Sunday, July 22, 2018

Vernon Vipers 2018 Exhibition Schedule:

The BCHL finalized and published its exhibition schedule for the 2018-19 season July 13th before removing the schedule July 15th. Just days later the league released it's new revised version of the 2018 exhibition schedule. 

I posted the original Vipers exhibition schedule last weekend. Here is a look at the new Vipers exhibition schedule.

Vernon Vipers 2018 Exhibition Schedule

August:

August 24th Vernon @ Merritt 7pm
August 25th Merritt @ Vernon 2pm
August 31st Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm 

September: 

September 1st Salmon Arm @ Vernon 2pm 

The Vipers will open the 2018-19 regular season September 7th vs Wenatchee


Saturday, July 21, 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:

Cowichan-Nepean Trade:

The Cowichan Capitals have completed a trade with the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL).  Going to the Raiders is 19 year old forward Azzaro Tinling.  The Capitals would like to wish Azzaro all the best in Nepean. Coming to the Capitals is 19 year old forward Olivier Gauthier.  The 5’11” 175lb Ferme-Neuve, Quebec native joins the Capitals after tallying 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points in his rookie campaign with the Raiders.  The Capitals would like to welcome Olivier to the Capitals Family and look forward to seeing him on the ice at camp in late August.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Vipers Training Camp One Month Away:

Just 31 days until the Vernon Vipers open training camp. The Vipers 2018-19 season begins with training camp August 20th before opening the pre-season August 24th in Merritt. The Vipers will play four exhibition games before opening the 2018-19 regular season September 7th vs the defending league champion Wenatchee Wild. 

Almost every team has been busy this summer announcing trades or new player commitments for the 2018-19 season. The Vipers are once again one of if not the only team that has been quiet this summer. Mark Ferner likes to keep things very quiet over the summer. Since Mark Ferner has been with the Snakes he doesn't make any major announcements, regarding new commitments, new players or his up coming roster until just days before training camp. In years past the Morning Star gives a list of new recruits/player commitments and any new players in camp usually the day before or the day of training camp, other then that don't expect much news from Viper land over the summer.

The only news I know of to date is old news that was announced after the Vipers playoffs ended in March.

It looks like the Snakes have ten players returning from last years team and two new recruits/committed players, that makes 12 players on their current roster.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Raiders Name Vipers Alumni Citron Captain:

The Colgate Raiders have named former Vernon Vipers defenceman Kenny Citron captain for the 2018-19 season.

Citron will be entering his fourth season at Colgate played two years in Vernon (2013-2015). In 106 games with the Vipers Citron collected (3-goals-21-assists-24-points). In 37 games last year with the Raiders Citron collected 3 assists.

Kenny Citron's Player Profile:


This was posted on Colgate's website:

Men's Ice Hockey 4/17/2018 

Kevin Noonan 

Men's Hockey Names Captains for 2018-19 Season

Citron Named 102nd Captain, Cockrell and McMann Named Assistant Captains

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Yale Hockey Academy Names Former Vernon Vipers Bench Boss Holick New Head Coach:

The Yale Hockey Academy has announced former Vernon Vipers head coach-GM Mark Holick as the new head coach of their Midget Prep team.   

Holick spent the previous two seasons with the HC Pustertal Wolfe. HC Pustertal W├Âlfe – Val Pusteria Wolves are an Italian professional ice hockey team from Bruneck, currently playing in the Alps Hockey League.

Holick was Head Coach-GM of the Vipers for one season (2006-07) before leaving for the Western Hockey League Kootenay Ice.  Holick left the Vipers for the Ice a week before the Vipers Training Camp during the 2007-08 season. Holick posted a record of (37 wins-19 losses-1 tie-3 overtime losses) guided the Vipers to the BCHL League finals where Vernon fell in six games to the Nanaimo Clippers.  

After leaving the Vipers Holick spent seven seasons coaching in the Western Hockey League with Kootenay & Prince George as well as two seasons in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch before coaching in Italy.

Mark Holick's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=2331

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ty Taylor Highlight Video:

Here is a video Coquitlam Express play by play guy Eddie Gregory has put together of some highlight's of former Vernon Vipers goaltender Ty Taylor.


Taylor spent the past two seasons in Vernon (2016-2018) going (36-17-5) with a 2.38 GAA Taylor is heading to the University of New Hampshire this year, was drafted 214th overall in Round 7 by Tampa Bay at the 2018 NHL entry draft.

Ty Taylor's Player Profile:


Monday, July 16, 2018

Pontiacs Trade Ex Viper Forward Panacci To North York:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Adam Panacci to the Ontario Junior Hockey League North York Rangers.

Panacci attended the Vipers training camp last year, made the team before being traded to Bonnyville November 6th 2017 for Brandon Whistle. In 13 games with the Vipers Panacci collected (2-goals-0-assists-2-points). In 35 games with the Pontiacs last year Panacci collected (8-goals-14-assists-22-points).

Adam Panacci's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/201674/adam-panacci

This is posted on the AJHL website:

Jun.25, 2018 The Bonnyville Pontiacs trade Aidan Casey, Adam Pannacci and future considerations to North York (OJHL) in exchange for Colby Muise.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Vernon Vipers 2018 Exhibition Schedule:

The BCHL has finalized and published its exhibition schedule for the 2018-19 season. Just weeks after the regular season schedule was released, the league released it's pre-season schedule on Friday.  

*Note* The league website is showing the Vipers & Centennials play two games on the same night. On August 31st it shows Merritt playing in Vernon as well as Vernon playing in Merritt. 

Vernon Vipers 2018 Exhibition Schedule

August:

August 25th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
August 31st Merritt @ Vernon 6pm
August 31st Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm 


September: 

September 1st Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm 
September 2nd Salmon Arm @ Vernon 6pm

The Vipers will open the 2018-19 regular season September 7th vs Wenatchee

Saturday, July 14, 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:

Hodge Commits To Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce the commitment of 2000-born forward, Michael Hodge for the upcoming season. Hodge comes to the Smoke Eaters by way of the Calgary Flames of the Alberta Midget AAA League. During the 2017-2018 season Hodge totalled 10 goals and 22 points in 34 games for the Flames and added an additional 5 goals and 7 points over eight AMHL playoff games. Hodge impressed the Smoke Eaters staff during the team’s two identification camps this spring. Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach, Jeff Tambellini feels that Hodge is another solid addition to the team’s offence, saying “Michael is a highly skilled forward who possesses professional level details in his game. We are very excited to add Michael to our lineup as he has the ability to play in any situation. We’re looking forward to developing his game and providing him the opportunity to play at the NCAA level.” We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Michael and his family to the Trail Smoke Eaters. Hodge joins defensemen Jeremy Smith, Diarmad DiMurro, Kyle Budvarson, and forward Hayden Rowan as additions to the Trail Smoke Eaters 2018-2019 roster.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Kings Trade Former Vernon Viper Volpe To OJHL:

The Powell River Kings have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Callum Volpe to the Ontario Junior Hockey League Wellington Dukes.

Volpe played one full season in Vernon (2015-16). Volpe played one game with the Vipers during the 2016-17 season was released September 22nd 2016 before signing with the Powell River Kings in late September 2016. In 45 games with the Vipers Volpe collected (4-goals-7-assists-11-points). Volpe spent the past two seasons in Powell River. In 77 games with the Kings Volpe collected (7-goals-32-assists-39-points).

Callum Volpe's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Kings website:

Kings acquire defenceman in three player deal

June 29, 2018

by Alex Rawnsley

Recent News

The Powell River Kings have agreed to a trade with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), sending defenceman Callum Volpe, forward Nick Abbott and future considerations to Wellington, in exchange for 2000 born defenceman Mason Snell.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brett Stapley Highlight Video:

Here is a video Coquitlam Express play by play guy Eddie Gregory has put together of some highlight's of former Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley.


Stapley played three years in Vernon (2015-2018) Played in 153 games with the Vipers collecting (47-goals-74-assists-121-points) will be playing hockey this coming season at Denver University was drafted 190th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in round 7 of the 2018 NHL draft.

Brett Stapley's Player Profile:


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Okotoks Oilers Trade Ex Viper Soukoroff To Mustangs:

The Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues Okotoks Oilers have traded former Vernon Vipers defencemen Reece Soukoroff to the Calgary Mustangs.

Soukoroff spent the previous three seasons with the Oilers attended the Vipers training camp in 2015 was cut-released after playing in three exhibition games. Soukoroff signed with the Okotoks Oilers in September 2015. In 52 games last year with the Oilers, Soukoroff collected (3-goals-13-assists-16-points). Reece's father Phil Soukoroff played with the 1987-88 Vernon Lakers.  

Reece Soukoroff's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=199619

This was posted on the Mustangs website:

Mustangs acquire Soukoroff from Oilers 

Posted June 1st, 2018

Mustangs Staff

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Slab Poured At New Rink:

This was posted on castanet.net

Slab poured at new rink

Chantelle Deacon - Jul 9, 2018 

It was a big day for Vernon's new Kal Tire Place North.

The concrete slab has officially been poured bringing the new ice rink one big step forward to completion.

"They are moving very fast," said Doug Ross, director of recreation services, City of Vernon. "There are over 35 people here on the crew today and they rotate people through so that they can keep working throughout the day."

Crews started working on laying down the concrete slab just after 6 a.m. Monday morning and they aren't expected to be finished until the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"What they're doing right now is they are covering up the brine lines that will actually chill the ice slab and actually allow us to make ice," Ross said.

"They first had to level it all," he said. "Then they put in heating lines to make sure it wouldn't frost and heave the ice slab. Then they covered and levelled that, then they put down 15 kilometres of brine lines. On top of that goes insulation and vapour barrier and then mesh."

After a long series of steps work crews can finally cover up the surface with concrete.

The company, Reward Construction Ltd. was flown in from Edmonton to do the job.

"They're specialists in what they do," Ross said. "They indicated that they've done ice rinks all the way from the Southern United States all the way up to Tuktoyaktuk."

The rink now has to set for 37 days before ice can be made on the surface.

The area is set to be open up to the public by Sept. 1 of this year.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Working For The Weekend:

This was posted on Castanet.net

Working for the Weekend

Chantelle Deacon - Jul 5, 2018 

In early September the puck will drop at a Vernon Vipers hockey game signifying the opening of the new ice sheet at Kal Tire Place North.


Thousands of Vernonites are expected to attend the three-day event called 'A Community... Working for the Weekend.'

"We're kicking it off with the  Vipers home opener against Wenatchee Wild and CFI is bringing in Loverboy and Platinum Blonde for an arena rock show on Saturday," said Calvin Cane, CFI Productions. "We are leaving the stage behind and we're going to be inviting local bands and local entertainers to fill the place in recognition of the new ice surface at Kal Tire Place."

"I think Vernon has always had a strong sense of community and I think over the last few years a lot of the entertainment has gone south. What we're really trying to do is bring quality entertainment back to Vernon."

The event kicks off on Friday, Sept. 7 and runs until Sunday, Sept. 9.

On Sunday everyone is welcome to the area for a free event, featuring local entertainers, vendors and artisans.

Tickets are available for the Saturday event ticketseller.ca.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Maple Leafs Invite Former Vernon Viper Hanson To Development Camp:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have invited former Vernon Vipers goaltender Darion Hanson.

Hanson attended the Philadelphia Flyers development camp last summer, will be entering his second season at Union College, played one season in Vernon (2016-17) after coming over in a trade with Youngstown. The Youngstown Phantoms traded Hanson to Vernon November 18 2016 (No details on the trade were announced). In 21 games with the Vipers Hanson recorded a 14-4-2 record with 2 shutouts and a 1.84 GAA

Darion Hanson's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=288916

This was posted on the Maple Leafs website:

Maple Leafs Announce 2018 Development Camp Roster

by Staff Writer MapleLeafs / MapleLeafs.com

June 25th, 2018

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the roster for the team's 2018 Development Camp. 

Players will undergo medicals and on-ice testing today, Monday, June 25, while the first full-team on-ice session and media availability will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.

A total of 46 players (27 Forwards, 15 Defencemen, 4 Goaltenders) are slated to take part in this year's development camp, including 18 Maple Leafs draft picks. Eight of Toronto's nine selections in the 2018 NHL Draft, including 29th overall selection Rasmus Sandin, will attend the camp. 

Maple Leafs Director of Player Development Scott Pellerin will oversee this year's camp. Leafs assistant coaches Jim Hiller and D.J. Smith, as well as Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe and Newfoundland Growlers head coach Ryane Clowe, will be on-ice working with the prospects, who will be split into two groups.

This year's development camp on-ice sessions will take place at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.


Saturday, July 7, 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:

Steele Commits To Vees:

The Penticton Vees are pleased to announce 2000-born forward Sammy Steele has committed to the Vees for the 2018-19 season. Steele, from Hummelstown, PA, spent the 2017-18 season with the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League. In 46 regular season games, Steele scored 11 goals and added 13 assists while recording just four penalty minutes. The 6’3’’, 185-pound forward then added a goal and an assist in 14 playoff games, helping the Force lift the USHL championship, the Clark Cup. “Sammy brings size and scoring ability to our forward group,” Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said. “He is coming off being an integral part of winning a USHL championship and that experience will be invaluable.” Steele has already secured himself an NCAA scholarship to Arizona State University. He will join the rest of his new teammates in Penticton for training camp in late August.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Stars Invite Vipers Alumni Watson To Development Camp:

The Dallas Stars have invited former Vernon Vipers defenceman Cooper Watson to their development camp.

Watson will be entering his second season this year with the Michigan Tech Huskies. Watson played one season in Vernon (2016-17) The Vipers signed Watson September 22nd 2016. In 45 regular season games with the Vipers Watson picked up (3-goals-16-assists-19-points).

Cooper Watson's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Stars website:

Stars announce final Development Camp roster, schedule

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