Friday, May 24, 2019

Could We See A Vernon Vipers Alumni Coaching In The Western Hockey League?

Gregg Drinnan reported on his "Taking Note" blog he figures former Vernon Vipers associate coach Kris Mallette was a high-end candidate for a head-coaching position in the WHL or elsewhere. Instead Mallette signed a two-year extension as assistant coach with the Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets through the 2020-2021 season.

There are 22 WHL teams not to have a head coach under contract. Mallette is just one of a number of WHL assistant coaches who would seem ready to step up. Gregg Drinnan reports former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce, former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mark Ferner, Mark Holick & former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mike Vandekamp all could have a shot or at least be given a second opportunity at landing a head coaching job in the Western Hockey League.

Mallette a Rockets Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vernon Vipers for one season (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets July 4th 2014. 

Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.

Kris Mallette's Players-Coaches Profile:


There are 22 WHL teams not to have a head coach under contract. Mallette is just one of a number of WHL assistant coaches who would seem ready to step up. Gregg Drinnan reports former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce, former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mark Ferner & former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mike Vandekamp all could have a shot or at least be given a second opportunity at landing a head coaching job in the Western Hockey League.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vernon Vipers Alumni Basara Determined To Make A Mark With Flyers:

Here is an article on former Vernon Vipers forward Marcus Basara. This article is from November but I thought I would post it anyways. 

Basara finished his first season with the Elite Ice Hockey League Fife Flyers.

The Flyers signed Basara October 26 2018. In 46 games this year Basara collected (13-goals-14-assists-27-points). The Flyers are a professional ice hockey team that is from Kirkcandy, Scotland.

Basara started the 2018-19 season with the British Elite Hockey League Manchester Storm before being released October 24 2018. In 12 games with the Storm Basara had two points. The Storm are a British, professional ice hockey team founded in 2015. They are members of the Elite Ice Hockey League and are based at the Silver Blades Ice Rink in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Basara attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before signing his first professional contract with the East Coast Hockey League Allen Americans August 24th 2017.

Basara played last season with four different teams in the ECHL (Orlando Solar Bears, Allen Americans, Wheeling Nailers & the Fort Wayne Komets) also attended the American Hockey League San Jose Barracuda training camp in September 2017.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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 Group Confident In Bid To Host 2021 Junior A Hockey Championships:

The 10-day event would bring thousands to the city, garner national TV coverage April 30 is the application deadline to host the 2021 Junior A Hockey Championships and organizers behind the City of Penticton’s bid are confident that the city has put in a strong bid. According to Penticton resident Stewart Ladyman, the chair of the organizing committee behind the bid, multiple private corporations have offered to sponsor and support the event if it comes to the city in May 2021. The 10-day tournament would bring thousands of visitors to the city, with teams utilizing the South Okanagan Events Centre for the games. “This is a community event, it’s a Penticton issue — not just hockey — since it involves the SOEC, the Penticton Vees and the citizens. So that’s the approach we took to putting our application together,” said Ladyman. City council pledged $100,000 from the 2021 municipal budget to help satisfy the required bid obligations. The city could stand to see a return of $60,000 to $70,000 generated by rent and food and beverage sales, while the rest of the profit would go into a legacy for the city and the organizing committee to disperse into the community as they see fit. Ladyman said despite the fact that the committee had learned that Hockey Canada received nine applications from potential host cities for the championship, they believe Penticton has a strong chance of being selected due to its prior experience of hosting events and the strong community support. The Western News learned that the Trail Smoke Eaters, Nanaimo Clippers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks are some of the other cities putting in bids. “This would coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Vees, so junior hockey in Penticton, and we believe it would be an excellent way to celebrate this junior team in our community,” said Ladyman. “We think that we have excellent records in this town of hosting events, not only hockey but all of the other things that go on. “This community realizes that the economic spin-off from hosting a 10-day event, which will get national TV recognition, is one of our life bloods to keeping Penticton going. We’re fortunate that we live in a beautiful land and this would be a May event, so just the start of our season but still off-season, so it will help the restaurants and hotels and all the other businesses.” Ladyman said the committee is not sure when they will hear the decision of Hockey Canada, but did note that it will first get narrowed down to three cities. From there, the organization will tour each, likely in June 2019, and then decide which city will host the championship event.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ex Vernon Vikings Goaltender Holland Inducted Into BC Sports Hall Of Fame:

Former Vernon Vikings goaltender Ken Holland has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The 53rd Induction Class will be honoured at the 2019 Induction Gala Thursday, May 23rd at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Holland was recently named General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Edmonton Oilers, had spent the past thirty three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. 

Holland started as a scout with the 1985-86 Red Wings worked his way up to the team's General Manager/Ex. VP of hockey Operations.

Holland played one season in Vernon with the 1973-74 Vernon Vikings. 

Holland was drafted 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 12 of the 1975 NHL draft. Holland played in just four games with the Hartford Whalers & Detroit Red Wings before retiring from hockey and joining the Red Wings as a scout.

Ken Holland's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=42056

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Walleye Release Ex Vernon Vipers "AP" Urban:

The East Coast Hockey League Toledo Walleye have released former Vernon Vipers defenceman Zach Urban.

The Southern Professional Hockey League Macon Mayhem loaned Urban to the Walleye December 30th 2018. In 40 games this season with the Mayhem Urban collected (1-goal-13-assists-14-points). In 10 games with the Walleye Urban had one assist.

After playing two years at the University of Northern Michigan Urban signed his first professional contract with the Southern Professional Hockey League Macon Mayhem. Urban is in his second season with the Mayhem. 

Urban played one game as an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers during the 2010-11 season before bouncing around the league with five different teams (Penticton, Powell River, Victoria, Salmon Arm & Langley).

Zach Urban's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=97103

This was posted on the East Coast Hockey League website:

ECHL Transactions 

25 Jan 2019

Following are the ECHL transactions for Friday, January 25, 2019:

CONTRACTED PLAYERS RELEASED (eligible for waivers/waiver claims):

Toledo:                

Zach Urban, D

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Former Vernon Viper Skirving/Growlers Advance To Kelly Cup Finals:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Todd Skirving & the East Coast Hockey League Newfoundland Growlers won the Eastern Conference championship Saturday after a 3-0 victory over the Florida Everblades in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Newfoundland wins the series 4 games to 1, and awaits the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Tulsa Oilers and Toledo Walleye in the 2019 Kelly Cup Finals.

Skirving is in his first season in Newfoundland after signing with the Growlers October 16th 2018. In 26 games this season with the Growlers Skirving collected (3-goals-4-assists-7-points). Skirving is pointless in three playoff games.

Skirving spent four years at Rochester Institute Of Technology (RIT) before signing his first professional contract with the East Coast Hockey League Orlando Solar Bears August 3rd 2017.

Skirving spent last season with three different teams in the East Coast Hockey League (Orlando Solar Bears, Utah Grizzlies & Atlanta Gladiators)

Skirving was recruited by the Vipers played just half a season in Vernon (2010-11) before being traded. The Prince George Spruce Kings traded Ryan Renz to Vernon January 10th 2011 for Todd Skirving & future considerations. In 34 regular season games with the Vipers Skirving collected (4-goals-5-assists-9-points).

Todd Skirving's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=93822

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Rockets Give Former Vipers Associate Coach Mallette Contract Extension:

The Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets have signed former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette to a two-year extension through the 2020-2021 season.

Mallette a Rockets Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vernon Vipers for one season (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets July 4th 2014. 

Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.

Kris Mallette's Players-Coaches Profile:

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

This was posted on the Rockets website:

Rockets extend Mallette 

April 24, 2019

The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce they have signed assistant coach Kris Mallette to a two-year extension through the 2020-2021 season.

Following his pro career, Mallette was an assistant coach at various levels of hockey, he joined the Rockets coaching staff as an assistant coach ahead of the 2014-2015 season. His primary focus has been the team’s defensive units and penalty kill units.

“My family and I are happy to be in Kelowna for another two years,” said Mallette. “I want to thank the Hamilton family for this opportunity to continue and coach with the Rockets during the Memorial Cup season. I’m excited to work with Adam and our staff in preparing our team, specifically our defence and penalty kill for major junior hockey’s biggest stage.”

Mallette, a Rocket Alumni, patrolled the blueline as a stay at home defenceman for the Rockets between 1996 and 1999. The Philadelphia Flyers drafted him in the third round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Mallette then went on to a nine-year professional career before retiring due to injury following the 2008-09 season.

Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton said that Mallette’s coaching experience is valuable heading into next season when the team hosts the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.

“He has earned this opportunity to work the team heading into this season and the Memorial Cup,” said Hamilton. “We’re thrilled to have Kris back on our bench.”

Friday, May 17, 2019

Former Vipers Hannoun/Bilous & The Raiders Open The Memorial Cup vs Host Mooseheads:

Former Vernon Vipers tryout goaltender Boston Bilous & former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated player-forward Dante Hannoun & the Prince Albert Raiders open the 2019 Memorial Cup this afternoon at 4pm vs the Host Halifax Mooseheads.

The Raiders advanced to the Memorial Cup for the first time since 1985 after winning the Western Hockey League Championship in seven games over the Vancouver Giants. Hannoun scored the overtime winning goal Monday in the victory over the visiting Giants In Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Finals.

Hannoun is the younger brother of former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun (2013-14) spent the past five seasons with the Victoria Royals before being traded to Prince Albert  January 3rd 2019. In 56 games this year with the Royals & Raiders Hannoun collected (29-goals-38-assists-67-points).

Hannoun played one game as an "AP" (affiliated player) with the Vipers during the 2013-14 season. 

Dante Hannoun's Player Profile:


Bilous was in his second season with the Edmonton Oil Kings before being traded to the Raiders January 10th 2019.

The Oil Kings drafted Bilous 80th overall in Round 4 of the 2016 Western Hockey League draft before signing July 27th 2016. In 19 games this year with the Oil Kings & Raiders Bilous posted a 8-4-1-1 record with a 3.34 GAA

Bilous attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2015 was released due to his age (14). 

Boston Bilous's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=337744

Memorial Cup Schedule (All games live on Rogers Sportsnet)

Friday, May 17th Prince Albert Raiders vs Halifax Mooseheads 4pm
Saturday, May 18th Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs Guelph Storm 12:30pm
Sunday, May 19th Halifax Mooseheads vs Guelph Storm 4pm
Monday, May 20th Rouyn-Noranda Huskies vs Prince Albert Raiders 4pm
Tuesday May 21st Guelph Storm vs Prince Albert Raiders 4pm
Wednesday, May 22nd Halifax Mooseheads vs Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4pm
Thursday, May 23rd Semi-Finals 4pm
Friday, May 24th Semi-Finals 4pm
Sunday, May 26th Memorial Cup Final 4pm

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sniper Collects Medal At Okanagan Mascot Games:

This is on the Vipers facebook and twitter accounts:

Vernon Vipers
May 14 2019

Winner winner chicken dinner! Sniper was a part of the winning team for the Okanagan Mascot Games! Way to go Sniper!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Former Viper "AP" Hannoun Named Second Star For WHL Championship Series:

Former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated player-forward Dante Hannoun has been named second star for the 2019 Rogers WHL Championship Series.

Hannoun scored the overtime winning goal Monday as the Prince Albert Raiders defeated the visiting Vancouver Giants In Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Finals, to advance to the Memorial Cup for the first time since 1985.

Dante Hannoun's overtime winner,


Hannoun is the younger brother of former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun (2013-14) spent the past five seasons with the Victoria Royals before being traded to Prince Albert  January 3rd 2019. In 56 games this year with the Royals & Raiders Hannoun collected (29-goals-38-assists-67-points). Hannoun had five goals and four assists in the league finals.

Hannoun played one game as an "AP" (affiliated player) with the Vipers during the 2013-14 season. 

Dante Hannoun's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=245570 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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:

Salmon Arm Bids To Host 2021 RBC Cup:

Chilliwack hosted in 2018 and Salmon Arm hopes to be the next BCHL market to get the tournament. Salmon Arm is hoping to play host to one of the most prestigious hockey tournaments in Canada in 2021. The newly formed Shuswap Sports Society presented to Salmon Arm council on March 12, where they officially announced their plans to submit a bid to host the Junior A National Championships in 2021. The diverse group of business representatives and hockey enthusiasts came together to form the society with the primary goal of securing this event for the Shuswap. The Junior A National Championships, previously known as the RBC Cup, is a premier competition for amateur hockey in Canada. At the beginning of each Junior A hockey season, 135 teams across Canada compete for the chance to represent their community. At the end of the season the top four, along with the host team, meet at the championship finals. The spring event attracts national media, live television coverage and a large number of spectators. “Having had the opportunity to live in this incredible community for the last five years, I can say with certainty that Salmon Arm would be the ideal host for the National Championships,” says Ian Gray, chairperson for the Shuswap Sports Society. “Our community is a hockey hub and we have outstanding facilities, from the SASCU Recreation Centre, to our area accommodations, unique downtown and diverse recreation opportunities. If successful in securing the bid, Salmon Arm and the Shuswap will be on every visitor’s radar as a potential place to live, work and play.” Directors Ian Gray, Daron Mayes and Brooks Christensen shared their excitement with council on March 12, where they received unanimous support for the bid submission. Gray noted that if successful in securing the 10-day event, visitor spending and extensive media coverage is projected to generate more than $2 million in economic impact for the Shuswap. Only the top three community bids will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Hockey Canada in mid-May at the 2019 National Championship in Brooks, Alta., and the Shuswap Sports Society is hoping to be included. Over the coming month, until the bid to host is due to be submitted, the society will be reaching out to community leaders as they seek support for Salmon Arm’s bid. “As a small community, we will need everyone behind this big idea. Recognizing Salmon Arm’s hockey spirit and unmatched community pride, we know we will be successful in securing all the support needed,” said Christensen, society director and Silverbacks’ operations manager.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Ex Viper "AP" Hannoun Scores Overtime Winning Goal-Raiders Advance To Memorial Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated player-forward Dante Hannoun scored the overtime winning goal as the Prince Albert Raiders defeated the visiting Vancouver Giants In Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Finals, to advance to the Memorial Cup for the first time since 1985.

Dante Hannoun's overtime winner,


Hannoun is the younger brother of former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun (2013-14) spent the past five seasons with the Victoria Royals before being traded to Prince Albert  January 3rd 2019. In 56 games this year with the Royals & Raiders Hannoun collected (29-goals-38-assists-67-points). Hannoun had five goals and four assists in the league finals.

Hannoun played one game as an "AP" (affiliated player) with the Vipers during the 2013-14 season. 

Dante Hannoun's Player Profile:


Former Vernon Vipers tryout goaltender Boston Bilous also a member of the Raiders was in his second season with the Edmonton Oil Kings before being traded to Prince Albert January 10th 2019.

The Oil Kings drafted Bilous 80th overall in Round 4 of the 2016 Western Hockey League draft before signing July 27th 2016. In 19 games this year with the Oil Kings & Raiders Bilous posted a 8-4-1-1 record with a 3.34 GAA

Bilous attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2015 was released due to his age (14). 

Boston Bilous's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=337744

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New Assistant Coaches?

Will we see new assistant coaches in Vernon? On the same day the Vipers named Jason McKee new head coach/gm the Vipers removed assistant coaches Kevin Kraus & Larry Draper's profiles from the team's website.

I saw Larry Draper in Vipers gear with a clipboard at the Vipers Spring Camp on the weekend. I didn't see Kevin Kraus or Mark Ferner.

Kraus played three seasons in Vernon (2007-2010) Was captain of the 2010 Vernon Vipers Royal Bank Cup championship team. Kraus also spent five seasons in Vernon (2014-2019) as an assistant coach.

Kevin Kraus's Player/Coaching Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/38023/kevin-kraus

Draper was in his first season with the Vipers joining the team as an assistant coach February 6th 2019 after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach/assistant gm with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Third & Final Day Report From Vipers Spring Camp:

I have had season tickets for the past 29 years and been watching junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since the 2009-10 season and eighteen Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 season. Here are my thought's and view's from today's Spring Camp.

I stopped by Kal Tire Place North this morning and watched the final day of Spring Camp. Each game/scrimmage is two thirty minute non-stop running periods, with a full ice clean between periods. A penalty is an automatic penalty shot. Teams go down to four on four in the 2nd period.

In the first game/scrimmage this morning saw Team Green defeat Team Black 6-4 in front of about fifty or sixty fans in attendance. I thought both teams were fairly even in the 1st period. It was 1-1 after the opening frame. Cam MacDonald & Tyler Chyzowski were both denied on 1st period penalty shots. Team Black with a few quick goals opened up a 4-1 lead before Team Green stormed back with five straight goals to earn the win. Jakob Jones scored the game winner with about two minutes left in the game/scrimmage. Jack Glen was stopped on a second period penalty shot.

Starting Goaltenders:

Team Green:

Ashton Billesberger (Started the game, allowed one goal)
Kyle Kozma (Started the 2nd period, allowed three goals)

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Oilers Name Former Vernon Vikings Goaltender Holland New General Manager & President Of Hockey Operations:

The Edmonton Oilers named former Vernon Vikings goaltender Ken Holland as General Manager and President of Hockey Operations.   

Holland spent the past thirty three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. Holland started as a scout with the 1985-86 Red Wings worked his way up to the team's General Manager/Ex. VP of hockey Operations.

Holland played one season in Vernon with the 1973-74 Vernon Vikings. 

Holland was drafted 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in Round 12 of the 1975 NHL draft. Holland played in just four games with the Hartford Whalers & Detroit Red Wings before retiring from hockey and joining the Red Wings as a scout.

Ken Holland's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=42056

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Day 2 Report From Vipers Spring Camp:

I have had season tickets for the past 29 years and been watching junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since the 2009 season and eighteen Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 season. Here are my thought's and view's from todays camp.

I stopped by Kal Tire Place North this morning & this afternoon/evening to check out Day 2 from the Vipers Spring Camp. Each game/scrimmage is two thirty minute non-stop running periods, with a full ice clean in between periods. A penalty is an automatic penalty shot.

I missed the first game/scrimmage this morning between Team Black & Team White.

In the second game/scrimmage this morning saw Team Gold defeat Team Green 5-4 in front of a small crowd at Kal Tire Place North. This game/scrimmage was fairly evenly matched scrimmage. I thought both teams went back and fourth but with very little scoring chances at either ends of the rink. This was your typical scrimmage/game with not a lot of intensity or action in a fairly boring/dull game. Team Gold got three of their five goals from the backend. Ty Marchant was stopped on a 1st period penalty shot, while Adam Kydd was stopped on a 2nd period penalty shot.

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Mascots Are Battling It Out In Vernon:

This is posted on the Morning Star website:

Mascots are battling it out in Vernon

Proceeds from the event go to B.C. Children’s Hospital and JoeAnna’s House. 

Brieanna Charlebois

May. 11, 2019 

Featuring nine local and three import mascots representing sports teams and businesses are in Vernon competing in a variety of events at Kal Tire Place, May 11 and 12.

Victor E. Tigers is joined by fellow American mascots Biscuit the Bulldog, from Allen, Texas, and the Allen Americans, and Nugget, mascot of the Rapid City Rush of Rapid City, South Dakota, both from the minor pro hockey league ECHL.

They are competing against local legends Sniper of the B.C. Hockey League’s Vernon Vipers; Silver Fox from SilverStar Mountain Resort; Breadhead from Cobs Bread; Parka the Beaver, representing Parks Canada; Beacon the Beaver, of West Kelowna’s Kizzmit Tourism; Rocky, from the Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets; and BCHL mascots The General of the West Kelowna Warriors; Rocco from the Powell River Kings and HarVee of the Penticton Vees.

The Games take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, mascots competed in a relay course, jousting tournament and dance battle – all in costume.

Sunday, the competitions include another obstacle course and lip sync battle, followed by the awards.

Tickets for the event are $12 plus GST for kids and seniors, $15 plus GST for adults. They are available for purchase at eventbrite.ca.

Proceeds from the event will go to B.C. Children’s Hospital and JoeAnna’s House, which is similar to Ronald McDonald House except it will be facility for all ages, not just children.