Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vernon Lakers/Vipers Alumni Whitecotton Leaves Islanders:

Former Vernon Lakers-Vernon Vipers forward Dustin Whitecotton has left the EV Lindau Islanders. Both Whitecotton & the Islanders have separated in a mutual agreement.

Whitecotton had spent the past two seasons (2016-2018) with the Islanders. EV Lindau is an ice hockey club from Lindau at Lake Constance that play in the Oberliga hockey league in Germany.

Whitecotton last played professional hockey with the Rouen Hockey Elite 76  also nicknamed the Rouen Dragonsto during the 2015-16 season before leaving the team December 15 2015 returning home to Canada for personal reasons.

The Rouen Hockey Elite 76, nicknamed the Rouen Dragons, is a French ice hockey club playing in Ligue Magnus (highest level of the sport in France). Whitecotton played just parts of one year with the Dragons picked up (2-goals-3-assists-5-points) in ten games before leaving the team.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Marksmen Trade Former Viper Robertson To Knoxville:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Fayetteville Marksmen have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson to the Knoxville Ice Bears.

The Ice Bears will be Robertson's fifth team this season. Robertson started the 2017-18 season with the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals, signing a tryout agreement September 29th 2017. Robertson attended the Royals training camp never played a game before being released, signed with the Fayetteville Marksmen in mid October. Robertson played just one game with the Marksmen collecting two assists was either traded or released before signing with the Reading Royals October 26 2017 for a second time this season. Robertson picked up one assist in one game with the Royals before being released for a second time this season October 30th 2017. Robertson signed with the East Coast Hockey League Florida Everblades November 3rd 2017 had just one assist in two games before being released February 21st 2018. Robertson returned to Fayetteville in February for a second time this season played in one game before being traded to Knoxville.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Vipers Alumni Bourne Joins The Athletic:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Justin Bourne has returned to journalism and is the 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 & East Coast Hockey League 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. 

Bourne played two years in Vernon (2001-2003) collected (58-goals-73-assists-131-points) in 120 regular season games with the Vipers. 

 Justin Bourne's Player Profile:


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Force Select Judson 178th Overall At USHL Draft:

The United States Hockey League Fargo Force have selected Vernon Vipers defenceman Jack Judson 178th overall in the 11th round of the 2018 USHL Draft. 

Judson completed his first season in Vernon with the Vipers this past season is committed to Arizona State University for the 2020-21 season. In 44 games this past season with the Vipers Judson collected (5-goals-15-assists-20-points).

Jack Judson's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/337742/jack-judson

This was posted on the Force website:

FULL PHASE 2 RECAP

By Force Staff, 05/08/18

The Fargo Force selected 21 players in phase 2 of the 2018 USHL Draft today, including 11 forwards and 10 defensemen. Forward Austin Wong from Cochrane, Alberta was Fargo’s first pick in the draft. Wong played in the AJHL this season with the Okotoks Oilers scoring 54 points on 25 goals and 29 assists in 55 games played. The power forward also racked up a league leading 235 penalty minutes.

For Phase 2, USHL teams selected players from multiple birth years (1998-2002) looking to fill their protected lists with players who will compete for roster spots for the 2018-19 season.  Phase 2 continued until all USHL teams had secured 45 players on their Initial Protected List.  That list includes affiliate players from the 2018-19 season, players selected in Phase 1, and players signed to a tender.


All players selected will be invited to the Fargo Force tryout camp June 3-6 in Fargo to compete for a spot on the Force roster for the 2018-19 season.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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:

Ozar Commits To Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce the commitment of 2000-born forward, Owen Ozar. Ozar, who hails from Prince Albert Saskatchewan, has spent the past two seasons skating for the Swift Current Legionnaires of the SMAAAHL. This past season, the 5’6” forward captained the squad while tallying 22 goals and 33 assists. Ozar’s 55 points were the 8th best total in Saskatchewan’s top midget league. In addition to his impressive point total, the fiesty forward spent 93 minutes in the penalty box last year. Ozar is a player that the Smoke Eaters feel can bring a combination of skill and grit to the team in the upcoming season. Having watched him during Trail’s Spring Camp, the Smoke Eaters feel that he plays a game that is suited well to the BCHL. Director of Hockey and Business Operation Craig Clare was impressed with Ozar’s play: “While Owen was here for our evaluation camp I had a good chance to watch him play. His speed and skill were noticeable, and it was evident that he is not afraid to play in the tough areas. Having met with him I also feel he is a character young man that will have a positive impact with our group next season”. The 18-year-old is looking forward to joining the team for the 2018-2019 season, stating “I am extremely happy to be joining such a promising hockey team and I am pumped for the future.” The Smoke Eaters welcome Owen and his family to the organization and look forward to seeing him in the fall.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Former Vipers Trainer/Equipment Manager Cochran-Pats Open Memorial Cup With Victory Over OHL Champions:

Former Vernon Vipers Trainer/Equipment Manager Gord Cochran & the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats opened the 100th MasterCard Memorial Cup Friday with a 3-2 victory over the Ontario Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs.

Cochran is in his fourth season with the Pats. Cochran joined the Pats in 2014 after spending five seasons in Vernon with the Vipers from 2009-2014.

This is posted on the Pats website:

RECAP: Henry’s late heroics give Pats opening night win at Mastercard Memorial Cup 

May 19, 2018

by Regina Pats Staff

The Regina Pats opened the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup with a 3-2 win over the OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday night. The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the first when Robert Thomas tipped in a point shot at 7:49 and it was 1-0 after one. In the second, Sam Steel tied it on the powerplay for Regina just 19 seconds in. Hamilton retook the lead 2-1 at 13:14 of the second when Marian Studenic ripped a shot into the top of the net, but 2:16 later Josh Mahura scored on a beautiful end to end rush and it was 2-2 after two. It stayed that way until late in the third when Nick Henry scored on a rebound with 32.6 seconds left to give the Pats the 3-2 lead and the win. Sam Steel, Nick Henry and Josh Mahura led the offence with a goal and an assist while Max Paddock made 31 saves. Regina was one for four on the powerplay and two for two on the penalty kill. The Memorial Cup will continue Saturday afternoon when the Swift Current Broncos take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 2 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats are back in action on Sunday against the Titan at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

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New Arena On Time And On Budget:

This was posted on castanet.net

On time and on budget

Castanet News

Published on Jan 4, 2018

The latest on the Kal Tire Place construction project.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Former Viper Forward Evans Named RBC Cup Star Of The Day:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans was named Royal Bank Cup Star of the day Wednesday.

Evans is tied at the RBC Cup in points with Wenatchee Wild's Jasper Weatherby with six points. Evans is tied for second in goals at the RBC Cup with three & tied for 2nd in assists with three at the National Championship.

Evans started the season in Vernon was traded to the CCHL Ottawa Jr Senators October 28th 2017 for future considerations. Evans left the Vipers in early October for personal reasons. Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-goals-3-assists-3-points).

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Ex Viper Scofield Out For Season With Injury:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield is out for the remainder of the season with an injury.

Scofield is in his first season with the Elite Ice Hockey League Braehead Clan. In 42 games this season Scofield has collected (16-goals-18-assists-34-points).

Braehead Clan is a Scottish professional ice hockey team. It was formed in 2010 as the UK Elite Ice Hockey League expanded into the West of Scotland market, and are based at the Braehead Arena in Renfrewshire. It is currently one of four Scottish clubs playing in the top British league.

Scofield played last season in Germany with Starbulls Rosenheim a professional ice hockey team based in Rosenheim, Oberbayern, Germany. In 47 games last season Scofield collected (25-goals-30-assists-55-points).

After four seasons at Bemidji State University Scofield has spent the past nine seasons playing in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom & the US playing with eight different teams (HC Plzen, Klagenfurter AC, Graz 99ers, Ontario Reign, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, HC Innsbruck, Rapid City Rush, HC Thurgau, Starbulls Rosenheim & Braehead Clan) from 2009-2018.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Crunch Release Former Viper Marino:

The American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch have released former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Marino went pointless in two games with Syracuse will return to the East Coast Hockey League Brampton Beast.

Marino was with the Beast before signing a professional tryout contract with the Crunch April 13th 2018 where he has spent the past three seasons. In 72 games this year Marino has (20-goals-42-assists-62-points). 

After four years with Bemidji State University Marino has spent the past nine seasons playing in five different leagues (IHL, CHL, ECHL, AHL & EBEL) with six different teams (Quad City, Fort Wayne, Norfolk, Szekesfehervar, Utica & Brampton).

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

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

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

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Marksmen Sign Ex Vernon Viper Robertson:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Fayetteville Marksmen have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson.

No official press release from the Marksmen but Robertson is listed on their roster. This is Robertson's second stint with the Marksmen this season.

Robertson started the season with the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals, signing a tryout agreement September 29th 2017 attended the Royals training camp never played a game before being released, signed with the Fayetteville Marksmen in mid October. Robertson played just one game with the Marksmen collecting two assists was either traded or released before signing with the Reading Royals October 26 2017 for a second time this season. Robertson picked up one assist in one game with the Royals before being released for a second time this season October 30th 2017. Robertson signed with the East Coast Hockey League Florida Everblades November 3rd 2017 had just one assist in two games before being released February 21st 2018.

Robertson played In 11 games with Merrimack College during the 2012-13 season before leaving for the University of Guelph before signing his first professional contract in 2016 with the Southern Professional Hockey League Fayetteville FireAntz. 

Robertson spent last season with the East Coast Hockey League Utah Grizzlies & Southern Professional Hockey League Fayetteville FireAntz.

Robertson spent his first six seasons playing for the Victoria Grizzlies before being traded to Vernon in his final year of junior hockey. On December 12th 2011 the Vipers traded Zach McPhee and future considerations to Victoria for Robertson.  In 31 games with the Vipers Robertson collected (0-goals-4-assists-4-points).

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Sound Tigers Return Vipers Alumni Jones To ECHL:

The American Hockey League Bridgeport Sound Tigers have returned former Vernon Vipers forward Kellen Jones to the East Coast Hockey League Worcester Railers.

Kellen Jones attended the Sound Tigers training camp this season was released & sent to the East Coast Hockey League Worcester Railers. Jones has spent this season with Bridgeport & Worcester. In 30 games with the Sound Tigers Jones has collected (4-goals-5-assists-9-points) & in 35 games with the Railers Jones has (10-goals-12-assists-22-points).

Jones spent last season with the Sound Tigers after playing with three different teams during the 2015-16 season (Missouri Mavericks, Bakersfield Condors & Utica Comets). 

After four years at Quinnipiac University, Kellen Jones signed his first pro contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons on April 3rd 2014. 

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Fort Wayne Komets Place Former Vernon Viper Basara On Waivers:

The East Coast Hockey League Fort Wayne Komets have placed former Vernon Vipers forward Marcus Basara on waivers.

Basara attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before signing his first professional contract with the East Coast Hockey League Allen Americans August 24th 2017.

Basara started the season with the Americans, never played a game, was invited to the American Hockey League San Jose Barracuda training camp in September. Basara was released during camp, before returning to the Americans. The Americans traded Basara to the East Coast Hockey League Jacksonville IceMen October 10th 2017 before the 2017-18 regular season started. Basara never played a game with the IceMen before being placed on waivers. Basara was claimed off waivers by the East Coast Hockey League Orlando Solar Bears November 20th 2017. Basara collected one assist in four games with the Solar Bears before being released November 30th 2017. Basara would return to Allen after signing with the Americans for a second time this season, December 10th 2017. In 18 games with the Americans Basara collected (3-goals-3-assists-6-points) was traded to Wheeling February 17th 2018. Basara was released March 12th 2018. In 6 games with the Nailers Basara picked up (1-goal-3-assists-4-points). Basara signed with the Komets March 15th 2018 Played in 5 games collected (2-goals-1-assist-3-points).

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ex Viper Evans Scores Overtime Winner At RBC Cup Opener:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans scored the overtime winning goal at the opening day of the Royal Bank Cup as the Ottawa Jr Senators defeated the Wellington Dukes 2-1 in overtime.

Boxscore/Game Summary,


Evans started the season in Vernon was traded to the CCHL Ottawa Jr Senators October 28th 2017 for future considerations. Evans left the Vipers in early October for personal reasons. Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-goals-3-assists-3-points).

In 34 games this season with Ottawa, Evans collected (14-goals-14-assist-28-points).

Finn Evans Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=273619

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Ex Viper Gill Out Of Americans Lineup With Injury:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill is out of the Rochester Americans lineup is listed as day to day with an injury.

Gill is in his first season with the American Hockey League Rochester Americans, played last season with the American Hockey League Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In 74 games this season Gill has (18-goals-21-assists-39-points). 

Gill was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2016 training camp made his NHL pre-season debut September 28th 2016 went pointless in the Penguins 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks before being returned to the American Hockey League. 

Gill left Boston University after three seasons to sign with the East Coast Hockey League Wheeling Nailers in 2013. Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training Camp in 2014 before being released. Gill has spent the past five seasons in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League playing with the Wheeling Nailers, Hamilton Bulldogs, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins & Rochester Americans.

Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after playing in 26 games returned to Vernon in mid January 2010 to finish his Junior hockey career with the Vipers. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill collected (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Hockey writers website:

April 17th, 2018

Forward Sahir Gill, day-to-day an injury, played his first season with the Amerks and led the team with 18 goals. Previously he spent time in the Pittsburgh Penguins farm system, playing for Wilkes-Barre.