Thursday, July 28, 2016

Everblades Add Former Viper Florentino To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Florida Everblades have twenty players listed on their Season-Ending Rosters list, one is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino.

After three seasons at the University of Massachusetts Florentino joined the East Coast Hockey League Las Vegas Wranglers in the 2012-13 season. Florentino has played the past three seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional League with four different teams (Huntsville, Reading, Elmira & Florida). In 57 games this past season with the Everblades Florentino picked up (5-goals-6-assists-11-points).

Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.

Rob Florentino's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Everblades website:

Everblades Announce Season-Ending Roster

June 15, 2016

ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Wednesday their season-ending roster.  The list of 20 players is comprised of eight defensemen and 12 forwards. This is the second of a three-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2016-17 season

Defensemen (8)

 Chase Golightly
 Mark Nemec
 Corey Syvret
 Matt Stanisz
 Logan Roe
 Mike Cornell
 Alexander Kuqali
 Rob Florentino

Forwards (12)

 David Wohlberg
 Ethan Werek
 Ryan Martindale
 Brendan O’Donnell
 Matt Marquardt
 Greg Gibson
 Kevin Lynch
 Mike Aviani
 Evan Bloodoff
 Gabriel Desjardins
 Brant Harris
 Ralph Cuddemi

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.

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 2016-17 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.

2016-17 Season Opener!

The Everblades are already preparing for the 2016-17 season, which begins at home on October 14 & 15 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits!

To view the team’s complete schedule for the 2016-17 regular season CLICK HERE

2016-17 Season Ticket Plans Now Available:  Full  and flexible partial season ticket plans are  currently available for the 2016-17 season. We offer several tickets packages designed to help fit your budget and schedule. For more information, call 239-948-7825, or stop by the team’s main office located at Germain Arena from Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Vipers Celebrate 1999

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers celebrate 1999

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jul 27, 2016

Slick winger Ryan Bayda has retired from pro hockey and is now opening a tattoo removal business in his hometown of Saskatoon.

Popular goalie Derek Gustafson is a sales rep for some craft beer breweries in Oregon.

Lanny Gare and Kenny Magowan, who flourished on the dynamic KGB line with Bayda back in the day, are the only two still playing the game in Germany for a living.

Yes, hockey fans, the 1999 Royal Bank Cup champion Vernon Vipers are alive and well. And they survived a few days of celebration in Penticton last weekend at the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

And as expected, said captain Lennie Rampone, of Kelowna: “We may have shoe-checked someone at lunch.”

Players came from Alaska, New York, Arizona and Europe.

“Lanny Gare was able to make it back from Germany with his family,” said Rampone, a mortgage broker. “Not only did we have a great player turnout, but also had great support from the parents. Petr Chytka’s parents came from the Czech Republic. Chytka now lives in Arizona.

“It was also great to see some of the billet families we used to hang out with regularly, take time to come to the induction ceremony.”

The Vipers won the BCHL title in the 1998-99 season with 52 wins. They had 11 players from B.C. and four from Vernon, including Kori Davison, now living in Calgary and in Energy Services sales with teammate Josh Reed, also a Vernon minor hockey grad. D-man Spence Gilchrist was another local.

“The guys were really proud to be there and proud to represent the Vipers organization with what we accomplished on the ice,” added Rampone. “The whole weekend went by too quick. Lots of laughs and playing the ‘remember when game.’ Some guys could mix in a salad in their diet and some guys don’t even need to use shampoo anymore.”

Only Tyler Valin of Edmonton and Jeff Filewich of St. Albert missed the induction at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Owner Duncan Wray, head coach/GM Troy Mick, assistant coach Joe Oliver and trainer Tim Cooper represented the Snakes’ staff.

The Vipers stopped Dany Heatley and the Calgary Canucks in the Doyle Cup that season and then struggled to a 1-3 mark in the round-robin in the RBC in Yorkton.

With the entire city of Vernon wondering what was wrong, the Vipers bounced the Bramalea Blues of Ontario 3-2 in the semifinal and ambushed the Charlottetown Abbies 9-3 in the final.

For Reed, the induction weekend was extra special since he, Davidson and Gare all played minor hockey here together before glory at the Junior A level.

“It was like we all picked up right where we left off when we were all reunited in Penticton,” said Reed. “There were a lot of remember when stories and the same jokes got the same kind of laughs as they did back in ‘99.  The bond we created over the course of nine months is truly amazing.  We were a team in every sense of the word.  We’ve actually already started plans for our 20-year reunion in 2019.”

Mick, who also won a RBC title as an assistant under Rob Bremner, in 1996, thanked Wray for believing in him and his staff.

“It was one of the best feelings in my life to be inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Mick, a superstar with the Portland Winter Hawks and a Pittsburgh Penguin draft. “These guys are now dads, husbands and to see 19 of our guys show up, is a true testament on how close this team really was.”

Gare joins the shrine with his uncles, Danny Gare and Tom Renney and his late grandfather, Ernie Gare Sr.

Most of the players looked fit and tanned, and the bad hair jokes were flying big-time.

“There was lots of thinning hair but I think Rampone and (Mike) Bussoli’s hair actually got thicker,” said Reed.

A total of 18 players from that national championship team earned NCAA scholarships.

Also inducted was Murray Baron of Kamloops, who was a d-man with the Vernon Lakers from 1984-86. Baron played 15 seasons in the NHL.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers and played with St Louis, Montreal and Phoenix in addition to five years with the Vancouver Canucks. Baron, 49, played 988 NHL games recording 129 points.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vernon Vipers 2016-17 Roster:

The BCHL website has updated nine of the seventeen team rosters. Here is a look at the current Vipers roster-lineup that is posted on the league website. If you go by the league website-rosters the Vipers only need six players to fill the 22 man roster for the 2016-17 season.


Brendan Barry "97" (Returning from last season)


Chris Jandric "98" (Recruited-Committed)
Carter Stephenson "98" (Recruited-Committed)
Mitchell Oliver "97" (Returning from last season)
Callum Volpe "98" (Returning from last season)
Darren Rizzolo "98" (Returning from last season)


Niko Karamanis "98" (Recruited-Committed)
Brett Stapley "99" (Returning from last season)
Colton McCarthy "96" (Returning from last season)
Jagger Williamson "98" (Returning from last season)
Riley Brandt "96" (Returning from last season)
Christian Cakebread "97" (Returning from last season)
Nicholas Rasovic "96" (Returning from last season)
Hunter Zandee "96" (Returning from last season)
Jimmy Lambert "97" (Returning from last season)
Steven Jandric "97" (Returning from last season)

*The Vipers are holding a Camp in Michigan July 29th-July 31st before holding their Training Camp in Vernon August 22nd The Vipers will open the pre-season August 25th vs the Penticton Vees.

*The BCHL made a press release on May 3rd 2016 saying Colton McCarthy had accepted an offer to play for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology this coming season. McCarthy is still currently listed on the Vipers roster for this coming season.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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:

Rivermen Will Call George Preston Recreation Centre Home For This Coming Season:

Over the past few months there has been speculation, discussion, and ultimately significant changes for the home of the Langley Rivermen, which will now be at the George Preston Recreation Centre. The announcement of the team relocation brought about much concern over the state of the Recreation Centre. It was noted that many areas of the existing siding have deteriorated over a number of years, exposing the building envelope to the elements of nature. Due to this, the Township of Langley has scheduled some significant renovations to be completed prior to the Rivermen home opener. The new exterior treatment will reflect the look of a Lodge paying homage to the original pioneers and explorers of Langley. The new aesthetic will help make it feel like home for the Rivermen. Once fans walk through the doors to the ‘Lodge,’ there will be additional upgrades that will benefit all of the user groups of the arena. Some of the updates include: improvements to help with humidity levels and ice conditions; the addition of loge style seats in the upper mezzanine areas of the arena bowl; arena lighting upgrades, and a new video display system. Roy Henderson, Langley Rivermen’s President stated, “We are thrilled to be moving into ‘The Lodge’ for our upcoming season. We are proud to be the “Langley” Rivermen. Our goal is to put a competitive team out on the ice that the people of Langley can be proud of” The BCHL was recently in the spotlight with a record-setting three first round NHL Draft picks. Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees) went 10th overall to the Colorado Avalanche, Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees) went 17th to the Nashville Predators and Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack Chiefs) went 20th to the Detroit Red Wings. The draft spotlight will help to further elevate the level of play in the BCHL as well as bring more scouts to prospect the league. The Langley Rivermen begin their season in September 2016 – their inaugural season at George Preston Recreation Centre. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a season ticket holder starting at just $99. Email tickets@langleyrivermen to secure your season tickets today!

Centennials Name Bhandal New Broadcaster:

Mantar Bhandal is the new play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials.

2016 Bauer BCHL Showcase Released:
The 2016 Bauer BCHL Showcase schedule is set and again all 17 teams will be in action at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. The dates of this season’s event are Sept. 21 to 25. The one extra day is to accommodate a single game on the Wednesday night, Sept. 21. All 17 games will be completed by the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 25 meaning each game will be well attended by scouts and college coaches. Opening this year’s Showcase is a rematch of last season’s Fred Page Cup Finals with the champion West Kelowna Warriors facing the event host Chilliwack Chiefs. All matchups feature non-division opponents and all games count for points in the standings. Each team will have gone through two weekends of regular-season play by the time the Showcase starts. The secondary sheet of ice at Prospera Centre will be used for two games during the Showcase. This allows all games to be completed prior to Sunday evening, which is when many scouts have to leave for travel.

Wranglers Name Mick New President:

Troy Mick, the president and general manager of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks, has a new junior team to oversee. Mick will now also be the president and managing partner of the Colorado-based Steamboat Springs Wranglers, an expansion franchise in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. This circuit is heading into its second year of operations. The league currently features seven squads, all based in Colorado. Misko Antisin, who spent the past two seasons as a Silverbacks’ assistant coach, has been named the Wranglers’ head coach/GM.

Trail-Sherwwod Park Trade:

The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired the rights to goaltender Zach Dyment from the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL for future considerations. Dyment, an Abbortsford native,  played for the Crusaders in the 2015/16 season.  In 25 games he chalked up 15 wins, 9 losses and one tie with a GAA of 3.4 and a save percentage of .893.  In 11 games with the Salmon Arm Sillverbacks during he 2014/15 season he had 4 wins, 4 losses and a tie in 11 games.  He played for the North Okanagan Knights of the KIJHL in the 2013/14 season and in 37 games had a GAA of 3.69 and a save percentage of .907. The Trail Smoke Eaters welcome Zach to the Smoke Eater family and wish him the best of luck for the upcoming season.

Nanaimo-Victoria Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Joseph Visconti(97)(F) from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations.

Prince George-Salmon Arm Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are excited to announce the acquisition of 18 year old defenceman Sam De Melo from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. The 5’9” 160 pound De Melo is from Kelowna, BC. Last season with the Silverbacks, De Melo had 3 assists to go along with just 4 penalty minutes in 26 games. He will have some familiar faces on the team as he played in the Pursuit of Excellence program with both Cavin Tilsley and Jarod Hovde. “Sam is a player that I’ve been intrigued with for a while. He’s a smart player who handles and distributes the puck well. He also skates well and will be able to create some offense for us from the backend. His skill set will be a nice addition to our group” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “It’s going to be nice to get a fresh start, and hopefully have a good season here. I like to think of myself as a 200 foot player. I’m a good skater, pretty skilled, can play in all situations and I like to put up points,” said De Melo on joining the Spruce Kings. Sam De Melo will join the rest of his Spruce Kings team mates just prior to the start of the team’s main training camp on August 25th.

Calverley & Bernard Commit To Chilliwack:

Chilliwack Chiefs General Manager Jason Tatarnic continued to add to his roster today with the addition of forward William Calverley (1998) and defenseman Colin Bernard (1997). Calverley joins the Chiefs after an impressive stint with the national champion North York Rangers Midget AAA team of the Greater Toronto Hockey League. As Captain of the Rangers last season, Calverley scored 11 goals and 17 assists in 28 games. In seven games at the Telus Cup national championship he scored six times and added four assists. Bernard comes to the Chiefs from Brunswick Prep School in Greenwich Connecticut. Bernard spent two seasons at Brunswick, scoring twice and adding 14 assists in 41 games. Calverley On joining the Chiefs: “I am very excited to be a part of a well-respected organization such as the Chiefs. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to this new chapter of my hockey career."  Tatarnic on Calverley: “Will is a player we've had our eyes on for a while now. He had an excellent year last year captaining his team to the Telus Cup Championship. He's a great two way player. He's committed to RIT and we look forward playing a part in his development. We are extremely happy to add Will to our line up.” Bernard On joining the Chiefs: "I’m very excited about the opportunity to play for the Chiefs. I can't wait to get things started in August. I’m looking forward to being a part of a wonderful culture in British Columbia and to have the honor of calling Chilliwack home." Tatarnic on Bernard: “Colin is a very mobile defenseman that competes very hard. He has the potential to produce offensive numbers for us on the backend. We feel we've added an important piece to our defence.”

Silverbacks TV:

Silverbacks Head Coach-GM Brandon West talks about the Salmon Arm Silverback’s interests in Colorado and what that means for the S’Backs. He also talks about looking for a new assistant coach plus looks at the team’s future goals going into the 2016-17 season with a number of positions to fill.

Penticton-Brockville Trade:

The Penticton Vees have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Ryan Markovic(97)(D) from the Brockville Braves of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations.

Menard Returns As Centennials Team President:

A small crowd of club faithful gathered at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on June 23 for the Merritt Centennials’ annual general meeting. The Centennials, in their 43rd year of existence, are the longest continuously-run franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League. Those in attendance at the Cents’ AGM heard reports from club president Neil Menard, treasurer Beth Nadeau, director of hockey operations Brian Barrett, assistant coach Matt Samson and booster club president Betty Doberstein. Despite the Centennials’ failure to make the playoffs, Barrett felt that the 2015-16 season was a successful one for the club, with an even brighter future ahead. Barrett stated that the BCHL continues to enjoy considerable success, and be generally regarded as the premier Junior A hockey league in Canada. The addition of a franchise in Wenatchee, Wash. was very well received. The Centennials’ 2015-16 financial statement showed a small loss of just over $11,000, due in large part to reduced season ticket sales, along with an increase in player transfer and release fees. Barrett conceded that marketing continues to be a challenge for the Centennials hockey club with no one person currently in place for that position. Sales and promotion is being largely handled by volunteers and the coaching staff. “I want to reach out to the community and ask that the people of Merritt help their hockey club in whatever way possible,” concluded Barrett. Doberstein reported that the Centennials booster club was able to contribute over $60,000 to the hockey team this past season. Longtime volunteer Rusty Brewer indicated that the club is looking to promote the 10-game flex passes as a viable alternative to purchasing a season pass. The AGM’s election of officers saw the return of Neil Menard to the position of club president, Dave MacCauley as vice-president, Nadeau as treasurer, and Heather Fader as secretary. Several directors were also elected: Barrett, Doberstein, Steve Rose, Rita Cavaliere, Frank Etchart, Jessica and Rich Culbertson, and Sandy Hostrawser.

Silverbacks Name Hay New Assistant Coach:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are proud to announce today that they have signed Darrell Hay (Kamloops, BC) & Welcome back Brooks Christensen (Salmon Arm, BC) back to the team. General Manager Troy Mick is excited for the additions to the club. “We are very excited to add Darrell to our staff and for Brooks to return for a 2nd year”. Stated Mick; whenever you can bring two guys in like this to your club you get better as a staff immediately and the players are going to reap the benefits on and off the ice. “Darrell has a tremendous amount of hockey experience and we are excited to have him join the Silverbacks family. He has a noticeable passion for the game and our defensemen will thrive under his tutelage”. Says Head Coach Brandon West. “Throughout his career, Darrell has always been known as a team guy that will do anything to achieve success and we want that type of person in our organization. Darrell was a player/coach last season in England and he is ready to take the next step in his coaching career”. “I am thrilled to be joining a first class organization and a premier league like the BCHL”. Stated Hay. I look forward to helping Salmon Arm fulfill the vision they have for the team on the ice and in the community. I am anxious to get to work at reaching our goals of winning a Royal Bank Cup and developing all the fantastic young athletes that will wear a Silverbacks uniform. I look forward to being a part of an excellent tradition that the Silverbacks and the community have worked hard to cultivate. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to pursue my goals as a coach as part of the Silverbacks organization in such a beautiful community in Salmon Arm. The Vancouver Canucks draft-pick brings a wealth of experience to the Silverbacks organization having played regularly in the AHL, ECHL and more recently having had spells in Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, Japan and finishing of in Sheffield, England. “We are very excited to have Brooks return to the program for another season. He came a long way in his development last season and his video knowledge and technical skills grew immensely”. Brooks is a huge asset to our team and we are grateful to have him back on board next season. Commented Coach West I’m looking forward to continue learning and working with Brandon & Troy and to work with our new assistant coach. Stated Brooks. I think we are going to have a great group this year that the community will really enjoy watching. Last year was a learning curve for myself and I’m very happy to be back and be apart of the team this upcoming season.

Fea Commits To Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles are pleased to announce that 19-year-old forward Nick Fea has committed to the team for the upcoming 2016-17 season. It will be his first season in the BCHL after playing last season with the North Jersey Avalanche of the EYHL. The ’97-born Fea scored a point-per-game with the Avalanche last season, posting 52 points in 52 total games in both AYHL and Tier 1 Elite Hockey League competition. “I was impressed by the time and effort that [head coach Blaine Neufeld] put into recruiting me,” Fea said in an interview with “I know the program is on the rise, and I decided to commit because I felt like it was the best fit for me.” Fea was heavily pursued by other teams, which is why the extra effort was needed to bring him to Surrey. With an average build at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, he utilizes his exceptional speed to get around defenceman. He has been described as being “slippery with the puck.” His scoring touch will certainly be a welcome addition to the Eagles’ forward group. “I plan on coming in and bringing offense to the team,” Fea noted. “I know my biggest strengths are my speed and hockey IQ, and I need to use them to do my share on the offensive side of things.” This is the second time this summer that the Eagles have received a commitment from a player coming out of the AYHL. Tyler Riddle of the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers also committed to the team less than a month ago. While Fea doesn’t know him personally, he recalls plenty of tough games against that team. Speed may be his best asset, but Fea isn’t taking it for granted. Players will be stronger and faster in the BCHL, and he is making sure that he prepares himself this summer. “The biggest jump I think from AYHL to BCHL will be the speed of the game. It’s going to be faster, and I need to be ready to play against bigger and stronger players.” The 2016-17 season officially begins on September 9th, as the Eagles will play host to the Coquitlam Express. Keep checking for ticket availability!

Bottomley, Ghantous & Sitzman Commit To Trail:

In a summer identification camp held in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho over the weekend the Trail Smoke Eater’s have committed to 1997 defence-man, Trevor Bottomley and 1998 born forwards Andre Ghantous and Jack Sitzman. Trevor has 2 years of junior hockey under his belt with the Campbell River Storm where he was a staple on their defensive core.  Trevor was a key piece in the Storm’s 2014/15 season when they captured the Keystone Cup (Junior B Western Canadian Championship).  Trevor returned this past season where the team had another successful campaign making it to the Cyclone Taylor Cup (BC Junior B Championship). Bottomley is a 2-way D-man who sees the ice terrifically and plays with an edge.  At 19 years of age Trevor will be relied upon to play in all situations. From the U18 Anaheim Junior Ducks Andre and Jack come highly regarded by their coach and former Smoke Eater August Aiken.  Andre and Jack impressed new Trail Smoke Eater head coach, Cam Keith, with their vision, character and compete level.  Both are totally different players with Andre being a slick play maker who the coaching staff thinks could be a good fit at center or wing.   Jack is a big physical power forward that plays with an edge.  Despite being different players the two have a lot of chemistry together.

Alberni Valley-Yorkton Trade:

18-July-16 The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Paul Savage(96)(D) from the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Victoria-Fort Frances Trade:

13-July-16 The Victoria Grizzlies have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Jared Virtanen(96)(F) to the Fort Frances Lakers of the SIJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Admirals Add Former Vipers McGregor & Jones To Teams Protected List:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Norfolk Admirals have thirty six players listed on their protected list two are former Vernon Vipers forwards Bryan McGregor & Connor Jones.

Norfolk Admirals Protected List:

Nic Riopel, Philippe Cadorette, Wes Cunningham, Davis Vandane, Sam Windle, Chris Williams, Cole Martin, Gabriel Verpaelst, Jordan Hill, Charles-Olivier Roussel, Joe Marciano, Brendon Nash, Josh Currie, Dylan Gilbert, Nick MacNeil, Robbie Czarnik, Maxime Legault, Steven Whitney, Danick Gauthier, Ryan Salkeld, Matt Cope, Dean Ouellet, Connor Jones, Alexandre Ranger, Chase Schaber, Scott Allen, Jonathan Lessard, Maxime St. Cyr, Marcus Hinds, Bryan McGregor, Devin Mantha, Paul Rodrigues, Kurt Etchegary, Nicolas Blanchard, Francis Verreault-Paul, Luke Judson

Bryan McGregor started the season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Brampton Beast after signing September 24th 2015. McGregor played in 18 games collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points) before being traded to the ECHL Norfolk Admirals December 18th 2015. McGregor played in just one game with the Admirals before asking for his release in order to sign on with MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ, a club in the Polish Hockey League. 

After four years at Minnesota-Duluth McGregor went on to play three years in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with Pensacola, Johnstown & Idaho before having a short stint with the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators. McGregor had spent the past six seasons playing overseas in six different leagues with seven different teams (Sport, HC Trinec, HC Innsbruck, Beibarys Atyrau, Rungsted, Szekesfehervar & Piráti Chomutov) before returning to the AHL & ECHL last season.  

McGregor played parts 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:

Connor Jones started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Missouri Mavericks after signing a contract September 24 2015. Jones never played a game with Missouri, landed a try out just days later with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Jones attend the Sound Tigers training camp, made the Sound Tigers roster, signed a contract with Bridgeport December 6th 2016, spent the entire 2015-16 season with the Sound Tigers. In 51 games last year Jones collected (6-goals-7-assists-13-points). During last season the Mavericks traded the rights of Jones to Norfolk November 23rd 2015. Jones never played a single game with the Admirals.

After four years at Quinnipiac University Jones signed his first pro contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons April 3rd 2014 before splitting the 2014-15 season between the ECHL & AHL.

Jones played four years in Vernon (2006-2010). In 163 regular season games with the Vipers collected (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Jones is the Vipers all-time franchise points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time franchise goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Protected Lists

June 2, 2016

The ECHL on Thursday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its Member teams.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2015-16 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2015-16, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015-16 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Memories Of The ’99 Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Memories Of The ’99 Vipers

July 22, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Vernon Vipers owner Dr. Duncan Wray and former Viper bench boss Troy Mick sat down to talk about their memories of the 1999 Royal Bank Cup champion Vernon Vipers. The team is being inducted into the BC Hockey Hall Of Fame along with alumnus Murray Baron who played for the Lakers between 1984 and 1986. Wray, who was inducted into the BCHHOF in 2011, says all of the teams that have won a national title have a special place in his memories but the 1999 team’s accomplishments cannot be overlooked.

The ’99 squad only lost six games in the regular season posting a team record 106 points.  However the team also had some struggles en route to its second RBC cup and 4th National Championship. Not only did the team lose the first ever game to the RMJHL Kimberley Dynamiters (no BCHL team had lost a game during the Mowat Cup) but the team also had to beat the Calgary Canucks led by future NHL star Dany Heatley.

Even in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the team narrowly avoided being eliminated in the RBC Cup’s round robin portion after losing their first three games of the tournament. The Vipers however would come back to beat Charlottetown 9-3 to win their 4th National Championship.

Friday, July 22, 2016

1999 Vipers Enter Hall Of Fame:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Team Enters Hall of Fame

Posted on 7/22/2016  

by  Pete McIntyre
The Vernon Vipers RBC Cup winning team from 1999 will be inducted in the BC Hockey Hall of Fame tonight.

The team, which was coached by Troy Mick and included the likes of Lennie Rampone (captain), Ryan Bayda and Lanny Gare, is considered to be one of the greatest teams in BCHL history.

It had a regular season record of 52-6-2, and won the franchise's fourth national title in 10 years.

Team owner Duncan Wray will be on hand for the ceremony tonight in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Wray remembers the team being 0-3 going into their final game of the RBC round robin.

"We had to win to move on, and we did. It was just so exciting. No one could figure out why we were 0-3 when we had a team that won 52 games in the regular season. It was a little nerve rattling, but it was fun," Wray tells Kiss FM.

Wray calls it a tremendous honour, for what he says was a special group of players that year.

"They asked me a couple years ago which of the teams I was involved with should be considered, and
I suggested the '99 team, simply because of their record. It was a special group. They were like brothers."

Wray says the Lanny Gare-Ryan Bayda-Tyler Knight line was one of the highlights that year.

"They were just tremendous all the way through the season. Defensively, we had Lenny Rampone (team captain), and Derek Gustafson in goal. It was just a really special team."

Here is a look at the 1998-1999 Vernon Viper Roster:
4      Bradley, John
5      Bussoli, Mike
6      Gilchrist, Spence
7      Williams, Danny
8      Reed, Josh
9      Knight, Tyler
10    Davison, Kori (Asst. Capt.)
11    Filewich, Jeff
12    Bayda, Ryan
14    Sickavish, Kelly (Asst. Capt.)
15    Magowan, Kenny
16    Chytka, Petr
17    Digel, Jace
18    Gare, Lanny
19    Duggan, John
20    Bresciani, Joel (Asst. Capt.)
21    Krahn, Scott
22    Kamel, Tito
24    Ringstad, Nick
25    Lacasse, Domenic
28    Rampone, Lennie (Capt.)
96    Gustafson, Derek
97    King, Chris
Owner/President:  Duncan Wray
Head Coach:  Troy Mick
Assistant Coach Joe Oliver

Former NHL'er and Vernon Lakers defenceman Murray Baron is also being inducted, along with BCHL commissioner John Grisdale, and Merritt Centennials owner Brian Barrett.

Ex Viper Festerling Becomes Free Agent:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Garrett Festerling has become a free agent
after the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Hamburg Freezers folded due to financial reasons.

The Freezers are a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league (DEL) that play their games in Hamburg, Germany.

After three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Portland & Regina Festerling has spent the past nine seasons playing in Germany with three different teams (EV Fussen, Hannover & Hamburg) Festerling has spent the past six years with Hamburg.

Festerling played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2002-2003). Festerling played with the 2002-03 Vipers before leaving the team during his second season in Vernon, in December 2003 for the WHL Portland Winterhawks. In 77 regular season games with the Vipers Festerling collected (12-goals-25-assists-37-points).

Garrett Festerling's Player Profile:

This was posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

May 25th 2016

The Hamburg Freezers (Germany, DEL) have folded for financial reasons and DEL all players under contract are free agents. That includes brothers Garrett (Portland, Regina, 2003-07) and Brett Festerling (Tri-City, Vancouver, 2001-07), each of whom had two years remaining on their contracts with Hamburg. Brett, a defenceman, had one assist in 18 games this season, while Garrett, a forward, had seven goals and 16 assists in 30 games.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Former Vernon Viper Coughlin Attends Blackhawks Development Camp:

Former Vernon Viper forward Liam Coughlin attended the Chicago Blackhawks Development from July 10th-July 15th.

Coughlin finished his first season at the University of Vermont last season, played two seasons in Vernon (2013-2015) playing in 107 games with the Vipers picking up (38-goals-67-assists-105-points). Coughlin was drafted 130th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in Round 5 at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers traded Coughlin to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 6th 2015 for Anders Nilsson.

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Blackhawks website:

Blackhawks to host 2016 Prospect Camp from July 10-15

Thursday, 07.7.2016

By Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks will conduct their 2016 Prospect Camp at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago (2550 W. Madison St.) from Sunday, July 10, to Friday, July 15.

The camp roster of 66 invites is highlighted by eight of Chicago’s 2016 National Hockey League Draft selections, as well as former first-round selections Nick Schmaltz (2014) and Ryan Hartman (2013). Illinois natives include Roy Radke (2015 NHL Draft, 164th overall), Anthony Louis (2013 NHL Draft, 181st overall) and Vincent Hinostroza (2012 NHL Draft, 169th overall). A complete camp roster and schedule can be found here.

On-ice sessions will begin on Sunday, July 10, and will run from approximately 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Johnny’s IceHouse West. Practices and scrimmages will be conducted Monday-Wednesday, with position practice on Thursday. The group will hold one scrimmage on Friday beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pedersen & The Junior Canucks Capture Brick Invitational Championship:

Vernon Vipers Head Scout & Assistant Coach Kevin Pedersen helped guide the BC Junior Canucks  to the 2016 27th Annual Brick Invitational championship July 11th in Edmonton Alberta.  Pedersen also helped guide the U15 Penguins to the 2016 Male U15 Provincial Tournament with a victory over the Wild in the championship game May 8th 2016 in Richmond, BC.

The Brick Invitational hockey Tournament website:

This is posted on the Hockey Now website:

BC Junior Canucks Win 2016 Brick Invitational Tournament

By Mike Beasley on July 15, 2016

Being persistent is always a good thing as this summer’s edition of the BC Junior Canucks will be quick to point out.

After eight unsuccessful attempts trying to be crowned the top team at The Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament, it all came together in 2016 for this group of nine- and 10-year-olds.

British Columbia’s last Brick championship was back in 2007, but now the drought is over.

The team, made up of players from Nanaimo to Victoria and Greater Vancouver through to West Kelowna, traveled to Edmonton, Alta. earlier this month to compete in what has become a summer tradition for many of the best Canadian and American players in this age group.

The 27th annual tournament was held at the world famous West Edmonton Mall from July 4 to 10, with fourteen squads from all over North America making the summer pilgrimage to compete in the prestigious event.

The list of Brick alumni that are currently playing in the NHL is incredible. The list starts with Washington Capitals D Karl Alzner, who played with Vancouver in the tournament, and runs through almost the entire alphabet before coming to a stop at Minnesota Wild F Jason Zucker, who attended the event as a member of Team California.

At this year’s event, the BC Junior Canucks blasted through their competition in the Wigston Conference, going undefeated in six games against Team Brick Alberta, Saskatchewan Jr. Pats, Toronto Bulldogs, Chicago Jr. Blackhawks, Team Pennsylvania and Detroit Red Wings.

The Styles Conference was made up of Team Minnesota, Boston Junior Bruins, Toronto Pro Hockey, Winnipeg Junior Jets, Montreal Ice Storm, Connecticut Junior Rangers and Team California.

With a an impressive 6-0 record, British Columbia was the only undefeated team in the opening round of the tournament, outshooting their opponents 31-6 to earn a berth in the semifinals.

From there, the Junior Canucks had to wait until the winner of a quarterfinal matchup between the Boston Junior Bruins (5-1) and Saskatchewan Jr. Pats (3-2) was determined. Boston came out on top with a 4-3 overtime victory to set up a semifinal showdown against British Columbia.

Junior Canucks forward Tomas Mrsic proved to be too much for the Junior Bruins, leading his team to a 5-2 win with a four-goal, five-point performance and a spot in the championship final. British Columbia G Jesse Sanche had a quiet but effective game, stopping nine of 11 Boston shots.

In the other semifinal game, Team Minnesota (5-1) locked horns with the Toronto Bulldogs (4-2). The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals after winning an all-Toronto quarterfinal game with a 6-0 shutout over Pro Hockey. Team Minnesota went on to win 3-1 against the Bulldogs to set up the final two combatants in a classic Canada (British Columbia) versus United States (Minnesota) showdown.

So the stage was set with the Junior Canucks and Team Minnesota facing off for all the marbles on Sunday, July 10 on the ice at the West Edmonton Mall.

With an announced crowd of 500 cheering parents, siblings, friends, relatives and hockey fans encouraging the teams on, the Junior Canucks emerged as the victors with a convincing 5-2 win.

British Columbia’s Tomas Mrsic was named the game’s first star with a three-goal performance. He scored the game-winning goal, an insurance marker, along with the team’s first empty-net goal. Carson Wetsch and Macklin Celebrini had the other Junior Canucks markers.

After finishing the six-game round-robin with 1-7-8 points, Mrsic really turned up his offensive output in the playoffs with 7-1-8 points in just two contests. Teammate Jordan Gavin followed Mrsic in playoff scoring with one goal and four points. In the round robin, Gavin led the Junior Canucks with 5-4-9 points. Wetsch chipped in with 4-4-8 points in his six preliminary round games.

Goalie Massimo Urbani was solid between the Junior Canucks pipes, stopping 21 of 22 Minnesota shots. The Junior Canucks goaltending tandem of Urbani and Sanche combined for a perfect 8-0 record during the tournament.

The 2016 win marks the fourth time British Columbia has won the Brick tournament. They also won in 2007, 2000 and 1997.

With the win, the Junior Canucks put an end to a six-year championship run by a Toronto team. The Toronto Bulldogs were crowned champion in 2015, 2013, 2012 and 2011. In 2014 and 2010, Toronto Pro Hockey took home the hardware.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beast Add Former Vernon Viper Marino To Teams Protected List:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Brampton Beast have thirty five players listed on their protected list one is former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Brampton Beast Protected List:

Andrew D'Agostini, Eric Brassard, Jordan Ruby, Kenny Reiter, Trevor Cann, Bryan Pitton, Travis Armstrong, Steven Kaunisto, Mike Vernace, Zach McCullough, Jordan Henry, Matt Chiarantano, Tim Billingsley, Justin Baker, Brayden Rose, Taylor MacDougall, Austin McKay, Mike Hammond, David Ling, Daniel Vernace, Joey West, Jesse Stoughton, Mitch Zion, Nick McParland, Luc-Olivier Blain, Jamie Wise, Luke Pither, Joe Zarbo, Scott Jacklin, Stephon Thorne, Steve Mele, Jeff Brown, Brandon Marino, Calin Wild, Justin Donati

Marino started last season with the Beast, picked up (13-goals-28-assists-41-points) in 40 games before signing a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Uitca Comets January 12th 2016. Marino was released February 10th 2016 after scoring once in eight games with Utica before signing with the Comets for a second time February 26 2016. In 30 games with the Comets Marino collected (4-goals-0-assists-4-points). Marino recently signed with the HC Mikron Nové Zámky or known as in English (HC New Locks) on May 22nd 2016.  HC New Locks is a Slovak ice hockey club in New Zámky , that plays in the Tipsport League.

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

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

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Protected Lists

June 2, 2016

The ECHL on Thursday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its Member teams.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2015-16 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2015-16, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015-16 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.

Monday, July 18, 2016

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:

Wild Name Lenerville Director Of Sales & Marketing:

The Wenatchee Wild have been busy this offseason with a restructuring of the front office, and the organization is pleased to welcome their latest addition, Katie Lenerville who will serve as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Lenerville spent the last three seasons working with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. It was there that she encountered Tim Hill, who joined the Wild this offseason as GM of Business Operations. “When Tim approached me in regards to moving to Washington I knew right away that’s where I wanted to be. Not only do I have friends and family there but this is my chance to help a team at the junior level.” For Hill, bringing Katie to the Valley was a priority. “We are very excited to have Katie join the Wild family”, Hill stated. “Her energetic personality, customer service commitment, and impressive experience made her a key component when putting our new front office staff together.” He added, “We are extremely lucky to have her!” After graduating high school in her hometown of Dickinson, ND, Lenerville attended Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, MN where she played on the varsity basketball team for two seasons, winning an NCCA National Championship. She later attended UC Irvine to pursue a science degree before moving to Rapid City in 2013. “Hockey has always been part of my life”, Lenerville explains. “My Dad attended UND (University of North Dakota) so when I moved to Minnesota, we would always give each other a hard time about which school had better hockey.” Ironically, it was in Southern California that her love for the game caught fire. “I met (Anaheim Ducks star) Teemu Selanne and he gave me tickets to a Ducks game and that’s when I first really starting following hockey.” Lenerville joins Hill, along with new Office Manager Nadine Lemons and Director of Media Relations and broadcaster Arch Ecker in a new-look Wild front office committed to continuing to grow the game and the Wild franchise here in central Washington. She’s expected to arrive in Wenatchee in mid-July. The Wenatchee Wild organization is excited for the growth and positive changes on the horizon this season.

Viegas Returning As Silverbacks Trainer:

“Jade is one of the best in the business and we could not be any happier that she is returning to the Backs” stated Troy Mick. She is an amazing talent on and off the ice and an integral part of our team. “We are extremely excited Jade will be returning for another season. Jade is a true professional and we are lucky to have her here in Salmon Arm. Our players health and wellness is in good hands for another season”stated Silverbacks Head Coach Brandon West. Backs main camp opens Aug 22 and stay tuned for the release of the 2016-2017 schedule this week.

Steele & King Commit To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are please to announce the signing of two new forwards for the 2016-17 season. Ryan Steele, a 6’2, 185lb, centerman from Stratford, PEI comes to the Bulldogs from The Holderness School, which is located in New Hampshire. This past season Steele scored 46 points (23 goals and 23 assists) in 29 games. Steele is a very strong skater and someone who can play a strong 200-foot game while adding size and depth to Bulldogs offensive core. “I’m very excited to be a part of a great organization like Alberni Valley,” says Steele. “I look forward to working with my new coaches and teammates. I know it is a place where we will find lots of individual and team success.” The Bulldogs would also like to welcome George King, a native of Calgary, AB to the team. King ended last season with the Cochrane Generals in the Heritage Junior Hockey League. King scored 14 points (5 goals and 9 assists) in 7 regular season games. After a long playoff run, the Generals eventually bowed out in the HJHL finals. King who stands at 6feet, 175 lbs, is a gritty and speedy winger who has also spent time in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (38 games). “I am excited to join a great organization and great community,” says King. “Alberni has made a tradition of being a good team on and off the ice and I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in any way possible.” Both Steele and King will join the Bulldogs for their Main Camp, which opens August 22nd at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Langley-Prince George Trade:

The Langley Rivermen have acquired Nic Ponak from the Prince George Spruce Kings for future considerations.

Kings Name Beauchemin New Broadcaster:

The Powell River Kings are very pleased to announce, Craig Beauchemin will join the Powell River Kings as Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the 2016/2017 Season. Craig will begin his journey with us when he arrives in the late summer. Although we are sad to see Alex Rawnsley leave us, we are excited to welcome Craig to the Kings Family. Craig comes to the Kings with more than 4 years of experience, having recently done the play-by-play for the Battleford North Starts in the SJHL. He completed his Radio Broadcasting program in 2012 and then completed his Post-graduate Sports Journalism program in 2013. Craig has some big shoes to fill here with the Kings and is up for the challenge. “I am excited to come out to the Coast and work in the best junior league in the country,” says Craig who can’t wait to get started. Craig will be making media posts throughout the summer to keep everyone up-to-date with any announcements. Join us to celebrate Craig’s arrival at our Ice Breaker Event in September and to meet our 2016/2017 Team.

Vilio Commits To Surrey Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles have added to their defensive unit by announcing that Elijah Vilio has committed to the team for the upcoming 2016-17 BCHL season. The 19-year-old Vilio played last season with the Aldergrove Kodiaks of the PJHL, where he recorded 14 points in 36 games. Vilio is a puck-moving and playmaking defenceman, who is also very sound defensively. One of his best attributes is his skating ability, which should be very useful on the Olympic-sized ice surface at the South Surrey Arena. His 6-foot, 175 pound frame means that he also does not shy away from the physical side of the game. He hasn’t always been a defenceman, either – switching to the new position just last year. It’s safe to say that it was a positive transition, and he has found a new home on the back end. Although he is a native of Aldergrove, BC, he does have a connection to the Surrey area. “I really wanted to play in Surrey because of the larger ice surface,” Vilio said, when reached for a comment. “My dad was born and raised in Surrey, and my grandparents and many of my relatives currently live there. I’m very familiar with the area, and it should be a great place to play hockey.” Jumping from the PJHL to the BCHL will be a challenge, but it’s one that he looks forward to at this point in his career. He’ll be working all offseason to prepare himself for the physicality of the league. “The players are going to be bigger and faster,” Vilio commented. “I have to be ready to use my skating and playmaking ability to my advantage.” Vilio is also an accomplished roller hockey player. He won a bronze medal with Team Fraser Valley at the 2012 BC Summer Games, which was held in Surrey. He will also be playing for Team Canada’s U18 team at the AAU Junior Olympics in Hawaii later this summer. “I want nothing more than to win with the Eagles,” Vilio asserted. “I’m going to work extremely hard in the offseason to make sure I can contribute.”

Prince George-Kindersley Trade:

19 year old forward Jordan Funk was traded to The Kindersley Klippers of The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in exchange for future considerations.

City Of Chilliwack To Host 2018 Royal Bank Cup:

With great anticipation, representatives of the Chilliwack 2018 bid committee announced that Hockey Canada has verbally confirmed Chilliwack will host the 2018 RBC Cup National Junior A Championship. Though contracts are yet to be signed, the local committee wanted to share the community’s ‘win’ and expressed its great appreciation to dedicated Chiefs hockey fans and Chilliwack businesses for their ongoing support. Brian Minter, Board Chair of Tourism Chilliwack, said, “Our most sincere thank you to the entire RBC Cup bid committee for its creative and thoughtful presentation to the final decision makers of this important event. From a tourism perspective, we very much appreciate being part of this committee and the bidding process. Not only will this event bring a significant degree of prestige to our community, but the economic benefits will also be immense. We look forward to hosting this event with a high level of professionalism and community participation. It is a proud moment for Chilliwack.” The RBC Cup is an annual ice hockey competition that determines the Canadian Junior A champion. It is played under the supervision of Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Royal Bank of Canada is the title sponsor of both the tournament and the RBC Cup championship trophy. The bidding process to host the 2018 RBC Cup opened in October 2015. Representatives of Tourism Chilliwack, City of Chilliwack, Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe Management, Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club, and other local businesses, worked tirelessly to engage the Chilliwack community in preparation for the bid. In an overwhelming show of support, Chilliwack residents took to social media to share with Hockey Canada that Chilliwack was ready to host the RBC Cup. Like-minded business owners and community leaders wrote letters of support for inclusion in the bid package. “This is a momentous occasion for both the Chilliwack community and the First Nations community,” said Squiala Chief David Jimmie, President of the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe and Stó:lō Nation. “In a spirit of unity and passion, residents, businesses, and community members came together for this bid and will continue to work together to produce an outstanding sports and cultural event.” Following the successful bid, Chilliwack 2018 committee members credit the significant support from community leaders and local businesses and organizations for the success of the bid. “We are grateful to Hockey Canada for the opportunity to host this world-class event and share with the rest of Canada the community our Chiefs have called home for over two decades,” Glen Ringdal, President of Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club and Prospera Centre, said. “I am excited by the partnerships we are developing in our community that, like in the success of our bid, will contribute to a successful and memorable Hockey Canada event.” In studies of previous RBC Cup events, the estimated economic impact was $2.8 million in Prince Edward Island with $1.9 million occurring in Summerside, the host city in 2013; and $3.1 million in economic activity in Manitoba with $2.2 million having occurred in the City of Dauphin in 2010. Accommodations are one way this economic activity is generated. For example, Dauphin’s 2010 event resulted in 2,250 overnight stays. The City of Chilliwack eagerly anticipates similar results. Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said, “I want to thank the leaders of our City’s bid committee for their efforts and congratulate the people of Chilliwack on their part in securing this exciting event for our community. Hosting the 2018 RBC Cup presents an incredible opportunity for each of us to be involved in creating the economic and social benefits this championship will bring.” Now, once the contracts are signed, the Chilliwack 2018 host committee will work to recruit volunteers to lead and support the coordination of ticket sales, travel and accommodations, team services and experiences, marketing and promotions, and of course the execution of the eight-day tournament. Sports enthusiasts and community-minded individuals are encouraged to purchase game tickets, sponsorship packages, or to volunteer at the upcoming event. The framework for each of these processes will be released shortly. The RBC Cup National Junior A Championship is scheduled to be held at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack, May 12-20, 2018.

Spruce Kings Acquire Huber:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce the acquisition of 19 year old forward Jamie Huber from The Listowel Cyclones of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). The 5’10” 180 pound Huber is from Goderich Ontario. Last season with Listowel, Huber scored 33 goals and had 47 assists for 80 points to go along with 36 penalty minutes in 49 games played. “We are excited to add Jamie to our organization. He is a great young man and a very talented player. He will be a very big part of our group next season. His offensive numbers speak for themselves, but he is a complete player who will be able to play in all situations for us” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “We are very excited that Jamie chose to become a Spruce King.  He is a very skilled player with a high compete level. He is very determined and is willing to put in the hard work necessary to further his development. We are looking forward to him joining our team in August for our Main Camp” said Spruce Kings Head Coach Chad van Diemen. “I’m really excited to be joining the Spruce Kings. I think the organization is running a great program. I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me and that I can help the team as an offensive presence. I connected with coach Chad very well and like the hard working philosophy they have in Prince George” said newly acquired Spruce Kings forward Jamie Huber. Jamie Huber will join the rest of his Spruce Kings team mates just prior to the start of the team’s main training camp on August 25th.

Warriors Name Rutigliano Captain:

The West Kelowna Warriors are pleased to officially announce that Nicholas Rutigliano will be named Team Captain for the 2016/2017 season. The 20-year-old defenceman from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts was clearly overjoyed after hearing the news. “I’m extremely excited, and it’s a tremendous honour to be selected Captain of the West Kelowna Warriors. I would like to thank the coaching staff and our owner for giving me the opportunity to wear the C. I’ve learned so much from previous players and teammates on what it takes to lead a team, most notably our captain last year Kyle Marino. After winning a National Championship the team is excited for another successful and great season!” said Rutigliano. Head Coach Rylan Ferster also believes he definitely has the right man for the job. “Nick has all the qualities to be a great leader. He carries himself like a pro on and off the ice.” The 6 foot 1 American D-man had 24 points in 58 regular season games in 2015/2016. The West Kelowna Warriors will begin the quest to defend their National Title with Rutigliano as their leader in early September. Schedule/banner raising announcements to come soon!

Smoke Eaters Announce Game Time Changes:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are leaning toward earlier start times for home games and announce the following changes for this season:

•All mid-week and Saturday night games will now start at 7:00 PM
 •Sunday games will remain at 3:00 PM
 •Friday night games will remain at 7:30 PM

The Smoke Eaters are hoping that the earlier start times will encourage younger families to attend the games.

Sinclair & Bunz Commit To Chiefs:

Chilliwack Chiefs Head Coach and General Manager Jason Tatarnic today announced the addition of goaltender Mark Sinclair (1996) and defenseman Davis Bunz (1998). Sinclair was acquired from the Caledonia Corvairs of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.  Last season with the Corvairs, Sinclair finished the regular season with a goals against average of 1.78 and a save percentage of 92.4 in forty games. In 19 playoff games he posted a save percentage of 92.3 and a goals against average of 1.86 as the Corvairs captured their third consecutive league championship. Bunz joins the Chiefs from Middleton High School in Wisconsin. Bunz, whose father Garry was a member of three BCHL teams during the early 1980’s finished last season with 23 goals and 18 assists in 24 games. On joining the Chiefs: “I’m really looking forward to being a part of this great organization and getting the season going. I know the BCHL is a very competitive league and the Chiefs are regarded as one of the top franchises to play for. I'm grateful for the opportunity.” Tatarnic on Sinclair: “Mark has been a proven winner for Caledonia and we feel he can do the same for us. All he has done the last two seasons is win and we are happy to give him the chance to do the same for us. Mark is a twenty year old and we felt we needed an older goaltender to complement our younger defence core this season.  I watched him play live last season and I was impressed with him and I feel he will do a great job for us.” Tatarnic on Bunz: “Davis is an excellent skater and he will provide mobility on our backend.  We feel Davis has all the makings to be a quality college player down the road.  We’re happy to have him in Chilliwack as we build for the 2018 RBC Cup.” 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Cyclones Trade Ex Vipers Defenceman Weinstein To South Carolina:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Cincinnati Cyclones have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Steve Weinstein to the South Carolina Stingrays.

Weinstein finished his first full professional season last year, started the season in Cincinnati after signing with the Cyclones July 15, 2015 before signing with the American Hockey League (AHL) Lake Erie Monsters December 27th 2015. After playing in four games with the Monsters Weinstein picked up one assist before returning to the East Coast Hockey League. In 52 games last season with Cincinnati Weinstein collected (3-goals-19-assists-22-points).

Weinstein finished his fourth and final year with Bentley University in 2014-15 before signing an amateur try-out contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons on March 23rd 2015. Weinstein had just one assist in three games with the Falcons.

Weinstein played three seasons in Vernon (2008-2011) in 153 regular season games with the Vipers collected (10-goals-49-assists-59-points).

Steve Weinstein's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Cyclones website:


For Immediate Release: June 3, 2016

Move Completes Trade from February

Cincinnati, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones have sent defenseman Steve Weinstein to the South Carolina Stingrays. The move satisfies the “Future Considerations” portion of the trade for forward Colin Mulvey from February 12.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Weinstein had a solid rookie campaign in 2015-16, accounting for three goals and 19 assists in 52 games played. Weinstein also tallied a goal in two playoff games for the Cyclones.

Mulvey made a strong impact in Cyclones red and black, totaling 20 points (8g, 12a) in 25 games with Cincinnati. He had six multi-point efforts for the Cyclones, including a pair of three-assist games, and a two-goal performance in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Indy Fuel on February 27. The Worcester, MA native also dished out a pair of assists in seven playoff games for the 'Clones.

The countdown to the 2016-17 First Face-Off is underway! The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, October 15 when they host the Indy Fuel at 7:35pm. Between now and then, be on the lookout for several offseason events like Meijer Concrete Clones! Additionally, 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages are available NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the offseason on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram, along with our website,!