Friday, October 21, 2016

Vipers Trade Johnson To AJHL-Sign Anderson:

This is posted on the 107.5 Kiss FM website:

Vipers Trade One, Add One

Posted on 10/21/2016

by Pete McIntyre

Vernon Vipers have made a couple of roster moves as they get set to host the Trail Smoke Eaters tonight.

Forward Levi Johnson has been traded to the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

In 11 games this season Johnson recorded one goal and one assist.

The Vipers have added forward Keith Anderson, a 19 year old from Hermiston Oregon, who played 33 games for the WHL's Victoria Royals last season before being released earlier this year.

Vipers fans are reminded it's a $5 Friday tonight as the Vipers entertain the Smoke Eaters at 7pm. All kids and students get in for $5.

Levi Johnson's Player Profile:

Keith Anderson's Player Profile:

(Article from the Victoria Royals website) Royals Sign Anderson,

Josh Thrower vs Keith Anderson scrap,

This is posted on the Morning Star website:

Anderson makes Viper debut tonight
by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

posted Oct 21, 2016

Mark Ferner says towering winger Keith Anderson plays hockey the right way.

And after watching the 19-year-old Oregon farm boy practise the last 10 days in Vernon, Ferner like Anderson’s hustle and grit so much he signed him and released 19-year-old local product Levi Johnson.

The rugged Anderson, released by the Major Junior Victoria Royals, will play left wing on a line with fellow WHL veteran Austin Adamson and Hunter Zandee tonight as the Vipers entertain the Trail Smoke Eaters in B.C. Hockey League action. Cole Demers gets the start in net.

“From what I’ve been told, he’s a big, heavy body who has some skill and plays hard,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner, of Anderson. “He may be lacking a little bit of confidence right now. He skates well and he’s a really friendly and personable kid.”

Vernon traded Johnson to the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound Vernon native who rang up 19 points in 45 Junior B Kamloops Storm games last year, recorded one goal and one assist in 11 games with the Snakes.

Johnson was dealt since the BCHL only allows a 22-man roster and the Vipers had to make room for Anderson.

Anderson, of Hermiston, Ore., pocketed six points and 37 penalty minutes with Victoria last year and was released after three tilts this season. He is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound right winger.

Anderson compiled 52 points in 46 Midget games with Compete Hockey prep in Spokane over two seasons.

It’s another $5 Friday tonight for all kids and students. Game time is 7:00.

Vernon visits Trail Saturday night. The Smokies have ex-Viper Blaine Caton and North Okanagan Knights’ grad Zach Dyment in their lineup and are fourth in the Interior Division at 6-7-1, three points back of the Vipers.

Caton, a Vernon resident, has one goal and three points, while Dyment, an Abbotsford product, is 4-6 with a 3.28 GAA and .908 save percentage.

1 comment:

vipersdiehardfan said...

Mark Ferner looks to be adding experience and leadership in the last few weeks, making several roster moves. I think the Vipers have added size, leadership and gotten older over the past few weeks. I thought Levi Johnson worked hard and earned his way onto the team after Training camp. After watching Keith Anderson in his Vipers debut Friday, Anderson brings a lot more to the Vipers lineup over Johnson. Anderson has some skill, is pretty quick, goes to the net and looked pretty good in his debut over the weekend. Nice to see the kid score his first goal Saturday. You have to wonder if the Vipers will look for a more older-experienced goaltender?