Monday, January 30, 2017

Former Viper Stevenson Right At Home With Warriors:

Here is an article on former Vernon Vipers forward Chase Stevenson.

Stevenson is in his first season with the West Kelowna Warriors, attended the Vipers training camp in August. Stevenson never played any exhibition games was injured during camp, before being placed on the injured reserve to start the regular season. Stevenson was released early into the regular season. The Warriors signed Stevenson November 9th 2016. In 22 games this season, Stevenson has (5-goals-7-assists-12-points).

Chase Stevenson's Player Profile:

This was in the Capital News Newspaper:

Stevenson right at home with Warriors

by  Warren Henderson - Kelowna Capital News

Jan 4, 2017

Growing up in West Kelowna, Chase Stevenson remembers many a winter night cheering for his hometown Warriors at Royal LePage Place.

He even owns a stick autographed by the entire 2007-08 edition of the B.C. Hockey League team.

So when Stevenson got a call from West Kelowna assistant coach Shae Naka in late October asking him to join the Warriors, the 17-year-old forward didn’t need much time to arrive at an answer.

“I was extremely excited to get the call,” said Stevenson, who played much of his minor hockey in West Kelowna. “I was excited for the chance to play so close to home, and also for a team that was coming off a championship.

“I couldn’t have asked for a much better situation.”

Stevenson, who lives just five minutes from the Warriors’ home arena, was in his second season with the B.C. Major Midget League’s Okanagan Rockets at the time of the promotion.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward has since played in 15 games with the Warriors and has registered five assists.

While Stevenson is still waiting for his first BCHL goal, head coach and GM Rylan Ferster likes the array of abilities the young forward brings to the Warriors.

“I think his ceiling is really high,” Ferster said of Stevenson’s potential. “He does everything well. He’s a good checker, he sees the game well, and he’s good offensively.

“He’s been a bit snake-bitten since he joined us, but that should come. He’s a very complete, 200-foot player. We’re happy to have him.”

Stevenson had limited BCHL experience prior to joining the Warriors, having played three games last season with the Penticton Vees.

He started 2016-17 at the training camp of the Vernon Vipers before an injury prompted his return to the midget Rockets.

Now, after a brief adjustment period, Stevenson looks to have found a permanent home at the junior A level.

“At the start, the speed was a little hard to adjust to, but that was more of a mental thing,” he said. “For sure, I’m starting to feel more comfortable and I’m gaining confidence.

“I’ve had a million chances to score,” he added with a laugh, “and haven’t got one yet, but hopefully that’ll come soon.”

Down the road, Stevenson is hoping to land a scholarship to play at a U.S. college, ideally for the start of the 2018-19 season.

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