Sunday, September 23, 2018

Blog Hit's 1.5 Million Viewer's:

Early Sunday morning this blog hit 1,500,000 (1.5 million) viewer's-page views. 

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you, the viewers who check out my blog.  Without you the fans/viewers, this blog would not be possible.  It's you the fans-viewers who keep this site going.  

I first created my Vipersdiehardfan blog in November of 2008 and since then have had over 1.5 million viewer's visit this site. To follow the viewer count, check out the counter on the left hand side of this blog. 

I have a website that tell's me how many viewer's I get per month, per day, as well as per week. During the Vipers/hockey season, I average between 350-600 viewers a day but have also had up to 6700-1100 viewers per day depending on the day and time of year. It obviously slows down during the off season, come summer I averaged between 200-350 viewers per day. I had 21,857 viewers visit my blog for the month of August.

The site also tell's me where the viewer's are from and how they contacted this blog. I get people from all across the world visiting this blog daily.  

Thank you again and thanks for the support. If you would like to leave a comment, there's a comment box at the bottom of this post.

Thanks, Vipersdiehardfan

Saturday, September 22, 2018

BCHL Showcase: Surrey 2 Vernon 1 Overtime

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

11:47 VER Austin Chorney (1) ASST: Nicholas Cherkowski (2)

2nd Period:

No Scoring

3rd Period: 

18:07 SUR Chase Stevenson (1) ASST: Ty Westgard (6), Eric Linell (3)

1st OT

2:02 SUR Chase Stevenson (2) ASST: Mack Gray (1)

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Game Preview: BCHL Showcase: Surrey vs Vernon:

Surrey (0-5-0-0) @ Vernon (2-2-1-0) 4pm

Tonight is the first of three regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Surrey Eagles. These two teams split the regular season series last year 1-1

Last Game:

Thursday, September 20th Nanaimo defeated Vernon 4-3 Overtime
Thursday, September 20th Penticton defeated Surrey 4-1

Next Game:

Friday, September 28th Wenatchee @ Vernon
Wednesday, September 26th Surrey @ Coquitlam

Since the Showcase opened in 2012 Vernon is 4-4-3-2 at the Showcase

Since the Showcase opened in 2012 Vernon is 2-0-3-2 as the home team at the Showcase

Since the Showcase opened in 2012 Vernon is 2-3-0-1 as the road team at the Showcase

Vernon's record & stats vs the Eagles since 2003

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Vernon Vipers Alumni Kisio & MacNevin Return To Hurricanes:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio and former Vernon Lakers/Vipers defencemen Josh MacNevin will return to the Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes.

In August Kisio was named an assistant coach of team Canada at the World Junior hockey Championships. Kisio is entering his fourth season with the Hurricanes, also coached at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team that won the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August 2017. 

In his first season with the Hurricanes, Kisio led the team to a 46-24-1-1 record, helping the team back to the post-season after a six year absence. Kisio also led the Hurricanes to their first Central Division Championship since 1996-1997 while being named the Eastern Conference’s nominee for Coach of the Year. Kisio guided the Huricanes last season to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with a (33-33-6-0) regular season record. 

Kisio was an Assistant, Associate Coach & Assistant General Manager for eight seasons with the Western Hockey League (WHL) Calgary Hitmen before being named the Lethbridge Hurricanes Head Coach June 4th 2015.

Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) The Vipers acquired Kisio in August 2002 in a trade with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Ft. McMurray Oil Barons. In 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Former Vipers Goaltender Hammond Unveils New Wild Mask/Gear:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond has picked out his new Minnesota Wild gear and got his new mask painted for the upcoming NHL season.

The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018. Hammond played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche November 5th 2017. Hammond spent last season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators, San Antonio Rampage & NHL Colorado Avalanche.

After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.

Hammond made his NHL debut  February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after 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 made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory. 

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts. 

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007


Vipers Lose Long Time Season Ticket Holder:

This was in Wednesday's Morning Star Newspaper:

Anastasia Gates (nee Woytowich)

Sep 11, 2018

Obituaries

December 16, 1930 – September 11, 2018

Anastasia was born December 16, 1930 in Chipman Alberta. She met the love of her life and married Glen Gates July, 21 1949. They went on to celebrate 68 years of blissful marriage. Although Anastasia spent the majority of her life in Alberta, after retirement they made Vernon their new home; where she felt she lived the best years of her life.

Anastasia is survived by her loving daughter Glenda Sheard of Alberta, Sister Mary Konkolus, Sister in Law Rose Woytowich, The Mackenzie Family; David, Sandie (Glinsbockel), Grandsons Reid & Drew of Vernon, as well as nieces and nephews in B.C. and Alberta. Anastasia was predeceased by her husband Glen Gates (2017), and her beloved grandson Darrel Shane (1997).

Thank you to Dr. George Borchert for his ongoing compassion and care. A memorial service will be held at Faith Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 19 at 2:00 pm. The family is respectfully requesting that In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Vernon Upper Room Mission.

Ex Viper Brushett Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Brushett receives honorable mention for player of the week. 

Brushett is in his first season in Powell River after the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm traded Brushett to the Kings September 7th 2018. 

Brushett played last year with the Surrey Eagles before being traded to Vernon over the summer for future considerations. The Eagles announced the trade on June 14th 2018. In 58 games last season with Surrey Brushett picked up (21-goals-28-assists-49-points).  

The Vipers traded Brushett to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs June 1st 2018. Brushett was the future considerations in the Derek Brown trade. The Pontiacs traded Derek Brown to Vernon January 9th 2018 for Sol Seibel & future considerations. Seibel never reported to Bonnyville was later traded to Salmon Arm January 10th 2018 for future considerations.

The Pontiacs traded Brushett to Grande Prairie July 16 2018. Brushett was previously committed to Providence College for this coming season before joining the Kings.

The Vipers signed Brushett September 22nd 2016 after playing in the United States Hockey League. After one season in Vernon the Vipers traded Brushett to Surrey September 6th 2017 for future considerations. In 50 games with the Vipers Brushett collected (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

BCHL Showcase: Nanaimo 4 Vernon 3 Overtime

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

0:55 NAN MacKenzie Merriman (3) ASST: Joshua Bourne (3) (SH) 

3:46 VER Logan Cash (1) ASST: Nicholas Wildgoose (1), Josh Prokop (4)

7:05 NAN Aiden Hansen-Bukata (2) ASST: MacKenzie Merriman (1)

12:09 VER Josh Latta (3) ASST: Elan Bar lev wise (3) 

2nd Period:

9:37 VER Logan Cash (2) ASST: Jack Judson (1), Carver Watson (2) (PP) 

3rd Period:

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Game Preview: BCHL Showcase: Nanaimo vs Vernon:

Nanaimo (1-3-0-0) @ Vernon (2-2-0-0) 4:30pm

Tonight is the first of three regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Nanaimo Clippers. The Vipers went 2-0 vs Nanaimo last year

Last Game:

Saturday, September 15th Trail defeated Vernon 3-1
Saturday, September 15th Powell River defeated Nanaimo 4-2

Next Game:

Saturday, September 22nd Vernon vs Surrey (BCHL Showcase)
Friday, September 21st Nanaimo vs West Kelowna (BCHL Showcase)

Since the Showcase opened in 2012 Vernon is 4-4-2-2 at the Showcase

Since the Showcase opened in 2012 Vernon is 2-0-2-2 as the home team at the Showcase

Since the Showcase opened in 2012 Vernon is 2-3-0-1 as the road team at the Showcase

Vernon's record & stats vs the Clippers since 2003

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Pedersen Takes Role With NHL’s Coyotes:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Assistant Coach Kevin Pedersen Takes Role with NHL’s Coyotes

September 19, 2018 

Vernon, BC;  The Vernon Vipers are very pleased to congratulate Vipers assistant coach and head scout Kevin Pedersen on becoming a member of the Arizona Coyotes scouting team.

Pedersen joined the Vipers staff for the 2015-16 season and since has helped recruit a number of key pieces to Viper teams including 2 players who have been drafted by NHL teams (Ty Taylor, Brett Stapley) and 2 players who figure to be drafted in the NHL Entry draft in the spring (Josh Prokop, Alex Swetlikoff)

“I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to continue gaining experience with a fantastic NHL franchise as well as maintain the culture that we’ve built here in Vernon”, Says Pedersen.  “This won’t impact my day to day work with the Vipers.”

Some of the responsibilities Pedersen will be tasked with is watching players who have already been drafted by NHL teams and providing insights and scouting reports on those players.  The leagues he will be monitoring are the BCHL and other Junior A franchises as well as the WHL, OHL and QMJHL.

“I love watching hockey, this new role now allows me to do that with an increased focus on players that have already been drafted.”  Pedersen goes on to say, “My goal has always been to become a full time scout in the NHL and this is a great first step.”

The accolades continue for Pedersen as he has also been named lead evaluator for BC Hockey’s U16 team.

The Vipers again would like to congratulate Kevin on the honour.

For more information please contact the Vipers Office at 250-542-6022.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Lake City Casino Goal Of The Game – #10 Nicholas Wildgoose

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Home Goal Of The Game 

GOTG – #10 Nicholas Wildgoose 9-14-19

September 17, 2018

Vernon Viper forward #10 Nicholas Wildgoose scores late in the second period to give the Vernon Vipers a 4-2 lead over the West Kelowna Warriors on September 14th, 2018. #28 Coleton Bilodeau made a great effort to split the defence and get a shot on net allowing Wildgoose to pot home the rebound.

(Make sure you select the gear on the YouTube player and watch in 1080P HD 60fps)


Smokies Burn Vipers:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Smokies burn Vipers

Morning Star Staff

Wednesday, September 19 2018

One night, the second period was good to the Vernon Vipers. The next night, not so much.

The Snakes split their weekend B.C. Hockey League games at Kal Tire Place, downing the West Kelowna Warriors 4-3 Friday, with all four goals coming in the middle frame.

Then, 24 hours later, the Trail Smoke Eaters scored three times in the second for a 3-1 win.

Vernon is 2-2 heading into the annual Bauer Showcase event this week in Chilliwack.

After Alex Swetlikoff staked the Vipers to a 1-0, first period lead Saturday, the Smokies responded in the middle period, with two of the goals coming on a five minute powerplay after Vernon forward Jesse Lansdell was assessed a five-minute major for a blow to the head of a Trail player.

Lansdell has been suspended four games by the league for the incident.

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BCHL Report:

This is posted on Juniorhockey.ca

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018   

By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com

Now that the British Columbia Hockey League season is underway it’s time to bring back the weekly BCHL feature.

In the last few years we’ve added a letter grade to such rankings and created a bit of discontent for doing that. As a result, that practice is being discontinued.

We are moving to a pure mathematical ranking system based entirely on the team’s winning percentage before going to goal differential in the event of ties. Yes, sometimes simple is best. 

The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Brampton Beast Give Former Vernon Viper Marino Qualifying Offer:

The East Coast Hockey League tendered qualifying offers as submitted by each of its member teams. The ECHL Fort Wayne Komets have seven players that been tendered qualifying offers, one is former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino. 

Marino split last season with the American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch and East Coast Hockey League Brampton Beast. Marino will be entering his fourth season with the Beast. In 72 games last year with Brampton Marino picked up (20-goals-42-assists-62-points).  

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

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

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:


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Vipers Surprise Sponsors With Pizza:

This is posted on Hockeytube.net

Vipers Surprise Sponsors With Pizza

September 16, 2018 HockeyTube

The Vernon Vipers surprised some of their hockey sponsors with free pizza from Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake as well as tickets to an upcoming home game. Viper veteran Connor Marritt and newcomer Teddy Wooding did the honours by hand delivering pizza and tickets to Vernon Volkswagen and Applewood Heating and Air conditioning.


Reminds of the time when Riley Brandt and Jagger Williamson hand delivered season tickets!


BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, twitter accounts, blogs or online. All Vipers news-trades are posted on this blog as soon as released-announced.

BCHL News & Trades:

Powell River Kings Name Berard Captain:

The Powell River Kings have unveiled their leadership group for the 2018/2019 season. Third year forward Ben Berard will captain the team after serving as an alternate last year. Berard will be joined by fourth year defenceman Jack Long, third year forward Josh Coblenz, and second year defenceman Ben Raffler, all of whom will wear “A’s” on their jerseys this year. GM and Head Coach Tyler Kuntz also named three honourary captains. Mitch Adamyk, Kyle Kawamura and Neal Samanski will all be tasked with supporting the leadership group through the season.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Vipers Lose Long Time Season Ticket Holder-Volunteer:

This was in the Morning Star Newspaper:

Marvin Erwin Hennig

Aug 31, 2018

Obituaries

October 10, 1938 – August 31, 2018

A long-time resident of Vernon, Marvin passed away August 31, 2018 at the North Okanagan Hospice House.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Cathy, children: Mary (Ryan) Hennig, Jennifer (Jesse) Fossum, Elizabeth Hennig, Franklin (Stephanie) Hennig, and 4 grandchildren: (Cole and Kira Hennig, Cali and Isabelle Fossum). Marvin also leaves behind two brothers and four sisters and their spouses along with many nieces and nephews.

As per Marvin’s wishes, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marvin’s memory to the North Okanagan Hospice Society. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Dignity Funeral Home, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4 Phone: (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com.

Lansdell Suspended:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

17-Sept-18 The Vernon Vipers Jesse Lansdell is suspended 4 games for a major penalty for a blow to the head

Jesse Lansdell's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/247463/jesse-lansdell

Storm Trade Ex Vernon Viper Brushett To Powell River:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Brushett to the Powell River Kings.

Brushett played last year with the Surrey Eagles before being traded to Vernon over the summer for future considerations. The Eagles announced the trade on June 14th 2018. In 58 games last season with Surrey Brushett picked up (21-goals-28-assists-49-points).  

The Vipers traded Brushett to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs June 1st 2018. Brushett was the future considerations in the Derek Brown trade. The Pontiacs traded Derek Brown to Vernon January 9th 2018 for Sol Seibel & future considerations. Seibel never reported to Bonnyville was later traded to Salmon Arm January 10th 2018 for future considerations.

The Pontiacs traded Brushett to Grande Prairie July 16 2018. Brushett was previously committed to Providence College for this coming season before joining the Kings.

The Vipers signed Brushett September 22nd 2016 after playing in the United States Hockey League. After one season in Vernon the Vipers traded Brushett to Surrey September 6th 2017 for future considerations. In 50 games with the Vipers Brushett collected (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). 

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Vipers Drop 3-1 Decision To Trail:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Drop 3-1 Decision To Trail

Recent News 

September 16, 2018

Vernon, BC - The Vernon Vipers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Trail Smoke Eaters to move their record to 2-and-2 to kick off the 2018-19 season. The Vipers were coming off a 4-3 win over West Kelowna the night before. when they ran into penalty problems against the Smoke Eaters. Trail scored a pair of back to back PP goals following a 5 minute major penalty to Jesse Lansdell who was called for checking from behind. The Viper veteran forward was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.

The lone goal scorer for the Vipers was Alex Swetlikoff who had the puck bank off his skate/stick which gave the Vipers an early 1-0 lead before the Smoke Eaters took the lead with the PP goals.

Next action for the Vipers is the BCHL show case in Chilliwack next week. You can catch all the games on 1075 Beach Radio.


Vipers Edge West Kelowna Warriors 4-3

This is posted on the Morning Star website:

Vipers edge West Kelowna Warriors 4-3

Morning Star Staff

Sep. 14, 2018 

Local Sports

Four goals in the second period lifted the Vernon Vipers to a 4-3 win over the West Kelowna Warriors in B.C. Hockey League action in front of 1,962 fans at Kal Tire Place Friday.

Forward Josh Latta snapped a scoreless tie with carbon copy goals four minutes apart early in the middle frame for the Vipers.

Latta picked up a puck in the slot area with his back to West Kelowna goalie Connor Hopkins, turned, fired and beat Hopkins to the stick side on both markers.

The Warriors, outshot 13-11 in the opening frame, didn’t get their first shot of the second period until the 7:02 mark. On their second shot, at 8:15, they pulled to within a goal as Declan Douthart put home a terrific pass from Sam Anderson that Vernon goalie Aidan Hosein had no chance of stopping.

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Clippers Trade Ex Viper Maser To SIJHL:

The Nanaimo Clippers have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Maser to the SIJHL Dryden Ice Dogs.

Maser played his first full season in the BCHL last year with Nanaimo. In 48 games with the Clippers collected (1-goal-5-assists-6-points).

Maser attended the Vipers training camp in August 2016 before leaving for a tryout with a Western Hockey League team. Maser returned to the Vipers for opening night in Salmon Arm. Maser played ten games with the Vipers collecting (1-goal-1-assist-2-points) before being released October 15th 2016 before joining the BC Hockey Major Midget Cariboo Cougars. Maser committed to the Clippers in June 2017.

Tyler Maser's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=297935

This is posted on the BCHL website:

30-Aug-18 The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Landon Pavlisin(99)(G) from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the SIJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Tyler Maser(99)(F)