Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ex Viper Sanford Named To U Sports All-Star Team:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Cole Sanford has been named to the U Sports All-Star team.

Sanford is in his second season at the University of Alberta after a short stint with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Colorado Eagles (2016-17).

Sanford was a affiliated player "AP" with the 2011-12 Vipers went pointless in eight games before moving on to the Western Hockey League. Sanford would spend four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers & Regina Pats before signing with the ECHL Colorado Eagles.

Cole Sanford's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=101594

This was posted on the Western Hockey League website:

11 WHL Alumni named to U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars Roster

December 5, 2017

WHL Network

The Western Hockey League will be represented by 11 alumni on the U SPORTS All-Star Team set to face Canada’s National Junior Team prospects in a two-game set prior to the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

U Sports announced the 23-player roster Monday morning. Representing the WHL will be 10 players and one coach, including goaltender Jordon Cooke (Saskatchewan) and defenceman Kendall McFaull (Saskatchewan), the only two WHL alumni to return from last year’s group of players. Cooke is also just one of two players returning from the 2015 edition of the roster.

The games are set for Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont., home of the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs.  The games will mark the culmination of a four-day camp for the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars beginning Dec. 11, while also serving as part of Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship slated for Dec. 26 -Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Hockey Canada for what should be two very entertaining hockey games, and a continued partnership between our organizations,” said Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS. “We all know how excited Canadians get every December about Canada’s National Junior Team. These games will provide great exposure for U SPORTS men’s hockey, and I know our players and coaches are looking forward to shining on a national stage.”

The other eight WHL Alumni representing U SPORTS at the two-game event are: defencemen Dylan Busenius (Calgary), Jagger Dirk (St. Francis Xavier), Jason Fram (Alberta) and forwards Cain Franson (Calgary), Boston Leier (Acadia), Logan McVeigh (Saskatchewan), Luke Philp (Alberta), Cole Sanford (Alberta).

Cooke, a product of Leduc, Alta., is in his fourth season with the Saskatchewan Huskies after a four-year WHL career with the Kelowna Rockets (2010-11 to 2013-14). The 24-year-old goaltender sits second in U SPORTS with 11 wins on the season.

Returning defenceman Kendall McFaull leads a contingent of four WHL Alumni on the blue line. The 25-year-old Rosetown, Sask. product played four seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors (2009-10 to 2012-13), serving as captain in his final year. McFaull is in his fifth year with the Huskies program.

Dylan Busenius, who played with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince Albert Raiders and Saskatoon Blades during a  WHL career (2008-09 to 2013-14), will also line up on the U SPORTS’ blue line in the games. The 24-year-old Sherwood Park, Alta. product is in his fourth season with the Dinos.

Jason Fram, who played five season with the Spokane Chiefs (2011-12 to 2015-16), captaining the team during his final year. Now, the 22-year-old Vancouver,  B.C. product is in his second year with the Golden Bears. Fram is tied for sixth among scoring for U SPORTS defencemen.

The fourth and final defenceman named to the team with WHL experience was former Kootenay ICE blue liner Jagger Dirk, who was with the WHL club for five seasons (2009-10 to 2013-14). The 24-year-old Penticton, B.C. native is currently in his fourth season with the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men in Antigonish, N.S.

Cain Franson, who spent four seasons with the Vancouver Giants (2010-11 to 2013-14) will also join the blue line of Team U SPORTS. Now, the 24-year-old Sicamous, B.C. product is in his fourth year with the University of Calgary Dinos, leading the team in scoring with 14 points (7G-7A) in 16 games.

Boston Leier, who played his WHL career (2009-10 to 2013-14) with the Medicine Hat Tigers and later the Regina Pats, is leading this year’s group of standout forwards. The Saskatoon, Sask. product is in his fourth year with the Acadia Axemen and presently sits third in U SPORTS scoring with 30 points (11G-19A) in 11 games.

Logan McVeigh is another standout forward who came from the WHL ranks to the U SPORTS All-Star team. McVeigh played his five-year WHL career (2010-11 to 2014-15) with the Kamloops Blazers, Prince Albert Raiders, Medicine Hat Tigers and Regina Pats. Now in his third year with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, the Kenaston, Sask. product sits tied for third in Canada West scoring with 21 points (6G-15A) in 16 games.

Luke Philp is another strong addition to the U SPORTS All-Star squad. The Canada West WHL Graduate of the Month for October has been a big part of Alberta’s early success, with him sitting second in Canada West scoring with 25 points (7G-18A) in 16 games. Philp, a product of Canmore, Alta., played his WHL career with the Kootenay ICE and Red Deer Rebels (2011-12 to 2015-16).

Cole Sanford rounds out the list of WHL graduates as the former Medicine Hat Tigers and Regina Pats forward (2012-13 to 2015-16) will be one of three Golden Bears to partake in this year’s games. Now in his first full season with the University of Alberta, the Vernon, B.C. product is tied for seventh in scoring with 12 points (6G-6A) in 16 games.

Former Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Mark Howell (Calgary) will be behind the bench for second straight year as an assistant coach.

Historical Results – U Sports/CIS All-Stars vs. Canadian National Junior Team Prospects

U Sports/CIS National All-Star Team

2016 – St. Catharines:
Game 1: CIS All-Stars (3) vs. Canada NJT (5)
Game 2: Canada NJT (3) vs. CIS All-Stars (0)

2015 – Toronto:
Game 1: CIS All-Stars (5) vs. Canada NJT (4) – SO
Game 2: Canada NJT (5) vs. CIS All-Stars (0)

CIS Selects (Schools & Conferences)

2014 – Toronto:
Game 1: Canada NJT (10) vs. CIS Toronto Selects (3)
Game 2: Canada NJT (3) vs. CIS Toronto Selects (0)

2013 – Toronto:
Game 1: CIS Toronto Selects (3) vs. Canada NJT (0)

2012 – Calgary:
Game 1: Albert CIS Selects (4) vs. Canada NJT (1)
Game 2: Canada NJT (2) vs. Canada West Selects (0)

2011 – Calgary:
Game 1: Canada NJT (7) vs. Canada West Selects (4)

2010 – Toronto:
Game 1: Canada NJT (6) vs. Ontario University Athletics Selects (2)

2009 – Regina:
Game 1: CIS Saskatchewan All-Stars (4) vs. Canada NJT (2)

About U Sports

U Sports is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U Sports also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca.

Vipers Unveil Ugly Christmas Jersey's:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Ugly Jersey Online Auction

November 27, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

The Vernon Vipers will be auctioning off their special Ugly Christmas Jerseys in support of the Salvation Army this year (portion of the proceeds will go to the Salvation Army’s House Of Hope).

The players will be wearing the limited edition jersey on December 16th against the Trail Smoke Eaters.  AuctionOkanagan.com will be hosting the online auction and it will be free for people to register and bid. The auction goes live tonight (Starting at 5pm) and will end noon on December 15th, 2017.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stapley-Canada West Advance To Semifinals:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley drew an assist in Canada West's 4-3
overtime victory over former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans and Canada East Wednesday.

This is posted on the Hockey Canada website:

Game Story

ARMOUR PLAYS HERO, SENDS WEST TO WJAC SEMIS

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Ross Armour tied the game with 6:31 left and won it 42 seconds into overtime, sending Canada West into the semifinals at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge with a 4-3 quarter-final over Canada East on Wednesday night.

The westerners will take on the Czech Republic in the second semifinal Thursday (7:30 p.m. AT).

Less than a minute after the puck dropped to start the extra period, Armour stripped East defenceman Aidan Girduckis at centre ice and broke in alone before roofing a shot over the glove of goaltender Jett Alexander to finish the comeback he started.

Carter Turnbull and Jacob Bernard-Docker had the other goals for West, which improved to 7-1 all-time against East and advanced to the semifinals for the 10th time in 12 years.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=1709

BCHL Report:

This is posted on the Junior hockey.ca website:

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

The BCHL Report is a weekly look at Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League.  The BCHL Insider is just that. A coach, or employee, that has incredibly close access to all things BCHL.

ISLAND

Powell River (18-9-2-2) – The Kings won just one of their three road games last week and play another trio this weekend. It’s a strange feeling to know that the trip to Surrey, Coquitlam, and West Kelowna can be fruitless if the boys are not giving it 100%. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Three day roadies are always tough, and with Coquitlam suddenly no longer a “gimmie”, might be a long trip back home.

Nanaimo (16-12-3-2) – Head Coach Mike Vandekamp’s Clips were given the slip in both games last week. In the last weekend before the Christmas break, Nanaimo visits Trail, Penticton, and Merritt. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: A great chance for the Clippers to make a statement heading into the break. They’ll learn a lot about themselves this week.

Victoria (16-14-3-1) – Craig Didmon’s Grizzlies lit the lamp 16 times in their pair of wins over the division’s first and second place teams. Victoria visits Alberni Valley tomorrow night before hosting Cowichan Valley and Prince George later in the week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Grizz will have their hands full this weekend, home ice may play a role.

Alberni Valley (9-18-2-4) – Matt Hughes’ Bulldogs chopped the Chiefs Saturday night in their only win in three tries last week. Victoria and the Caps visit the Weyerhaeuser this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: This team suddenly has to look over its shoulder as the Capitals have found their sea legs. Too early to say the game with Cowichan Valley has playoff implications, but then again, maybe.

Cowichan Valley (5-22-3-2) – The Caps’ are back! Winners of three straight, it looks like Cowichan Valley is on a mission. The Caps visit Victoria and Alberni Valley Friday and Saturday before hosting Prince George in the final game before Christmas.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Three wins in a row? Is four too much to ask? Even four of the last six before break would be pretty nice.

INTERIOR

Vernon (23-7-1-4) – Head Coach Mark Ferner’s Vipers were beaten at home by Coquitlam last week before winning at Salmon Arm Friday and at home against the Killer Vees on Saturday. Welcome to life in the BCHL. Merritt and Trail visit this week in advance of the Christmas break.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Vipers got a swift kick in the loss to Coquitlam at home, and they’ve refocused which could trouble for the visitors at Kal Tire Place this weekend.

Penticton (22-6-1-2) – Head Coach Fred Harbinson’s Vees won a dozen straight games before coming up with snake eyes at Vernon on Saturday night. That’s going to happen from time to time. Penticton visits West Kelowna Friday before getting the last game in before the Holidays against the Clippers at home on Saturday. INSIDER SAYS: West K will be preaching redemption after last weeks loss, and the Clippers are on a mission to make a statement. Penticton tends to draw opponents best efforts.

Wenatchee (21-9-2-1) – Head Coach Bliss Littler’s Wild were beaten at Prince George on Saturday after winning a tough one at Merritt the night before. Those trips to PG can be difficult for any team. Wenatchee fans get to go Wild this weekend with a rare double when the Silverbacks are in for a pair of games. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Once again, Wenatchee remains solid, but inconsistent. That won’t be good enough in the Interior Division. Their barn remains one of the tougher ones for a road team to win.

Trail (20-10-2-0) – Head Coach Cam Keith’s Smokies picked up a big win at West Kelowna on Saturday and will host Merritt tonight. Nanaimo visits Friday before Trail closes the pre-Christmas schedule at Vernon on Saturday.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Has Trail really shaken off the funk? This weekend will challenge the Smokies, and we’ll see if they have really found their groove.

West Kelowna (17-15-1-0) – Coach Rylan Ferster’s Warriors had a difficult week, dropping both games to Penticton and Trail.  The Vees and Kings visit Royal LePage Place Friday and Sunday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Revenge is a powerful motivator, and this week the Warriors are salivating at another shot at Penticton on home ice. Win or lose, the emotional letdown may cost them the following night.

Merritt (13-14-2-1) – Head Coach Joe Martin’s Cents split the weekend home games, losing to the Wild on Friday before besting Salmon Arm Saturday. Still just a single game under .500, there’s still hope to get over that mark before Christmas with matchups at Trail and Vernon before hosting Nanaimo Sunday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Merritt has a good shot at getting to .500 and have the benefit of a day off between each game. That will help come Sunday.

Salmon Arm (12-18-3-0) – Head Coach Scott Atkinson’s Silverbacks fall to six games under .500 after dropping five straight games. Getting a positive result before the Christmas break is not going to be easy with a pair of games at Wenatchee this weekend. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The ‘Backs are skating into hostile territory in a building that’s historically tough on visitors. But Salmon Arm did win there earlier this season, so don’t go mailing in your picks on this series just yet.  

MAINLAND

Langley
(16-9-9-1) – The good news:Head Coach Bobby Henderson’s first place Rivermen managed to put an end to their four-game winless streak Friday with a 4-1 win over Surrey. The Bad? Losing 3-1 at home to the last-place Express. Tis the season… Chilliwack and Surrey come to the George Preston Arena this weekend.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Langley’s hold on first place is under siege with the Spruce Kings breathing down their necks. Hendo’s boys had best defend the Lodge, because PG is coming hard.

Prince George
(18-10-2-3) – Head Coach Adam Maglio’s Spruce Kings have won six straight and are knocking down the first place door going into the Christmas break. Prince George visits Coquitlam, Victoria, and Cowichan Valley. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Back on the road after an extended homestand, the Spruce Kings face compelling matchups that two weeks ago would be seen as yawners.

Surrey (17-13-3-1) – Brandon West’s Eagles are playing the win one-lose one game again. That’s OK for teams four games over .500. Powell River visits Friday before going to Langley Saturday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Expectations are high in Surrey this year, and they’re not going to settle for a few games above .500.

Chilliwack (16-14-2-2) – Head Coach Jason Tatarnic’s Chiefs just got by Coquitlam 4-2 on Friday before getting embarrassed 4-1 at home by Alberni Valley. Chilliwack goes to Langley Friday for the last game before Christmas. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Yeah, almost every team makes the playoffs and yeah, the RBC berth is guaranteed, but this Chiefs club is determined to finish strong and prove they belong.

Coquitlam (6-23-1-2) – Anytime the Express can take two of three games over the weekend it’s going to be a good thing. I’m liking what’s been seen so far with this new coach. Prince George and Powell River visit this weekend.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Two good hockey teams are coming to the Poirier this week, and that’s just what Coquitlam needs to continue their growth. This team will wreck other teams dreams along the way.

Vipers Ranked No.15 In The Nation:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers ranked No.15 in the Nation

Roger Knox

Dec. 13, 2017

Vernon Vipers should make every home game against their arch-rivals Teddy Bear Toss night.

The Vipers blanked the Penticton Vees 4-0 in B.C. Hockey League action before 2,180 mostly stuffy-carrying fans at Kal Tire Place Saturday.

The victory gives Vernon a four-point cushion over the Vees atop the Interior Division, and stopped Penticton’s 13-game unbeaten streak, which included 12 straight wins before Saturday’s defeat.

“That’s our first time beating them, probably our biggest rival, and every time you’re playing for first place it’s always important to come out with a good start and I think we had that. It was just an all-round great team effort,” said Vipers forward Niko Karamanis, selected the game’s first star. He opened the scoring at 19:58 of the first period on a powerplay, neatly deflecting an Alex Swetlikoff shot over the shoulder of Vees goalie Adam Scheel. That brought a rain of stuffed animals onto the ice in support of Vernon radio station Kiss-FM’s Santa Toy Club charity.

It’s the second straight year Karamanis has scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal.

“I was made aware of that before the game,” chuckled Karamanis. “It’s always fun to score those goals and to have two is pretty special. “I think only my mom, maybe, has ever called me a teddy bear.”

The final three seconds of the opening frame were added to the start of the second period.

The Vipers made it 2-0 at 6:47 when captain Jagger Williamson cleanly won a face-off in the Vees zone back to defenceman Michael Young at the right point. Williamson immediately went to the slot, took a pass from Young and snapped a shot over Scheel’s blocker.

Sam Anzai made it 3-0 six minutes later, the beneficiary of great corner work by Brandon Whistle, who stole the puck from a Penticton defender and centred it to Anzai in the slot. The Los Angeles native’s quick wrist shot found the top right corner.

Jimmy Lambert made it 4-0 16 seconds later when he beat a defenceman and as he was being hauled to the ice, he got a weak shot away that Scheel missed with his pad and the puck slowly went into the net. That prompted Vees coach Fred Harbinson to make a coaching change, putting in Nolan Hildebrand to try and swing the momentum in his team’s favour.

“I wasn’t going to leave Adam in there,” said Harbinson. “It gave me an opportunity to play Hildy, who’s been playing well, too. I just thought they weren’t supporting Adam and I wasn’t going to leave him in after the month he’s had. The last goal had nothing to do with it. It was unfortunate but that’s the way things were going tonight. I talked to him the minute he came off the ice. It had nothing to do with him.”

There was no scoring in the third. The Vees’ best chance to end Ty Taylor’s shutout bid came from Taylor Ward on a bit of a breakaway, but Taylor stayed with Ward as he moved to his backhand and made a pad save.

“We weren’t very good tonight but give them credit. They obviously had a little different urgency to their game, probably after the way they played at home against Coquitlam Wednesday (3-2 OT loss) and I wasn’t sure how well they played last night, but obviously a tight one with Salmon Arm (3-1 road win) so we knew they were going to be coming out hard but I thought we had very little emotion,” said Harbinson.

“Three of our captains aren’t here tonight and I thought some of our guys didn’t step up. I thought Owen Sillinger and Taylor Ward played well but after that, maybe a handful of guys that played sporadically and a big chunk of guys who played very poorly. I thought our dee corps left both goalies hanging. It wasn’t indicative of who we are.”

Taylor made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season. Vernon outshot Penticton 38-20.

“It was a really good team effort. The boys battled hard, they blocked shots and cleared a lot of pucks and made my life a lot easier,” said Taylor, who’s on a bit of a roll.

Taylor gave up a goal at 8:41 of the first period Friday in Salmon Arm in the 3-1 Vipers’ win over the Silverbacks, his first game since returning from the World Junior A Hockey Challenge’s Canada West camp in Calgary. He’s gone 111 minutes and 19 seconds over the weekend without allowing a goal.

Both teams played without four regulars: the Vees are missing two players at the World Junior A Championship, defencemen Jonny Tychonick and Ryan O’Connell, while the Vipers are without their leading goal scorer, Brett Stapley, also away at the WJAC.

It’s the first time the Vees have been shutout this season. Their last loss was a 4-2 setback Nov. 4 at home to Powell River. Their unbeaten streak started with their next game, a 2-2 draw with the Vipers, then Penticton rattled off 12 straight wins before Saturday’s defeat.

Penticton still holds a 2-1-2 lead in the regular season series. The final regular season meeting between the two rivals is Saturday, Feb. 10, at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stapley-Canada West Fall To Americans:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley and Canada West fell 2-1 to the
United States in the preliminary-round finale Tuesday at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

This is posted on the Hockey Canada website:

U.S. EDGES WEST IN THRILLER TO CLOSE PRELIMS AT WJAC

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Jack Dugan poked in a loose puck with 32.7 seconds remaining, giving the United States a narrow 2-1 win over Canada West in the preliminary-round finale Tuesday at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The win means the U.S. will face Switzerland in the first quarter-final Wednesday (3:30 p.m. AT), followed by West meeting East in an all-Canadian medal round match-up (7:30 p.m. AT).

With overtime looming, Dugan found the puck laying in the crease after a shot from Paul Cotter had squeezed under the arm of Canadian goaltender Zach Rose.

The winning goal capped arguably the best game of the tournament thus far, with more than 2,500 fans at the RECC treated to an end-to-end classic between the only two teams to ever win WJAC gold that was short on offence but not on excitement.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=1707

Lansdell & Taylor Recieve Honourable Mention For Player Of The Week:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Newhook takes 2nd BCHL POW nod

December 11, 2017

Victoria Grizzlies forward Alex Newhook has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 10, the league announced Monday.

Newhook racked up 10 points in three games, helping the Grizzlies to two wins in three games. The native of St. John’s, N.L. started out with a pair of goals in a loss at Cowichan Valley but followed that up with four helpers, lifting Victoria to a 9-4 win over Nanaimo. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound playmaker finished up with a goal and three assists and a 3rd Star nod in a 7-4 triumph over Powell River.

The double-digit points outburst is the first such week for a BCHL scorer this season and moves Newhook up to 12th in BCHL scoring. The Boston College commit leads the Grizzlies with 35 points on the season despite being one of the youngest players in the league.

Honourable Mentions this week:

Cowichan Valley Capitals G JJ Pichette: 2W, 75 saves/80 shots, .938 sv%, 2.50 GAA, two 1st Stars

Prince George Spruce Kings F Chong Min Lee: 3G, 2A, 1st Star

Wenatchee Wild F AJ Vanderbeck: 3G, 3A, 1st Star, 2nd Star

Vernon Vipers F Jesse Lansdell: 3G, 1A, 2nd Star

Vernon Vipers G Ty Taylor: 2W, SO, 41 saves/42 shots, 2nd Star, 3rd Star

Coquitlam Express G Brock Hamm: 2W, 62 saves/65 shots, .954 sv%, 1.47 GAA

Vipers Ranked 15th In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

CJHL Weekly Top 20

December 11, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – With the World Jr. A Challenge underway in Truro, N.S., and the holiday break rapidly approaching, one thing remains constant and that’s the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) are still ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League with a 32-2-0-3 record.

MHL: The MHL-leading Edmundston Blizzard is 19th in the CJHL this week and are four points clear of the South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners with both those clubs earning Honourable Mention status.

LHJAAAQ: With a 26-3 mark, les Cobras de Terrebonne hold at No. 3 nationally while College Fran├žais de Longueuil, who are 23-4-2, remain No. 10 overall.

CCHL: CJHL No. 1 Carleton Place boasts a league-best 32 victories and are eight points up on the No. 7 Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators as the Fred Page Cup hosts are 28-5-1-2.

OJHL: Cracking the Top 10, the Toronto Patriots are now ninth in the CJHL. The Oakville Blades jump to 16th and the Wellington Dukes were tabbed 20th while the North York Rangers earn another Honourable Mention nod.

NOJHL: The first NOJHL side to 25 wins is the Powassan Voodoos and they earn the No. 5 slot in the rankings. Winners of nine consecutive contests, the Soo Thunderbirds, have soared to 17th in the national listings.

SIJHL: No. 2 Thief River Falls won four times last week including an OT triumph Sunday over the Dudley-Hewitt Cup-host Dryden GM Ice Dogs, who are tabbed 11th.

MJHL: The MJHL front-running Steinbach Pistons are ranked 12th having gone 23-7-1 to date in their league.

SJHL: The Battlefords North Stars (8th) and Nipawin Hawks (13th) represent the SJHL in the Top 20 while the Melfort Mustangs garner Honourable Mention accolades.

AJHL: The Okotoks Oilers have an AJHL-best .859 winning percentage and stay No. 4 in the CJHL. The Fort McMurray Oil Barons have won six in a row and remain sixth. Up to No. 14 is the Spruce Grove Saints while the Whitecourt Wolverines have another Honourable Mention.

BCHL: With 51 points and a 23-7-1-4 record, the Vernon Vipers are ranked 15th in the CJHL this week while the defending BCHL champion Penticton Vees are 18th.

CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Dec.11/17)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST RANKING)

1. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (1)
2. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (2)
3. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (3)
4. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (4)
5. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (7)
6. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (6)
7. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (5)
8. Battlefords North Stars  (SJHL) (9)
9. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (11)
10. College Fran├žais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (10)
11. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (8)
12. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (14)
13. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (16)
14. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (18)
15. Vernon Vipers (BCHL) (19)
16. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (20)
17. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (HM)
18. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (12)
19. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (17)
20. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (13)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); North York Rangers (OJHL); South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL); Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)

ABOUT THE CJHL RANKINGS

Selected by an independent scouting service, the rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.

ABOUT THE CJHL

The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of the 10 Junior ‘A’ leagues across Canada.

Representing 132 teams and over 3,000 players, the CJHL also boast over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ex Viper Evans-Canada East Pick Up First Win At World Junior A Challenge:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans went pointless in Canada
East's 4-3 victory over Switzerland today at the World Junior A Challenge.

Evans played in just games with the Vipers, before returning home for personal reasons October 14th 2017. Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. Evans was traded to the CCHL Ottawa Jr Senators October 28th 2017 for future considerations. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-3-assists-3-points).

This is posted on the Hockey Canada website:

MACEACHERN GETS LATE WINNER, EAST EDGES SWISS FOR FIRST WIN

JASON LA ROSE

TRURO, N.S. – Connor MacEachern tipped in the game-winning goal with 6:56 to go, and Canada East held off a third-period comeback attempt to earn its first win at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge, 4-3 over Switzerland on Monday night.

The Canadians led 3-1 entering the final frame before two Swiss goals in 59 seconds evened the score and set up the MacEachern winner – he parked himself to the left of goaltender Akira Schmid and got his stick on a shot from Tim Theocharidis, restoring the eastern advantage for good.

The line of MacEachern, Derek Dicaire and Colton Kalezic was the difference for Canada East; it scored all three even-strength goals and combined for seven points – MacEachern and Dicaire had a goal and an assist each, while Kalezic finished with a goal and two helpers.

Dicaire started the scoring less than five minutes in, squeezing a backhand under Schmid off the right wing, but Mathieu Vouillamoz

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=1705

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:

Silverbacks Sign Longo:

D Trevor Longo, who was released by the Medicine Hat Tigers, has joined the BCHL’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Longo, from North Vancouver, B.C., was a sixth-round pick by the Tigers in the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. This season, he was pointless in four games with the Tigers.

Capitals Sign Pichette:

The Cowichan Capitals would like to welcome its newest member J.J. Pichette to the ranks. J.J. Pichette, former goalie of the Kerry Park Islanders, impressed the Capitals Coaching Staff during Main Camp this year. Pichette will bring needed strength between the pipes as the Capitals battle their way to the playoffs this season. J.J. will be traveling with the team this weekend as they take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (tonight), Penticton and Chilliwack (Saturday & Sunday). The Capitals would like to thank former Goalie, Yann Dery, for his outstanding personality and great efforts this season!  We wish him all the best of luck in the future while back in Quebec this Season.

O’Reilly Leaves Chiefs For QMJHL:

One player leaves and another comes in as the Chilliwack Chiefs continue a season-long roster shuffle. This time it’s an exchange of defencemen, with an interesting twist. Time ran out Friday on the six game suspension of D-man Brendan O’Reilly, who was banished for leaving the bench to join a fight during a Nov. 1 game vs Vernon. But the big blueliner wasn’t in the lineup for home games vs Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley last weekend. That’s because O’Reilly has gone east.Waaaaaay east. About as far east as he could go without falling into the Atlantic Ocean. O’Reilly has joined the Saint John Sea Dogs, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team based in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Dogs are currently the third worst team in the QMJHL with a 5-13-4-2 record. “We can look at it and say it doesn’t make sense, but it’s his decision and it’s what he wants to do,” said Chiefs head coach/general manager Jason Tatarnic. Needing to replace O’Reilly, Coach T found a talented defenceman who last played in, wait for it, Saint John, New Brunswick. With O’Reilly coming in, the Sea Dogs released blueliner Marcus Tesink. The 19 year old was claimed on waivers by another major junior team, but chose the Chiefs instead. “I was surprised that Marcus was the one they (Sea Dogs) let go, and it was fortunate for us because there is a family connection with me,” Tatarnic said. “I coached two of his older brothers, so Marcus and his family are familiar with me.” In 141 QMJHL matches (regular season and playoffs) the D-man collected two goals, 17 points and 61 penalty minutes. At five-foot-10 and 177 pounds, the New Brunswick native isn’t big, but Tatarnic describes him as ‘a really good skater and a very smart player.’ “He played a lot of minutes for a very good team in Cape Breton last year, and he’s been a plus player everywhere he’s been until this year,” Tatarnic said. “Even with Saint John, a team that is really struggling, he was only a minus-four. “We know exactly what we’re getting.” Tatarnic is looking to make one more significant move in the coming days and wants to have his roster ‘finalized’ before Christmas.

West Kelowna-Amherst Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Thursday morning that the club has traded goaltender Cody Porter (’97) to the Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL) in exchange for future considerations. Porter, 20, returned to the Warriors after spending three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Calgary Hitmen and Vancouver Giants. In 117 games in the WHL, The North Vancouver, BC native posted a 52-42-5-4 record with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage. The 6’3”, 200-pound goaltender spent 4 games with the Warriors this season, posting a 1-2-0 record to go along with a 5.69 GAA and a .872 SV%. In 20 career games with the Warriors, Porter registered a 9-7-1 record along with 3.95 GAA and a .874 SV%. “Cody is a great kid and competes in every aspect of the game,” commented Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster, “We want to wish Cody all the best in his future with Amherst.” The Warriors would like to thank Cody for his time and contributions to the Warriors and the city of West Kelowna.

Atkinson Interview On Recent Trades:

The BCHL Salmon Arm Silverbacks made a number of moves over the past 10 days including trading away defencemen Spencer Hora and Mitchell Stapley. Hora has now landed in West Kelowna while Stapley was traded to the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations. The Silverbacks also acquired goalie Kyle Dumba and as a result will be moving former netminder Bo Didur in the near future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6-lfofBO_Y

Spruce Kings Name Anderson Marketing Manager:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have made a key addition to their business staff, as Kyle Anderson from Vernon, BC has joined the club in the role of Senior Marketing Manager. Anderson, a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Tourism Management Program, is no stranger to the BC Hockey League, having worked for the Nanaimo Clippers in Game Day Operations from 2011-2013, and as a broadcaster for the West Kelowna Warriors from 2014-2016. Not only has he seen the BCHL side of marketing and game day promotions, his experience also includes a season with the VIU Mariners Athletics Department, as well as numerous volunteer experiences from the RBC Cup in Vernon, and a pair of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in Nanaimo. “I’m extremely excited for this opportunity,” said Anderson, “Prince George is such a great hockey town and in my short time here I have really noticed the passion for sports in this community. I’m excited to get into the full swing of things.” Spruce Kings President Rick Turgeon adds “Kyle is a welcome addition to the hockey club, as his experience and schooling shows. We are looking forward to working with him and growing the corporate sales and attendance at games.” Anderson moved into the area last week and got to observe the two games over the weekend. His first full week will culminate in a pair of games against the Coquitlam Express. “We’re going to try some new things,” Anderson stated about his plan, “the biggest thing in a market like this is getting the students back involved, from both the fan perspective and the operations side of things, at both the high school and collegiate level. I’ve seen a couple former volunteers move on from the BCHL to University where they got involved with sports management after their experiences. It’s a great learning league.”

Spokane Chiefs Acquire Gulka:

The Spokane Chiefs have acquired F Sean Gulka, 17, from the Victoria Royals for a sixth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft. Gulka, from Langley, B.C., was a ninth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft but never signed with the Royals. . . . Gulka is in his second season with the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen. He has four goals and six assists in 25 games. Last season, he finished with nine goals and seven assists in 48 games.

Wolff Relieved From Express:

The Jr A Coquitlam Express of the BCHL is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Fortier as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. With 12 years of coaching at the Junior A and AAA Midget levels, Jason brings to the team deep experience and a long track record of success behind the bench. His last two seasons were spent coaching in the CHL, most recently in 2016/17 as an Associate Coach with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers and then the prior 2015/16 season as Assistant Coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. During his season with Rouyn-Noranda, the Huskies won the QMJHL Championship and competed in the Memorial Cup, ultimately losing in overtime in the Tournament Final. During the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, Jason was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Jr A Toronto Lakeshore Patriots of the OJHL, winning back-to-back OJHL Championships and competing in the 2014 RBC Cup in Vernon, B.C. In these same two seasons, Jason also served as the Director of Hockey and Assistant Coach of the Toronto Nationals Midget AAA team, winning consecutive Ontario Midget AAA Championships and earning two trips to the Telus Cup Canadian Championship, claiming victory in the 2015 Tournament. Over a six year time span, Jason compiled an impressive Jr A coaching record of 234 wins, 100 losses and 28 OTLs and he is one of the few coaches who have coached in the Memorial Cup, the RBC Cup and the Telus Cup. Jason was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and played junior hockey in the OHL. He subsequently played in Germany and Holland, and then in the Central Hockey League in the USA. His maternal roots are in Trail, B.C. and his father played for the Smoke Eaters in the 1969/70 season. We are pleased to welcome Jason to the Express family and to the Coquitlam community. At the same time, we want to thank Barry Wolff for his years of commitment and dedication to the Express. Barry helped the team to a BCHL Championship in 2013/14 and has worked tirelessly for the organization. We wish Barry every success in his future pursuits.

Chilliwack-Bonnyville Trade:

The Chiefs have acquired 20 year old forward PJ Marrocco from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for defenseman Luke Albert and future considerations. Marrocco, who is committed to Arizona State University for the 2018-19 season currently leads the AJHL in scoring with 41 points including 22 goals in 28 games. In the last two seasons with the Pontiacs, Marrocco has 85 points, 48 of which are goals in 81 games. Marrocco was named AJHL Player of the Week each of the first two weeks of November after scoring nine goals and five assists in five games.

Prince George-Wenatchee Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have acquired forward Brady Bjork (99) from the Wenatchee Wild in exchange for future considerations. Bjork had one goal and five assists in 18 games with the Wild this year, after playing high school hockey in Wisconsin. He is committed to the University of Notre Dame. General Manager Mike Hawes states “We’re excited that we were able to add a tremendous young man with a great skill set to our existing group of forwards. It’s important to have as much speed and skill in your lineup as you can in today’s game. Brady will help give us more of that as he continues to develop his game to prepare for college hockey.” The Spruce Kings would like to welcome Brady and his family to the Spruce Kings organization and the community. Bjork is expected to be in the lineup on Friday and Saturday when the Spruce Kings take on the Victoria Grizzlies and Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Cowichan-Melville Trade:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Tate Coughlin(97)(F) fromthe Melville Millionaires of the SJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Brandon Stanley(97)(F) and future considerations

Salmon Arm-Estevan Trade:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks General Manager/Head Coach Scott Atkinson today announced the team has traded 20-year-old goaltender Bo Didur for future considerations to the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL. “We have traded Bo Didur to the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL. We feel this is the final transaction in our quest to solidify our goaltending situation here in Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks organization would like to take this opportunity to wish Bo every success with his new team, and thank him for his efforts while playing for us this season.” We wish Bo all the best this year with Estevan.

Alberni Valley-Flin Flon Trade:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a trade with the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, dealing 1998-born goaltender Colten Lancaster in return for future considerations. Lancaster joined the Bulldogs in a summer trade from the Merritt Centennials and made 12 appearances this season, compiling a record of 1-8-2 with a 3.87 goals-against average and .887 save-percentage. “Colten is a great person and teammate who made a positive impact during his time in Port Alberni,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “As a 19-year old it’s important that he gets a chance to play often and establish himself in a starting role. He’s headed to a great opportunity with a very solid organization in Flin Flon and we wish him all the best for the remainder of the season and beyond.” With today’s trade the Bulldogs have created an opening between the pipes alongside John Hawthorne, who has posted a 7-7-2-1 record as a BCHL rookie. The team will make a corresponding roster move in the near future.

Cowichan-Calgary Trade:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Caiden Kreitz(98)(G) from the Calgary Canucks in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Riley Thorpe(99)(D)

Kings Acquire Thomas From USHL:

The Powell River Kings are proud to announce the acquisition of 99-forward Ben Thomas from Sioux Falls in the USHL. The 5’10, 175lb product of Ashburnham, Massachusetts is in his first year of Junior hockey after three years at Winchendon Prep, putting up 35 goals and 67 assists in 74 games. Thomas completed the cross-continent trek to Powell River earlier this week and will make his debut with the Kings Friday night against Langley. “The past week has been pretty hectic leaving Sioux Falls, driving home to get my passport then coming out to Powell River ahead of this weekend” says Thomas. “It’s just been a transition phase, it’s all for the better and I’m looking forward to getting going in Powell River.” The addition of Thomas to the forward ranks gives the Kings a lot of options. “I feel Ben is going to fit in here nicely” says Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis. “He’s skilled, he passes well and he can shoot the puck. He gives us more opportunities to score up front and makes us a deeper team.” Thomas considers himself a playmaking forward. “I can find my team mates and I feel I have a good hockey sense, making my team mates around me better” he says. “I’m also comfortable shooting, putting points on the board and creating a lot of offence.” Committed to Union College for the 2019/2020 season, Thomas continues a successful pipeline of Powell River players to attend the school. Kyle and Mat Bodie, Noah Henry, Daniel Carr and Ryan Scarfo have all attended the College over the last 10 years. “I’m focusing on fine tuning my game” says Thomas, when asked on what he needs to improve on ahead of the NCAA. “I feel like I’m skilled enough to be playing collegiate, but I really want to work on the defensive side of the game, the little things to round out my game and be a contributor at both ends of the ice.” The Kings would like to welcome Ben to Powell River, and wish him the best of luck in his debut Friday night against the Langley Rivermen.

Full Face Protection Mandatory For Junior B Players:

BC Hockey announced December 5, 2017 that full face protection will be mandatory for all BC Hockey Junior B players starting for the 2018 – 2019 season.  This includes the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) and the two (2) BC teams participating in the North West Junior Hockey League (Fort St. John Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks). “BC Hockey is proud to be recognized as a leader in risk management initiatives, and player safety is at the forefront of our program planning,” commented BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko.  “Our game is faster than it has ever been, and as a result we face increased challenges and responsibilities relative to safety. We are confident that through this initiative facial and dental injuries will be greatly reduced.”  “This decision is part of BC Hockey’s mandate to provide a safe environment for our players to develop,” added BC Hockey Junior Coordinator, Phil Iddon.  “Players can play more confidently without fear of facial or dental injury as a result of a play.  This is a big and positive step for BC Hockey, the game and player safety.” At the 2017 Hockey Canada Winter Congress, Hockey Canada Director, Insurance and Risk Management, Todd Jackson, reported on dental injuries.  The data with respect to facial and dental injuries while wearing half visors compared to full face is staggering.  From 2010 – 2015, over 370 dental injuries with players wearing half visors were reported to Hockey Canada as compared to eight (8) for those who wore full face protection.  During the same time period, the overall cost of dental claims were significantly lower in the full face category; $287,775 versus $7,548. Junior B teams will see a 71 per cent reduction in major medical and dental premiums under the Hockey Canada Insurance Program (down 35 dollars to 10 dollars per player) with the move to full face protection. Currently, approximately five (5) per cent of Junior A players playing in the BC Hockey League (BCHL) wear full face protection. BC Hockey will continue to work with the BCHL and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) to ensure the safety of our players is a priority, This season, the VIJHL Peninsula Panthers have successfully implemented full face protection, the first Junior team in BC to make the change voluntarily.  The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) also applied full face protection for Junior A and Junior B teams  and it is also required through all minor hockey in Canada and NCAA university hockey.  Members of Team Canada at the under 18 level and below are required to wear full face protection.  BC Hockey Junior B players who affiliate with Junior A teams will be required to wear full face protection during their play at that level.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stapley-Canada West Drop Opening Game To Czech's:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley went pointless in a 5-2 loss to the
Czech Republic in Sunday's opening game at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

TRURO, N.S. – David Kofron scored a pair of goals and Jachym Kondelik added a goal and an assist, pacing the Czech Republic to a 5-2 win over Canada West in the curtain-raiser Sunday at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The Czechs won their tournament opener for the first time in six appearances, and sent West to its first Day 1 loss since 2014.

Lukas Rousek converted on the first Czech Republic power play just past the eight-minute mark, driving to the net and going five-hole on Canadian goaltender Mitch Adamyk to make it 1-0.

Kofron doubled the advantage just 1:26 later, knocking a one-time feed from Pavel Kousal through Adamyk to send the Europeans to the dressing room up by a pair.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=1702

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans went pointless in Canada Easts 5-1 loss to Russia in Sundays game at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

TRURO, N.S. – Alexander Romanov and Ivan Morozov scored two goals each, and Russia rode its special teams to a 5-1 win over Canada East in the opening game for both Sunday night at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The Russians scored twice on the power play, once shorthanded and once at 6-on-5 on a delayed penalty, beating the easterners for the sixth time in nine all-time meetings.

Grigory Denisenko added a goal and two assists for Russia, while Amir Miftakhof stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Romanov scored first at the 16-minute mark, hammering a point shot through traffic and past Canadian goaltender Jett Alexander with Miftakhof on the bench for an extra attacker.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=1703

Vipers Shut-Out Vees 4-0

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Shut-out Vees 4-0

December 10, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

Teddy Bear Toss, Saturday night and the Penticton Vees were the ingredients for a fantastic performance from start to finish for the Vernon Vipers. Niko Karamanis scored the teddy bear toss goal and Ty Taylor stopped all 20 shots he faced for his third shutout to propel the Vipers to a 4-0 win.

There was an enery in the building to start the hockey game and it really looked like it impacted the home team in the first period. The Vipers were flying in the period, putting 15 shots at the Penticton goal and drawing 4 penalties including a lengthy 5 on 3 powerplay. The Vipers weren’t able to convert on the first three, but what they were able to do was get momentum on their side. Adam Scheel was very solid in net stopping 14 of 15, but the last shot of the period was the one that went in as Niko Karamanis tipped in a point shot for his 7th of the year and marked the second straight year that he caused the flurry of teddies that followed and give the Vipers a 1-0 lead after 1 period.

The Vipers were able to duplicate their effort from the first to the second periods. The Vipers pressure paid off as Jagger Williamson increased the lead ripping home his 11th of the year from the slot to make it 2-0. The Viper forecheck was front and center through the first 40 and it directly led to the third goal as Brandon Whistle caused a turnover and fed Sam Anzai for his 2nd of the year to make it 3-0. Just 14 seconds later, Jimmy Lambert slid in his 14th of the year after being hauled down. He pushed the puck at the net and it fooled Adam Scheel to make it 4-0.

In the third period, the Vipers dialed up the defense as they minimized the Penticton Vees scoring chances. Ty Taylor was sharp when needed turning aside all 8 shots in the frame. It was simple hockey from a team that had a lead forcing Penticton to come the full 200 feet for their scoring chances. Despite a late gasp by the Vees to break the shutout bid, the Vipers withstood it and skated off with a 4-0 win for their 23rd win of the year and 51st point.

The Vipers will now welcome the Merritt Centennials for the first time to the friendly confines on Friday night.

Post game interviews-highlight's,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1uWY9cPgCg

Vipers Edge Backs:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers edge Backs

Dec. 10, 2017

The Vernon Vipers were still alone in first place in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Division entering a Saturday showdown at home with the scorching Penticton Vees.

Both teams won Friday: the Snakes went to Salmon Arm and tamed the Silverbacks 3-1 while the Vees, unbeaten in 13, won their 12th straight, 5-2 at home over the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Vees and Vipers meet at Kal Tire Place at 6 p.m. in the Vipers’ annual Kiss-FM Teddy Bear Toss Game. Penticton is two points back of the Vipers, and have won two of the four meetings between the rivals this season. The other two games ended in ties.

Vernon fell behind 1-0 in the first period Friday on a powerplay goal from Hudson Schandor, then Ty Taylor and the team shut the door the rest of the way.

Keyvan Mokhtari, with his 10th at 15:37 of the second period, and Chris Jandric with the powerplay winner at 17:59, his fourth on the year, gave the Vipers the lead. Sam Anzai sealed the two points with an empty net goal with five seconds remaining. Taylor finished with 21 saves.

Salmon Arm goalie Reid Cooper made 23 stops.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vernon 4 Penticton 0

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Vees game as Vernon defeated Penticton 4-0 in front of 2,180 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Penticton: Adam Scheel

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Game Preview: Teddy Bear Toss: Penticton @ Vernon:

Penticton (22-5-1-2) @ Vernon (22-7-1-4) 6pm

Tonight is the fifth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Penticton Vees. The Vees lead the season series 2-0-0-2

Last Game:

Friday, December 8th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-1
Friday, December 8th Penticton defeated West Kelowna 5-2

Next Game:

Friday, December 15th Merritt @ Vernon
Friday, December 15th Penticton @ West Kelowna

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Vernon 3 Salmon Arm 1

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-1 in front of 973 fans at the Shaw Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Salmon Arm: Reid Cooper

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Stapley Collects Assist In Canada West Win Over Russia:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley collected one assist in Canada
West's 4-2 pre-tournament win over Russia.

Ethan de Jong scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, helping Canada West complete the comeback from a two-goal, first-period deficit to beat Russia 4-2 in pre-tournament action in Amherst, N.S., ahead of the World Junior A Challenge.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=2013

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans went pointless in Canada East's 7-0 pre-tournament loss to the United States.

Jack Dugan scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Ryan Bischel and Jake Kucharski shared a 20-save shutout, helping the United States to a 7-0 win over Canada East in pre-World Junior A Challenge action in Truro.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/game-summary?gameid=2014



Game Preview: Teddy Bear Toss: Vernon @ Salmon Arm:

Vernon (21-7-1-4) @ Salmon Arm (12-16-3-0) 7pm

Tonight is the fourth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers lead the season series 3-0

Last Game:

Wednesday, December 6th Coquitlam defeated Vernon 3-2 overtime
Wednesday, December 6th Penticton defeated Salmon Arm 5-1

Next Game:

Saturday, December 9th Penticton @ Vernon
Saturday, December 9th Salmon Arm @ Merritt

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Express Shock Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Express shock Vipers

Dec. 8, 2017

Morning Star Staff

It’s a single point the Vernon Vipers might regret let slipping away at some point this B.C. Hockey League season.

The Coquitlam Express – they of the four wins in 29 games – rolled into Vernon and knocked off the league-leading Vipers (21 wins) 3-2 in overtime in front of 1,550 stunned fans at Kal Tire Place Wednesday.

Eric Linell scored his team-leading 17th goal at 2:48 of the first five-minute extra period, beating Anthony Yamnitsky for the game-winner.

"It was just like how the night went for us. He shot it out from the corner, Anthony was following the puck; the puck hit something and went into an empty net," said a disappointed Vipers' head coach Mark Ferner. "But it also wasn't our best effort, to say the least"

The Vipers got a point thanks to the effort of veteran forward Jesse Lansdell.

With his team trailing 2-0 and killing a penalty with seven minutes left to go, Lansdell scored two shorthanded markers. The first was on a penalty shot as he beat Express goalie Brock Hamm at 13:00, just 10 seconds after Keyvan Mokhtari was sent off for cross-checking.

Lansdell scored his second shorthanded goal on the Express man advantage 1:21 later to tie the game 2-2.

"Good thing Jesse had a good two minutes," said Ferner.

Lansdell has seven goals on the season, three of them shorthanded.

Sam Kozlowski staked Coquitlam to a 2-0 lead with his fourth and fifth goals of the year, one in each of the first two periods.

Coquitlam went 0-6 with the man advantage, Vernon was 0-5.

The Express are now 2-1-1 under new head coach Jason Fortier, who took over Nov. 27 when Barry Wolff was fired (former Enderby resident Rob Boyd remains as an Express assistant coach).

"It's a huge two points, especially when you go into someone else's building, and especially when they're in first place overall," said Fortier. "The kids are doing a lot of positive things on the ice. I expect us to turn things around."

The Vipers will be without their leading goal scorer for a bit longer.

Forward Brett Stapley has been selected to play for Canada West at the upcoming World Junior A Challenge in Truro, NS Dec. 10-16.

"It's a well deserved honour for Brett," said Ferner. "He's a competitive player that's having a great year for us. It's a great honour and he'll represent the city just fine."

Canada West will open the tournament Dec. 10 against the Czech Republic.

Stapley, a University of Denver commit, is one of 15 B.C. Hockey League players selected to the Canada West roster following training camp held in Calgary.

The 18-year old Campbell River native has 17-goals-surpassing his career high from a year ago- and 21 assists for 38 points in 31 games played this season. Only Jimmy Lambert (13-28-41) has more points on the Vipers.

A total of 60 players were invited to the tryout camp in Calgary, including Vipers goalie Ty Taylor and Vernon defenceman Powell Connor of the Chilliwack Chiefs.

With the single point, the Vipers stay in first place in the Interior Division, two points ahead of the red-hot Penticton Vees, who won their 11th straight Wednesday, 5-1 at home over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vees are unbeaten in 12.

Vernon visits Salmon Arm Friday, then host the Vees Saturday at 6 p.m. in the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

Fans are asked to bring a teddy bear or a stuffy to the game and litter the ice with them after the Vipers score their first goal.

The stuffed animals will be collected and given to the Kiss-FM Santa Toy Club for distribution throughout the community.

SNAKE BITES: Taylor was back from the selction camp to backup Yamnitsky... The Celebrate the Civic game featuring the Vipers and Prince George Spruce Kings meeting Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Vernon Civic Arena has completely sold out. For those still looking for tickets, there may be tickets released from season ticket holders who can't attend. Those tickets will be released closer to the date. The game is being played exactly 80 years to the day the Civic opened-Jan. 6 1938- with an exhibition match between the Vancouver Lions and Sopkane Clippers.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Vipers-Express Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Kal Tire
Place Wednesday night in Vernon. Sam Kozlowski scored twice for the Express, while Jesse Lansdell scored twice for the Vipers. Eric Linell scored the overtime winner giving Coquitlam the 3-2 overtime victory, their first win on the road in front of 1,550 fans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BicAtXcYauI&feature=youtu.be

Arena Parking Challenged:

This letter to the editor was in Wednesday's Morning Star Newspaper:

Arena parking challenged

LETTER: New arena limits handicap parking

Dec. 6, 2017

It seems that being as we are still in the fiasco re: Kin Race Track, the parking for handicap citizens at the arena is less than something to be desired. We now have 12 or so parking stalls in the new front lot but we lost about the same amount plus 10-15 at the back of the arean.

I have made a suggestion to Doug Ross that we should get the original places in front of the arena (east) back plus the new ones on 43rd Avenue. As it is now you have to go about an hour or more ahead of game time or you are out of luck. Extending the new section west would be a disaster as its quite a slope and eventually somebody is going to fall or slip and city will have a law suit. In fact I did see an elderly guy come out of the west door and go down the slope to the lot and injured himself on a car mirror. I notice also that there is no steps to the parking lot from the west exit.

I know the Vipers management is not that happy about it either. Surely the who’s who could come up with a better solution for us old buggers. If you’re one of these handicapped fans and not happy with the situation send an email to smitchell@vernon.ca with your concerns. After 50 years of being involved one way or another let’s take a look at the situation. Thanks for listening.

Bill Roth

Vernon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Coquitlam 3 Vernon 2 Overtime

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Express game as Coquitlam defeated Vernon 3-2 in overtime in front of 1,550 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Anthony Yamnitsky
Coquitlam: Brock Hamm

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Game Preview: Coquitlam @ Vernon:

Coquitlam (4-22-1-2) @ Vernon (21-7-0-4) 7pm

Tonight's the first of two regular season meetings between the Coquitlam Express & Vernon Vipers. The Vipers won last year's season series 2-0

Last Game:

Saturday, December 2nd Vernon defeated Victoria 3-1
Sunday, December 3rd Coquitlam defeated Victoria 6-2

Next Game:

Friday, December 8th Vernon @ Salmon Arm
Friday, December 8th Chilliwack @ Coquitlam

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Vipers Host Express:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers host Express

Dec. 6, 2017

Morning Star Staff

The last time Jason Fortier was in Kal Tire Place, his team's hockey season came to an ebrupt end.

Fortier was the head coach of the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, who made their way to the Royal Bank Cup in Vernon in May 2014, only to lose the last round-robin game, 3-2 to the Vipers, on an overtime goal by Dexter Dancs. The loss eliminated the Patriots from the tournament.

Fortier returns to Vernon tonight as the head coach of the B.C. Hockey \league's Coquitlam Express, who face the Vipers (7 p.m. Kal Tire Place). Fortier took over from Barry Wolff Nov. 27, and has a win, loss and tie in three games.

The Express are in the basement of the Mainland Division at 4-22-1-2. They're 23 points behind fourth place Chilliwack (2018 Royal Bank Cup hosts) but...tied for the last league playoff spot with the Island Division's Cowichan Capitals (3-22-3-2).

The Vipers picked up their league-leading 21st B.C.Hockey League win of the season Saturday, downing the Victoria Grizzlies 3-1 in front of 1,643 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Defenceman Mitch Andres with his first BCHL goal, Niko Karamanis and Jagger Williamson scored for the Vipers.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stapley & Ex Viper Evans Selected To Team Canada West/East:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley was selected to Team Canada West, while former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans was selected to Team Canada East.

Evans was traded to the CCHL Ottawa Jr Senators October 28th 2017 for future considerations. Evans left the Vipers for personal reasons. Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-3-assists-3-points).

This is posted on the BCHL website:

WJAC rosters

December 5, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – The rosters for Team Canada East and Team Canada West are set for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, N.S., Dec. 10-16.

Team Canada East Roster,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/team-rosters?teamid=37

Team Canada West Roster,

https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-junior-a/2017/stats/team-rosters?teamid=36

Of the 22 players selected to represent Team Canada East following a four-day selection camp in Etobicoke, Ont., which wrapped up Tuesday, five (Evans, Girduckis, Johnston, McBain, Theocharidis) were part of last year’s team that captured silver.

On Team Canada West, four players (Gaber, Johnson, Turnbull, Tychonick) return to the line-up – including Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, B.C./Powell River, BCHL), who will make his third tournament appearance. The players were selected from among 60 who attended the Calgary selection camp.

“We’ve seen some great Canadian hockey talent over the four days of camps, and both teams had difficult decisions to make to pare it down to 22 players per roster,” said Brent Ladds, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. “This will be a great event, and the two teams will make Canadians very proud.”

The 2017 World Junior A Challenge is presented by Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and Hockey Nova Scotia, in partnership with NHL Central Scouting.

Team Canada East will open this year’s tournament against Russia in prime time on Sunday, Dec. 10, when the World Junior A Challenge returns to Atlantic Canada this December. Team Canada West will open its tournament against the Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. AT on Dec. 10.

The RECC Arena in Truro will also host two pre-tournament games on Friday, Dec. 8. At 3:30 p.m. AT, the Czech Republic will take on the Truro Bearcats, while Team Canada East will play Team USA at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. Team Canada West and Russia will travel to nearby Amherst for a 7:30 p.m. pre-tournament game on Dec. 8 as well as a warm-up to the official puck-drop on the World Junior A Challenge on Dec. 10.

The World Junior A Challenge is made possible thanks to the partnership between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and NHL Central Scouting, and features two Canadian teams, representing East and West, as well as four international teams vying for a gold medal. Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took home gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in 2008.

For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media at Facebook or Twitter.

BCHL Report:

This is posted on the Juniorhockey.ca website:

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

The BCHL Report is a weekly look at Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League.  The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.

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Vipers Ranked 19th In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

CJHL Weekly Top 20

December 4, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – Rolling right along, the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) remains the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League and they are the first CJHL club to 30 wins this season.

MHL: The Edmundston Blizzard won all three of their games last week and sit first overall in the MHL while being tabbed 17th in the CJHL. The second place South Shore Lumberjacks secured an Honourable Mention.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Marksmen Sign Ex Viper Defenceman Robertson:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Fayetteville
Marksmen have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson.

Robertson started the season with the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals. Robertson signed with Reading on September 29th was in training camp with the Royals on a tryout agreement never played a game before being released.

Robertson spent last season with the East Coast Hockey League Utah Grizzlies & Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Fayetteville FireAntz.

Robertson played In 11 games with Merrimack College during the 2012-13 season before leaving for the University of Guelph. Robertson spent his first six seasons playing for the Victoria Grizzlies before being traded to Vernon in his final year of Junior hockey. On December 12th 2011 the Vipers traded Zach McPhee and future considerations to Victoria for Robertson.  In 31 games with the Vipers Robertson collected (0-goals-4-assists-4-points).

Sean Robertson's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=48356

This was posted on the Marksmen website:

OPENING NIGHT ROSTER ANNOUNCED

Fayetteville Marksmen > Blog > News > OPENING NIGHT ROSTER ANNOUNCED

October 18, 2017

Fayetteville, N.C-  Head Coach Nick Mazzolini and Director of Hockey Operations, Ryan Cruthers announced the opening night roster for the Fayetteville Marksmen, the team announced Wednesday.

This season’s team features six returners, including fan-favorite Brad Drobot, as well as Jake Hauswirth, Chris Porter, Max Cook, Sean Robertson, and Brad Campagna.

The opening night roster consists of nine forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies, and will also see the professional careers of three players start in Fayetteville with Shane Bennett, PJ Hefferin, and Ray Boudiette.

The Marksmen begin their inaugural season on Friday, October 20 in a tilt against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, before returning to Fayetteville for the Home Opener on October 27.  Tickets for that contest against the Huntsville Havoc are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets at www.marksmenhockey.com.

Suite seats, suite eats. Fans can attend the seven-best games of the season in our Fox Hole Suite, and receive All-You-Can-Eat hotdogs, popcorn, chips, soda, and water! More information is available at: http://marksmenhockey.com/tickets/all-you-can-eat-package/

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