Monday, May 23, 2016

Former Vernon Laker Ferster Wins Second National Championship:

Former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster & the West Kelowna Warriors won the 2016 Royal Bank Cup with a 4-0 victory over the Alberta Junior Hockey League Lloydminster Bobcats Sunday. This is the Warriors first National Championship since moving to West Kelowna in 2006 from Langley.

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

Rylan Ferster's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=30086

This is posted on the Warriors website:

RBC CUP CHAMPIONS

May 23, 2016

by kylea

The West Kelowna Warriors are the Best in Canada.

Jonathan Desbiens scored the winning goal in the first period and Matthew Greenfield made 48-saves for a shutout as the Warriors beat the Lloydminster Bobcats 4-0 in the Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship Game on Sunday May 22nd in Lloydminster, AB/SK.

Just over five minutes into the first period, Desbiens buried a rebound past Alex Leclerc off a nice play from Brett Mennear and Kylar Hope driving the puck to the net and getting the big bounce needed.

West Kelowna would be on its heels for stretches after that, but that is where Greenfield started becoming the story of the afternoon. He made a huge save off Christian Lloyd to keep it a 1-0 lead.

In the second, Garrett Forster chased down a loose puck and managed to find the trailer Reed Gunville, who hammered one past Leclerc from the slot as it was set up right on a tee for the Prince Albert, SK product.

Liam Blackburn scored short-handed halfway through the third period taking advantage of a miscue at the side of the net. Rylan Yaremko iced it with a 190-foot empty netter that got up and on edge and found the back of the net.

The loud and crazy Warriors fans brought it home in the final two minutes, as West Kelowna picked up it’s first National Championship to go along with the Western Canada Cup, and RBC Cup victories.

West Kelowna will travel home on Monday and further celebrations will be announced this week.

Game Highlight's,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLmiM_S3yY_OtxfNBwGOAIdB5RxW0-N1Wb&v=tL7Yxk6gmIY

Warriors Celebration,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLmiM_S3yY_OtxfNBwGOAIdB5RxW0-N1Wb&v=BwWXR96X5Y4

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Comets Sign Ex Viper Forward Marino:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Uitca Comets have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

This is Marino's second stint with the Comets this year. Marino started the season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Brampton Beast, picked up (13-goals-28-assists-41-points) in 40 games before signing a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the Comets January 12th 2016. Marino was released February 10th 2016 after scoring once in eight games with Utica. Marino will join former Vipers Kellen Jones (2006-2010) & Michael Zalewski (2010-2012) who are also with the Comets.

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

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

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

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

This is posted on the Comets website:

Comets Sign Brandon Marino to PTO

Feb 26, 2016

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

Marino, 29, scored once and picked up four penalty minutes in eight games for the Comets earlier this season. He has also recorded 41 points (13-28-41) in 40 games for the Brampton Beast of the ECHL this season.

Last year, the Riverside, CA native played in 50 games in Austria for the Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan Hockey Club, where he scored 11 goals and added 28 assists. With the Fort Wayne Komets in 2013-14, he paced the league with 58 assists, and won the league scoring title with 88 points (30-58-88).

During the 2010-11 season with the Quad City Mallards of the CHL, he scored a league high 41 goals, and 13 power-play goals, en route to league MVP honors.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sound Tigers Sign Ex Viper Juha:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers have signed
former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Juha.

Juha just finished his fourth and final year at Penn State University, was up for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award this year, also one of nine Canadian Junior Hockey League alumni who were selected out of the twenty candidates for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey.

Juha played one season in Vernon (2011-12). Juha played in just ten games picking up two assists, missed most of the season due to two long term injuries. The Vipers acquired Juha from the OJHL Burlington Cougars on June 27th 2011 for future considerations.

Luke Juha's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=75054

This is posted on the Sound Tigers website:

SOUND TIGERS SIGN JUHA AND WOTHERSPOON TO ATOs

Courtesy: SoundTigers.com

Release: 03/24/2016

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced today that defensemen Luke Juha and Parker Wotherspoon have been signed to Amateur Tryout contracts. The team also announced that defenseman Graeme McCormack has been released from his ATO.

Juha, 23, completed his college career with Penn State University on Friday after appearing in 33 games for the Nittany Lions, recording eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points. In 101 games with Penn State, the Mississauga, Ontario native posted 15 goals and 45 assists to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

Wotherspoon, 18, has played the past three years for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, putting up 11 goals and 45 assists in 71 games this season. In 210 career WHL games, Wotherspoon has 22 goals and 94 assists from the blue line.

The Islanders’ fourth-round selection (112nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, Wotherspoon served as an alternate captain for Tri-City the 2015-16 season. The 6-foot, 171-pound defenseman won a Bronze Medal with Canada’s at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship and a Silver with Canada at the 2014 World Hockey Championship. A Surrey, British Columbia native, Wotherspoon’s older brother Tyler is currently a defenseman for the Calgary Flames.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Centennial Cup Champion As Player, Former Vernon Laker Ferster Wants To Add An RBC Cup To His Trophy Case As Coach:

This is posted on the Hockey Canada-RBC Cup website:

Different experiences, same goal

A Centennial Cup champion as a player, Rylan Ferster wants to add an RBC Cup to his trophy case as a coach

Derek Jory-May 18, 2016

A lot has changed for Rylan Ferster over the last 26 years, but his focus has remained largely the same: win Canada’s National Junior A Championship.

In 1990, Ferster was part of a talented Vernon Lakers team that won the Centennial Cup (now the RBC Cup); the host Lakers outlasted the New Westminster Royals 6-5 in overtime in the championship game.

The 20-year-old Ferster spent a year away from hockey before playing for and graduating from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Six years playing overseas concluded with a longing to continue his hockey career, albeit behind the bench instead of on the ice.

This season was Ferster’s fifth as head coach and general manager of the British Columbia Hockey League champion West Kelowna Warriors and he has guided his team to its first RBC Cup – and his second.

“I remember how special it was, playing for a national championship,” said Ferster. “It meant a lot then and it means a lot now. They say the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in sports, but getting here isn’t easy.”

Playing for the hosts in 1990, Ferster and the Lakers received an automatic entry into the tournament, whereas the Warriors won the BCHL championship and Western Canada Cup, earning the right to compete in Lloydminster.

The way in which his teams entered the tournament isn’t all that is different, but much has changed since Ferster was a feisty forward who had 21 points in 28 games with the Lakers.

“Hockey is a science now,” said Ferster. “Players take care of themselves so much better now and preparation overall has really improved. Technology has changed everything.

“Back in those days you went to training camp to get in shape basically, now we’re breaking down video and analyzing as many aspects of the game and conditioning as possible.”

He also used to sleep a lot better.

“As a player you only have one person to worry about, yourself, but as a coach, you have a lot more on your plate,” he laughed. “It feels like I haven’t slept in two months, but I’d take that 100 times out of 100!”

Going to the rink, although tough at times during long seasons, is a privilege to Ferster, who doesn’t take it for granted. Even a bad day at the rink is still a day at the rink and with hockey seemingly in his blood, his seamless transition into coaching seems to have been written in the stars.

Ferster recalls working hockey camps as a Midget player and enjoying helping younger players. In Europe he’d help the coaching staff whenever possible, before acting as player-coach for a season in Germany before retiring.

That’s when he took off his equipment and put on a suit.

“I don’t know anything else; I played and now I do this,” Ferster said. “Take away a few odd jobs here and there and this is all I’ve ever done. I still really appreciate being able to go to the rink every day, as cliché as that sounds. I’m fortunate to be in a great spot in Kelowna and I have to travel over that bridge [across Okanagan Lake] every day to go to work and I’m just happy I get to go to the rink.”

The Warriors are very happy to have him as coach.

West Kelowna has won 132 regular-season games over the last four seasons, with this year’s 79-point performance putting them third in the BCHL standings. It closed the season by winning 12 of their last 13 games, led by a 242-goal offence, the league’s third-best.

On defence, the 180 goals against were sixth-best, and special teams were both top-five finishers – the power play clicked at a 24.6% success rate (third) and penalty kill was at 83.2% (fourth).

Now all that stands between the Warriors and the perfect ending to their season are four other teams at the RBC Cup.

Ferster hasn’t spoken to the Warriors about his championship and he doesn’t think he will. That was then and this is now.

“My message is mainly about short-term competition. I was fortunate to be with [Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge] for a few years, so I know the ins and outs of short-term competition. I stick to that, they don’t need to hear about back in my day.”

Agree to disagree.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Viper Alumni Noonan Returns To Cincinnati:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals have reassigned former Vernon Vipers defenceman Garrett Noonan to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Cincinnati Cyclones.

Noonan started the season with the Cyclones, split this season with Cincinnati & Milwaukee after being called up to the Admirals twice this season before returning to the ECHL. In 55 games with Cincinnati Noonan has (9-goals-34-assists-43-points) & one assist in 17 games with Milwaukee.

After four seasons at Boston University Noonan signed a Entry-Level Deal with the Nashville Predators on April 22nd 2014 also signed an amateur try-out contract (ATO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals. Noonan has spent the past two seasons playing with Cincinnati & Milwaukee. Noonan was drafted by Nashville in Round 4 #112 overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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 Admirals Roundtable Blog:

Garrett Noonan Returning to Cincinnati

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Daniel Lavender

The numbers game appears to be working against defenseman Garrett Noonan once again. As first reported by Dakota Johnson of Sin Bin Cyclones Noonan will be returning to the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) from the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL).

This news comes after the Admirals loss last night which saw Noonan sit out as a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game. Patrick Mullen, who has missed the Admirals last eight-games due to a skate cut to his right hand that required thirteen stitches to repair, has been back practicing with the Admirals since Saturday and is possible to return this weekend. The Admirals already added defensive depth at the NHL Trade Deadline when the Nashville Predators acquired Corey Potter from the Arizona Coyotes organization. From the moment of his arrival it pushed Noonan out as a healthy scratch. Now he’s due back to the ECHL.

It is slightly unfortunate for Noonan that he hasn’t had a decent enough spell in the AHL to see if he could catch the same level of fire he’s bringing to the ECHL this season. With the Cyclones Noonan has produced 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) in 40 games. He is the Cyclones best offensive defenseman this season. Sadly, his career numbers with the Admirals don’t match up with that: 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 57 AHL games.

I would love to see Noonan’s hot run in the ECHL continue on with the Cyclones and, hopefully, see him brought back as a restricted free agent this off-season with a spot in the AHL there for him. I could see Taylor Aronson‘s 2013-14 season being a great model of how Noonan could progress into the Admirals lineup. Still, there might be a fear that what the Predators thought they drafted in Noonan back in 2011 they received this past off-season with Trevor Murphy. It’s hard to tell where Noonan’s story is going to really go.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Former Vernon Viper Hadley Named Top Academic Achiever:

The National Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHC) this week announced 98 student-athletes as top academic achievers in the 2015-16 season, one of was former Vernon Vipers forward Aaron Hadley.

Hadley finished his third year at Western Michigan spent almost three seasons with the Vipers (2010-2013) before being traded to Nanaimo at the BCHL trade deadline.  Vernon sent Hadley to the Clippers on January 10th 2013 for future considerations.  (Jordan Klimek and Michael McNicholas).  In 146 career games with the Vipers Hadley collected (38-goals-46-assists-84-points).  

Aaron Hadley's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=48212

This is posted on the NCHC website:

NCHC Recognizes 98 Student-Athletes for Academic Achievement in 2015-16

02/17/2016

By NCHC

Ninety-eight earn Academic All-Conference; 33 collect Scholar-Athlete Team nod with 3.5 GPA or better

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While student-athletes in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) have certainly shown their ability to excel on the ice, many of them are also having success in the classroom as 98 student-athletes were named to the 2015-16 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, the conference announced Wednesday. Along with that, 33 of those 98 also garnered NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team honors.

In a change in policy from the first two seasons, the NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team now includes any student-athlete who has been at their institution for a full year and has achieved a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average or better. During the NCHC’s first two seasons, the Scholar-Athlete Team consisted of only eight members with one representing each school. Like in previous years, the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team recognizes any student-athlete that has accumulated a 3.0 GPA or better while having completed at least one year at their current institution.

Of the 33 student-athletes to receive NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team honors, 17 of them have posted a GPA north of 3.7, including four with a 3.9 GPA or higher. St. Cloud State sophomore defenseman Nathan Widman was the lone NCHC student-athlete with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Western Michigan led all NCHC schools with eight members on the Scholar-Athlete Team, while Omaha placed seven on the team and Denver had six student-athletes earn the accolade.

Among the 98 Academic All-Conference Team members, six schools placed at least 13 student-athletes on the team, led by St. Cloud State’s 16. Omaha was right behind with 15 members while Denver and Miami each produced 14 student-athletes on the team. The 98 members of the team are one more than the 97 student-athletes that made up the 2014-15 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team.

While freshmen are not currently eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference or Scholar-Athlete Teams, those freshmen that achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year, will be added to the Academic All-Conference Team by the conference over the summer. Similarly, any freshmen who compile a 3.5 GPA or better will earn Scholar-Athlete Team honors.

The 2015-16 NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 17 in Minneapolis, Minn. on the eve of the Frozen Faceoff.

All 98 members of the 2015-16 NCHC Academic All-Conference Team are listed below by school, with those also earning NCHC Scholar-Athlete Team distinction in bold.

COLORADO COLLEGE

Zach Aman
Hunter Fejes
Luc Gerdes
Matt Hansen
Michael King
Peter Maric
Alex Roos
Sam Rothstein

DENVER

Will Butcher
Evan Cowley
Brad Hawkinson
Evan Janssen
Rudy Junda
Gabe Levin
Matt Marcinew
Greg Ogard
Adam Plant
Evan Ritt
Emil Romig
Quentin Shore
Matt VanVoorhis
Nolan Zajac

MIAMI

Louie Belpedio
Scott Dornbrock
Alex Gacek
Justin Greenberg
Sean Kuraly
Conor Lemirande
Devin Loe
Michael Mooney
Kevin Morris
Taylor Richart
Andrew Schmit
Colin Sullivan
Jay Williams
Johnny Wingels

MINNESOTA DULUTH

Tony Cameranesi
Cal Decowski
Austin Farley
Alex Iafallo
Brenden Kotyk
Karson Kuhlman
Dan Molenaar
Willie Raskob
Charlie Sampair
Carson Soucy
Sammy Spurrell
Jared Thomas
Dominic Toninato

NORTH DAKOTA

Matt Hrynkiw
Cam Johnson
Austin Poganski
Tucker Poolman
Johnny Simonson

OMAHA

Ian Brady
Brian Cooper
Grant Gallo
Jake Guentzel
Tanner Lane
Joel Messner
Luke Nogard
Austin Ortega
Justin Parizek
Aaron Pearce
David Pope
Jake Randolph
Luc Snuggerud
Kirk Thompson
Tyler Vesel

ST. CLOUD STATE

Joey Benik
Mika Ilvonen
Kalle Kossila
Charlie Lindgren
David Morley
Jimmy Murray
Niklas Nevalainen
Ryan Papa
Judd Peterson
Ethan Prow
Rasmus Reijola
Patrick Russell
Ben Storm
Daniel Tedesco
Nathan Widman
Blake Winiecki

WESTERN MICHIGAN

John Carpino
Chris Dienes
Sheldon Dries
Taylor Fleming
Neal Goff
Aaron Hadley
Lukas Hafner
Scott Moldenhauer
Aidan Muir
Willem Nong-Lambert
J.T. Osborn
Paul Stoykewych
Frederik Tiffels

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ex Viper Forward Mick Named RBC Cup Star Of The Day:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Logan Mick scored twice and added an assist helping the Alberta Junior Hockey League Brooks Bandits to their first win at the Royal Bank Cup after a 5-1 victory over the West Kelowna Warriors Sunday. This is Mick's second trip to the RBC Cup after Mick and his hometown Vernon Vipers went to the 2014 Royal Bank Cup in Vernon.

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

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

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

Logan Mick's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=120792

This is posted on the Hockey Canada website:

Star of the Day

SUNDAY, MAY 15

Logan Mick (F) – Brooks Bandits

The lone player on the Bandits roster with previous RBC Cup experience – he reached the semifinals with the host Vernon Vipers in 2014 – Mick helped Brooks pull away from West Kelowna over the final 40 minutes, setting up Joe O’Connor’s power-play marker midway through the second period before scoring two goals of his own to clinch the AJHL champions’ first win.

Game Summary & full game coverage,

http://stats.hockeycanada.ca/game/show/14195319?subseason=304534&referrer=2586937&referrer=2586937

Monday, May 16, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:


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

BCHL News & Trades:

Riddle Commits To Surrey Eagles:

The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers are pleased to announce that 1998-born forward Tyler Riddle has committed to the Surrey Eagles team for the 2016-2017 BCHL season. Tyler is a 5' 11" forward and the Leading scorer in the AYHL 18U division. "Tyler is a consistent player. That works hard, and competes every game" Bud stated. "Tyler is very strong with the puck and should do well in the BCHL next year" he added. The Jr Flyers organization wishes Tyler good luck in this step in his hockey career.

Clippers Bringing In New Part-Owner & Team President:

The Nanaimo Clippers are about to add a new key player to the ownership group. The city's B.C. Hockey League club is in the process of bringing in a new part-owner who will take over the roles of team president and governor. "We're close to making an announcement on a local partner that's going to come in for a percentage," said Ken Wagner, the team's current governor. "We've always looked for a local partner. We don't live there and the community should have a local owner there and that's what we've been lacking." The BCHL's annual general meeting will be held in June and Wagner said he expects the Clippers' new governor will be in place by that time. He said there's no hesitancy on his part to give up the role. "We've been looking for the right person for a long time and I think we've finally got one," he said. Even with a new part-owner in the works, the Clippers are for sale and will remain for sale. However, Wagner said there hasn't been serious interest from potential buyers. "Obviously if someone comes along and wants to buy the whole thing, then the partners will make a decision on it, but right now, this is to get a new person involved here to be the local guy." Wagner feels the change will help the club move forward, and he likes the way the Clippers are going. "We've had some success with the club the last couple of years; that helps with things…" he said. "Three or four years ago we hit the wall, but now we've rebuilt the program and recruiting has come back; we've got lots of kids that want to play in the program. We're happy. Extremely happy."

Boie Commits To Langley:

The Langley Rivermen are pleased to announce defenseman Frank Boie (1998 born) has committed to the Rivermen for the 2016-17 season. Boie is a Montreal, Quebec native and played four seasons with The Rivers School (based in Weston, Massachusetts and plays out of the USHS). In 28 games this year, he recorded 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points. In 98 career games, he registered 10 goals and 44 assists for 54 points. Boie already has a college commitment to Holy Cross for 2017-18. “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Langley Rivermen organization. I look forward to the opportunity to play for such a well-respected team in the BCHL and can’t wait to get there,” said Boie. Boie stands at 6 foot 1, 185 pounds and describes himself as a very balanced blue liner. “I am a competitive, gritty player who loves to challenge the best players on the opposing team. One of my strongest skills is my skating ability, which is an asset both in the defensive and offensive zone. On the defensive aspect, I focus on doing all the little things right to help my team such as: finish checks, block shots, as well as making a smart first pass out of our zone,” continued Boie. Boie’s Head Coach at The Rivers School is former NHLer Shawn McEachern. Shawn believes Frank is a player that does things the right way and is a big reason why his team won two championships. “He was a top player on our team and was named co-MVP. He played against other team’s top lines and shut them down, while putting up some nice numbers offensively. His skating is elite and has the ability to join the rush or take the puck out of our end by himself. We were fortunate to have Frank at our program for four years,” said McEachern, who was Captain of the Atlanta Thrashers from 2002-2004. With his high school career over, Boie knows what he would like to accomplish in his time with the Rivermen before taking off to the NCAA ranks at Holy Cross. “My short term goals are to help the Rivermen earn a championship and to develop myself into the best player I can possibly be. I chose the Rivermen because they are a very competitive team that does a great job at developing players. Every conversation I have had with Coach Henderson have been awesome and look forward to wearing the Langley Rivermen jersey next season,” Boie finished.

Penticton Vees Unveil New 2nd Logo:

The Penticton Vees have unveiled a new second logo for the upcoming season, the one they will be hosting the 2017 Western Canada Cup. The new logo-look shows the long tradition of Junior hockey in Penticton showing all previous Penticton Junior hockey teams from the past, going back to the original Penticton Vees logo, Penticton Broncos, Penticton Knights, Penticton Panthers and the current Penticton Vees logo.
Penticton VEES's photo.
Chiefs Re-Sign Head Coach Tatarnic:

The BCHL Mainland Division Champion Chilliwack Chiefs today announced the signing of Head Coach and GM Jason Tatarnic to a new long-term contract. “Jason’s value to this organization and to hockey in Chilliwack has been proven over the past two years so we want him and Chilliwack hockey fans to know how much we appreciate him and his efforts”, said Club President Glen Ringdal. “Jason has built a first-class hockey department and achieved significant on-ice results with back-to-back Mainland Division Championships in very short order.  We fully expect his success – and therefore the success of the entire organization – will only flourish under his leadership.  His players are attracting notable attention from NHL and major US University scouts while they also continue to play an important role in the community activities of Chilliwack,” he said. The third-year of Jason’s original contract has been torn up to make room for the new pact which is for up to five years with options.  “We hope he’s here for all five years and then some,” Ringdal commented. “I am very thankful and honored that the Chiefs’ ownership group offered to extend my contract,” Tatarnic stated.  “They have treated myself and my family with nothing but class since day one.  My family and I are excited to be part of the Chilliwack community and the Chiefs organization.”

Warner Commits To Trail Smoke Eaters:

Trail Smoke Eaters spring camp has netted the team a top defenceman from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL).  Ryan Warner, an 18 year old 6′ 3″ 180 lb. defenceman, has committed to the Smoke Eaters for the 2016-17 season.  Ryan played for the Peninsula Panthers  in 2015-16 and in 45 games had 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Warner stated, “I’m very happy and excited to join the Smoke Eater family and looking forward to playing in such a historic hockey town and in front of a great community.”  “I’m a defence first player that will play tough and make it difficult for opposing forwards to get comfortable in front of our net.” The Smoke Eaters welcome Ryan and wish him good luck in the upcoming season.

Rivermen Name Shaw New Associate Coach:

The Langley Rivermen announced today that the franchise has hired former professional hockey player Chris Shaw to be the new Associate Head Coach. Last year’s Associate Head Coach & Assistant General Manager Kurt Astle has stepped down from his Associate Head Coach role, but will retain his Assistant General Manager position. Mitch Fyffe will remain as an Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 season. Chris Shaw, a Surrey native, was a defenseman that played in 168 career BCHL games from 1998-2001 between the Victoria Salsa and Burnaby Bulldogs. In his last season with the Bulldogs, he was named team Captain. Through 2003-2008, he played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), United Hockey League (UHL), Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), and in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Victoria Salmon Kings. In total, he appeared in 214 professional regular season games. In 2009-10, he began his coaching career with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) as an Assistant Coach before taking the Head Coach & General Manager job with the Nelson Leafs in the KIJHL a season later. After a year with the Vernon Vipers as an Assistant Coach in 2011-12, he took over the reigns as Head Coach and General Manager for the Ontario Avalanche (WSHL) for the better part of two seasons. “I am really excited for the chance to coach back in the BCHL again. Bobby and I go back a long ways and to have an opportunity to coach alongside him will be a great experience, as it has been something we have talked about for a long time,” said Shaw. Coach Henderson believes Shaw’s experience and familiarity with the league makes him a great fit. “Losing Kurt on the bench, we felt it was important to add an experienced coach to our staff. Chris brings along a great playing and coaching resume that our players will be able to draw from. His experience with player development, bench management, and recruiting will be a valuable asset for us,” said Henderson. Asked to describe his coaching philosophy, Shaw pointed to a few things that he stands by. “Accountability and integrity are pretty big for me. I feel like I am a pretty good motivator and have always had an open door policy with my players. I like to communicate with them as much as I can and earn their trust before I start pushing buttons,” said Shaw. Although there is more than four months before training camp begins, both Shaw and Henderson are eager to be on the same BCHL bench for the first time. “Chris and I were first teammates almost 20 years ago. Over the years we have maintained a great friendship and have talked about coaching together since we first played together. I am glad the timing is finally right for that to happen,” said Henderson. “I have followed the Rivermen pretty close over the past five seasons and the Henderson family has done a great job with their program. Year in and year out they continue to recruit quality players and I expect next year’s team to be competitive like they are every season,” finished Shaw.

Tychonick Commits To Vees:

After visiting the city for a week and seeing what the Penticton Vees are all about, top prospect Jonny Tychonick knew it was where he wanted to be. The 16-year-old defenceman was introduced to a gathering of Vees season’s ticket holders and other fans on Tuesday at the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame section of the South Okanagan Events Centre. “I came here for a week in January and got to see what it is like to be a Penticton Vee,” said the Calgary Flames midget 3A star. “I met the guys, formed some friendships. I loved the city and the building. I knew right then that this was what I wanted to do.” Tychonick, who hails from Calgary, became the latest in a line of top-end players to spurn the Western Hockey League in favour of playing in the B.C. Hockey League for Penticton. The smooth-skating five-foot-11, 180-pounder was drafted by the Saskatoon Blades in the first round, 12th overall of the 2015 WHL bantam-age player draft. Forward Tyson Jost and defenceman Dante Fabbro just completed two seasons with the Vees after being picked in the first round of the WHL draft. Both earned NCAA Division 1 scholarships and are projected to be picked in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in June. Tychonick got to know Fabbro well during his visit and was suitably impressed with how he had developed under Vees GM and head coach Fred Harbinson. “You see how great a player and leader he is at still a young age,” said Tychonick, who proudly donned a No. 20 Vees jersey to the approval of the gathering. Harbinson compares Tychonick to current Minnesota Wild player and key member of the 2012 Vees national championship-winning team, Mike Reilly. “Not to put pressure on him, but his skating ability reminds me a lot of Mikey,” said Harbinson. “He’s a defenceman who creates a lot of offence." Tychonick, who already has a scholarship secured to the University of North Dakota, said he was surprised and honoured by the comparisons to Reilly. “Going from midget to junior, I know it’s a big step and I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Tychonick, who led the Flames to the Mac’s Midget Tournament championship in Calgary earlier this season. “I’ll just keep working hard and trying to develop with the Vees and hopefully someday I can be like (Reilly).” Tychonick collected five goals and 22 points in 28 regular-season games and a goal and four points in eight playoff games with the Flames. He also played two games with Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta junior league, tallying a goal and two points in three games. Tychonick said he’s not sure how many seasons he’ll play for the Vees before moving on the UND, which recently won the NCAA Division 1 national championship led by another former Vees blueliner, Troy Stecher. “I’m just going to play it year by year,” said Tychonick. “A lot will depend on how my development goes, what the coaches think is best. My main priority is playing for the Vees and hopefully being part of a team that can win a championship.” Tychonick admitted he was extremely excited about the prospect of the Vees hosting the Western Canada Cup in the spring of 2017. “That’s going to be amazing,” said Tychonick. “Hopefully we can win the league and the (WCC) and get to a national championship. That’s what everyone in Penticton wants.” Harbinson said other top recruits will be announced in the coming months. He noted several will appear at the Vees Spring Camp at the end of May. “We’re talking to a lot of players, getting commitments,” said Harbinson. “In terms of recruiting for next season’s team, we’re well ahead of the curve.”

Penticton Vees Press Conference,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDB1kBfLloQ

Powell River-Prince George Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce the acquisition of 19 year old goaltender Stefan Wornig from The Powell River Kings. The 6’6” 190 pound Wornig is from Surrey, B.C. and was acquired by The Spruce Kings as the future considerations portion of the January 10th trade between Prince George and Powell River that sent 20 year old defenseman Adam Brubacher to Powell River. Last season with Powell River Stefan had 8 wins, 12 losses with 2 shutouts and posted a 3.05 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 21 games played. Stefan attended The Team Canada West tryout camp in both 2014 and 2015.  Team Canada West participates in The World Junior A Challenge every December. “We are excited to add Stefan to our organization. He is a big, technically strong goaltender who will help solidify that position for us. Goaltending at our level and in our league is extremely important. Having two solid goaltenders on the roster is going to give us a better opportunity to win hockey games. Stefan has also been in our league for a couple of seasons now so he will also be leaned upon to provide leadership on and off the ice” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes.

Clippers Name Hewson Captain For Next Season:

The Nanaimo Clippers have announced Spencer Hewson as the team’s Captain for the 2016-17 season.

Dumaresque Commits To Langley:

The Langley Rivermen are pleased to announce forward Andrew Dumaresque (1997 born) has committed to the Rivermen for the 2016-17 season. Dumaresque is a Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia native and captained Milton Academy last season. In 27 games during the 2015-16 campaign, he recorded 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points. “I’m very excited to commit to the Rivermen next year. I chose the Rivermen because not only are they an extremely competitive team year in and year out, but they also have a great reputation for developing guys and moving them on to the next level,” said Dumaresque. Dumaresque is a 6 foot 1, 185 pound centre that describes himself as a two-way player. “I’m a hard-working centre that can play in all situations. I like to chip in offensively as well as shut down the opposing team’s best players. I also pride myself in being solid in the face-off circle,” he continued. Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson liked what he saw in Dumaresque when he took in a Milton Academy game in 2015. “Andrew is a big body forward that has a creative scoring touch. He excelled on both the power play and penalty kill and seems like a player you can trust in all situations. You can never have enough of those kind of players on a team and feel he will be a great fit up the middle for us,” said Henderson. With a new chapter in his hockey career about to begin with the Rivermen, Dumaresque has a good idea of what he would like to accomplish. “In the short term, I hope to come to Langley, have a great year, develop my skills, and help the team compete for a title. Long term goals – I hope to further my hockey career, move onto the next level, and earn an NCAA Division-I scholarship. Coming to Langley will be an excellent opportunity for me,” Dumaresque finished.

Berard Commits To Powell River Kings:

The Powell River Kings are very pleased to announce the commitment of 1999 born forward Ben Berard.  The 5’11, 185 pound forward comes to the Kings organization after two standout seasons in both the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) and the BC Major Midget League. A 7th round pick in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, Ben went on to lead the South Island Royals in goals scored (21), while finishing second in team points with 46 in 40 games played during the 2014-2015 season. This past season while suiting up for the U18 Shawnigan Lake School of the CCSHL, he once again led his team, in every statistical category; goals 34, assists 24 for 58 points in just 36 games. “We are very excited to add an impact player like Ben to our lineup for the upcoming season,” said Kent Lewis, Head Coach and General Manager.  “A player with his skill set is one thing, but after meeting and talking to Ben and his family, a person with his character is a great addition to our program here in Powell River.” Ben will contribute to a forward group that has a number of returning players from the 2015-2016 season. “I am very excited to join the Powell River Kings organization”, says Ben.  “After meeting with Kent and visiting the town, I felt very comfortable. While visiting, I got to take in a playoff game and saw the great atmosphere and support from the community.” Ben also noted, “I can hardly wait to get there and get started.”  You can get your first look of the newest King this coming August, as Ben will join his new teammates for training camp to be held here in Powell River. Details for the camp will be posted when they become available. Furthermore, be sure to stay tuned for more player signings and announcements throughout the coming weeks.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ex Vipers Defenceman Weinstein Returns To East Coast Hockey League:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Steve Weinstein has returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Cincinnati Cyclones.

Weinstein is in his first full professional season, started the season in Cincinnati after signing with the Cyclones July 15, 2015 before signing with the American Hockey League (AHL) Lake Erie Monsters December 27th 2015. After playing in four games with the Monsters Weinstein picked up one assist before returning to the East Coast Hockey League. No official press release from either the Cyclones or Monsters but Weinstein is listed back on the Cyclones roster-lineup. In 52 games this season with Cincinnati Weinstein has (3-goals-19-assists-22-points).

Weinstein finished his fourth and final year with Bentley University last year before signing an amateur try-out contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons on March 23rd 2015. Weinstein had just one assist in three games with the Falcons.

Weinstein played three seasons in Vernon (2008-2011) in 153 regular season games with the Vipers collected (10-goals-49-assists-59-points).

Steve Weinstein's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38003

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Admirals Release Former Viper McGregor:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Norfolk Admirals have released former Vernon Vipers forward Bryan McGregor.

The Admirals acquired McGregor from the American Hockey League (AHL) Brampton Beast December 18th 2015. McGregor played in just one game with the Admirals before asking for his release in order to sign on with MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ, a club in the Polish Hockey League.

McGregor started the season with Brampton after signing with the Beast September 24th 2015. McGregor played in 18 games collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points). 

After four years at Minnesota-Duluth McGregor went on to play three years in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with Pensacola, Johnstown & Idaho before having a short stint with the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators. McGregor had spent the past six seasons playing overseas in six different leagues with seven different teams (Sport, HC Trinec, HC Innsbruck, Beibarys Atyrau, Rungsted, Szekesfehervar & Piráti Chomutov) before returning to the AHL & ECHL this season.  

McGregor played parts of one season in Vernon (2002-2003) after coming over in a trade with the Cowichan Valley Capitals for forward Josh Ciocco. In 32 games with the Vipers McGregor collected (21-goals-26-assists-47-points).

Bryan McGregor's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13415

This is posted on the Admirals website:

Admirals release goalie Philippe Cadorette and forward Bryan McGregor

December 28, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk Admirals announce that the club has released rookie goaltender Philippe Cadorette and forward Bryan McGregor.

Cadorette, 20, made four appearances for Norfolk in his first professional season out of Baie-Comeau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from St. Hyacinthe, QC finished with a record of 0-1-0, a 6.58 goals-against average (GAA), and .820 save percentage (SV%).

McGregor, 31, skated in just one game for the Admirals, the 2-1 victory over Adirondack on Dec. 19 at Scope. The Niagara Falls, ON product went scoreless in his lone Admirals appearance, but scored two goals and three assists for the Brampton Beast in 18 games this season. The 6-foot, 207-pound forward asked for his release in order to sign on with MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ, a club in the Polish Hockey League.

Norfolk continues a four-game road trip Tuesday night in Georgia against the Atlanta Gladiators. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Admirals' next home game is this Saturday, Jan. 2. at 7:15 p.m. versus Atlanta. Stop by the Scope Box Office, ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 to buy individual game tickets. Call 757-640-1212 for information on 10-pack tickets and season tickets.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Former Vipers Basara, Renz & Nowick Collect WCHA Postseason Awards:

Former Vernon Vipers forwards Marcus Basara & Darren Nowick along with former Vernon Vipers defenceman Ryan Renz have been named to the 2015-16 WCHA All-Academic Team. Nowick was also named to the 2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team.

Basara finished his third season with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, played parts of the two seasons in Vernon (2010-2012) before being traded along with Connor Hartley & future considerations to the AJHL Okotoks Oilers on November, 28th 2011 for Ben Gamache.  In 80 games with the Vipers Basara collected (18-goals-27-assists-45-points).

Marcus Basara's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=65270

Renz finished his second season with Lake Superior State University, played parts of four seasons in Vernon (2011-2014) played in 160 games with the Vipers collecting (10-goals-52-assists-62-points). The Vipers traded Todd Skirving & Future Considerations to Prince George for Ryan Renz on January 10th 2011. Renz was Captain of the Vipers in his final year of Junior Hockey in 2014.

Ryan Renz Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=48845

Darren Nowick finished his fourth and final year at Northern Michigan University after spending two years in Vernon (2010-2012) played in 109 games with the Vipers collected (36-goals-50-assists-86-points).

Darren Nowick's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=93823

This is posted on the WCHA website:

WCHA Announces 2015-16 Postseason Awards

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Individual award winners, All-WCHA teams and All-Academic teams honored

EDINA, Minn. – March 10, 2016 – Led by seven and five selections, apiece, by MacNaughton Cup co-winners and nationally ranked Michigan Tech and Minnesota State, the league's top five regular season finishers account for a majority of the men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) 2015-16 all-league teams and individual award winners, as announced today by Commissioner Bill Robertson.

Michigan Tech senior co-captain Alex Petan, who led the league in scoring during conference play, was named WCHA Player of Year. Minnesota State junior Casey Nelson was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, while Ferris State freshman forward Corey Mackin – the coaches' preseason nod – fulfilled expectations by earning Rookie of the Year honors. Michigan Tech senior goaltender Jamie Phillips, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, was named Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year. After leading the Huskies to a share of the league championship for the first time in 40 years, Michigan Tech bench boss Mel Pearson was recognized as Coach of the Year for the second time.

WCHA Player of the Year – Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech (Delta, British Columbia)

Petan was a driving force behind Michigan Tech's run to a share of its first conference championship since 1976, pacing the WCHA in league play with 16 goals and 29 points (13 assists). The senior from Delta, British Columbia recorded a point in 19 of his 27 conference games, including seven multi-point efforts. The Huskies' co-captain was terrific during Tech's 10-1-3 WCHA binge after Dec. 11, tallying 15 points and netting four game-winning goals among his 10 overall markers. Petan enters the 2016 postseason with 30 points overall, including a league-high 17 goals.

WCHA Defensive Player of the Year – Casey Nelson, Jr., D, Minnesota State (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin)

Nelson has been the backbone of a Minnesota State defense that has allowed the fewest shots on goal per game and ranked eighth nationally by yielding just 2.03 goals per game, while also contributing mightily on the offensive end. The junior from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. led all WCHA defensemen (second among all players) with a +16 rating in his 27 league games, while also pacing blue-liners with 71 shots on goal and tying for fourth with 15 points (4g-11a). Nelson enters the 2016 playoffs tied for second among league d-men with 20 points overall (four goals), while his 16 assists are tied for seventh among all players and his +14 rating is tied for fourth.

WCHA Rookie of the Year – Corey Mackin, Fr., F, Ferris State (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Mackin lived up to his preseason prognostication as the league's top rookie, leading WCHA freshmen with 21 points (9g-12) in league play and 23 points (9g-14a) overall. The Philadelphia, Pa. native also paced league rookies with his nine goals, while finishing his first regular season with a +6 rating (+8 in WCHA games). Mackin found his name on the scoresheet in half (14) of his inaugural 28 league contests, while he factored in the game-winning goal (scoring or assisting) in six of Ferris State's 13 WCHA victories.

WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year – Jamie Phillips, Sr., G, Michigan Tech (Caledonia, Ontario)

Phillips, who backstopped Michigan Tech to a share of the league championship, was honored for his stellar work in the crease and in the classroom. The senior has a an overall 3.52 grade-point average, will graduate in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and has plans to attend medical school in his native Canada. A finalist for the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award, Phillips has been involved with numerous community programs, including volunteer work with Houghton-area youth gymnastics and hockey teams. On the ice, the Winnipeg Jets' draftee ranks 11th nationally with a .712 winning percentage (21-7-5) and 13th with a 2.00 goals-against average. Phillips, among the nominees for the 2016 Mike Richter Award, also has a .921 save percentage in over 2,000 minutes in net.

WCHA Coach of the Year – Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech

Pearson and Michigan Tech are bringing the MacNaughton Cup back to its ancestral home in Copper County for the first time in 40 years, as the fifth-year bench boss guided the Huskies to a share of their first WCHA regular season championship since the 1975-76 season. He also became the first Tech coach to record consecutive 20-win seasons since the legendary John MacInnes. This is Pearson's second Coach of the Year accolade, as he also was recognized following his first season in 2011-12.

All-WCHA First Team

Petan headlines an all-senior 2015-16 All-WCHA First Team forward line, where he is joined by Minnesota State's Teddy Blueger (Riga, Lativa) and Alaska's Tyler Morley (Burnaby, British Columbia). Blueger, who finished second in the league scoring race, posted 28 points on seven goals (including a WCHA-best five game-winning strikes) and a conference-high 21 assists in WCHA play. The Pittsburgh Penguins' draftee enters the postseason as the WCHA's overall leading scorer with 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points, while tying for second nationally with seven game-winners. Despite missing six games due to injury, Morley remained among the circuit's top scorers with 22 points in WCHA games (11g-11a) and 28 points overall (16g-12a), while his overall 0.59 goals-per-game average ranks 13th nationally.

Nelson and Bowling Green sophomore Mark Friedman (Toronto, Ontario) are the All First-Team defensemen. Friedman, a Philadelphia Flyers' draftee, was the top offensive blue-liner during WCHA play with four goals, 15 assists and 19 points in 28 league games. He also tied for seventh with 52 blocked shots while patrolling the blue line for the nation's 13th-ranked defense.

Bowling Green sophomore Chris Nell was selected as the first-team goaltender after finishing the regular season ranked eighth nationally with a 1.90 goals-against average, 10th with four shutouts and 13th with a WCHA-best .930 save percentage. The Green Bay, Wis. native posted a 15-6-5 mark with a 1.91 GAA, .927 save percentage (646 saves) and three blank sheets in 27 WCHA contests.

2015-16 All-WCHA First Team

Forward Alex Petan Sr., Michigan Tech

Forward Teddy Blueger Sr., Minnesota State

Forward Tyler Morley Sr., Alaska

Defense Casey Nelson Jr., Minnesota State

Defense Mark Friedman So., Bowling Green

Goalie Chris Nell So., Bowling Green

All-WCHA Second Team

The 2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team forwards are Ferris State's Gerald Mayhew and Northern Michigan linemates Darren Nowick and Dominik Shine. Mayhew, a junior from Wyandotte, Mich., led the Bulldogs and tied for third in the league with 25 points (9g-16a) in 28 league games, while his team-high 31 points (11g-20a) are second heading into the playoffs. Nowick, a senior from Long Beach, Calif. crested the 30-point plateau overall (13g-17a), while adding 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in conference contests. Shine, a junior from Pickney, Mich., matched Mayhew with 25 WCHA points (12g-13a) in just 25 games, including four game-winning goals (29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists overall).

The second-team defensemen are Michigan Tech sophomore Matt Roy (Canton, Mich.) and Bowling Green junior Sean Walker (Keswick, Ontario). Roy, a 2015 draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, led all WCHA players with a +19 overall rating (third in league play at +15). He also added 54 blocked shots in 28 league games, along with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. Walker enters the postseason with a WCHA defensemen-high 21 overall points (4g-17a), while he was second with 18 points (3g-15a) in conference outings (along with a +11 rating).

Phillips was voted as the second-team goaltender.

2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team

Forward Gerald Mayhew Jr., Ferris State

Forward Darren Nowick Sr., Northern Michigan

Forward Dominik Shine Jr., Northern Michigan

Defense Matt Roy So., Michigan Tech

Defense Sean Walker Jr., Bowling Green

Goalie Jamie Phillips Sr., Michigan Tech

All-WCHA Third Team 

The forwards on the 2015-16 All-WCHA Third Team include Bowling Green's Mark Cooper, a senior from Toronto, Ontario, who ranked sixth in league play with 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists; and Minnesota State's Bryce Gervais, a senior from Battleford, Saskatchewan, who finished second with 13 goals in 28 conference contests (along with seven assists and a league-high three short-handed strikes). Michigan Tech teammates Malcolm Gould and Tyler Heinonen tied in the voting to give the third team a quartet of forwards. Gould, a senior from North Vancouver, British Columbia, led the WCHA with a +18 rating in league games, while adding 22 points (7g-15a). Heinonen, a junior from Delano, Minn., tied for third with 12 goals in WCHA games, including a league-best seven power-play strikes.

The third-team blue line is manned by Ferris State senior Brandon Anselmini (Guelph, Ontario) and Michigan Tech junior Shane Hanna (Salmon Arm, British Columbia). Anselmini tallied 13 points (1g-12a) to tie for eighth among defensemen in WCHA games, while adding a +7 rating. Hanna, an assistant captain for the Huskies, recorded 15 points (2g-13a) and a +10 rating in league outings.

Lake Superior State's Gordon Defiel (Stillwater, Minn.) is the All-WCHA Third Team goaltender. The sophomore standout led the WCHA with a .934 save percentage in 20 league games, while posting a 9-7-2 record, two shutouts and a 2.16 goals-against average for a Lakers team that improved its league point total by 10 over the previous season.

2015-16 All-WCHA Third Team

Forward Mark Cooper Sr., Bowling Green

Forward Bryce Gervais Sr., Minnesota State

Forward Malcolm Gould Sr., Michigan Tech 

Forward Tyler Heinonen Jr., Michigan Tech 

Defense Brandon Anselmini Sr., Ferris State

Defense Shane Hanna Jr., Michigan Tech

Goalie Gordon Defiel So., Lake Superior State

WCHA All-Rookie Team

Mackin headlines the 2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie team forwards, along with Minnesota State's Max Coatta (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Michigan Tech's Jake Lucchini (Trail, British Columbia). Coatta (5g-6a) and Lucchini (4g-7a) each tied for fourth among league freshmen with 11 points in WCHA play, with the Maverick rookie also tying for fourth with a +7 rating and the Husky posting a +1 mark.

Alaska Anchorage's Wyatt Ege and Minnesota State's Daniel Brickley make up the All-Rookie Team blue line. Ege, a native of Elk River, Minn., tied for the scoring lead among WCHA freshmen defensemen with nine points (1g-8a) in league games, while ranking second with 35 blocked shots. Brickley, from Sandy, Utah, complemented a +7 rating with seven points (1g-6a) and 33 blocks during his inaugural 26 WCHA contests.

Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen, who used a stellar first half to cement his place among the national leaders, is the All-Rookie Team goaltender. The freshman from Vihti, Finland finished his first collegiate regular season with an NCAA freshman-best .929 save percentage in 24 games (21 starts), a mark good for 14th among all netminders.

2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie Team

Forward Corey Mackin Ferris State

Forward Max Coatta Minnesota State

Forward Jake Lucchini Michigan Tech

Defense Wyatt Ege Alaska Anchorage

Defense Daniel Brickley Minnesota State 

Goalie Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan

About the 2015-16 WCHA Awards

Conference member team head coaches vote for the WCHA individual award winners and all-league selections, while the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year is selected by the institutional faculty representatives. Points for awards and all-league teams are awarded on a five-point (First Team vote), three-point (Second Team vote), and one-point (Third Team vote) basis.

2015-16 WCHA INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Player of the Year: Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Nelson, Jr., D, Minnesota State
Rookie of the Year: Corey Mackin, F, Ferris State
Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year: Jamie Phillips, Sr., G, Michigan Tech
Coach of the Year: Mel Pearson, Michigan Tech
Scoring Champion: Alex Petan, Sr., F, Michigan Tech
Goaltending Champion: Cole Huggins, Jr., G, Minnesota State

All-WCHA First Team

Forwards: Alex Petan, Sr., Michigan Tech; Teddy Blueger, Sr., Minnesota State; Tyler Morley, Sr., Alaska

Defensemen: Casey Nelson, Jr., Minnesota State; Mark Friedman, So., Bowling Green

Goaltender: Chris Nell, So., Bowling Green

2015-16 All-WCHA Second Team

Forwards: Gerald Mayhew, Jr., Ferris State; Darren Nowick, Sr., Northern Michigan; Dominik Shine, Jr., Northern Michigan

Defensemen: Matt Roy, So., Michigan Tech; Sean Walker, Jr., Bowling Green

Goaltender: Jamie Phillips, Sr., Michigan Tech

2015-16 All-WCHA Third Team

Forwards: Mark Cooper, Sr., Bowling Green; Bryce Gervais, Sr., Minnesota State; Malcolm Gould, Sr., Michigan Tech and Tyler Heinonen, Jr., Michigan Tech
Defensemen: Brandon Anselmini, Sr., Ferris State; Shane Hanna, Jr., Michigan Tech
Goaltender: Gordon Defiel, So., Lake Superior State

 2015-16 WCHA All-Rookie Team

Forwards: Corey Mackin, Ferris State; Max Coatta, Minnesota State; Jake Lucchini, Michigan Tech

Defensemen: Wyatt Ege, Alaska Anchorage; Daniel Brickley, Minnesota State

Goaltender: Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan

2015-16 WCHA All-Academic Team

To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

Following, by team, are the one hundred, forty (140) 2015-16 WCHA All-Academic Team honorees: (*indicates repeat honoree)

University of Alabama in Huntsville

James Block (So., F, Wrightstown, Wis.); Chad Brears* (Sr., F, Cold Lake, Alberta); Richard Buri (So., D, Nitra, Slovakia); Brandon Carlson* (Jr., D, Huntington Beach, Calif.); Cody Champagne (So., D, Brookfield, Conn.); Brent Fletcher* (Jr., F, New Westminster, British Columbia); Josh Kestner (So., F, Huntsville, Ala.); Matt Larose* (Jr., G, Nanaimo, British Columbia); Max McHugh (So., F, Seattle, Wash.); Frank Misuraca* (Sr., D, Clinton Township, Mich.); Brandon Parker (So., D, Faribault, Minn.); Jack Prince* (Sr., F, Leicester, England); Regan Soquila* (Jr., F, Maple Ridge, British Columbia); Jordan Uhelski (So., G, Flint, Mich.); Anderson White* (Sr., D, Caledon, Ontario)

University of Alaska Anchorage

Austin Azurdia (So., F, Wenatchee, Wash.); Jarrett Brown (So., D, Beaumont, Alberta); Anthony Conti (So., F, North Vancouver, British Columbia); Jared D'Amico (So., G, Chestermere, Alberta); Tanner Dusyk* (Jr., F, Montmarte, Saskatchewan); Brad Duwe (Jr., F, Soldotna, Alaska); Dylan Hubbs (Jr., F, Beaumont, Alberta); Tad Kozun (So., F, Nipawin, Saskatchewan); Blake Leask* (Sr., D, Edmonton, Alberta); Olivier Mantha (So., G, La Tuque, Québec); Austin Sevalrud* (Sr., D, Calgary, Alberta); Blake Tatchell* (Sr., F, North Battleford, Saskatchewan); Chase Van Allen (Jr., D, Anchorage, Alaska)

University of Alaska

Josh Atkinson* (Sr., D, Spruce Grove, Alberta); Marcus Basara* (Jr., F, Port Moody, British Columbia); Josh Erickson* (Jr., F, Roseau, Minn.); Zach Frye (So., D, Spokane, Wash.); Alec Hajdukovich* (Sr., F, Fairbanks, Alaska); Nick Hinz (So., F, Oakdale, Minn.); Nolan Huysmans* (Sr., F, Alberta); Davis Jones (Jr., G, St. Albert, Alberta); John Keeney* (Sr., G, Twin Peaks, Calif.); Peter Krieger (So., F, Oakdale, Minn.) Brandon Morley* (Jr., F, Burnaby, British Columbia); Tyler Morley* (Sr., F, Burnaby, British Columbia); Tayler Munson (So., F, Fairbanks, Alaska); J.D. Peterson* (Sr., D, Orange, Calif.); Justin Woods (So., D, Fairbanks, Alaska)

Bemidji State University

Nate Arentz* (Jr., F, Lakeville, Minn.); Kyle Bauman (So., F, Apopka, Fla.); Brett Beauvais (So., D, Prince Edward Island); Michael Bitzer (So., G, Moorhead, Minn.); Myles Fitzgerald (So., F, Port Alberni, British Columbia); Markus Gerbrandt* (Sr., F, Edmonton, Alberta); Brendan Harms* (Jr., F, Steinbach, Manitoba); Jordan Heller (So., F, Bemidji, Minn.) Graeme McCormack* (Sr., D, Thunder Bay, Ontario); Reid Mimmack* (Jr., G, Brainerd, Minn.); Charlie O'Connor* (Jr., F, Elk Grove Village, Ill.); John Parker (Sr., F, Lake Geneva, Wash.); Ruslan Pedan* (Jr., D, Moscow, Russia); Carter Struthers* (Jr., D, Weyburn, Saskatchewan); Jesse Wilkins* (Jr., G, Calgary, Alberta)

Bowling Green State University

Tommy Burke* (Sr., G, Chaska, Minn.); Mark Cooper* (Sr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Brett D'Andrea (So., F, Marysville, Mich.); Jose Delgadillo* (Sr., D, Milwaukee, Wis.); Kevin Dufour* (Jr., F, Québec City, Québec); Ben Greiner (So., F, Newport Beach, Calif.); Mitch McLain (So., F, Baxter, Minn.); Pierre Luc Mercier (Jr., F, Montréal, Québec); Chris Nell (So., G, Green Bay, Wis.); Matt Pohlkamp* (Jr., F, Baxter, Minn.); Jakob Reichert (So., F, Langley, British Columbia); Tomas Sholl* (Jr., G, Hermosa Beach, Calif.); Tyler Spezia (So., F, Clinton Township, Mich.); Sean Walker (Jr., D, Keswick, Ontario)

Ferris State University

Tyler Andrew (So., F, Bethel Park, Pa.); Brandon Anselmini* (Sr., D, Guelph, Ontario); Kenny Babinski* (Sr., F, Midland, Mich.); Simon Denis* (Sr., D, Burnaby, British Columbia); Andrew Dorantes (So., F, Waterford, Mich.); Tyler Dorantes (So., D, Waterford, Mich.); Zach Dorer* (Sr., D, Holt, Mich.); Ryan Lowney* (Jr., D, Redford, Mich.); Andrew Mayer (So., F, Troy, Mich.); Chad McDonald* (Jr., F, Battle Creek, Mich.); Ruben Medrano* (Sr., G, Holt, Mich.); Sean O'Rourke* (Sr., D, Alta Loma, Calif.); Trace Pennock* (Jr., G, Big Rapids, Mich.); Matt Robertson* (Sr., F, Rohnert Park, Calif.); Kyle Schempp* (Jr., F, Saginaw, Mich.); Zach Szajner (So., F, White Lake, Mich.); Jared VanWormer* (Jr., F, Traverse City, Mich.); Charles Williams* (Sr., G, Canton, Mich.)

Lake Superior State University

Jayson Angus* (Jr., F, Latrobe, Pa.); Kyle Chatham (So., D, Belleville, Ill.); Gus Correale* (Jr., F, Prince George, B.C.); Aaron Davis* (Jr., G, Mound, Minn.); Gordon Defiel (So., G, Stillwater, Minn.); Eric Drapluk* (Sr., D, Pembroke Pines, Fla.); Alex Globke* (Jr., F, Waterford, Mich.); Matt Johnson (Jr., F, Clinton Township, Mich.); Zach Loesch* (Sr., D, White Bear Lake, Minn.); Austin McKay* (Sr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Bryce Schmitt* (Sr., F, Minot, N.D.); Ryan Renz (So., D, Castlegar, British Columbia); James Roll (So., D, West Seneca, N.Y.); Peter Spratte* (Sr., D, Rochester, Minn.); Daniel Vernace* (Sr., F, Toronto, Ontario); Aidan Wright (So., D, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

Michigan Technological University

Patrick Anderson* (Jr., F, Bismark, N.D.); Brent Baltus* (Jr., F, Nanaimo, British Columbia); CJ Eick* (Sr., F, Appleton, Wis.); Shane Hanna (Jr., D, Salmon Arm, British Columbia); Devin Kero (So., G, Hancock, Mich.); Chris Leibinger* (Jr., D, Saginaw, Mich.); Mike Neville (Jr., F, Woodbridge, Ontario); Alex Petan* (Sr., F, Delta, British Columbia); Jamie Phillips* (Sr., G, Caledonia, Ontario); Dylan Steman (So., F, Hanover, Minn.); Reid Sturos* (Jr., F, Brighton, Mich.); Cliff Watson* (Jr., D, Appleton, Wis.); Matt Wintjes (Jr., G, Holland Landing, Ontario)

Minnesota State University

Sean Flanagan* (Jr., D, Kindersley, Saskatchewan); Carter Foguth (Jr., D, Fenton, Mich.); Cole Huggins* (Jr., G, Centennial, Ohio); Michael Huntebrinker* (Jr., F, Chesterfield, Mo,); Jon Jutzi* (Sr., D, Tavistock, Ontario); Dylan Margonari* (Sr., F, Greensburg, Pa.); Aaron Nelson (So., G, Bismark, N.D.); Casey Nelson* (Jr., D, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.); Jordan Nelson* (Jr., F, Williston, N.D)

Northern Michigan University

Cohen Adair* (Sr., F, Stratford, Ontario); Zach Diamantoni (So., F, Boca Raton, Fla.); Derek Dun* (Jr., G, Surrey, British Columbia); Jordan Klimek (So., D, Langley, British Columbia); Aaron Leach* (Sr., F, Marquette, Mich.); Brock Maschmeyer* (Jr., D, Bruederheim, Alberta); Darren Nowick* (Sr., F, Long Beach, Calif.); Robbie Payne (So., F, Gaylord, Mich.); Sami Salminen* (Jr., F, Helsinki, Finland); Filip Starzynski (So., F, Warsaw, Poland); Ryan Trenz* (Sr., D, St. Louis, Mo.); Easton Viitala (So., F, Marquette, Mich.)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

26 Years Ago Today... Vernon Lakers Win 1990 Centennial Cup:

26 Year's ago today (May 12th 1990) the Vernon Lakers defeated the powerful New Westminster Royals in the 1990 Centennial Cup 6-5 in overtime in one of the greatest so called games in Junior hockey history. New West built up a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes, but couldnt hold onto the lead as Cam Sylven scored the game tying goal and the overtime winner in front of a packed Vernon Civic Arena.

1990 Centennial Cup Highlight's,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgTNsy19LuA&spfreload=10

The Lakers were only in the Centennial Cup because they were the hosts. New West, easily the best team in the country, went 52-3-4 in the BCHL regular season, beat the Interior Division champion Lakers (who were 33-20-5) 4-2 in the league final, then won 12 straight games (including a 5-3 decision over Vernon in the round robin) to reach the Centennial Cup final.

The Lakers, who had 28 days off before the tournament, went 3-1 in the round robin (the first year the tournament went to five teams), and eliminated the Nipiwin Hawks of Saskatchewan 11-5 in their semifinal, setting up a rematch with the Royals and a showdown of, arguably, Canada’s top-two junior A squads.

This was the Lakers second straight Centennial Cup as Vernon would make it to a record four straight Centennial Cups from 1989-1992 winning the National Championship in 1990 & again in 1991.

It has been 26 years since Cam Sylven's overtime winner over the New Westminster Royals in the 1990 Centennial Cup, gave the Vernon Lakers their first national championship and put Vernon on the Junior A map. After the city hosted the 2014 RBC Cup, Sylven returned to the Civic Arena in 2014 for a walk down memory lane.  Sylven was on hand for the Vipers first game of the 2014 Royal Bank Cup to drop the puck for the opening ceremonies.

Former Vernon Lakers Hero Sylven Returned To Vernon,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFgDNk_4HFM

Here’s a rundown on how the Lakers did through out the BCJHL Playoffs to advance to the teams second straight Centennial Cup.

Preliminary Roundrobin Series:

Vernon finished off with a record of 5-2.

BCJHL League Finals: New Westminster defeated Vernon 4-2

Vernon would advance to its second straight Centennial Cup as the host team.

The Centennial Cup 1990 is the Tier II Junior "A" 1990 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Callaghan Cup, and a host city.

The tournament was hosted by the Vernon Lakers and Vernon, British Columbia.

The Playoffs: Round Robin

Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA

1 x-New Westminster Royals BCJHL Doyle Cup 4-0 28 8
2 x-Vernon Lakers BCJHL Host 3-1 19 9
3 x-Nipawin Hawks MJHL Anavet Cup 2-2 12 10
4 x-Longueuil College Francais QJAAAHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 1-3 12 24
5 Amherst Ramblers MJAHL Callaghan Cup 0-4 7 27

Note: x- denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.

Results

Vernon Lakers defeated Longueuil Sieurs 6-1
Nipawin Hawks defeated Amherst Ramblers 4-3 in overtime
New Westminster Royals defeated Longueuil Sieurs 11-3
New Westminster Royals defeated Amherst Ramblers 9-0
Vernon Lakers defeated Nipawin Hawks 2-1 in overtime
Nipawin Hawks defeated Longueuil Sieurs 5-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Vernon Lakers 5-3
Vernon Lakers defeated Amherst Ramblers 8-2
Longueuil Sieurs defeated Amherst Ramblers 6-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Nipawin Hawks 3-2 for the Abbott Cup

Semifinals:

New Westminster Royals 10
Longueuil Sieurs 4

Vernon Lakers 11
Nipawin Hawks 5

Cetennial Cup Final:

Vernon Lakers 6
New Westminster Royals 5

Please note: Final was won in overtime.

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Marc Alain Duchaine (Longueuil Sieurs)

Top Scorer: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)

Most Sportsmanlike Player: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)

All-Star Team

Forward

Mark Karpen (New Westminster Royals)
David Oliver (Vernon Lakers)
Al Monitowy (Nipawin Hawks)

Defence

Andrew Wolf (New Westminster Royals)
Dean Zayonce (Vernon Lakers)

Goal

Lauren Belland (Nipawin Hawks)

Role of League Champions:

AJHL: Calgary Canucks
BCJHL: New Westminster Royals
CJHL: Hawkesbury Hawks
IJHL:
MJHL: Portage Terriers
MVJHL: Amherst Ramblers
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Prince George Spruce Kings
QPJHL: Longueuil College Francais
SJHL: Nipawin Hawks

Vernon Lakers Playoff Roster:

Dave Oliver
Brad Neumeier
Troy Ewanchyna
Shane Morson
Rob Atkinson
Paul MacLEAN
Duane Dennis
Darren Naylor
Dean Zayonce
Don Monteith
Bruce Ramsay
Lorne Kanigan
Mike Knapton
Chad Schraeder
Garth Geddes
Cam Sylven
Jason Elders
Mike Dennis
Marcel Aubin
Rylan Ferster
Barry MacLeod
Stacy Paulson
John Hancock
Murray Caton
Dean Kutz

Owner-GM Mel Lis
Head Coach Ed Johnstone
Assistant Coach Keith Chase