Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Hits 700,000 Viewers:

Early Monday morning this blog hit 700,000 viewer's-page views. I wanted to take this time to thank all of you, the viewers who check out my blog. I first created my Vipersdiehardfan blog back in December of 2008 and since then have had over 700,000 viewer's visit this site. As of 7am this morning I have had 700,467 viewers in total visit this blog.  To follow the viewer count, check out the counter on the left hand side of this blog.  I have a website that tell's me how many viewer's I get per month, per day, as well as per week. The site also tell's me where the viewer's are from and how they contacted this blog. This blog average's around 250-500 viewer's per day during the hockey season depending on whats going on.  During the summer I average around 150-250 viewers a day.  The last few weeks I have been averaging 300-500 hits a day.  I get people from all across the world visiting this blog. Thank you again and thanks for the support.  If you would like to leave a comment, there's a comment box at the bottom of each post.

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October 19,535
November 18,845
December 17,894
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Solar Bears Re-Sign Former Vipers Captain Ullrich:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears
have re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Mike Ullrich.

Ullrich finished his first season with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears collecting (10-goals-25-assists-35-points) in 42 games last season. Ullrich become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season, after the ownership group of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Trenton Titans pulled the franchise out of the ECHL. According to a statement from the ECHL, all Titans players signed to ECHL contracts, except those owed as future considerations, are unrestricted free agents. Ullrich signed as a free-agent with the Solar Bears on July, 1st 2013.

Ullrich also spent time in the American Hockey League last season playing with St. Johns, Manchester & Iowa. Ullrich was invited to a pro tryout with the AHL St. John's IceCaps in September before being released on September 30th 2013 returning to Orlando. Ullrich signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL Manchester Monarchs on November 15th 2013 before being released after playing in three games returned to Orlando before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the AHL Iowa Wild. After picking up two assists in 9 games with the Wild Ullrich was released on March 14th 2014 finishing the season with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears.

Ullrich played for three different teams during the 2012-13 season (South Carolina, Tulsa & Trenton).  Ullrich started the 2012-13 season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays after signing a contract over the summer. Ullrich left the Stingrays before signing with the Central Hockey League (CHL) Tulsa Oilers on November, 7th 2012. The Stingrays suspended Ullrich after leaving the club but then took Ullrich off suspension before trading the rights of Ullrich to the ECHL Trenton Titans for future considerations on January, 18th 2013. In five games with the Stingrays Ullrich collected 1 goal & 4 assists. The Oilers then suspended and then deleted Ullrich from the clubs roster on January, 17th 2013 after Ullrich left the Oilers for the ECHL Trenton Titans. In 29 games with the Oilers Ullrich collected (7-goals-12-assists-19-points). In 26 games with Trenton Ullrich collected (15-goals-14-assists-29-points).

Ullrich played parts of two years in Vernon (2005-2007).  Ullrich left the Vipers during the 2005-06 season before returning to Vernon the following season after a short stint with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes. In 103 games with the Vipers Ullrich collected (39-goals-92-assists-131-points).

Mike Ullrich's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13474

This is posted on the Solar Bears website:

ECHL MVP Lang, four others, sign with Solar Bears

June 17, 2014

Orlando, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL's Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, announced that they have agreed to terms with forwards Mickey Lang, Mike Ullrich, Ian Slater and Alex Gallant, along with defenseman Ben Shutron, for the 2014-15 season.

Lang led the Solar Bears in goals (44) and points (77) while finishing second on the team with 33 assists. His 44 goals led the ECHL while his 77 points were third in the league. Along with being named the ECHL Most Valuable Player he was named to the All-ECHL First Team. He recorded two hat tricks as a Solar Bear, leading Orlando to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Road Warriors on March 7, and helping the Solar Bears defeat the Evansville IceMen 5-3 on March 27. Lang scored three overtime goals for the Solar Bears last season as well (Feb. 15 vs. Gwinnett, Feb. 23 at Kalamazoo, March 4 at Florida). He was named the ECHL Player of the Week for February 10-16 after scoring eight points (7g-1a) in four games. Lang appeared in five games with the Iowa Wild last season, scoring one goal. The Reno, Nev. native has played in 192 games in his professional career for Orlando, Fort Wayne, Rockford (AHL), Iowa (AHL) and Quad City (CHL), scoring 105 goals and adding 96 assists for 201 points.

Ullrich appeared in 42 games with the Solar Bears last season, posting 35 points (10g-25a). He had two three-point games and recorded multiple points eight times. Ullrich played in 12 games in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs and Iowa Wild, picking up his first career AHL goal with Manchester. A native of Banff, Alberta, Ullrich has played in 191 games in his professional career, scoring 64 goals and adding 97 assists for 161 points.

Slater collected 14 points (4g-10a) to go along with a team-high 155 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Solar Bears last season. The Satellite Beach, Fla. native split the 2012-13 season between the Trenton Titans and AHL's Adirondack Phantoms, scoring seven goals and four assists along with 147 penalty minutes in 63 games. Prior to turning pro, Slater was the captain of the Western Michigan University Broncos.

Gallant enters his second professional season after leading the Southern Professional Hockey League with 251 penalty minutes in 43 games last season. Gallant played the 2012-13 season with the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League where he finished fourth on the team with 106 penalty minutes in 29 games. Hailing from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Gallant's amateur career also includes a season (2011-12) in the QMJHL with the Prince Edward Island Rocket, totaling 133 penalty minutes in 32 games. He is the younger brother of Brett Gallant, who played four games for the New York Islanders last season.

Shutron was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He enters his first professional season after skating the last five years (2009-14) for the University of New Brunswick (CIS) where he served as an alternate captain last season. In 101 CIS games, Shutron picked up 56 points on eight goals and 48 assists. He won the CIS University Cup in 2010-11 and was named to the CIS All-Rookie team in 2009-10. Shutron played five seasons (2004-2009) in the OHL for the Kingston Frontenacs and Windsor Spitfires, finishing with 154 points (30g-124a) and 353 penalty minutes in 298 games. The Orleans, Ontario native helped Windsor capture both the OHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship in 2008-09, won an OHL Championship with Kingston in 2007-08 and played in the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2005-06.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Former Vernon Lakers Captain Ramsay Signs Contract Extension With Oilers:

Former Vernon Lakers forward-captain & current Head Coach-GM  of the CHL Tulsa Oilers Bruce Ramsay signed a contract extension with the Central Hockey League (CHL) Tulsa Oilers. 

Ramsay will be entering his sixth season with the Tulsa Oilers this coming hockey seasonhas over 300 victories as Head Coach-GM with the Oilers.  Ramsay has coached four teams in four different leagues.  Ramsay played one season in Vernon helping the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers win their first Centennial Cup in a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over the highly favorite New Westminster Royals.

Bruce Ramsay's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6007

This is posted on the Oilers website:

Ramsay Receives Contract Extension, Lutz and Obermeyer Returning for 2014-15

Posted on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

TULSA, OK – Less than a month removed from the end of the 2013-14 season, the Tulsa Oilers are already putting key pieces in place for a run at a CHL championship in the 2014-15 campaign.

Wednesday, the Oilers announced a two-year contract extension for Head Coach Bruce Ramsay which runs through the end of the 2015-16 season. The Oilers also announced the re-signing of veteran defensemen Nathan Lutz (LOOTS) and Jake Obermeyer (OH-ber-my-er).

Ramsay, who just completed his fifth season behind the Oilers bench, holds the second-longest tenure of any head coach in franchise history and his 148 victories ranks second on the team’s all-time win list. In 2013-14, Ramsay guided the Oilers to a 34-29-3 regular season record and a league-best 12-win improvement from the previous season. Under Ramsay’s leadership, Tulsa qualified for the playoffs for the first time in three years and posted its second-highest win total of the last 11 seasons.

“I love this city and our fans, and I’m very thankful to our owners, the Steven brothers, for giving me the opportunity to continue to lead this team in the right direction,” Ramsay said. “We took a huge step forward last season but we can’t be satisfied with those achievements. We’ve got to keep pushing to get this organization back to the top of the Central Hockey League and I’m already excited about next season and the work that needs to be done.” After 11 seasons of playing minor pro hockey, Ramsay began his coaching career in 2002. In 690 career games, the Dryden, Ontario native has an overall record of 345-280-65 (.533). As the Oilers bench boss, Ramsay is 148-149-29 (.499) with two postseason appearances and seven playoff victories.

As Ramsay begins to construct his team for 2014-15, he already has a proven leader in the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Lutz. Last season, the 36-year old served as the Oilers captain while anchoring the blue line and providing a stabilizing presence on both the power play and the penalty kill. A native of Mistatim, Saskatchewan, Lutz is entering his 14th season of professional hockey and has played in 766 career games. In 2013-14, Lutz recorded 34 points (8 goals, 26 assists) and was one of four Oilers to appear in all 66 regular season contests.

“Nathan Lutz is one of the most revered and respected players in minor pro hockey and played a huge role in our success last season,” remarked Ramsay. “He is a leader both on and off the ice and hockey players don’t come any tougher than Nathan Lutz. He is always in the right position, he is never shy about sticking up for his teammates, and there is no one I trust more in our defensive zone. I know he made a tremendous impression on his teammates and our fans and having him back is a great way to start our preparations for next year.”

Since turning pro in 2001, Lutz has played for 17 teams in seven leagues and five countries. The veteran defenseman has over 100 games of experience in the American Hockey League and Tulsa is Lutz’s third stop in the CHL after suiting up for the Mississippi Riverkings (2010-11) and the Wichita Thunder (2012-13).

Obermeyer, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman, is on his way back to Tulsa for a second season after posting two goals and nine assists in 47 games during the 2013-14 campaign. A product of Chanhassen, Minnesota and Robert Morris University, Obermeyer quickly became a staple on the Oilers’ penalty kill as he established himself as one of the best shot-blockers in the CHL. A reliable, physical defender, Obermeyer tied for third on the Oilers roster with a +14 rating.

“Jake is a smart, steady defenseman who is capable of shutting down the top forwards in our league and we feel fortunate to have him back on board for the upcoming season,” Ramsay commented. “He is one of the most fearless players I’ve ever coached and it was incredible to watch how often he put his body on the line to block a shot. The guy is an absolute warrior who plays as hard as he can each and every night.

Lutz and Obermeyer become the first players officially signed to the Oilers 2014-15 roster and announcements of more player signings, schedule release, and special promotional nights will follow as the offseason continues.

The Oilers are entering their 23rd consecutive season in the Central Hockey League and their 7th straight season as the main tenant of the BOK Center. In 2013-14, the Oilers’ average attendance rose to 4,986, a 20-percent increase over the previous season and the third-highest average in the Central Hockey League.

Season tickets for 2014-15 are on sale now. To purchase your tickets or request more information, call the Oilers office at 918-632-7825 or log on to www.tulsaoilers.com.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

South Carolina Stingrays Add Former Vernon Viper Santana To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL South Carolina Stingrays have twenty seven players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Santana.

Santana finished four years at Boston University before signing his first pro contract with the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals on August 6th 2013. After playing in just 12 games with the Royals (going pointless) Santana was released on March 6th 2014 before being re-signed on March 9th 2014 and just three days later was released on March 12th 2014 for a second time last season. 

The Stingrays picked up Santana off waivers on March 15th 2014. No official press release from the Stingrays but the transaction was posted on the transactions page on the ECHL website. In 12 games last season with South Carolina Santana collected two assists.

Santana played one season in Vernon (2008-2009) In 56 games with the Vipers collected (12-goals-13-assists-25-points).

Ryan Santana's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38021

This was posted on the Stingrays website:

Stingrays Announced Protected List of Players

By: Joseph Zakrzewski

North Charleston, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, celebrating 22 seasons of hockey in the Lowcountry, announced today the team’s Protected List.

The team’s protected list of players include: goaltender Jeff Jakaitis, Allen York and David LeNeveu, defensemen Brendan Ellis, Dylan King, Kevin Quick, Kevin Ryan, Derrick Pallis, Jeremy Price, Scooter Vaughan, Ryan Grimshaw and Luka Vidmar along with forwards Chris Langkow, Marc Hagel, Jordan Owens, Louke Oakley, Igor Gongalsky, Wayne Simpson, Jack Downing, Patrick Gaul, Ryan Santana, Stephan Vigier, Dale Mitchell, Chad Painchaud, Peter Boyd, Andrew Cherniwchan and Justin Maylan.

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

1. Signed an SPC in 2013-14 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2013-14, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

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

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

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2013-14 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

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

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

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

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2013-14.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Guenther Named Viper Captain:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Guenther named Viper captain

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jul 25, 2014

Dependable, dedicated, dynamic and determined on defence.

Just a few adjectives which best describe Riley Guenther, the new captain of the B.C. Hockey League Vernon Vipers.

Forward TJ Dumonceaux and d-man Kenny Citron will serve as the alternate captains.

“Our team is in great shape with this core group of leaders,” said Viper head coach/GM Jason Williamson. “They all play the game at a very high level and compete each and every day at an even higher level. I am extremely excited to be able to lean on these three throughout the season.”

Guenther, contacted by The Morning Star Wednesday night as he headed out to golf at McCall Lake, is stoked about the new role.

“Jason talked to me quite a while ago about being part of the leadership group, but he never said I would be captain; I’m pretty excited. I’ve been an assistant captain or captain on most teams growing up.

“We’re going to have pretty much an entire new team and we’re going to have a lot of young guys so I will be showing them the ropes and what it takes to win. It’s not just a sometimes job, it’s an all-the-time job. It will be our role to making the transition from Midget or Junior B easier for them.”

Guenther, who turns 20 in September, joined the Vipers after playing 67 games for the Western League Prince Albert Raiders. He rang up six goals and 23 points, along with 44 penalty minutes for the Snakes. He shared the team’s Top Defenceman award with Josh Bryan.

Guenther, a strong skater, also played lacrosse, hoops and volleyball growing up. The Oiler fan enjoys strumming the guitar, listening to Kenny Chesney and challenging teammates to ping pong.

“I’ve always admired Dustin Brown (of Stanley Cup champion Kings). I don’t think he’s that vocal, but he wears his heart on his sleeve every shift and goes balls to the walls.”

Guenther said he became more vocal as the Viper season progressed. He says Dumonceaux and Citron are worthy alternates.

“They are both hard-working guys in practices and games, guys who give it their all. Kenny is very serious and focused and determined all the time. TJ is a little more laid back and a guy everybody likes.”

Dumonceaux, a speedy member of the big bicep brotherhood, is blessed with a canon shot and skates until he drops. The 20-year-old Kelowna product compiled seven goals, 20 points and 66 PIM last season.

Citron, a 19-year-old New Yorker with a scholarship to the Colgate Raiders for 2015, is a tough stay-at-home blueliner who racked up one goal, seven points and 61 PIM.

“They are both hard-working guys in practices and games, guys who give it their all. Kenny is very serious and focused and determined all the time. TJ is a little more laid back and a guy everybody likes.”

Dumonceaux, a speedy member of the big bicep brotherhood, is blessed with a canon shot and skates until he drops. The 20-year-old Kelowna product compiled seven goals, 20 points and 66 PIM last season.

Citron, a 19-year-old New Yorker with a scholarship to the Colgate Raiders for 2015, is a tough stay-at-home blueliner who racked up one goal, seven points and 61 PIM.

Guenther is working four days a week at the Country Hills Golf Club and will return to Vernon a week or so before camp opens Aug. 29.

Vernon plays a home and home with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Sept. 5-6 with the first game at the Shaw Centre.

The Vipers have acquired the CJHL playing rights to goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn ( ‘95) from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations

Meanwhile, former Viper d-man Jason Bird will skate for the Lake Superior State Lakers NCAA Division I program for the 2014-15 season.

A Toronto product, Bird was acquired near the 2013-14 trade deadline by the Cents, after previously playing for Vernon and Coquitlam Express in the BCHL, and Vaughn Vipers of the OJHL.

Bird garnered eight goals and 29 points in 49 games for Vernon and compiled 10 points in 20 games with the Cents.

“In the short time Jason spent with our organization he made a significant impact with his maturity and leadership,” said Cents’ head coach Luke Pierce, a Vernon Viper grad. “His skating and ability to run an offence from the back end make him a very unique talent and I have all the confidence that he will have success at the Division I level.“

Said Bird, who is headed to Williamson’s alma-mater:  “Being from Toronto; it (LSSU) is a school that is close by and that a few past teammates of mine have gone to over the years. I am very thankful for the opportunity that they are giving me and I can’t wait to get down there in a couple months and get started.”

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Former Viper Alumni Zalewski Attends Vancouver Canucks Prospects Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Zalewski
attended the Vancouver Canucks Prospects development camp in early July.

Zalewski left his third year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) last season signing with the Canucks on March 17th 2014.  Zalewski skated in his first NHL practice with the Canucks on March 21, 2014 before making his NHL debut on Saturday April 12 2014 in a 5-2 loss in Edmonton. Zalewski picked up his first career NHL point (assist) in a 5-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames the following night.  Zalewski played two season's in Vernon (2010-2012) In 106 regular season games with the Vipers Zalewski collected (50-goals-54-assists-104-points).

Mike Zalewski's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=60363

This is posted on the Canucks website:

2014 Development Camp primer

Monday, 07.07.2014

By Tyson Giuriato

NHL hopefuls will be put through the paces as the 2014 Vancouver Canucks Prospects Development Camp gets underway on Monday.

Players will go through on-ice workouts, off-ice workouts, run the Grouse Grind, learn to cook, and maybe do a little yoga here and there.

There are a lot of new names on the roster this year, so Canucks.com went to work, breaking the roster down for your viewing pleasure:

-Thirty-five players will be attending the camp: 17 forwards, 13 defenceman and five goalies.

-Of the 35 players at camp, 19 of them are drafted or signed by the Canucks.

-Of the 19 players that are drafted or signed by the Canucks, 10 of them attending camp in 2013.

-Matthew Beattie, Brendan Gaunce, Ben Hutton (pictured right), and Evan McEneny are all on their third trip to the camp.

-Michael Zalewski is the lone prospect with NHL experience, having played two games with the Canucks last season.

-Four different countries will be represented as 26 players call Canada home, six hail from the United States, two from Sweden and one from Russia.

-Eleven players are coming from the OHL, 10 players laced them up in the WHL last season, while 10 players also played in the NCAA last year.

-Invitee Daniel Ciampini (Nov. 25, 1990) is the oldest player in camp at 23-years-old, while Jake Virtanen (Aug. 17, 1996) is the youngest at 17-years-old.

-Seven players stand 6-foot-3 or taller, with another seven standing at 6-foot-2. Nikita Tryamkin, the Canucks third-round pick this year, is the tallest player at the camp, measuring up at 6-foot-7.

-Fifteen players tip the scale at over 200-pounds. Mackenze Stewart, the Canucks seventh-round pick this year, weighs in at 240-pounds, the most of any player.

-Dane Fox (pictured right) led all camp prospects with 64 goals last season for Erie. Curtis Valk checks in next as he lit the lamp 47 times, followed by Jake Virtanen with 45.

-Fox also had the most points out of any camp participant last season, registering 107. Valk was next with 92, while Bo Horvat rounds out the Top 3 as he had 74.

-Three players had triple-digit penalty minutes last season: Dane Fox (122), Jonathan Martin (105), and Jake Virtanen (100).

-Mackenze Stewart leads the roster in the fighting department, as he dropped the gloves 10 times last season. Invitee Jon Martin is close behind with nine fighting majors under his belt last season, while Josh Thrower had eight.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vernon-Merritt Trade:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

22-Jul-14 The Vernon Vipers have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Jarrod Schamerhorn (95)(G) from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations.

Jarrod Schamerhorn's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=102229

Here are a few articles I found on the newly acquired Viper goaltender.

Winterhawks Sign Schamerhorn (This is posted on the Portland Winterhawks website)

http://www.winterhawks.com/article/winterhawks-sign-jarrod-schamerhorn

Schamerhorn Traded To Lethbridge (This is posted on the Portland Winterhawks website)

http://www.winterhawks.com/article/jarrod-schamerhorn-traded-to-lethbridge

Schamerhorn Assigned To Centennials (This is posted on Dustin Scafe's Merritt Centennials Blog)

http://dustinscafe.blogspot.ca/2014/01/schamerhorn-officially-assigned-to.html

New Centennials netminder Schamerhorn finally in Merritt (This was in the Merritt Herald Newspaper)

http://www.merrittherald.com/new-centennials-netminder-schamerhorn-finally-in-merritt/

Vipers Name 2014-15 Captains:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Name 2014-15 Captains

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Submitted by Vipers Staff

The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is excited to announce Riley Guenther, TJ Dumonceaux, and Kenny Citron will serve as the team Captains for the upcoming season.

Head Coach and General Manager Jason Williamson says “Our team is in great shape with this core group of leaders. They all play the game at a very high level and compete each and every day at an even higher level. I am extremely excited to be able to lean on these three throughout the season.”

Riley Guenther will serve as the Captain. The Calgary Native has tremendous leadership qualities and leads both on and off the ice. He played on last year’s top D pairing and will be one of the elite defenseman in the BCHL this upcoming season.

TJ Dumonceaux will be one of the alternate Captains. The third year Viper has become a fan favourite and is a very exciting player to watch each and every night. His speed is dangerous each and every night. Dumonceaux is always heavily involved in the community and will be relied in all aspects in the upcoming season.

Ken Citron will also be an alternate Captain. Citron will be entering his second season in Vernon and has quickly become a solid defensive Dman in the BCHL.  Kenny competes very hard each and every day. He has served as a Captain throughout his career and will be relied upon to carry over the Viper culture.

For further information please contact the Vipers office at 250 542 6022. 

Kraus Back In Vipers' Den:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Kraus back in Vipers' den

posted Jul 22, 2014

Morning Star Staff

Kevin Kraus is the new assistant coach of the B.C. Hockey League Vernon Vipers.

“This is where Kevin has always wanted to be,” said Viper head coach/GM Jason Williamson. “His heart has always been with the Vernon Vipers organization and I know he will bring that passion to coaching this team.  Kraus has run his own program at the Junior B level and has experience coaching in the BCHL. He will add a lot to our program and the development of our players.”

Kraus, a 24-year-old native of Huntington Beach, California, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

Prior to that he was the head coach and GM of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Revelstoke Grizzlies for two seasons. Kraus replaces Kris Mallette, who joined the WHL Kelowna Rockets as an assistant.

He has an extensive playing career which began in the WHL with Kamloops and Tri-City. After two seasons there, he spent the rest of his junior career with the Vernon Vipers, winning two national championships one of which he was the captain. He played 154 games, including playoffs.

Said Kraus: “I am very excited about this opportunity.  This is always where I have wanted to be and I am very excited to become a Viper again. I am looking forward to working with Jason and the rest of the Vipers staff on building another championship team.”

Kraus is currently in California and will be back here in early August.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coughlin Returning To Vipers?

Vernon Vipers forward Liam Coughlin committed to Boston University last year for the 2014-15 season.  Several reports on different twitter accounts and college hockey blogs over the summer have reported that Coughlin will now join the Terriers for the 2015-16 season. Where will Coughlin play this coming season?  Will Viper fans see Coughlin return to Vernon as a 20 year old for the 2014-15 season? 

Coughlin played his one and only season in Vernon last year with the Vipers, playing in 53 games collecting (18-goals-27-assists-45-points).  Coughlin was drafted this past June by the Edmonton Oilers in the 5th Round 130th overall.

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vernon Viper's Highlight Hall Of Fame - #18 Chris Crowell

This Summer, Hockeytube.net will be releasing a number of highlight compilations of former Vernon Vipers. The first Viper’ Highlight Hall of Famer is former Captain #18 Chris Crowell. He still holds the record for most franchise penalty minutes. He spent four seasons with the BCHL club, leading the team to a National Championship in 2009. He earned an NCAA scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TtMZUzT3Zc

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Former Vipers Defenceman Noonan Attends Predators Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Garrett Noonan attended the Nashville Predators development camp for a second year in a row during the second week of July. Noonan attended the Predators Development Camp last July.

Noonan finished his fourth and final season at Boston University last year, signed a Entry-Level Deal with the Predators on April 22nd 2014 also signed an amateur try-out contract (ATO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals in April.  Noonan was drafted by Nashville in Round 4 #112 overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In 34 games this season Noonan collected (4-goals-16-assists-20-points). Noonan played one season in Vernon (2009-2010) in 58 regular season games with the Vipers Noonan collected (2-goals-16-assists-18-points).

Garrett Noonan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=48219


This is posted on the Predators website:

Nashville Predators Development Camp Opens Monday, July 7

Many of the club’s top prospects, including Fiala and Forsberg to attend

Wednesday, 07.02.2014

By Press Release  - Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn.  – Many of the Nashville Predators top prospects – including 2014 11th overall selection Kevin Fiala and 2012 11th overall selection Filip Forsberg – will be on hand when the team’s 2014 Development Camp officially opens on Monday, July 7 with off-ice testing and physicals. Prospects will take to ice for more testing on Tuesday morning, July 8, with the first group practice to come at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday, July 9. All sessions will take place at Bridgestone Arena culminating with a game and open house on Saturday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week’s events will be presided over by Predators Director of Player Development Scott Nichol and Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good, with assistance from the rest of the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals (AHL Affiliate) coaching and hockey operations staffs. The scheduled training regimen includes a variety of on- and off-ice testing, dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, video sessions, media and nutrition education, and team-building activities. The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning.

Players will also participate in community relations activities on Thursday afternoon; a full release with times and locations will be available in the coming days.

A list of on-ice workouts is as follows:

TUESDAY, July 8 (testing) 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (media avail. after each players’ test)
WEDNESDAY, July 9 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (media avail. at approx. 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.)
FRIDAY, July 11 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (media avail. at approx. 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.)
SATURDAY, July 12 3:30-5 p.m. (media avail. for all following game)

Sessions on July 9, 11 and 12 are open to the public. Sessions on July 9 and 11 will see two groups go for roughly an hour and 15 minutes with media to follow.

The development camp schedule and roster are attached. Please note that players will be available for interviews after the events/activities take place; please contact the Nashville Predators Communications Department for more information on specific events/activities. The schedule is subject to change.

A few storylines regarding Development Camp attendees:

• Pontus Aberg and Johan Alm are expected to play their first seasons in North America after spending time in the Swedish Hockey League. Aberg was a finalist for league Rookie of the Year in 2012, while Alm has won back-to-back SHL titles with Skelleftea.

• 2014 draftee Viktor Arvidsson was a teammate of Alm's on both Skelleftea title-winning teams. He was a 2013 SHL Rookie of the Year finalist and the 2013 Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year.

• 2014 first-round pick Kevin Fiala was a finalist for the 2014 SHL Rookie of the Year Award and became just the third player ever to participate in the Under-18 World Championship, World Junior Championship and World Championship all in the same year. He was teammates of Preds defenseman Roman Josi and forward Simon Moser at Worlds.

• Filip Forsberg, Colton Sissons, Marek Mazanec all spent time with Nashville in 2013-14 and will enter their second North American pro seasons in 2014-15. Sissons and Forsberg will contend for jobs at the NHL level.

• Jonathan Diaby, Garrett Noonan, Jaynen Rissling and Mikko Vainonen will all likely start their first pro seasons with Milwaukee, forming the bulk of the team's blue lines corps.

• Vainonen, Saku Maenalanen and Janne Juvonen were all part of the Finnish National Team that won Gold at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Maenalanen led the 2014 World Junior Championship in goals (7), ranked second in plus/minus rating (+9), and tied for third in points (11)

• Brendan Leipsic enters the professional ranks in 2014-15 after a four-season junior career with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks that saw him amass 302 points in 261 games which included a CHL scoring title in 2012-13. He also made an appearance in the 2013 Memorial Cup on a team that also included Seth Jones.

• Aaron Irving helped the Edmonton Oil Kings win the 2014 WHL and Memorial Cup titles.

• Jonathan Diaby's father, Sékana, played soccer professionally in France and Turkey from 1986-97, and represented Ivory Coast in international competition, including the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

• Vladislav Kamenev is the first Russian drafted by the Predators since 2004. He played for former NHL head coach Mike Keenan with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2013-14.

• Miikka Salomaki led the Milwaukee Admirals in points last season during his first campaign in North America.

• Zach Stepan and Jimmy Vesey have both represented the United States at the World Junior Championship. Vesey won Gold in 2013 (along with Predators defenseman Seth Jones and Assistant Coach Phil Housley) and will play his junior season at Harvard in 2014-15, while Stepan - the younger cousin of the NY Rangers' Derek - will be a sophomore at Minnesota State.

• Felix Girard is a back-to-back winner of the Guy Carbonneau Trophy as the QMJHL's Best Defensive Forward in 2013 and 2014. He will play for Milwaukee in 2014-15.

• Justin Kirkland is a Kelowna Rocket, the same program that produced Shea Weber and Colton Sissons, and has been compared to former Rocket and 2014 NHL First-Team All-Star Jamie Benn. He also played for the prestigious Notre Dame Hounds program in Wilcox, Sask., whose alumni include 19 current NHLers such as Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier, Jaden Schwartz, Rene Bourque, Willie Mitchell, Jordan Eberle, Sean Couturier and Tyler Myers, and former All-Stars Wendel Clark, Rod Brind'Amour and Curtis Joseph.

Nashville Predators Development Camp Schedule July 7-12, 2014

MONDAY, July 7

1:00 p.m. Off-ice testing Bridgestone Arena
5:30 p.m. Physicals Vanderbilt University

TUESDAY, July 8

7:30-10:30 a.m. On-Ice testing Bridgestone Arena
3:00-6:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena

WEDNESDAY, July 9

7:00-10:00 a.m. Bike testing Bridgestone Arena
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. On-ice sessions Bridgestone Arena
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena

THURSDAY, July 10

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Yoga Bridgestone Arena
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Team/Player presentations Bridgestone Arena
1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Community activities Nashville Area (release with details to follow)
4:00 p.m. Team Building Camp Widjiwagon

FRIDAY, July 11

7 a.m. Track Training Vanderbilt University
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. On-ice sessions Bridgestone Arena
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena

SATURDAY, July 12

7:00 a.m. Track Training Vanderbilt University
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena
3:30 p.m. Game/Predators Open House Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Former Vipers Coach Ferner Joining Flames Coaching Staff?

Reports are that former Vernon Vipers Head Coach-GM
Mark Ferner will be joining the Calgary Flames American Hockey League's farm club Adirondack Flames coaching staff. 

Ferner spent last season as an Associate Coach with the WHL Kamloops Blazers.  Ferner spent four seasons with the Blazers prior to last year (2002-2006) before joining the Vipers in 2007. Ferner spent four seasons with the Vipers (2007-2011) before joining the WHL Everett Silvertips.   Ferner was fired by the Silvertips in January 2013.  In four seasons with the Vipers Ferner went 165-68-7 guiding the Vipers to three straight National Championships winning back to back Royal Bank Cup Championships in 2009 & 2010 before falling in the Royal Bank Cup Finals in 2011. Ferner was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in Round 10, 194th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Ferner spent seven years in the NHL with Buffalo, Washington, Anaheim & Detroit.

Mark Ferner's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=1654

This is posted on Gregg Drinnan's Taking Note Blog:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Abbotsford Heat, of course, have relocated to Glens Falls, N.Y., where they now are the Adirondack Flames. The parent Calgary Flames reached into Kelowna and signed Rockets head coach Ryan Huska to replace Troy Ward as the head coach of their AHL affiliate. . . . Calgary has yet to sign any assistant coaches for Adirondack and a source told me Tuesday night that Mark Ferner will be joining the AHL team’s staff. Ferner, 48, spent last season as the associate coach with the Kamloops Blazers. . . . He and Huska, 39, both played junior in Kamloops.

Friday, July 18, 2014

VSV Pulls Option On Former Vernon Viper Forward Fraser:

EC Villacher SV (VSV) has pulled the option on former Vernon Vipers forward Curtis Fraser for the upcoming season. 

Fraser finished his first season with VSV an ice hockey team from Villach, Austria that plays in the Erste Bank Hockey League.  In 54 games with VSV Fraser picked up (21-goals-13-assists-34-points).  Fraser spent the 2012-13 season also in Austria played with the Zagreb Bears. 

After playing four years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fraser spent six seasons between the East Coast Hockey League (Las Vegas & Alaska) & American Hockey League (Chicago, San Antonio & Lake Erie) before playing hockey in Italy and Austria.  Fraser captured the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship with the Alaska Aces in 2011.  

Fraser played parts of one season with the Vipers (2002-03) after the Victoria Salsa sent Fraser to Vernon on January 10th 2003 for Marc Fulton & future considerations.   In 25 regular season games with the Vipers Fraser collected (19-goals-20-assists-39-points) and lead the Vipers in scoring that season with 105 points. Due to his birthday and scholarship Fraser couldnt play past his 21st birthday wich ment he was only able to play in the Vipers first two playoff rounds (eight playoff games) before sitting out the remainder of the Vipers playoff run. The Vipers went onto the BCHL league finals and then lost in the Doyle Cup to Camrose without Fraser in the lineup.

Curtis Fraser's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=14835

This is posted on the VSV website:

VSV signs contract with Ruslan Gelfanov and pulls option on Curtis Fraser

Article from the 9th April, 2014

Ruslan Gelfanov

Incredibly the engagement of the VSV in the promising area of the FIRST BANK is a HOCKEY LEAGUE. In spite of big ambitions for the coming season one inserts further strictly player from own younger generation in the fight team. What one has allowed in the last Saisonen Göhringer, Platzer, smoking wood and Brunner, now one also allows Ruslan Gelfanov. In St. Petersburg, Russia born Jung's eagles however grown up in Villach has the Austrian one as well as the Russian citizenship and plays for a long time in the younger generation VSV. Gelfanov has completely made a mistake to the hockey, trains incredibly hard and has only one purpose: To become a professional player. To this wish subordinates 18-year-old everything and lives for his dream.

„ It is nice wanted to become such players not believe player, the stars and, they are already one. Gelfanov is an honest and more well young fellow which has a purpose with eyes which wants to reach something. This fits perfectly to the VSV. He should get his chance. “ if explains Hannu Järvenpää.

Ruslan is 1.81 ms, has 85 kg and played this year 25 plays for the U20 and 14 plays in the EBEL.

Curtis Fraser

The VSV pulls the option on Curtis Fraser for the coming season. About Cortina and Zagreb to Villach come forwards has set up in the Draustadt and has taken a short-cut in the past season well. In 63 plays the Canadian from Vancouver achieved 39 points. Merely his/-statistics of-6 the "warrior" of the VSV could improve. Fraser is a hard worker, played in the Play out of vision in spite of broken metatarsal, and a good character in the cabin. It is a straight and honest type, what one also in his easy however efficient play in the ice wiederspiegelt.

VSV.WIR REACH IN!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vipers Restocking Talent:

This is posted on the 107.5 Kiss FM website:

Vipers Restocking Talent

Written by Peter McIntyre

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bit of a rebuild for the Vernon Vipers this off-season after hosting the RBC Cup last season.

Head coach and GM Jason Williamson expects to get just five players back.

"TJ Dumonceaux, Michael Statchuk, Riley Guenther, Kenny Citron and Danny Todosychuk, and we could get one more back," says Williamson.

Williamson says home town product Todosychuk will be their number one goalie.

"He deserves it. He's paid his dues and he's a kid we have to reward a little bit. He's got to perform when the season starts, but I think he's up to the task."

Williamson says he likes the look of their defense, but is still searching for a few more forwards.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Former Viper Alumni Soleway Attends Arizona Coyotes Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Jedd Soleway attended the Arizona Coyotes development for a second time camp last week.  Soleway was at the Coyotes development camp last year.

Soleway will be entering his second season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers this coming season attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Pre-Draft combine last year.  In 35 games last year with the Badgers Soleway collected (1-goal-7-assists-8-points).  Soleway played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-2012) before being traded to Penticton in his second season with the Vipers on December 5th 2012 for forward Dexter Dancs.  In 84 games with the Vipers Soleway collected (18-goals-24-assists-37-points).  Soleway was drafted 193rd overall in the 7th Round by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2013 NHL entry Draft.   

Jedd Soleway's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=102264

This is posted on the Coyotes website:

Coyotes to Hold Prospect Development Camp July 8-10 at Ice Den

Monday, 06.30.2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 7 2014

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes will hold their prospect development camp July 7-11 with on-ice sessions starting tomorrow, July 8, at the Ice Den (9375 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260). The on-ice sessions, set for July 8-10, are from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Among the top prospects expected to attend the camp include former first round draft choices Brendan Perlini (2014), Max Domi (2013), and Henrik Samuelsson (2012). In addition, prospects including forwards Ryan MacInnis, Laurent Dauphin and Arizona natives Zac Larraza and Brendan Burke will participate. Tyler Gaudet, who signed with the Coyotes as a free agent in 2013 along with all of the Coyotes 2014 draft choices will also attend the camp.

The camp will provide players with NHL coaching and instruction in both on and off-ice workout sessions. Players will be available to the media following their on-ice training sessions.

Click here to view camp roster

http://coyotes.nhl.com/v2/ext/2014%20DCamp%20NumericalRoster.pdf

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former Viper Scofield Leaves Klagenfurt AC:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield is leaving Klagenfurt AC. 

(Klagenfurter Athletiksport-Club) is a professional ice hockey team from Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League.  Scofield has spent the past four seasons in Austria.  In 49 games this past season Scofield collected (18-goals-10-assists-28-points).  Scofield played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2000-2002) before being traded to Prince George during the 2001-2002 season.  The Vipers sent Scofield and Mark nelson to the Spruce Kings in return for Rod Pelly, Dan Rossi & Josh Ciocco.  In 79 games with the Vipers Scofield collected (21-goals-19-assists-40-points). 

Tyler Scofield's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=74836

This was posted on the Klagenfurt AC website:

Stloukal new Head coach, Myllys of new goalkeeper's coaches!

06. Mrz in 2014

Today the EC-KAC has introduced within the scope of a press conference Martin Stloukal as a new Head coach for the coming season! Besides, the red jackets announced the obligation of a new goalkeeper's coach. With Jarmo Myllys Olympia-Medaillengewinner and world champion comes to Klagenfurt!

The 42-year-old Stloukal – he signed an Einjahreskontrakt the KAC owns the option on an other season – the succession of Christer Olsson will line up with it. “ We could not be contented with the tramped playing time of course, thus we had to carry out changes. After thorough considerations we have decided quite clearly on Stloukal ”, explains vice-president Hellmuth Reichel.

Stloukal becomes with it “ a big honour to share. The KAC is recognized internationally very much. For me a dream goes to fulfilment ”, the Czech allowed to announce within the scope of the press conference. The new coach knows the EBEL very well, two Saisonen he stood with the HC Znojmo in the volumes. Also in Klagenfurt he wants to place on quick and active hockey. “ One will get to see a läuferisch strong team ”, assures the 42-year-old.

Four to five new legionaries will change to Klagenfurt. Stloukal owns the best contacts to Finland and Sweden, with some aces already there run conversations. Also in the coming season one will place on seven, maximum eight import, but the new coach also got the default to place still even more on own younger generation. “ I promise that our fourth row is formed always by promising aces and also is used regularly. I want to find the right mixture in the team ”, according to Stloukal.

Of triple Olympia-Medaillengewinner the Keeper trains!

With Jarmo Myllys Stloukal brings a quite experienced man with to Klagenfurt. The 48-year-old former world class-Keeper disposes of much international experience. Last he was a goalkeeper's coach with the Finnish Erstligisten SAIPA, besides he coached the junior in all Finnish younger generation-national teams. “ I want to bring the Finnish goalkeeper's school to Klagenfurt. I am glad about the collaboration with Rene Swette and Fabian Weinhandl ”, explains to triple Olympia-Medaillengewinner.

Already on the 22nd April the summer training starts with the red jackets, at the latest on the 14th July all legionaries must also be in Klagenfurt. 4th August the ice training is taken up, from the 15th to the 17th August one is with the "Gäubodenvolksfestcup" in Straubing in use in the application. Other five to six test play-appointments are still fixed!

THANKS!!!

A lot anew with the EC-KAC. However, this signifies also say goodbye to some players and Coaches. The record champion would like to thank Christer Olsson, Pierre Beaulieu and ace Markus Pirmann, Paul Schellander, Florian Iberer, Tyler Scofield, Tyler Spurgeon, John Lammers and Colton Fretter! “ Thanks for the application which you have produced during your time with the EC-KAC. A lot of luck for the future! ”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Komets Add Former Viper Marino To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced
its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Fort Wayne Komets have twenty one players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Marino has played the past two seasons with the Komets after signing with Fort Wayne on July, 17th 2012. In 72 games last season Marino collected (30-goals-58-assists-88-points). Marino finished as the ECHL's regular season leading scorer with 88 points & was named to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) 2013-14 All-ECHL First Team.  At the Komets year end banquet Marino was named the teams Mr. Hustle award & team MVP.   

Before joining the Komets Marino spent the previous three seasons with the Central Hockey League (CHL) Quad City Mallards. Marino was named the 2011-12 Central Hockey League Most Valuable Player, as well as took home MVP at the 2012 CHL all-star game. Marino had a breakout season which he led the league with 41 goals and finished second with 90 points. The 5’ 9”, 185-pound Riverside, California native also led the league in power play goals (13), ranked fourth in assists (49) and finished tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (3) and game winning goals (7) while also posting a plus/minus rating of +9. Marino played just two games with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers.

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=39227

This is posted on the Komets website:

Komets announce Protected List

06/02/2014

Fort Wayne, IN ---  The Komets announced Monday their Protected List of players as submitted to the ECHL.

Players listed include the following:

Goaltenders John Muse and Ben Meisner. 

Defensemen Simon Danis-Pepin, Justin Sefton, Matthew Maione, Jace Coyle, Joe Hartman and William Lacasse.

Forwards Matt Carter, Scott Fleming, Brandon Marino, Mike Embach, Sy Nutkevitch, Aaron Clark, Christian Ouellet, Chris Auger, Kaleigh Schrock, Jason Dale, Kenton Miller, Dean Ouellet and David Rutherford.

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

1. Signed an SPC in 2013-14 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2013-14, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

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

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

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2013-14 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.
Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

Also on Monday the ECHL announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3pm ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3pm ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2013-14.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Latest Trio Of Recruits Impress Vipers Management:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Latest trio of recruits impress Vipers management

posted Jul 13, 2014

Two forwards and a defenceman have been added by the Vernon Vipers.

The B.C. Hockey League club announced the signings of forwards Trevor Fidler and Ayden McDonald, along with d-man Liam Feeney, for the upcoming season.

Fidler, a native of Watertown, Mass., played last season for the South Shore Kings of the USPHL, where he scored seven goals and added 21 assists for 28 points in 33 games with the Kings. Prior to last season, he was a teammate of Feeney’s at Dexter Prep School in Brookline, Mass.

“Trevor is a player I have been recruiting for a couple of years,” said Vipers head coach and general manager Jason Williamson. “I believe he will be able to come in and make an immediate impact on our lineup. He plays a lot bigger than his size and has the ability to put up great numbers in our league.”

Feeney, who hails from Foxboro Mass., played last season for Dexter (stats unavailable), and was captain of the team.

Called by Williamson “a very steady defenceman,” Feeney was a teammate of former Viper Mark Hamilton.

“Liam is very solid in all aspects of the game,” said Williamson. “He will be able to log minutes in all situations and will be a very reliable player for us.”

McDonald, from Langley, played last season for the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, helping the Sockeyes reach the championship final.
He scored 26 goals and added 17 assists in 41 games for the Sockeyes.

“Ayden is a big power forward that has a knack for scoring goals,” said Williamson. “Ayden will bring good size to our lineup. He was a player I got to watch several times last season and got better each time I saw him play. He has a very bright future with us.”

The trio will be in Vernon for the start of the Vipers’ training camp Aug. 29.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Senators Invite Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond To Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond
attended the Ottawa Senators development camp last week.

After four seasons with Bowling Green University Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013.  Hammond played last year as a rookie with the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators.  In 48 games with Binghamton Hammond went 25-19-3 with one shutout and a 2.81 GAA.

Hammond was called up to the Ottawa Senators on February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings.  Hammond was the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner that night but made his NHL debut after Lehner was pulled late in the 2nd period 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 attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and attended the Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp playing in a few exhibition games with the Senators last season. (no stats)

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:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007

This is posted on the Senators website:

News Release:  Senators hold annual development camp, presented by Sport Chek, from July 1 to July 7

All five picks from the 2014 NHL Draft will participate

Monday, 30.06.2014

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today the schedule and list of 34 players attending the team’s annual development camp, presented by Sport Chek, which will take place from Tuesday, July 1, to Monday, July 7, at Canadian Tire Centre and the Bell Sensplex. The club has invited five goaltenders, 11 defencemen and 18 forwards. Each of the camp’s on-ice sessions will be open to the public.

The club’s five selections from the 2014 NHL Draft, held this past weekend in Philadelphia, will attend this year’s camp. Fans will get their first chance to welcome Andreas Englund, a defencemen from Sweden and Djurgardens’ program who the Senators selected with their first selection of the weekend (40th overall).

The development camp, which focuses on off-ice and on-ice training, is led by Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee and members of the team’s coaching staff including Senators assistant coach Dave Cameron, development consultant Jason Smith, goaltending coach Rick Wamsley, video coach Tim Pattyson, conditioning coach Chris Schwarz, Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson, B-Sens assistant coach Steve Stirling and power-skating specialist Marc Power.

Due to overwhelming seating demand, the annual evening scrimmage (5-on-5) will take place at the Kanata Recreation Complex (100 Walter Baker Place) for the first time on Friday, July 4, at 6:45 p.m. The scrimmage gives the Senators’ prospects the opportunity to showcase their talent in a game like setting (two 20-minute periods), while allowing fans the chance to see the future of the hockey club up-close. Following the scrimmage, Senators season-seat owners will be invited back to Canadian Tire Centre for an exclusive meet and greet opportunity with the prospects and a management hotstove session on the arena floor.

Highlights of the Senators development camp schedule:

• On-ice training every day at the Bell Sensplex, starting Tuesday, July 1, with the exception of the camp’s final day, Monday, July 7, which features the 3-on-3 tournament.

• The annual 3-on-3 tournament is set to take place at the Bell Sensplex on Monday, July 7, at 9:30 a.m.

• Off-ice strength and conditioning workouts.

• Outdoor team-building events the evening of Wednesday, July 2, and the afternoon of Saturday, July 5.

• Vision training session for goaltenders at Dynamic Edge Sports Vision Training Centre.

• Specialized sport nutrition seminars held by nutrition specialists Bruce Bonner and Molly Morgan.

• Planning for success and sport psychology seminars.

• Position specific video meetings and on-ice sessions.

• All on-ice workouts, including the team scrimmage at the KRC and the 3-on-3 tournament at the Bell Sensplex, will be open to the public.

Daily on-ice schedule at the Bell Sensplex:

• Tuesday, July 1: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 2: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Thursday, July 3: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Friday, July 4: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Saturday, July 5: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Sunday, July 6: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Monday, July 7: 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. (3-on-3 tournament)

Highlights of the players coming to the development camp:

• Twenty (20) players, marked on the list below with an asterisk (*), attended the Senators development camp in 2013.

• Fourteen (14) players spent at least a portion of their 2013-14 season skating for the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators.

• Twenty-three (23) of the 34 players attending are Senators draft picks and three were selected in the first round, including last summer’s first-round selection and recent Memorial Cup champion Curtis Lazar.

• Five prospects have local connections. Cody Ceci is a native of Orleans, Ont., while Vincent Dunn is a native of Gatineau, Que. Saturday’s first seventh-round selection, Kelly Summers, has spent the past two-plus seasons playing for the CCHL’s Carleton Place Canadians, while Shane Prince spent the last two-and-a-half seasons of his major junior career with the Ottawa 67’s (where he was a teammate of Ceci’s). Camp invitees Kevin Tansey (Hammond, Ont.) and Ryan Van Stralen (Prescott, Ont.) also have local roots. Van Stralen is also a former Ottawa 67’s teammate of Ceci and Prince.

• Three prospects played in NHL games for Ottawa last season: Cody Ceci, Andrew Hammond and Mark Stone.

Players scheduled to attend 2014 development camp:

No. Players Pos. Ht. Wt. Age 2013-14 Team(s) Drafted

GOALTENDERS

32 * Driedger, Chris G 6-3 200 20 Calgary (WHL), Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) 2012 draft, 76th

30 * Hammond, Andrew G 6-1 216 26 Binghamton (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Not drafted

35 * Hogberg, Marcus G 6-5 209 19 Mora (Allsvenskan), Linköpings (SHL) 2013 draft, 78th

34 Kral, Tomas G 5-11 176 21 Litomerice (Czech-2), HC Sparta Praha (Czech) Not drafted

33 Vazzano, Alex G 6-2 192 23 Sacred Heart (AHA) Not drafted

DEFENCEMEN

49 * Claesson, Fredrik D 6-0 209 21 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 126th

5 * Ceci, Cody D 6-3 209 20 Binghamton (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) 2012 draft, 15th

53 Englund, Andreas D 6-3 190 18 Djurgardens (Swe-Jr.) 2014 draft, 40th

54 Gendron, Miles D 6-2 175 18 The Rivers School (USHS) 2014 draft, 70th

67 * Harpur, Ben D 6-6 214 19 Guelph (OHL) 2013 draft, 108th

42 Leblanc, Stefan D 6-0 183 18 Sudbury (OHL), Mississauga (OHL) Not drafted

77 Murphy, Matt D 6-2 199 19 Halifax (QMJHL) Not drafted

60 * Rutkowski, Troy D 6-2 206 22 Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) 2010 draft, 137th (COL)

70 Summers, Kelly D 6-2 183 18 Carleton Place (CCHL) 2014 draft, 189th

73 Tansey, Kevin D 6-3 216 21 Clarkson (ECAC) Not drafted

66 Wikstrand, Mikael D 6-1 183 20 Mora (Allsvenskan), Frölunda (SHL) 2012 draft, 196th

FORWARDS

38 * Baillargeon, Robert C 6-0 175 20 Boston University (H-East) 2012 draft, 136th

36 * Dunn, Vincent C 5-11 183 18 Gatineau (QMJHL), Binghamton (AHL) 2013 draft, 138th

43 * Dzingel, Ryan C 6-0 188 22 Ohio State (Big Ten), Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 204th

64 Eiserman, Shane R 6-2 200 18 Dubuque (USHL) 2014 draft, 100th

52 Karlsson, Ludwig R 6-3 200 23 Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) Not drafted

37 * Kramer, Darren L 6-1 210 22 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 156th

27 * Lazar, Curtis C 6-0 196 19 Edmonton (WHL) 2013 draft, 17th

72 * Leblanc, Chris R 6-3 199 20 Merrimack (H-East) 2013 draft, 161st

23 * Lindberg, Tobias R 6-2 201 18 Djurgardens (Swe-Jr.), Djurgardens (Allsvenskan) 2013 draft, 102nd

69 * McCormick, Max L 5-11 185 22 Ohio State (Big Ten) 2011 draft, 171st

47 Perron, Francis L 6-0 175 18 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 2014 draft, 190th

10 * Prince, Shane L 5-11 190 21 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 61st

26 * Puempel, Matt L 6-1 205 21 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 24th

55 * Robinson, Buddy R 6-5 235 22 Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) Not drafted

63 * Shore, Quentin C 6-2 187 20 Denver (NCHC) 2013 draft, 168th

61 * Stone, Mark R 6-2 203 22 Binghamton (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) 2010 draft, 178th

71 Thompson, Garrett L 6-2 191 24 Ferris State (WCHA), Binghamton (AHL) Not drafted

56 Van Stralen, Ryan L 6-3 210 20 Ottawa (OHL) Not drafted

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Schedule:

The BCHL released it's 2014-15 regular season schedule last Friday. Here is a look at this year's Vernon Vipers schedule.

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Exhibition Schedule:

August:

Saturday, August 30th Penticton @ Vernon

September:

Friday, September 5th Vernon @ Salmon Arm
Saturday, September 6th Salmon Arm @ Vernon
Friday, September 12th Prince George @ Vernon
Saturday, September 13th Vernon @ Prince George

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule:

September:

BCHL Showcase: Friday, September 19th Vernon vs Cowichan Valley 3:30pm (In Chilliwack)
BCHL Showcase: Saturday, September 20th Victoria vs Vernon 3:30pm (In Chilliwack)
Friday, September 26th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Saturday, September 27th West Kelowna @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, September 28th Langley @ Vernon 2pm

October:

Friday, October 3rd Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Saturday, October 4th Cowichan Valley @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, October 10th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 11th Chilliwack @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, October 17th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 18th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Friday, October 24th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 25th Vernon @ Penticton 6pm

November:

Saturday, November 1st Merritt @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, November 5th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, November 7th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, November 8th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, November 9th Vernon @ Trail 3pm
Wednesday, November 12th Vernon @ Prince George 7pm
Friday, November 14th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Sunday, November 16th Victoria @ Vernon 2pm
Friday, November 21st Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Saturday, November 22nd Vernon @ Langley 7pm
Wednesday, November 26th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, November 28th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, November 29th Trail @ Vernon 6pm

December:

Friday, December 5th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, December 6th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 10th West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, December 12th Vernon @ Powell River 7:15pm
Saturday, December 13th Vernon @ Alberni Valley 7pm
Sunday, December 14th Vernon @ Nanaimo 2pm
Wednesday, December 17th Surrey @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, December 19th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Saturday, December 20th Powell River @ Vernon 7pm

January:

Friday, January 2nd Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Saturday, January 3rd Trail @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, January 9th Prince George @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 10th Alberni Valley @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, January 11th Vernon @ Surrey 4pm
Friday, January 16th West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 17th Coquitlam @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, January 23rd Vernon @ Coquitlam 7pm
Saturday, January 24th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 28th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, January 30th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 31st Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm

February:

Tuesday, February 3rd Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Friday, February 6th Vernon @ Victoria 7pm
Saturday, February 7th Vernon @ Cowichan Valley 7pm
Sunday, February 8th Vernon @ Chilliwack 5pm
Wednesday, February 11th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Friday, February 13th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 14th Nanaimo @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, February 18th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Friday, February 20th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 21st Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Friday, February 27th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fidler, Feeney & McDonald Commit To Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers welcome 3 players for upcoming season

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Submitted by Vipers Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is excited to announce the commitment of 3 players for the upcoming season. Trevor Fidler, Liam Feeney, and Ayden McDonald have all committed to play for the 2014/2015 season.

Fidler, a native of Watertown MA, played last season for the South Shore Kings of the USPHL. Before that he played for Dexter Prep School and put up some very impressive offensive numbers. “Trevor is a player I have been recruiting for a couple years. I believe he will be able to come in and make an immediate impact on our lineup. He plays a lot bigger than his size and has the ability to put up great numbers in our league” says Jason Williamson.

Feeney, who hails from Foxboro MA, played last season for Dexter Prep School as well. Liam is a very steady defenseman and was the Captain of his team last season. Liam was a teammate with former Viper Mark Hamilton and the future Viper Trevor Fidler. “Liam is very solid in all aspects of the game. He will be able to log minutes in all situations and will be a very reliable player for us.”

McDonald, from Langley BC, played last season for the Richmond Sockeyes of the PIJHL. Ayden is a big power forward that has knack for scoring goals. He was a big part of his team that was knocked off in the league final. “Ayden will bring good size to our lineup. He was a player I got to watch several times last season and got better each time I saw him play. He has a very bright future with us.”

The Vernon Vipers would like to welcome Trevor, Liam, and Ayden to our program and look forward to seeing them on August 29th when camp opens. For further information please contact the Vipers office at 250 542 6022.

Buffalo Sabres Sign Former Viper Strachan:

The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent and former Vernon
Vipers defenceman Tyson Strachan. 

Strachan spent last season with the Washington Capitals & the American Hockey League (AHL) Hershey Bears.  Strachan signed with the Capitals as a free agent on July 8th 2013.  In 18 games with the Capitals Strachan collected (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).  In 60 games with the Capitals farm club (Hershey Bears) Strachan picked up (4-goals-15-assists-19-points).

Strachan was drafted by Carolina in the 5th Round (137th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  The Sabres will be Strachan's fourth NHL team (Buffalo, Washington, St. Louis & Florida).

Strachan played just one season in Vernon (2002-03) collecting (6-goals-22-assists-28-points) in 56 regular season games with the Vipers, before playing four years at Ohio State University.

Tyson Strachan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15420

This is posted on the Sabres website:

SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN TYSON STRACHAN

Thursday, 07.03.2014

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year contract.

Strachan (6'3", 215 lbs., 10/30/1984) appeared in 18 games with the Washington Capitals in 2013-14, recording two assists and 28 penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season with the Hershey Bears (AHL), appearing in 60 games and tallying 19 points (4+15), 56 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating.

Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Strachan (pronounced STRAHK-uhn) has appeared in 138 NHL games in parts of six NHL seasons with St. Louis, Florida and Washington, totaling 15 points (1+14) and 155 penalty minutes.

A native of Melfort, Saskatchewan, Strachan has appeared in parts of eight AHL seasons with Albany, Peoria, San Antonio and Hershey, compiling 87 points (16+71) and 326 penalty minutes in 276 regular-season games.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BCHL Trades From The Month Of June:

Here's a look at trades that happened in the month of June, these have been posted on the BCHL League web site.

02-Jun-14 The Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Ben Butcher to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for future considerations

02-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Dylan Mascarin(95)(F) to the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations

02-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Sean Davies(95)(F) to the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

02-Jun-14 The Chilliwack Chiefs have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Luke McColgan(94)(F) from the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Spencer Tremblay(94)(G)

03-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Harlan Orr(95)(F) from the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

03-Jun-14 The Nanaimo Clippers have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Tanner Kovacs(94)(G) to the LaRonge Ice Wolves of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations

03-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Viktor Dombrovskiy(96)(D) from the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Joel Webb(95)(D)

09-Jun-14 The Langley Rivermen have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Viktor Dombrovskiy(96)(D) to the Kindersley Klippers in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Tyrell King(94)(G)

16-Jun-14 The Langley Rivermen have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Darren Martin(95)(G) from the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

16-Jun-14 The Powell River Kings have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Luke McCaw(96)(F) to the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Brett Magnus(94)(G) and future considerations

16-Jun-14 The Victoria Grizzlies have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Dane Gibson(94)(F) in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Jacob Kearley(95)(D) and future considerations

16-Jun-14 The West Kelowna Warriors have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Dante Hahn(95)(F) from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations

17-Jun-14 The Cowichan Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Alex Bechtold(94)(F) and future considerations from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Clint Filbrandt(95)(D)

20-Jun-14 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Logan Mick(96)(F) from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Luke Bertolucci(95)(F) and future considerations

24-Jun-14 The Vernon Vipers have transferred the CJHL playing rights of Devon Fordyce(94)(G) to the Okotokes Oilers of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

30-Jun-14 The Prince George Spruce Kings have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Alex Brooks-Potts(95)(G) from the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Former Vernon Viper Forward Pimm Becomes Free-Agent:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee
Admirals didn't offer former Vernon Vipers forward Braden Pimm a new contract, meaning Pimm is now a free-agent.

Pimm finished his fourth and final season at Northeastern University last season before signing a amateur-tryout contract (ATO) with the Admirals on March 27th 2014.  In 37 games last season with the Huskies Pimm recorded (20-goals-17-assists-37-points).  Pimm went pointless in 9 games as a rookie with Milwaukee.  Pimm played three years in Vernon (2007-2010) In 179 regular season games with the Vipers Pimm collected (64-goals-97-assists-161-points).

Braden Pimm's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38012

This is posted on the Admirals website:

Aaron Sims Looks to Next Season

It was a disappointing finish to a great season. Getting swept in the first round by a good Toronto Marlies team left the Admirals reeling and wondering how they could’ve done better. How could they get to those rebounds? Why did they commit so many penalties?

We probably won’t get to those answers. When the season ended in Toronto, the unknown portion of the year started. Who will be back in Milwaukee? Good question.

Here are the contract situations for players who appeared in games for the Admirals this season:

2 D Anthony Bitetto Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

3 D Jonathan Diaby 3-year contract starting in the fall

4 D Scott Ford Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) – AHL contract

5 D Jay Rissling 3-year contract starting in the fall

7 D Joe Piskula UFA

8 F Filip Forsberg 2-years remaining on contract

10 F Patrick Cehlin 1-year remaining on contract

11 F Paul Crowder UFA – AHL contract

12 D Mikko Vainonen 3-year contract starting in the fall

13 F Joe Pendenza Free Agent

15 F Braden Pimm Free Agent

16 F Mathieu Tousignant UFA – AHL contract

17 F Mike Liambas UFA – AHL contract

18 F Colton Sissons 2-years remaining on contract

19 F Calle Jarnkrok 1-year remaining on contract

20 F Miikka Salomaki 2-years remaining on contract

21 F Simon Moser RFA

22 D Scott Valentine RFA

23 D Garrett Noonan 2-year contract beginning in fall

24 F Zach Budish 1-year remaining on contract

25 F Josh Shalla 1-year remaining on contract

29 F Mark Van Guilder 1-year remaining on contract

31 G Marek Mazanec 1-year remaining on contract

33 D Bryan Rodney UFA

36 D Joonas Jarvinen RFA

37 G Scott Darling UFA – AHL contract

41 F Taylor Beck RFA

45 G Magnus Hellberg 1-year remaining on contract

47 F Francis Wathier UFA

51 F Austin Watson 1-year remaining on contract

55 D Charles-Olivier Roussel RFA

74 F Vinny Saponari UFA – AHL contract

88 F Joonas Rask RFA

If you have questions about the difference between restricted and unrestricted free agents click here,

http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlfreeagents/a/nhl_free_agents_2.htm

Players who are on an AHL deal can sign a NHL deal with any team before the NHL’s free agency period starts in July.

Plus, Kevin Henderson is still under contract with the Nashville Predators for next season. He was loaned to the Texas Stars in exchange for Wathier. Henderson could be back in Milwaukee next season. He has one-year remaining on his contract with Nashville.

Defenseman Taylor Aronson is under contract for next season. He spent the year in Cincinnati (ECHL).

Forwards Brendan Leipsic and Felix Girard never got to Milwaukee this season, but their pro careers will begin next season. Both have three-year deals that begin in the fall.

Of course, trades can occur.

I have no idea which free agents will be kept. I do know that Nashville doesn’t currently have many open spots. Nick Spaling, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Michael Del Zotto are restricted free agents. Patrick Eaves and Carter Hutton are unrestricted.

With the Predators defense being so young to begin with, I have a hard time thinking the Preds would keep all of the defensemen from Milwaukee who are similar in age and experience. Diaby, Rissling, Vainonen and Noonan need a place to play. Still, I would think Nashville would want an experienced defenseman at the ready in Milwaukee should an injury occur.

I would think Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck are destined for Nashville this fall. Then, there are several others that have a shot: Sissons, Watson, Salomaki and Forsberg. However, because Nashville has few jobs available (at this moment) and the fact those players are on two-way contracts and won’t have to worry about clearing waivers, they could start in Milwaukee next season.

It’s going to be interesting to see who will be back with the Admirals next season.