Saturday, September 21, 2019

Vipers-Grizzlies Highlight's:

Here are some highlight's of the Victoria Grizzlies five goals Friday night in Vernon. The Vipers & Grizzlies met for the first time playing in the Vipers home opener. The Grizzlies with five unanswered goals erased an early 1-0 Vernon lead, got a 41 save performance from Joe Howe in a 5-1 victory.

Game Preview: Powell River @ Vernon:

Powell River (5-1-0-0) @ Vernon (2-2-0-0) 6pm

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings vs the Powell River Kings. The Kings & Vipers split last years regular season series 1-1

Last Game:

Friday, September 20th Victoria defeated Vernon 5-1
Friday, September 20th Salmon Arm defeated Powell River 5-2

Next Game:

Saturday, September 28th Cowichan @ Vernon
Saturday, September 28th Powell River @ Victoria

Vernon's record & stats vs the Kings since 2003

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Lake City Casino Goal Of The Game – #12 Connor Marritt

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Marritt Scores Home Opener

Sep 21, 2019 

VERNON – Vernon Viper Captain Connor Marritt scored the first goal of the game in the team’s home opener against the Victoria Grizzlies. It was Marritt’s 2nd goal of the season coming just a few minutes into the opening period. However that was all the scoring for the Snakes with the Vipers losing 5-1 to Grizzlies.

The 20-year-old forward from Kelowna, B.C is in his 3rd season with the team and recorded 40 points last season including 13 goals. The Vernon Vipers host the Powell River Kings tonight starting at 6pm at Kal Tire Place.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Vipers Home Opener: Victoria 5 Vernon 1

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey In Vernon my entire life. I have had season tickets since 1990 and only missed four Vipers home games since 2009. In the past thirty years I have only missed 45 home games. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and view's from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be professional and unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at the Vernon Vipers home opener between the Vipers & Grizzlies as Victoria defeated Vernon 5-1 in front of 2,055 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Max Palaga
Victoria: Joe Howe

Before tonight's Vipers home opener, the Vipers introduced the 2019-20 Vernon Vipers player by player.

1st Period: The Vipers with a quick jump off the opening puck drop. Just thirty eight seconds into the opening frame, Cameron MacDonald lead Vernon on a two on one with Vipers captain Connor Marritt. MacDonald decided to keep and shoot, forcing Joe Howe into making an early stop off the odd man rush. Less then a minute later, Vernon product Colby Feist lead another odd man rush, went down the right wing on a partial breakaway, forced Joe Howe to make another stop, as the Snakes with a quick 3-0 lead. The Grizzlies would get the games first power play, about a minute and a half into the 1st period. Logan Cash blocked a shot, went down to the ice immediately and looked to be in serious pain. Cash was having all kinds of troubles getting to his feet, looked to have trouble putting any weight on his one knee. With the Grizzlies in control of the play, Cash was actually lying on the ice at one point, before slowly getting up, but struggled to get off the ice with the play in the Vipers zone. Cash and the Vipers finally were able to clear the zone and make a line change. Cash seemed to be ok and stayed in the contest. Victoria struggled with the man advantage, couldn't get a shot on the PP as the Snakes killed off the minor. Shortly after Isack Bandhu with a quick shot from the slot, forced former Western Hockey League goaltender Max Palaga into making a stop on a good chance for the Grizzlies. On a quick turn around, Connor Marritt lead the attack, ripped a laser of a shot from the top of the circle, beating Joe Howe top shelf giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 5:29 Marritt's goal was unassisted. Less then two minutes later Edward Yan spotted Darwin Lakoduk with a quick pass, ripped a quick shot past Max Palaga tying the game 1-1 at 7:09 Yan & Reid Lindsay collected the assists. Just before the halfway mark, Brendan Bowie left alone at the circle, ripped a quick shot forcing Max Palaga into making a tough save, keeping this game tied. Vernon was outshooting Victoria 6-2 at one point, now it was 7-6 for the visiting Grizzlies. Late in the period the Vipers would get caught standing around in there own end. Bryce Anderson would be stopped in close, before Brendan Bowie buried the rebound, five hole on Max Palaga, giving Victoria a 2-1 lead at 18:07 Anderson & Andrew Amousse picked up the helpers. Twenty three seconds later, Nico Somerville sprung Cody Monds in for the breakaway, while Marty Westhaver also got in behind the Vernon defence. The two were in all alone, Monds setup Westhaver giving Victoria a 3-1 lead at 18:30 on a defensive breakdown for the Snakes. Monds and Somerville drew the assists. Inside the final minute, Ben Helgeson with a quality chance in close couldn't solve Joe Howe with about fourty two seconds left. The Vipers would get there first look with the power play in the dying seconds, but run out of time before the final buzzer. It was 3-1 for Victoria after 20 minutes of play. I like the Vipers start. I thought Vernon was quick off the opening draw, moving the puck quick, had two odd man rushes within the opening minute. The Snakes opened the scoring and looked good for most of the first half. I thought the Vipers had a slight edge in play in the first half. The Grizzlies gave up the opening goal, but returned the favour with a good push back, to tie the game less then two minutes later. Victoria didn't get off to the start they wanted, but got better as the period went on. I thought the Grizz looked good at times but then didn't look that good at other times. Victoria would outshot 6-2 at one point, before rallying back with several strong shifts, to grab a 7-6 lead in shots. The Grizzlies looked good in the second half, had a slight edge in play, were moving the puck quick up ice, catching the Viper defence napping on several plays. The Grizz looking for that long stretch pass, were getting the forwards up and in behind the Snakes defence often. At times the Vipers looked good and at times the Grizzlies looked good. Overall I would say both teams were fairly even. Victoria outshot Vernon 13-12.

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Vernon Vipers Unveil New Home Jerseys:

This is on the Vipers facebook & twitter pages:

Vernon Vipers

Sep 20, 2019

We couldn't be more excited for our home opener! We also couldn't be more excited to debut our new home jerseys. These things are straight

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New Look Vipers Ready For Home Opener:

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Grizzlies in town

New look Vipers ready for home opener

Sep 20, 2019 

After a long wait, Vernon Vipers fans finally get to see their team.

The Vipers have played their first three games on the road since starting the BCHL season Sept. 6, but tonight they have their home opener against the Victoria Grizzlies at Kal Tire Place at 7 p.m.

Jason McKee, former coach of the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints and WHL’s Vancouver Giants, is the Snakes’ new head coach and GM, taking over from Mark Ferner.

The team has two wins and one loss under McKee so far.

The voice of the Vipers, Graham Turnbull, talks about the team’s style under McKee.

You can listen to Graham with the play by play of the game starting at 6:45 p.m. on 107.5 Beach Radio.

Tonight’s game is sponsored by Beach Radio, and we’ll be doing our annual Tailgate Party before the game (5:30-6:30) as well as our Grand Prize Draw for Gas for a Year during the first intermission.

The Vipers are also in action Saturday evening, hosting the Powell River Kings.

Game Preview: Vipers Home Opener: Victoria @ Vernon:

Victoria (2-2-0-0) @ Vernon (2-1-0-0) 7pm

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Victoria Grizzlies. Last year the Grizzlies & Vipers split the regular season series 1-1

Last Game:

Saturday, September 14th Vernon defeated Wenatchee 3-2 Shootout
Sunday, September 15th Victoria defeated West Kelowna 3-2 Overtime

Next Game:

Saturday, September 21st Powell River @ Vernon
Saturday, September 21st Victoria @ Salmon Arm

Vernon's record & stats vs the Grizzlies since 2003

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ex Vipers Goaltender Hammond Suffers Loss In Sabres Debut:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond made his Buffalo Sabres preseason debut Tuesday, September 17th 2019 in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hammond replaced Sabres starting goaltender Linus Ullmark halfway through the 2nd period, allowed two goals on fifteen shots.

Game Summary,

Hammond was a free agent signed with the Buffalo Sabres July 1st 2019 to a one-year contract with an AAV of $700,000. 

Hammond played last year with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild. In 33 games last season Hammond went 19-14-0 with three shutouts and a 2.81 GAA Hammond & the Wild clinched a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history.

The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018, reassigned Hammond to the Iowa Wild October 1st 2018. Hammond played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche November 5th 2017. 

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Vipers Set To Unveil New Home Jerseys Friday:

This is on the Vipers facebook and twitter pages:

Vernon Vipers @VernonVipers 

Sep 18, 2019

Here's another look at what we'll be debuting on Friday night against Victoria.  You'll have to be there to see the whole thing


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Caller Joins Vernon Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Add Caller From WHL’s Blazers

September 18, 2019 

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are please to announce the addition of Jackson Caller.

The 20 year old Kamloops product spent last year split with his home town team and the Saskatoon Blades.  In 65 games played he registered 3 goals and 3 assists.

“He’s a veteran player who really looks after his own zone.  He skates well for a player of his size and can add a physical element to his game,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.

Caller has 210 WHL games under his belt which will add to the veteran presence already in the dressing room.

Jackson will make his Vipers debut this Friday for the home opener as the Vipers take on the Victoria Grizzlies.

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Colonials Name Vipers Alumni Bishop New Head Coach:

The United States Premier Hockey League Charleston Colonials have named former Vernon Vipers forward Hunter Bishop new Head Coach.

Bishop played last year with the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) Stena Line Belfast Giants before announcing his retirement in early February. The Giants are an ice hockey team from Belfast, Northern Ireland that compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League. In 34 games last year with the Giants, Bishop collected (4-goals-15-assists-19-points).

Before signing with the Giants, Bishop spent the previous three seasons with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks. After playing two seasons at Ohio State University Bishop played four seasons in the American Hockey League & ECHL with six different teams (Hamilton, Wheeling, South Carolina, Lake Erie, Rochester & Manchester) before heading overseas. The Montreal Canadiens signed Bishop as a free agent March 18th 2010 to a two year contract. Bishop attended Montreal's training camp three straight season's but never played a game with the Habs.

Bishop played parts of three seasons in Vernon (2005-2008). Bishop left the Vipers after two seasons and played in just four games at the University of North Dakota during the 2006-07 season before returning to Vernon during the Christmas break playing the remainder of the 2006-07 season. Bishop played his final season with the 2007-08 Vipers. In 140 regular season games with the Vipers Bishop collected (93-goals-84-assists-177-points). Bishop is ranked 10th on Vernon Junior hockey's all-time points list with 177 points & tied with Wayne Dye on Vernon Junior hockey's all-time goals list, with 93 goals. 

Hunter Bishop's Player Profile:

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Vernon-Wenatchee Trade:

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Vipers Move Cherkowski to Wenatchee

September 17, 2019 

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers have made a trade with the Wenatchee Wild.

The Vipers have moved 19 year old forward Nick Cherkowski to the Wild in exchange for future considerations.

“Nick will get a great opportunity for an expanded role in Wenatchee,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.  “They have a great program there and he will have a chance to make an impact.”

The Vipers would like to thank Nick for his time with the Vipers and wish him the best with Wenatchee.

Nicholas Cherkowski's Player Profile:

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:

Next Generation: Wenatchee Wild

All summer we’ll be going team-by-team to profile new players coming in for the 2019-20 season with recaps of offseason commits and acquisitions. We will also have interviews and scouting reports from the coaches.

Next up is the Wenatchee Wild.

The Wild are two years removed from the franchise’s first Fred Page Cup and are coming off a year where they made it to the third round of the playoffs. The BCHL’s only team from south of the border is looking to a group of new players to gel with a handful of returning veterans to get them back to that championship level. Wenatchee’s associate head coach and director of recruiting Leigh Mendelson has been busy recruiting players from across the continent, and in one case across the world, this offseason. He believes that a player’s attributes on the ice are just as important as those off it. “It’s not that we just want good people, we’re only taking good people,” said Mendelson. “We do a lot of research and take our time when it comes to recruiting. A lot of our guys, it took a two-year process, so we want to make sure we’re bringing good people into our locker room that are all like-minded and who all have the same goal of developing into good hockey players and good citizens.”

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Ex Viper Bourne On Mitch Marner Deal:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Justin Bourne provides some insight on Mitch Marner's new six year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bourne is a senior hockey columnist with the Athletic NHL.

The Athletic NHL website:

Bourne spent six-seven years as a hockey writter for USA Today, the Hockey News, The Score as well as having-writing his own hockey blogs before joining the the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies as video coach in 2015. Bourne left the Marlies after two seasons returning to journalism in June 2017.

Bourne played four years at the University of Anchorage Alaska before playing three seasons (2007-2009) in the American Hockey League & ECHL with five different teams (Alaska, Bridgeport, Utah, Reading & Idaho) before a serious jaw injury forced Bourne to retire in 2009. Bourne also attended the New York Islanders training camp in 2007. Justin's father is legendary New York Islanders forward Bob Bourne who played twelve seasons with the Islanders winning four straight Stanley Cups. 

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Maine Mariners Give Vernon Vipers Alumni Coughlin Qualifying Offer:

The ECHL tendered qualifying offers as submitted by each of its member teams. The Maine Mariners have six players that been tendered qualifying offers, one is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Johnny Coughlin.

Coughlin finished his fourth and final season at College of the Holy Cross in March 2019 before signing his first professional contract with the Mariners March 15th 2019. Coughlin collected four assists in ten games with the Mariners last year.

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

Johnny Coughlin's Player Profile:

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sleeth Suspended:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

15-Sep-19 The Vernon Vipers’ Connor Sleeth is suspended 1 game for receiving his team’s second goaltender interference penalty in the same game

Connor Sleeth's Player Profile:

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:

Carter Returns To Cowichan Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals are pleased to announce the addition of goaltending coach Chris Carter to the coaching staff. Chris has been a professional goaltending coach for 13 years and brings his wealth of experience back to the Capitals organization. Chris is very familiar with being the goaltending coach for the Capitals, making his BCHL coaching  debut with the Capitals for the 2016/2017 season. After spending the 2017/2018 season and part of the 2018/2019 season with the Powell River Kings, he is very excited to return to Cowichan. “This rink was where I coached in my first year of Junior ‘A’ and it’s always been special to me. Always felt like home whenever I visited with the Kings. I couldn’t be happier to return to this organization and I’m looking forward to getting to work here at main camp. The future looks very promising for this team and I’m honoured to be a part of it. I’d like to thank Mike Vandekamp for trusting me with this very important role on the team and also Dan Whiteford for his assistance in making this happen for me.”

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Vernon 3 Wenatchee 2 Shootout

Scoring Summary:


No Scoring

13:17WENQuinn Emerson (1) ASST: Dylan Herzog (1)
18:54VERMatt Kowalski (1) ASST: Connor Marritt (1), Cameron MacDonald (1) (PP)

0:57VERChristian Felton (1) ASST: Ben Sanderson (1)
1:22WENJack Bayless (2) ASST: Drew Bavaro (1), Trevor Griebel (1)
1st OT

No Scoring

Vernon Vipers Shootout 

25Cameron MacDonaldGoal
12Connor MarrittGoal


Wenatchee Wild Shootout 

9Matt DorseyNo Goal
18Tyler YoungNo Goal


Vernon outshot Wenatchee 38-30 Max Palaga made 28 saves in the win, while Daniel Chenard made 35 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Report,

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