Saturday, February 13, 2016

BCHL Report-Odeen Tufto Interview:

BCHL Report-Odeen Tufto

Published on Jan 19, 2016

Vernon Vipers' forward Odeen Tufto is leading the team in points. Shaw TV's Jamie Ross catches up with him after practice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BjOnc_G4Kk

Rush Sign Ex Viper Forward Scofield:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Rapid
City Rush have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield. In six games with the Rush Scofield has (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).

Scofield played last year with three different teams (Graz 99ers, Ontario Reign & Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg) before signing with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks on May 4th 2015.  The Sharks are an Austrian professional ice hockey team that currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league (EBEL).

Scofield started last season with the Moser Medical Graz 99ers, an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria that play in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league. Scofield collected (5-goals-0-assists-5-points) in eight games with Graz 99ers before leaving the team on November 4th 2014 before signing with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign on December 4, 2014. Scoffield was suspended by the Reign on January 27th 2015 after 18 games for leaving the team to play overseas. Scofield collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Scofield finished the 2014-15 season with EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams. In 9 games with Grizzly Adams Scofield picked up (1-goal-3-assists-4-points).

After four seasons at Bemidji State University Scofield has spent the past six seasons playing in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany & the US playing with five different teams from 2009-2015.

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:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=34054

This is posted on the Rush website:

RUSH ADD TYLER SCOFIELD

01/10/2016

(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and AHL’s Springfield Falcons, announced today that forward Tyler Scofield has been added to the roster ahead of the team’s four-game road trip this weekend.

Scofield, a 31 year-old native of Prince George, British Columbia, comes to the Black Hills after starting the year in Austria with HC Innsbruck, where he played in 11 games and recorded 5 assists.  The seventh-year professional forward began last season scoring 5 goals in 8 games with Austria’s Graz 99ers before heading to the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.  In Southern California, he recorded 14 points (5 G, 9 Ast) in 18 games, and then shifted back across the pond to play in Germany’s DEL with Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg for 9 more contests, adding another goal and 3 assists for 4 points.

The vast majority of Scofield’s career has been played in Austria, specifically with Klagenfurter AC, where he was twice the league’s leading postseason scorer in 2011 and 2013, the latter year of which he won the Austrian League Championship.  Prior to playing professional, Tyler played college hockey in the NCAA with Bemidji State University and junior hockey in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers, Prince George Spruce Kings, and Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Langley 2 Vernon 0

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Rivermen game as Langley defeated Vernon 2-0 in front of 2,004 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Andrew Shortridge
Langley: Bo Didur

1st Period: The Vipers got off to a quick start, got some early pressure off the opening puck drop for close to the first two minutes, had some good looks at the net but missed the net on three different shots from in close. On the following play Jason O'Neill couldn't beat Andrew Shortridge on a goal mouth scramble in front of the Viper goal. The Rivermen would get an early powerplay, the games first PP of the night just over five minutes into the 1st. The Vipers with a good penalty kill, before Vernon product Jagger Williamson with a nice move inside the Langley blueline put the puck up and over Bo Didur before coming down behind the net on a great scoring opportunity late in the penalty kill. Vernon with a strong PK would kill off the minor. The Vipers showing lots of jump and speed looked hungry and played with good pace, carried the better of the play for most of the period. Just before the halfway mark John Schuldt with a rocket of a shot from the blueline was stopped by Shortridge who made a big pad save, kicking out the rebound to the slot, where no Rivermen player was around unable to pounce on the loose puck. A minute and a bit later Liam Finlay would be stopped by Didur before stopping former Langley Rivermen forward Ben Butcher on the rebound on two solid chances for the Vipers. Langley come very close to opening the scoring after Odeen Tufto come very close to putting the puck past Andrew Shortridge and into the back of his own net, luckily for Tufto Shortridge was there to bail out his teammate making the save in tight. Vernon now outplaying the Rivermen had lots of pressure couldn't solve Bo Didur who made some key saves keeping this game scoreless. Vernon would get their first look with the man advantage but struggled, the Rivermen were able to kill off the penalty. Just seconds after killing off the minor, the Rivermen would get their second look with the PP late to finish the period. Langley went atleast ten minutes without a shot on goal before finally getting one late in the frame on the man advantage couldn't capitalize as the Vipers would kill off the minor. The Rivermen gained some momentum and kept the play deep in the Viper zone, the Vipers couldn't clear the zone allowed Langley to open the scoring. John Schuldt's point shot was redirected on it's way to the net by Jason O'Neill giving Langley a 1-0 lead at 19:47 Justin Szeto & John Schuldt collected the helpers. Langley was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers with a quick start, showed lots of jump, speed and outplayed the Rivermen for most of the first period, but found themselves down 1-0 after giving up a late goal to end the frame. Vernon with some quality chances couldn't beat Bo Didur who was solid between the pipes. The Rivermen were very limited with offensive chances, didn't get a lot of zone time, played most of the 1st in their own end. Vernon outshot Langley 15-7.

2nd Period: The Rivermen with a quick start, had some early pressure. Langley with atleast three if not four real good looks at the net from in close were just missing the far corner, coming close to taking a two goal lead. Jagger Williamson with a quick hard shot off a faceoff deep in the Rivermen zone forced Rivermen starting goaltender Bo Didur to make a tough save off Williamson. Both teams went back and fourth with not a lot of great scoring chances at either ends of the rink. As the period went along Langley really tightened up defensively and was keeping Vernon to the outside. The Vipers with very little time and space were having troubles generating offence. The Vipers with just three shots in the first half. The Vipers would get caught with too many men on the ice, giving the Rivermen a powerplay just before the midway mark, Vipers starting goaltender Andrew Shortridge was Vernon's best penalty killer coming up with several big stops. Shortridge made a big save off Matt Graham off the end of his goal stick before stopping Graham twice in tight. Trevor Ayre alone at the side of the net, just ripped his shot short and wide of the far side missing on a great opportunity. Shortridge and the Vipers with a big penalty kill kept this game at 1-0. Shortly after the PK Hunter Zandee and Steven Jandric went in for the odd man rush, Zandee decided to shoot was stopped by Didur who come up with a big pad save keeping the Vipers off the scoreboard. Shortridge and former Vipers forward Matty Saharchuk got tangled up in the crease, after Saharchuk gave Shortridge a shot to the head before Shortridge tripped up Saharchuk twice once trying to leave the front of the net. Mitchell Oliver's point shot looked to give Bo Didur a little trouble, as Charley Michalowski raced in couldn't capitalize on the rebound in front. Justin Fregona with a great opportunity in the slot was robbed by Andrew Shortridge who come up with the huge pad save with about five minutes to go. Langley now starting to press, poured on the pressure late to finish the period. The Rivermen with all kinds of pressure had the Vernon defence back on their heels. Max Kaufman with a nice individual effort somehow got behind the Viper defence was stopped by Shortridge in tight, before scoring on the rebound giving Langley a 2-0 lead at 17:32 Kaufman's goal was unassisted. Just over a minute later Vernon would get a late powerplay but unable to capitalize as Langley was up 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. Both teams looked fairly even for most of the first half before the Rivermen took over the edge in play. Langley really tightened up defensively, shutdown the Vipers speed and offence, limiting their time and space. The Rivermen defence was collapsing in front of the net, not giving the Vipers any space. The Vipers with just a few good opportunities didn't get a lot of scoring chances. Andrew Shortridge come up with some big-key saves on the PK to keep the Vipers in this one. The Rivermen looked like a different team this period compared to the opening frame. Langley outshot Vernon 13-8.

3rd Period: Vernon started the final frame on the man advantage that was carried over from the end of the 2nd period. The Vipers couldn't get much going offensively as the Rivermen killed off the penalty. Odeen Tufto would get a great opportunity in front just minutes into the 3rd was stoned by Bo Didur who come up with a huge pad save keeping the Vipers off the scoreboard. Langley would get an early look with the PP but couldn't capitalize. The Rivermen missed the net on some real good looks from in close, weren't missing the net by much. The Vipers struggled offensively to get anything going, couldn't get any real good sustained pressure. The Rivermen carried the better of the play but didn't get a lot of opportunities. Both teams picked up the physical play late in the 3rd, alying out some good checks. Just past the halfway mark Langley would get their second look with the man advantage but again, were missing the net after some good looks from in close. The Vipers with a good penalty kill would kill off the penalty. Just before the penalty expired Vernon would get their first of three straight powerplays. The Vipers struggled with the PP had a few decent shots but couldn't get any real quality chances or shots towards the net. Langley with a real good penalty kill, would kill off the minor. The Rivermen would get into penalty trouble, as the Vipers would get a late powerplay. Mark Ferner would call a late timeout, getting Andrew Shortridge to the bench for the extra attacker with 2:10 remaining. Langley would then take another penalty giving Vernon a late five on three powerplay. The Vipers moved the puck around and around, but Langley did a great job at boxing out the Viper forwards, shutdown the shooting lanes, didn't give the Viper PP any time or space. Vernon with good pressure, eventually spot a wide open Odeen Tufto at the side of the net, but fired high and over the open cage missing on a great opportunity. With time winding down the Rivermen would eventually clear the zone, Matt Graham looking for the open cage, hit the post in the dying seconds as Langley would hang on for the 2-0 victory. Both teams had troubles getting the offence going as neither team was willing to give the other team that time or space. Both teams couldn't capitalize with the powerplay, but both teams also did a heck of a job on the penalty kill. The Vipers with two maybe three good chances, aren't going to win many games down two goals and get just six shots on goal in the final frame. Vernon had all kinds of trouble getting anything going offensively. Langley also didn't get many great opportunities but played a heck of a period defensively. The Vipers with three late powerplays to finish the 3rd needed to generate something on the man advantage. Langley was the better of the two teams in the 3rd outshot Vernon 12-6.

Top Player's: (Vernon) 

Jagger Williamson I thought was one of if not the Vipers hardest working player tonight. Williamson with a strong effort-performance played hard, come up with some scoring chances, competed and worked hard through out the game.

Odeen Tufto couldn't buy a goal, had some great looks-opportunities played strong in the loss.

Hunter Zandee was another Viper forward that I thought played well in the loss. Showed some hustle through out the game, was going to the net.

Liam Finlay was really buzzing, didn't generate much offence but really opened up the ice with his speed and quickness.

Callum Volpe Played very well on the blueline, has a quick release and good shot was getting shots off quick from the point. 

Andrew Shortridge (30 saves) Returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game in Merritt with tonsillitis. Shortridge made several big-key saves through out the game, but made some of his best in the 2nd period on the penalty kill. One of the league's bigger goaltenders, covers a lot of room-net looked very calm-confident played very well between the pipes, giving the Vipers a chance to win.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I thought the Vipers played hard-well even though lost. Vernon really needed a goal or more in that 1st period when the Vipers were all over the Rivermen, The Vipers carried the better of the play-had several good looks-some real good opportunities couldn't find the back of the net. The Vipers played with lots of jump, speed and quickness couldn't adjust to the Rivermen's defence in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Vernon was able to free wheel in the 1st was very limited to time and space in the 2nd and 3rd periods, were kept to the outside, boxed out most of the 2nd and 3rd periods didn't generate or create enough scoring chances in order to make the comeback. The Vipers also didn't get enough pucks-shots towards Bo Didur in order to create-generate scoring chances. I didnt think the Vipers went to the net enough, didnt go to those grey areas in order to create-generate scoring chances. Bo Didur played well but also saw a lot if not most of the Vipers 29 shots. The Vipers only give up two goals but both goals were at or near the end of a period. The Vipers with just one goal in their last two games have scored once in three of their last four games. I was very pleased with the Viper penalty kill, had a very strong night but seemed to struggle with the man advantage. Late in the 3rd with three straight powerplays (one a five on three) with the goaltender pulled the Vipers just couldn't get much of anything going. A very tough loss, as the Vipers have lost two straight and don't want to go into a big losing streak this time of the year. Vernon now with a real tough schedule to finish the regular season, the next four games are going to be huge. The Vipers play West Kelowna the next three games before finishing next weekend in Chilliwack. The Vipers get some much needed help from Cowichan tonight, as the Capitals defeat Merritt 4-2 to stay four points up on 5th place Merritt.

Top Player's: (Langley)

Jason O'Neill (1 goal) Played hard, was going to the net-looking for rebounds-opportunities, had a strong game up front for the Rivermen.

Alec Capstick I thought played very well on the Langley backend. Was very steady all evening.

John Schuldt (1 assist) Also had a strong night on the Rivermen blueline. Took a few penalties but was very solid through out the game. Not sure what the issue was but Schuldt had several Vipers going after him through out the game.

Trevor Ayre Looked good up front, had some good looks at the net, just had troubles hitting the net. Played and worked hard, was driving to the net a lot, had a good game.

Matt Graham I thought was Langley's best-most effective player tonight. Gave the Vipers troubles through out the game, was hard to defend against and hard to play against. Quick on his feet, moves the puck well, has a quick shot.

Bo Didur (29 saves-Shutout) Picked up his second shutout of the season and third of his career. The former Surrey Eagles netminder played very well between the pipes. Didur had to be on his game-alert in the opening frame made some big-key saves, to give his team a chance to stay in the game. In the 2nd and 3rd periods didn't see as much rubber, but was still forced to make a few big saves to record the win-shutout. Dosnt give up many rebounds, controls the puck, plays his position well.

Game Thought's: (Langley)

The Rivermen get outplayed but managed to get some solid goaltending in the opening period, score in the dying seconds to open the scoring in a period they didn't deserve to be ahead. Langley could have easily been down two or three goals that 1st period, escaped and were up a goal. Give full credits to the Rivermen coaching staff, as they come out to start the 2nd period a much different hockey club. I thought Langley was a much different yet much better team in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Rivermen tightened up defensively, really shutdown Vernon's speed and offence, limiting their opportunities and time-space. Langley's defence played very well in the final two periods. Langley also seemed to get their legs going, played with a lot more jump and energy in the final two periods, were able to generate some pressure inside the Viper blueline. This Langley team has some bigger bodies but don't play the physical game as much as I thought they would. Game two of a current five game road trip and the Rivermen are 2-0 heading to West Kelowna. With the victory this evens the season series at 1-1 after the Vipers won 7-4 in Langley December 12th. Langley has now won nine of the last eleven games over Vernon.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Brett Stapley
Nic Rasovic

Langley:

Cameron Ginnetti
Donovan Shambeau
Bobby Henderson (Suspended)

Energy Player of the Game:

Christian Cakebread

Three Stars:

1st Star: Bo Didur (29 saves-Shutout)
2nd Star: Max Kaufman (1 goal)
3rd Star: Jason O'Neill (1 goal)

BCHL Game Summary,


Game Preview: Langley @ Vernon:

Langley (28-20-1-3)@ Vernon (22-25-0-3) 7pm

Tonight is the second and final meeting of the regular season between the Vernon Vipers & Langley Rivermen. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Tuesday, February 9th Merritt defeated Vernon 3-1
Thursday, February 11th Langley defeated Surrey 4-2

Next Game:

Tuesday, February 16th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, February 13th Langley @ West Kelowna

My game previews take up close to a full page, this is why I have had to shorten the front page.  In order to read the full page-game preview, click on the "read more" near the bottom left corner of this post.


Merritt Moves Closer To Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Merritt moves closer to Vipers

by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 12, 2016

The Merritt Centennials are making a late B.C. Hockey League playoff push.

The Cents moved into fifth place in the Interior Division Tuesday night, four points back of the Vernon Vipers and one up on the Trail Smoke Eaters, by downing the Snakes 3-1 in front of 320 spectators at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The Smokies fell 9-3 in Salmon Arm Tuesday (Vernon’s Harlan Orr had a goal for Trail).

The Vipers (20-25-3-0) host the Langley Rivermen tonight at 7 at Kal Tire Place.

“I don’t think we were terrible, we just didn’t do enough to win,” said Vipers head coach Mark Ferner.

“Neither team really dominated any area. We just didn’t play with enough urgency and desperation. That’s where it gets disappointing.”

Michael Regush snapped a 1-1 tie at 11:44 of the third period with his fifth goal for the Centennials.  Regush threw the puck out front from behind the Vipers net and the puck somehow ended up going off a body and past goalie Brendan Barry.

Vernon product Brett Jewell added the insurance with his 12th of the year, unassisted, at 18:01.

Michael Faulkner opened the scoring for the 19-27-4-1 Centennials at 3:12 with his fourth.

Riley Brandt tied the game for the Vipers with his 15th of the season at 12:42 with Hunter Zandee and Colton McCarthy picking up assists.

Merritt outshot Vernon 36-30 with Barry taking the loss for the Vipers. He started in favour of Andrew Shortridge, who is battling tonsillitis.

Cole Kehler picked up his 15th win for the Centennials.

The Rivermen (27-20-3-1), third in the Mainland Division, have clinched a playoff spot.

“Our (playoff) destiny is in our own hands,” said Ferner. “We’re not panicking. We’re four points up with a game in hand.”

Former Viper Matty Saharchuk has 18 goals and eight assists in 31 games with the Rivermen since being acquired from Salmon Arm.

Austin Cho, acquired in November for Ben Butcher, had one assist in eight games for Langley before being dealt to the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Georgetown Raiders.

The Vipers, meanwhile, have used their final roster card to welcome back a familiar face.

Nic Rasovic, 19, returns after playing 35 regular season games with the team in 2014 and 2015. He was dealt to the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta League but left the team.

Rasovic, a forward, has played more than 120 Junior A games with Vernon, Drayton Valley and Coquitlam.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vipers Sign Rasovic:

This is posted on the Castanet.net website:

Vipers get familiar face

Castanet Staff - Feb 11, 2016

The Vernon Vipers are bringing a familiar face back to the ice with the last card of the 2015-16 season.

Forward Nic Rasovic, 19, will be returning to the club after a stint in Alberta with the Drayton Valley Thunder.

Rasovic is familiar with the Vipers having played 35 regular season games with the team during the 2014-15 season. He was dealt to Drayton Valley for future considerations, but after spending time in the Alberta city decided to return home.

The Vipers had an opening on their roster after trading Griffin James at the trading deadline, leaving the team with 21 players.

Rasovic is a veteran of Junior A player, having played more than 120 games including playoffs, with stops in Vernon, Drayton Valley and Coquitlam.

The Vipers' next home game is Friday against the Langley Rivermen in their only visit of the season.

Vernon Vipers' February 12th Promo Video:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Published on Feb 10, 2016

Vernon Vipers forwards Brett Stapley & Odeen Tufto have some fun doing a promo video for the Vipers upcoming home game vs Langley.

Join the Vernon Vipers February 12th 7pm @ Kal Tire Place when they play host to the Langley Rivermen!


Foxes Sign Viper Alumni Magowan:

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)-(German Ice Hockey League) Lausitzer Foxes have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Kenny Magowan.

The Lausitzer Füchse (literally Lusatian Foxes) is a professional ice hockey team based in Weißwasser, Saxony. They currently play in DEL2, the second level of ice hockey in Germany.

Magowan played last season with two clubs (Frankfurt Lions & Vienna Capitals).  Magowan started last year with the DEL Frankfurt Lions before leaving the team in January.  The Lions are a professional men's ice hockey club from Frankfurt, Germany that play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league. The Lions signed Magowan October 22nd 2014. Magowan played in 17 games picked up (9-goals-8-assists-17-points).  The Capitals are an Austrian professional ice hockey club that play in Vienna, Austria signed Magowan to a three day tryout on February 9th 2015.  Magowan left the Capitals after playing in just 10 games, collected (2-goals-2-assists-4-points).

Magowan spent three seasons (2004-2007) playing in the East Coast Hockey League & American Hockey League with six different teams (Albany, Augusta, Toledo, Philadelphia, Rochester & Bridgeport) before playing the last eight seasons in Germany with five different teams (SC Riessersee, Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, Adler Mannheim, Lowen Frankfurt & Vienna Capitals).

Magowan played two seasons in Vernon (1998-2000) played in 118 games with the Vipers collecting (46-goals-62-assists-108-points). Magowan was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 198th overall in Round 7 at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Kenny Magowan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15121

This is posted at Hockeyfans.at

Ken Magowan comes to tryout to Weißwasser

17:12:15  Andreas Friebel (press release)

© City Press

Foxes commit Canadian striker for four weeks

The Lausitzer Foxes have Ken Magowan committed. The Canadian striker comes first for four weeks after white water. His contract is limited to 18 January 2016 but includes the option to extend to end of season.

Magowan stood in his last season in Frankfurt and Vienna under contract. For the Lions, he scored nine goals in 17 games and gave eight assists. In Austria, the attacker gained 12 points scorer. The 34-year-old played in front of six years in the DEL and 2012 was runner-up with Mannheim.

In the current season Ken Magowan had been without a club. He held, however, fit with the lion Frankfurt.

Foxes hope that all documents for the issuance of license to Players Friday present for the striker against SC Riessersee can be used against SC Riessersee.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ex Viper Forward Saharchuk Suspended:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Matty Saharchuk has been suspended two games.

Saharchuk started the season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, was acquired from the SJHL Battlefords North Stars on July 23rd 2015 for Dustin Gorgi & future considerations before being traded to Langley October 1st 2015.

Saharchuk played one season in Vernon (2013-14) playing in 56 games collecting (3-goals-7-assists-10-points) before being traded to the SJHL Battlefords North Stars on June 9th 2014 for future considerations.  Saharchuk was part of the future considerations in the Josh Betinol trade from October 2013. The Vipers acquired forward Josh Betinol from the North Stars for future considerations on October 3rd 2013.

Matty Saharchuk's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=125564

This is posted on the BCHL website:

The following supplemental discipline was assessed following the game on February 6th involving Langley vs Wenatchee:

7-Feb-16

-Matt Saharchuk suspended 2 games for fighting at the end of a period or game.

Sound Tigers Sign Ex Vernon Viper Connor Jones:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones. Connor along side his twin brother Kellen Jones landed a try out with the Sound Tigers, were both invited to the Sound Tigers Training Camp in late September. Kellen was released, sent back down to the ECHL Missouri Mavericks would later sign a Professional Try-Out Contract (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bakersfield Condors on November 23rd 2015. Connor has two assists in 27 games this season with the Sound Tigers.

Connor & Kellen Jones both played their first pro-season last year with two different teams in two different leagues. Connor & Kellen started last season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons also spent time with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors. The Condors moved to the AHL for the 2015-16 season. In 41 games last season with the Barons Connor collected (4-goals-6-assists-10-points) and in 27 games with the Condors picked up (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). In 48 games with the Barons Kellen collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points) and in 27 games with the Condors recorded (7-goals-18-assists-25-points). After four years at Quinnipiac University, the Jones Twins signed their first pro contract with the Barons on April 3rd 2014. The Barons assigned Connor & Kellen to Bakersfield after Training camp last year before the pair went back and fourth between the ECHL & AHL. Connor & Kellen both played four years in Vernon (2006-2010). 

Connor played In 163 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Connor also 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:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38011


This is posted on the Sound Tigers website:

SOUND TIGERS SIGN JONES

Courtesy: SoundTigers.com
           
Release: 12/06/2015

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced today that forward Connor Jones has agreed to terms on an American Hockey League contract.

Jones, 25, signed a Professional Tryout contract at the start of the season with the Sound Tigers. The Trail, B.C., native has played in 14 games and has two penalty minutes in 2015-16.

The 5-foot-9 Jones is in his second professional season after spending last year with the Oklahoma City Barons. In 60 career AHL games, Jones has recorded four goals and six assists for 10 points.

Prior to his professional career, Jones played at nearby Quinnipiac University for four seasons, serving as an alternate captain of the team from 2012-14. Jones’ grandfather, Terry, played for the New Haven Blades of the Eastern Hockey League from 1967 to 1969.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Merritt 3 Vernon 1

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

3:12 MER Michael Faulkner (4) ASST: Colin Grannary 
12:48 VER Riley Brandt (15) ASST: Hunter Zandee, Colton McCarthy

2nd Period:

No scoring

3rd Period:

11:44 MER Michael Regush (5) ASST: Nick Fiorentino 
18:01 MER Brett Jewell (12) ASST: None

Merritt outshot Vernon 37-30 Cole Kehler made 29 saves in the win, while Brendan Barry made 34 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore,

http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7059

Vipers On The Road Again:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Steven Jandric, Darren Rizzolo & Callum Volpe have a little fun lip syncing Willie Nelson's Classic "On the road again"

The Vernon Vipers are on the road tonight to take on the Merritt Centennials. Listen to all the action on 107.5 Kiss FM starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UeE_Xzq8W8

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (22-24-0-3) @ Merritt (18-27-1-4) 7pm

Tonight is the seventh and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers lead the season series 4-2

Last Game:

Wednesday, February 3rd Vernon defeated Prince George 6-3
Saturday, February 6th Salmon Arm defeated Merritt 7-3

Next Game:

Friday, February 12th Langley @ Vernon
Friday, February 12th Merritt @ Cowichan


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Monday, February 8, 2016

Vernon Vipers Player Profile With #23 Jimmy Lambert:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Vipers Profile #23 Jimmy Lambert

Posted by HockeyTube on Dec 10th, 2015

Century 21 presents Vernon Viper’s Player Profiles. This time around we talk to Viper forward Jimmy Lambert who is playing in his first year with the BCHL Team. Lambert talks about his rookie season playing Junior hockey, about the team and his scholarship to Alaska-Fairbanks plus another round of Rapid Fire!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQmG93tKhcY

Former Viper Rasovic No Longer With Thunder:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Nic Rasovic is no longer listed-playing
with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Drayton Valley Thunder. After playing in four games with the Thunder Rasovic is no longer listed on the Thunder's roster. No official press release from the Thunder and there is no news on where Rasovic is playing hockey.

Rasovic played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2014-2015). The Vipers acquired-signed Rasovic on December 1st 2014 after starting the season with the Coquitlam Express. Rasovic played in 35 games with the Vipers picked up (5-goals-8-assists-13-points) was traded to Drayton Valley October 1st 2015 for future considerations. Rasovic was the last Viper to wear #18 before the Vipers retired jersey-#18 worn by former Vernon Vipers captain-forward Chris Crowell (2005-2009) on January 29th 2016.

Nic Rasovic's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=153255

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marlies Name Viper Alumni Bourne New Assistant Coach:

The American Hockey League Toronto Marlies have hired-named former Vernon Vipers forward Justin Bourne the teams new Assistant Coach.

Bourne spent the past six-seven years as a hockey writter for USA Today, the Hockey News as well as having-writing his own hockey blogs.

Bourne played two years in Vernon (2001-2003) collected (58-goals-73-assists-131-points) in 120 regular season games with the Vipers. Bourne went on to play four years at the University of Anchorage Alaska as well as attended the New York Islanders training camp in 2007 before a serious jaw injury in semi-pro forced Bourne to retire.

 Justin Bourne's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=77536

 Bourne's previous blog for The Score can been seen here,

http://www.thescore.com/#/author/justin-bourne

 Justin Bourne's first hockey blog,

http://www.jtbourne.com/

 Justin Bourne's Backhand Shelf blog,

http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/author/justinbourne/

This was posted on the Mapleleaf hotstove website:

Justin Bourne joins Toronto Marlies coaching ranks

By Mark Rackham

Nov 26, 2015

The upward transfer of talent has officially begun for the Toronto Marlies, except it’s not among the player personnel.

Entering his second season as video coach with the Marlies, Ryan Ward has already been moved upstairs to the Maple Leafs.

Ward looks a solid appointment having previously worked with the Islanders for four seasons and in two World Championships for the USA.

Replacing him at Ricoh Coliseum will be Justin Bourne.

Unusual for someone in this kind of coaching role, his name will be known by many.
 Bourne’s playing career never amounted to much after his college days: a total of 85 games split between the AHL and mostly the ECHL, before a broken jaw forced early retirement.

The 32 year old hasn’t looked back since, becoming a far more successful hockey writer than he ever was a player.

Bourne’s article, “It’s time to end the use of gay slurs in hockey,” written for USA Today in 2009,

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/columnist/bourne/2009-11-02-hockey-culture_N.htm

certainly first brought him to my attention and went some way breaking down the barriers in regards to the homophobic nature in professional sport and especially hockey.

Having had various articles featured in other high profiles titles including the Hockey News, Bourne joined The Score. He was more than a feature writer — the B.C native turned his hand as a stats analyst and appears open to new ideas.

His appointment, then, seems very in-tune with the new look Toronto approach of free-thinking individuals who aren’t afraid to put across their views.

If you take a look at Bourne’s Twitter feed,

https://twitter.com/jtbourne

you’ll see first hand evidence of this. If you don’t already follow him, I recommend doing so.

This is an interesting acquisition by the Toronto organization and one that sits well with me. It’s all about harnessing the best young brains in the game, and the Marlies now have a head coach, assistant coach, video coach and GM, none of whom are above the age of 35.

For a list of Bourne’s systems analysis and player breakdowns, check out this reddit thread.

https://www.reddit.com/r/hockey/wiki/j_t_bournes_unique_traits

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ex Vipers Goaltender Gordon Talk's Winning Culture With Kevin Pederson:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Graeme Gordon speaks to Vipers Assistant Coach Kevin Pederson of the Vernon Vipers about the winning culture behind the team.

https://soundcloud.com/evolution1079bcit/culture-connection-nov-25-2015

Gordon committed to UBC for the 2010-11 season, played in just one game before leaving UBC committed to Simon Fraser University the following season. Gordon was in his third year playing hockey at Simon Fraser University before leaving SFU. It looks like Gordon has retired from hockey and is now attending BCIT taking the Radio Arts & Entertainment program in Vancouver, working-learning at Evolution 107.9 FM a BCIT Radio station.

Gordon played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). The Vipers traded Matt Cumming & future considerations on October, 8th 2008 to the Merritt Centennials for Gordon. In 60 regular season games with the Vipers Gordon collected 44 wins, 13 losses & 3 shutouts.

Graeme Gordon's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38010

Sharks Sign Vernon Viper Alumni Bishop:

The Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks have signed  former Vernon Vipers forward Hunter Bishop. HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks is an Austrian professional ice hockey team that currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league (EBEL).

Bishop started this season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld
Penguins). The Pinguine is an ice hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league. Their home is in Krefeld, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany at the König Palast. Bishop went pointless in four games with the Pinguine.

After playing just two seasons at Ohio State University Bishop played four seasons in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League with six different teams (Hamilton, Wheeling, South Carolina, Lake Erie, Rochester & Manchester) before heading to Slovenia last season.  Bishop played last year with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana. Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey team that plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league.  HDD Olimpija play in the city of Ljubljana wich is the capital and largest city of Slovenia.

Bishop played parts of three seasons in Vernon (2005-2008). Bishop left the Vipers after two seasons and played in just four games at the University of North Dakota during the 2006-07 season before returning to Vernon during the Christmas break playing the remainder of the 2006-07 season playing his final season with the Vipers (2007-2008) before playing the next two years at Ohio State University. In 140 regular season games with the Vipers Bishop collected (93-goals-84-assists-177-points).  Bishop holds the Vipers record for most goals in a season with 57 (2007-08).  Jason Elders holds the Vernon franchise record with 67 (1990-91). On March 18th 2010 the Montreal Canadiens signed Bishop as a free agent to a two year contract. Bishop attended the Habs training camp for three straight seasons before being sent down to the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hunter Bishop's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18249

This is posted on the Sharks website:

News

Still without new entry Bishop against Linz!

The Innsbruck sharks want to extend without new entry Hunter Bishop her strong home balance also against Linz further.

„ Our key players, but just also our other players must do a step forwards. We must bring more than 60 minutes consistently our achievement. “ The summary of Haie-Goalie Andy Chiodo after the brief 2:3 defeat in the derby against South Tirol was suitable. After the well-balanced first third, the Tyroleans had to fight in the second segment hard. Alone Chiodo was to be owed that the part was also still exciting after 40 minutes. „ He has given us a chance and has played sensational. However, unfortunately, we have found no way to get points. This is a pity “, coach Christer Olsson also knows.

Now tomorrow against Linz the maps are anew mixed Tuesday again. Heavy work is guaranteed against the top team from Upper Austria. „ Linz has a quite strong team. We must be ready and do our tasks. Then we will also have our chances “, according to Chiodo. At home the Tyroleans feel already as fit as a fiddle, six victories with eight plays speak a very positive language.

For new entry Hunter Bishop this part still comes too early. Indeed, the forward from Alaska already had the first training with the team, however, the play permission should arrive only in the course of the week. So at least the wish. „ Hockey is to be played nicely again. The last both months in field Kre were not easy for me. Now I want to attack again “, nods Bishop.

Beside the American Florian Pedevilla and Tyler Scofield (both injured) are absent furthermore.

Innsbruck HC TWK has made a find in search of a substitute for Tyler Scofield! Hunter Bishop changes from the DEL to Innsbruck.

Now it is fixed! After the passed fitness check last night with the association doctor the Innsbruck sharks are glad the transfer of Hunter Bishop of DEL club field Kre Penguins in the Inn to be allowed to announce.

Bishop will substitute for the injured Tyler Scofield in the attack of the Tyroleans. Coach Christer Olsson is pleased that it was possible at short notice for an attacker dangerous for gate such to oblige.

Bishop which as a centre as well as as a wing can be used, registered in the past season with league competitor Olimpija Ljubljana in 48 plays 20 gates and 16 Assists. When exactly the American will celebrate his debut in the dress of the sharks, however, is still open. At first the bureaucratic Modalitäten must be still cleared.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hurricanes Name Former Vernon Lakers-Vipers Defenceman MacNevin New Assistant Coach:

The Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes have hired-named former Vernon Lakers-Vipers defenceman Josh MacNevin new Assistant Coach. 

MaNevin joins former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio who is the Hurricanes Head Coach. Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) in 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

After playing four years at Providence College, MacNevin spent parts of the next three seasons (2000-2002) playing in the ECHL & WCHL before spending the next twelve years playing overseas. From 2001-2013 MacNevin played with nine different teams (Fassa, EK Zell am See, Eisbaren Regensburg, ERC Ingolstadt, Vaxjo Lakers HC, HPK, AIK, SaiPa & TPS) in seven different leagues (Italy, Austria 2, Germany 2, DEL, Allsvenskan, Liiga & SHL). MacNevin retired from hockey after the 2012-13 season spent the 2013-14 season as an Assistant Coach with the University of Lethbridge before joining the Hurricanes this season.

MacNevin played two years in Vernon, one with the 1994-95 Vernon Lakers before finishing his final year of junior hockey winning a Royal Bank Cup with the 1995-96 Vernon Vipers.  MacNevin was drafted 101 overall in Round 4 at the 1996 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

Josh MacNevins Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13397

This is posted on the Hurricanes website:

Hurricanes Round Out Coaching Staff

Aug 13, 2015

Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have announced the hiring of Josh MacNevin as an assistant coach.

MacNevin, 38, joins new Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio and incumbent assistant coach Mike Craig to complete the coaching staff for the 2015-2016 season. The Calgary, native most recently served as an assistant coach with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Men’s Hockey team in 2013-2014 as an assistant coach.

“It’s a really good opportunity to come into a great league on a team that’s on its way up. Brent seems like a really good guy and I’m really excited to join the team and try to help out wherever I can,” said MacNevin. “I’m really excited to start learning and understand the process from the other side of the bench a little bit more.”

MacNevin has a wealth of experience in the game of hockey after playing in the BCHL and NCAA before embarking on a professional career that spanned 14 seasons, spending two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League as well as 12 seasons in Europe before retiring in 2013. The former defenseman was a 1996 fourth round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils.

“We’re very excited to have him. He’ll round out our staff very well. He’s played a lot of professional hockey. His knowledge of the game seems very high,” said Hurricanes Head Coach, Brent Kisio. “We’ll see how his role goes and how much he can be around. He’ll be on the ice as much as he can helping out our guys, especially skill development. He wants to be around and is excited about the opportunity and he’s excited to help us win hockey games.”

Cakebread, Butcher Boost Vipers Past PG:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Cakebread, Butcher boost Vipers past PG

Feb 4, 2016

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Vipers iced the Prince George Spruce Kings 6-3 Wednesday night and then rode the iron lung into Kal Tire Place at 6:30 a.m.

They now get five days to recover from bus legs, happy in knowing they are closer to securing the fourth and final playoff spot in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Division.

Christian Cakebread returned to the lineup after a few weeks on injured reserve and joined Ben Butcher in recording two goals before 750 fans at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (formerly known as the Coliseum).

“We did we wanted to and that was get two points which we needed after Trail beat Salmon Arm the other night,” said Viper assistant coach Kevin Kraus.

The Vipers have 47 points with nine games remaining, while the Smoke Eaters have 42 points with eight games left. Vernon visits the last-place Merritt Centennials Tuesday.

Vernon has four home contests, including one against the last overall Surrey Eagles. Trail has six home tilts, including a Feb. 27 date with the Vipers to close the regular season.

The Vipers dialed up three unanswered goals in the third period to officially eliminate the Spruce Kings (11-34-3-1) from playoff contention.

Prince George rookie d-man Cooper Prechel opened the scoring with his first BCHL goal, 5:55 after the anthem, set up in the slot for a one-timer by blueline partner Matthew Stief on a 3-on-2 rush.

Butcher, with his ninth, and blueliner Callum Volpe, with his third, responded for Vernon. Liam Finlay and d-man Bo Pellah drew assists on Butcher’s snipe, while Brett Stapley and Steven Jandric earned helpers on Volpe’s goal.

Kings captain Stephen Penner levelled the score at 2-2 three minutes into the second period with a shot from the point which fooled Viper goalie Andrew Shortridge.

D-man Mitchell Oliver (4th) and Cakebread netted goals six minutes apart later in the period. Cakebread supplied his 12th goal 3:35 into the final period before Nic Ponak replied for the Kings three minutes later. Butcher finished a 2-on-1 with Charley Michalowski with 2:58 remaining.

“It was nice to get Cakebread back,” said Kraus. “He’s very skilled and he adds an energy presence too. He goes to the areas you need to go to for goals.”

Forwards Riley Brandt and Hunter Zandee, along with goalie Brendan Barry, remain on IR.

The Vipers host the Langley Rivermen, Friday, Feb. 12.