Monday, September 8, 2014

Vernon Vipers GM/Head Coach Resigns:

This is posted on the Hockeytube website:

Vernon Vipers GM/Head Coach Resigns

Posted by HockeyTube on Sep 8th, 2014

Vernon Vipers GM & Head Coach Jason Williamson announced this morning that he would be stepping down from his position with the six time National Champion Vernon Vipers. Citing personal reasons, Williamson informed owner Dr. Duncan Wray that he would not be continuing with the team.

Click the link below for an interview with Vipers owner Duncan Wray,


The Vernon Vipers would like to announce that General Manager and Head Coach
Jason Williamson has stepped down from his position due to personal reasons.
Williamson was set to enter his 4th year as the bench boss and 8th season overall.
Last season he guided the team to a conference title and a semi final appearance at
the RBC Cup.

Vernon Vipers President and Owner Duncan Wray respects the decision. “Jason has
decided he needs some time away from the game to get his affairs in order and I
respect that. He has been great for our hockey club and will be missed however we
must move forward”

The club will immediately begin the search for Williamson’s replacement in the
mean time Kevin Kraus has been named interim Head Coach while Eric Godard will
increase his role as an assistant coach.

The Vipers will play a final pair of exhibition games this weekend with Prince
George visiting Friday (7pm) and the return match-up in Prince George on Saturday.
The regular season home opener for Vernon is September 27th vs West Kelowna.


Anonymous said...

Hahahaha, karma buddy.

Anonymous said...

Finally... 3 years of dismal performance behind us, always loads of talent but an inability to make it work together. It doesn't matter how good you are at working the numbers it is the on ice product that really matters. Bring back Ferner.
Thank you for an amazing blog. Well done!!!

vipersdiehardfan said...

Change is good

The last three season's were not Vipers hockey we have been use to watching over the years.

I never seen the Vipers improve in any of the last three years.

The last three years the Vipers had troubles putting together a consistant winning streak. In 2011-12 the Vipers won seven straight and four straight. The Vipers also went winless in eleven straight games that season. In 2012-13 the Vipers longest winning streak of the season was four games, In 2013-14 the Vipers longest winning streak was five games, twice.

Vernon missed the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.

The last three Viper teams never seemed to gel-play as a team, alot of indivdual work and play.

One night the Vipers looked very good, beating some of the top teams. Then the next two or three games the same team lost to some of the lower teams in the standings or looked very disorganized lacking effort and comitment on the ice. This was very frustrating.

The last three years the Vipers had troubles winning on the road, putting together a solid winning streak, playing as a team, playing a full sixty minutes, improving as the season went along, improving on the powerplay, penalty kill, defensive zone, breakout etc.

With the losses adding up and the team missing the playoffs two out of the last three seasons, the attendance dropped, season ticket holders stopped re-newing the following year, fans just quit coming to games.

Lets hope the Vipers can bring in a veteran-experienced coach and get this team back to the top where Viper fans have been spoiled over the last few decades.

Go Vipers Go!!