Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coughlin Returning To Vipers?

Vernon Vipers forward Liam Coughlin committed to Boston University last year for the 2014-15 season.  Several reports on different twitter accounts and college hockey blogs over the summer have reported that Coughlin will now join the Terriers for the 2015-16 season. Where will Coughlin play this coming season?  Will Viper fans see Coughlin return to Vernon as a 20 year old for the 2014-15 season? 

Coughlin played his one and only season in Vernon last year with the Vipers, playing in 53 games collecting (18-goals-27-assists-45-points).  Coughlin was drafted this past June by the Edmonton Oilers in the 5th Round 130th overall.

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:


Monday, July 21, 2014

Vernon Viper's Highlight Hall Of Fame - #18 Chris Crowell

This Summer, Hockeytube.net will be releasing a number of highlight compilations of former Vernon Vipers. The first Viper’ Highlight Hall of Famer is former Captain #18 Chris Crowell. He still holds the record for most franchise penalty minutes. He spent four seasons with the BCHL club, leading the team to a National Championship in 2009. He earned an NCAA scholarship to the University of Alaska-Anchorage.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Former Vipers Defenceman Noonan Attends Predators Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Garrett Noonan attended the Nashville Predators development camp for a second year in a row during the second week of July. Noonan attended the Predators Development Camp last July.

Noonan finished his fourth and final season at Boston University last year, signed a Entry-Level Deal with the Predators on April 22nd 2014 also signed an amateur try-out contract (ATO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals in April.  Noonan was drafted by Nashville in Round 4 #112 overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In 34 games this season Noonan collected (4-goals-16-assists-20-points). Noonan played one season in Vernon (2009-2010) in 58 regular season games with the Vipers Noonan collected (2-goals-16-assists-18-points).

Garrett Noonan's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Predators website:

Nashville Predators Development Camp Opens Monday, July 7

Many of the club’s top prospects, including Fiala and Forsberg to attend

Wednesday, 07.02.2014

By Press Release  - Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn.  – Many of the Nashville Predators top prospects – including 2014 11th overall selection Kevin Fiala and 2012 11th overall selection Filip Forsberg – will be on hand when the team’s 2014 Development Camp officially opens on Monday, July 7 with off-ice testing and physicals. Prospects will take to ice for more testing on Tuesday morning, July 8, with the first group practice to come at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday, July 9. All sessions will take place at Bridgestone Arena culminating with a game and open house on Saturday, July 12 at 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week’s events will be presided over by Predators Director of Player Development Scott Nichol and Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good, with assistance from the rest of the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals (AHL Affiliate) coaching and hockey operations staffs. The scheduled training regimen includes a variety of on- and off-ice testing, dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, video sessions, media and nutrition education, and team-building activities. The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning.

Players will also participate in community relations activities on Thursday afternoon; a full release with times and locations will be available in the coming days.

A list of on-ice workouts is as follows:

TUESDAY, July 8 (testing) 7:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (media avail. after each players’ test)
WEDNESDAY, July 9 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (media avail. at approx. 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.)
FRIDAY, July 11 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (media avail. at approx. 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.)
SATURDAY, July 12 3:30-5 p.m. (media avail. for all following game)

Sessions on July 9, 11 and 12 are open to the public. Sessions on July 9 and 11 will see two groups go for roughly an hour and 15 minutes with media to follow.

The development camp schedule and roster are attached. Please note that players will be available for interviews after the events/activities take place; please contact the Nashville Predators Communications Department for more information on specific events/activities. The schedule is subject to change.

A few storylines regarding Development Camp attendees:

• Pontus Aberg and Johan Alm are expected to play their first seasons in North America after spending time in the Swedish Hockey League. Aberg was a finalist for league Rookie of the Year in 2012, while Alm has won back-to-back SHL titles with Skelleftea.

• 2014 draftee Viktor Arvidsson was a teammate of Alm's on both Skelleftea title-winning teams. He was a 2013 SHL Rookie of the Year finalist and the 2013 Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year.

• 2014 first-round pick Kevin Fiala was a finalist for the 2014 SHL Rookie of the Year Award and became just the third player ever to participate in the Under-18 World Championship, World Junior Championship and World Championship all in the same year. He was teammates of Preds defenseman Roman Josi and forward Simon Moser at Worlds.

• Filip Forsberg, Colton Sissons, Marek Mazanec all spent time with Nashville in 2013-14 and will enter their second North American pro seasons in 2014-15. Sissons and Forsberg will contend for jobs at the NHL level.

• Jonathan Diaby, Garrett Noonan, Jaynen Rissling and Mikko Vainonen will all likely start their first pro seasons with Milwaukee, forming the bulk of the team's blue lines corps.

• Vainonen, Saku Maenalanen and Janne Juvonen were all part of the Finnish National Team that won Gold at the 2014 World Junior Championship. Maenalanen led the 2014 World Junior Championship in goals (7), ranked second in plus/minus rating (+9), and tied for third in points (11)

• Brendan Leipsic enters the professional ranks in 2014-15 after a four-season junior career with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks that saw him amass 302 points in 261 games which included a CHL scoring title in 2012-13. He also made an appearance in the 2013 Memorial Cup on a team that also included Seth Jones.

• Aaron Irving helped the Edmonton Oil Kings win the 2014 WHL and Memorial Cup titles.

• Jonathan Diaby's father, Sékana, played soccer professionally in France and Turkey from 1986-97, and represented Ivory Coast in international competition, including the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup and 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

• Vladislav Kamenev is the first Russian drafted by the Predators since 2004. He played for former NHL head coach Mike Keenan with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in 2013-14.

• Miikka Salomaki led the Milwaukee Admirals in points last season during his first campaign in North America.

• Zach Stepan and Jimmy Vesey have both represented the United States at the World Junior Championship. Vesey won Gold in 2013 (along with Predators defenseman Seth Jones and Assistant Coach Phil Housley) and will play his junior season at Harvard in 2014-15, while Stepan - the younger cousin of the NY Rangers' Derek - will be a sophomore at Minnesota State.

• Felix Girard is a back-to-back winner of the Guy Carbonneau Trophy as the QMJHL's Best Defensive Forward in 2013 and 2014. He will play for Milwaukee in 2014-15.

• Justin Kirkland is a Kelowna Rocket, the same program that produced Shea Weber and Colton Sissons, and has been compared to former Rocket and 2014 NHL First-Team All-Star Jamie Benn. He also played for the prestigious Notre Dame Hounds program in Wilcox, Sask., whose alumni include 19 current NHLers such as Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier, Jaden Schwartz, Rene Bourque, Willie Mitchell, Jordan Eberle, Sean Couturier and Tyler Myers, and former All-Stars Wendel Clark, Rod Brind'Amour and Curtis Joseph.

Nashville Predators Development Camp Schedule July 7-12, 2014

MONDAY, July 7

1:00 p.m. Off-ice testing Bridgestone Arena
5:30 p.m. Physicals Vanderbilt University


7:30-10:30 a.m. On-Ice testing Bridgestone Arena
3:00-6:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena


7:00-10:00 a.m. Bike testing Bridgestone Arena
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. On-ice sessions Bridgestone Arena
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena


9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Yoga Bridgestone Arena
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Team/Player presentations Bridgestone Arena
1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Community activities Nashville Area (release with details to follow)
4:00 p.m. Team Building Camp Widjiwagon

FRIDAY, July 11

7 a.m. Track Training Vanderbilt University
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. On-ice sessions Bridgestone Arena
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena


7:00 a.m. Track Training Vanderbilt University
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions Bridgestone Arena
3:30 p.m. Game/Predators Open House Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Former Vipers Coach Ferner Joining Flames Coaching Staff?

Reports are that former Vernon Vipers Head Coach-GM
Mark Ferner will be joining the Calgary Flames American Hockey League's farm club Adirondack Flames coaching staff. 

Ferner spent last season as an Associate Coach with the WHL Kamloops Blazers.  Ferner spent four seasons with the Blazers prior to last year (2002-2006) before joining the Vipers in 2007. Ferner spent four seasons with the Vipers (2007-2011) before joining the WHL Everett Silvertips.   Ferner was fired by the Silvertips in January 2013.  In four seasons with the Vipers Ferner went 165-68-7 guiding the Vipers to three straight National Championships winning back to back Royal Bank Cup Championships in 2009 & 2010 before falling in the Royal Bank Cup Finals in 2011. Ferner was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in Round 10, 194th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Ferner spent seven years in the NHL with Buffalo, Washington, Anaheim & Detroit.

Mark Ferner's Player-Coaches Profile:


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Abbotsford Heat, of course, have relocated to Glens Falls, N.Y., where they now are the Adirondack Flames. The parent Calgary Flames reached into Kelowna and signed Rockets head coach Ryan Huska to replace Troy Ward as the head coach of their AHL affiliate. . . . Calgary has yet to sign any assistant coaches for Adirondack and a source told me Tuesday night that Mark Ferner will be joining the AHL team’s staff. Ferner, 48, spent last season as the associate coach with the Kamloops Blazers. . . . He and Huska, 39, both played junior in Kamloops.

Friday, July 18, 2014

VSV Pulls Option On Former Vernon Viper Forward Fraser:

EC Villacher SV (VSV) has pulled the option on former Vernon Vipers forward Curtis Fraser for the upcoming season. 

Fraser finished his first season with VSV an ice hockey team from Villach, Austria that plays in the Erste Bank Hockey League.  In 54 games with VSV Fraser picked up (21-goals-13-assists-34-points).  Fraser spent the 2012-13 season also in Austria played with the Zagreb Bears. 

After playing four years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fraser spent six seasons between the East Coast Hockey League (Las Vegas & Alaska) & American Hockey League (Chicago, San Antonio & Lake Erie) before playing hockey in Italy and Austria.  Fraser captured the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship with the Alaska Aces in 2011.  

Fraser played parts of one season with the Vipers (2002-03) after the Victoria Salsa sent Fraser to Vernon on January 10th 2003 for Marc Fulton & future considerations.   In 25 regular season games with the Vipers Fraser collected (19-goals-20-assists-39-points) and lead the Vipers in scoring that season with 105 points. Due to his birthday and scholarship Fraser couldnt play past his 21st birthday wich ment he was only able to play in the Vipers first two playoff rounds (eight playoff games) before sitting out the remainder of the Vipers playoff run. The Vipers went onto the BCHL league finals and then lost in the Doyle Cup to Camrose without Fraser in the lineup.

Curtis Fraser's Player Profile:


This is posted on the VSV website:

VSV signs contract with Ruslan Gelfanov and pulls option on Curtis Fraser

Article from the 9th April, 2014

Ruslan Gelfanov

Incredibly the engagement of the VSV in the promising area of the FIRST BANK is a HOCKEY LEAGUE. In spite of big ambitions for the coming season one inserts further strictly player from own younger generation in the fight team. What one has allowed in the last Saisonen Göhringer, Platzer, smoking wood and Brunner, now one also allows Ruslan Gelfanov. In St. Petersburg, Russia born Jung's eagles however grown up in Villach has the Austrian one as well as the Russian citizenship and plays for a long time in the younger generation VSV. Gelfanov has completely made a mistake to the hockey, trains incredibly hard and has only one purpose: To become a professional player. To this wish subordinates 18-year-old everything and lives for his dream.

„ It is nice wanted to become such players not believe player, the stars and, they are already one. Gelfanov is an honest and more well young fellow which has a purpose with eyes which wants to reach something. This fits perfectly to the VSV. He should get his chance. “ if explains Hannu Järvenpää.

Ruslan is 1.81 ms, has 85 kg and played this year 25 plays for the U20 and 14 plays in the EBEL.

Curtis Fraser

The VSV pulls the option on Curtis Fraser for the coming season. About Cortina and Zagreb to Villach come forwards has set up in the Draustadt and has taken a short-cut in the past season well. In 63 plays the Canadian from Vancouver achieved 39 points. Merely his/-statistics of-6 the "warrior" of the VSV could improve. Fraser is a hard worker, played in the Play out of vision in spite of broken metatarsal, and a good character in the cabin. It is a straight and honest type, what one also in his easy however efficient play in the ice wiederspiegelt.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vipers Restocking Talent:

This is posted on the 107.5 Kiss FM website:

Vipers Restocking Talent

Written by Peter McIntyre

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bit of a rebuild for the Vernon Vipers this off-season after hosting the RBC Cup last season.

Head coach and GM Jason Williamson expects to get just five players back.

"TJ Dumonceaux, Michael Statchuk, Riley Guenther, Kenny Citron and Danny Todosychuk, and we could get one more back," says Williamson.

Williamson says home town product Todosychuk will be their number one goalie.

"He deserves it. He's paid his dues and he's a kid we have to reward a little bit. He's got to perform when the season starts, but I think he's up to the task."

Williamson says he likes the look of their defense, but is still searching for a few more forwards.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Former Viper Alumni Soleway Attends Arizona Coyotes Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Jedd Soleway attended the Arizona Coyotes development for a second time camp last week.  Soleway was at the Coyotes development camp last year.

Soleway will be entering his second season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers this coming season attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Pre-Draft combine last year.  In 35 games last year with the Badgers Soleway collected (1-goal-7-assists-8-points).  Soleway played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-2012) before being traded to Penticton in his second season with the Vipers on December 5th 2012 for forward Dexter Dancs.  In 84 games with the Vipers Soleway collected (18-goals-24-assists-37-points).  Soleway was drafted 193rd overall in the 7th Round by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2013 NHL entry Draft.   

Jedd Soleway's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Coyotes website:

Coyotes to Hold Prospect Development Camp July 8-10 at Ice Den

Monday, 06.30.2014


Monday, July 7 2014

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes will hold their prospect development camp July 7-11 with on-ice sessions starting tomorrow, July 8, at the Ice Den (9375 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260). The on-ice sessions, set for July 8-10, are from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Among the top prospects expected to attend the camp include former first round draft choices Brendan Perlini (2014), Max Domi (2013), and Henrik Samuelsson (2012). In addition, prospects including forwards Ryan MacInnis, Laurent Dauphin and Arizona natives Zac Larraza and Brendan Burke will participate. Tyler Gaudet, who signed with the Coyotes as a free agent in 2013 along with all of the Coyotes 2014 draft choices will also attend the camp.

The camp will provide players with NHL coaching and instruction in both on and off-ice workout sessions. Players will be available to the media following their on-ice training sessions.

Click here to view camp roster


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former Viper Scofield Leaves Klagenfurt AC:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield is leaving Klagenfurt AC. 

(Klagenfurter Athletiksport-Club) is a professional ice hockey team from Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League.  Scofield has spent the past four seasons in Austria.  In 49 games this past season Scofield collected (18-goals-10-assists-28-points).  Scofield played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2000-2002) before being traded to Prince George during the 2001-2002 season.  The Vipers sent Scofield and Mark nelson to the Spruce Kings in return for Rod Pelly, Dan Rossi & Josh Ciocco.  In 79 games with the Vipers Scofield collected (21-goals-19-assists-40-points). 

Tyler Scofield's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Klagenfurt AC website:

Stloukal new Head coach, Myllys of new goalkeeper's coaches!

06. Mrz in 2014

Today the EC-KAC has introduced within the scope of a press conference Martin Stloukal as a new Head coach for the coming season! Besides, the red jackets announced the obligation of a new goalkeeper's coach. With Jarmo Myllys Olympia-Medaillengewinner and world champion comes to Klagenfurt!

The 42-year-old Stloukal – he signed an Einjahreskontrakt the KAC owns the option on an other season – the succession of Christer Olsson will line up with it. “ We could not be contented with the tramped playing time of course, thus we had to carry out changes. After thorough considerations we have decided quite clearly on Stloukal ”, explains vice-president Hellmuth Reichel.

Stloukal becomes with it “ a big honour to share. The KAC is recognized internationally very much. For me a dream goes to fulfilment ”, the Czech allowed to announce within the scope of the press conference. The new coach knows the EBEL very well, two Saisonen he stood with the HC Znojmo in the volumes. Also in Klagenfurt he wants to place on quick and active hockey. “ One will get to see a läuferisch strong team ”, assures the 42-year-old.

Four to five new legionaries will change to Klagenfurt. Stloukal owns the best contacts to Finland and Sweden, with some aces already there run conversations. Also in the coming season one will place on seven, maximum eight import, but the new coach also got the default to place still even more on own younger generation. “ I promise that our fourth row is formed always by promising aces and also is used regularly. I want to find the right mixture in the team ”, according to Stloukal.

Of triple Olympia-Medaillengewinner the Keeper trains!

With Jarmo Myllys Stloukal brings a quite experienced man with to Klagenfurt. The 48-year-old former world class-Keeper disposes of much international experience. Last he was a goalkeeper's coach with the Finnish Erstligisten SAIPA, besides he coached the junior in all Finnish younger generation-national teams. “ I want to bring the Finnish goalkeeper's school to Klagenfurt. I am glad about the collaboration with Rene Swette and Fabian Weinhandl ”, explains to triple Olympia-Medaillengewinner.

Already on the 22nd April the summer training starts with the red jackets, at the latest on the 14th July all legionaries must also be in Klagenfurt. 4th August the ice training is taken up, from the 15th to the 17th August one is with the "Gäubodenvolksfestcup" in Straubing in use in the application. Other five to six test play-appointments are still fixed!


A lot anew with the EC-KAC. However, this signifies also say goodbye to some players and Coaches. The record champion would like to thank Christer Olsson, Pierre Beaulieu and ace Markus Pirmann, Paul Schellander, Florian Iberer, Tyler Scofield, Tyler Spurgeon, John Lammers and Colton Fretter! “ Thanks for the application which you have produced during your time with the EC-KAC. A lot of luck for the future! ”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Komets Add Former Viper Marino To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced
its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Fort Wayne Komets have twenty one players listed on their protected list one of 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:


This is posted on the Komets website:

Komets announce Protected List


Fort Wayne, IN ---  The Komets announced Monday their Protected List of players as submitted to the ECHL.

Players listed include the following:

Goaltenders John Muse and Ben Meisner. 

Defensemen Simon Danis-Pepin, Justin Sefton, Matthew Maione, Jace Coyle, Joe Hartman and William Lacasse.

Forwards Matt Carter, Scott Fleming, Brandon Marino, Mike Embach, Sy Nutkevitch, Aaron Clark, Christian Ouellet, Chris Auger, Kaleigh Schrock, Jason Dale, Kenton Miller, Dean Ouellet and David Rutherford.

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 2013-14 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2013-14, 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 2013-14 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.

Also on Monday the ECHL announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3pm ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3pm 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 2013-14.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Latest Trio Of Recruits Impress Vipers Management:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Latest trio of recruits impress Vipers management

posted Jul 13, 2014

Two forwards and a defenceman have been added by the Vernon Vipers.

The B.C. Hockey League club announced the signings of forwards Trevor Fidler and Ayden McDonald, along with d-man Liam Feeney, for the upcoming season.

Fidler, a native of Watertown, Mass., played last season for the South Shore Kings of the USPHL, where he scored seven goals and added 21 assists for 28 points in 33 games with the Kings. Prior to last season, he was a teammate of Feeney’s at Dexter Prep School in Brookline, Mass.

“Trevor is a player I have been recruiting for a couple of years,” said Vipers head coach and general manager Jason Williamson. “I believe he will be able to come in and make an immediate impact on our lineup. He plays a lot bigger than his size and has the ability to put up great numbers in our league.”

Feeney, who hails from Foxboro Mass., played last season for Dexter (stats unavailable), and was captain of the team.

Called by Williamson “a very steady defenceman,” Feeney was a teammate of former Viper Mark Hamilton.

“Liam is very solid in all aspects of the game,” said Williamson. “He will be able to log minutes in all situations and will be a very reliable player for us.”

McDonald, from Langley, played last season for the Richmond Sockeyes of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, helping the Sockeyes reach the championship final.
He scored 26 goals and added 17 assists in 41 games for the Sockeyes.

“Ayden is a big power forward that has a knack for scoring goals,” said Williamson. “Ayden will bring good size to our lineup. He was a player I got to watch several times last season and got better each time I saw him play. He has a very bright future with us.”

The trio will be in Vernon for the start of the Vipers’ training camp Aug. 29.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Senators Invite Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond To Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond
attended the Ottawa Senators development camp last week.

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:


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News Release:  Senators hold annual development camp, presented by Sport Chek, from July 1 to July 7

All five picks from the 2014 NHL Draft will participate

Monday, 30.06.2014

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today the schedule and list of 34 players attending the team’s annual development camp, presented by Sport Chek, which will take place from Tuesday, July 1, to Monday, July 7, at Canadian Tire Centre and the Bell Sensplex. The club has invited five goaltenders, 11 defencemen and 18 forwards. Each of the camp’s on-ice sessions will be open to the public.

The club’s five selections from the 2014 NHL Draft, held this past weekend in Philadelphia, will attend this year’s camp. Fans will get their first chance to welcome Andreas Englund, a defencemen from Sweden and Djurgardens’ program who the Senators selected with their first selection of the weekend (40th overall).

The development camp, which focuses on off-ice and on-ice training, is led by Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee and members of the team’s coaching staff including Senators assistant coach Dave Cameron, development consultant Jason Smith, goaltending coach Rick Wamsley, video coach Tim Pattyson, conditioning coach Chris Schwarz, Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson, B-Sens assistant coach Steve Stirling and power-skating specialist Marc Power.

Due to overwhelming seating demand, the annual evening scrimmage (5-on-5) will take place at the Kanata Recreation Complex (100 Walter Baker Place) for the first time on Friday, July 4, at 6:45 p.m. The scrimmage gives the Senators’ prospects the opportunity to showcase their talent in a game like setting (two 20-minute periods), while allowing fans the chance to see the future of the hockey club up-close. Following the scrimmage, Senators season-seat owners will be invited back to Canadian Tire Centre for an exclusive meet and greet opportunity with the prospects and a management hotstove session on the arena floor.

Highlights of the Senators development camp schedule:

• On-ice training every day at the Bell Sensplex, starting Tuesday, July 1, with the exception of the camp’s final day, Monday, July 7, which features the 3-on-3 tournament.

• The annual 3-on-3 tournament is set to take place at the Bell Sensplex on Monday, July 7, at 9:30 a.m.

• Off-ice strength and conditioning workouts.

• Outdoor team-building events the evening of Wednesday, July 2, and the afternoon of Saturday, July 5.

• Vision training session for goaltenders at Dynamic Edge Sports Vision Training Centre.

• Specialized sport nutrition seminars held by nutrition specialists Bruce Bonner and Molly Morgan.

• Planning for success and sport psychology seminars.

• Position specific video meetings and on-ice sessions.

• All on-ice workouts, including the team scrimmage at the KRC and the 3-on-3 tournament at the Bell Sensplex, will be open to the public.

Daily on-ice schedule at the Bell Sensplex:

• Tuesday, July 1: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 2: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Thursday, July 3: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Friday, July 4: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Saturday, July 5: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Sunday, July 6: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Monday, July 7: 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. (3-on-3 tournament)

Highlights of the players coming to the development camp:

• Twenty (20) players, marked on the list below with an asterisk (*), attended the Senators development camp in 2013.

• Fourteen (14) players spent at least a portion of their 2013-14 season skating for the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators.

• Twenty-three (23) of the 34 players attending are Senators draft picks and three were selected in the first round, including last summer’s first-round selection and recent Memorial Cup champion Curtis Lazar.

• Five prospects have local connections. Cody Ceci is a native of Orleans, Ont., while Vincent Dunn is a native of Gatineau, Que. Saturday’s first seventh-round selection, Kelly Summers, has spent the past two-plus seasons playing for the CCHL’s Carleton Place Canadians, while Shane Prince spent the last two-and-a-half seasons of his major junior career with the Ottawa 67’s (where he was a teammate of Ceci’s). Camp invitees Kevin Tansey (Hammond, Ont.) and Ryan Van Stralen (Prescott, Ont.) also have local roots. Van Stralen is also a former Ottawa 67’s teammate of Ceci and Prince.

• Three prospects played in NHL games for Ottawa last season: Cody Ceci, Andrew Hammond and Mark Stone.

Players scheduled to attend 2014 development camp:

No. Players Pos. Ht. Wt. Age 2013-14 Team(s) Drafted


32 * Driedger, Chris G 6-3 200 20 Calgary (WHL), Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) 2012 draft, 76th

30 * Hammond, Andrew G 6-1 216 26 Binghamton (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) Not drafted

35 * Hogberg, Marcus G 6-5 209 19 Mora (Allsvenskan), Linköpings (SHL) 2013 draft, 78th

34 Kral, Tomas G 5-11 176 21 Litomerice (Czech-2), HC Sparta Praha (Czech) Not drafted

33 Vazzano, Alex G 6-2 192 23 Sacred Heart (AHA) Not drafted


49 * Claesson, Fredrik D 6-0 209 21 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 126th

5 * Ceci, Cody D 6-3 209 20 Binghamton (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) 2012 draft, 15th

53 Englund, Andreas D 6-3 190 18 Djurgardens (Swe-Jr.) 2014 draft, 40th

54 Gendron, Miles D 6-2 175 18 The Rivers School (USHS) 2014 draft, 70th

67 * Harpur, Ben D 6-6 214 19 Guelph (OHL) 2013 draft, 108th

42 Leblanc, Stefan D 6-0 183 18 Sudbury (OHL), Mississauga (OHL) Not drafted

77 Murphy, Matt D 6-2 199 19 Halifax (QMJHL) Not drafted

60 * Rutkowski, Troy D 6-2 206 22 Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) 2010 draft, 137th (COL)

70 Summers, Kelly D 6-2 183 18 Carleton Place (CCHL) 2014 draft, 189th

73 Tansey, Kevin D 6-3 216 21 Clarkson (ECAC) Not drafted

66 Wikstrand, Mikael D 6-1 183 20 Mora (Allsvenskan), Frölunda (SHL) 2012 draft, 196th


38 * Baillargeon, Robert C 6-0 175 20 Boston University (H-East) 2012 draft, 136th

36 * Dunn, Vincent C 5-11 183 18 Gatineau (QMJHL), Binghamton (AHL) 2013 draft, 138th

43 * Dzingel, Ryan C 6-0 188 22 Ohio State (Big Ten), Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 204th

64 Eiserman, Shane R 6-2 200 18 Dubuque (USHL) 2014 draft, 100th

52 Karlsson, Ludwig R 6-3 200 23 Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) Not drafted

37 * Kramer, Darren L 6-1 210 22 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 156th

27 * Lazar, Curtis C 6-0 196 19 Edmonton (WHL) 2013 draft, 17th

72 * Leblanc, Chris R 6-3 199 20 Merrimack (H-East) 2013 draft, 161st

23 * Lindberg, Tobias R 6-2 201 18 Djurgardens (Swe-Jr.), Djurgardens (Allsvenskan) 2013 draft, 102nd

69 * McCormick, Max L 5-11 185 22 Ohio State (Big Ten) 2011 draft, 171st

47 Perron, Francis L 6-0 175 18 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) 2014 draft, 190th

10 * Prince, Shane L 5-11 190 21 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 61st

26 * Puempel, Matt L 6-1 205 21 Binghamton (AHL) 2011 draft, 24th

55 * Robinson, Buddy R 6-5 235 22 Elmira (ECHL), Binghamton (AHL) Not drafted

63 * Shore, Quentin C 6-2 187 20 Denver (NCHC) 2013 draft, 168th

61 * Stone, Mark R 6-2 203 22 Binghamton (AHL), Ottawa (NHL) 2010 draft, 178th

71 Thompson, Garrett L 6-2 191 24 Ferris State (WCHA), Binghamton (AHL) Not drafted

56 Van Stralen, Ryan L 6-3 210 20 Ottawa (OHL) Not drafted

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Schedule:

The BCHL released it's 2014-15 regular season schedule last Friday. Here is a look at this year's Vernon Vipers schedule.

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Exhibition Schedule:


Saturday, August 30th Penticton @ Vernon


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

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule:


BCHL Showcase: Friday, September 19th Vernon vs Cowichan Valley 3:30pm (In Chilliwack)
BCHL Showcase: Saturday, September 20th Victoria vs Vernon 3:30pm (In Chilliwack)
Friday, September 26th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Saturday, September 27th West Kelowna @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, September 28th Langley @ Vernon 2pm


Friday, October 3rd Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Saturday, October 4th Cowichan Valley @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, October 10th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 11th Chilliwack @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, October 17th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 18th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Friday, October 24th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 25th Vernon @ Penticton 6pm


Saturday, November 1st Merritt @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, November 5th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, November 7th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, November 8th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, November 9th Vernon @ Trail 3pm
Wednesday, November 12th Vernon @ Prince George 7pm
Friday, November 14th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Sunday, November 16th Victoria @ Vernon 2pm
Friday, November 21st Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Saturday, November 22nd Vernon @ Langley 7pm
Wednesday, November 26th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, November 28th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, November 29th Trail @ Vernon 6pm


Friday, December 5th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, December 6th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 10th West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, December 12th Vernon @ Powell River 7:15pm
Saturday, December 13th Vernon @ Alberni Valley 7pm
Sunday, December 14th Vernon @ Nanaimo 2pm
Wednesday, December 17th Surrey @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, December 19th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Saturday, December 20th Powell River @ Vernon 7pm


Friday, January 2nd Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Saturday, January 3rd Trail @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, January 9th Prince George @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 10th Alberni Valley @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, January 11th Vernon @ Surrey 4pm
Friday, January 16th West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 17th Coquitlam @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, January 23rd Vernon @ Coquitlam 7pm
Saturday, January 24th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 28th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, January 30th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 31st Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm


Tuesday, February 3rd Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Friday, February 6th Vernon @ Victoria 7pm
Saturday, February 7th Vernon @ Cowichan Valley 7pm
Sunday, February 8th Vernon @ Chilliwack 5pm
Wednesday, February 11th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Friday, February 13th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 14th Nanaimo @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, February 18th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Friday, February 20th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 21st Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Friday, February 27th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fidler, Feeney & McDonald Commit To Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers welcome 3 players for upcoming season

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Submitted by Vipers Staff


The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is excited to announce the commitment of 3 players for the upcoming season. Trevor Fidler, Liam Feeney, and Ayden McDonald have all committed to play for the 2014/2015 season.

Fidler, a native of Watertown MA, played last season for the South Shore Kings of the USPHL. Before that he played for Dexter Prep School and put up some very impressive offensive numbers. “Trevor is a player I have been recruiting for a couple years. I believe he will be able to come in and make an immediate impact on our lineup. He plays a lot bigger than his size and has the ability to put up great numbers in our league” says Jason Williamson.

Feeney, who hails from Foxboro MA, played last season for Dexter Prep School as well. Liam is a very steady defenseman and was the Captain of his team last season. Liam was a teammate with former Viper Mark Hamilton and the future Viper Trevor Fidler. “Liam is very solid in all aspects of the game. He will be able to log minutes in all situations and will be a very reliable player for us.”

McDonald, from Langley BC, played last season for the Richmond Sockeyes of the PIJHL. Ayden is a big power forward that has knack for scoring goals. He was a big part of his team that was knocked off in the league final. “Ayden will bring good size to our lineup. He was a player I got to watch several times last season and got better each time I saw him play. He has a very bright future with us.”

The Vernon Vipers would like to welcome Trevor, Liam, and Ayden to our program and look forward to seeing them on August 29th when camp opens. For further information please contact the Vipers office at 250 542 6022.

Buffalo Sabres Sign Former Viper Strachan:

The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent and former Vernon
Vipers defenceman Tyson Strachan. 

Strachan spent last season with the Washington Capitals & the American Hockey League (AHL) Hershey Bears.  Strachan signed with the Capitals as a free agent on July 8th 2013.  In 18 games with the Capitals Strachan collected (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).  In 60 games with the Capitals farm club (Hershey Bears) Strachan picked up (4-goals-15-assists-19-points).

Strachan was drafted by Carolina in the 5th Round (137th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  The Sabres will be Strachan's fourth NHL team (Buffalo, Washington, St. Louis & Florida).

Strachan played just one season in Vernon (2002-03) collecting (6-goals-22-assists-28-points) in 56 regular season games with the Vipers, before playing four years at Ohio State University.

Tyson Strachan's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Sabres website:


Thursday, 07.03.2014

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year contract.

Strachan (6'3", 215 lbs., 10/30/1984) appeared in 18 games with the Washington Capitals in 2013-14, recording two assists and 28 penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season with the Hershey Bears (AHL), appearing in 60 games and tallying 19 points (4+15), 56 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating.

Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Strachan (pronounced STRAHK-uhn) has appeared in 138 NHL games in parts of six NHL seasons with St. Louis, Florida and Washington, totaling 15 points (1+14) and 155 penalty minutes.

A native of Melfort, Saskatchewan, Strachan has appeared in parts of eight AHL seasons with Albany, Peoria, San Antonio and Hershey, compiling 87 points (16+71) and 326 penalty minutes in 276 regular-season games.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BCHL Trades From The Month Of June:

Here's a look at trades that happened in the month of June, these have been posted on the BCHL League web site.

02-Jun-14 The Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Ben Butcher to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for future considerations

02-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Dylan Mascarin(95)(F) to the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations

02-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Sean Davies(95)(F) to the Calgary Mustangs of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

02-Jun-14 The Chilliwack Chiefs have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Luke McColgan(94)(F) from the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Spencer Tremblay(94)(G)

03-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Harlan Orr(95)(F) from the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

03-Jun-14 The Nanaimo Clippers have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Tanner Kovacs(94)(G) to the LaRonge Ice Wolves of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations

03-Jun-14 The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Viktor Dombrovskiy(96)(D) from the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Joel Webb(95)(D)

09-Jun-14 The Langley Rivermen have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Viktor Dombrovskiy(96)(D) to the Kindersley Klippers in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Tyrell King(94)(G)

16-Jun-14 The Langley Rivermen have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Darren Martin(95)(G) from the North Battleford Stars of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

16-Jun-14 The Powell River Kings have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Luke McCaw(96)(F) to the Nepean Raiders of the CCHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Brett Magnus(94)(G) and future considerations

16-Jun-14 The Victoria Grizzlies have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Dane Gibson(94)(F) in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Jacob Kearley(95)(D) and future considerations

16-Jun-14 The West Kelowna Warriors have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Dante Hahn(95)(F) from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations

17-Jun-14 The Cowichan Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Alex Bechtold(94)(F) and future considerations from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Clint Filbrandt(95)(D)

20-Jun-14 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Logan Mick(96)(F) from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Luke Bertolucci(95)(F) and future considerations

24-Jun-14 The Vernon Vipers have transferred the CJHL playing rights of Devon Fordyce(94)(G) to the Okotokes Oilers of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

30-Jun-14 The Prince George Spruce Kings have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Alex Brooks-Potts(95)(G) from the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Former Vernon Viper Forward Pimm Becomes Free-Agent:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee
Admirals didn't offer former Vernon Vipers forward Braden Pimm a new contract, meaning Pimm is now a free-agent.

Pimm finished his fourth and final season at Northeastern University last season before signing a amateur-tryout contract (ATO) with the Admirals on March 27th 2014.  In 37 games last season with the Huskies Pimm recorded (20-goals-17-assists-37-points).  Pimm went pointless in 9 games as a rookie with Milwaukee.  Pimm played three years in Vernon (2007-2010) In 179 regular season games with the Vipers Pimm collected (64-goals-97-assists-161-points).

Braden Pimm's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Admirals website:

Aaron Sims Looks to Next Season

It was a disappointing finish to a great season. Getting swept in the first round by a good Toronto Marlies team left the Admirals reeling and wondering how they could’ve done better. How could they get to those rebounds? Why did they commit so many penalties?

We probably won’t get to those answers. When the season ended in Toronto, the unknown portion of the year started. Who will be back in Milwaukee? Good question.

Here are the contract situations for players who appeared in games for the Admirals this season:

2 D Anthony Bitetto Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

3 D Jonathan Diaby 3-year contract starting in the fall

4 D Scott Ford Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) – AHL contract

5 D Jay Rissling 3-year contract starting in the fall

7 D Joe Piskula UFA

8 F Filip Forsberg 2-years remaining on contract

10 F Patrick Cehlin 1-year remaining on contract

11 F Paul Crowder UFA – AHL contract

12 D Mikko Vainonen 3-year contract starting in the fall

13 F Joe Pendenza Free Agent

15 F Braden Pimm Free Agent

16 F Mathieu Tousignant UFA – AHL contract

17 F Mike Liambas UFA – AHL contract

18 F Colton Sissons 2-years remaining on contract

19 F Calle Jarnkrok 1-year remaining on contract

20 F Miikka Salomaki 2-years remaining on contract

21 F Simon Moser RFA

22 D Scott Valentine RFA

23 D Garrett Noonan 2-year contract beginning in fall

24 F Zach Budish 1-year remaining on contract

25 F Josh Shalla 1-year remaining on contract

29 F Mark Van Guilder 1-year remaining on contract

31 G Marek Mazanec 1-year remaining on contract

33 D Bryan Rodney UFA

36 D Joonas Jarvinen RFA

37 G Scott Darling UFA – AHL contract

41 F Taylor Beck RFA

45 G Magnus Hellberg 1-year remaining on contract

47 F Francis Wathier UFA

51 F Austin Watson 1-year remaining on contract

55 D Charles-Olivier Roussel RFA

74 F Vinny Saponari UFA – AHL contract

88 F Joonas Rask RFA

If you have questions about the difference between restricted and unrestricted free agents click here,


Players who are on an AHL deal can sign a NHL deal with any team before the NHL’s free agency period starts in July.

Plus, Kevin Henderson is still under contract with the Nashville Predators for next season. He was loaned to the Texas Stars in exchange for Wathier. Henderson could be back in Milwaukee next season. He has one-year remaining on his contract with Nashville.

Defenseman Taylor Aronson is under contract for next season. He spent the year in Cincinnati (ECHL).

Forwards Brendan Leipsic and Felix Girard never got to Milwaukee this season, but their pro careers will begin next season. Both have three-year deals that begin in the fall.

Of course, trades can occur.

I have no idea which free agents will be kept. I do know that Nashville doesn’t currently have many open spots. Nick Spaling, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Michael Del Zotto are restricted free agents. Patrick Eaves and Carter Hutton are unrestricted.

With the Predators defense being so young to begin with, I have a hard time thinking the Preds would keep all of the defensemen from Milwaukee who are similar in age and experience. Diaby, Rissling, Vainonen and Noonan need a place to play. Still, I would think Nashville would want an experienced defenseman at the ready in Milwaukee should an injury occur.

I would think Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck are destined for Nashville this fall. Then, there are several others that have a shot: Sissons, Watson, Salomaki and Forsberg. However, because Nashville has few jobs available (at this moment) and the fact those players are on two-way contracts and won’t have to worry about clearing waivers, they could start in Milwaukee next season.

It’s going to be interesting to see who will be back with the Admirals next season.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Rangers Invite Former Viper Tambellini To Prospect Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Adam
Tambellini attended the New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp last week. 

Tambellini left the University of North Dakota last season for the Western Hockey League joining the Calgary Hitmen in early January after being acquired in a trade with the Portland Winterhawks.  In 31 games with the Hitmen Tambellini collected (17-goals-22-assists-39-points).  Tambellini played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-13) before being traded to Surrey on January 10th 2013 along with future considerations (Michael Roberts) for Mason Blacklock & future considerations (Jordan Klimek and Demico Hannoun).  In 91 regular season games with the Vipers Tambellini collected (49-goals-46-assists-95-points). Tambellini was drafted 64th overall in the 3rd Round by the New York Rangers at the 2013 NHL Draft.

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Rangers website:

2014 Rangers Prospect Development Camp

Sunday, 06.29.2014

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team will hold the 2014 Prospect Development Camp from Monday, June 30 – Friday, July 4, at Madison Square Garden Training Center. The camp will bring together several of the team’s top prospects, including Anthony Duclair, Brady Skjei, Mackenzie Skapski, Pavel Buchnevich, and Adam Tambellini.

Duclair, 18, registered 50 goals and 49 assists for 99 points, along with 56 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this past season. Duclair established QMJHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, power play goals (15), shorthanded goals (three), and game-winning goals (seven). He also ranked third in the league in goals, sixth in the league in points, seventh in the league in power play goals, and tied for seventh in the league in game-winning goals.

The Pointe-Claire, Quebec native registered at least one point in 45 of 59 regular season games and posted 30 multi-point efforts this past season. Duclair posted a career-high, eight-game goal streak from December 20 vs. Shawinigan to January 10 vs. Rimouski (nine goals over the span), and was also named the Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Player of The Week for consecutive weeks (January 20 – 26 and January 27 – February 2.

Duclair was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 80th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Skjei, 20, registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 30 penalty minutes in 40 games with the University of Minnesota of the Big Ten this past season. He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes while helping Minnesota advance to the National Championship Game. Skjei tied for second among defensemen on the team in goals and ranked third among defensemen on the team in points.

The Lakeville, Minnesota native was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Skapski, 20, posted a 28-20-4 record, along with a 2.70 GAA, a .916 SV%, and one shutout in 53 appearances with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season. The 6-3, 191-pounder registered career-bests in GAA and SV%, and ranked sixth in the WHL in SV%, tied for seventh in wins, and finished 10th in GAA. He also posted a career-high, 10-game winning streak from January 12 to February 11, recording a 1.80 GAA and a .940 SV% over the span.

The Abbotsford, British Columbia native was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Buchnevich, 19, split this past season between Severstal Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and Almaz Cherepovets of the Junior Hockey League (MHL) in Russia. He registered seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, along with 12 penalty minutes in 40 games with Severstal. Buchnevich also ranked third on Severstal in assists, fourth on the team in points, and tied for sixth on the team in goals.

The 6-1, 176-pounder recorded two goals and five assists for seven points, along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in seven contests while helping Russia capture the Bronze Medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Buchnevich tied for the team lead in assists and tied for second on the team in points in the tournament.

The Cherepovets, Russia native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 75th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Tambellini, 19, split the season between the University of North Dakota of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) and the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The 6-2, 179-pounder registered 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 31 games with Calgary. He ranked fifth on the team in goals and seventh on the team in points, and also notched a point in 21 of 31 games with the Hitmen.

In the playoffs, Tambellini recorded five goals and four assists for nine points, along with two penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in six games. The forward led Calgary in goals, tied for the team lead in points and plus/minus rating, and tied for fourth on the team in assists in the playoffs.

The Port Moody, British Columbia native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 65th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Availability for the media will occur following the players’ on-ice training. The players are scheduled to scrimmage at the following times:

Monday, June 30 – 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 1 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 3 – No scrimmage
Friday, July 4 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vipers Regular Season Schedule Announced:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers regular season schedule announced

Published: July 06, 2014

With the Royal Bank Cup still fresh in everybody’s minds, the B.C. Hockey League has released the 2014-15 regular season schedule.

“I don’t really have any games circled on my calendar just yet. Of course the home opener is always fun and the rivalry games with Salmon Arm, Penticton and West Kelowna are good too,” said Vipers’ GM/head coach Jason Williamson.

The defending Ryan Hatfield Memorial champions will battle the West Kelowna Warriors in their home opener Saturday, Sept. 27 at Kal Tire Place.

The Snakes host the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Friday, Oct. 10, with fans getting their first glance at the Penticton Vees a week later on Oct. 17.

The Fred Page Cup rematch goes Saturday, Jan. 17, when the Coquitlam Express roll into town.

The Snakes will play 10 home games on Friday and Saturday nights this season.

“We have bumped up the Saturday night games to 6 p.m. to try and bring more families out,” said Williamson.

The Vipers toughest road trip occurs when they hit the coast on Dec. 12 for games with the Powell River Kings, Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Nanaimo Clippers.

“That should be a good trip midway through our season; they are all good teams,” said Williamson. “The travel isn’t too bad in this league so we will be fine.”

Coach Mallette Moves On:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Coach Mallette moves on

Published: July 06, 2014

After one season behind the bench of the Vernon Vipers, associate coach Kris Mallette has accepted an assistant coach position with the Kelowna Rockets.

“It has never been when, it has always been a it’s only a matter of time,” said Mallette.

Mallette returns to the organization he played for as a young man 18 years ago.

“100 per cent my dream job,” said Mallette.

Mallette’s departure caught Vipers’ GM/head coach Jason Williamson by surprise.

“He called me up late yesterday and told me the news. It’s great news for him. It is his ultimate goal and I am excited for him,” said Williamson. “Our goal here is always to move people along, players and coaches.”

Mallette, previously coached the North Okanagan Knights in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League before working with the Vipers last season.

Over two seasons as head coach of the Knights, he guided North Okanagan to a 69-30-2-3 record, culminating in an appearance in the league final against the Castlegar Rebels in late March. He was named KIJHL Coach of the Year.

Mallette, a Kelowna native, signed a three-year deal with the Rockets. The contract has relieved some pressure on the home front.

“My wife won’t have to worry about me driving that highway five days a week now. The 15-minute commute is going to be nice,” said Mallette, 35.

Mallette, a former Philadelphia Flyers’ draft pick, has been a class act throughout his professional career.

“The Vipers are a classy organization and well run with lots of success. I met a lot of good people last year,” said Mallette. “I want to express heartfelt gratitude to Duncan Wray and the organization of the Vipers for allowing me to coach there.”

Mallette’s absence leaves the Snakes with a gaping hole behind the bench following Dave Robinson’s departure earlier this spring.

“The search is just starting. We have a couple of guys in mind we are going to go after,” said Williamson.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Maple Leafs Sign Former Viper Santorelli:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed
free agent and former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Santorelli.

Santorelli was drafted by the Nashville Predators in Round 6 178th overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft played parts of two seasons with the Predators before being traded to the Florida Panthers on August, 5th 2010.  Santorelli spent three seasons in Florida (2010-2013) before being claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets on April 3rd 2013.  Santorelli finished the season with the Jets before signing as a free agent July 7th 2013 with the Vancouver Canucks.  In 49 games with the Canucks this past season Santorelli picked up (10-goals-18-assists-28-points).  

Santorelli who was acquired in a off season trade with the Langley Hornets played one season in Vernon (2003-2004). In 60 regular season games with the Vipers Santorelli collected (43-goals-53-assists-96-points).

Mike Santorelli's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Maple Leafs website:

Leafs Sign Kontiola, Santorelli & Bodie

Thursday, 03.07.2014

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on one year contracts with forwards Petri Kontiola, Mike Santorelli and Troy Bodie.

Kontiola, 29, was a seventh-round selection, 196th overall, of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004. He recorded five assists in 12 games for Chicago in 2007-08. The native of Seinajoki, Finland has spent the past five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) with Chelyabinsk Traktor and Magnitogorsk Metallurg. In 53 KHL games this past season with Chelyabinsk Traktor, he notched 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points. He was a member of Finland’s bronze medal winning team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where he earned five points (one goal, four assists) in six games. He also represented his home country at the 2014 IIHF World Championships by recording three goals and six assists in 10 tournament games and earned a silver medal.

Santorelli, 28, dressed in 49 contests for the Vancouver Canucks this past season and scored 10 goals and added 18 assists. His plus 9 mark with the Canucks was first among team forwards and third-best on the team. Born in Vancouver, B.C., the centreman has 87 points (43 goals, 44 assists) in 257 career NHL games with Nashville, Florida, Winnipeg and Vancouver. He was originally drafted 178th overall in the 2004 Entry Draft by the Predators.

Bodie, 29, appeared in 47 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 and recorded three goals and seven assists. He was a plus six with 26 minutes in penalties. The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba native originally joined Toronto as a free agent on July 10, 2013. He has collected nine goals and 12 assists (21 points) in 154 career NHL games with Toronto, Carolina, and Anaheim.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Rockets Name Former Vipers Associate Coach Mallette New Assistant Coach:

This is posted on the Rockets website:

Kelowna Hires Alumni Kris Mallette as Assistant Coach

Jul 04, 2014

The Kelowna Rockets are pleased to announce they have hired former Kelowna Rockets player Kris Mallette as an assistant coach.

Mallette, a 35, is in his fifth year of coaching and was an associate head coach with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL last season.

A resident of Kelowna, Mallette played 152 games for the Rockets over two-plus seasons as a stay at home defenceman, beginning in 1996-97 and ending in 1998-99. He then went on to a nine year professional career before retiring due to injury following the 2008-09 season.

"This is full circle for me," said Mallette,"I got my start back in the old Memorial Arena. Once I got into coaching my ultimate goal was always to coach with the Rockets. I'm fortunate with the success Ryan (Huska) had, he was able to move on. It's fantastic getting back to a team that has done so much for me."
During his professional career, Mallette played for eight different teams, racking up over 300 penalty minutes three different times and playing over 500 games.
"I wasn't the most skilled player so I had to rely on something else," he said. "I became a student of the game. I really paid attention to a lot of details and as my career progressed I spent more and more time picking the brains of the coaches I had."

Back in Kelowna after his playing career, Mallette joined former NHLer Brent Gilchrist with the Kelowna Minor Hockey midget tier 1 team where the pair won a provincial title. He then moved on to North Okanagan (KIJHL) first as an assistant and then as a head coach where he was named division coach of the year and then KIJHL Coach of the Year in consecutive years. Vernon was up next where the former Rocket was an associate head coach with the Vipers last season.

Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton said Mallette is ready for the challenge after paying his dues, first as a player and then as a coach.
"Kris has worked at every level to get himself to where he is," said Hamilton. "He came to us years ago and asked about coaching and I said he had to go and learn. He's done that. He's worked at every level. He's from a bit of a different era in our organization. It's a lot different than when he played but he understands exactly what we are all about and he understands what the expectations are to play here."

A married father of two, Mallette met his wife Susie in Kelowna when he was a player. He's maintained a home in Kelowna since his playing days, and the couple are raising two daughters in the city.

"I was able to start my career in Kelowna and I've lived here ever since," he said. "It might sound corny but it's a dream come true, for me and my family too."

Rockets new assistant coach Kris Mallette is interviewed by reporter Kevin Parnell

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Vipers Open BCHL Showcase Versus Cowichan:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers open BCHL Showcase versus Cowichan
posted Jul 4, 2014

The Vernon Vipers open the Bauer B.C. Hockey League Showcase Friday, Sept. 16 in Chilliwack against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The first two Showcase events drew strong attendance from both NHL and NCAA scouts. The same is expected this time around. All 16 teams get two games.

“The Showcase has proven to be a popular event for both the people looking for talent and also the teams and players,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. “The chance for scouts to see all players under one roof in one weekend is extremely valuable and the City of Chilliwack has been an ideal host for this event each of the last two years.”

Vernon, who lost in the semifinals of the Royal Bank Cup here in May, finish the Showcase on the Saturday afternoon versus the Victoria Grizzlies. The Vipers-Caps game is also a 3:30 start.

The Snakes open training camp Friday, Aug. 29 and entertain the Penticton Vees the next night in preseason play.

Vernon plays a home and home with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Sept. 5-6 with the first game at the Shaw Centre.

The Prince George Spruce Kings visit Kal Tire Place Friday, Sept. 12 with the same two teams meeting the next night in Prince George.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Panthers Re-Sign Former Viper Forward Bayda:

The DEL Augsburger Panthers have re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Bayda.

The Panthers are a professional ice hockey team from Augsburger, Bavaria Germany. Bayda spent the past three seasons with the DEL Neurmberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers before signing with the Panthers July 12th 2013. Bayda played one season in Vernon (1998-99) playing in 45 games with the Vipers collecting (24-goals-58-assists-82-points). Bayda was drafted 80th overall in Round 3 of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Huricanes. Bayda played parts of five seasons with the Huricanes before signing with the Pittsburgh Penguins but played the 2009-10 season with the Penguins farm club the AHL Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

Ryan Bayda's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Panthers website:

Panthers further do handicraft in the cadre: Also Ryan Bayda bleibt


The Augsburg panthers work further continuously on the cadre for the season 2014/15. Now the contract with attacker Ryan Bayda could be also extended by an other playing time. The club announced this to the fans in the stadium exclusively before the today's play against Hamburg Freezers.

Ryan Bayda changed before the topical season of the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers to the Augsburg panthers and was immediately the expected strengthening. Offensively 17 gates and 20 Assists stand for the 33 year-old Canadian in 43 plays to beech. With it shunted the left shooter in the internal Scorerwertung behind Ivan Ciernik and Mike Connolly on place three. But also in the whole DEL Bayda is to be found among 25 point-best players.

Bayda could collect a lot of experience in his present career what allowed to mature him into an absolute leadership player. He became in 2000 from the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round gedraftet. In eight years of American hockey league he could show completely good statistics what also introduced 194 applications for the Hurricanes in the Nationwide hockey league in him.

Panther's coach Larry Mitchell: „ What does Ryan Bayda on the ice, makes sense. He meets many right decisions what is founded certainly also by his immense experience. Just in the Special teams he is an important player for our team. Also offensively is Ryan all the same with which neighbors we use him, a steady point collector who can also put his players over and over again well in scene. I am glad about a continuation of the collaboration in the coming season. '

Ryan Bayda: „ I am glad very much that we could do ourselves fast and uncomplicated to some and I can also spend the next season with my woman and our both children in Augsburg. I have big fun to accumulate for the panthers. The stadium is a real Schmuckkäschen and with our home matches is a great mood which can inspire us in the seasonal final spurt absolutely. '

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nailers Add Former Vernon Vipers Zurevinski & Gill To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Wheeling Nailers have twenty four players listed on their protected list two of are former Vernon Vipers forwards Scott Zurevinski & Sahir Gill.

Former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill finished his rookie season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points).  Gill ended the regular season on a ten-game point streak lead the Nailers into the playoffs, leading the team with 41 assists and 54 points in just 44 games. The Nailers finished 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with a regular season record of 39-27-1-5.

Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University this past 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).

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Former Vernon Vipers forward Scott Zurevinski finished his second season with the East Coast Hockey league (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers.  In 24 games this past 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:


This is posted on the Nailers website:

Nailers Announce 2014 Protected List

June 2nd 2014

WHEELING, WV- The Wheeling Nailers, proud ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens, have announced their first roster activity for the 2014 offseason. On Monday, the team produced its Protected List, completing the first of four key dates in the month of June.

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 2013-14 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2013-14, 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 2013-14 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.

The announcement of the Protected List will lead into three more significant events in June. On June 13th, all trades including future considerations must be completed. Two days later, on June 15th, Season Ending Rosters must be submitted, which will feature no more than 20 players per team. Finally, on June 16th, teams will have the opportunity to sign players who are either on their Season Ending Roster or are Unrestricted Free Agents.

The Wheeling Nailers Protected List consists of the following 24 players:

 D Jake Areshenko
 F Derek Army
 F Shane Bakker
 F Chris Barton
 D Paul Cianfrini
 F Tyler Fernandez
 F Sahir Gill
 D Barry Goers
 D Myles Harvey
 F Chris Higgins
 D Andrew Hotham
 F Chaz Johnson
 F Jacob Lagace
 F Peter Lenes
 F Max MacKay
 F Jack MacLellan
 F Patrick McGrath
 D Peter Merth
 D Ryley Miller
 D Mike Ratchuk
 D Adam Ross
 F Zack Torquato
 F Jordy Trottier
 F Scott Zurevinski

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canucks May Let Former Vernon Viper Santorelli Slip Away:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike
Santorelli appears headed to unrestricted free agency. 

Santorelli finished his first season with the Vancouver Canucks after spending last season with Tingsryds AIF (Sweeden) during the NHL lockout. Once the NHL season started Santorelli played with the American Hockey League's (AHL) San Antonio Rampage & Florida Panthers before being claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets on April 3rd 2013. In 7 games last year with San Antonio Santorelli collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points). In 24 games last season with Florida Santorelli picked up (2-1-3). In just 10 games with the Jets Santorelli collected (0-goals-1-assist-1-point).  Santorelli signed as a free-agent with the Canucks on July 7th 2013. 

Santorelli was drafted by the Nashville Predators in Round 6 178th overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft before being traded to the Florida Panthers on August, 5th 2010. Santorelli who was acquired in a off season trade with the Langley Hornets played one season in Vernon (2003-2004). In 60 regular season games with the Vipers Santorelli collected (43-goals-53-assists-96-points).

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This was in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper:

Canucks may let Mike Santorelli slip away

By Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun Columnist

June 26, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — The Vancouver Canucks are close to losing a centre, and not the one named Ryan Kesler. They may also be losing their minor-league coach.

Mike Santorelli appears headed to unrestricted free agency after his agent, JP Barry, said Thursday that negotiations have stalled over the National Hockey League team’s refusal to offer more than a one-year contract to the Vancouver-born forward.

A Santorelli exit from the organization could be matched by Utica Comets head coach Travis Green, who has received permission from the Canucks to speak with the Pittsburgh Penguins about becoming Mike Johnston’s assistant.

With Kesler likely to be traded, either at the draft or this summer, losing Santorelli could leave the Canucks especially thin at centre.

“He really wanted to see if he could stay in Vancouver,” Barry said of Santorelli, 28, who was a great NHL comeback story last season. “He really liked the hockey team and we were hoping something could get worked out. But it doesn’t look like it.

“We’ve had discussions for two or three months and the issue is mostly term. Mike played on a one-year deal last year and he showed that he’s still a young player who can help a team. We think a longer term will be available to him (in free agency).”

Santorelli, who grew up in Burnaby, had 10 goals and 28 points in 49 games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in January when he was mauled by Phoenix Coyote Martin Hanzal.

Traded by the Florida Panthers and waived by the Winnipeg Jets the previous season, Santorelli appeared on his way out of the league when he agreed last summer to a two-way contract with the Canucks that paid him the NHL minimum of $550,000.

Santorelli not only made the team at training camp but became a key player, averaging 18:33 of ice time and finishing his abbreviated season at plus-nine.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning has not given up on re-signing Santorelli.

“We haven’t made a final decision on that yet,” Benning said. “It’s definitely something that could happen in the next couple of days. I like him as a player. He can really shoot the puck.”

When Santorelli was signed, most people figured he’d be playing in the American Hockey League for Green.

Green has coached only one season in the Canucks’ farm system, but he may leave for Pittsburgh to rejoin Johnston, who was named the Penguins’ head coach on Wednesday. Johnston and Green worked in junior together with the Portland Winterhawks.

“We’ll never stand in anyone’s way,” Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden said.