Sunday, July 31, 2016

Vipers Sign Hubbard:

It looks like the Vernon Vipers have signed 19 year old Goaltender Gavin Hubbard. Hubbard is listed on the Vipers roster on eliteprospects.com

Hubbard played last season with the NAPHL Ohmaha AAA Lancers 18U team. Hubbard is listed at 6" 170 lbs from Davidsonville, MD, USA

Gavin Hubbard's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=325027

April 25th 2016 Hubbard signed an NAHL tender agreement with the NAHL Shreveport Mudbugs,

http://naphl.com/news/story.cfm?id=17976

This was on Hubbards twitter account at 3pm today,

Proud to be playing for the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL for the 2016-17 season

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:

Merritt Centennials Unveil New Jerseys:

The Merritt Centennials are proud to unveil new jerseys for the 2016-17 season. “The Centennials have been part of the fabric of the city of Merritt for the past 43 years,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. “The new design is a fresh look that incorporates the proud history of the Centennials franchise and important aspects of our past.” Cents players Tyler Ward, Nick Fidanza, and Tyrell Buckley showed off the new Centennials jerseys at the 2016 Golf Tournament this past weekend at the Sagebrush Golf Club.
















Bolduc Returning To Silverbacks:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are proud to announce that local product Carson Bolduc is returning to the team for his 20 yr old season. "With Carson returning for his final season of junior hockey, we are getting a highly skilled and tough winger back in our division". Stated Head Coach Brandon West, Carson is a leader on and off the ice and the local Salmon Arm boy has always had a great relationship with the community. He is the type of person we want in our program. "I'm very excited to come back for my 20 old year season as I've enjoyed my time as a Silverback and can't wait to end my career here in my hometown" says the skilled winger. I've decided this is my last year of hockey before i attend school next fall so looking to go out on a good note, and I think we can accomplish that with all the young talent coming in. I'm looking forward to the Main Camp Aug 22!

Warriors Name Miller New Broadcaster:

The West Kelowna Warriors are very pleased to announce that Trevor Miller has joined our organization as our new play by play announcer. Trevor has been the voice of the Okanagan Rockets for the past three years as well as being the colour man for the Penticton Vees. Trevor loves the BCHL, and his passion for the game will be very evident during his broadcasts. The Warriors would also like to announce that Sheldon Bank will join the Warriors' broadcasts as Trevor's colour man. Sheldon has been a ten year volunteer with the Warriors, and his insight will be such a welcome addition to Trevor's show. On behalf of the entire organization, please welcome both of these great men to your Fast Hockey broadcasts!

Nanaimo-Toronto Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers have added 18 year old forward Jake Harris from the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL.  Going to the Patriots is 19 year old forward Joey Visconti who was recently acquired from the Victoria Grizzlies.  In Harris, the Clippers have added a speedy forward who can score.  The Toronto Ontario native tallied 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 51 games as the Patriots leading scorer last season.  He also won the Patriots Teammate Award which was voted on by his coaches. 

Salmon Arm-Oakville Trade:

13-July-16 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Michael Boitiz(98)(G) formt he Oakville Blades of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Penticton-Toronto Trade:

20-July-16 The Penticton Vees have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Mat Robson(96)(G) from the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Ryan Markovic(96)(D) and future considerations.

Arena Construction Underway In Langley:

After the WHL Vancouver Giants moved into the Langley Events Centre, the BCHL Langley Rivermen were forced to move into the George Preston Recreation Centre. Renovations are currently underway, getting the old rink into shape for the 2016-17 BCHL season.














































Jacobson Commits To Chilliwack Chiefs:

Chilliwack Chiefs Head Coach and General Manager Jason Tatarnic today announced the commitment of goaltender Robert Jacobson (1997) for the 2016-17 season. The younger brother of former Chiefs goaltender David Jacobson is a graduate of the Los Angeles Junior Kings program. After a year with the U16 team, he spent the last two seasons with the U18 team. In 21 games last season he posted a goals against average of 3.20 and a 91.1 save percentage. Robert Jacobson Position: Goaltender Date of Birth: July 1, 1997 Hometown: Calabasas, CA Height: 6’2   Weight: 195 On joining the Chiefs: "I'm very excited to join the Chiefs. Each season it seems the team takes another step towards a championship and this season I hope to help them achieve that goal." Tatarnic on Jacobson: “Having visited Chilliwack a few times while his brother David as with us, Robert is familiar with our program. He's a big goalie that has potential to be a solid contributor to our team. With his addition we feel we have a great goaltending tandem this season.”

Douglas Returns To Salmon Arm Silverbacks:

The Silverbacks would like to welcome back the voice of the team Ian (Pepsi) Douglas for his 3rd year with the club. Ian has done a remarkable job since he has joined our program. He is very committed to his profession and we look forward to another great year! Stated GM Troy Mick. Backs main camp starts Aug 22 at the Shaw Center!

Gilliss Leaves Warriors For Western Hockey League:

Gilliss played for the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League last season, where he had three goals and two assists for five points in 41 games. The Warriors won the RBC Cup last season, Canada’s national championship for Junior A hockey. Gilliss was also named to the 2016 Canadian Junior Hockey League All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team, which recognizes academic excellence and character, community and competition. Gilliss was added to the Winterhawks’ protected list in September 2015. Gricius spent last season with the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 team in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, the same program that produced Dominic Turgeon and current Winterhawk Alex Overhardt. Gricius had seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 28 games last season, as the Thunderbirds finished third in USA Hockey Nationals. He was added to the team’s protected list in June. Both players are entering their 17-year-old season, but with late birthdays will be eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. “I’ve had a chance in the last month to meet and watch both Lane and Jake play, and I’m convinced they will fit in perfectly with our young group of forwards. I was also impressed with the experience they bring to our team,” said Portland Winterhawks Vice President, General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “Lane played in the BCHL last year as a 16-year-old and was part of a national championship-winning team. Jake comes from an organization that does a real good job of developing their players as they prepare to make the jump to junior hockey, which includes eight players who played in the WHL last year.” The Winterhawks will open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, September 24 when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Moda Center at 7 p.m.

Prince George-Soo Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce the acquisition of 19 year old defenseman Mike Winn from Soo Eagles of The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) in exchange for future considerations. The 6’3” 185 pound Winn is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Last season with The Soo Eagles Winn scored 2 goals and had 11 assists for 13 points to go along with 42 penalty minutes in 39 games played. “We are excited to add Mike to our organization. He is a great young man who is a very reliable defenseman with excellent leadership qualities.  He will be a very big part of our group next season. It’s good any time you can add a big, physical defenseman that can play in all situations” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “I’m honored and excited to be joining such a great organization. I can’t wait to get out to Prince George and get the season going” said new Spruce Kings defenseman Mike Winn. Mike Winn will join the rest of his Spruce Kings team mates just prior to the start of the team’s main training camp on August 25th.

Silverbacks TV:

This week on Coach’s Comments...the Salmon Arm Silverbacks released their 2016-17 schedule and hired Darrell Hay as a new assistant coach for the team. Head Coach Brandon West talks about what Hay will bring to the team for next season as well as a four game match up with the Vernon Vipers including a pair of exhibition games and then a home and home series with the snakes to kick off the season.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Former Vipers Trainer Cochran Joins U17 Support Staff:

Former Vernon Vipers Trainer/Equipment Manager Gord Cochran has been named to the 2016 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

Cochran will be entering his third season with the Western Hockey League (WHL) Regina Pats this year. Cochran joined the Pats in 2014 after spending five seasons in Vernon with the Vipers from 2009-2014.

This is posted on the Pats website:

Cochran Joins U17 Support Staff

July 21, 2016

by Regina Pats Staff

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Equipment Manager Gord Cochran will join Assistant Coach Dave Struch in representing the Pats at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Cochran will serve as an equipment manager for Team Canada Red throughout the tournament.  The U17 Hockey Challenge is the first international tournament for the Williams Lake, BC product.  For the second year in a row, he will work the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26 to August 6 in Calgary.

Cochran joined the Pats ahead of the 2014-15 season from the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL where the team reached the RBC Cup National Junior-A Championship three times, winning in 2009 & 2010.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ex Vipers Goaltender Steel Leaving Brown University:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Tyler Steel is leaving Brown University.  Steel attended the Vipers 2008 Spring Camp, 2009 Training Camp & 2010 Training Camp, before being released after playing in a few Exhibition games in 2010. Steel signed shortly after with the Merritt Centennials to start the 2010-11 BCHL regular season.

After three years with the Merritt Centennials the Vernon product committed to Brown University where he has played the past three seasons.

Tyler Steel's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=50182

This is posted on Tyler Steels Blog:

Only The Beginning

May 12, 2016

So the news is finally getting around that I have decided to leave Brown next year and not play my senior season of NCAA. I thought I would address my decision before the stories get made up.

Yes, I have decided to leave Brown University, an Ivy League school with an impressive record, to pursue my professional hockey dreams, in one of the lower professional hockey leagues in North America. I know many of you are thinking, “Why?” or “You’re crazy!” And the truth is I might be crazy, but in my mind I would rather try my hand at playing professional hockey than not try at all and in many ways that is what staying at Brown for a final year feels like.

Originally, the thought to leave Brown arose late this season when I hadn’t had much playing time. It had been two seasons of limited starts and a lot of disappointment. Knowing my own potential and the expectations I set for myself, I decided I needed a fresh start if I was going to continue with hockey. The last three years of my hockey career have undeniably been some of the hardest years of my life: facing life in a new country far away from familiarity, a lower body injury, constant mixed signals from my coaches, and what felt to me like disappointment after disappointment, there were many times during the past two seasons when I contemplated not playing the game I love anymore. I thought about moving home to be closer to Hannah, finishing my education, and then starting real life and getting a job. But every time those thoughts came into my head, I could not get over  how hard I worked my entire life, putting everything I have into this game.  Although the sacrifice is undeniable, I can’t help but believe that there is more and that I am not done. I have had success in the past and I know that I have the potential to still do good things in my hockey career. I know that this is not how it ends.

After months of discussing my options, things sort of just began falling in place. As some of you know, I am a history major here at Brown. Luckily enough for me, I had done a good job at setting myself up to be done with my  concentration at the end of this year. That means that I only need a few course credits to be completed in order to be able to graduate with a Brown degree with my class next spring.  After a post season meeting with my coach, it was clear that there was a lack of faith in my abilities as a goaltender and that, coupled with the assurance of still receiving my degree, allowed me to officially decided it was time to move on.

Chances are next season I will start off in a lower professional league in North America; however, I believe that it will only be the beginning. I know my abilities and potential and I am so excited to work my ass off where ever I end up next season. Although my end goal is still the NHL and I still dream of lifting a Stanley Cup over my head, I know my journey is going to be long, but it isn’t impossible, and I am ready and excited for the challenge.

The hardest part of leaving Brown is leaving my teammates. Throughout the past three seasons, I have made some amazing and life long friends who undoubtedly will remain in my life. I want to thank all of them for their support throughout all of this and pushing me to be a better player, on the ice and off, and a better, stronger person. I never could have imagined the support I would receive from you guys. I would also like to thank my beautiful fiancé and the rest of my friends and family for being so incredibly supportive throughout this entire process. Without your support, none of this would be possible.

Finally I would  like to thank the entire Brown hockey staff and community. I wish more than anything that I could have brought more to this program over the last three seasons and I am moving on with many what ifs and if only’s. It has been an absolute honour to represent such an incredible school and I feel extremely fortunate to have lived in Providence. It is a place that will be remembered through many positive memories like time with the boys and my engagement.

As of right now I have a contract offer in the SPHL in the Southern United States. I am extremely excited to start this new chapter and I will keep everyone updated along the journey. For now, it’s time to work and prepare myself to be the best possible me to start next season.

Tyler

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Everblades Add Former Viper Florentino To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Florida Everblades have twenty players listed on their Season-Ending Rosters list, one is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino.

After three seasons at the University of Massachusetts Florentino joined the East Coast Hockey League Las Vegas Wranglers in the 2012-13 season. Florentino has played the past three seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional League with four different teams (Huntsville, Reading, Elmira & Florida). In 57 games this past season with the Everblades Florentino picked up (5-goals-6-assists-11-points).

Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.

Rob Florentino's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=42676


This is posted on the Everblades website:

Everblades Announce Season-Ending Roster

June 15, 2016

ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Wednesday their season-ending roster.  The list of 20 players is comprised of eight defensemen and 12 forwards. This is the second of a three-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2016-17 season

Defensemen (8)

 Chase Golightly
 Mark Nemec
 Corey Syvret
 Matt Stanisz
 Logan Roe
 Mike Cornell
 Alexander Kuqali
 Rob Florentino

Forwards (12)

 David Wohlberg
 Ethan Werek
 Ryan Martindale
 Brendan O’Donnell
 Matt Marquardt
 Greg Gibson
 Kevin Lynch
 Mike Aviani
 Evan Bloodoff
 Gabriel Desjardins
 Brant Harris
 Ralph Cuddemi

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-16.

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 2016-17 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, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender 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.

2016-17 Season Opener!

The Everblades are already preparing for the 2016-17 season, which begins at home on October 14 & 15 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits!

To view the team’s complete schedule for the 2016-17 regular season CLICK HERE

2016-17 Season Ticket Plans Now Available:  Full  and flexible partial season ticket plans are  currently available for the 2016-17 season. We offer several tickets packages designed to help fit your budget and schedule. For more information, call 239-948-7825, or stop by the team’s main office located at Germain Arena from Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Vipers Celebrate 1999

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers celebrate 1999

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jul 27, 2016

Slick winger Ryan Bayda has retired from pro hockey and is now opening a tattoo removal business in his hometown of Saskatoon.

Popular goalie Derek Gustafson is a sales rep for some craft beer breweries in Oregon.

Lanny Gare and Kenny Magowan, who flourished on the dynamic KGB line with Bayda back in the day, are the only two still playing the game in Germany for a living.

Yes, hockey fans, the 1999 Royal Bank Cup champion Vernon Vipers are alive and well. And they survived a few days of celebration in Penticton last weekend at the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

And as expected, said captain Lennie Rampone, of Kelowna: “We may have shoe-checked someone at lunch.”

Players came from Alaska, New York, Arizona and Europe.

“Lanny Gare was able to make it back from Germany with his family,” said Rampone, a mortgage broker. “Not only did we have a great player turnout, but also had great support from the parents. Petr Chytka’s parents came from the Czech Republic. Chytka now lives in Arizona.

“It was also great to see some of the billet families we used to hang out with regularly, take time to come to the induction ceremony.”

The Vipers won the BCHL title in the 1998-99 season with 52 wins. They had 11 players from B.C. and four from Vernon, including Kori Davison, now living in Calgary and in Energy Services sales with teammate Josh Reed, also a Vernon minor hockey grad. D-man Spence Gilchrist was another local.

“The guys were really proud to be there and proud to represent the Vipers organization with what we accomplished on the ice,” added Rampone. “The whole weekend went by too quick. Lots of laughs and playing the ‘remember when game.’ Some guys could mix in a salad in their diet and some guys don’t even need to use shampoo anymore.”

Only Tyler Valin of Edmonton and Jeff Filewich of St. Albert missed the induction at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Owner Duncan Wray, head coach/GM Troy Mick, assistant coach Joe Oliver and trainer Tim Cooper represented the Snakes’ staff.

The Vipers stopped Dany Heatley and the Calgary Canucks in the Doyle Cup that season and then struggled to a 1-3 mark in the round-robin in the RBC in Yorkton.

With the entire city of Vernon wondering what was wrong, the Vipers bounced the Bramalea Blues of Ontario 3-2 in the semifinal and ambushed the Charlottetown Abbies 9-3 in the final.

For Reed, the induction weekend was extra special since he, Davidson and Gare all played minor hockey here together before glory at the Junior A level.

“It was like we all picked up right where we left off when we were all reunited in Penticton,” said Reed. “There were a lot of remember when stories and the same jokes got the same kind of laughs as they did back in ‘99.  The bond we created over the course of nine months is truly amazing.  We were a team in every sense of the word.  We’ve actually already started plans for our 20-year reunion in 2019.”

Mick, who also won a RBC title as an assistant under Rob Bremner, in 1996, thanked Wray for believing in him and his staff.

“It was one of the best feelings in my life to be inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame,” said Mick, a superstar with the Portland Winter Hawks and a Pittsburgh Penguin draft. “These guys are now dads, husbands and to see 19 of our guys show up, is a true testament on how close this team really was.”

Gare joins the shrine with his uncles, Danny Gare and Tom Renney and his late grandfather, Ernie Gare Sr.

Most of the players looked fit and tanned, and the bad hair jokes were flying big-time.

“There was lots of thinning hair but I think Rampone and (Mike) Bussoli’s hair actually got thicker,” said Reed.

A total of 18 players from that national championship team earned NCAA scholarships.

Also inducted was Murray Baron of Kamloops, who was a d-man with the Vernon Lakers from 1984-86. Baron played 15 seasons in the NHL.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers and played with St Louis, Montreal and Phoenix in addition to five years with the Vancouver Canucks. Baron, 49, played 988 NHL games recording 129 points.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vernon Vipers 2016-17 Roster:

The BCHL website has updated nine of the seventeen team rosters. Here is a look at the current Vipers roster-lineup that is posted on the league website. If you go by the league website-rosters the Vipers only need six players to fill the 22 man roster for the 2016-17 season.

Goaltenders:

Brendan Barry "97" (Returning from last season)

Defence:

Chris Jandric "98" (Recruited-Committed)
Carter Stephenson "98" (Recruited-Committed)
Mitchell Oliver "97" (Returning from last season)
Callum Volpe "98" (Returning from last season)
Darren Rizzolo "98" (Returning from last season)

Forwards:

Niko Karamanis "98" (Recruited-Committed)
Brett Stapley "99" (Returning from last season)
Colton McCarthy "96" (Returning from last season)
Jagger Williamson "98" (Returning from last season)
Riley Brandt "96" (Returning from last season)
Christian Cakebread "97" (Returning from last season)
Nicholas Rasovic "96" (Returning from last season)
Hunter Zandee "96" (Returning from last season)
Jimmy Lambert "97" (Returning from last season)
Steven Jandric "97" (Returning from last season)

*The Vipers are holding a Camp in Michigan July 29th-July 31st before holding their Training Camp in Vernon August 22nd The Vipers will open the pre-season August 25th vs the Penticton Vees.

*The BCHL made a press release on May 3rd 2016 saying Colton McCarthy had accepted an offer to play for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology this coming season. McCarthy is still currently listed on the Vipers roster for this coming season.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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:

Rivermen Will Call George Preston Recreation Centre Home For This Coming Season:

Over the past few months there has been speculation, discussion, and ultimately significant changes for the home of the Langley Rivermen, which will now be at the George Preston Recreation Centre. The announcement of the team relocation brought about much concern over the state of the Recreation Centre. It was noted that many areas of the existing siding have deteriorated over a number of years, exposing the building envelope to the elements of nature. Due to this, the Township of Langley has scheduled some significant renovations to be completed prior to the Rivermen home opener. The new exterior treatment will reflect the look of a Lodge paying homage to the original pioneers and explorers of Langley. The new aesthetic will help make it feel like home for the Rivermen. Once fans walk through the doors to the ‘Lodge,’ there will be additional upgrades that will benefit all of the user groups of the arena. Some of the updates include: improvements to help with humidity levels and ice conditions; the addition of loge style seats in the upper mezzanine areas of the arena bowl; arena lighting upgrades, and a new video display system. Roy Henderson, Langley Rivermen’s President stated, “We are thrilled to be moving into ‘The Lodge’ for our upcoming season. We are proud to be the “Langley” Rivermen. Our goal is to put a competitive team out on the ice that the people of Langley can be proud of” The BCHL was recently in the spotlight with a record-setting three first round NHL Draft picks. Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees) went 10th overall to the Colorado Avalanche, Dante Fabbro (Penticton Vees) went 17th to the Nashville Predators and Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack Chiefs) went 20th to the Detroit Red Wings. The draft spotlight will help to further elevate the level of play in the BCHL as well as bring more scouts to prospect the league. The Langley Rivermen begin their season in September 2016 – their inaugural season at George Preston Recreation Centre. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a season ticket holder starting at just $99. Email tickets@langleyrivermen to secure your season tickets today!

Centennials Name Bhandal New Broadcaster:

Mantar Bhandal is the new play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials.

2016 Bauer BCHL Showcase Released:
 
The 2016 Bauer BCHL Showcase schedule is set and again all 17 teams will be in action at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. The dates of this season’s event are Sept. 21 to 25. The one extra day is to accommodate a single game on the Wednesday night, Sept. 21. All 17 games will be completed by the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 25 meaning each game will be well attended by scouts and college coaches. Opening this year’s Showcase is a rematch of last season’s Fred Page Cup Finals with the champion West Kelowna Warriors facing the event host Chilliwack Chiefs. All matchups feature non-division opponents and all games count for points in the standings. Each team will have gone through two weekends of regular-season play by the time the Showcase starts. The secondary sheet of ice at Prospera Centre will be used for two games during the Showcase. This allows all games to be completed prior to Sunday evening, which is when many scouts have to leave for travel.

Wranglers Name Mick New President:

Troy Mick, the president and general manager of the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks, has a new junior team to oversee. Mick will now also be the president and managing partner of the Colorado-based Steamboat Springs Wranglers, an expansion franchise in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. This circuit is heading into its second year of operations. The league currently features seven squads, all based in Colorado. Misko Antisin, who spent the past two seasons as a Silverbacks’ assistant coach, has been named the Wranglers’ head coach/GM.

Trail-Sherwwod Park Trade:

The Trail Smoke Eaters have acquired the rights to goaltender Zach Dyment from the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL for future considerations. Dyment, an Abbortsford native,  played for the Crusaders in the 2015/16 season.  In 25 games he chalked up 15 wins, 9 losses and one tie with a GAA of 3.4 and a save percentage of .893.  In 11 games with the Salmon Arm Sillverbacks during he 2014/15 season he had 4 wins, 4 losses and a tie in 11 games.  He played for the North Okanagan Knights of the KIJHL in the 2013/14 season and in 37 games had a GAA of 3.69 and a save percentage of .907. The Trail Smoke Eaters welcome Zach to the Smoke Eater family and wish him the best of luck for the upcoming season.

Nanaimo-Victoria Trade:


The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Joseph Visconti(97)(F) from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations.

Prince George-Salmon Arm Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are excited to announce the acquisition of 18 year old defenceman Sam De Melo from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. The 5’9” 160 pound De Melo is from Kelowna, BC. Last season with the Silverbacks, De Melo had 3 assists to go along with just 4 penalty minutes in 26 games. He will have some familiar faces on the team as he played in the Pursuit of Excellence program with both Cavin Tilsley and Jarod Hovde. “Sam is a player that I’ve been intrigued with for a while. He’s a smart player who handles and distributes the puck well. He also skates well and will be able to create some offense for us from the backend. His skill set will be a nice addition to our group” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “It’s going to be nice to get a fresh start, and hopefully have a good season here. I like to think of myself as a 200 foot player. I’m a good skater, pretty skilled, can play in all situations and I like to put up points,” said De Melo on joining the Spruce Kings. Sam De Melo will join the rest of his Spruce Kings team mates just prior to the start of the team’s main training camp on August 25th.

Calverley & Bernard Commit To Chilliwack:


Chilliwack Chiefs General Manager Jason Tatarnic continued to add to his roster today with the addition of forward William Calverley (1998) and defenseman Colin Bernard (1997). Calverley joins the Chiefs after an impressive stint with the national champion North York Rangers Midget AAA team of the Greater Toronto Hockey League. As Captain of the Rangers last season, Calverley scored 11 goals and 17 assists in 28 games. In seven games at the Telus Cup national championship he scored six times and added four assists. Bernard comes to the Chiefs from Brunswick Prep School in Greenwich Connecticut. Bernard spent two seasons at Brunswick, scoring twice and adding 14 assists in 41 games. Calverley On joining the Chiefs: “I am very excited to be a part of a well-respected organization such as the Chiefs. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to this new chapter of my hockey career."  Tatarnic on Calverley: “Will is a player we've had our eyes on for a while now. He had an excellent year last year captaining his team to the Telus Cup Championship. He's a great two way player. He's committed to RIT and we look forward playing a part in his development. We are extremely happy to add Will to our line up.” Bernard On joining the Chiefs: "I’m very excited about the opportunity to play for the Chiefs. I can't wait to get things started in August. I’m looking forward to being a part of a wonderful culture in British Columbia and to have the honor of calling Chilliwack home." Tatarnic on Bernard: “Colin is a very mobile defenseman that competes very hard. He has the potential to produce offensive numbers for us on the backend. We feel we've added an important piece to our defence.”

Silverbacks TV:

Silverbacks Head Coach-GM Brandon West talks about the Salmon Arm Silverback’s interests in Colorado and what that means for the S’Backs. He also talks about looking for a new assistant coach plus looks at the team’s future goals going into the 2016-17 season with a number of positions to fill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hofgQRrxXRQ

Penticton-Brockville Trade:

The Penticton Vees have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Ryan Markovic(97)(D) from the Brockville Braves of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations.

Menard Returns As Centennials Team President:


A small crowd of club faithful gathered at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena on June 23 for the Merritt Centennials’ annual general meeting. The Centennials, in their 43rd year of existence, are the longest continuously-run franchise in the British Columbia Hockey League. Those in attendance at the Cents’ AGM heard reports from club president Neil Menard, treasurer Beth Nadeau, director of hockey operations Brian Barrett, assistant coach Matt Samson and booster club president Betty Doberstein. Despite the Centennials’ failure to make the playoffs, Barrett felt that the 2015-16 season was a successful one for the club, with an even brighter future ahead. Barrett stated that the BCHL continues to enjoy considerable success, and be generally regarded as the premier Junior A hockey league in Canada. The addition of a franchise in Wenatchee, Wash. was very well received. The Centennials’ 2015-16 financial statement showed a small loss of just over $11,000, due in large part to reduced season ticket sales, along with an increase in player transfer and release fees. Barrett conceded that marketing continues to be a challenge for the Centennials hockey club with no one person currently in place for that position. Sales and promotion is being largely handled by volunteers and the coaching staff. “I want to reach out to the community and ask that the people of Merritt help their hockey club in whatever way possible,” concluded Barrett. Doberstein reported that the Centennials booster club was able to contribute over $60,000 to the hockey team this past season. Longtime volunteer Rusty Brewer indicated that the club is looking to promote the 10-game flex passes as a viable alternative to purchasing a season pass. The AGM’s election of officers saw the return of Neil Menard to the position of club president, Dave MacCauley as vice-president, Nadeau as treasurer, and Heather Fader as secretary. Several directors were also elected: Barrett, Doberstein, Steve Rose, Rita Cavaliere, Frank Etchart, Jessica and Rich Culbertson, and Sandy Hostrawser.

Silverbacks Name Hay New Assistant Coach:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are proud to announce today that they have signed Darrell Hay (Kamloops, BC) & Welcome back Brooks Christensen (Salmon Arm, BC) back to the team. General Manager Troy Mick is excited for the additions to the club. “We are very excited to add Darrell to our staff and for Brooks to return for a 2nd year”. Stated Mick; whenever you can bring two guys in like this to your club you get better as a staff immediately and the players are going to reap the benefits on and off the ice. “Darrell has a tremendous amount of hockey experience and we are excited to have him join the Silverbacks family. He has a noticeable passion for the game and our defensemen will thrive under his tutelage”. Says Head Coach Brandon West. “Throughout his career, Darrell has always been known as a team guy that will do anything to achieve success and we want that type of person in our organization. Darrell was a player/coach last season in England and he is ready to take the next step in his coaching career”. “I am thrilled to be joining a first class organization and a premier league like the BCHL”. Stated Hay. I look forward to helping Salmon Arm fulfill the vision they have for the team on the ice and in the community. I am anxious to get to work at reaching our goals of winning a Royal Bank Cup and developing all the fantastic young athletes that will wear a Silverbacks uniform. I look forward to being a part of an excellent tradition that the Silverbacks and the community have worked hard to cultivate. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to pursue my goals as a coach as part of the Silverbacks organization in such a beautiful community in Salmon Arm. The Vancouver Canucks draft-pick brings a wealth of experience to the Silverbacks organization having played regularly in the AHL, ECHL and more recently having had spells in Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, Japan and finishing of in Sheffield, England. “We are very excited to have Brooks return to the program for another season. He came a long way in his development last season and his video knowledge and technical skills grew immensely”. Brooks is a huge asset to our team and we are grateful to have him back on board next season. Commented Coach West I’m looking forward to continue learning and working with Brandon & Troy and to work with our new assistant coach. Stated Brooks. I think we are going to have a great group this year that the community will really enjoy watching. Last year was a learning curve for myself and I’m very happy to be back and be apart of the team this upcoming season.

Fea Commits To Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles are pleased to announce that 19-year-old forward Nick Fea has committed to the team for the upcoming 2016-17 season. It will be his first season in the BCHL after playing last season with the North Jersey Avalanche of the EYHL. The ’97-born Fea scored a point-per-game with the Avalanche last season, posting 52 points in 52 total games in both AYHL and Tier 1 Elite Hockey League competition. “I was impressed by the time and effort that [head coach Blaine Neufeld] put into recruiting me,” Fea said in an interview with SurreyEagles.ca. “I know the program is on the rise, and I decided to commit because I felt like it was the best fit for me.” Fea was heavily pursued by other teams, which is why the extra effort was needed to bring him to Surrey. With an average build at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, he utilizes his exceptional speed to get around defenceman. He has been described as being “slippery with the puck.” His scoring touch will certainly be a welcome addition to the Eagles’ forward group. “I plan on coming in and bringing offense to the team,” Fea noted. “I know my biggest strengths are my speed and hockey IQ, and I need to use them to do my share on the offensive side of things.” This is the second time this summer that the Eagles have received a commitment from a player coming out of the AYHL. Tyler Riddle of the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers also committed to the team less than a month ago. While Fea doesn’t know him personally, he recalls plenty of tough games against that team. Speed may be his best asset, but Fea isn’t taking it for granted. Players will be stronger and faster in the BCHL, and he is making sure that he prepares himself this summer. “The biggest jump I think from AYHL to BCHL will be the speed of the game. It’s going to be faster, and I need to be ready to play against bigger and stronger players.” The 2016-17 season officially begins on September 9th, as the Eagles will play host to the Coquitlam Express. Keep checking SurreyEagles.ca for ticket availability!

Bottomley, Ghantous & Sitzman Commit To Trail:

In a summer identification camp held in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho over the weekend the Trail Smoke Eater’s have committed to 1997 defence-man, Trevor Bottomley and 1998 born forwards Andre Ghantous and Jack Sitzman. Trevor has 2 years of junior hockey under his belt with the Campbell River Storm where he was a staple on their defensive core.  Trevor was a key piece in the Storm’s 2014/15 season when they captured the Keystone Cup (Junior B Western Canadian Championship).  Trevor returned this past season where the team had another successful campaign making it to the Cyclone Taylor Cup (BC Junior B Championship). Bottomley is a 2-way D-man who sees the ice terrifically and plays with an edge.  At 19 years of age Trevor will be relied upon to play in all situations. From the U18 Anaheim Junior Ducks Andre and Jack come highly regarded by their coach and former Smoke Eater August Aiken.  Andre and Jack impressed new Trail Smoke Eater head coach, Cam Keith, with their vision, character and compete level.  Both are totally different players with Andre being a slick play maker who the coaching staff thinks could be a good fit at center or wing.   Jack is a big physical power forward that plays with an edge.  Despite being different players the two have a lot of chemistry together.

Alberni Valley-Yorkton Trade:

18-July-16 The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Paul Savage(96)(D) from the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Victoria-Fort Frances Trade:

13-July-16 The Victoria Grizzlies have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Jared Virtanen(96)(F) to the Fort Frances Lakers of the SIJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Admirals Add Former Vipers McGregor & Jones To Teams Protected List:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Norfolk Admirals have thirty six players listed on their protected list two are former Vernon Vipers forwards Bryan McGregor & Connor Jones.

Norfolk Admirals Protected List:

Nic Riopel, Philippe Cadorette, Wes Cunningham, Davis Vandane, Sam Windle, Chris Williams, Cole Martin, Gabriel Verpaelst, Jordan Hill, Charles-Olivier Roussel, Joe Marciano, Brendon Nash, Josh Currie, Dylan Gilbert, Nick MacNeil, Robbie Czarnik, Maxime Legault, Steven Whitney, Danick Gauthier, Ryan Salkeld, Matt Cope, Dean Ouellet, Connor Jones, Alexandre Ranger, Chase Schaber, Scott Allen, Jonathan Lessard, Maxime St. Cyr, Marcus Hinds, Bryan McGregor, Devin Mantha, Paul Rodrigues, Kurt Etchegary, Nicolas Blanchard, Francis Verreault-Paul, Luke Judson

Bryan McGregor started the season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Brampton Beast after signing September 24th 2015. McGregor played in 18 games collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points) before being traded to the ECHL Norfolk Admirals December 18th 2015. McGregor played in just one game with the Admirals before asking for his release in order to sign on with MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ, a club in the Polish Hockey League. 

After four years at Minnesota-Duluth McGregor went on to play three years in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with Pensacola, Johnstown & Idaho before having a short stint with the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators. McGregor had spent the past six seasons playing overseas in six different leagues with seven different teams (Sport, HC Trinec, HC Innsbruck, Beibarys Atyrau, Rungsted, Szekesfehervar & Piráti Chomutov) before returning to the AHL & ECHL last season.  

McGregor played parts of one season in Vernon (2002-2003) after coming over in a trade with the Cowichan Valley Capitals for forward Josh Ciocco. In 32 games with the Vipers McGregor collected (21-goals-26-assists-47-points).

Bryan McGregor's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13415

Connor Jones started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Missouri Mavericks after signing a contract September 24 2015. Jones never played a game with Missouri, landed a try out just days later with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Jones attend the Sound Tigers training camp, made the Sound Tigers roster, signed a contract with Bridgeport December 6th 2016, spent the entire 2015-16 season with the Sound Tigers. In 51 games last year Jones collected (6-goals-7-assists-13-points). During last season the Mavericks traded the rights of Jones to Norfolk November 23rd 2015. Jones never played a single game with the Admirals.

After four years at Quinnipiac University Jones signed his first pro contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons April 3rd 2014 before splitting the 2014-15 season between the ECHL & AHL.

Jones played four years in Vernon (2006-2010). In 163 regular season games with the Vipers collected (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Jones is the Vipers all-time franchise points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time franchise goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38011


This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Protected Lists

June 2, 2016

The ECHL on Thursday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its Member teams.

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 an SPC in 2015-16 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2015-16, 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 an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015-16 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 2015-16.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Memories Of The ’99 Vipers:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Memories Of The ’99 Vipers

July 22, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Vernon Vipers owner Dr. Duncan Wray and former Viper bench boss Troy Mick sat down to talk about their memories of the 1999 Royal Bank Cup champion Vernon Vipers. The team is being inducted into the BC Hockey Hall Of Fame along with alumnus Murray Baron who played for the Lakers between 1984 and 1986. Wray, who was inducted into the BCHHOF in 2011, says all of the teams that have won a national title have a special place in his memories but the 1999 team’s accomplishments cannot be overlooked.

The ’99 squad only lost six games in the regular season posting a team record 106 points.  However the team also had some struggles en route to its second RBC cup and 4th National Championship. Not only did the team lose the first ever game to the RMJHL Kimberley Dynamiters (no BCHL team had lost a game during the Mowat Cup) but the team also had to beat the Calgary Canucks led by future NHL star Dany Heatley.

Even in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the team narrowly avoided being eliminated in the RBC Cup’s round robin portion after losing their first three games of the tournament. The Vipers however would come back to beat Charlottetown 9-3 to win their 4th National Championship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAPGqP3B6K0

Friday, July 22, 2016

1999 Vipers Enter Hall Of Fame:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Team Enters Hall of Fame

Posted on 7/22/2016  

by  Pete McIntyre
 
The Vernon Vipers RBC Cup winning team from 1999 will be inducted in the BC Hockey Hall of Fame tonight.

The team, which was coached by Troy Mick and included the likes of Lennie Rampone (captain), Ryan Bayda and Lanny Gare, is considered to be one of the greatest teams in BCHL history.

It had a regular season record of 52-6-2, and won the franchise's fourth national title in 10 years.

Team owner Duncan Wray will be on hand for the ceremony tonight in Penticton at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Wray remembers the team being 0-3 going into their final game of the RBC round robin.

"We had to win to move on, and we did. It was just so exciting. No one could figure out why we were 0-3 when we had a team that won 52 games in the regular season. It was a little nerve rattling, but it was fun," Wray tells Kiss FM.

Wray calls it a tremendous honour, for what he says was a special group of players that year.

"They asked me a couple years ago which of the teams I was involved with should be considered, and
I suggested the '99 team, simply because of their record. It was a special group. They were like brothers."

Wray says the Lanny Gare-Ryan Bayda-Tyler Knight line was one of the highlights that year.

"They were just tremendous all the way through the season. Defensively, we had Lenny Rampone (team captain), and Derek Gustafson in goal. It was just a really special team."

Here is a look at the 1998-1999 Vernon Viper Roster:
  
4      Bradley, John
5      Bussoli, Mike
6      Gilchrist, Spence
7      Williams, Danny
8      Reed, Josh
9      Knight, Tyler
10    Davison, Kori (Asst. Capt.)
11    Filewich, Jeff
12    Bayda, Ryan
14    Sickavish, Kelly (Asst. Capt.)
15    Magowan, Kenny
16    Chytka, Petr
17    Digel, Jace
18    Gare, Lanny
19    Duggan, John
20    Bresciani, Joel (Asst. Capt.)
21    Krahn, Scott
22    Kamel, Tito
24    Ringstad, Nick
25    Lacasse, Domenic
28    Rampone, Lennie (Capt.)
96    Gustafson, Derek
97    King, Chris
    
Owner/President:  Duncan Wray
Head Coach:  Troy Mick
Assistant Coach Joe Oliver

Former NHL'er and Vernon Lakers defenceman Murray Baron is also being inducted, along with BCHL commissioner John Grisdale, and Merritt Centennials owner Brian Barrett.

Ex Viper Festerling Becomes Free Agent:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Garrett Festerling has become a free agent
after the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Hamburg Freezers folded due to financial reasons.

The Freezers are a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league (DEL) that play their games in Hamburg, Germany.

After three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Portland & Regina Festerling has spent the past nine seasons playing in Germany with three different teams (EV Fussen, Hannover & Hamburg) Festerling has spent the past six years with Hamburg.

Festerling played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2002-2003). Festerling played with the 2002-03 Vipers before leaving the team during his second season in Vernon, in December 2003 for the WHL Portland Winterhawks. In 77 regular season games with the Vipers Festerling collected (12-goals-25-assists-37-points).

Garrett Festerling's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11628

This was posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

May 25th 2016

The Hamburg Freezers (Germany, DEL) have folded for financial reasons and DEL all players under contract are free agents. That includes brothers Garrett (Portland, Regina, 2003-07) and Brett Festerling (Tri-City, Vancouver, 2001-07), each of whom had two years remaining on their contracts with Hamburg. Brett, a defenceman, had one assist in 18 games this season, while Garrett, a forward, had seven goals and 16 assists in 30 games.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Former Vernon Viper Coughlin Attends Blackhawks Development Camp:

Former Vernon Viper forward Liam Coughlin attended the Chicago Blackhawks Development from July 10th-July 15th.

Coughlin finished his first season at the University of Vermont last season, played two seasons in Vernon (2013-2015) playing in 107 games with the Vipers picking up (38-goals-67-assists-105-points). Coughlin was drafted 130th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in Round 5 at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers traded Coughlin to the Chicago Blackhawks on July 6th 2015 for Anders Nilsson.

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=248303

This is posted on the Blackhawks website:

Blackhawks to host 2016 Prospect Camp from July 10-15

Thursday, 07.7.2016

By Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks will conduct their 2016 Prospect Camp at Johnny’s IceHouse West in Chicago (2550 W. Madison St.) from Sunday, July 10, to Friday, July 15.

The camp roster of 66 invites is highlighted by eight of Chicago’s 2016 National Hockey League Draft selections, as well as former first-round selections Nick Schmaltz (2014) and Ryan Hartman (2013). Illinois natives include Roy Radke (2015 NHL Draft, 164th overall), Anthony Louis (2013 NHL Draft, 181st overall) and Vincent Hinostroza (2012 NHL Draft, 169th overall). A complete camp roster and schedule can be found here.

http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=113540

On-ice sessions will begin on Sunday, July 10, and will run from approximately 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Johnny’s IceHouse West. Practices and scrimmages will be conducted Monday-Wednesday, with position practice on Thursday. The group will hold one scrimmage on Friday beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pedersen & The Junior Canucks Capture Brick Invitational Championship:

Vernon Vipers Head Scout & Assistant Coach Kevin Pedersen helped guide the BC Junior Canucks  to the 2016 27th Annual Brick Invitational championship July 11th in Edmonton Alberta.  Pedersen also helped guide the U15 Penguins to the 2016 Male U15 Provincial Tournament with a victory over the Wild in the championship game May 8th 2016 in Richmond, BC.

The Brick Invitational hockey Tournament website:

http://www.brickhockey.pointstreaksites.com/view/brickinvitational/home-page-784

This is posted on the Hockey Now website:

BC Junior Canucks Win 2016 Brick Invitational Tournament

By Mike Beasley on July 15, 2016

Being persistent is always a good thing as this summer’s edition of the BC Junior Canucks will be quick to point out.

After eight unsuccessful attempts trying to be crowned the top team at The Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament, it all came together in 2016 for this group of nine- and 10-year-olds.

British Columbia’s last Brick championship was back in 2007, but now the drought is over.

The team, made up of players from Nanaimo to Victoria and Greater Vancouver through to West Kelowna, traveled to Edmonton, Alta. earlier this month to compete in what has become a summer tradition for many of the best Canadian and American players in this age group.

The 27th annual tournament was held at the world famous West Edmonton Mall from July 4 to 10, with fourteen squads from all over North America making the summer pilgrimage to compete in the prestigious event.

The list of Brick alumni that are currently playing in the NHL is incredible. The list starts with Washington Capitals D Karl Alzner, who played with Vancouver in the tournament, and runs through almost the entire alphabet before coming to a stop at Minnesota Wild F Jason Zucker, who attended the event as a member of Team California.

At this year’s event, the BC Junior Canucks blasted through their competition in the Wigston Conference, going undefeated in six games against Team Brick Alberta, Saskatchewan Jr. Pats, Toronto Bulldogs, Chicago Jr. Blackhawks, Team Pennsylvania and Detroit Red Wings.

The Styles Conference was made up of Team Minnesota, Boston Junior Bruins, Toronto Pro Hockey, Winnipeg Junior Jets, Montreal Ice Storm, Connecticut Junior Rangers and Team California.

With a an impressive 6-0 record, British Columbia was the only undefeated team in the opening round of the tournament, outshooting their opponents 31-6 to earn a berth in the semifinals.

From there, the Junior Canucks had to wait until the winner of a quarterfinal matchup between the Boston Junior Bruins (5-1) and Saskatchewan Jr. Pats (3-2) was determined. Boston came out on top with a 4-3 overtime victory to set up a semifinal showdown against British Columbia.

Junior Canucks forward Tomas Mrsic proved to be too much for the Junior Bruins, leading his team to a 5-2 win with a four-goal, five-point performance and a spot in the championship final. British Columbia G Jesse Sanche had a quiet but effective game, stopping nine of 11 Boston shots.

In the other semifinal game, Team Minnesota (5-1) locked horns with the Toronto Bulldogs (4-2). The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals after winning an all-Toronto quarterfinal game with a 6-0 shutout over Pro Hockey. Team Minnesota went on to win 3-1 against the Bulldogs to set up the final two combatants in a classic Canada (British Columbia) versus United States (Minnesota) showdown.

So the stage was set with the Junior Canucks and Team Minnesota facing off for all the marbles on Sunday, July 10 on the ice at the West Edmonton Mall.

With an announced crowd of 500 cheering parents, siblings, friends, relatives and hockey fans encouraging the teams on, the Junior Canucks emerged as the victors with a convincing 5-2 win.

British Columbia’s Tomas Mrsic was named the game’s first star with a three-goal performance. He scored the game-winning goal, an insurance marker, along with the team’s first empty-net goal. Carson Wetsch and Macklin Celebrini had the other Junior Canucks markers.

After finishing the six-game round-robin with 1-7-8 points, Mrsic really turned up his offensive output in the playoffs with 7-1-8 points in just two contests. Teammate Jordan Gavin followed Mrsic in playoff scoring with one goal and four points. In the round robin, Gavin led the Junior Canucks with 5-4-9 points. Wetsch chipped in with 4-4-8 points in his six preliminary round games.

Goalie Massimo Urbani was solid between the Junior Canucks pipes, stopping 21 of 22 Minnesota shots. The Junior Canucks goaltending tandem of Urbani and Sanche combined for a perfect 8-0 record during the tournament.

The 2016 win marks the fourth time British Columbia has won the Brick tournament. They also won in 2007, 2000 and 1997.

With the win, the Junior Canucks put an end to a six-year championship run by a Toronto team. The Toronto Bulldogs were crowned champion in 2015, 2013, 2012 and 2011. In 2014 and 2010, Toronto Pro Hockey took home the hardware.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beast Add Former Vernon Viper Marino To Teams Protected List:

The East Coast Hockey League announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams.  The Brampton Beast have thirty five players listed on their protected list one is former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Brampton Beast Protected List:


Andrew D'Agostini, Eric Brassard, Jordan Ruby, Kenny Reiter, Trevor Cann, Bryan Pitton, Travis Armstrong, Steven Kaunisto, Mike Vernace, Zach McCullough, Jordan Henry, Matt Chiarantano, Tim Billingsley, Justin Baker, Brayden Rose, Taylor MacDougall, Austin McKay, Mike Hammond, David Ling, Daniel Vernace, Joey West, Jesse Stoughton, Mitch Zion, Nick McParland, Luc-Olivier Blain, Jamie Wise, Luke Pither, Joe Zarbo, Scott Jacklin, Stephon Thorne, Steve Mele, Jeff Brown, Brandon Marino, Calin Wild, Justin Donati


Marino started last season with the Beast, picked up (13-goals-28-assists-41-points) in 40 games before signing a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Uitca Comets January 12th 2016. Marino was released February 10th 2016 after scoring once in eight games with Utica before signing with the Comets for a second time February 26 2016. In 30 games with the Comets Marino collected (4-goals-0-assists-4-points). Marino recently signed with the HC Mikron Nové Zámky or known as in English (HC New Locks) on May 22nd 2016.  HC New Locks is a Slovak ice hockey club in New Zámky , that plays in the Tipsport League.

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


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


Brandon Marino's Player Profile:


http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=39227

This is posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Protected Lists

June 2, 2016

The ECHL on Thursday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its Member teams.

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 an SPC in 2015-16 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2015-16, 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 an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015-16 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 2015-16.