Vernon Vipers defenceman, Kyle Bigos wont be back this coming season. Bigos will leave the Vipers a year early and head off to, Merrimack (NCAA Div. I) college. How do I know this? Well Vipers colour commentator, Don Klepp is doing a 8-part series called "Departing Heroes", which will be posted on the Vipers web site weekly. The series will profile graduating players Chris Crowell, Cody Ikkala, Kyle Bigos, Cam Brodie, Mike Leidl, Ryan Santana, and Andrew Hammond. James Kerr, who will play and study ay Princeton University next year, will also be profiled. Don Klepp has Kyle Bigos's name in this group, wich tells me Bigos wont be back. I have been posting these profiles on my blog as they come up. Bigos played two seasons in Vernon where in just his 2nd season was named assistant captain and Top Defenceman and Most Valuable Player at the Royal Bank Cup, based on play in the the round robin games. Kyle went from recording (2 & 15) for just 17 points in his rookie season with the Vipers, to picking up (8 & 25) good for 33 points this past season. Bigos also landed on the NHL central scouting prospects list for the NHL Draft, listed at 169th.