Thursday, June 30, 2011

Former Viper Collins Up For Male Rookie Of The Year:

Former Vernon Vipers forward, Mike Collins is one of three finalist's up for Merrimack's male rookie of the year. Collins played two years in Vernon (2008-2010) guiding the Vipers to back to back National Championships.

This is posted on the Merrimack website:

Male Rookie of the Year Finalists Unveiled


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, MA), Mike Collins (Boston, MA) and Josh Henry (Westport, CT) have been named finalists for the 2010-11 Merrimack Male Rookie of the Year.

Arguably the best player on the men’s tennis team this season, Barnhart went 19-3 in singles, leading the Warriors to their fourth-straight and fourth-ever NCAA Tournament, a share of the Northeast-10 Championship, and a school record 16 victories. An all-rookie and second-team all-conference selection, he also went 14-8 in doubles but 7-1 in the #1 doubles position.

Collins led all Hockey East rookies in points and was second in goals, leading Merrimack to its first NCAA Tournament since 1988, a Division I school record 25 wins and its first Hockey East Championship appearance. A two-time Hockey East Rookie of the Month and an All-Rookie team selection, Collins scored goals in the Hockey East Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship, while potting a hat trick against Vermont.

A two-sport start, Henry was an all-region selection in indoor track, as he took second in the triple jumps at the Northeast-10 Indoor Championships. Also appearing in nine games at defensive back for the football team, Henry totaled 32 tackles, most among Merrimack rookies. Competing in outdoor track, Henry captured the triple jump at the Snowflake Invitational on April 2.

Fans can log on to to vote for who they think should be this year’s winner.

The winners will be announced at the student-athlete orientation in early September before the 2011-12 season.

Last year’s winner was Stephane Da Costa (Paris, France) from the hockey team.

Over the next two weeks, Merrimack is unveiling the finalists for its major awards online at The winners will all be announced at the student-athlete orientation in early September.

May 9 – Team GPA finalists

May 10 – Female Rookie of the Year finalists

May 11 – Male Rookie of the Year finalists

May 12 – Female Scholar Athlete of the Year finalists

May 13 – Male Scholar Athlete of the Year finalists

May 16 – Female Athlete of the Year finalists

May 17 – Male Athlete of the Year finalists

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Silverbacks Trade Former Vipers Tryout McKissock To SJHL:

Former Vernon Vipers tryout (forward) Josh McKissock has been traded to the SJHL Kindersley Klippers in a four player deal. McKissock attended the (2009-10) Vernon Vipers training camp but was cut during the exhibition season before joining the KIJHL Revelestoke Grizzlies.  McKissock signed and played with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks this past season (2010-11).

This is posted on the Klippers website:

Blockbuster 3 for 1 Trade Sees Flanagan Dealt

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Kindersley Klippers have made a 3 for 1 trade with the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Kindersley sends homegrown product Sean Flanagan to the Silverbacks for 20 year old forward Jarryd Ten Vaanholt (1991-West Vancouver, BC), 19 year old forward Josh McKissock (1992-Vancouver, BC) and 19 year old defenceman Justin Elliott (1992-Vancouver, BC).

Ten Vaanholt had 50 points in 58 games for the Silverbacks last season while McKissock and Elliott played sparingly getting five and two points respectively.

In Flanagan, the Klippers give up one of the best 1991 born defencemen in the SJHL. He had 30 points in 52 games and was a member of the Canada West team that played at the World Under 18 Challenge.

For more details on the trade head to

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tambellini Commits To Vernon:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Tambellini joins Vipers

by Viper staff | Added 2011-06-28

The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Adam Tambellini has committed to play for team in 2011-2012.

Adam, son of Edmonton Oilers’ general manager and brother of Vancouver Canucks’ Jeff, played last season for the Edmonton SSAC Athletics Midget AAA hockey team. In 34 games played, Adam compiled 29 goals and 25 assists for 54 points.

Tambellini was also instrumental in leading his team in winning the prestigious Calgary Mac’s tournament. In the final game of the tournament, Adam scored a hat trick which happened to be all the goals for his team as they won the game 3-2.

The Vipers are very excited about the latest acquisition and believe that Adam will be an impact player in the BCHL in 2011-2012.

Vipers Newcomer Hetnik Wins Prestigious Athletic & Academic Award:

Vernon Vipers newcomer (defenceman) Marc Hetnik wins Prestigious Athletic & Academic Award from his Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury. Hetnik recently committed to the Vernon Vipers for this coming season before heading off to Boston University for the 2012-13 season.
Incase you missed it, here's the press release from a few weeks back.

This is posted on the Newton Patch website:

Whiz Kid: Newton Student Wins Prestigious Athletic & Academic Award

Newton resident Marc Hetnik's academic and athletic pursuits were recently recognized at Catholic Memorial.

By Christine Lacey

June 9, 2011

Name: Marc Hetnik

Age: 18

School: Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury)

Accomplishment: Marc Hetnik earned the Edward J. McElaney '62 Commitment to Excellence Award at Catholic Memorial School's 51st commencement exercises on Thursday, May 26. According to a press release issued by Catholic Memorial, Hetnik earned the award for "his devotion to academics and athletics in his time at C.M." Hetnik was one of only eight seniors to receive one of C.M.'s athletic awards. Before heading to Boston University in 2012, Marc will play junior hockey for a year in Canada for the Vernon Vipers in the British Columbia Hockey League.

Key to Awesomeness: Hetnik was CM's hockey captain this winter with four goals and 16 assists. In addition, he was named to the Catholic Conference All-Star team as well as played--and scored for-- the second annual all-star team of the Massachusetts Hockey Coaches Association. Hetnik was a member of the Boston Globe Super Team and the Boston Herald Dream Team for hockey. He was also the 2011 recipient of the Globe's Richard Phelps Scholarship, earning him $3,000 in academic awards.

The Boston Herald recently recognized him as a member of the hockey "dream team," of which there are even fewer than there are All Scholastic players. Hetnik was also captain of the golf team and is the current captain of the lacrosse team.

Hetnik will follow in his father's footsteps on the ice at Boston University. Marc Hetnik, Sr., was a stand-out hockey player there and won a national award with the team in 1978, McGonegal said, according to an article on

Throughout his years at C.M., Marc has excelled not only in athletics, but in the classroom as well. A frequent on the Honor Roll, Marc made honor roll his entire senior year and took many honors-level classes.

Additional information provided by Catholic Memorial website and Catholic Memorial Director of Communications Joe McGonegal.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vernon-Burlington Trade:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

27-Jun-11 The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club acquires the CJHL playing rights of Luke Juha (93)(D) from the Burlington Cougars Hockey Club of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Luke Juha is 18 yrs old from Mississauga, ON. Juha is listed at 5'11, 180 lbs

In 2009-10 Luke Juha played in 29 games with the Cougars picking up (6-25-31) and in 44 games this past season (2010-11) Juha collected (9-39-48)

Luke Juha was named to last year's Canada East team that played in the World Junior A Challenge in Penticton. Here is an article on Juha being selected to Canada East's roster.

Juha has also made a verbal commitment to attend Clarkson University in 2011 but has now decided to go to Penn State University. Read the full article here,

Luke Juha sit's down and talk's about college hockey and what the future holds. Read the link below,

Luke Juha's Player Profile:

Former Viper Brodie Eligible To Receive Qualifying Offer By Thunder:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman, Cameron Brodie is one of 17 players for the ECHL Stockton Thunder who are eligible to receive a qualifying offer by July 1. Eight players can receive the offer as free agency season starts. Brodie played parts of one season in Vernon (2008-09) after being aquired in January of 2009 in a trade with the Burnaby Express.  In 60 games with the Thunder this past season Brodie collected (2-10-12).

This is posted on the Thunder website:

10-11 Season Ending Roster Announced

Thursday, 06.16.11

By Stockton Thunder Staff

17 ECHL contracted players listed as eligible for qualifying offers by July 1

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, announced its 2010-11 season ending roster, which includes 17 ECHL contracted players who appeared in a Thunder uniform for the 2010-11 season.

Season ending rosters may include up to 20 players. Season ending rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2010-11 (i.e. players who were under contract to teams in either the National Hockey League or the American Hockey League). The Thunder season ending roster is as follows:


• (C) Pierre-Andre Bureau
• (RW) Bretton Cameron
• (RW) Fraser Clair
• (RW) Kelly Czuy
• (C) Chris D’Alvise
• (C) Jordan Foreman
• (LW) Jordan Fulton
• (LW) Garet Hunt
• (RW) Jarrett Konkle
• (C) Chris Lawrence
• (RW) Jim McKenzie
• (LW) Jason Pitton
• (C) Craig Valette


• (D) Anthony Aiello
• (D) Cameron Brodie
• (D) Jody Pederson
• (D) Steve Vanoosten


Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2011-12 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded.

When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Predators Pluck Noonan:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Predators pluck Noonan

Published: June 25, 2011

The 20-year-old defenceman, who helped the Vipers win the 2010 Royal Bank Cup in Dauphin, Man., was taken 112th overall, in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft Saturday in Minnesota.

Noonan, a 6-foot, 205-pounder, put up decent numbers – 4-11-15 – in his freshman season with the Boston University Terriers.

Meanwhile, Mike Reilly, who will play for the BCHL Penticton Vees with his two brothers this fall, was chosen 98th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He led Minnesota’s Shattuck St. Mary’s high school d-men with 13-30-43 this season.

Edmonton Oiler GM Kevin Lowe’s son, Keegan, was selected 73rd overall by Carolina Hurricanes, from the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings.

Dillon Simpson, a Spruce Grove Saints’ grad now with the University of North Dakota, was Edmonton’s first pick (92nd) in the fourth round. He is the son of ex-Oiler Craig Simpson.

Victoria Grizzlies’ left winger Joel Lowry (140th, L.A. Kings) and Salmon Arm SilverBack defenceman Josh Manson (160th, Anaheim Ducks), the son of former NHL enforcer Dave Manson, were selected in the later rounds.

Captain Clutch Led The Way:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Captain clutch led the way

by Don Klepp | Added 2011-06-14

Todd Miller dubbed David Robinson “Captain Clutch” this season because of the 1990-born Vernonite’s penchant for scoring big goals.

David had nine game winners in the regular season this year, four of them in overtime. He registered OT winners on December 4 and 5. Until that point, the Vipers had struggled in OT, winning just two of ten. His timely scoring gave the young Vipers confidence and the team won eight and tied two of their remaining 13 overtime thrillers.

He started his Viper career as a 16-year-old AP. In his four regular season games in 2006-07, he didn’t get his name in the scoring totals, but he joined the team part way through the playoffs to play on a line with the Jones twins. That line sparked the Vipers to an Interior Conference win over the Vees. On March 29, he scored two goals, including a late third-period winner, in a 3-2 win.

The next season he joined the WHL Chilliwack Chiefs. He played two and a half seasons for the Chiefs, primarily as a third line checker and energy player. His coaches had him play a tough guy role, and he amassed 265 penalty minutes and 16 fighting majors in 169 WHL games.

By Christmas last year, David had lost some of his love for the game, so he returned home. He played his first Viper game on January 5, 2010. He made an immediate impact, with four goals and three assists in his first five games. He finished with 15 goals in 20 regular season games and added 9 more goals in the Vipers’ run to the RBC championship.

This year, David notched 32 regular season and 11 postseason goals to lead the Vipers in goal scoring. When asked about the average length of the shots on his goals, he chuckles and says “about three feet, I think. But I take pride in those goal mouth scores because you have to earn every inch of space you get in front of the goalie. Besides, the score sheet doesn’t award style points.”

Still, he has scored some beauties when shooting from the wing. His wrister from the faceoff circle gave the Vipers a key win late in a 1-0 game in Powell River on April 2. Another memorable goal was his unstoppable slap shot that decided an RBC win over the Brockville Braves last May.

David says that it was a tough decision to leave the Chilliwack team, but “winning the national title last year and coming so close this year shows that it was a good decision. I’ve made a lot of close friends here, guys who will be friends for life. It was really nice to be a scorer and leader again.”

As captain, David has been a well-respected successor to Chris Crowell and Kevin Kraus. “He was a logical choice,” says Mark Ferner. “His work ethic and his gutsy play gave our young guys something to emulate.”

David is clear about his identity as a player. “I just try to go out every shift and work my bag off, to do whatever it takes to win. I’m sure a lot of opposition players don’t like me much, but I try to play hard and play clean.”

He also is clear about the team’s identity: “We’re close-knit. We work hard because as Ferns says, you never know what play will decide a game. That’s a big part of the team’s culture, which gets passed on to the new players each year. I give a lot of credit to the coaches; I don’t think you’ll find a better coaching staff in the country.”

He says he will closely follow the Vipers next year. “They’re going to have a heckuva team and I’ll be pulling for them because I’ll always be a Viper.”

One of six Vernon natives on the roster this year, David says that “The Vipers are a big part of this community, and that’s part of the reason why so many Vernon kids want to play here. Of course, winning helps. It’s a lot more fun to play on a winning team. And another thing – guys know that they’ll be helped to develop into better players here.”

Where will David play next year? “I’ve had offers from Canadian universities, but I’m not sure whether I should go to school now or play pro. I’ve been putting off that decision until the RBC Cup was decided. I’ll have conversations with my Mom and with Coach Ferner. One thing for sure is that I’m not ready to hang up the skates.”

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nashville Drafts Former Viper Noonan:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Noonan drafted to Nashville

by Viper staff | Added 2011-06-25

Garrett Noonan will be all smiles for the next few weeks as he was part of the NHL draft. Noonan, who was part of the Vipers RBC Championship team in 09/10, was drafted in the 4th round 21st pick (112 overall) to Nashville.
The Vernon Vipers would like to congratulate Garrett on his accomplishment.

SFU Adds Gordon:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

SFU adds Gordon

by Viper staff | Added 2011-06-21

JUNE 21,2011 -- BURNABY, B.C. -- The Simon Fraser University’s Men’s Ice Hockey program is pleased to announce a commitment from goaltender Graeme Gordon (North Vancouver, B.C.) to attend SFU and join the team for the 2011/12 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

Gordon brings an impressive resume to SFU that includes 2009 and 2010 RBC Cup championships with the British Columbia Hockey League’s Vernon Vipers. The 22-year old spent three seasons in the BCHL, compiling a career record of 60 wins, 35 losses and 2 ties in 103 games with the Vipers, Merritt Centennials and Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

The 2010/11 campaign saw Gordon post a 30-7-0 record with a 2.06 GAA and .911 SV% during the regular season before recording another 19 playoff wins to help Vernon capture league, regional and national titles.

"It’s exciting to be able to add a player of Graeme’s calibre and experience," says SFU general manager Jeff Dubois. "He brings a winning background and has played in lots of big games and high-pressure situations. We’re looking forward to him filling a large role at SFU over the next number of seasons."

“I’m looking forward to joining SFU because of the quality of the academics the university has to offer and the team’s past championship success,” says Gordon, who spent the 2010/11 season with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. “I hope to bring my RBC Cup experience to the team and contribute to a few more championships during my tenure.”

The addition of Gordon brings SFU’s commitment total for next season to 11. He joins a group that includes defencemen Tyler Mah (Flin Flon/SJHL), Derek Henderson (Grand Prairie/AJHL), Kenton Valliant (Portage/MJHL), Todd Fletcher (Ridge Meadows/PIJHL) and Taylor Swaffield (Trail/BCHL) as well as forwards Mike Krgovich (Coquitlam/BCHL), Jonathan Ceci (Estevan/SJHL), Tony Oak (Battlefords/SJHL), Taylor Piller (La Ronge Ice Wolves/SJHL) and Trevor Milner (Notre Dame/SJHL).

Friday, June 24, 2011

Viper Duo On NHL Draft Day Radar:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Viper duo on NHL draft day radar

Published: June 24, 2011

A pair of Vernon Viper products are part of a select group of B.C. Hockey Leaguers hoping to hear their names called tonight at the NHL Entry Draft at the Xcel Energy Centre in St. Paul, Minn.

Viper grad Sahir Gill and blueliner Ryan Renz are among a talented pack of seven players listed in the final Central Scouting rankings of North American skaters.

Gill, a Terrace native, notched six goals and 19 assists in a solid freshman season with the Boston University Terriers.

Renz, who came to Vernon from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (via the Prince George Spruce Kings) at the trade deadline, posted a goal and three assists in 13 regular-season games with the Snakes. He stepped up his play in their run to a third straight Royal Bank Cup.

Highest on the Central Scouting list is Victoria Grizzlies’ forward Joel Lowry. He is the son of former NHLer and current Calgary Flames assistant, Dave Lowry, and is slated 95th among Canadian and U.S. skaters. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is committed to Cornell University for the fall.

Destry Straight of the Coquitlam Express is listed at 100th. He was voted the Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year after putting up 26 goals and 41 assists in 59 games this year. He is headed to the Boston College Eagles next season.

Also listed are Westside Warriors’ defenceman Michael King, Victoria forward Pearce Eviston and Trail Smoke Eaters right winger Joey Baker.

Gordon Patrols Clan Crease:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Gordon patrols Clan crease

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: June 24, 2011

Graeme Gordon thought his days of playing competitive hockey were all but over.

After enduring a lukewarm season playing marginal minutes with the UBC Thunderbirds, the former Vernon Viper netminder thought he might be relegated to rec league status.

That’s when he rekindled a dialogue with Jeff Dubois, general manager of the Simon Fraser University Clan men’s team, and secured himself a scholarship for the coming season.

“I just went and found a better situation. Less bridges to travel over to get to school too,” grinned Gordon.

The 22-year-old North Vancouver product will play in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League, a step below Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) where the T-Birds play, but he’s fine with that.

“It’s part of who I am and I can’t imagine not playing it, so it’s nice to be able to keep playing and have some fun.”

Last season, the Clan finished second in the seven-team BCIHL at 18-4-2, and then won the playoff championship by grounding the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack 5-2 in the final game.

“It’s not as deep, but most teams’ top two lines are pretty good junior A players. It should be some decent hockey,” said Gordon, who is working construction in the offseason.

Playing with the Clan, Gordon says he will be reunited with several teammates from his Midget days. There are also a few former BCHL grads on the roster, including Mitch Labreche (Victoria Grizzlies/Powell River Kings), Christopher Hoe (Salmon Arm SilverBacks), Taylor Swaffield (Trail Smoke Eaters) and Mike Krgovich (Coquitlam Express).

Gordon will likely start behind fourth-year tender Justin Mulholland, a Coquitlam native who played with the Surrey Eagles in 2007-08. He faced a similar situation when he came to the Vipers in 2008-09 with Andrew Hammond already established as the No. 1.

After paying his dues that season, Gordon settled into the starter role and backstopped Vernon to its second straight Royal Bank Cup title.

“Jeff said I’d have an opportunity to battle for the starter position,” said Gordon, of the coming season.

Gordon spent three seasons in the BCHL, compiling a 60-35-2 record with the Snakes, Merritt Centennials and Salmon Arm. In his final campaign, he went 30-7 with a 2.06 goals against average and .911 save percentage before recording another 19 playoff wins.

“It’s exciting to be able to add a player of Graeme’s calibre and experience,” said Dubois. “He brings a winning background and has played in lots of big games and high-pressure situations. We’re looking forward to him filling a large role at SFU over the next number of seasons.”

Like many Viper alumni, Gordon continues to follow the team’s success, including this year’s remarkable run to the RBC in Camrose.

“My girlfriend actually cried when they lost in the final game (against the Pembroke Lumber Kings),” he said.

Gordon also credits the organization for giving him a better outlook on life.

“It was amazing; it’s not just the hockey, it’s the people. Ferns (Mark Ferner, head coach), Willy (Jason Williamson, assistant) and Duncan (Wray, owner) don’t just teach you how to be a better hockey player, they make you a better person.

“It’s the best thing that could have happened.”

Gordon will study communications at SFU, and then plans to transfer into BCIT’s Broadcast and Media Communications program once he has attained his degree.

Former Vipers Defenceman Farynuk Signs With Ritten:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman, Brad Farynuk has joined the Ritten hockey club. Farynuk played three seasons in Vernon (1999-2002).

I had alot of troubles finding and translating all of this so it is hard to understand and read at times.

This is posted on the Ritten Sport Website:

Brad Farynuk reinforced the defensive Rittner - Eisath comes home


Ploner Klaus Gruber and extend a few days after the first foreign recruit is known on the Ritten, South Tyrol's team now announces the first foreign entry on the defensive.

The new man, which is to take the offensive moves of Rittner's Brad Farynuk. The 29-year-old Canadian from Enderby in Europe is largely unknown: he played most of his career in North America and came to 53 appearances in the Ahl (8 points), 125 games in the ECHL (69 points) and was the last two seasons in Asia (Tohuku Free Blades - 70 games, 79 points) committed. Here he won last year with his team and the Asia Cup.

Brad Farynuk was a desire of players Greg Holst, who attested to him the 'leader and winner of Gen'.

After six years in North America Eisath Alexander returns with a striker. Alexander learned at the hockey games Ritten Sport, 2005, he fulfilled his dream and went to the motherland of hockey to study there - and to play hockey. The 173 cm and 82 kg striker completed in the College Football NCAA III 61 games and came up with 13 points (3 goals).

Another year is spent on the Ritten Ingemar Gruber: the Meran defenders with his experience will be a mainstay this year in the Rittner back line and is intended to give young players the necessary security. The young players, which also counts Ploner Klaus. Klaus has already been demonstrated in the past year, how much potential it has.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Former Viper All-Star Bishop Attended Habs Development Camp:

Former Vernon Vipers forward, Hunter Bishop was one of eleven Hamilton Bulldog players that participated in the first of two development camp sessions for the NHL Montreal Canadiens back on June 5th in Brossard, Quebec. In 34 regular season games, Bishop collected (4-4-8) but never played a game during the Bulldogs playoff run. Bishop played three seasons in Vernon (2005-2008) before signing as a free agent with the NHL Montreal Canadiens in March of 2010.

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:


11 Bulldogs players to attend as camp opens on June 5th at Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec

June 03, 2011

MONTREAL, QC – The Montreal Canadiens announced that 33 prospects will participate in the first of two development camp sessions, set to take place from June 5th – 9th at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, Quebec.

The list of participating players includes several players drafted by Montreal, players from the Bulldogs as well as players invited as try-outs. There are 11 players attending that played for the Bulldogs this past regular season and post-season: Alexander Avtsin, Hunter Bishop, Andrew Conboy, Peter Delmas, Gabriel Dumont, Andreas Engqvist, Dany Masse, Brendon Nash, Aaron Palushaj, Ian Schultz and Joe Stejskal.

The second part of the development camp, to include players to be selected at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft which will be held on June 24th and 25th in Minnesota, will take place from July 5th – 9th, also at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. The first edition of the Canadiens development camp took place in 2001.

The Canadiens prospects will first take to the ice on Sunday, June 5th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The development camp session consists of two on-ice trainings daily on both ice surfaces at the Bell Sports Complex (7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) All practices are open to the public. Off-ice conditioning sessions are also scheduled each day.

14 of the 33 players at camp are Canadiens draft selections, including the club’s first selections from the past three NHL Entry Drafts: Jarred Tinordi (2010), Louis Leblanc (2009) and Danny Kristo (2008).

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ryan Renz: 2011 NHL Draft Prospect Profile:

This is posted on In Lou We Trust - A New Jersey Devils blog:

Ryan Renz: 2011 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

by Tom Stivali

June 12, 2011

In the prospect profile on Sam Jardine I spoke about looking to the Canadian Junior Tier A leagues like the BCHL or the AJHL during the later rounds of the draft. It's something the Devils have done a few times in recent drafts-Derek Rodwell and Curtis Gedig-and usually with the understanding that the player is going to play NCAA hockey to further develop his game.

Often the players from the BCHL/AJHL haven't been scouted as much as the main Canadian junior leagues and a team can possibly unearth a gem in the sixth or seventh round. The latest In Lou We Trust prospect profile again focuses on one of these players: Defenseman Ryan Renz from the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.

Who Is Ryan Renz?

Renz is a 6'2" 210 defenseman who most recently played for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. After spending a few years in the KIJHL league, he settled into a role with the Alberni Bulldogs in the 2009-2010 season. Renz who is committed to attending Northeastern University in 2011 (along with top NHL Draft prospect Jamieson Olesiak), started the 2010-2011 season with the Alberni Bulldogs, but his season took an interesting turn in December of 2010.

Renz, in describing himself states:

"I bring a physical presence and lots of intensity. I try to improve other players as I improve myself and be a team guy and make an impact each time I’m out on the ice,"

Apparently Renz was the focus of some drama during the 2010-2011 season as he left the Bulldogs in late December. After battling injuries early in the year, Renz was eventually traded to the Vernon Vipers (through the Prince George Spruce Kings) in their quest for a three-peat at the Royal Cup. From what I have been able to gather there was talk that he might want to try and play in the WHL (he was drafted in the WHL Entry Draft in the 8th round in 2008) that he was trying to force his way to Vernon or that he was unhappy after head coach Nolan Graham resigned in the offseason.

Renz, ranked 208th in the mid-term rankings jumped to 195th in the final CSS Rankings despite missing some time due to the injuries and the trade movement.

What Experts Have Said About Renz
Renz is a physical defenseman who plays in all situations. Renz is committed to Northeastern University for next season, which is of course why he's not in the WHL. He was traded twice this season. My call: I think the fact that Renz is playing in the BCHL is going to hurt him here, and I wonder if teams are going to be suspicious of the fact he was traded twice this season.

While Renz was traded twice, he was traded both times on the same day, so it's not like he wore out his welcome with two teams.

An Opinion

It's hard to get a read on what Renz has to offer as there isn't much information out there. We do know that Renz will be exposed to competitive hockey in the Hockey East conference next year, offers good size at 6'2'' 200 pounds and could have been in the WHL had he not committed to Northeastern early. At a program with likely first round pick Olesiak, it's not like he is going to a college team that doesn't have high aspirations. Depending on how high of pick a team invested in him, Renz could provide a great return based upon his draft position. The unknown about Renz is why he left Alberni and as PuckProspectus notes above if that will influence team's opinions of him. I don't think it should. While it obviously affected the number of times scouts got to look at him, I don't think the fact that he might have asked for a trade as a terrible sign. Remember Gabriel Landeskog -who we always hear synonomous with good character- pushed his way via trade from Plymouth to Kitchener. There are a lot of different things at play when a player is in the junior ranks, especially Tier A junior and I won't hold any trade request against Renz.

Should the Devils pick him? He is undoubtably a pick you have to let develop in the college ranks, but the Devils have had success with similar players like Mark Fayne and to a lesser degree Curtis Gedig and if the Devils were to select him in the sixth or seventh round I would welcome the opportunity to watch him develop at Northeastern for the next few years.

Your Opinions

Now that you've read all of this information on Ryan Renz, I want to know what you think of him as a prospect. Do you want the Devils to pick him in the late rounds of the draft? Did you see him play or know of any other good scouting reports on him? If so, then please share them in the comments. Thanks for reading and sound off below!

Robinson Ready For Duty In Calgary Dinos Den:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Robinson ready for duty in Calgary Dinos den

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: June 22, 2011

David Robinson has had six weeks to digest the Vernon Vipers’ loss to the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the gold-medal game of the RBC national junior A hockey championships in Camrose.

It still gnaws at him, but in time he knows he will be able to look back at it with pride.

“It still stings a little that we lost in the last game, but after a little time I think we will realize what we accomplished,” said Robinson, a check-till-ya-drop winger who captained the youthful Viper squad.

“It was a special year with so many new guys in the lineup. Nobody expected us to get as far as we did.”

But rather than dwell on the past, Robinson is more concerned with looking forward as he prepares himself to join the University of Calgary Dinos for the coming season.

After fielding offers from the UBC Thunderbirds, U of A Golden Bears and several other schools out east, Robinson said he liked the program coaches Mark Howell (former Westside Warriors bench boss) and Cory Cross (16-year pro) have put together in Calgary.

Robinson, who played two-and-a-half seasons with the WHL Chilliwack Bruins before joining the Vipers in 2009-10, will also be reunited with former Bruin linemate Colton Grant, and his first cousin, Jordon Harrison, in Calgary.

“I’ve played against a lot of the other guys in the Dub,” he added. “I’m just going to come in and do what I do and be that hard-nosed player, and hopefully move my way up the depth chart.”

Robinson showed plenty of offensive upside to go along with his feisty on-ice demeanour last season, earning the team’s MVP award after leading Vernon in goals (32) and penalty minutes (95).

Vipers’ head coach Mark Ferner says Robinson’s statistics only tell half the story.

“Calgary’s getting a helluva player,” said Ferner. “It’s not only what you get on the ice, but what you get off the ice with his leadership and the culture that he creates. He can play any way you want and his teammates gravitate towards him. He’s a great captain.”

Robinson will spend this off-season much the same way he did the last one – building irrigation lines on Coldstream Ranch with James Dobrowolski (Prince George Cougars). Right after work, he and Dobber head straight to Excel Fitness for training sessions with Rhonda Catt.

Said Cross, a Saskatchewan product who spends the offseason in Kelowna: “I saw him play a few times against Powell River (Fred Page Cup finals). He brings a lot of hard work, and what I really like, is all the little things he does well. He gets the puck out, he takes a hit and he goes to the net. I think he will be a really good fit for our team.”

Robinson Named Athlete Of The Year:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Awards honour top athletic achievers

Published: June 22, 2011

Lured to the Okanagan Landing Tim Hortons under the guise of lunch with his mom, Kim, David Robinson found a bigger surprise waiting.

The popular Vernon Vipers captain was named the Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year.

Accompanied by his mom and other family members, Robinson humbly accepted the honour from selection committee members Mel Briggeman and Ken Richardson.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Robinson, who guided the Vipers to a third straight B.C. Hockey League Fred Page Cup title, and came within one game of helping the team win an unprecedented third straight Royal Bank Cup Canadian championship.

“This is a tremendous honour. I would like to thank the committee and congratulate all of the other nominated athletes for their outstanding seasons. It’s an honour to be in the same group as all of these candidates.”

Also nominated for the honour were SFU basketball star Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Paralympian sit-skier Josh Dueck, Paralympian and world champion curler Sonja Gaudet , taekwondo world bronze medallist Taylor Halvorson and Vernon Kokanee Swim Club disabled swimmer Sarah Mehain.

Robinson, who this week accepted a scholarship to play hockey with the University of Calgary Dinos , gave credit to his family, coaches and Vipers teammates.

“Without them, I wouldn’t have any success,” said Robinson, whose late uncle, Wayne Dye, was chosen Athlete of the Century by The Morning Star a decade ago.

Dan Currie, owner of Tim Hortons, presented the North Okanagan Team of the Year award to a pair of high school volleyball powerhouses.

Head coach Doug Kozak and provincial tournament MVP Adam Tishenko represented the B.C. AA boys champion Seaton Sonics, and head coach Sharon Shaigec and provincial tournament MVP Kelsey Thompson were on hand from the B.C. AAA girls champion Fulton Maroons.

Kozak, whose team only lost one match this past season (to a AAA school from Surrey), and went undefeated as juniors two years ago, called the honours “the topper to a great year,” and thanked the players’ families and staff at Seaton for their continued support.

And then he got emotional talking about the provincial champions.

“These guys have been so much fun to coach for the last three years,” said Kozak, tailing off as his voice began to crack and fought off tears. “It’s hard to let them go.”

For Shaigec, born and raised in Vernon, the provincial AAA title was something she’d been chasing for her 22 years as a volleyball coach.

“There are so many people here who have supported me, my family and the school throughout my time here,” said Shaigec, a former national team player. “I’ve been trying to get that trophy for 22 years and to finally accomplish it with a great group of girls is a wonderful feeling.”

The Vipers were also nominated in the category.

Kozak, Shaigec and Gaudet were also nominated as builders for the new Leadership in Sport award, which Currie donated. There were 17 nominees for the honour, including the likes of legendary Vernon sports figures such as Don MacDonald (boxing), John Tykalovich (softball), Nick Alexis (softball) and Vern Dye (Robinson’s grandfather, hockey).

In the end, the committee selected a soft-spoken tireless advocate for fun in sports, Funtastic founder John Topping, who helped build 13 diamonds at the army camp for the popular softball tournament. Topping has also helped raised more than $200,000 for Vernon Special Olympics.

“I’m in awe of the group on this list and I don’t belong in that field,” said Topping, accompanied by his wife, Fay, to the ceremony. “I nominated Nick Alexis because I was in awe of his dedication. I have to thank the people who work with me. They deserve this honour as much as I do.”

Briggeman said the selection committee had tough choices to make.

“This community is blessed with so many fine coaches, athletes and managers, it’s a group that we don’t recognize very often,” said Briggeman.

Media members on the selection committee included Kevin Mitchell of The Morning Star, Betty Selin of Sun-FM and Pete McIntyre of Kiss-FM.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Q & A's With Former Vernon Viper Sahir Gill:

Former Vernon Vipers forward, Sahir Gill sits down and answers some questions with the guys from Hockey Spy Blog before getting ready for this coming weekends 2011 NHL Draft from Minnesota. Gill played two seasons with the Vipers (2008-2010). Gill just finished his first season with Boston University.

This is posted on the Hockey Spy Blog:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Prospect Profile: Sahir Gill - Don't Wake A Sleeping Terrier

Much of the talk surrounding BU has been about Charlie Coyle, a 2009 1st round draft pick, and two highly rated prospects, Adam Clendening and Matt Nieto, and for good reason. Those players are very talented in their own way, making them appealing as high picks in the draft, but freshman, Sahir Gill, whose draft year was 2010, deserves just as much credit for Boston University’s success this season. Look at his age, and it’s obvious that Gill is a freshman. But watch him play on the ice and it becomes apparent that he has the skill, poise, and determination of senior.

Coming into the season was a bit of a transition. Many starters had moved on to play at the higher level in the AHL and NHL, most noticeably Kevin Shattenkirk, Nick Bonino, and Colby Cohen. Add in the off-ice shenanigans that sent the Saponari brothers packing and BU looked like it was in a world of hurt for the 2010-11 season. With their scouting staff, BU brought in Charlie Coyle, Adam Clendening, Matt Nieto, Sahir Gill, Patrick MacGregor, Yasin Cisse, and Garrett Noonan to pick up and improve where BU left off the previous year.

Immediately, Gill burst onto the scene notching an assist in his first game and then scoring 4 points in his next one. In the first 16 games, Sahir put up 16 points, pretty impressive for a freshman if I do say so myself. He hit a bit of a dry patch in the middle of the season before piling up another 9 points in the final 13 games. He was 6th on the team in points, with 25, ahead of highly-touted Matt Nieto. Boston University being my favorite NCAA team, it was a no-brainer for me to schedule an interview with Gill.

Prospect Pursuit: When and why did you get started playing hockey?

Sahir Gill: I started playing hockey when I was 4, started skating at about 2. My older brother played so I used to walk around with his hockey stick and hit things so my mom decided to put me on skates.

PP: Who was your favorite team/players growing up and for what reasons?

SG: My favorite team is Calgary. I always loved the tough style of play the Flames played with and the skill they incorporated as well. My favorite player was Peter Forsberg, I loved the way he could dominate a game and his skills were one of a kind.

PP: What did you learn from playing with the Chicago Steel of the USHL and the Vernon vipers of the BCHL?

SG: I wasn’t in Chicago for very long, but my time in Vernon was pretty special. I was apart of two national championship teams, we won back to back, so it’s something I’ll never forget. I grew up as a player in Vernon and learned some key things, especially defensive play there. Also, the friendships I made in Vernon will last me a long time.

PP: Did you consider going the CHL route?

SG: I considered the CHL route a little bit, it’s a pretty big deal in Canada, but ultimately I wasn’t willing to rule out school when I was 16 so I decided to wait a year and play in the BCHL. That’s when I was approached by a few schools that changed my mind about going to the CHL.

PP: Why did you choose Boston University?

SG: I chose Boston University because when I was a midget, I came to visit the school with my midget program. We did a swing of BU, BC, and Harvard and I was also impressed with BU. We watched a game at Agganis Arena and that kind of solid it for me, so when Coach Parker and Bavis were interested in me, it was kind of a no brainer.

PP: In a few short sentences, describe yourself as a player.

SG: I think I’m an offensive player, probably more of a playmaker than a goal scorer. I think I can make my teammates and linemates better with my vision and I think my competitiveness is something that I take pride in.

PP: Do you pay any attention to the mock drafts and where they rank you?

SG: I don’t really like to pay attention to the mock drafts, just because there is so much speculation around it. I just try and focus on going out and playing my best and trying to help us win and try and let everything else take care of itself.

PP: Has Charlie Coyle, a current NHL draftee and BU player, given you any tips or words of advice for when draft day comes around?

SG: Charlie and I haven’t really talked about that. I know Charlie’s stories of the draft and his process so, any questions kind of get answered right there.

PP: What are the benefits from playing NCAA hockey?

SG: I think the education aspect is pretty unique. You don’t really understand how much school consumes your timetable till you get to school in September. But as for hockey, I think the off ice training and attention to detail is pretty good. Also each game means so much more because we don’t play as many as the CHL, so it teaches you to come prepared each and every night.

PP: Who do you compare your game to in the NHL?

SG: I compare my game to Claude Giroux from the Flyers. He’s my favorite active player and I try to model my game to his.

PP: What are your thoughts of fellow teammates and draft hopefuls, Adam Clendening and Matt Nieto?

SG: I think Adam and Matt both have bright futures in hockey. It’s been cool playing with them this year and they’re both special players. They’re both great guys, too, which is nice.
PP: What is it like playing for a likely Hall of Famer in Jack Parker?

SG: It’s fun. He’s a very energetic guy. He’s very intense, too, and ther’s a lot to learn from him. He’s been around the game for so long, so I look forward to the next 3 years at BU.

PP: What do you have to do in order to take your game to the next level to play in the NHL?

SG: I think being committed to the off-ice training is going to be big for me. Also I’d like to work on my skating and quickness as well as my shooting. There’s always a lot to work on so the next 3 years at BU should be fun.

PP: What do you consider the best moment in your playing career so far?

SG: Best moment so far is definitely the two national championships in Vernon. Both were different and unbelievable and it’s something no one can take away from me and the other guys who won them. It’s definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life.

PP: Are there any players that you have played with/against who you think will make the NHL and produce very well? If you can, name some and give a reason why.

SG: I’ve played with a lot of good players, but some that come to mind are probably Charlie, Adam, Matt and Garrett Noonan. They all work very hard and are all super skilled. It’s been a lot of fun this year. Also I think the Jones twins over at Quinnipiac as well. We were linemates for two years in Vernon and they’re special players. Super skilled and super competitive.

PP: What does BU have to do different this season to get back into contention for the Frozen Four?

SG: I think we have to have more attention to detail. A lot of times this year, we were in close games and I think with another year under everyone’s belt, we will have the experience to close out games and have better 60-minute efforts. We’re returning a lot of guys and the next looks to be exciting for BU hockey!

Gill’s name hasn’t been thrown around often enough, and when it has, the consensus seems to be a late round pick. With Gill’s playmaking ability, hard-nosed effort, and strong play in-and-around the net, one team will be very lucky to have the British Columbia native in their prospect pool. Silky smooth hands and passing capability, one can see the resemblance of a Forsberg or a Giroux. The likelihood of reaching that high of a potential will be very hard to overcome, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility considering Gill’s work ethic and tireless play. The Terriers had a few surprising breakout players this season, but Sahir played well enough to get his name thrown out as a possible draft pick in Minnesota. After all is said and done in St. Paul in two weeks, 29 GM’s will wonder why they didn’t pick Gill in 2010 when they had the chance.

Captain Commits To Dinos:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Captain commits to Dinos

by Viper staff | Added 2011-06-20

The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club is pleased to announce that David Robinson has committed to play for the University of Calgary in 2011-2012.

Robinson, a local Vernon product, captained last years Viper squad and led them all the way to the RBC final. He was named the teams MVP while leading the team in goals (32) and penalty minutes (95).

Dave was a tremendous captain who led by example each and every night. His work ethic was second to none and he played crucial minutes in all situations. He was a huge part of the Vipers success this year as he showed a young squad what it took to win and be successful at the junior level.

The Vernon Vipers would like to congratulate Dave on this recent accomplishment and wish him the best of luck in the future.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Former Viper Gedig Was An Honorable Mention Selection To The CCHA All-Rookie Team:

This is a few months old but I thought I would post it anyways with it being the off season. Former Vernon Vipers defenceman, Curtis Gedig was an honorable mention selection to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. Gedig was selected by New Jersey Devils round 7 #204 overall in the 2009 NHL draft. Gedig played one year in Vernon after being aquired from the Cowichan Valley Capitals during the 2009-10 season.

This is posted on the Buckeyes website:

Gedig a CCHA All-Rookie Team Honorable Mention Choice


Release: 03/08/2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Curtis Gedig, a freshman defenseman on the Ohio State men's hockey team, was an honorable mention selection to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. He is the 17th Buckeye to earn honorable mention accolades and the first since current senior Chris Reed in 2008. Eleven Buckeyes have earned a spot on the CCHA All-Rookie Team.

Gedig played in 34-of-37 games during the 2010-11 campaign, posting 12 assists and points. He had two-assist outings against Ferris State Oct. 23 and Notre Dame Jan. 21. He was +1 or better in 10 games, including two +3 performances. Gedig ranks third among freshman defensemen in the CCHA in points.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Renz Listed On Rockets Prospects List:

One of the WHL blogs (small thoughts at large) has posted every WHL team's 2011-12 prospects list. This only include players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Kelowna Rockets have Vernon Vipers defenceman, Ryan Renz as one of fourty four players listed on their 2011-12 prospects list. Renz who was aquired as a listed player by the Rockets, was aquired by the Vipers from the Prince George Spruce Kings at the BCHL trade deadline. In 13 regular season games with the Vipers Renz collected (1-3-4) while picking up (0-3-3) in 16 playoff games with Vernon. Renz has committed to NCAA (Northeastern) for 2011-12 season but rumors at the end of the regular season said Renz may return to Vernon for another season with the Vipers before going to school.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Former Viper Santana Shaves Head To Raise Money For Kids Cancer Buzz-Off:

Former Vernon Vipers forward, Ryan Santana along with Boston University Hockey teammates, Wade Megan & Ross Gaudet each had their heads shaved at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Sunday to raise money for the One Mission Kids Cancer Buzz-Off which benefits the Children’s Hospital Boston's Pediatric Oncology unit. The rest of their BU teammates were on hand for the event. Santana played one season in Vernon (2008-09).

One Mission raised over $140,000.00 through this event. All funds raised will go to programs and services that directly benefit children battling cancer and their families. Donations are still being accepted at

This is posted on the Terriers website:

Terriers Participate in Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off

Hockey players raise over $2,200 for Children's Hospital Boston

June 9, 2011

BOSTON - The Boston University men's ice hockey team participated in the Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to help raise money for Children's Hospital Boston.

Rising juniors Ross Gaudet, Wade Megan and Ryan Santana all had their heads shaved to benefit Children's Hospital Boston's pediatric oncology unit. The players grew out their hair for the past few months while securing donations that totaled over $2,200. Their donation total ranked sixth overall among the groups that participated. The trio was supported by the rest of their teammates, who all attended the event.

The Terriers teamed up with over 100 people, including three members of the New England Patriots, at the benefit, which raised a total of over $137,000. Santana, who had his head shaved by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and Gaudet are shown in the first part of the segment below, which aired on Fox 25.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hadley Listed On Giants Prospects List:

One of the WHL blogs (small thoughts at large) has posted every WHL team's 2011-12 prospects list. This only include players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Vancouver Giants have Vernon Vipers forward, Aaron Hadley as one of fourty two players listed on their 2011-12 prospects list. Hadley who is a 2008 10th round bantam pick of the Giants, played in his first season with the Vipers this past year. In 58 regular season games Hadley collected (9-15-24) while picking up (2-3-5) in 16 playoff games with Vernon.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Former Viper Fraser Added To Aces Protected List:

Former Vernon Vipers forward, Curtis Fraser is one of twenty seven players from the ECHL Alaska Aces roster that have been added to the club’s protected list. Fraser and the Aces won their second straight Kelly Cup May 21st 2011. Fraser is in his second season with the Aces collecting (6-4-10) in 13 playoff games. Fraser played parts of a single season in Vernon (2002-03) before playing four years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

This is posted on the Aces website:


Jun 2nd, 2011

The 2011 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces announced the club’s protected list on Thursday morning. Protected Lists were submitted by each of its member teams. The 2011-2012 season is just four months away.

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 a Standard Players Contract in 2010-11 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2010-11, 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 a Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2010-11 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

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

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

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

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2010-11. The Aces currently do not have any outstanding, pending deals for future considerations.

Alaska Aces Protected List

Frank Doyle, Brandon Gentile, Kane Lafranchise, Chad Anderson, Bryan Miller, Steve Ward, Russ Sinkewich, Tyson Marsh, Nils Backstrom, Garry Nunn, Tyler Ruegsegger, Alex Dzielski, Scott Burt, Scott Howes, Wes Goldie, Chris Langkow, Matt Ambroz, Brian Swanson, Ethan Cox, Curtis Fraser, Dan Kissel, Zach Harrison, Jerad Stewart, T.J. Battani, John Lammers, Judd Blackwater and Justin Johnson

The 2011 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces will begin the 2011-2012 season on Friday, October 14 at Sullivan Arena.

Former Vernon Laker Ferster Leaves Revelstoke Grizzlies:

Former Vernon Lakers forward, Rylan Ferster has resigned as GM/Head Coach of the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Ferster played one season in Vernon winning a Centennial Cup with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers.

This is posted on the Grizzlies website:

Coach Ferster Resigns

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Revelstoke Grizzlies announce that Rylan ferster has resigned as GM/Head Coach of the Revelstoke Grizzlies effective today.

Spending just one season in Revelstoke seemed to go by quit quick, meeting many wonderful people and fans. We had an incredible year winning 40 games and going to the conference finals all with one of the youngest teams in the league.
I want to thank the current ownership, Mike Roberts , Lewis Hendrickson and Joe Kozek for letting me be a part of it and to continue on the great foundation that was laid with the championship season in 2009.Also a special thank you to Troy Mick who not only gave me the opportunity to take over but helped out in so many ways along the way.

To all my hockey staff, Randy Quakenbush, Darren Komonoski, Rob Miskiman, Don Watt, Bruce and Cheryl Fry for volunteering so many hours as we could never have done it without you and also to the off-ice staff, Tammy and Courtney Kaler, the booster club, off ice officials, game night staff for keeping things smooth as we played. The media for keeping all of Revelstoke informed, Steve Smith from E-Z Rock, Mavis Cann from Revelstoke times review, thank you to Amy Gudinger of Helios Fitness as well.

A special Thank You to the Billets, Sponsors, Trans Canada Fitness and to Revelstoke Secondary School for all of your continued support of our hockey program. Revelstoke is and will continue to be a flagship franchise in the KIJHL.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies will be announcing a new GM/Head Coach in the next few days.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

City Of Vernon Honours The Vipers: (Video)

Vernon Vipers colour commentator, Don Klepp interview's Vernon Vipers owner, Duncan Wray, along with Vipers captain, David Robinson just over a month ago after the team arrived home after falling short 2-0 in the RBC Cup final with a loss to the Pembroke Lumberkings, as the City of Vernon honours the team and Duncan Wray.

Vernon Bids For National Tourney:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vernon bids for national tourney

By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star

Published: June 15, 2011

Vernon is a hockey town, and now there’s an opportunity to host one of the sport’s coveted national championships.

The City of Vernon has endorsed a bid by a group of citizens for the 2014 Royal Bank Cup.

“It will augment Vernon’s reputation as a dynamic community and a hot sports town,” Don Klepp, citizens’ spokesperson, told council Monday.

“We want to provide great hockey for the local fans.”

The tournament features five of Canada’s best junior A teams and draws exposure from across the country.

The event could provide a $3 million boost to Vernon’s economy, with visitors dropping about $1 million in hotels, restaurants and shops.

“It also gives the Vipers another platform for success,” said Klepp of the six-time Canadian champions.

The total cost to run the week-long tournament at Wesbild Centre could range between $500,000 and $575,000.

The next step in the bid process is to try and acquire $10,000 in sponsorship from local businesses.

If that occurs, government funds would be sought prior to deciding if a formal bid package goes to Hockey B.C. by November 2011.

If Hockey B.C. accepts Vernon’s bid, then a package would be submitted to Hockey Canada by January 2012, with a decision likely known next March.

Klepp, who provides analysis on Vipers’ broadcasts, is confident Vernon can be successful.

“I have talked to people at Hockey Canada and they say (Vernon is a) no-brainer,” he said, adding that the city has a strong base of volunteers for events.

On Monday, council unanimously supported the 2014 bid.

The city’s economic development and tourism departments will work with Klepp’s group.

“We can do an awesome job. We have the volunteers and the rink in place,” said Coun. Jack Gilroy.

Vernon last hosted the national championship in 1990 at Civic Arena.

“It brought the whole community together,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol. “It’s long overdue to have it return. This is a community-driven event like no other.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Council Backs RBC Cup Bid:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Council Backs RBC Cup Bid

Written by Peter McIntyre

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Vernon council is backing the bid for the city to host the Royal Bank Cup in 2014.

The elected reps made the decision after hearing from Don Klepp, representing a group of Vernon Viper fans pushing the bid.

Klepp told the media, council's support was essential.

"If city council isn't behind it, we would stop right now. We're going step by step, making sure every step is firm, strong and supportive, and then we'll go to the next step."

He says next up will be to consult minor hockey and then seek around 100-thousand dollars in business sponsorships.

Klepp, who does colour commentary on the Vipers broadcasts on Kiss FM, says the junior A championship costs around $575,000 to put on, but can be profitable.

"Camrose this year made $200,000, and we were there in Camrose, and we saw the things they did. I think we can emulate and even improve on certain areas that they did."

Councillor Patrick Nicol remembers the last time Vernon hosted the event, in 1990.

"It just brought the whole community together, and there;s more spirit for the Vipers now, than there was then. It's hard to believe that was 21 years ago but long overdue to have it return."

The Vernon franchise (Vipers, Lakers) has won six titles, but have only hosted the ten day event once, in 1990, the year the team won it's first national title.

Klepp expects there will be another BC bid, although he doesn't know which city may apply.

"So the first thing we would have to do is win over that bid, because only one bid can come from BC."

The Vernon proposal would be submitted to the BCHL and Hockey BC this November, and if accepted would go to Hockey Canada in January 2012.

Humbolt Saskatchewan will host the 2012 tournament, followed by Summerside PEI in 2013.

McPhee Listed On Silvertips Prospects List:

One of the WHL blogs (small thoughts at large) has posted every WHL team's 2011-12 prospects list. This only include players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Everett Silvertips have Vernon Vipers forward, Zach McPhee as one of fourty three players listed on their 2011-12 prospects list. McPhee started last season with the WHL Tri-City Americans, before being re-assigned to the Vernon Vipers. In eight games with the Americans McPhee collected (1-0-1). On December, 7th 2010 Everett acquired the rights to Zach McPhee from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for defenseman Paul Sohor. McPhee played in four games with the Silvertips last season. The question now is, will McPhee try out for Everett or stay and play with his hometown Vipers?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Weinstein The Night Star:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Weinstein the night star

by Don Klepp | Added 2011-06-06

It’s a good thing for Steve Weinstein that most hockey games are played at night because he’s pretty sleepy until noon most days.

When the games start, though, the LA speedster is 100 percent awake. His darting rushes have delighted Viper fans for three years and have engendered such nicknames as “Wind-em-up-stein” and “Bobby Orr-iental.”

He found it difficult to crack a deep Viper lineup in his first year, especially after the Vipers acquired Cam Brodie and Mike Leidl at the trading deadline, but the coaches and the fans knew it was just a matter of time before Steve would star for the Vipers.

He gave a hint of that future brilliance in his single appearance at the 2009 RBC Cup, when he notched a goal and two assists in a game where a little luck would have given him a hat trick.

In the subsequent two seasons, he has played in 181 straight games, one of the most remarkable runs that any Viper has recorded. His other amazing achievement was playing the entire 2009-10 season with no penalties. As (Coach) Jason Williamson puts it, “He played good defence, anticipated the play well, and took good angles, so it’s not entirely surprising. Still, you have to have a little luck to avoid penalties in 60 straight.”

Steve came to the Vipers with a reputation as an offensive threat. He admits that “I was all offence in Midget, sometimes staying on the ice for a whole period. I have Ferns and Willy to thank for making me a more complete player.”

Indeed, his defensive play has stood out. He added 15 pounds of muscle in the 2010 off-season and did a lot more hitting this year, even though he lost about 10 pounds during the course of the Vipers’ long, demanding season. He attributes his physical play to “a matter of experience and confidence. As a vet, I’ve become wilier. Now I have a better idea of when a hard check is needed and when it’s possible to catch someone.”

“To be honest, as a smaller guy I’ve taken more punishment than I’ve handed out. I learned to be ready for that and to not get discouraged. Both series against Spruce Grove were really physical. I had a bad charley horse for the first few games this April, but it got better.”

Along with Adam Thompson, Steve was given a heavy workload in the playoffs. “At times this year, we were down to five and even four D,” he says, “but I loved the ice time. I like playing in all situations.”

He says his three years as a Viper have developed him as a person: “Willy [Coach Williamson] says that these are the greatest days of your life and that you form the basis for life success at this age. I truly believe that. I’ve become more social and learned a lot from the coaches and the other guys. I have to thank my billets, too. Brian and Brenda DeBoice are just great people.”

For the first two years, he roomed with Cory Kane. This year, another Los Angeles area player, Darren Nowick, joined Steve at the DeBoice residence. “Back when I was nine, Darren and I played on the same team. He’s a good player who’s going to get even better.”

The always affable Steve Weinstein (except for first thing in the morning) is an accomplished mimic who can perfectly imitate his team mates, various BCHL PA announcers, and a wide range of TV and movie characters.

For 2011-12, he has won an athletic scholarship to Bentley University, which is 10 miles west of Boston. He says that “Actually, I am looking forward to the whole college experience, even the part when I have to hit the books. The hockey is another step, but I think my experience in Vernon has prepared to take that next step.”

He asked if he could thank the people of Vernon for all the great memories and the experience he’s gained: “I couldn’t imagine it being any better!”

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Former Vernon Viper Love Committs To Express:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman, Taylor Love has committed to play for the Coquitlam Express for the 2011-12 season. Love was at the Vipers training camp last year and played in three games with Vernon as an "AP" but was traded to the Victoria Grizzlies in early October due to the import rule. Love was then released by the Victoria Grizzlies at last years BCHL trade deadline.

This is posted on the Express website:


Monday, May 30, 2011

COQUITLAM - The Coquitlam Express have committed to Taylor Love for the 2011/12 season.

Love comes to the Express from the Beaver Valley Nighthawks of the Junior B KIJHL where he finished off last season with 2 goals and 5 assists in 8 games. Prior to joining the Nighthawks the 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenceman from Mission Viejo, California played with the Dallas Stars U18 team.

“We are excited to have Taylor join the Express as a big solid D-man that we are looking for with a lot of character” said Head Coach Jon Calvano of the 19-year-old.

Taylor Love took part in this past weekends invitation only camp at the Burnaby Winter Club where players from across North America and returning players proved their worth to the coaching staff.

Love is one of eight import players the Express are allotted to have on their roster under the British Columbia Hockey League rules.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

2014 RBC Cup Coming To Vernon?

When I was at the Royal Bank Cup In Camrose, Alberta this past May I heard alot of rumors from several Vernon Viper fans and parents that the Vipers and the City of Vernon were going to try and put in a bid for the 2014 Royal Bank Cup. Vernon last hosted the 1990 Centennial Cup. Next year's RBC Cup will be held in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Former Viper Segal Leaves Vancouver Giants For McGill University:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender, Mark Segal will be leaving the WHL Vancouver Giants and playing hockey this coming season with McGill University. Segal was the Vipers backup goaltender to Andrew Hammond to start the 2008-09 season before being reassigned to the Richmond Sockeyes in early October after the Vipers aquired goaltender, Graeme Gordon in a trade with the Merritt Centennials. Segal then went on to play with the BCHL Nanaimo Clippers before joining the Vancouver Giants.

This is posted on the Giants website:

Mark Segal To Attend McGill University

Mark Segal is forgoing his final year of junior hockey to attend McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The Vancouver native spent the last two seasons with the Giants as their number one goalie, posting a regular season record of 45-30-2-4 between the pipes. He was 10-9-1 in the playoffs.

"The opportunity to go to school and continue my hockey career at the university I had always targeted was too good an opportunity to pass up," said Segal. "Because of the uncertainty that goes along with being a 20 year old in the WHL I was apprehensive about returning, so from my point of view the timing was perfect."

Thanks to the WHL's scholarship program (For every year played in the WHL a player receives one year tuition and books at the university/college of their choice), Segal will have two years of tuition and books paid for. "Having my first two years of schooling taken care of is unbelievable. McGill is one of this country's elite institutions and I am just fortunate to be able to take advantage of the scholarship program."

From a hockey perspective, the Redmen are coming off an impressive season in which they lost in the CIS National Final. In fact they have made it to the CIS Championship tournament the last four years running and boast alumni such as Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings Head Coach), Guy Boucher (Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach), and Mathieu Darche (Montreal Canadiens Forward). "This is a program that is competing for a national championship every single year," said Segal. "The dedication and commitment to winning is very similar to what I have come to expect with the Giants."

A standout student in the classroom, Segal has worked hard to be accepted to McGill University. Though he has never been to Montreal, he has a pretty good idea of what to expect considering both of his older sisters received undergraduate degrees from the university. "McGill has a strong reputation as an academic school. I plan on enrolling in the sciences program and perhaps one day follow in the footsteps of my parents who are both doctors."

As for his time with the Vancouver Giants, Segal will always have fond memories. "I was fortuante to get to play major junior hockey in my hometown for what I believe is the best franchise in the WHL. The quality of the entire organization is first class. When I told Scott Bonner and Don Hay about my decision they wished me luck and told me if I ever need anything to give them call."

The Vancouver Giants would like to thank Mark for all his great work over the last two years, not only between the pipes, but in the community with all the programs he was involved with. Best of luck at McGill Mark!

Mark Segal - WHL Career Statistics 2009-2011

Regular Season

91 Games Played 45-30-2-4 2.91 GAA .899 SV% 10 Shutouts


20 Games Played 10-9-1 3.52 GAA .890 SV%

Thursday, June 9, 2011

BCHL AGM Meetings Update:

This is posted on the Coquitlam Expressions Blog:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


This past weekend the BCHL had their annual general meeting. The news coming out of it included Express President and GM Darcy Rota recieving an award and stepping down from his post of chairman of the board for the BCHL. Plus the details of how the schedule will be constructed this season. See the full press release below.

The British Columbia Hockey League held its Annual General Meeting June 2 to 4 in Richmond and met with governors, coaches and team marketers to wrap up the 2010-11 season and set out plans for 2011-12. The coming season will be the league’s 50th anniversary and as it approaches, several celebratory events will be announced.

An important task completed at the AGM was determining the number of home and away games for in-conference play. The half-interlock schedule will have each team play every other team but visit only four rinks in the opposing conference.

Each club will play three of their conference opponents four times at home and four times on the road. Against the remaining four conference opponents, it will be four at home and three on the road.

“We will have the 2011-12 schedule completed by the first week of July,” said BCHL executive director Dave Sales. “Within conference, this is going to be the most balanced schedule we’ve ever seen.”

Another change is that the schedule will start Sept. 23, two weeks later than last year. As such, it has been mandated that each club’s main training camp will begin no sooner than Aug. 22.

With respect to the board of governors, executive committee chairman Darcy Rota of the Coquitlam Express and Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray were named co-recipients of the league’s Executive of the Year award. Rota also took the opportunity to announce he is stepping down as chairman and Wray was nominated to take his place and has accepted.

“Both Darcy and Duncan have been exemplary partners in our league and have elevated the BCHL’s status through their dedication,” said league commissioner John Grisdale. “With Duncan moving into the chairman’s role, I know we will not miss a beat moving forward.”

Also, as Wray was already on the executive committee, Westside Warriors owner Mark Cheyne has joined the group to keep it at five members. Surrey’s Ronnie Paterson will continue as co-chair and Trail’s Tom Gawryletz and Alberni Valley’s Andy Oakes stay on board as well.

“I have a great deal of respect for what Darcy did and I understand his reason for moving on,” said Wray, who served a six-year term as chairman prior to Rota. “There are still some things I’d like to accomplish and hopefully I can lead the charge with the new board.”

Personally I like how it looks that the schedule will be put together this season. I would still prefer that the league have a full interlocking schedule and have every team visit every single rink. Back in the 08-09 season when the league most recently had only a half interlocking schedule, we saw the Express play a total of 36 of their 60 games vs. three teams the Powell River Kings, Surrey Eagles and Langley Chiefs. And that was way too many games against just a small handful of teams. This format gives the league a little more balance when it comes to all the opponents in the conference at least.