Saturday, April 25, 2015

Solar Bears Trade Former Vipers Captain Ullrich:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears
have traded former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Mike Ullrich to the Stockton Thunder.

Ullrich was in his second season in Orlando after the Solar Bears re-signed the former Viper captain on June 17th 2014. Ullrich collected (10-goals-25-assists-35-points) in 42 games last season with the Solar Bears while picking up (9-goals-23-assists-32-points) in 37 games this season with Orlando.  Ullrich also spent time in the American Hockey League last season playing with Manchester & Iowa as well as a try-out with St. Johns.  Since the trade Ullrich has yet to play a game with the Thunder.

Since 2007-08 Ullrich has played in three leagues with seven different teams.  Pensacola, Tulsa, Orlando, South Carolina, Trenton, Manchester & Iowa.  In 228 semi-pro games Ullrich has collected (73-goals-85-assists-193-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 was posted on the Thunder website:

Thunder Announce Roster Moves

Wednesday, 02.04.15

By admin

Jack MacLellan and Peter Sivak head to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while the Thunder also acquire Mike Ullrich for future considerations from the Orlando Solar Bears

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, owned by the Calgary Flames and proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, announces forward Jack MacLellan receives his first call to the AHL this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Joining him in Bridgeport is teammate Peter Sivak, who receives another call-up to the Sound Tigers. The Thunder also acquire the Orlando Solar Bears second leading scorer Mike Ullrich for future considerations.

MacLellan, 26, is in his first season as a member of the Stockton Thunder and currently leads the team with 35 points, 10 of which came as goals. The former Brown University captain has played in 36 contests this season, missing 7 games with an injury. He heads to Bridgeport on a pro tryout contract.

For MacLellan, this is his first AHL call since signing with the Nashville Predators organization in 2012. The centerman played for Nashville’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, in 2012-13, spending 35 games with the Admirals.
Ullrich, 28, is in his fifth professional season having spent time the past two years with the Orlando Solar Bears. Last season, the Banff, Alberta native played in 42 games scoring 10 goals and adding 25 assists while also spending 12 combined games with the Manchester Monarchs and Iowa Wild of the AHL.

This season, Ulrich has nearly matched this mark having played 37 games with Orlando, having scored 9 goals and 23 assists for a team second best 32 points.

After finishing his junior career in the BCHL, Ulrich played 11 games with the ECHL’s Pensacola Ice Pilots before heading to college in Canada. Ullrich played three seasons at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology before turning back to the pro game with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Before he landed in Orlando, Ullrich also had brief stints with the South Carolina Stingrays, Trenton Titans and another short stay with the Oilers in the CHL.

Sivak, 32, is in his third season in North America and first with the Stockton Thunder. In 29 games played, Sivak has scored 10 goals and added 16 assists. He receives another call to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, whom he’s played a total of 5 games for, scoring 1 goal.

The Thunder take on the Alaska Aces this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Anchorage. Thunder fans can watch the games on ECHL.TV or listen to the games live on Spreaker and iHeartRadio. Fans can also watch the game for free at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, the Thunder’s official home away from home.

Friday, April 24, 2015

OJHL Awarded 2015 World Junior 'A' Challenge:

This is posted on the CJHL website:

OJHL Awarded the 2015 WJAC

Jan 23, 2015

The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), in conjunction with the Cobourg Cougars Junior 'A' Hockey Club and the Whitby Fury Junior 'A' Hockey Club, announced today that Hockey Canada in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) has awarded the 2015 World Junior 'A' Challenge (WJAC) to the OJHL with the Cobourg Cougars and Whitby Fury to serve as the Official Host Sites from December 13–19, 2015.

The 2015 event will mark the first time that the WJAC has been held in Ontario since the tournament’s inception in 2006. 

The 2015 World Junior 'A' Challenge will follow the same format as previous years – two Canadian entries will be joined by four international teams, with two groups of three teams. The group winners will receive an automatic bye to the semifinals, while the second-place and third-place teams will crossover for the quarter-finals.  The 2015 WJAC will be based out of two Official Host Sites in the town of Cobourg, playing out of the Cobourg Community Centre and the town of Whitby playing out of Iroquois Park Sports Centre.  The full tournament schedule, ticket and sponsorship information will be announced in the coming weeks.

The OJHL also announced that former Oshawa MPP, Jerry Ouellette has been named Chairman of the 2015 WJAC Host Committee.  “I very much appreciate this opportunity in promoting the great game of Junior 'A' hockey that can be found here in Ontario and showing the wonders that can be found here in Whitby and Cobourg,” stated Jerry Ouellette, 2015 WJAC Host Committee Chair.

“The CJHL continues to build its brand across Canada through elite events showcasing our players such as the WJAC,” stated Kirk Lamb, CJHL President and Chairman.  “This is the first time that the WJAC will be hosted in Ontario and by the OJHL and we are very excited to award this world class international junior hockey event to the great communities of Cobourg and Whitby.”

“The OJHL is extremely excited about being awarded the 2015 WJAC,” said OJHL Commissioner, Marty Savoy.  “The OJHL strives to bring high profile Junior 'A' hockey events to our fans such as the recent CJHL Prospects game held in Oakville this week.  As we continue to promote the brand of the CJHL and OJHL within Ontario we are confident that the host sites of Cobourg and Whitby will do an outstanding job in the organization and execution of the 2015 WJAC.”

“The entire Cobourg Cougars Junior 'A' Hockey Club and the Town of Cobourg are very honoured to have been selected as an Official Host Site for the 2015 WJAC,” said Cobourg Host Site Chair, Ashley Haynes. “I am very excited to work with the amazing team of people that we have assembled to act as the Cobourg Organizing Committee.  We look forward to working with the Whitby Fury as the other Official Host Site and our governing partners to bring international junior hockey to all supporters of the OJHL.”

In an unprecedented decision, the OJHL Board of Governors have approved a black-out of all OJHL regular season games from December 15–19, 2015 to allow for all OJHL fans, volunteers, staff and supporters to take part in the event.

“We are thrilled to be one of the two Official Host Sites for the 2015 WJAC,” stated Mark Vinintz, Chair of the Whitby Host Site.  “Partnering with such a strong OJHL franchise such as the Cobourg Cougars and our governing partners, we are excited to bring this world class international junior hockey event to Ontario and the fans of the OJHL.”

Six of the seven gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, before taking the top prize in 2011; it also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Canada East was silver medalist in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

About the WJAC

Since the first World Junior 'A' Challenge in 2006, more than 100 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 18 first-round selections (Beau Bennett, Alexander Burmistrov, Joe Colborne, Nikita Filatov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Dmitri Kulikov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Elias Lindholm, Hampus Lindholm, John Moore, Vladislav Namestnikov, Riley Nash, Valeri Nichushkin, Dylan Olsen, Jordan Schmaltz, Jaden Schwartz, Brendan Smith, Kyle Turris, Alexander Wennberg, Andrei Vasilevski and Nail Yakupov).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Former Viper Conroy Named Player Of The Week:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Vees forward Conroy leads scorers, nets Cup winner and is POW

Monday, April 20, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Penticton Vees forward Dakota Conroy has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 19, the league announced Monday.

Conroy led all scorers for the week and capped off the BCHL season by scoring the Fred Page Cup-winning goal in overtime as the Vees defeated the Nanaimo Clippers in Game 6.

The native of Edmonton wound up with a goal and five assists in four games, all Vees victories. Conroy had a helper in the Vees first win of the Finals and then set up three goals as they evened the series in Game 4. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward set up one of two third-period goals for the Vees in Game 6 and 2:06 into OT, he got the series-clinching goal.

Conroy wound up with six goals and 13 assists in the postseason, tying him for third in the BCHL.

Honourable mentions this week:

Nanaimo Clippers F Brett Roulston: 1G, 2A, 3rd Star

Penticton Vees F Steen Cooper: 3G, 1A, 2nd Sta

Penticton Vees F Tyson Jost: 3G, 1st Star, GWG, OT GWG

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reign Suspend Former Vernon Viper Scofield:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign have suspended former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield after leaving the team to play overseas.

Scofield has spent his entire professional career in Europe playing with three different teams from 2009-2014 before signing with the Reign on December 4, 2014.  In 18 games with the Reign Scofield collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points).

Scofield started this season with the Moser Medical Graz 99ers, an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria that play in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league. Scofield collected (5-goals-0-assists-5-points) in eight games with Graz 99ers before leaving the team on November 4th 2014.

Scofield spent the past four seasons in Austria with Klagenfurter Athletiksport. Klagenfurt AC is a professional ice hockey team from Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League. In 49 games last 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.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=34054

This was posted on the Reign website:

Reign Deal Ramsay to Oilers, Suspend Scofield

January 27, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ontario sends rookie forward to Tulsa for futures, while Scofield departs for Europe

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Ontario Reign, four-time ECHL Pacific Division Champions and proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, have announced that the club has traded rookie forward Brady Ramsay to the Tulsa Oilers for future considerations, while forward Tyler Scofield has left the club to play overseas and has been suspended by Ontario in order to retain his ECHL rights.

Ramsay, 21, had played in 13 games with the Reign this season, collecting five points (2g-3a) and 31 penalty minutes.

Scofield, 30, had dressed in 18 games with the Reign this season, posting 14 points (5g-9a) and four penalty minutes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vernon Viper's Highlight Hall Of Fame Video - #1 Andrew Hammond:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Viper Highlight Hall Of Fame – #1 Andrew Hammond

Posted by HockeyTube on Apr 4th, 2015

Before he became the Hamburglar & suiting up for the Ottawa Senators, Andrew Hammond helped the BCHL Vernon Vipers win the 2009 National Junior ‘A’ Championship. Here are some never before seen highlights from the guy we called Hammy.

These are highlights from the 2008-2009 season and most have never been seen before as the footage was discovered only recently. While he had a very calm relaxed personality, he was also very agile and athletic as you will see in these highlights.

He is the second player to be inducted into the unofficial Vernon Vipers Highlight Hall Of Fame. The first was longtime captain and former teammate of Andrew Hammond, #18 Chris Crowell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBSmndb0G5o

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ex Vernon Viper Gill Named ECHL Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill has been named the ECHL Player of the Week.

Gill is in his second season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers after stints with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs & Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with Hamilton returned to the Nailers where he played last season before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Gill played in 12 games with the Penguins collecting (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) before being released January 16, 2015.  Gill signed a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on January 17th 2015 with the Hamilton Bulldogs played in 24 games collecting (2-goals-2-assists-4-points) was released on March 25th 2015 before returning to Wheeling.

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This is posted on the ECHL website:

Gill named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week

March 31, 2015

Wheeling Nailers’ forward Sahir Gill is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for March 23-29.

Gill scored five goals, including two game-winners, and added four assists for nine points as the Nailers went 3-1-0 last week.

The 22-year-old had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Toledo on Wednesday and in a 2-1 win against Fort Wayne on Friday, tallied an assist in a 5-2 victory against Reading on Saturday and recorded a hat trick and added an assist in a 4-3 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

A native of Terrace, British Columbia, Gill has 23 points (9g-14) in 19 games with the Nailers this season while adding seven points (3g-4a) in 37 games with Hamilton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the  American Hockey League.

Gill has tallied 77 points (22g-55a) in 86 career ECHL games with Wheeling.

Prior to turning pro, he had 78 points (28g-50a) in 117 career games at Boston University.

On behalf of Sahir Gill, a case of pucks will be donated to a Wheeling youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 31,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.
           
Runners Up: Ryan Walters, Alaska (4 gp, 4g, 6a, 10 pts.), Shawn Szydlowski, Fort Wayne (3 gp, 4g, 3a, 7 pts.) and Lindsay Sparks, Missouri (3 gp, 5g, 2a, 7 pts.).
           
Also Nominated: Vincent Arseneau (Allen), Chris Knowlton (Colorado), Wade MacLeod (Idaho), Matt Caria (Kalamazoo), Johnny McInnis (Orlando), Justin Fox (Quad City), Kale Kerbashian (Rapid City), Andrew Rowe (South Carolina), Brad Stebner (Stockton), Kyle Bonis (Toledo) and Alex Krushelnyski (Utah).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jackals Trade Former Viper Florentino To Everblades:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino to the Florida Everblades.

The Jackals signed Florentino to a try-out contract on October 15th 2014.  In 18 games this season with Elmira Florentino recorded two goals.  In 34 games this season with Florida Florentino has (4-goals-4-assists-8-points).

Florentino started last season (2013-14) with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Huntsville Havoc. In 14 games with Huntsville Florentino collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Florentino was loaned to the ECHL Reading Royals before signing with Reading on December 6th 2013.  Florentino played in just 9 games with the Royals picking up two assists, was released on March 19th 2014. 

Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.

Rob Florentino's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=42676

This was posted on the Jackals website:

Jackals Send Florentino To Florida

DULUTH, GA - January 3, 2015 - The Elmira Jackals, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, announced today that they have traded defenseman Rob Florentino to the Florida Everblades to complete the future considerations from the October 15th trade, which sent Kevin Hart from Florida to Elmira.

Florentino, 25, skated in 18 games with the Jackals this season as a forward and defenseman, notching two goals and 35 penalty minutes. In 38 career ECHL games with Elmira, Reading and Las Vegas, Florentino has recorded four points and 54 penalty minutes.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Former Vernon Laker Metropolit Signs Contract Extension With Eagles:

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Adler Mannheim Eagles have given former Vernon Lakers forward Glen Metropolit a new contract extension.  Metropolit in his first season with Adler Mannheim signed with the Eagles on July 29th 2014.  The Adler Mannheim Eagles are an ice hockey team that play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest ice hockey league in Germany. The Eagles are based in Mannheim, a city in the north of Baden-Württemberg. 

Metropolit played last season with two teams. HC Lugano & Schlittschuh Club Bern. Hockey Club Lugano is a professional hockey club based in Lugano, Switzerland while Schlittschuh Club Bern is also a hockey team based in Bern, Switzerland. Metropolit played two seasons with HC Lugano before joining Schlittschuh Club Bern. In 40 games last season with HC Lugano Metropolit collected (6-goals-28-assists-34-points). In three games with Schlittschuh Club Bern Metropolit picked up one goal. Metropolit was also Captain for Team Canada at last years Spengler Cup where he picked up (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) in four games with Canada.

Metropolit played one season in Vernon (1994-95) with the Vernon Lakers. In 60 regular season games with the Lakers Metropolit lead the team in scoring with (43-goals-74-assists-117-points). Mettropolit was never drafted but played eight seasons in the NHL with seven different teams (Washington, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston, Philadelphia & Montreal).

Glen Metropolit's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=3587

This was posted on the Eagles website:

Eagles speed up cadre plannings for the season 2015/2016

29th December, 2014

The eagles speed up the cadre plannings for the coming season 2015/2016 and have extended the contracts running out at the seasonal end with eight players shortly before the turn of the year prematurely.

Ronny Arendt, to yokes pike and Glen Metropolit remain loyal to the eagles for an other playing time in each case. Jamie Tardif and Christoph Ullmann are available till 2017, Martin Buchwieser and Dennis Endras till 2018. Matthias Plachta has signed a long-term contract which binds him up to the 30th April, 2020 to the eagles.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Former Viper Conroy Scores Overtime Winner-Gives Vees BCHL Championship:

Former Vernon Vipers prospect forward Dakota Conroy scored at 2:06 of
overtime in Game 6 giving the visiting Penticton Vees a 3-2 overtime win over the Nanaimo Clippers capture the 2015 Fred Page Cup now advance to the 2015 Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray.

On October 28th 2014 the Vernon Vipers traded the CJHL playing rights of Conroy along with future considerations to the Penticton Vees for forward Liam Finlay.  Conroy a member with the Prince Albert Raiders at the time of the trade left the Raiders on October 19th 2014 returned home to Edmonton, Alberta awaiting a trade. Conroy was suspended by the Raiders for leaving the team was eventually released before joining the Vees in mid November.

Dakota Conroy's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=51703 

Former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun is also on the Penticton Vees BCHL Championship team.  Hannoun played one season in Vernon (2013-14) before being traded to Surrey along with Ben Butcher on June 9th 2014 as the Future Considerations in the Brett Mulcahy trade from January 2014. The Vipers sent forward Chase McMurphy & Future Considerations to Surrey for Brett Mulcahy & Future Considerations on January 6th 2014.

Hannoun played two seasons in Surrey before joining the Vipers. Hannoun was part of the future considerations in the Vipers-Eagles trade at the 2012 BCHL trade deadline that saw Vernon send Adam Tambellini & Michael Roberts to Surrey for future considerations wich at the end of that season were named (Mason Blacklock and Demico Hannoun). In 47 games with the Vipers last season Hannoun collected (15-goals-29-assists-44-points). Hannoun was committed to Michigan Tech for this season was traded from the Eagles to Penticton on August 13th 2014.

Demico Hannoun's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?statsleague=WC&player=98683&team=&year=&status=&leagueid=&season

This is in the Penticton Herald Newspaper:

Vees win in OT to capture Fred Page Cup

Posted on Apr 17, 2015

by David Crompton

The Penticton Vees went out and acquired Dakota Conroy in mid-season for moments just like this.

A prolific scorer in the Western Hockey League, Conroy scored the winning goal at 2:06 of overtime as the Penticton Vees beat the Nanaimo Clippers 3-2 Friday at the Frank Crane Arena to hoist their second Fred Page Cup BCHL championship in the last four years.

Penticton won the best-of-seven series 4-2 and advance to the Crescent Point Western Canada Cup April 25 to May 3 in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Conroy, the 20-year-old from Edmonton, recovered the puck off a faceoff and quickly whipped a high shot past Guillaume Decelles on the blocker side as the Vees completed a stunning comeback after losing the first two games of the series on home ice. It was Conroy’s first goal of the series and sixth of the playoffs. He also had seven assists in the series.

Dante Fabbro and Game 5 hero Riley Alferd also scored for the Vees, who have won the Fred Page Cup three times during Fred Harbinson’s tenure as GM and head coach. Oddly enough, all three clinching games were on the road (twice in Nanaimo).

Spencer Hewson and Brett Roulston replied for the Clippers.

Hunter Miska made 27 saves for the Vees, while Decelles made 39 stops for the Clippers. The game was scoreless until the third period.

The Vees will play the Alberta league champion in the opening game of the Western Canada Cup a week from today.

After a sluggish first period, the game opened up in the second. Nanaimo’s Sheldon Rempal had Miska beaten but Vees defenceman Patrick Sexton made a diving play to stop a wraparound and then got to his knees and blocked the rebound off his chest.

Penticton came out on a mission in the third period and after relentless pressure, it was rookie defenceman Fabbro who broke the ice at 9:18. Conroy showed great patience before dropping the puck to Fabbro who fired a high shot off the far post and in, with Steen Cooper also assisting.

But the Vees relinquished the lead in bizarre fashion 14 seconds later as Hewson’s long shot hit Miska up high and blooped over his shoulder and down into the net.

Penticton recaptured the lead on a splendid individual effort by Alferd at 11:47. Taking a feed from Jack Ramsey, Alferd went wide on a defender, got tripped up but hoisted a backhander over Decelles from his knees. Matt Serratore also earned a helper.

Once again, the Vees couldn’t close it out as Roulston batted a bouncing puck from the slot between Miska’s pads to tie the game at 2-2 with 3:22 to go. Nicolas Carrier earned the lone assist.

The Vees got a power play with 2:17 to go but couldn’t manage a single shot on goal as the final seconds wound down to send it to overtime for the third time in the series.

Like the other two overtime games, it ended quickly as Conroy scored unassisted to set off a wild celebration as the Vees won for the third time in as many games in Nanaimo in the series.

ICE CHIPS: Decelles, Conroy and Roulston were the three stars ... The Vees, Melfort Mustangs (Saskatchewan league champs), Portage Terriers (Manitoba league champs) and the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons have punched their tickets to the Western Canada Cup. The Brooks Bandits once again staved off elimination in the Alberta league final with a 6-4 road win over the Spruce Grove Saints, who still lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in Brooks.

Former Viper Tambellini Aiming For Game 5 Return:

The Calgary Hitmen are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory in Medicine Hat on Wednesday giving the Hitmen a 3-1 lead in the series.  Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini leads the WHL playoffs in assists with 10 and points with 19 missed Game 4 with an undisclosed injury, but was back on skates Thursday.  Tambellini likely will skate again this morning and then be re-evaluated.

Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp in July was one of twenty players reassigned from the Rangers Training Camp in September. The Rangers reassigned Tambellini to the Hitmen on September 24th 2014.

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks. Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This was in the Calgary Herald Newspaper:

Hitmen star Tambellini aiming for Game 5 return

Laurence Heinen, For the Calgary Herald

Published on: April 16, 2015

Adam Tambellini found himself in an unfamiliar situation on Wednesday in Medicine Hat.

The Western Hockey League’s leading playoff scorer was forced to watch from the sidelines while his Calgary Hitmen edged the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

“It was a little weird not being out there with my teammates,” said Tambellini after practising with the Hitmen on Thursday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. “I’d rather be out there trying to help them, but it was a great win by them. They played extremely well.”

Hitmen head coach Mark French wouldn’t divulge the severity of Tambellini’s ailment, but noted that he’d like to have his leading scorer back in the lineup as soon as possible.

“I think it’s appropriate at this time just to say that it’s an undisclosed injury,” French said. “Hopefully it’s just day-to-day and we get him back.”

Whether that happens in time for Game 5 of the series on Friday night (6 p.m., Sportsnet.ca/960) at the Saddledome remains to be seen.

Regardless of not getting the chance to add to the nine goals and 10 assists he has accumulated in Calgary’s first 10 playoff contests, Tambellini was extremely happy to see rookie Jordy Stallard score at 7:22 of the extra session on Wednesday to help the Hitmen take control of the series.

“Obviously, Stally with that overtime winner was great, but you look behind that with Taylor Sanheim making that play to him was obviously very impressive,” Tambellini said. “They played really strong all game and stuck to our system and didn’t look their age out there.”

Stallard now sits fifth among rookie playoff scorers with three goals and two assists in 11 games. Not bad for the product of the Brandon minor hockey system who doesn’t turn 18 until Sept. 18.

“It was a great feeling and it was nice to contribute and come out with the win,” said Stallard, who was happy to play a bigger role with both Tambellini and Chase Lang (lower body) not playing. “We’ve got to when we have big guys like that (out of the lineup). Tambo and Langer, they’re huge guys for our team. Other guys just have to step up and play our game.”

Overage forward Connor Rankin was also impressed with how everyone played in the absence of Tambellini and Lang.

“That’s been one of our powers this year is we’ve had a lot of depth and a lot of guys that can step up at any time,” said Rankin, who’s tied for second in the playoff scoring race with Brandon Magee of the Victoria Royals at nine goals and five assists. “I couldn’t be more proud of the guys right now and we’ve been doing a great job with everyone stepping up and doing their part.”

Rankin added that it was a little unusual to not have Tambellini as his centre for the first the first time in recent memory.

“I’ve played next to him for 71 games this year and through the playoffs,” said the 20-year-old left winger from North Vancouver. “It was different without him for sure and obviously (he was) a guy that was missed. He’s such a great player and he’s had a great year obviously so far.”

With a chance to eliminate the Tigers at home on Friday night, the Hitmen remain cautiously optimistic. They also held a 3-1 lead on the Kootenay Ice in the first round before needing to win 6-2 in a Game 7 at home on April 6.

“It definitely was a learning experience,” said Jake Virtanen of the Kootenay comeback. “We let off the pedal a bit and they came back. We’re just going to have to obviously stick together and finish it off (on Friday).”

French has already addressed the matter with his players and expects them to have a bigger sense of urgency on Friday.

“We’ve been in the situation before and we need to learn from it and hopefully handle it in a better way,” French said. “As a group it’s our first playoff experience and I don’t think we handled Game 5 in the appropriate fashion against Kootenay. I prefer we learn from that, learn how to handle our emotions the right way (and) understand how to handle this situation.”

ICE CHIPS: Via www.hitmenhockey.com, the team has a special online promo offer for Friday’s game where all seats are $15 + tax … Fans are invited to remain in their seats after the contest to watch Game 2 of the Calgary Flames/Vancouver Canucks series on the jumbotron, and the concessions will remain open.

Jandric Commits To Vipers:

The BCMML Cariboo Cougars twitter account tweeted Tuesday 17 year old forward Steven Jandric has committed to the Vernon Vipers for next season.  Jandric is listed at 5'10 175 lbs collected (18-goals-36-assists-54-points) in 39 games this season with the Cougars.  Jandric scored once played six games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks this season. 

Steven Jandric's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=268055

CKPG TV also reports Jandric has committed to the Vipers for next season,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za0TMlxSVh8

It looks like Jandric had previously committed to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks last season (March 2014).  Here is that article,

http://www.cariboocougars.ca/commitments/591-jandric-commits-to-silverbacks

Here is a story from the Pringe George Citizen newspaper (March 2014) on Jandric committing to the Silverbacks,

http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/sports/silverbacks-take-shine-to-jandric-1.878574



Thursday, April 16, 2015

BCHL Reinstates 17-Year-Old Roster Rule:

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's BCHL Blog:

BCHL Reinstates 17-Year-Old Roster Rule

Friday, April 10, 2015

The BCHL has re-introduced the roster rule stating that each team must have a minimum of two players 17-years-old or younger on their active roster in 2015-16. This is a change from this past season when teams were required to have minimum of four rookie players, which was defined as those entering the season with less than 30 games of Junior A experience.

The 17-years-old and under rule was in place for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons after teams were required to carry a minimum of one 16-year-old and one 17-year-old on their rosters during the 2011-12 season.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bulldogs Release Former Vernon Viper Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs have released former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill after his second stint with the Bulldogs this season.  Gill was signed to a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on January 17th 2015 played in 24 games with the Bulldogs collected (2-goals-2-assists-4-points) was released on March 25th 2015.  Gill will return-report to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with Hamilton returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers where he played last season before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Gill played in 12 games with the Penguins collecting (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) before being released January 16, 2015.

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This is posted on the Bulldogs twitter account:

Hamilton Bulldogs‏@BulldogsAHL

24 Mar 2015

NEWS: Sahir Gill's professional try out contract has expired. He will report back to the @WheelingNailers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eagles Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Morgan:

The South Korean Hanwha Eagles baseball club have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Nyjer Morgan.

Morgan spent parts of one season with the Cleveland Indians last year, signed a Minor League contract with the Indians on January 16th 2014 before earning a roster spot with the Major League Club on March 24th 2014. Morgan returned to the Majors after playing the 2013 season in Japan where he spent the season with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Yokohama DeNa BayStars.  After just playing in 15 games spending most of his time with the Tribe on the DL Morgan was released on August 5th 2014. 

Morgan signed with the BayStars on January 23rd 2013 after spending the previous two seasons with the MLB Milwaukee Brewers before electing free agency, a day after the Brewers hastened his departure by outrighting him from the 40-man roster.

Morgan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. On September 1st 2007 Morgan made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Milwaukee Brewers as a late-season call-up. On June 30 2009 Morgan was traded to the Washington Nationals along with pitcher Sean Burnett in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Joel Hanrahan. On March 27 2011 Morgan was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for prospect Cutter Dykstra (son of baseball player Lenny Dykstra). Morgan played for three MLB teams, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington before heading to Japan. Morgan attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp in 1996-97. Morgan played as an affiliated player "AP" as a 16 year old with the Vipers during the (1996-1997) season while playing with the KIJHL North Okanagan Kings.

Nyjer Morgan's Player Profile:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/morgany01.shtml

This was in the Korea Herald Newspaper:

Hanwha Eagles sign ex-big league outfielder Nyjer Morgan

Published : 2014-12-12

South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles announced Friday they have signed former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder Nyjer Morgan.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club inked the 34-year-old player for US$550,000 for 2015, along with a signing bonus of $150,000.

Morgan has 598 big league games under his belt and is a career .282 hitter with 120 steals.

He spent the 2013 season with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan, batting .294 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 108 games.

Morgan returned to the majors with the Cleveland Indians this year but was limited to 15 games.

With their latest acquisition, the Eagles have filled their foreign player quota for next season. They earlier signed left-hander Shane Youman and right-hander Mitch Talbot. (Yonhap)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Estevan Awarded 2016 Western Canada Cup:

This is posted on the CJHL website:

Bruins Awarded 2016 Western Canada Cup

Nov 04, 2014

It's official...the 2016 Western Canada Cup is on it's way to Estevan.

The announcement was made in the Affinity Place Lounge on Tuesday afternoon.  The announcemnt was made in front of residents and the local media.

Co-Chair Ron Areshenkoff made the official announcement.

"I am pleased to announce that Estevan Saskatchewan has been successful in it's bid to host the 2016 Western Canada Cup Junior Hockey Tournament."

Watch Video,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u87KWRPJNiU

This tournament features the champions of the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL, and the Estevan Bruins.

The tournament will be held in April and concluded in May 2016.

The winner of the tournament and the winner of the consolation game earn spots in the Royal Bank Cup which is the National Championship which is taking place in Lloydminister in 2016.

Co-Chairs for the tournament include Areshenkoff, Ray Frehlick, Barry Bridges, and Warren Waldegger who is also acting as the treasurer.

Areshenkoff noted during his speech they have a number of immediate priorities.

This includes them developing the tournament organizational chart and recruit a team leader for each sub-committee.

Also being able to develop processes which ensure the financial accountability of the event.

The estimated value of the event is $750,000.

On the hockey side of things, hosting the tournament will guarantee the Bruins a spot in the tournament.

" I think by the end of this season we will be more then competitive which will lead into the 2015-2016 season where we will be more competitive. " said Estevan Bruins Head Coach and General Manager Chris Lewgood after the conference.

With the Bruins guaranteed a spot in the tournament they know they will have a chance to go to the RBC Cup, however as Lewgood explained they don't want to go in the back door.

" From a management and a hockey standpoint we don't plan on taking the back door into this thing are goal every night is to win hockey games and moving forward towards the event we plan on winning our way there and building a successful team that will not only compete but move on to the RBC. "

The event will begin at the end of April 2016 and finish up in the beginning of May.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ex Viper Tambellini Named CHL Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini was named the CHL Player of the Week Tuesday.  Tambellini was named the WHL Player of the Week Monday is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen played in 71 regular season games recording (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season.

Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp in July was one of twenty players reassigned from the Rangers Training Camp in September. The Rangers reassigned Tambellini to the Hitmen on September 24th 2014.

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks. Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Tambellini receives CHL nod

Apr 07, 2015

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that New York Rangers prospect Adam Tambellini of the Calgary Hitmen is the CHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 5 after recording 11 points in four games with six goals and five assists.

Tambellini, who was also named the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week (for the week ending April 6), led the way offensively across the WHL in the first two weeks of playoff action helping the Hitmen advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals with a seven-game series win against the Kootenay Ice that wrapped up Monday night.  His four games last week were highlighted by a hat-trick in Tuesday’s Game 3 helping the Hitmen grab an 8-7 overtime win, followed by a four-point performance with a goal and three assists earning second star honours in Wednesday’s 7-2 victory in Game 4.  On Friday night he collected a pair of assists and earned third star honours despite a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ice in Game 5, then scored twice and earned third star recognition in a 4-2 Game 6 loss on Saturday.  Last night Tambellini contributed two assists as the Hitmen prevailed 6-2 in Game 7 to advance to the second round where they will face the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Tambellini, a 20-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his second WHL season with the
Hitmen.  Selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Tambellini signed an entry-level contract with the club last month.  He has 15 points in seven playoff games after leading the club with 86 points in 71 games scoring 47 goals and 39 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was defenceman Jérémie Fraser of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who scored two goals and six assists for eight points in four games helping the defending QMJHL champions defeat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in six games.  In the OHL, 2015 NHL Draft prospect Mitchell Marner of the London Knights scored three goals and six assists for nine points in the final four games of a first round six-game series win over the Kitchener Rangers.

2014-15 CHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Mar. 30 – Apr. 5: Adam Tambellini (Calgary Hitmen)
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29: Brandon Magee (Victoria Royals)

2014-15 CHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 16 – Mar. 22: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15: Louick Marcotte (Gatineau Olympiques)
Mar. 2 – Mar. 8: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)
Feb. 23 – Mar. 1: Anthony DeAngelo (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 16 – Feb. 22: Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Danick Martel (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Jérémy Grégoire (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Evgeny Svechnikov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Mathieu Lemay (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin (Calgary Hitmen)
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Mitch Marner (London Knights)
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Mitch Marner (London Knights)
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Daniel Audette (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Cole Cassels (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Sept. 22 - Sept. 28: Christopher Clapperton (Rimouski Oceanic)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Volpe Commits To Vipers:

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's BCHL Banter Blog:

Friday, April 10th 2015

Defenseman Callum Volpe committed to play for the Vernon Vipers in 2015-16. Volpe, who's from Coquitlam, BC, led all blueliners on the Vancouver NE Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League in scoring with 44 points (10 goals, 34 assists) in 40 games. The 16-year-old listed at 5'10 181 lbs added seven points (four goals, three assists) in six playoff games. He skated in one game with the Langley Rivermen as an affiliate player, notching no points.

Callum Volpe's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?statsleague=France&player=247042&team=&year=&status=&leagueid=&season=


Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond Named NHL's First Star:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond was named the NHL's First Star of the Week Monday.

Hammond made his first career NHL start Wednesday February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory. Hammond is 19-1-2 with two shutouts and a 1.82 GAA

Hammond attended the Ottawa Senators development camp in July before being released from the Sens Training camp was sent down to the AHL.  Hammond was in his second season with the Binghamton Senators before being recalled from the American Hockey League on January 29th 2015.     

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 made his NHL debut last season 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:

Hammond named NHL's First Star

Monday, 04.6.2015

By Craig Medaglia - OttawaSenators.com

FIRST STAR - ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS

Hammond helped the Senators continue their surge for a playoff berth by posting a 3-0-1 record, 1.63 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage as Ottawa (40-26-13, 93 points) finished the week two points behind both Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference. Hammond stopped 16 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings March 31, made 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning April 2 and 29 stops in a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals April 4. He closed the week by posting 36 saves through overtime and five more in the shootout in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs April 5. The NHL's First Star for March has posted a 17-1-2 record with a 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts since his season debut Feb. 16.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hamilton Bulldogs Sign Former Vernon Viper Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton
Bulldogs have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill to a professional try out contract.  This is Gill's second stint with the Bulldogs this season.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with Hamilton returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers where he played last season before signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Gill played in 12 games with the Penguins collecting (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) before being released January 16, 2015.

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

BULLDOGS SIGN SAHIR GILL TO PRO TRY OUT CONTRACT

By: Hamilton Bulldogs

01/17/2015

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed forward Sahir Gill to a professional try out contract. He is expected to play tonight as the ‘Dogs take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

Gill has split this season between the Bulldogs, the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In one game with Hamilton, the 22-year-old has recorded no points or penalty minutes. In 12 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the 5-10, 178-pound forward has recorded three points (one goal, two assists). In 15 games with Wheeling, the Terrace, B.C. native has recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and four penalty minutes.

Gill also spent the entire 2013-14 season – his first as a professional – with the Nailers. In 67 regular season games with Wheeling, he recorded 54 points (13 goals, 41 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. Before turning pro, he spent three seasons (2010 to 2013) with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Boston University Terriers. In 117 career games with Boston University, he recorded 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists) and 55 penalty minutes.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Finlay Named To BCHL All-Rookie Team:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

BCHL All-Stars named for 2014-15 season

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The votes have been counted and, a day before the Fred Page Cup BCHL Finals begin, the league is announcing its 2014-15 league-wide all-star teams.

The all-stars were chosen after a survey of the BCHL’s play-by-play broadcasters.

This season, there is an all-BCHL First Team, Second Team and Rookie Team.

There are 11 BCHL teams represented in the all-star teams and five of the all-stars will be competing for a BCHL championship in the Fred Page Cup.

BCHL 1st All-Star Team

F – Corey Mackin, Coquitlam Express
F – Dane Gibson, Victoria Grizzlies
F – Brett Supinski, Coquitlam Express
D – Andrew Farny, Salmon Arm Silverbacks
D – Kurt Gosselin, Alberni Valley Bulldogs
G – Hunter Miska, Penticton Vees

BCHL 2nd All-Star Team

F – Liam Blackburn, West Kelowna Warriors
F – Jacob Pritchard, Powell River Kings
F – Jake Lucchini, Trail Smoke Eaters
D – Yanni Kaldis, Nanaimo Clippers
D – Gabe Bast, Penticton Vees
G – Guillaume Decelles, Nanaimo Clippers

All-Rookie Team

F – Brett Supinski, Coquitlam Express
F – Liam Finlay, Vernon Vipers
F – Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees
D – Yanni Kaldis – Nanaimo Clippers
D – Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees
G – Aidan Pelino, Chilliwack Chiefs

Vipers Alumni Tambellini Named WHL Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Tambellini was named the Western Hockey Leagues Player of the Week.  Tambellini in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen played in 71 regular season games recording (47-goals-39-assists-86-points) was tenth in WHL scoring this season.

Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp in July was one of twenty players reassigned from the Rangers Training Camp in September. The Rangers reassigned Tambellini to the Hitmen on September 24th 2014.

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks. Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun). In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=103529

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Tambellini named Denny's WHL Player of the Week

Apr 06, 2015

CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Calgary Hitmen forward Adam Tambellini is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 6th, 2015. 

Tambellini collected 11 points (6g-5a) in four games to help the Calgary Hitmen pick up a pair of wins in their Round 1 series against the Kootenay ICE in the 2015 WHL Playoffs.

On Tuesday, March 31st against the ICE, Tambellini notched a hat trick to lead the Hitmen to an 8-7 overtime victory in Game 3. The following night, Tambellini recorded four points (1g-3a) to lead the Hitmen to a Game 4 victory over the ICE by a score of 7-2 while also claiming second star honours. On Friday, April 3rd, Tambellini tallied a pair of assists while earning third star honours in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Kootenay ICE in Game 5. The following night, Tambellini scored two goals and earned third star honours as the Hitmen dropped Game 6 to the ICE by a score of 4-2.

The 20-year-old Edmonton, AB native gathered 86 points (47g-39a) while playing in 71 games this season. The 6’3”, 191 lb forward is in his second WHL campaign with Calgary and has amassed 125 points (64g-61a) in 102 career WHL regular season contests. In 12 career WHL Playoff games, Tambellini has recorded 22 points (12g-10a).

The WHL has also nominated Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Hart, a 1998-born netminder from Sherwood Park, AB, recorded two wins last week in the Silvertips’ Round 1 match-up against the Spokane Chiefs. On Wednesday, April 1st, Hart turned aside 45 shots in Game 3 against the Chiefs to earn a 2-1 double overtime victory and claim first star honours. On Friday, April 3rd, Hart had another strong performance as he stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift the Silvertips to a 3-1 win in Game 4 over the Chiefs while earning first star honours. The following night, Hart made 39 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Game 5.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

Mar. 30 – Apr. 6: Adam Tambellini, Calgary Hitmen
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29: Brandon Magee, Victoria Royals
Mar. 16 – Mar. 22: Jake DeBrusk, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 9 – Mar. 15: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland WInterhawks
Mar. 2– Mar. 8: Peter Quenneville, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 23– Mar. 1: Jansen Harkins, Prince George Cougars
Feb. 16– Feb. 22: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 9 – Feb. 15: Leon Draisaitl, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 2 – Feb. 8: Rihards Bukarts, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 26 – Feb. 1: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 19 – Jan. 25: Tyrell Goulbourne, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 12 – Jan. 18: Tim McGauley, Brandon Wheat Kings
Jan. 5 – Jan. 11: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 29 – Jan. 4: Travis Brown, Victoria Royals
Dec. 15 – Dec. 28: Trevor Cox, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 8 – Dec. 14: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 1 – Dec. 7: Connor Rankin, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 24 – Nov. 30: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Finlay & Aldworth Make NHL Central Scouting's 2015 Final Rankings:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

5 BCHLers among the 10 Jr. A players on CSS final list

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The NHL Central Scouting Service (CSS) has released its final player ratings in advance of the 2015 Entry Draft and five BCHLers are included among the top North American skaters.

There were 10 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players listed overall. To view the entire list, click the link below:

2015 NHL CSS Final Player Rankings

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=761663&navid=DL|NHL|home

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft will take place June 26-27 in Sunrise, Fla. at the BB&T Center.

The BCHL players listed are as follows:

#131 - Marcus Vela, Langley Rivermen
#188 - Carmine Buono, Powell River Kings
#195 - Thomas Aldworth, Vernon Vipers
#199 - Liam Finlay, Vernon Vipers
#209 - Vincent Desharnais, Chilliwack Chiefs

Other Junior A (CJHL) players are:

#152 - Jackson Keane, Winnipeg Blues
#190 - William Reilly, North York Rangers
#192 - Rhett Gardner, Okotoks Oilers
#200 - Adam Berg, Calgary Mustangs
#203 - James Vermeulen, Whitecourt Wolverines

Aldworth Commits To Quinnipiac:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Aldworth Commits to Quinnipiac

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Vernon Vipers are very pleased to announce that forward Thomas Aldworth has committed to Quinnipiac University for next season.

In his first BCHL season, the Keller Texas product impressed, leading the team in goals with 37. He also tallied 8 points in 13 games in the post season.

Aldworth will be joining fellow Viper, Luke Shiplo who also committed to the Bobcats.

We congratulate Thomas on the accomplishment and wish him all the best at Quinnipiac.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vipers Playoff Flashback Highlight's: 2009 Doyle Cup Game 2:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

2009 Doyle Cup Game 2

Posted by HockeyTube on Mar 15th, 2015

Over the years anyone who had seen this game has asked to see the highlights but unfortunately we had misplaced them. This week we discovered the lost footage from the Doyle Cup series between the Six Time National Champion Vernon Vipers and the Grande Prairie Storm.  Vernon coached by Mark Ferner and Grande Prairie coached by Mike Vandekamp went to war in Game two. A number of players from both teams went onto play minor pro and some getting a shot at the NHL.

This was one of the meanest playoff games we had ever witnessed with both teams tossing out cheap shots. The penalties ranged from spearing, slashing to blatant elbows and slew foots. Neither team was innocent in this affair but things got out of hand when Grande Prairies Elias Grossmann had roughed up one of the linesman. In that skirmish two match penalties were handed out plus a couple of game misconducts. It was a drastically different game then game one also played in Vernon.

At the time Hockey Canada rules for fighting came with an automatic game suspension…so players were taking matters in their own hands. As a result of Grossmann going nuts we had our first ever viral video…but shortly after that we had misplaced the footage on a hard drive. Now it’s here for your enjoyment!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CEsLFKK8OQ

Monday, April 6, 2015

Penguins Release Ex Viper Forward Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have released former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill.

Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs on October 10th 2014. Gill was released after going pointless in one game with the Bulldogs returned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers where he played last season before signing a a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with the Penguins.  In 12 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Gill collected (1-goal-2-assists-3-points).

Gill played last year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This was posted on the Penguins website:

Penguins Release Gill from PTO

January 16, 2015

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguinsannounced today that they have released forward Sahir Gill from his professional tryout agreement (PTO).

Gill, 22, played in 12 games for the Penguins, collecting one goal and two assists. He tallied his first career AHL goal on Jan. 2 versus Binghamton.

Prior to signing a PTO with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 4, 2014, Gill had posted 14 points (4G-10A) in 14 contests for the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL). Last season, he led Wheeling with 41 assists and 54 points (13G-41A) in 67 games.

Now in his second year of professional hockey, Gill played three seasons at Boston University (2010-13), where he recorded 28 goals, 50 assists and 55 penalty minutes over 117 games.