Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hockey Night In Vernon: Vernon Vipers vs Penticton Vees:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

Vernon Vipers

April 4 2020

Its Saturday night! It's Hockey Night in Vernon. Every Saturday you can get your Vipers Hockey fix thanks to HockeyTV. All the games are free and all you have to do is sign up.

Our spotlight game re-lives a big game with our neighbours to the South. The Penticton Vees were the hosts back on Friday October 18th.

A tight hockey game saw it go down to the wire and a little longer!

Watch the Vipers and the Vees by following this link


#OneGoal

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Eleven years ago today (April 4th 2009) In
Game 2 of the BCHL League Finals best of seven series vs the Powell River Kings. Sahir Gill, Bryce Kakoske & Braden Pimm scored for Vernon, while Andrew Hammond stopped 32 of 32 Powell River shots for the win/shutout in front of 960 fans at the Hap Parker Arena. Vernon outshot Powell River 36-32. This was Hammond's second of back to back shutouts after shutting out Powell River 4-0 the night before in Game 1. This was Hammond's fourth shutout of the playoffs. With the win Vernon took a 2-0 series lead, would eventually win the series 4-2 winning the Fred Page Cup for a franchise record tenth time.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/4509

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/38007/andrew-hammond

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Fifteen years ago today (April 4th 2005) In Game 3 of the Interior division Finals best of seven series vs the Prince George Spruce Kings. Dean Strong's goal at 9:27 of the 1st period, held up as the game winner, while Jon Olthuis stopped 27 of 27 Prince George shots for the win/shutout as the Vipers took Game 3 1-0 in front of 2,292 fans at the Prince George Coliseum. Vernon outshot Prince George 32-27 taking a 3-0 series lead. Vernon would eventually win the series 4-1 and advance to the BCHL League Finals vs the Surrey Eagles.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/2448

Jon Olthuis's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/33222/jon-olthuis

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Three years ago today (April 4th 2017) In Game 4 of the Interior division Finals best of seven series vs the Penticton Vees. Jagger Williamson with two goals and one assist lead the Vipers attack, while Darion Hanson stopped 32 of 32 Penticton shots for the win/shutout in front of 2,325 fans at Kal Tire Place. Shots were 32-32 With the win Vernon evened the series 2-2 Penticton would eventually win the series 4-3 and advance to the BCHL League Finals vs the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/7840

Darion Hanson's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/288916/darion-hanson

Taylor Awarded Wayne Buck Memorial Award:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

Mar 28, 2020

Today we award the Wayne Buck Memorial Award.

This award is given to the Viper honoring hard work and unselfish play.  This player demonstrated those traits, not only on the ice, but off as well.

The winner of the Wayne Buck Memorial Award... @TreyTaylor2319 #OneGoal

Friday, April 3, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Thirteen years ago today (April 3rd 2007) In Game 5 of the Interior
division Finals best of seven series vs the Penticton Vees, Andrew Coburn, Connor Jones & Kirk Meaver scored for the Vipers, while Nick Olynyk stopped all 26 Penticton shots for the win/shutout in a 3-0 Vipers win in front of 1,630 fans at Memorial Arena. Penticton outshot Vernon 26-16. This was Olynyk's second of back to back shutouts after shutting out the Vees 8-0 in Game 4. With the win Vernon won the series 4-1 advancing to the BCHL League Finals vs the Nanaimo Clippers.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/3561

Nick Olynyk's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/25802/nick-olynyk

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Eleven years ago today (April 3rd 2009) In Game 1 of the BCHL League Finals best of seven series vs the Powell River Kings. Four different goal scorers replied for the Vipers, while Andrew Hammond stopped all 23 Powell River shots for the win and his third shutout of the playoffs in a 4-0 Vipers victory in front of 1,215 fans at the Hap Parker Arena. Vernon outshot Powell River 32-23. With the win Vernon would take a 1-0 series lead, would eventually win the series 4-2 winning the Fred Page Cup for a tenth time in franchise history.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/4508

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/38007/andrew-hammond

Admirals Trade Former Vipers Defenceman Coughlin To Cincinnati:

The ECHL Norfolk Admirals have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Johnny Coughlin to the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Coughlin had two goals in nine games with the Cyclones before the ECHL season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Coughlin started the season with the ECHL Maine Mariners, was entering his second season with the Mariners was traded to Norfolk October 16th 2019. 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. In 47 games this season with the Admirals Coughlin collected (9-goals-8-assists-17-points).

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

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Nine years ago today (April 2nd 2011) In Game 2 of the BCHL League
Finals best of seven series vs the Powell River Kings, Vernon Vipers forward David Robinson scored the only goal of the game at 14:41 of the 3rd period, while Kirby Halcrow stopped all 24 Powell River shots for the shutout in a 1-0 Vipers victory in front of 1,129 fans at the Hap Parker Arena. With the win Vernon took a 2-0 series lead, would return home for Games 3 & 4 winning both games at the Wesbild Centre to eventually win the series 4-0 winning the Fred Page Cup for a twelfth time in franchise history and the third year in a row.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/6148

Kirby Halcrow's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/25353/kirby-halcrow

Marritt & Fuller Awarded Renee Holland Community Service Award:


This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

Mar 27

It's day 4 of the Vernon Vipers Awards...today, the Renee Holland Community Service Award.

This years winners didn’t hesitate to put their names down when it was time to get out and about at schools or any event.  The winners are @MarrittConnor and @landon_fuller67 #OneGoal 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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:

Chiefs Name Dzaman New Director Of Business Development:

The Chilliwack Chiefs are excited to welcome Sara Dzaman as the newest member of its front office staff. Sara will be fulfilling a newly-created role as Director of Business Development to which she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing and event-planning. “We are thrilled that Sara has chosen to join our team,” says Brian Maloney, Head Coach and General Manager. “We know Sara’s leadership will take our business to the next level in fan engagement and entertainment, and that her contributions will be appreciated by our season ticket members and corporate partners.” Sara comes to the Chilliwack Chiefs from her position as Event Coordinator at the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce where she had immense success in creating a variety of memorable events, while also building a network of relationships throughout the community. She was born and raised in Chilliwack and has been married to her husband, Kirk, for 16 years. They have three daughters, Abby, Emma, and Olivia, whom she is proud to be raising in the city she loves. Of the new partnership Sara is enthusiastic. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with a great organization like the Chilliwack Chiefs,” Sara says, “and to see how we can develop it to be an outstanding community member.” Sara is a very well-respected member of the Chilliwack community. Her positive attitude and outgoing personality will be an excellent addition to our team and to the Chiefs family at large. We look forward to this exciting new chapter in Chiefs history!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sleeth Named Most Sportsmanlike:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

Mar 26, 2020

On Day 3 of our Awards we give out our Most Sportsmanlike Award.

With just 18 minutes in penalties all year long in 57GP… The winner of the most sportsmanlike award…is Connor Sleeth (@ConnorSleeth16) #OneGoal

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mercer Commits To Vernon Vipers:

This is on CrossIce Developments twitter account:

CrossIce Developments
@CrossDevelo1

Mar 15, 2020

Some positive news on this sad day!
Congratulations to CrossIce client ETHAN MERCER on signing with the @VernonVipers of the BCHL! The Vipers are adding a high quality person and athlete to their program. Always the first one on the ice & last one off! Now for the real work! #D1

Ethan Mercer's Player Profile:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

NHL 20 Playoff Simulation: Vipers vs. Vees

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Players, teams launch NHL 20 simulation of Shaw BCHL Playoffs

March 26, 2020 

Due to the disappointment felt across the league after the Shaw BCHL Playoffs were cancelled, the BCHL has partnered with its players and its teams to create a simulation of the remainder of the postseason using EA Sports NHL 20.

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Tanaka-Campbell Awarded Bill Brown Award:

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Vernon Vipers
@VernonVipers

Mar 25 

Its Day 2 of the Vipers Awards!  Today we award the Bill Brown Award for Academic Excellence

This player not only exemplifies hard work and excellence on the ice, but off the ice as well.

Your winner...JoJo Tanaka-Campbell #OneGoal

Saturday, March 28, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Eleven years ago today (March 28th 2009) In Game 6 of the Interior
division Finals best of seven series vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones scores three goals in a 3-1 win over the hometown Silverbacks. Andrew Hammond made 30 saves in the win, while Bryan Gillis made 36 saves in the loss in front of 2,108 fans at the Shaw Centre. With the win, Vernon wins the best of seven series 4-2 and advance to the BCHL League Finals vs the Powell River Kings.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/4500

Connor Jones Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/38011/connor-jones

COVID-19 Update:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

COVID-19 update: Mar. 27

March 27, 2020 

To our valued fans:

As we navigate the many problems that are presented by the COVID-19 crisis, the BCHL would like to assure our fans that we are working diligently to not just survive, but to thrive, when hockey returns. With this in mind, we have presented an action plan to our Board of Governors that was unanimously endorsed and, as a result, our League will be doing everything in its power to continue the amazing 59-year legacy of the best Junior A hockey league in the country – the BCHL.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Eleven years ago today (March 27th 2009) In Game 5 of the Interior division Finals in the best of seven series vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers forward Rob Short scored two third period goals, while Andrew Hammond stopped all 43 Salmon Arm shots for the shutout in a 3-0 Vipers win in front of 3,306 fans at the Wesbild Centre. With the win Vernon took a 3-2 series lead, would eventually win the series the following night with a 3-1 win in Game 6 in Salmon Arm. The Vipers would advance to the BCHL League Finals vs the Powell River Kings.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/4499

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/38007/andrew-hammond

Kowalski Awarded Top Scorer Award:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

Vernon Vipers
@VernonVipers

Mar 24 2020

Its Vipers Awards time!!  We will be announcing one award winner per day for the next two weeks celebrating these great accomplishments!

First up the top scorer award.  This player brought you to your feet many times...

This year's top scorer...Matt Kowalski #OneGoal

Thursday, March 26, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Ten years ago today (March 26th 2010) In Game 5 of the Interior division
Finals in the best of seven series vs the Penticton Vees, The hometown Vipers were looking to advance to the BCHL League Finals with a win. Vernon took a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period on goals from Dylan Walchuk & Cole Ikkala. Beau Bennett & Joey Holka tied the game for Penticton in the 3rd period forcing overtime. Vees forward/captain Denver Manderson scored at 7:14 of the third overtime, keeping the visiting Penticton Vees season alive with a 3-2 triple overtime win in front of 2,815 fans at Wesbild Centre. Sean Bonar made 61 saves in the win, while Graeme Gordon made 60 saves in the loss. With the win the Vees force a Game 6 in Penticton with Vernon leading the series 3-2. The Vipers would win Game 6 in Penticton 4-1 winning the series 4-2 and advance to the BCHL League Finals vs the Powell River Kings.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/5082

Denver Manderson's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/19266/denver-manderson

Denver Manderson's triple overtime winning goal,

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

Vernon Vipers Yearly Attendance Graph:

This is posted on Hockeydb.com

Vernon Vipers Yearly Attendance Graph

Leagues -> BCHL -> Vernon Vipers -> Attendance

This is a graph of the home attendance of the Vernon Vipers, a hockey team playing in the British Columbia Hockey League from 1995 to 2020. Attendance is based on numbers from a team or league, either released as an official yearly per-game average figure, or compiled into an average from individual boxscore attendance. In some cases when boxscore attendance is unavailable for a small number of games, the attendance is computed omitting the missing games and annotated as approximate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Nine years ago today (March 25th 2011) In Game 6 of the Interior division Finals in the best of seven series vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers forward Dylan Walchuk scores four goals in a 5-4 Vipers win in Salmon Arm. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 28-21 Kirby Halcrow made 17 saves in the win, while Kris Moore made 23 saves in the loss in front of 1,590 fans at the Shaw Centre. With the win Vernon wins the series 4-2 and advances to the BCHL League Finals vs the Powell River Kings. Former Vernon Lakers/Vipers forward/captain Jeff Cheeseman holds the Vernon franchise record for most playoff goals in one game, with six back in 1996 in a 6-4 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/6140

Dylan Walchuk's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/47890/dylan-walchuk

Vipers Alumni Gedig Leaves Huskies:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Curtis Gedig has left the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Kassel Huskies for health reasons.

The Huskies are a professional ice hockey team based in Kassel, Hesse, Germany that play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga Hockey League.

Gedig was in his first season with the Huskies after signing a contract December 23rd 2019. Gedig went pointless in two games.

Gedig played last season with the Fischtown Pinguins. The Pinguins are also known as REV Bremerhaven are a professional ice hockey team based in Bremerhaven, Germany. They currently play in DEL2,[2] the second level of ice hockey in Germany.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Nine years ago today (March 24th 2011) In Game 5 of the Interior division Finals in the best of seven series vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers forward Aaron Hadley scores at 5:43 of overtime, giving the hometown Vipers a 3-2 overtime victory over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 35-26 Kirby Halcrow made 24 saves in the win, while Kris Moore made 32 saves in the loss in front of 2,315 fans at Wesbild Centre. With the win Vernon takes a 3-2 series lead, would eventually win the series 4-2 and advance to the BCHL league finals vs the Powell River Kings.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/6139

Aaron Hadley's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/48212/aaron-hadley

Vipers-Silverbacks Game 5 Highlight's,

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

A Stick Tap:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

A Stick Tap

March 23, 2020 

All of Junior Hockey was unexpectedly stopped recently.  In a heartbreaking, but logical decision Hockey Canada cancelled the remainder of the BCHL playoffs.  In doing so, the junior careers of 20 year old hockey players unceremoniously came to an end.  So here is a stick tap to the six 20 year old Vernon Vipers and their accomplishments.

Connor Marritt – #12 (Captain) – Kelowna, BC

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Monday, March 23, 2020

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Fifteen years ago today (March 23rd 2005) In Game 4 of the 1st round of
the BCHL playoffs in the best of seven series vs the Penticton Vees, Vernon Vipers forward/captain Mark Nelson scores his second goal of the game at 5:57 of the fourth overtime, giving the visiting Vipers a 3-2 overtime victory over the hometown Penticton Vees. Penticton outshot Vernon 64-63 Jon Olthuis made 62 saves in the win, while Corey Milan made 60 saves in the loss in front of 1,933 fans at the Memorial Arena. With the win Vernon wins the best of seven series 4-0 advanced to the Interior division Finals vs the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/2440

Mark Nelson's Player Profile:

https://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=76488

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:

Bentham Commits To Cranbrook Bucks:

The Cranbrook Bucks (BCHL) are happy to announce that they have committed to Rhys Bentham for the 2020-2021 season. Bentham has 11 points in 31 games as the captain of the Calgary Royals of the AMHL. The 17-year-old is in his second season with the Royals and has also suited up for 3 games with the Okotoks Oilers this season. “Rhys is a very intelligent and mobile defensemen who brings a lot to the table. His leadership and character fit the mould of our vision for this team.” Said Owner and President Nathan Lieuwen. Bentham joins fellow defensemen Owen Forfellow and forward Noah Leibl as the 3 players currently on the Buck’s roster for their inaugural season.

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