s). He has recently retired and is looking forward to writing about the West Kelowna Warriors (and junior hockey) from a fan's perspective.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Episode 18 Vernon Vipers Voices With Brett Stapley

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

August 7 2020

Episode 18 of Vipers Voices is up now!

Check it out as we catch up with Brett Stapley (@BrettStapley)#OneGoal

Friday, August 7, 2020

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:

LeFranc Commits To Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are excited to announce the commitment of defenceman Ben LeFranc (’03) for the 2020-21 season. “We are excited to add Ben and his family to our organization”, says Spruce Kings bench boss Alex Evin. “Along with a tremendous work ethic, Ben is a very strong skater and an intelligent player.” LeFranc, a 16 year old from Penticton, BC, spent this past season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy, where he finished with 6 goals and 12 assists in 35 games. LeFranc has been apart of the OHA Academy since the 2016-2017 season. “He has a lot of tools to hopefully develop into a really good BCHL player”, added Evin. The Spruce Kings would like to welcome Ben and his family to the organization and to the BC Northern Capital.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

YOU didn’t back check …

Here is a story/article on former Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones.

Connor Jones spent the 2019-20 season playing with his twin brother and former Vernon Vipers forward Kellen Jones in Switzerland with HC Thurgau.

Hockey Club Thurgau is a Swiss professional ice hockey club based in Weinfelden, Switzerland. The club was founded in 1989 and currently plays in the Swiss League (SL)

Connor Jones spent the past four seasons with the American Hockey League Bridgeport Sound Tigers before him and his brother Kellen signed with HC Thurgau May 16, 2019. In 44 games this past season, Jones collected (8-goals-19-assists-27-points).

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Swamp Rabbits Name Ex Viper Lord New Head Coach:

The ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits have named former Vernon Vipers forward Andrew Lord new head coach.

Lord spent the past seven years with the British Elite Ice Hockey League Cardiff Devils as player, head coach & director of hockey operations. The Devils are a Welsh ice hockey team that play in the BEIHL. 

Former Vernon Lakers defenceman Todd Kelman has spent the past six seasons with the Devils as player, franchise owner & general manager.

After a scholarship to RPI (Rensselaer Poly Inst) Lord spent four years with four different teams in the ECHL & American Hockey League.  (Wheeling Nailers, Milwaukee Admirals, Okloahoma City Barons & Rochester Americans) Lord missed the entire 2011-12 season due to injury returned the following year playing one season in Germany with SC Riessersee before signing with the Devils the following season.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Cyclones Add Vernon Vipers Alumni Coughlin To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Cincinnati Cyclones have thirteen players listed on their season ending roster list one is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Johnny Coughlin.

Coughlin started last season with the ECHL Maine Mariners, was entering his second season with the Mariners was traded to Norfolk October 16th 2019. After playing in only nine games with the Admirals, Coughlin was traded to Cincinnati February 20th 2020. Coughlin had two goals in nine games with the Cyclones before the ECHL season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

After four years at the College of the Holy Cross Coughlin signed his first professional contract with the ECHL Maine Mariners March 15th 2019.

Coughlin played one season in Vernon, playing in 55 games with the 2014-15 Vipers, collecting (3-goals-15-assists-18-points).

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Monday, August 3, 2020

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:

Centennials Camp Set To Begin With COVID Restrictions:

The Merritt Centennials are set to host their first camp of the off-season this weekend at the Rinks at the Summit Centre in Abbotsford. The Cents had to cancel their Spring Camp slated for Merritt in early April and postpone their Summer Camp scheduled for early June in Abbotsford before the province lifted restrictions to make a hockey camp a possibility. The camp is forced to be held a little differently in the face of the pandemic. The province’s return to play task force VIA Sport still has not cleared contact so the typical form of scrimmages will not be able to happen. Instead, Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter and staff will have to create drills and get creative to get the most out of potential recruits. Among the hopefuls will be some of the new faces that were committed to or traded for throughout the off-season including: Chris Fortems, Alek Erichuk, Jacob ‘Cubby’ Myers, and Zack Dallazanna. It will be the Centennials staff first chance to see the new skill in person and up close. Head Coach and General Manager Derek Sweet-Coulter says he’s excited to be back on the ice and see some talent in person. “Hockey connects us all and it will be great to be back at the rink to see some familiar faces and also to begin those new relationships in person. The zoom calls and video sessions we have conducted as a staff to get to this point has prepared us for this ID camp. We are excited about the possibilities that could come from this weekend and look forward to evaluating all the prospects.” The Centennials camp will start tonight with a goaltending session before wrapping up on Sunday afternoon.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Pakulak Commits To Vernon:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

COMMITMENT ALERT! – Vipers Commit to Luke Pakulak

August 2, 2020

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the commitment of Luke Pakulak.

Pakulak is from Surrey and played last season with Delta Hockey Academy Prep.  He had 3 goals and 5 assists in 26 games played.

“Luke is a big, strong power forward who has raw potential to be a very effective forward in the BCHL as he develops over time,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.

Luke Pakulak's Player Profile:

From Vernon To The NHL:

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FROM VERNON TO THE NHL


Written by Brieann Knorr on June 5, 2020

Brieann has a passion for hockey and sports media. She lives in Vernon and has been a supporter of the Vipers for her entire life. In 2014 she obtained a diploma in broadcasting from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Brieann is looking forward to using her skills to cover the Vipers and junior hockey.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Vipers Sign Appelt:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Sign Ryley Appelt


August 1, 2020


Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the signing of 20 year old forward Ryley Appelt.

Ryley spent the last 3 seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, including being an assistant captain last season.

“Ryley is a big, strong, intelligent player who can make an impact in all zones,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.  “He has a veteran presence that will no doubt resonate with our group.

Appelt, from Edmonton, tallied 14 goals over 3 seasons which saw him suit up for 160 games with Kamloops.

“I’m excited for this new chapter in my hockey career,” says Appelt.  “The Vipers are a very reputable organization that I’m thrilled to bring my skill set to.

He goes on to say that its a new chapter in his career and that he’s looking forward to getting started.


Please welcome Ryley and his family to the Vipers organization.

Ryley Appelt's Player Profile:


https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/281711/ryley-appelt


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Episode 17 Vernon Vipers Voices With Riley Guenther

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers

@VernonVipers

July 31 2020


Episode 17 of Vipers Voices is available now! Our guest this week is Riley Guenther. #OneGoal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6iGjIYkxGk&feature=youtu.be

Friday, July 31, 2020

Maine Mariners Add Former Viper McNicholas To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Maine Mariners have seventeen players listed on their season ending roster list one is former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas.

McNicholas was is in his second season with the ECHL Maine Mariners before COVID-19 cancelled the 2019-20 season. In 60 games McNicholas collected (11-goals-27-assists-38-points).


McNicholas spent four seasons at the University of New Hampshire before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Indy Fuel March 6th 2018. McNicholas only played in three games that season before leaving for Norway the following season. McNicholas spent the 2018-19 season with the Manglerud Star, commonly known as Manglerud Star and abbreviated as MS, is a Norwegian ice hockey team based in Oslo, Norway. They currently play in the GET-ligaen. The Star signed McNicholas February 6 2018 was terminated October 26 2018. In 15 games with the Star McNicholas collected (2-goals-7-assists-9-points). The Mariners signed McNicholas November 1st 2018.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Chiefs Give Forer Vipers Goaltender Gore Extension:

The Western Hockey League Spokane Chiefs have given former Vernon Vipers goaltender Lucas Gore a contract extension.

Gore will be entering his second season with the Chiefs as there goaltending consultant. The Chiefs signed Gore August 1st 2019.

After four seasons with the University of Regina (2011-2015) Gore signed with the ECHL Stockton Thunder on March 5th 2015. In 7 games with the Thunder Gore went 2-4-1 with a 4.37 GAA. Gore along with the Thunder moved to Adirondack becoming the Adirondack Thunder for the start of the 2015-16 season. Gore was protected by the Adirondack Thunder but never played a single game after the 2014-15 season.

Gore retired from hockey and was the goaltending coach with the 2016-17 Prince George Spruce Kings. Gore spent the past three seasons as a goaltending consultant with the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers before joining Kamloops minor hockey in May 2019.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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:

Catching Up With The Backs EP. 3 – Shaw & Bennett

Salmon Arm Silverbacks broadcaster Nathan Kanter chats with Silverback forwards Logan Shaw and Drew Bennett over Zoom in the video below. The veterans share how the locker room came together over the course of last season, what was the difference in their first-round playoff sweep over Victoria, what they’re most looking forward to when next season rolls around, what they’ve been up to since COVID-19 hit and much more!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Vipers Lose Longtime Volunteer/Season Ticket Holder: Gord Williams

This was in Thursday's Vernon Morning Star newspaper:

Gord Williams

Jul 14, 2020       OBITUARIES

February 1, 1934 – July 14, 2020

Heaven received another Angel on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gord Williams. Born in Manitoba, he died peacefully in his sleep with Elaine and his little companion Kasey by his side at home here in Vernon after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Elaine, his children: Terry-Lynn, Darrell (Sherry), Cheryl (Dennis) and Karen; his step children: Kim (Bob), Debra, Charmayne (Lisle), Cheryl (Jody), Derek (Cora-lee) and Kari (Deanna); 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gord was predeceased by his parents Charles and Victoria and three sisters.
Gord was a competitive water skier and even skied on trick skis at 70 years old on Sugar Lake! He was a long time truck driver who had a passion for horses. He enjoyed team roping with his daughter Cheryl as well as training, cutting and penning, all which brought out the cowboy in him. His horses Mis-T and Turkey and his border collie Thea were his partners in crime. Gord also enjoyed spending his spare time fishing and golfing. His winter hobby was busy cheering and volunteering for his favorite hockey team, the Vernon Vipers.
There will be a private service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Dr Deetlefs, Dr Schultz and Dr Rankin, for their compassion for and support of Gord during his journey.
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services

Monday, July 27, 2020

Vipers Off-Season Report With General Manager & Head Coach Jason McKee:

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VIPERS OFF-SEASON REPORT WITH GENERAL MANAGER AND HEAD COACH JASON MCKEE

Written by Brieann Knorr on July 16, 2020

https://www.bchlnetwork.ca/

Brieann has a passion for hockey and sports media. She lives in Vernon and has been a supporter of the Vipers for her entire life. In 2014 she obtained a diploma in broadcasting from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Brieann is looking forward to using her skills to cover the Vipers and junior hockey.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Thunderbolts Add Ex Viper Hannoun To Teams Protected List:

The Southern Professional Hockey League announced its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Evansville Thunderbolts have thirteen players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun.

Hannoun started the 2019-20 season with the Thunderbolts after signing a three game tryout. Hannoun was released November 16th 2019 would re-sign two days later and finish the season with the Thunderbolts before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 37 games this season Hannoun collected (11-goals-11-assists-22-points).

Hannoun spent two years (2016-2018) at Northern Michigan University before leaving school to sign with the ECHL Indy Fuel. The Fuel signed Hannoun August 28th 2018, never played a game after being released October 11 2018. Hannoun played last season with the FFHG Meudon Comets. The Comets play in the French Ice Hockey Federation. In 10 games last season Hannoun had (7-goals-15-assists-22-points).

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Episode 16 Vernon Vipers Voices With Jimmy Lambert

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VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

July 24 2020

Episode 16 of Vipers Voices is available now as we chat with Jimmy Lambert (@JL___23)

Give it a listen/watch and don't forget to subscribe!#OneGoal

Friday, July 24, 2020

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:

Merritt-Coquitlam Trade:

The Coquitlam Express picked up the rights to 2000-born forward Spencer Schneider from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations. Schneider, from Lakeville, Minnesota, began the 2019-20 season in Merritt with two goals and two assists in 20 games before joining the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League in late November. The Bowling Green commit finished with seven goals and 14 assists in 30 games for the Wings.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Kent, Herbst, Hachisuka & Duerr Selected At North American Hockey League Entry Draft:

41 players from the BCHL including four Vernon Vipers were selected at Tuesday's North American Hockey League's draft.

Defenceman Nicholas Kent was drafted 2nd round, 30th overall by St. Cloud

Goaltender Reilly Herbst was drafted 3rd round, 62nd overall by Jamestown

Defenceman Keigo Hachisuka was drafted 5th round, 109th overall by Wichita Falls

Defenceman Sam Duerr was drafted 7th round, 165th overall by St. Cloud

NAHL announces results of 2020 Entry Draft

http://www.nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=29737

View the results from the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft here,

https://nahl.rinknetcloud.com/

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb Q&A:

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BCHL COMMISSIONER CHRIS HEBB Q&A: LEAGUE ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 1 START DATE FOR 2020-21

Written by Brian Wiebe on July 17, 2020

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

MacDonald Commits To Dartmouth College:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

MACDONALD COMMITS TO DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

JULY 20, 2020

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce that Cam MacDonald has committed to Dartmouth College.

MacDonald had a solid rookie campaign for the Vipers scoring 15 goals and chipping in 10 assists in 56 games played.  He’d catch fire in the post season recording 5 goals and 4 assists in 5 playoff games against Wenatchee.

“After talking to the coaching staff and learning more about the academic side, I couldn’t be more excited to join the program at Dartmouth,” says MacDonald.

“Its extremely gratifying to see a player who works as hard as Cam does, on and off the ice, get rewarded like he has,” states head coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.

Dartmouth College is an Ivy League research university that has an NCAA Division 1 hockey program and is a member of the ECAC.  They play at the Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Congratulations to Cam and his entire family on this accomplishment.

Monday, July 20, 2020

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:

Mazzocchi Commits To Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals are excited to announce to commitment of 18 year old Matthew Mazzocchi for the 2020/2021 season. Mazzocchi, a 2002 born forward out of Calgary joins the Capitals after spending the past two seasons on the Calgary Flames U18 team in the Alberta Elite Hockey League. This past season Mazzocchi finished 4th in team scoring at 24 points, 13 of them goals in 26 games. Over his two seasons with the U18 Flames, Mazzocchi totalled 38 points in 57 regular season games. “I’m really excited to join the Capitals organization. It’s been my goal to play junior hockey and being able to do so in the BCHL with such an established team like the Capitals is a great opportunity I am looking forward to with  heart felt enthusiasm” said Mazzocchi. The 18 year old has already gotten his first sniff of junior hockey, suiting up for a pair of games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drumheller Dragons in the 2018/2019 season, and scored his first goal on November 10th, 2018 against the Calgary Canucks. “Matt is an extremely hardworking physical player who excels on the forecheck. He brings a lot of intensity, grit, and has some upside offensively. He is a physical player who will make us a harder team to play against. We are excited to have Matt join the Capitals” said Capitals Head Coach Geoff Grimwood. Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Matt!

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

BCHL Teams Can Start Training In September:

This is on the Vernon Morning Star website:

BCHL teams can start training in September for first league games in December

GREG SAKAKI      Jul. 17, 2020       

LOCAL SPORTS

BCHL players will finally get to lace up their skates again in early September, though hockey season won’t start until December.

The B.C. Hockey League announced today that it plans to start the 2020-21 regular season Dec. 1. A press release from the league said that its communications with the province and health officials suggested that waiting until December “gives us the best chance at ensuring we have an uninterrupted season, while also maximizing the amount of regular-season games we’ll be able to play,” said Chris Hebb, BCHL commissioner.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Statement From Vipers Ownership:

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STATEMENT FROM OWNERSHIP

JULY 17, 2020

Vernon BC—Following today’s announcement by the British Columbia Hockey League regarding the league’s return to play we are very excited and optimistic about the start of the season.

As of now our season is set to begin on December 1, 2020.

Once the number of games has been determined along with the special protocols that will be put in place, we will be happy to provide more information.

The Vernon Vipers will also be in touch with all our corporate partners in the coming weeks to determine the best course of action going forward.

We look forward to seeing our fans and partners again very soon and will release more information as it comes available.

Please continue to do your part as we move towards another season!

Episode 15 Vernon Vipers Voices With Aaron Volpatti:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

July 17 2020

Episode 15 of Vipers Voices is available now on our YouTube Page.

On this episode we chat with Aaron Volpatti. 

Aaron shares stories from each of his stops and some of his fondest memories #OneGoal