Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vernon-Cobourg Trade:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

28-Aug-14 The Vernon Vipers have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Jake Emelio(94)(D) from the Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Jake Emelio's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=97166

Jake Emilio Recruiting Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lyAMwE5pLs



Vipers Head Coach-GM Excited About New Season:

This is posted on the HockeyTube website:

Vipers Head Coach-GM Excited About New Season

Posted by HockeyTube on Aug 25th, 2014

Hockeytube.net caught up with Vernon Viper’s GM and head Coach Jason Williamson to talk about the upcoming hockey season. Williamson talks about the number of changes and new faces on the coaching staff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZitUEnC8H_k#t=34

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Exhibition Schedule:

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Exhibition Schedule:

August:

Saturday, August 30th Penticton @ Vernon

September:

Friday, September 5th Vernon @ Salmon Arm
Saturday, September 6th Salmon Arm @ Vernon
Friday, September 12th Prince George @ Vernon
Saturday, September 13th Vernon @ Prince George

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Former Vernon Lakers Defenceman Kelman Leaves Giants-Named Devils New General Manager:

Former Vernon Lakers defenceman Todd
Kelman has quit & left the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) Belfast Giants to become the new general manager of the British Elite Ice Hockey League (BEIHL) Cardiff Devils. 

The Giants are an ice hockey team from Belfast, Northern Ireland that compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League, while the Devils are a Welsh ice hockey team who play in the British Elite Ice Hockey League.  Kelman played eight seasons with the Giants (2000-2008) before retiring becoming the Giants General Manager. Kelman spent seven season as Giants GM, played one season in Vernon (1992-93) playing in 48 games with the Vernon Lakers collecting (16-goals-30-assists-46-points). Kelman was drafted in Round 6 141st overall by the St. Louis Blues at the 1993 NHL Draft.

Todd Kelman's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=64909

This is posted on the BBC website:

General manager Todd Kelman quits Belfast Giants

13 June 2014

The Belfast Giants general manager Todd Kelman is leaving the club to become part of a Canadian consortium that is buying their Elite League rivals Cardiff Devils.

A Giants statement acknowledged that Kelman's decision would "come as a shock" to the club's fans and players.

Kelman has been at the Giants since 2000 when he was part of the club's first ever squad.

The Canadian was appointed general manager after his retirement in 2007.

Given Kelman's departure, recently-appointed coach Steve Thornton is now expected to assume the duties undertaken by the general manager.

"The appointment of Steve Thornton was part of the development planning for the Giants," said Robert Fitzpatrick, the Chief Executive of Giants owners the Odyssey Trust.

TODD KELMAN FACTFILE

•Born in Calgary, 5 January, 1975
•Drafted by NHL club St Louis Blues, 1993 but never played for them
•Played for Bracknell Bees from 1997-20
•Signed for Belfast Giants 2000 and helped club win League titles in 2003 and 2006
•Appointed Giants general manager after retirement from playing 2007
•Giants have won two League titles since then

"Todd has kept me informed that he was exploring other options in relation to his future plans and whilst this has come a surprise, I am absolutely delighted that he is fulfilling his dream to be a part of owning a franchise.

"We are proud of what Todd has done as general manager and as a player and he will always be remembered fondly on and off the ice, we wish him well."

Thornton said that he excited about his increased responsibilities at the club.

"Although I was looking forward to renewing my working relationship with Todd, it was clearly explained to me that I was in charge of all hockey affairs and I have a vision for the delivery of that challenge," said Thornton.

"I am delighted to be inheriting a group of people including players, staff and volunteers with a great work ethic and a passion for this team who will be key to delivering on the plans we have."

Kelman helped the Giants clinch two League titles during his playing career at the Odyssey Arena.

His spell in charge of the club saw the Giants clinching two league titles including this year's triumph.

Kelman's move is more upheaval for the club after coach Paul Adey's surprise departure from the club in April a couple of weeks after guiding the team to the League title.

Thornton will not be able to call on the talents of winger Chris Higgins next season after the American opted to sign for Nottingham Panthers earlier this week.

This is posted on the Wales online Newspaper:

Todd Kelman is unveiled as Cardiff Devils general manager as Canadian consortium take over

Jun 13, 2014

By Terry Phillips

Kelman, 39, resigned from his position at Belfast Giants yesterday - and has been revealed as new Devils boss today.

Canadian Todd Kelman is the new general manager of Cardiff Devils.

The former Bracknell and Belfast defenceman is coming to Wales after the Elite League Devils were bought by Canadian businessman Steve King.

Kelman, 39, resigned from his position at Belfast Giants yesterday - and has been revealed as new Devils boss today.
New: Cardiff Devils' new owners

He is part of the Canadian consortium, headed up by King, who have are buying the club from Paul Ragan for an undisclosed fee.

Kelman helped Giants clinch two League titles during his playing career at the Odyssey Arena and was appointed general manager after his retirement in 2007.

His time in charge saw Giants clinching two league titles including this year’s triumph plus play-off triumphs.

King and his partners are in the final process of taking over the team.

He is co-founder and CEO of Alaris Royalty in Calgary, Alberta Canada and has known Kelman for 15 years. 

A quick decision is likely on the future of Devils head coach Dave Whistle, who was trying to work with a restricted budget. That budget is certain to rise, but it is not clear yet whether Whistle will be the man in charge.

Whistle came in at the end of last season when Devils were already in trouble near the foot of the table and they eventually finished ninth, missing out on the play-offs.

Devils have signed British goaltender Ben Bowns, who is tied into playing for the club and will be starting goalie next season.

Tomas Kurka, though, made it clear several weeks ago he was not returning to play for the Devils even though he had agreed a two-year contract at almost £1,000 a week.

Kurka is signing for a club in mainland Europe.

Kelman, a former St Louis Blues NHL draft pick, is aiming to start signing players quickly with Mark Richardson and Matthew Myers among the priorities. The two British players look certain to be key players for Devils next season.

Devils’ new management are also in talks with a number of potential import signings and are expected to move quickly.

Kelman plans to host a fan event sometime in the next two weeks to meet with Devils Supporters and lay out his plans for the Devils.  It is anticipated that King will also be in Cardiff for that event.

The time, date and location of this event are still to be confirmed although likely dates are either Thursday, June 26 or Friday, June 27.

Devils new management have agreed to honour all season tickets already bought for the 2014-15 season.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Williamson & Former Viper Pierce Named To Canada West Coaching Staff:

Vernon Vipers Head Coach-GM Jason Williamson & former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce (2003-04) have been named to the WJAC Canada West Coaching Staff.

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Coaches named for 2014 WJAC, Pierce and Williamson on Canada West Staff

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Submitted by CJHL Media

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in partnership with Hockey Canada, announced today that Trent Cassan, head coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Yorkton Terriers, will be the head coach of Canada West at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 14-20 in Kindersley, Sask.

Cassan will be joined by assistant coaches Tim Fragle (head coach and general manager, Sherwood Park Crusaders, Alberta Junior Hockey League), Luke Pierce (head coach and general manager, Merritt Centennials, British Columbia Hockey League) and Jason Williamson (head coach and general manager, Vernon Vipers, British Columbia Hockey League).

“I am honoured and excited to be able to work with many of the top CJHL players from all over Western Canada,” said Cassan. “The World Junior A Challenge is a first-class event with premier players from all over the world. My experience at the 2013 event in Yarmouth, N.S., was a positive one, and I look forward to working with the staff and representing Canada West in Kindersley in December.”

Trent Cassan, 31, will make his second appearance with Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, having won a bronze medal as an assistant coach in 2013. Cassan has been head coach and general manager in Yorkton for the past five seasons, leading the team to the SJHL championship and RBC Cup national championship last season. A Terriers alumnus (2002-04), Cassan was named SJHL Coach of the Year in 2012-13.

Tim Fragle, 34, will be an assistant coach with Canada West for the first time at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.  Entering his fifth year as head coach and general manager in Sherwood Park, Fragle has 16 years of coaching and instructional experience.  He finished his CJHL playing career with the Crusaders, serving as captain in 2000-01.

Luke Pierce, 31, will make his first appearance with Canada West at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge. The head coach of Team West at the 2013 CJHL Prospects Games, Pierce has been the head coach and general manager of the Centennials for the past five seasons, guiding Merritt to the playoffs every year, and winning BCHL Interior Division Coach of the Year honours in 2012-13.

Jason Williamson, 33, will be an assistant coach with Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge for the first time. He has been the head coach and general manager in Vernon for the past four years, and was an assistant coach for three years prior to that. Williamson has made four trips to the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship, winning the national title with the Vipers in 2009 and 2010, and finishing as runner-up in 2011. He played three seasons in Vernon (1999-2002), making two trips to the BCHL final.

Canada West has appeared in six of the eight gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge, winning gold in 2006 (Yorkton/Humboldt, Sask.), 2007 (Trail/Nelson, B.C.), and 2012 (Langley, B.C.). It also won silver in 2008 (Camrose, Alta.), 2009 (Summerside, P.E.I.), and 2012 (Yarmouth, N.S.), and won bronze in 2013 (Yarmouth, N.S.).  It finished fourth in 2010 (Penticton, B.C.).
that Marty Abrams, head coach and general manager of the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Wellington Dukes, will be the head coach of Canada East for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 14-20 in Kindersley, Sask.

Abrams will be joined by assistant coaches Mark Grady (head coach, Smith Falls Bears, Central Canada Hockey League), Marc Lafleur (head coach, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League) and Troy Ryan (head coach and general manager, Campbellton Tigers, Maritime Hockey League).

“I am honoured to be named head coach of Canada East for this year’s World Junior A Challenge,” said Abrams. “I look forward to working with Mark, Marc and Troy in achieving our goal of winning Canada East’s first gold medal. I would also like to thank the CJHL for the opportunity to be a part of this world-class event.”

On the Canada East side, Marty Abrams, 49, will make his fourth appearance with Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge, having served as an assistant coach in 2006, and general manager in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Abrams won silver in 2006 and 2007, and bronze in 2008. He has been the head coach and general manager in Wellington for the past 13 seasons, guiding the Dukes to the OJHL championship and appearances at the RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship, in 2003 and 2011. Abrams has more than 500 wins as a head coach and was named OJHL East Division Coach of the Year in 1999-2000 and 2001-02, and OJHL Central Division Coach of the Year in 2008-09.

Mark Grady, 51, will serve on the Canada East staff for a third time, having served as an assistant coach in 2007 and head coach in 2008, winning silver and bronze medals. Grady is entering his fourth season with Smith Falls, having guided the team to the CCHL final in 2014. Prior to coaching the Bears, Grady coached in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and in the CJHL with the Cumberland Grads and Nepean Raiders.

Marc Lafleur, 39, will make his second consecutive appearance with Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge, having served as an assistant coach in 2013. Named NOJHL Coach of the Year in his first season in Kirkland Lake in 2012-13, he led the Gold Miners to the NOJHL championship and a berth in the Dudley Hewitt Cup last year. Lafleur has worked as an assistant coach with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and in the NCAA with Bemidji State University. As a player, Lafleur spent two seasons with the USHL's Thunder Bay Flyers, reaching the 1995 Centennial Cup.

Troy Ryan, 42, will be an assistant coach with Canada East for the fifth time, serving in the role from 2006-09, and as general manager in 2010. Ryan is entering his second season as head coach in Campbellton, having spent the prior two seasons as head coach of St. Thomas University. He has more than a decade of coaching experience in the MHL and university hockey, winning MHL Coach of the Year and Hockey Nova Scotia Coach of the Year in 2007-08, and leading the Pictou County Crushers to an appearance at the RBC Cup in 2008.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vipers Name Goodard New Assistant Coach:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Add Former NHL'er To Staff

Written by Peter McIntyre Monday, 25 August 2014

Vernon Vipers start their BCHL Training camp Friday morning at Kal Tire Place, with coach and GM Jason Williamson saying it will be a new look team.

"It's a totally fresh team, players that I have 100% recruited them all. It's a fresh staff. I'm excited about working with Kevin Kraus (assistant coach), and officially we've actually brought Eric Godard on too (as an assistant coach), so I'm excited about that," says Williamson.

The 34 year old Godard is a Vernon native who played 335 games in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He was known as an enforcer with 833 career penalty minutes.

"He'll be a guy that works mainly with the forwards, but just an assistant to help with whatever we need, really," says Williamson.

Both Kraus and Godard were with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks last season.

The Vipers will host the Penticton Vees in their pre-season opener Saturday at 5 pm a Kal Tire Place.

Chomutov Sign Former Vipers Forward McGregor:

The Pirati Chomutov have signed former Vernon
Vipers forward Bryan McGregor.  Piráti Chomutov is a Czech ice hockey team from Chomutov, Czech Republic.  The team was established in 1945 play in the Czech Extraliga, the top-level league in the Czech Republic. 

McGregor played with three teams last season (Beibarys Atyrau, Rungsted & Székesfehérvár).  Beibarys Atyrau also known as Beibarys Atyrau, is a professional ice hockey team based in Atyrau, Kazakhstan.  Rungsted is a Danish professional ice hockey team that used to play in the top Danish ice hockey league AL-Bank Ligaen.  Székesfehérvár is a Hungarian ice hockey team that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League.   McGregor played part of one season in Vernon (2002-2003) after coming over in a trade with the Cowichan Valley Capitals for forward Josh Ciocco. In 32 games with the Vipers McGregor collected (21-goals-26-assists-47-points).

Bryan McGregor's Player Profile:

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

This is posted on the pirati chomutov website:

23.6.2014, press release

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Soon thirty-year native of Niagara Falls in Ontario Canadian province in 2000 was drafted kitchenerem, however priority got American university NCAA competition, in which Bryan McGregor defended a whole University minnesota-duluth colors.

After four years in the echl headed into the right wing, where people in the by and Idaho where it bounced to several fights at the farm Ottawa in Binghamton. In summer 2009, the Bryan McGregor decided to continue his or her European career and headed to Finland.

In the north Europe played second highest vaasan sport competition for the team, which is based in the west country on the shore Gulf of Bothnia. Two mcgregorovi is unprecedented in the season 2009/2010 I have been doing, in the account he wrote more than point to the game. In 43 and shot 25 goals and added 32 assistance activity. Moreover, he was with four precise interventions best shooter competition in weakening.

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Bryan McGregor has contributed to the historical triumph in the domestic competition highest nine trefami asistencemi and six in 50 games essential parts, 15 battles during playoffs while didn't score, but its focus was taking soupeřovým key players forces.

In the following year he jumped up to 34 native Canadian meeting, in which he scored five times and added One assistance. In the summer 2012 Bryan McGregor Třinec left and then headed for the Austrian international competition Ebel, where defended colors Innsbruck. Any one of our southern neighbors to return in the previous year, during which he tried Kazakhstan and the Danish top competition. The second engagement in the Ebel graduated from new acquisitions in the Hungarian fehérváru pirates.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Former Vipers Goalie Hammond Attracting Attention With Mask Design:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Former Vipers goalie Hammond attracting attention with mask design

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Andrew Hammond caught the eye of the Ottawa Senators for his work in net at Bowling Green State University and they signed him to a pro contract in 2013.

Nowadays, he has the attention of the hockey world for some creative work he had done on his goalie mask for the coming season.

Hammond contracted artist and goalie mask painter Jason Bartziokas to sketch up a unique design that incorporates lightfingered and hungry former McDonald's character Hamburglar and MAD Magazine icon Alfred E. Neuman. The cartoon is on the right side of the mask and features the character in goalie gear about to snare a flying puck.

The other side depicts the Ottawa Senators logo and the word 'Hammy' is painted on the chin piece. It is drawing a lot of feedback via Bartziokas' Instagram account

Hockey blogger Greg Wyshynski, of Puck Daddy fame, picked up on the mask design and featured it in a recent post: Click on the link below,

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/strangest-goalie-mask-pop-culture-mash-up-of-2014--mcdonald-s-meets-mad-145812769.html

Goalie masks have become something of a fashion statement in hockey and something goalies are free to express themselves with, unlike the forwards and defencemen. Wyshynski obviously likes Hammond and Bartziokas' collaboration.

Hammond played for West Kelowna, Surrey and Vernon in the BCHL but made his mark with the latter. He went 27-12-1 his final season, backstopping the Vipers to their first of back-to-back RBC Cup national championships.

The White Rock, B.C. native made his NHL debut last season, playing 35 flawless minutes of relief making 11 saves on Feb. 27 against the Detroit Red Wings.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Vernon Vipers 2014 Training Camp Schedule:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vernon Vipers 2014 Training Camp Schedule

Friday, August 22, 2014 - Submitted by Vipers Staff

Vernon Vipers 2014 Training Camp Schedule

FRIDAY AUGUST 29TH.  

8AM CHECK IN/ORIENTATION
9-12 PRACTICE
3-5PM GAME 1
5-7PM GAME 2

SATURDAY AUGUST 30TH 

900-930 AM EXHIBITION PLAYERS SKATE
945-12 ALL OTHERS ON ICE

5 PM EXHIBITION GAME VS PENTICTON

SUNDAY AUGUST 31ST    9-945 AM TEAM 1 SKATE

10-1045 AM TEAM 2 SKATE
11-1145 AM TEAM 3 SKATE
12-1245 AM TEAM 4 SKATE
5PM GAME 1
7 PM GAME 2

PLAYER RELEASES TO FOLLOW

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST  11-2 PM BLUE VS WHITE ALL STAR GAME
PLAYER MEETINGS TO FOLLOW GAME

TEAM BUILDER

Komets Add Former Viper Marino To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

On June 16th 2014 the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Fort Wayne Komets have nineteen players listed on their season-ending roster list, one is former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Marino has played the past two seasons with the Komets after signing with Fort Wayne on July, 17th 2012. In 72 games last season Marino collected (30-goals-58-assists-88-points). Marino finished as the ECHL's regular season leading scorer with 88 points & was named to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) 2013-14 All-ECHL First Team. At the Komets year end banquet Marino was named the teams Mr. Hustle award & team MVP.

Before joining the Komets Marino spent the previous three seasons with the Central Hockey League (CHL) Quad City Mallards. Marino was named the 2011-12 Central Hockey League Most Valuable Player, as well as took home MVP at the 2012 CHL all-star game. Marino had a breakout season which he led the league with 41 goals and finished second with 90 points. The 5’ 9”, 185-pound Riverside, California native also led the league in power play goals (13), ranked fourth in assists (49) and finished tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (3) and game winning goals (7) while also posting a plus/minus rating of +9. Marino played just two games with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers.

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

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

This is posted on the Komets website:

Komets announce Season Ending Roster

06/16/2014

Fort Wayne, IN ---  The Komets announced Monday their 2013-14 Season Ending Roster as submitted to the ECHL.

2013-14 Fort Wayne Season Ending Roster:

JOHN MUSE
BEN MEISNER
SIMON DANIS-PEPIN
MATHEW MAIONE
JOE HARTMAN
JACE COYLE
WILLIAM LACASSE
MATT CARTER
SCOTT FLEMING
BRANDON MARINO
MIKE EMBACH
SY NUTKEVITCH
AARON CLARKE
CHRISTIAN OUELLET
CHRIS AUGER
DREW DANIELS
KALEIGH SCHROCK
DAVID RUTHERFORD
DEAN OUELLET

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2013-14.  Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Silverbacks Trade Former Viper Roberts To West Kelowna:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks traded former Vernon Vipers
forward Michael Roberts to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Roberts played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2011-2013) before being traded to Surrey.  In 63 games with the Vipers Roberts collected (4-goals-7-assists-11-points).  Roberts was traded to the Eagles as part of the Adam Tambellini trade that took place on January, 10th 2013.  The Vipers sent Tambellini & future considerations (Michael Roberts) to the the Surrey Eagles for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Demico Hannoun & Jordan Klimek). The Eagles sent Roberts to Trail on November, 15th 2013 before the Smoke Eaters traded Roberts to Salmon Arm on November, 29th 2013.

Michael Roberts Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=125331

This is posted on the Silverbacks website:

‘BACKS ACQUIRE LOCAL PRODUCT SHANE DANYLUK

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Submitted by Melanie Hart, Director of Communications

‘BACKS ACQUIRE LOCAL PRODUCT SHANE DANYLUK

Salmon Arm, BC - The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club has made a significant acquisition today by acquiring the Hockey Canada playing rights for Salmon Arm local Shane Danyluk ’94. Danyluk is being acquired from the West Kelowna Warriors for Michael Roberts and future considerations.

“Shane has just completed 4 years at the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders and amassed 25 goals and 52 assists for a total of 77 pts in 248 games. Shane will be a dynamic forward for the ‘Backs this season,” states GM Troy Mick. "Shane wanted to play his last year of Junior eligibility in his hometown in front of family and friends.  We are absolutely thrilled that he will be wearing a ‘Backs jersey this year.  When you acquire a player of Shane’s caliber, you have to give up a good player. We wish Michael Roberts the best of luck this coming season."

The community of Salmon Arm will get a chance to welcome Shane tonight at our 3rd Annual Silverbacks’ Season Kickoff at City Hall from 5-7 p.m. As a reminder, this event begins at 5 with a BBQ by donation, supplied by Askew’s Foods, and will include appearances from Kong, players, and dunk tank guests Mayor Nancy Cooper, President/GM Troy Mick, and Head Coach Brandon West. The proceeds from the ‘donate and dunk’ will go to the Silverbacks’ Scholarship Fund, a program we are super proud of.

For more information, contact Troy Mick, President/GM at the Silverbacks Hockey Operations office at 250-832-3856 x. 308.

This is posted on the Warriors website:

Warriors Add Roberts

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Submitted by Kyle Anderson

The West Kelowna Warriors have acquired Michael Roberts (95) from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of Shane Danyluk (94) and future considerations.

Roberts, a native of Vernon, BC has played in 2 BCHL seasons, donning the uniform of the Vernon Vipers, Surrey Eagles, Trail Smoke Eaters, and lastly the Silverbacks.

In 117 BCHL Games, he’s scored 12 goals and added 21 assists for 33 points. Roberts also put up 49 points in 44 games, including 27 goals for the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL in 2011/2012.

“In acquiring Michael we get a veteran player than can play in all situations,” said Head Coach Rylan Ferster, “I have known Michael for a number of years and know exactly the type of person we are bringing in.”

For further comment, contact Rylan Ferster at 250-859-3386.

The Warriors open up Main Camp on Friday August 29th at Royal Lepage Place. The 1st Exhibition game is scheduled for Sunday August 31st @ 7 PM, when West Kelowna hosts Merritt at RLP.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Former Vernon Viper Nikiforuk Re-Joins Lions:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Alex
Nikiforuk will be re-joining the National League B GC Küsnacht Lions.  The Lions are a Swiss professional ice hockey team.

Nikiforuk played one season in Denmark (2012-13) with Esbjerg Energy before signing with the Lions for the 2013-14 season.  Nikiforuk finished the season with the Lions before signing with the National League B SC Langenthal in February for the remainder of the season.   SC Langenthal is a Swiss ice hockey team that plays in the National League B in the Switzerland Professional ice hockey League. 

Nikiforuk played one season as an "AP" with the Vipers (1999-2000) before being traded the following season to the Burnaby Bulldogs. In just 6 games with the Vipers Nikiforuk collected (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).

Alex Nikiforuk's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11415

This is posted on the Lions website:

Soon start to the summer training

15/04/2014

The cadre of the GCK Lions

Both foreigners Alexandre Tremblay and Alex Nikiforuk are present in the new season furthermore. Some new promising players moved up, others play the next year in the NLA or had to leave the team because they have not packed her chances.

Torhüter:

Boltshauser Luca (1993), Guntern Daniel (1995), Schlegel Niklas (1994).

Verteidiger:

Blatter Patrick (1993), Büsser Xeno (1995), Karrer Roger (1997), Molina Atanasio (1995), Peter Bryan (1995), Schmuckli Florian (1993), Zangger Marc (1991).

Forward:

Brandi Nicola (1994), Biem Dominik (1997), Diem Ramón (1994), Faic Roman (1994), Hoffmann Luka (1993), painting gin Denis (1997), Nägeli Pascal (1994), Neher Lars (1992), Neuenschwander Jan (1993), Nikiforuk Alex (1983, Ka), Raffainer Raeto (1982), Alexandre Tremblay (1979, Ka).

Staff:

Alatalo Matti (Headcoach), Novak Richi (assistant), Peter Markus (goalkeeper's coach), Bolliger Thomas (goalkeeper's coach Assistent), innkeeper Simon (sports boss), Dr. Waespe Bruno (team doctor), Takken Coen (Physio/masseur), May wood Hajo (statistics), Jenni Werner (video), Rathgeb Hans Peter (media responsible person).

Preparatory plays

Saturday, 16.8.16.30 h: Arosa – GCK Lions
Fr, 22.8.19.30 h: Langenthal – GCK Lions
Tu, 26.8., 20h: Bregenzerwald – GCK Lions
Fr, 29.8., 20.15h: Thurgau – GCK Lions
Tu, 2.9., 20h: Basel Sharks – GCK Lions
Fr, 5.9., 20h: GCK Lions – Red Ice (KEK)

Team cup NLA (KEK)

Th, 28.8., 20h: Bern – Davos
Fr, 29.8., 20h: ZSC Lions – Kloten Flyers
Saturday, 30.8., 17h / 20.15h: Finals

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Winterhawks Add Former Viper D-Man Chanter To Teams Prospects List:

Alan Caldwell over at small thoughts at large (WHL Blog) posted every WHL team's 2014-15 prospects list. This only includes players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Portland Winterhawks have former Vernon Vipers defenceman Dylan Chanter as one of fifty seven players listed on their 2014-15 prospects list.

Chanter played just 19 games with the Vipers last year going pointless after coming over in a trade with the Merritt Centennials.  The Vipers sent Jason Bird and future considerations to Merritt on Januray 3rd 2014 for the playing rights to Chanter.  Chanter has committed to the University of New Hampshire for this coming season.

Dylan Chatner's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=123669

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Former Viper Calvin Commits To Trail Smoke Eaters:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Dallas Calvin has committed to
the Trail Smoke Eaters for this season.  No official press release by the Smokies but it was tweeted on Calvin's twitter account as well as Calvin's name & profile is on the Smoke Eaters roster on the BCHL website.

Calvin was an "AP" with the Vipers during the 2012-13 season playing in one game before committing to the Vipers last season.  Calvin left the Vipers on October 5th 2013 for personal reasons later re-joined the Vipers after Christmas and played with the Vipers as an "AP" for the remainder of the season and playoffs.  In 11 games with Vernon last season Calvin collected (2-goals-6-assists-8-points).

Dallas Calvin's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=94972

Former Viper Forward Beech Wont Be Back With Tigers:

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Straubing Tigers will not offer former Vernon Vipers forward Kris Beech a contract for this coming season.

Beech started the 2013-14 season with the Tigers before joining the Erste Bank Hockey League (EBHL) Vienna Capitals in February. The Capitals are from Vienna, Austria. In 36 games last season with the Tigers Beech recorded (8-goals-16-assists-24-points) has played with seven teams in the last six years.

Beech played last season with AIK Stalkholm & HC Pardubice. Beech was in his first season with HC Pardubice a professional hockey team in Czech Extraliga before leaving the team in November (2012) before signing with AIK Stalkholm. In 21 games with HC Pardubice Beech recorded (2-goals-6-assists-8-points). Beech played just 23 games with AIK Stalkholm a team based in Stockholm, Sweden. The team decided not to re-sign Beech who recorded (3-goals-2-assists-5-points) in 23 games.

Beech played parts of just one season in Vernon during the 1996-1997 season with the Vipers before leaving the team during the season for the WHL Calgary Hitmen. Beech was drafted by the Washington Capitals In Round 1 #7 overall at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Beech played with five different NHL clubs (Washington, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Columbus & Vancouver).

Kristopher Beech's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=8429

This is posted on the Tigers website:

Monday, 07th April, 2014

Everything fixed: Bernie Englbrecht also remains in the coming season Co coach of the tiger

Now Straubing of tiger have fixed with the coach's positions everything: also in the coming season the former national goalkeeper Bernie Englbrecht will act as a Co. coach and goalkeeper's coach. The 56-year-old goes with it to his fifth playing time with the tiger. Manager Jason Dunham for the personnel decision:

„ We are glad that we can further build on Bernie than Co coach and Goalie coach. He does an excellent work and will be able to help with his experience as a long-standing national goalkeeper just the young people like now Dustin Strahlmeier. In addition he provides for good mood in the cabin. The contract with him was extended for a year. “ Bernie Englbrecht himself meant about it: „ I will just do my job like the years before. I am not only a goalkeeper's coach, but look after everything and also get on as a connection between team and coach. Besides, I will look shortly U18-WM in Finland. Young players become more and more important for us, in addition, play still with properly emotions, it is great fun to watch those. “

No contracts more for Jordan Hendry, Kris Beech and Sean Sullivan

After goalkeeper Sebastian Staudt there are other departures to register. Thus the defenders will receive for the coming season Jordan Hendry and Sean Sullivan as well as forward Kris Beech no more contracts. Straubing of tiger thank the players for her work at the club and wish you for her other sporty future all the best.

Blaine Down is the player of the year

The tiger's fans have decided with big majority: The player of 2013/14 is Top-Scorer Blaine Down. 50 percent of the voices were cancelled to the Canadian who becomes with it a successor to Jason Bacashihua who comes this time in second place with 22.86 percent. Third became René Röthke with 7.86 percent.
Milena Häusler from Pfelling has won the 1-st price, one fan tricot hand-signed by Blaine Down of the season 2014/15 with the No. 79, the 2-nd price, a standing place complimentary ticket for a tiger's home match of the season 2014/15, goes to Theresa Hilmer from wind mountain and the 3-rd price, one tiger hand-signed by Blaine Down Cap receives Sepp keeper of the tax granary from curve. It is planned to hand the prices (or vouchers) by the team image in the Gäubodenvolksfest to the winners.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coughlin Ranked As Top College Prospect:

This is posted on the Hockey News website:

Prospect Watch: Early summer NCAA commitments

By: Ryan Kennedy on July 16, 2014

Filed under: Carolina Hurricanes, Draft, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, NCAA, Prospects

Commitments tend to slow down a bit in the late spring and early summer, so I’ve put together a batch of pledges from recent months for another roundup of NCAA news. As per usual, these commitments were culled from College Hockey Inc. and the excellent page it maintains on the topic.

Brendan Collier, LW, Northeastern University

Collier, who was selected 189th overall by Carolina in 2012, was reportedly cut by Boston University after his freshman season this year and has now signed on to play across town with the rival Huskies. The undersized left winger was a great high schooler in Massachusetts, lauded for his passion on the ice and the intangibles he brought, but the Terriers have a big recruiting class coming in and it seems as though he wasn’t in their future plans. Collier will miss a year in the transfer process and suit up for Northeastern in 2015-16.

Kieffer Bellows, C, Boston University

The son of former NHLer Brian Bellows has already made noise in his home state of Minnesota, winning a state high school title with Edina. Bellows is very highly acclaimed as a scorer and burgeoning power forward, while his name is already being mentioned in relation to the 2016 NHL draft. He’ll join the Terriers in 2016-17.

Robby Jackson, C, St. Cloud State

I recently saw Jackson in action and Huskies fans can mark down the 2015-16 campaign as his arrival date in Minnesota. The skilled center will return to the United States League’s Chicago Steel in the fall, where he will likely put up big numbers.

Jacob Olson, D, Michigan Tech

Like Jackson, Olson was in Buffalo for the Select 17s tournament and earned a spot on Team USA’s entry at this summer’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial tourney in the Czech Republic/Slovakia. Olson is a big boy at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds already and not the type of player you want to go into the corner against. He is slated to return to the Minnesota high school ranks for 2014-15 as a member of the Hill-Murray Pioneers, a top-flight program. He’ll head up to Houghton in 2016-17.

Miguel Fiddler, LW, Ohio State

A fifth-round draft choice of the Florida Panthers in 2014, Fiddler was a teammate of Bellows’ with Edina and led the Hornets in scoring. The talented winger will head off to the USHL’s Lincoln Stars next year before decamping for the Buckeyes in 2015-16.

Jeremy Bracco, RW, Boston College

Undersized but immensely talented, Bracco played for the U.S. NTDP last year, where he led the under-17s in scoring with 71 points in 54 games, largely as a playmaker. An early Harvard commit, Bracco recently switched to Boston College, but it will also be interesting to see what kind of push the Ontario League’s Kitchener Rangers make. If he stays on the college path, Bracco will head to the Eagles in 2015-16.

Liam Coughlin, LW, Boston University

A fifth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2014, Coughlin is a late-1994 birthday who played in the B.C. League for Vernon last season, where he posted OK numbers. The real sell here is size, as Coughlin comes in at 6-foot-3, 201 pounds with plenty of power forward potential. He’ll join the Terriers in 2015-16.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eagles Add Former Viper Smeltzer To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

On June 16th 2014 the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)
announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Colorado Eagles have twenty players listed on their season-ending roster list, one is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Isaac Smeltzer.

Smeltzer finished his third season with the Eagles. In 40 games last year with Colorado Smeltzer collected (1-goal-4-assists-5-points). Smeltzer signed a amateur tryout contract with the Eagles on March.14th 2012 after completing his fourth season at Brock University before re-signing with Colorado on July 30th 2013. Smeltzer played his first three and a half seasons in the BCHL with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before being traded to Vernon in his final season of Junior hockey (2007-2008). Alberni Valley traded Smeltzer to Vernon on November, 29th 2007 for forward Evan Witt and defenceman Eliot Raibl. Smeltzer collected (6-goals-17-assists-23-points) in 29 regular season games with the Vipers.

Isaac Smeltzer's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=80371

This is posted on the Eagles website:

Eagles Announce Season-Ending Roster

June 16th

The Colorado Eagles have announced their season-ending roster, placing 20 players on that list.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2013-14.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Listed Below is Colorado’s 2013-14 Season-Ending Roster.

Goalies (2)

Dustin Butler
Marc Cheverie

Defensemen (7)

Arthur Bidwill
Mark Nemec
Isaac Smeltzer
Jason Beatty
Daniel Johnston
Braden Birch
Paul Phillips

Forwards (11)

Kevin Ulanski
A.J. Hau
Kyle Kraemer
Greg Gardner
Alex Hudson
Kyle Ostrow
Brock Nixon
Trent Daavettila
Riley Nelson
Jesse Mychan
Ray Sawada

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Everett Silvertips Add Former Viper McNicholas To Teams Prospects List:

Alan Caldwell over at small thoughts at large (WHL Blog) posted every WHL team's 2014-15 prospects list. This only includes players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Everett Silvertips have former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicolas as one of fourty eight players listed on their 2014-15 prospects list.

McNicolas played one season in Vernon (2013-14) was acquired in a trade with the Nanaimo Clippers.  On January 10th 2013 the Vipers sent forward Aaron Hadley to the Clippers for future considerations.  Those future considerations later announced during the off season were McNicholas & Josh Bryan.  In 56 games with the Vipers last season McNicholas collected (23-goals-46-assists-69-points).  McNicholas is committed to the University of New Hampshire for this season.

Michael McNicholas's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=109871

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

by  Lisa VanderVelde - Vernon Morning Star

Aug 14, 2014

Vernon Vipers head coach Jason Williamson and personal trainer Rhonda Catt of Excel Fitness take part in the awareness and fundraising campaign for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) by accepting NHL centre Jerred Smithson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. To watch the nomination video visit The Morning Star's Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=792382834134945&set=vb.192507094122525&type=2&theater

Vipers Sign Ontario Pair:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers sign Ontario pair
                   
by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Aug 15, 2014

Anthony Latina of the Carleton Place Canadians so liked the medical attention he got during the Royal Bank Cup, he’s moving to Vernon.

Rocked by Viper d-man Josh Bryan in the neutral zone in preliminary national Junior A hockey tournament play in May, Latina survived the check and will spend his 20-year-old season with the Vipers.

“He got up and he was in the final (against Yorkton Terriers),” said Viper head coach/GM Jason Williamson, who closed the deal for the 5-foot-10 winger/centre Thursday.

“He’s definitely a top-six forward and is a veteran guy which we needed to add because we are so young,” said Williamson. “He’s played Major Junior and he wants one good last season of Junior hockey.”

Latina, a Scarborough, Ont. product, wore No. 12 in the RBC, earning one goal. He rang up six goals and 15 points in just 10 games with Carleton Place after earning 2-2-4 with the Major Junior Quebec Remparts in 26 games. He added 3-6-9 for the Canadians in the playoffs.

He began his Junior career with the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, who were also in the RBC in Vernon. Latina was a teammate of d-man Luke Shiplo in the 2011-12 season.

Shiplo is also joining the Vipers’ den after being acquired in a deal which saw veteran blueliner Michael Stachuk head to the Battleford North Stars of the Saskatchewan League.

Shiplo, 19, of Oakville, Ont., garnered 1-6-7 with the Lincoln Stars of the U.S. League last season. A left shot, he had 3-7-10 with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL two years ago.

“I watched video of him and he’s a guy who can come in and run the powerplay,” said Williamson. “He’s a good puck mover.”

Williamson said Statchuk requested a move closer to his hometown of Wadena, Sask.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Eagles Trade Former Vernon Viper Hannoun To Penticton:

The Surrey Eagles have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun to the Penticton Vees.

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. 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.

Demico Hannoun's Player Profile:

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

This is posted on the Vees website:

Vees Acquire Hannoun from Surrey

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Submitted by Vees Staff

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired forward Demico Hannoun (95) from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of defenseman Alex Coulombe (95) and future considerations the team announced Wednesday.

Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson on the acquisition of Hannoun, “Demico is a player who we are very familiar with, and I look forward to working with him so can he achieve his maximum potential.”

Hannoun, who turns 19 in October, brings a wealth of experience to the Vees as he’s set to embark on his fourth BCHL season. The North Delta, BC, product has played in 182 career regular season and playoff games in the BCHL and has twice played in the RBC Cup for Surrey and Vernon. Last season with the Vipers, Hannoun was nearly a point per-game player, collecting 15 goals and 44 points in 48 regular season games. He added another 12 points in 18 playoff games as the Vipers advanced to the Fred Page Cup Final against Coquitlam. Hannoun also represented Canada on the International stage last season as he was a member of Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Nova Scotia. Hannoun is committed to Michigan Tech University.

Hannoun started his BCHL career in Surrey in 2011 and won a Fred Page Cup championship with the Eagles in the spring of 2013 when they edged the Vees in six games in the league final. Hannoun and the Eagles won the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo that year and advanced all the way to the RBC Cup Semi-Final in Summerside, P.E.I.

Coulombe, from Granby, Quebec, played in 54 regular season games with the Vees last season while adding three goals and 19 points to go along with 50 penalty-minutes. Coulombe played in all 11 of the Vees playoffs games, registering one assist.

The Vees will play four exhibition home games this year; two at home. It all starts on Saturday, August 30th when they pay a visit to the Vernon Vipers. Then it’s a home-and-home set with the West Kelowna Warriors starting at the SOEC on Friday, September 5th; they head to West Kelowna the following night. The Vees wrap up the pre-season with a home game against Merritt on Sunday, September 14th.

For more on this trade visit Fraser Rodgers Three Vees blog,

http://pentictonvees.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/vees-add-significant-piece-upfront/

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond Inducted Into Senators Development Camp Hall Of Fame:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond was
inducted into the Ottawa Senators Development Camp Hall of Fame for being one of two camp attendees who played their first NHL game this year.

Hammond attended the Senators development camp from July 1 to July 7th 2014.

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 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:

Sens Development Camp Wrap

Tuesday, 08.07.2014

By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com

Cody Ceci and Andrew Hammond were inducted into the Sens Development Camp Hall of Fame for being camp attendees who played their first NHL games this year.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nailers Add Former Vipers Gill & Zurevinski To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

On June 16th 2014 the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)
announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Wheeling Nailers have eighteen players listed on their season-ending roster list, two are former Vernon Viper forwards Sahir Gill & Scott Zurevinski.

Wheeling Nailers season-ending roster list:

Barry Goers, Mike Ratchuk, Paul Cianfrini, Myles Harvey, Jake Areshenko, Ryley Miller, Tyler Fernandez, Max MacKay, Shane Bakker, Patrick McGrath, Derek Army, Sahir Gill, Chaz Johnson, Zack Torquato, Jordy Trottier, Scott Zurevinski, Jacob Lagace and Jack MacLellan

Gill finished his rookie season with the Nailers 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

Zurevinski finished his second season with the Nailers.  In 24 games last season Zurevinski picked up (5-goals-5-assists-10-points).  Zurevinski also spent time in the American Hockey League after signing a 25-game professional try out contract with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs on December 5th 2013.  Zurevinski was released after playing just three games finished the season in Wheeling.

Zurevinski finished his fourth year at Quinnipiac University (2011-12) before signing a amateur tryout contract with the AHL St. John’s IceCaps on March, 18th 2012. Zurevinski played in eight games with the IceCaps before being released.

Zurevinski signed with the American Hockey League (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in August of 2012 but never played a game as the Penguins sent Zurevinski down to the East Coast Hockey Leagues Wheeling Nailers.  Zurevinski attended the Pittsburgh Penguins 2011 development camp.

Zurevinski played two years in Vernon (2006-2008). In 96 regular season games with the Vipers, Zurevinski collected (47-goals-47-assists-94-points).

Scott Zurevinski's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=39146

This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Season-Ending Rosters

June 16, 2014

The ECHL on Monday announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its Member Teams.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2013-14.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Vernon-Battlefords Trade:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

11-Aug-14 The Vernon Vipers have transferred the CJHL
playing rights to Michael Statchuk(94)(D) to the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations

Michael Statchuk's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=85225

Royals Add Former Viper Hannoun To Teams Prospects List:

Alan Caldwell over at small thoughts at large (WHL Blog)
posted every WHL team's 2014-15 prospects list. This only include players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Victoria Royals have former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun as one of fourty two players listed on their 2014-15 prospects list. 

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. 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.

Demico Hannoun's Player Profile:

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