Friday, September 4, 2015

Stapley Returns To Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Stapley returns to Vipers

by  Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 4, 2015

The Vernon Vipers welcomed back highly touted winger Brett Stapley and completed a trade which saw veteran F Luke Voltin head to the Langley Rivermen for futures.

Stapley, 16, was in Viper camp but left to attend the WHL Calgary Hitmen trials.

“They wanted to sign him, but he hasn’t decided which route he wants,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. “He’s a pretty talented young kid (138 points in Campbell River Bantam) and this muddies the waters a little more. We basically have six kids going for three forward spots so we have some very tough decisions to make.”

Ferner said Voltin wanted a change of scenery and the Vipers are going in a different direction. The 20-year-old Minnesota product rang up 10 goals and 26 points in 44 games with Vernon last year.

The Vipers have 29 players, including 16 forwards, in camp and will reduce their roster to 22 after an exhibition series starting tonight in Prince George. The Spruce Kings are here Saturday, 6 p.m.

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