Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Predators Invite Former Vipers Goaltender Shortridge To Development Camp:

The Nashville Predators have invited former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge to their Annual Development Camp.

Shortridge is entering his second season with Quinnipiac University after playing one season in Vernon (2015-16). In 44 games with the Vipers last season Shortridge went 19-25 with two shutouts posting a 3.15 GAA

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=191183

This was posted on the Predators website:

Preds Development Camp Opens June 26

Prospects, Recent Draft Picks Converge on Nashville in Final Week of June for Annual Development Camp

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

June 22nd, 2017

Nashville, Tenn. (June 21, 2017) - Many of the Nashville Predators top prospects - including 2016 first-round pick Dante Fabbro, second-rounders Sam Girard, Yakov Trenin and Jack Dougherty, and many of the prospects to be selected by the club at this weekend's 2017 Draft in Chicago - will be on hand when the team's 2017 Development Camp officially opens on Monday, June 26 with team presentations, off-ice testing and on-ice skating work. Prospects will hold their first practice on Tuesday morning, with an on-ice session also scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at Centennial Sportsplex. The week will culminate with a Future Stars Game to be held Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena. General admission tickets to the game are available for a $10 donation ($5 for Season-Ticket Citizens) to the Ford Ice Center Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of the camp is to educate and direct players in their pro development and conditioning programs, and the week's events will be presided over by Predators Director of Player Development Scott Nichol and Strength and Conditioning Coach David Good, with assistance from the rest of the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals (AHL Affiliate) coaching and hockey operations staffs. The scheduled training regimen includes a variety of on- and off-ice testing, dry-land activities and workouts, on-ice fundamentals work, video sessions, media and nutrition education, and team-building activities. The players will also receive instruction on training principles such as sport-specific power and strength enhancement, flexibility and off-ice conditioning.

Players will also participate in community relations activities on Thursday afternoon; a full release with times and locations will be available in the coming days.

The development camp schedule with media availability times is below, and an updated roster is available below,

https://nhl.bamcontent.com/images/assets/binary/290155240/binary-file/file.pdf

Nashville Predators Development Camp: June 26-30, 2017

Monday, June 26

6-9 a.m. Off-ice testing and workout at Vanderbilt/Bridgestone Arena
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meetings at Centennial Sportsplex
2 p.m. Team Gold on-ice skills work at Centennial Sportsplex
3:30 p.m. Team White on-ice skills work at Centennial Sportsplex
Two 90-minute sessions with media availability to follow each session
5:30 p.m. Nutrition seminar at Centennial Sportsplex

Tuesday, June 27

7 a.m. Track workout at Vanderbilt
9 a.m. Video Centennial at Sportsplex
10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Team Gold/White on-ice sessions at Centennial Sportsplex
Media availability to follow
3-6 p.m. Workout/Breakout sessions at Bridgestone Arena
6:30 p.m. Cooking Class at Whole Foods

Wednesday, June 28

7 a.m. Track workout at Vanderbilt
9-11 a.m. Yoga/Team activities at Centennial Sportsplex
12:30-2:30 p.m. Community activities at Nashville Area
6:30 p.m. Guest speaker/Dinner at Camp Widjiwagon
Guest speaker is Jamie Clarke, renowned Everest Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

Thursday, June 29

10 a.m. Defensemen practice at Centennial Sportsplex
11:30 a.m. Forward practice at Centennial Sportsplex
Media availability to follow each session
3-6 p.m. Workout/Breakout Sessions at Bridgestone Arena

Friday, June 30

10 a.m. Morning skate at Centennial Sportsplex
11 a.m. Meetings at Centennial Sportsplex
7 p.m. Future Stars Game at Bridgestone Arena (Buy Tickets)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ex Viper Forward Scardina Commits To Capitals:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Ethan Scardina has commited to the
Cowichan Capitals for the 2017-18 season.

Scardina played one game as an "AP" affiliated player last season with the Vipers.

Ethan Scardina's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=337738

This was posted on the Capitals website:

Scardina Commits to Capitals for 2017-18

June 9, 2017

by Colton

Recent News

Duncan, BC  – The Cowichan Valley Capitals junior A hockey club is pleased to officially introduce forward Ethan Scardina to the club for next season.

Scardina comes to Cowichan from the Delta Hockey Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. The White Rock, BC native played with Delta’s Bantam Prep team three seasons ago, before jumping to the Elite 15’s two years ago and, last season, to the Midget Prep club. In 2016-17, the 16-year-old Scardina totaled nine goals and 21 points in 28 games, as well as 24 penalty minutes.
He also made his BCHL debut with the Vernon Vipers, getting in to one game as an affiliate.

“We are pleased to add Ethan to our team and look forward to contributing to his development,” said Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty.

Scardina becomes the second current Capitals player recruited from the Delta Hockey Academy Midget Prep team in the past two seasons, joining a good friend of his in Nick Wilson. The club won the CSSHL championship in the Midget Prep division with Wilson on the roster in 2015-16, and this past season Scardina’s team finished third overall in the 15-team league, before falling short of the semi-final in the CSSHL playoffs.

“Delta has a great program. Their teams are well coached and play with a lot of discipline and pace,” Beatty added.

Scardina fills one 16-year-old player spot on the Capitals roster; on the 23-man roster, each BCHL team is required to carry at least two players who are 17-years old or younger (born in 2000 or 2001, for the coming season).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Vipers Alumni Gedig Moves On After Contract With EHC Olten Expires:

EHC Olten wont be renewing the contract of former Vernon Vipers defenceman Curtis Gedig. Gedig played 38 games in his first and only season with EHC Olten collected (11-goals-26-assists-37-points).

EHC Olten is a Swiss professional ice hockey team based in Olten, Switzerland, that plays in the National League B, the second best ice hockey league in Switzerland.

After four years at Ohio State University (2010-2014) Gedig signed an amateur tryout agreement with the American Hockey League (AHL) Albany Devils on April 4th 2014. Gedig never played a game with the Devils would sign his first professional contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Adirondack Flames in October 2014. Gedig attended the Calgary Flames 2014 Training camp before being released-assigned to the Adirondack Flames. Gedig signed to a two-way, AHL contract with the Flames was assigned to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Colorado Eagles. Gedig played the 2014-15 season with Colorado before playing the 2015-16 season in Norway with Stjernen. Stjernen is a Norwegian ice hockey team based in Fredrikstad, Norway.

Gedig was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in round 7 #204 overall in the 2009 NHL draft, played parts of one season in Vernon (2009-10) after being acquired from the Cowichan Valley Capitals on November 25th 2009 for Nick Amies, Drew George & future considerations. In 30 games with the Vipers Gedig collected (5-goals-7-assists-12-points).

Curtis Gedig's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38056

This was posted on the EHC Olten website:

Various departures with the EHCO

March 16 2017

The EHC Olten separates from long-standing players and will deny the next season with two foreign forwards.

After a season failed at many levels there are several conversations which take place with the EHC Olten during these days – under it also painful ones. Thus the club has decided to extend the running out contracts with the long-standing defenders Romano Pargätzi, Simon Schnyder and Remo Meister no more. Master comes from the Oltner junior department and played since 2005 in the 1-st team, tailors and Pargätzi bumped in 2007 respectively in 2008 to the EHC Olten. Together three on 1455 NLB plays with the EHCO bring it. The club thanks the players warmly for her unusual club loyalty as well as her big application and wishes them for the future only the best.

Black brook new beginning

In addition, Stümer Diego Schwarzenbach (picture) will leave the club. His contract which runs till the end season 2017/18 is dissolved in the mutual agreement. It was the wish of the player for aerial change which gave the impulse to good and constructive conversations. The Thaler black brook did itself in the past season to call away his eleventh in series with the EHCO, hard, his usual achievement and came in the end that a change would be an advantage for both sides: „ I cannot help in this constitution my heart association and, therefore, need a new beginning at another place – around afterwards, hopefully, regained strength to the club to be able to return. “ The EHC Olten supports Diego Schwarzenbach in this plan and wishes him for the coming challenge all the best.

From now on without Gedig

Desweiteren the collaboration is also finished with Curtis Gedig whose contract would be valid for an other season. It is searched for a solution good for both sides. Last the Canadian defender was hardly used after good seasonal start and plays in the plans of EHCO-Headcoach Bengt-Å ke Gustafsson no more role; the Swede plans for the new season with two foreign forwards.

In the end, both young forwards Paolo Morini and Ramón Diem also receive no new contract. Also to them count the thanks of the club and the best wishes to the future.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Silverbacks Trade Ex Viper Defenceman Stephenson To Langley:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Carter Stephenson to the Langley Rivermen.

Stephenson played six games as an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers during the 2015-16 season before committing to the Vipers the following season. Stephenson played in 23 games last season before being traded to Salmon Arm November 23 2016 for Defenceman Cameron Trott and future considerations.

Carter Stephenson's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=247455

This was posted on the Silverbacks website:

Silverbacks Trade For Bo Didur

June 6, 2017

by sasilverbacks

Recent News

SALMON ARM, June 5, 2017 — Salmon Arm Silverbacks general manager Troy Mick today announced the team has traded D-Man Carter Stephenson (98), West Vancouver BC to the Langley Rivermen for Goaltender Bo Didur (97), West Vancouver, BC

Bo comes to the Silverbacks after playing the last 3 years with the Langley Rivermen and started his career in the BCHL with the Surrey Eagles. His career totals are a 3.39 GAA & a .897 save percentage in 136 games. Bo also played for the WJAC for Team Canada West in 2015.

“Bo is a tremendous goalie in the BCHL and his stats reflect this”, says GM Troy Mick. Having Bo Didur & Nic Tallarico as our 1-2 punch for this coming season it is a great way to start the BCHL campaign. Bo is a quality young man and will fit into the Silverbacks culture really well. He recently had a scholarship to Penn State NCAA but he is now looking for another program and we can’t wait to help him achieve his NCAA goals.

The silverbacks would also like to thank Carter for his time with the Backs and wish him the best of luck with the Rivermen.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sharks Re-Sign Former Viper All-Star Bishop:

The Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks have re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward Hunter Bishop. HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks is an Austrian professional ice hockey team that currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league (EBEL).

Bishop has spent the past two seasons with the Sharks. In 54 games this past season Bishop collected (25-goals-24-assists-49-points).

After playing two seasons at Ohio State University Bishop played four seasons in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League with six different teams (Hamilton, Wheeling, South Carolina, Lake Erie, Rochester & Manchester) before heading overseas.

Bishop played parts of three seasons in Vernon (2005-2008). Bishop left the Vipers after two seasons and played in just four games at the University of North Dakota during the 2006-07 season before returning to Vernon during the Christmas break playing the remainder of the 2006-07 season. Bisho played his final season with the Vipers (2007-2008) before playing the next two years at Ohio State University. In 140 regular season games with the Vipers Bishop collected (93-goals-84-assists-177-points).  Bishop holds the Vipers record for most goals in a season with 57 (2007-08).  Jason Elders holds the Vernon franchise record with 67 (1990-91). On March 18th 2010 the Montreal Canadiens signed Bishop as a free agent to a two year contract. Bishop attended the Habs training camp for three straight seasons before being sent down to the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hunter Bishop's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18249

Successful coach Rob Pallin remains in Innsbruck!

March 6 2017

After the season is before the season. Only one day after Quarter-final-Aus against the Vienna Capitals the Innsbruck sharks announce the first contract lengthening. Successful coach Rob Pallin remains also a shark like Hunter Bishop and Philipp Lindner.

At the end he was obviously stirred. No miracle, it should be, in the end, the last address before his team in this season. Haie-Headcoach Rob Pallin thanked after Quarter-final-Aus against the Vienna Capitals his team. Thanks to was due, however, also to himself. The American inoculated the winner's gene with the Innsbruck sharks this year and led the Tyroleans after eight years of abstinence sensational to the direct Playoff qualification. The sporty management all around board member Norbert Ried, that is the more happily the American also in the coming season behind the volumes of the Innsbruck sharks will stand. „ Rob has moved this year a lot and has formed the sharks to a great team. We have all reached our purposes, even have excelled with the direct qualification for the Playoffs. We are very contented and glad that we can hold a man like him “, reeds is happy.

Pallin itself summed up likewise contently. „ We have increased in relation on victories about 50 percent. This is an insanity. Innsbruck is a nice town, I am with pleasure here. “

Besides, his look is already directed for the next playing time. Besides, there is the first positive news to be quoted already. With Hunter Bishop an absolute achievement bearer also slips over in 2017/2018 the shark Jersey and goes again in Tyrol on gate hunt. With 25 gates and 24 Assists the man quick to arrow from Alaska delivered once more a great achievement. „ I feel home in Innsbruck properly. The people are an insanity and Rob is a great coach “, according to Bishop.

Likewise has extended Youngster Philipp Lindner. The 21-year-old delivered an attractive season and remains further loyal to his native country. ' It has unbelievable fun slowly with this team passes. I want to be further a part of it and am already glad about the next year. '

Friday, June 23, 2017

Vernon-Alberni Valley Trade:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

23-Jun-17 The Alberni Valley Bulldogs transfer the CJHL playing rights to Jordan Sandhu(99)(F) to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Luke Gingras(98)(F) and future considerations.

Jordan Sandhu's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=298924

Luke Gingras's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=247480

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

Bulldogs acquire Luke Gingras, futures from Vernon in Sandhu trade

June 26, 2017

by jolie

Recent News

FORMER SASKATOON BLADES FORWARD ADDED FROM VIPERS

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce the acquisition of 1998-born forward Luke Gingras and future considerations from the Vernon Vipers in return for 1999-born forward Jordan Sandhu.

Gingras is a veteran of three seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades. He scored six goals while totalling 13 points and 132 penalty minutes in 109 WHL games before joining the Vipers midway through the 2016/17 season. In Vernon, the Langley, BC product picked up 10 points in 21 regular season games and one goal in 12 playoff contests.

“We’re excited to add a player of Luke’s character and experience,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He brings size and toughness to our roster along with some untapped offensive potential that we’re confident will benefit our group.”

In return, the Bulldogs have sent Sandhu to Vernon following two seasons with the Bulldogs. The 18-year old contributed 30 points last season after being named team captain in September and is committed to Arizona State University for the 2018/19 season.

“I’d like to thank Jordan for all his efforts in Alberni Valley and wish him success moving forward in his hockey career,” says Hughes.

The new-look Bulldogs will begin their main training camp on Monday, August 21st at Weyerhaeuser Arena.


Former Vernon Laker Poeschek Faces Criminal Charges:

Former Vernon Lakers forward Rudy Poeschek faces criminal charges-has a warrant out for his arrest.

Poeschek played one season in Vernon with the 1982-83 Vernon Lakers collecting (4-goals-10-assists-14-points) before leaving for the Western Hockey League.

Poeschek was drafted 238th overall by the New York Rangers in Round 12 of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Poeschek played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League with four different teams (New York Rangers, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay & St. Louis).

Rudy Poeschek's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=70104

This was in the Kamloops This Week Newspaper:

Former NHLer Rudy Poeschek faces charge

By Tim Petruk - June 15, 2017

A former National Hockey League enforcer who is wanted on a warrant after missing a court date earlier this month is facing a new charge.

Rudy Poeschek has been on the lam since no-showing in Kamloops provincial court on June 2 for what would have been his trial on an allegation he breached his probation. A warrant for his arrest was issued and he has since been charged with one count of failing to appear in court.

The 50-year-old has previously told KTW his memory is failing him. He said he simply forgot to go to a meeting with his probation officer last summer and said he almost missed a court date in November for the same reason.

Poeschek is one of a number of former NHL players suing the league, alleging officials knew of the dangers posed by repeated head injuries and concussions.

In a series published in KTW in 2015, a Boston-based neurosurgeon suggested Poeschek may be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a chronic brain disease found to have affected many former hockey and football players.

Robert Cantu described the symptoms of CTE as being similar to those of Alzheimer’s, and said the condition is caused by “rattling your brain around in your head — a lot.”

In the 2015 KTW series, Poeschek said he is considering donating his brain to science after his death — something that is being done by an increasing number of dying former professional athletes.

Poeschek was an enforcer in the NHL over parts of 12 seasons. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 12th round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft while playing junior hockey in his hometown of Kamloops.

After a playing career that ended in 2001, Poeschek was arrested eight times while living in Tampa, Fla., culminating in a March 13, 2005, demolition derby that landed him behind bars. He moved with his family to Kamloops after his release from a Florida jail.

Poeschek was on probation last summer as part of a sentence he received after pleading guilty to a string of criminal charges — one count of assault and three of driving while prohibited — in 2015.

He was jailed for 45 days and placed on an 18-month probation term.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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:

Klack Returns To Vees-Named Alternate Captain:

The Penticton Vees are proud to announce that veteran forward Chris Klack will return to the club for the 2017-2018 Campaign. Klack, a 20-year-old forward from Georgetown, Ontario joined the Vees last season from Muskegon of the USHL.  In 58 games with the Vees, Klack scored 13 goals and added 34 assists for 47 points.  Klack’s production took off in the playoffs where he posted 18 points in 20 games in helping the Vees win the Fred Page Cup in dramatic fashion over the Chilliwack Chiefs in 7 games. Vees president, head coach & general manager Fred Harbinson immediately named Klack an alternate captain, joining Grant Cruikshank and Owen Sillinger on the Vees leadership group for next season.  Harbinson noted that a final alternate captain would be named during the clubs training camp in August. “Chris was an integral part of our success last season, especially as the playoffs went on, his leadership skills became evident, not only to our staff, but the players as well.  We’re excited to have Chris back in the fold joining a strong group of returning players, as well as incoming players” said Harbinson.

Merritt Centennials - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Graduating Players

Zach Court (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Cade Gleekel (St. Lawrence University)
Brett Jewell (Yale University)
Michael Regush (Cornell University)
Mike Faulkner (Hobart College)
Aaron Murray (Concordia University Wisconsin)
Stephan Seeger (aged out)
Nick Fidanza (aged out)

Eligible Returnees

(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Forwards

Chase Bell (97)
Henry Cleghorn (97)
Zach Zorn (97)
Zach Risteau (98)
Nicholas Wicks (98)
Tyler Ward (99)
Rylan Van Unen (99)
*
*
*
*
*
*

Defensemen

Tyrell Buckley (97)
Zach Bleuler (97)
Zach Metsa (98)
Ethan King (99)
Michael Van Unen (99)
*
*
*

Goaltenders

Jacob Berger (97)
Colten Lancaster (98)

Manz Commits To Prince George Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are excited to announce that Dustin Manz has committed to play for the team this upcoming season. Dustin Manz is a 5’11” 205lb 1999 born forward who hails from Vanderbilt, Michigan. Playing for the Aston Rebels of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the young forward had four goals and 12 assists in 56 games. Then in the playoffs enroute to the league finals, Manz contributed three goals and one assist in 12 games. Dustin is committed to play NCAA division 1 hockey at Lake Superior State University where he will join former Spruce Kings Bryan Basilico and Tyler Anderson. “Dustin Manz is a strong power forward type player who will make an immediate positive impact on our lineup. He is a very good 200 foot player who will be able to play in all situations. He’s also a very focused young man who will provide some great leadership on and off the ice,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. Dustin will join his new Spruce Kings teammates when the team begins their main training camp on Thursday August 24th at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena The team would like to welcome Dustin and his family to the Spruce Kings family.

Smoke Eaters Sign Peacock:

The Trail Smoke Eaters have signed two goalies in as many days. While the trade for Brandon Wells has taken care of the team’s need for an experienced goalie next season, the team is also excited that they have signed their goalie for the future. The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce that 17-year-old Brandon Peacock has signed with the team. Peacock, who hails from Quesnel, British Columbia, has played the past four seasons for the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Peacock is ready to make the jump to the next level and the Smoke Eaters feel the duo of Wells and Peacock will give them two solid options next season. Head Coach Cam Keith on committing Peacock: “Brandon is a goalie that we had an eye on for a while. We’re confident that he can come in to the BCHL as a 17-year-old. Brandon had a strong spring camp and we knew right away that he was a player we could help develop into a BCHL starter.” The entire Trail Smoke Eaters organization would like to welcome Brandon to Trail.

Regina Pats Aren’t Holding Their Breath On Former Penticton Vee Jost:

Head coach and general manager John Paddock is content to let things play out with the dynamic 19-year-old centre, who was selected 10th overall in the 2016 NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Although Regina owns Jost’s major-junior rights, he is expected to open next season with the Avalanche. “It’s all in Colorado’s hands,” said Paddock, a former head coach and GM of the Winnipeg Jets. “I don’t have the need or desire to reach out. I know how it works in the NHL. He’s going to be given every chance to make the Colorado Avalanche. If he’s playing there and he’s playing good enough, then they probably won’t let him go. If circumstances are different, then there definitely will be a conversation that ‘I would like you to look at this option.’ ” Jost made his NHL debut this spring, recording one goal in six games after his freshman season ended with the University of North Dakota. Jost signed an entry-level contract with Colorado on March 29, which makes him ineligible to return to North Dakota next season. That seemingly opens the door to Regina if he’s unable to win a spot with the Avalanche. Then again, maybe not. Although there are differing opinions on the subject, Colorado is operating under the assumption that Jost would be eligible to join its AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. If Jost had been playing for a WHL club when he was drafted, it would be cut and dried: The agreement between the NHL and the Canadian Hockey League prohibits teams from sending major-junior players to the minors until their 20-year-old season. However, a spokesman for the Avalanche told the Regina Leader-Post earlier this year that Jost is indeed eligible to be assigned to the AHL because he was drafted out of the B.C. junior A ranks. Paddock has been led to believe that’s the case. “It’s really tricky because, for some ridiculous reason, there’s a lot of grey around that,” he said. “I tend to believe that he can (go to the AHL). There are people who should know and nobody really seems to know (for certain). I’m thinking that’s an option for the Avalanche but I don’t know for sure.” It becomes a moot point if Jost does as expected and earns a spot with Colorado. That’s the most likely scenario, especially since GM Joe Sakic has committed to rebuilding his roster around young talent like Jost, who’s among the team’s top prospects. “You wish him the best to play in Colorado,” said Paddock. “I hope he plays in Colorado next year and scores 20 goals. If he’s in Colorado and he’s going to get two goals by the end of the year, then there’s a better place for him.” The Pats believe they became a more appealing fall-back option when they were named the host team for the 2018 Memorial Cup. The addition of Jost would give them an unparalleled one-two punch at centre along with fellow NHL first-rounder Sam Steel. However, knowing that Jost is likely ticketed for the NHL, Paddock went ahead last week and traded for Medicine Hat Tigers centre Matt Bradley. The Pats acquired Jost’s WHL rights last summer from the Everett Silvertips, who were unable to recruit the native of St. Albert, Alta., after selecting him seventh overall in the 2013 bantam draft. Paddock spoke to Jost and his mother last summer, at which point he confirmed his commitment to UND. Jost’s future now lies in Colorado and the Pats are content to leave it at that until they hear differently. “It’s not a priority in my mind,” added Paddock, who would send a first-round bantam pick in 2019 to Everett if Jost reported. “We have his rights like we always wanted to have his rights if this situation arose where we have the Memorial Cup. It’s just a wait and see.”

Salmon Arm-Weyburn Trade:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks general manager Troy Mick today announced the team has traded forward Trevor Ayre to the Weyburn Red Wings of the SJHL for future considerations. Trevor was acquired at the Jan 10th deadline along with Ryan Hogg and future considerations for Mitch Skapski & Haydn Hopkins. “With so many players returning we have to find a home for some of our players and Trevor is a great kid and will do great in the SJHL” stated GM Troy Mick. It’s tough to make these deals but we wanted to make sure he gets to start the season with his new team right from main camp. The silverbacks would like to thank Trevor for his time in Salmon Arm and wish him the best of luck with Weyburn.

Giant Video Screen Installed In Cominco Arena:

The Trail Smoke Eaters organization adds even more excitement to game nights. The Trail Smoke Eaters organization is hoping the latest six-figure addition to the rink will add even more excitement to game nights. This week crews are installing a giant video screen on the south wall of the Cominco Arena that is expected to bring fans even closer to the action. A series of LED panels have been installed to create a screen 19-feet wide and 10-feet high. Add to that the installation, the new electronics to operate the board and the video cameras around the rink and the price tag hits close to $200,000. “It is absolutely 100 per cent crucial for our organization to provide a spectacular, inter-active night out for the local communities,” said team owner Rich Murphy. “In this day and age it’s crucial to have this type of inter-active video board, to basically get Millennials into the mix. Without them, it’ll be very difficult to survive. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to do our job, not just provide a hockey game, but provide a night out for our fans.” In addition to the giant video screen, four cameras will be providing viewpoints for the fans. Two fixed cameras will be located above the penalty box allowing fans to see a wide-angle shot of the action or a close-up of the play around the puck. Two hand-held cameras will be located at both ends of the rink to give fans a complete look at the game. Steve Robinson, operations manager for the Smokies, said the cameras will allow fans to see action all over the ice on the big screen. He said in some spots of the rink, fans had a hard time seeing the action in certain corners or even at the other end. The video screen, with its high definition picture, will bring that all into a clear focus. “They will have a high-def visual of everything that’s going on,” said Robinson. “We used to have a replay (with the old video scoreboard) with the one angle but now we can show different angles.” He added the new system would allow the rink to produce video replays for officials should the BCHL adopt that policy for its games. Penticton has already experimented with video reviews during a few games last season but so far no word on a league-wide decision. And the screen won’t be limited to the action between the whistles. The goal is to provide a full entertainment package for the paying customer, said Robinson. “There will be pre-game stuff for people who come to the rink early, featuring interviews with players and stuff like that.” The hockey fans won’t be the only ones benefiting from the latest addition to the Cominco Arena. Robinson said the Smokies will work with the City of Trail to make it available for other events like graduation or Silver City Days. But the bottom line is also to help generate some extra revenue to make the venture worthwhile. And that’s where sponsorship deals come in with businesses being promoted on the screen for in-game moments like power plays, said Allison McCarthy, the team’s sales and event manager. “We hope people look at it and see it as a great opportunity to get up there and promote their business,” added Robinson. The video screen is expected to be operational this week but the full capabilities won’t be ready until the work is complete in the media booth above the players’ benches. It’s just one of a series of on-going improvements to the facility since the Murphy family purchased the team last fall. “The Trail Smoke Eaters and the Murphy family have a significant six-figure investment in this video screen and the infrastructure involved with the screen itself,” added Murphy. “As well, with the purchase of the team, renovations to the corporate office, the weight room, the players’ lounge, the new dressing rooms, the new bathrooms and showers, the new coaches’ office and training room, we have a healthy investment north of $1.8 million.” Meanwhile the team’s early bird ticket sales wrapped up on May 31 and McCarthy said 620 season tickets have been sold for the upcoming season as the club approaches its goal of 750 season tickets for the start of the season.

Franlin Commits To Cowichan Capitals:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals junior A hockey club is pleased to announce the commitment of forward Caleb Franklin (99) for the 2017-18 season. Franklin, from Lake Cowichan, has spent the past two seasons with the Kerry Park Islanders in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). After 13 goals and 25 points as a rookie with the club two years ago, Franklin led the Islanders in goals (20), assists (27) and points (47) in 47 games this past season, and would be named a first-team all-star in the junior B league. The 17-year-old also led the Isles with 11 points in 11 playoff games, as Kerry Park advanced to round two of the VIJHL playoffs for the first time since 2012. Franklin also was an alternate captain for the Islanders. His commitment to the Capitals is a “no brainer”, according to Islanders head coach Aaron Spotts, who helped Franklin follow a development plan in the past two seasons. Spotts is a Capital alumni himself, having played 141 games with the club between 2003-2006. “Frankie is a hard working two-way forward capable of playing center or wing. He has a high compete level and a great team-first attitude,” Capitals head coach and general manager Bob Beatty commented. Franklin got in to five games of BCHL action as an affiliate with the Caps last season and practiced regularly with the club.

Nanaimo-Salmon Arm Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired Sam Macbean from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. The 19-year old defenceman was recently acquired by the Silverbacks from the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The 6’3”, 180-lb., Calgary, Alberta native tallied 6 points in 51 games played last season with the Storm. We would like to welcome Sam to the Clippers Family and look forward to seeing him on the ice with his new teammates at Training Camp in August.

Rodgers Steps Away From Broadcast Booth:

The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club will have a new voice calling games in September, as longtime broadcaster Fraser Rodgers, is stepping down from his post as Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations. Rodgers spent six years (2011-2017) in Penticton, calling over 474 regular season and playoff games, including four BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals, two Western Canada Cups and Three RBC Cups, including the Vees 2012 national championship in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. “First and foremost, I want to thank the Vees’ ownership group and Fred Harbinson for giving me the opportunity to work for such a prestigious organization for the last six years. I also want to thank the incredibly passionate and loyal fan base for their tremendous support; it was an incredible experience and one I will cherish forever,” said outgoing broadcaster Fraser Rodgers. “Fraser has been a huge part of our fans experience over the past 6 years.  His voice has connected our fans & families from all over North America and he will be greatly missed.  We wish Fraser the best of luck!” said Vees president, head coach & general manager Fred Harbinson. The organization would like to congratulate Fraser on his tenure in Penticton and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. The Vees are expected to announce a replacement in the coming days.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Vernon-Victoria Trade:

This is posted on the Grizzlies website:

Keyvan Mokhtari Traded to the Vipers

June 22, 2017

by Vickie

Recent News

The Grizzlies have transferred the BCHL playing rights of Keyvan Mokhtari to the Vernon Vipers for future considerations.

During his time with the Grizzlies, Keyvan played 107 league games and recorded 30 goals, 37 assists for a total of 67 points. He will long be remembered for his double overtime goal in Game 7 vs the Powell River Kings to clinch the Island Division Championship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTEFP79T3tY

This past season, Keyvan Mokhtari also accepted a scholarship to play his NCAA Division 1 hockey for the Colorado College Tigers.

“I enjoyed every second of being a Grizzly and I wish the organization my best next season.” remarked Mokhtari.

The Grizzlies organization would like to sincerely thank Keyvan for the two great seasons he has had with us and for the solid efforts he put forth on the ice and in the community. He will be missed and we wish him great success with his hockey career.

Keyvan Mokhtari's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=245566

Pederson-HPL Alliance Win North American Hockey Classic Summer Tournament:

Vernon Vipers Assistant Coach-Head Scout Kevin Pederson & the HPL Alliance won the North American Hockey Classic (NAHC) summer hockey tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba Sunday.

HPL Alliance is a collection of the Elite AAA Spring Hockey programs in British Columbia, that currently have teams in the 2010 to 2003 in our development program. The North American Hockey Classic (NAHC) Ltd. Is a prestigious summer hockey tournament held annually in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This is Pederson's second championship this summer. Pederson & Team BC/Male U15 won the 2017 Male U15 Provincial Tournament with a 6-3 victory over Team BC Maroon in the championship game May 15 2017.

http://vipersdiehardfan.blogspot.ca/2017/05/pederson-team-bc-wins-u15-provincial.html

Pederson has been with the Vipers for four seasons (2009-2011 & 2015-present) Pederson will be entering his fifth season as an Assistant Coach-Head Scout with the Vipers next season.

Kevin Pederson's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=395541

This was on the Vipers twitter account:

Vernon Vipers‏ @VernonVipers  Jun 18            

LOOK! Vipers asst. coach Kevin Pedersen  was in Winnipeg this week at the @NahcLtd with the 03 @hplhockeyinfo1 and won...CONGRATS!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vipers Alumni Hammond Available For NHL Expansion Draft:

The Ottawa Senators have decided not to protect former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond, meaning Hammond will be available for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.

Hammond has spent the past three seasons with the Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators suffered a tear in his right labrum in February, required season ending surgery.

After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.

Hammond made his NHL debut  February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory.

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts (Vipers Record).

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007

This is posted on NHL.com

NHL Expansion Draft protected list revealed

Golden Knights must take one player from each of the other 30 teams by Wednesday

NHL.com @NHL

June 18th, 2017

The list of players protected by the 30 NHL teams in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft was unveiled on Sunday. Each team had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. All players with continuing and effective no-movement clauses had to be protected. All first- and second-year professionals are exempt from selection, as are unsigned draft choices.

Vegas has until 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday to submit its expansion draft selections. The Golden Knights must choose 30 players, one from each team and must take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies from the lists of unprotected players.

The Golden Knights' selections will be revealed at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday, June 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The all-in-one event will be broadcast live in the United States on NBCSN and in Canada on Sportsnet at 8 p.m., ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

Ottawa Senators

Protected players

Derick Brassard (F)
Ryan Dzingel (F)
Mike Hoffman (F)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)
Zack Smith (F)
Mark Stone (F)
Kyle Turris (F)
Cody Ceci (D)
Erik Karlsson (D)
Dion Phaneuf (D)
Craig Anderson (G)

Available players

Casey Bailey (F)
Mike Blunden (F)
Alexandre Burrows (F)
Stephane Da Costa (F)
Christopher DiDomenico (F)
Nikita Filatov (F)
Chris Kelly (F)
Clarke MacArthur (F)
Max McCormick (F)
Chris Neil (F)
Tom Pyatt (F)
Ryan Rupert (F)
Bobby Ryan (F)
Viktor Stalberg (F)
Phil Varone (F)
Tommy Wingels (F)
Mark Borowiecki (D)
Fredrik Claesson (D)
Brandon Gormley (D)
Jyrki Jokipakka (D)
Marc Methot (D)
Patrick Sieloff (D)
Chris Wideman (D)
Mikael Wikstrand (D)
Mike Condon (G)
Chris Driedger (G)
Andrew Hammond (G)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ex Vernon Viper Maser Commits To Clippers:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Maser has committed to the Nanaimo Clippers for the 2017-18 season.

Maser attended the Vipers training camp in August 2016 before leaving for a tryout with a Western Hockey League team. Maser returned to the Vipers for opening night in Salmon Arm. Maser played ten games with the Vipers collecting (1-goal-1-assist-2-points) before being released October 15th 2016 before joining the BC Hockey Major Midget Cariboo Cougars.

Tyler Maser's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=297935

This was posted on the Clippers website:

TYLER MASER COMMITS TO PLAY FOR CLIPPERS

May 2, 2017

by gdorland

Recent News

The Nanaimo Clippers are very pleased to announce that Tyler Maser has committed to play for the Team for the 2017-2018 season.  The 1999 born forward joins the Clippers after playing the past two seasons for the Cariboo Cougars of the British Columbia Major Midget Hockey League.  During the 2016-2017 regular season, the 6’3″ 200lb Houston, BC native scored 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 31 games played.  In the playoffs Maser tallied 4 points in 8 games helping the Cougars win the BCMML Championship.  The Cougars recently participated in the Telus Cup Canadian Midget Hockey Championships where Maser led his team in scoring with 4 points in 5 games played.  We would like to welcome Tyler to the Clippers Family and look forward to seeing him on the ice with his new teammates at Training Camp in August.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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:

Smoke Eaters Look To Benefit From Nothern Exposure:

The Trail Smoke Eaters were pleased with its new prospects after wrapping up its camp in Whitehorse. Over 100 years ago, thousands of would-be prospectors headed north to the Yukon in search of gold, and the tradition continued earlier this month when Trail Smoke Eaters staff journeyed to Whitehorse, Yukon’s capital, mining for of a different kind of bounty. Smoke Eaters head coach and GM Cam Keith, director of hockey and business operations Craig Clare, and operations manager Steve Robinson made the trip north where they evaluated about 60 players over the three-day spring camp and came away impressed with the talent and richer for the experience. “We 100 per cent want to come back,” Robinson told the Whitehorse Star. “Overall the talent level was higher than we expected.” For the Smoke Eaters, the northern foray was to scout out a largely untapped talent source and identify potential players not only for the BCHL team, but for the Major Midget Kootenay Ice and the KIJHL’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks as well. “We didn’t know what to expect, but we already knew there were some players up there, and that’s one of the reasons why we wanted to go there,” said Clare. “We did a little bit of research and not a lot of teams went there – and when I say not a lot – no one.” The camp consisted of a Pee Wee, Bantam, and Spring Camp age groups with a scout from the Nitehawks also in attendance. The younger groups focused on drills to enhance their skills, but for the older groups it was full-on scrimmage for three straight days. “We had three different groups, and it was competitive,” said Clare. “All in all the talent level was good, we found some new prospects, and we’ll probably be inviting a couple to main camp here.” For players growing up and playing hockey in the Yukon’s isolated communities, a lack of competition and exposure to junior and college scouts pose a very real disadvantage. By running the camp, the Smoke Eaters offered players a rare and exciting opportunity. “A lot of these players, they are just looking for an opportunity, because not a lot of opportunities come to them, they have to work pretty hard for it. I think it worked really well, we got a lot of support from Yukon minor hockey and the Whitehorse players.” Hockey Yukon president Carl Burgess told the Star that the Smoke Eater Camp was a good opportunity for the boys to see how the prospects camp (for birth years 1998 to 2002) works. “It takes the mystique out of it when it’s their turn,” said Burgess. The Smoke Eaters also viewed its first trip north as a learning experience. Changing the date so it doesn’t coincide with the May long weekend, adding a goalie session, and facilitating and increasing players attendance from other northern communities in Alaska and N.W.T. are on the list. “I think it was a little bit of trial and error,” added Clare. “They were feeling us out to see what kind of camp we’d put on, and it went very well, and the response we got back was very positive. I think early in the season we’ll be putting in plans to head back up. “It was good for us to go up there and see. You get locked into the Lower Mainland and Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the Kootenay, which we will always be (locked in), but to see what’s out there is great.”

Langley Rivermen - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Graduating Players

Ryan Barrow (University of Denver)
Frank Boie (College of the Holy Cross)
Andrew Dumaresque (College of the Holy Cross)
Bo Didur (Penn State University)
Cameron Ginnetti (Clarkson University)
Max Kaufman (University of Vermont)
Gavin Payne (Rochester Polytechnic University)
Reid Yochim (Princeton University)
Zac Masson (aged out)
Cooper Leitch (aged out)

Eligible Returnees

(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Forwards

Satchel Clendenin (97)
Eric Butte (97)
Nicholas Ponak (97)
Baylee Wright (98)
Angus Crookshank (99)
Sean Gulka (00)
Brendan Budy (00)
*
*
*
*
*
*

Defencemen

McKay Flanagan (97)
John Schuldt (97)
Spencer Berry (98)
Jake Livingstone (99)
*
*
*
*

Goaltenders

Braedon Fleming (99)
*

Salmon Arm-Grande Prairie Trade:

1-Jun-17 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Sam MacBean(98)(D) from the Grande Prairie Storm of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Penticton-Brooks Trade:

Jun. 1, 2017 The Brooks Bandits trade Charlie Marchand to Penticton (BCHL) - completion of Oct 29, 2016 trade.

AGM News & Notes:

The BCHL held its annual general meeting last week in Richmond, B.C. and have decided on several initiatives that will take place for the coming season. First, the league confirmed the results of a motion voted on prior to the AGM that sees the Wenatchee Wild move to the Interior Division for 2017-18 season. The Wild competed in the Mainland Division for the past two seasons. The league has entered into a partnership agreement that will see each of its players undergo base-line concussion tests prior to participating in league games. The initial testing will be completed at the 2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase. When new players join the league, they will be tested prior to competing in their first game. The partnership is part of the BCHL’s ongoing efforts to ensure player safety. The BCHL renewed its commitment to an existing partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association of B.C. (CMHA BC) via its Talk Today Program where each team has a CMHA liaison who provides referrals to mental health and addictions support. Additional resources have been committed to the Ultimate Toolkit program for fan engagement and ticket sales. The initial phase of the program, in place for the 2017 BCHL playoffs, saw an increase in attendance of close to 24 per cent over the 2016 playoffs. Also, BCHL clubs will be pursuing upgrades to their broadcast systems to get high-definition video for pay-per-view customers on HockeyTV. Several BCHL teams had HD in place last season and the goal is to have all arenas with upgraded cameras for 2017-18. The dates for the 2017 Bauer BCHL Showcase are Sept. 20 to 24 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. All games this year will take place on the arena’s main sheet of ice. The board of governors is also fully in support and looking forward to the first-ever BCHL Exposure Camp which is happening July 1 to 3 at Richmond Olympic Oval. The camp is at full capacity with 132 elite young hockey players and their families coming to learn from BCHL coaches and find out more about the Junior A – NCAA development path. Finally, the league named two individuals for excellence in the administrative and promotional aspects for the league. Wenatchee Wild governor David White was named Executive of the Year while Chilliwack Chiefs director of marketing Barry Douglas was named Marketer of the Year. The 2017-18 season will be the 56th for the BCHL. Details are still be finalized for the regular season schedule and it should be announced by the end of June.

Silverbacks Name Atkinson New Head Coach-Asst GM:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks ownership group is pleased to announce that Scott Atkinson (Calgary, Alberta) has been hired as the new Salmon Arm Silverbacks Head Coach & Asst GM. “We are very excited for Scott to lead this veteran group in our quest for a National Championship this season” stated GM Troy Mick. We have a great core coming back and with the future considerations from the trade deadline deals we were looking for a veteran coach to lead them. Scott brings a wealth of coaching to Salmon Arm including his Master of Science in Physical Education and has been a winner wherever he has coached as evident of his 5 National Championships. Relentless in helping his players succeed both on-and-off the ice. Scott does with enthusiasm, integrity, and sincerity. “I would like to thank President and General Manager Troy Mick and the Silverback ownership group for giving me the opportunity to coach the Salmon Arm team.” It is a great honour and privilege to join such a prestigious organization and league. “I am very excited to begin our quest toward BCHL and national championships.” Stated Coach Atkinson. I would be amiss not to mention the exceptional job Misko Antisin and his staff did in building and developing the team last year, they have left us in a very favourable position. “My wife and I are also extremely excited about joining the Salmon Arm community at large.” It has long been our favourite holiday destination in the summer. So for us it is a dream come true, from both the professional and personal perspectives. Finally I would like to thank the Edge School Board of Directors & the Administration staff and to the many student-athletes and their families who showed their confidence in me by allowing me to coach them. It has been a privilege. I wish all of you and the Edge all of the very best in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the family, Edge Maroon will always be an integral part of me. Go Mountaineers!

2009- present: EDGE School for Athletes

Head Hockey Coach – Boys Prep Team

Over-All Team Winning Percentage: .801

• McPherson Tournament Bronze Medallists
• World Sports School Games – Gold Medallists
• CSSHL League Champions 5 of 8 years
• Ranked consistently in the top 10 Midget/Prep programs nationally

2001-2009 University of Calgary – Men’s Hockey Head Hockey Coach

Over-All Team Winning Percentage: .526

• Advanced to the Canada West Semi-Finals for seven straight years
• Five of nine years the University of Calgary finished in the top ten in CIS National Rankings Poll

1991-2001 Mount Royal College Head Hockey Coach

Over-All Winning Percentage: .731

• Alberta College Conference Gold Medalists 6 times
• Alberta College Conference Silver Medalists 2 times
• Alberta College Conference Bronze Medallists 2 times
• Canadian College Athletic Association Gold Medallists 5 times
• Ranked consistently in the top 10 College programs nationally

Anhorn Commits To Prince George Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are very happy to announce the commitment of Dylan Anhorn to their roster for the 2017/2018 season. Dylan Anhorn is a 1999 born defenseman who hails from Calgary Alberta and was team captain for the prestigious Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA team last season.  Dylan tallied 5 goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 31 games played for the Buffaloes during league play in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL). “We are excited to have Dylan join the Spruce Kings for the upcoming season. Dylan is a high character person and dedicated student of the game who will have an impact both on and off the ice. He is an exceptionally smart defensemen and has the ability to read the play well and exit the puck efficiently. Dylan brings an offensive prowess that will allow him to be a contributor in all areas of the game” said Spruce Kings Head Coach Adam Maglio. Dylan will join his new Spruce Kings teammates when the team begins their main training camp on Thursday August 24th at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

Grizzlies Name Clark Captain For 2017-18 Season:

The Victoria Grizzlies have wasted little time in announcing their captain for the 2017-18 season, handing the coveted ‘C’ to power forward Lucas Clark. The 20-year-old Port Perry, Ont., native will be entering his second B.C. Hockey League season with the Island Division champions. “Clark is a do-it-all type of forward who is smart defensively, tough and hard to play against, works extremely hard in games and practices — and he is a very good offensive player on top of that. You can’t ask for much more in a forward,” Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon said. Didmon expects the six-foot-two, 210-pound centre to play a big role for the team next season. With that comes an expectation to provide solid offensive numbers as well as leadership. Clark recorded 17 goals and 26 assists in 57 regular-season games in 2016-17. He added four goals and four assists in 17 playoff games. He played mostly on an all-rookie line with Calgary product Jamie Rome and local Cam Thompson. The three combined for 50 goals and 121 points. Rome is one of several candidates to become an assistant captain, to be named at a later date. “Clark and Rome together are two big power forwards who bring speed and physicality,” said Didmon. “Thompson is a smart and physical player as well. They all bring a 200-foot game to the table and all three have a knack for putting the puck in the net.” Clark replaces graduated defenceman Cody Van Lierop as captain. P.J. Conlon wore the ‘C’ the year before as the Grizzlies have gone through five captains in five years. The last three have hailed from Ontario. “For me to be captain is a huge honour and at the same time, I know it comes with a ton of responsibility,” Clark said. “I look forward to the challenge of rallying the great group of guys playing on this hockey club and continuing to build on this strong core of a team, where everyone has the same mindset — that goal of winning an RBC Cup,” added Clark, who will play his final year of junior eligibility, hoping to continue on to minor pro.

West Kelowna-Salmon Arm Trade:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks general manager Troy Mick today announced the team has traded forward Matt Kowalski (acquired from Nanaimo Clippers from Future Considerations from the Josh Blanchard deal) for Salmon Arm’s very own Logan Mostat from the West Kelowna Warriors. Mostat from Salmon Arm, BC had 18 goals and 24 assists in 60 games this past season with the Surrey Eagles & the West Kelowna Warriors. The 5’10 ft 180 lbs forward also had 43 Penalty minutes. The smooth skating forward will be looking forward to playing his last year of junior hockey in front of friends and family at the Shaw Centre. “Logan has taken huge strides the past 2 years in his development and we are looking forward to seeing him excel in the Silverbacks jersey” says GM Troy Mick. He plays with passion and an edge that the fans will love and will be a good addition to our offense while he pursues his NCAA dreams. “I am very excited to be apart of the Silverbacks organization and to play in front of friends and family in my hometown this season. I can’t wait to get the year going, it’s going to be a great one.” Stated Mostat.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Former Viper Forward Pierce Says Dismissal From Ice Was “A Shocker”

This was in the Cranbrook Daily Newspaper:

Luke Pierce says dismissal from Ice was “a shocker”

Former Kootenay coach disappointed to not be returning for 2017-18, staying optimistic about future

Brad McLeod Fri Jun 2nd, 2017

Coaching can be a tough business and Luke Pierce knows that well.

His dismissal from the Kootenay Ice on Friday, however, was a brand new experience.

“This is the first time that this has happened to me [and] you go through a lot of emotions,” Pierce said shortly after the news became public. “You go through it all: some anger, some disappointment, some embarrassment, you name it. We’re just trying to cope with it the best we can as a family.”

At 33 years old, this is the first time that Pierce has been let go from a coaching job. After a career in the BCHL with the Merritt Centennials and the Vernon Vipers, the Merritt, BC native played five seasons with the Royal Military College Paladins of the CIS.

As a student at RMC between 2004 and 2009, Pierce graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology Major and Business Minor. He also earned a Master’s Degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management.

In 2009-10, Pierce took over as the head coach of the Merritt Centennials, a job that he held for six seasons before being hired by the Ice in May 2015.

While at the helm of the rebuilding Ice, the franchise missed the WHL playoffs for the first two times since their arrival in Cranbrook in 1998.

Overall, Pierce accumulated a 26-99-19 record over two seasons with Kootenay.

Nevertheless, Pierce was surprised to find out that he would not be returning to his post for the 2017-18 season.

“I think that when these things come about you can use hindsight a little bit to maybe look for reasons, but I really didn’t see it coming,” he said. “It was a shocker for me, for sure.”

At the beginning of May, the Kootenay Ice underwent a transfer of ownership from the Chynoweth family to Winnipeg investors Matt Cockell and Greg Fettes.

According to a team press release, Cockell said that the decision to let Pierce go was based on a commitment to “a fresh start.”

“We feel that this was a necessary decision to accomplish that objective,” Cockell said, adding that “the Ice would like to thank Luke for his dedication to the hockey club and the community over the past two seasons.”

Although Pierce admitted that the effects of the news were still “too fresh”, he is thankful that the announcement came early enough in the summer for him to have some time to evaluate his next step.

“There’s always silver linings and I try to be the optimist as best I can,” he said. “I think that everyone understands that when there is new ownership or new managers that there’s an opportunity that things could happen.

“I was hopeful that I’d have a chance [to stay] with a group that I feel pretty strongly about coming into the season, but that’s not the case.”

Earlier in the off-season, Pierce was named by Hockey Canada to the coaching staff of Team Canada Red at the 2017 U17 Hockey Challenge. The coach said he has no immediate plans other than to “spend time with his family and figure out what the best move is from here forward.”

The Ice also announced that they will begin the search for a new head coach immediately and Cockell confirmed that the rest of the team’s current coaching staff is still under contract for the upcoming season.

Kootenay is now one of four WHL team’s with head coach vacancies, along with the Calgary Hitmen, Victoria Royals and Spokane Chiefs.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vipers Alumni Gill On Hockey Night Punjabi‏:

Hockey Night Punjabi‏ talks with former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill.

Gill just finished his third season with the American Hockey League Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Gill was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins Training camp in October 2016 made his NHL pre-season debut September 28th 2016 went pointless in the Penguins 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks before being assigned the American Hockey League.

Gill left Boston University after three seasons to sign with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers in 2013. Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training Camp in 2014 before being released. Gill has spent the past three seasons playing with the East Coast Hockey League Wheeling Nailers & the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs/Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after playing in 26 games returned to Vernon in mid January 2010 to finish his Junior hockey career with the Vipers. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill collected (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This was on Hockey Night Punjabi Twitter Account:

Penguins prospect, @SahirGill28 talks about how he got his start playing & his thoughts on the game growing within the Punjabi community

https://twitter.com/HkyNightPunjabi/status/871194592187604992


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kootenay Ice Fire Ex Vernon Viper Pierce:

The Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice have fired former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce.

Pierce had spent the previous two seasons in Kootenay going 26-100-16-3. Prior to joining the Ice Pierce spent the previous six seasons as Head Coach-GM of the Merritt Centennials. Pierce was named BCHL Interior Conference Coach of the year in 2013 played his final year of Junior hockey in Vernon (2003-04) after being acquired from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations on June, 10th 2003. In 53 regular season games with the Vipers Pierce collected (7-goals-21-assists-28-points).

Luke Pierce's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=136883

This was posted on the Ice website:

ICE Announce Pierce Will Not Return for the 2017-2018 Season

June 2, 2017

Cranbrook, BC – Matt Cockell, President and General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced today that Luke Pierce will not return as the head coach for the 2017-18 season.

“The ICE would like to thank Luke for his dedication to the hockey club and the community over the past two seasons” said Cockell.  “We are committed to a fresh start for the organization and this includes the business and hockey operations. We feel that this was a necessary decision to accomplish that objective.”  Cockell added that the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

No further comment will be provided.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Former Vernon Lakers Captain Ramsay Wins Calder Cup:

Former Vernon Lakers forward-captain Bruce Ramsay & the American Hockey League Grand Rapids Griffins have won the 2017 Calder Cup after eliminating the Syracuse Crunch 4-3 in six games to win their second Calder Cup championship in five years.

Ramsay is in his second season as an Assistant Coach with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Grand Rapids Griffins. Ramsay spent the previous six seasons with the Tulsa Oilers. Five seasons with the Oilers in the Central Hockey League (CHL) before the team moved to the East Coast Hockey League.  Ramsay has 382 victories as Head Coach with five different teams (St. Pete, Port Huron, Muskegon Fury, Muskegon Lumberjacks & Tulsa) in five different leagues (ACHL, UHL, IHL, CHL & ECHL).

Ramsay played one season in Vernon helping the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers win their first Centennial Cup in a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over the highly favorite New Westminster Royals. In 53 games with the Lakers Ramsay collected (11-goals-11-assists-22-points).

Bruce Ramsay's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6007

This is posted on the American Hockey League website:

Grand finale: Griffins win Calder Cup

June 13, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. … The Grand Rapids Griffins are back on top of the American Hockey League.

Martin Frk scored the winning goal with 7:19 left in regulation and the Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch, 4-3, to win their second Calder Cup championship in five years.

Frk tallied a goal and an assist in the decisive third period for the Griffins, who trailed by a goal three times in the game.

Matthew Ford, Mitch Callahan and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Grand Rapids, Tomas Nosek notched three assists and Jared Coreau stopped 29 shots as the Griffins finished the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs with a perfect 10-0 record on home ice.

Bertuzzi, a second-year pro and third-round draft choice by Detroit in 2013, won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Bertuzzi registered nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 19 playoff games for Grand Rapids.

Under head coach Todd Nelson, the Griffins – top development team of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings – followed up their second-place finish in the Central Division (47-23-1-5, 100 points, .658) with series wins over the Milwaukee Admirals (3-0), the Chicago Wolves (4-1) and the San Jose Barracuda (4-1) before defeating Syracuse in six games in the Finals. Nelson joins Bob Woods and Mike Stothers as the only people ever to win Calder Cups as a player, as an assistant coach and as a head coach.

Attendance at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday night was 10,834, the fourth sellout of the Finals. A total of 457,672 fans attended games during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs, the most ever in a single postseason.

Grand Rapids’ victory brings an end to the AHL’s 81st season. In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

2017 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)

Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Syracuse Crunch | Finals Infographic

Game 1 – Fri., June 2 – GRAND RAPIDS 3, Syracuse 2
Game 2 – Sat., June 3 – GRAND RAPIDS 6, Syracuse 5 (2OT)
Game 3 – Wed., June 7 – SYRACUSE 5, Grand Rapids 3
Game 4 – Fri., June 9 – Grand Rapids 3, SYRACUSE 2
Game 5 – Sat., June 10 – SYRACUSE 5, Grand Rapids 1
Game 6 – Tue., June 13 – GRAND RAPIDS 4, Syracuse 3

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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:

Penticton Vees Name Cruikshank & Sillinger Co-Captains For 2017-18 Season:

The team has also named Grant Cruikshank and Owen Sillinger as Co-Captains for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Sillinger will wear the ‘C’ for all home games and Cruikshank for every road game. The Vees will solidify the remainder of their leadership group closer to the start of the 2017-18 regular season. “When you look at Vees’ Captains in my time here they all have the same characteristics and Owen and Grant are cut from that mold. They’re natural leaders and will work well together,” said President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson. Sillinger, who will turn 20 in September, is returning for his third season with the Vees and served as an Alternate Captain this past season. In two seasons in Penticton Sillinger has compiled 33 goals and 86 points in 115 regular season games, and another 22 points in 43 playoff games. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native is committed to Bemidji State University. Cruikshank just completed a very successful rookie season, where he led the Vees with 32 goals in 57 regular season games, and finished second in team scoring behind Jones with 53 points. His standout season didn’t go unnoticed, as Cruikshank was named to the BCHL’s All-Rookie Team. The future Wisconsin Badger had another 11 goals and 21 points in 32 playoff games.

Clippers Name Ward New Athletic Therapist & Equipment Manager:

The Nanaimo Clippers are excited to announce the addition of JT Ward to our Hockey Operations Staff in the position of Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager.  JT joins the Clippers after spending the 2016-2017 season in the same position with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.  Before joining the Bulldogs, JT spent the previous two seasons as a Student Athletic Therapist with the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.  In the Spring of 2016 JT graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy and became a Certified Athletic Therapist.  JT grew up in Prince Rupert British Columbia and spent three seasons playing Junior ‘B’ hockey for the Kimberley Dyanamiters of the KIJHL.  He is currently 27 years old and resides in Lantzville, BC.  We would like to welcome JT to the Clippers Family and look forward to seeing him at Main Camp in August.

Cowichan Capitals - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Graduating Players

Mitch Skapski (aged out)
Ayden MacDonald (aged out)
Ben Verrall (aged out)
Josh Owings (aged out)
Lane Michasiw (aged out)
Chris Harpur (Niagara University)

Eligible Returnees

(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Only counting eligible returnees, the Capitals are currently one over the limit of six 1997-born players for 2017-18.

Forwards

Rhett Kingston (97)
Max Newton (97)
Michael Montambault (97)
George Sennott (97)
Haydn Hopkins (97)
Jared Domin (97)
Ty Pochipinski (98)
Justin Perron (98)
John Sladic (98)
Nicholas Wilson (99)
Alex Zawatsky (99)
*
*

Defencemen

Simon Chen (97)
Nii Noi Tetteh (98)
Marshall Skapski (98)
Sean Driscoll (98)
Ben Grist (99)
*
*
*

Goaltenders

Adam Marcoux (98)
*

Wenatchee Wild Moving To Interior Division:

In a move voted on and approved by the British Columbia Hockey League, a structural realignment will place the Wenatchee Wild in the Interior Conference beginning in the 2017-18 season. The 17-team league is divided into two conferences, with the Coastal Conference comprised of the Island and Mainland Divisions, each with five teams. The Interior Conference has just one division, made up of seven teams which now includes Wenatchee. The Wild competed in the Mainland Division for their first two seasons in the BCHL. The BCHL schedule calls for teams to play a full interlocking schedule, which means each team will play twice against every other “out-of-division” team, one time in each team’s home rink. The remaining games are split up and played within the division. The Wild fared well against the Interior Division last season with a record of 10-3-0 (.769). By comparison, the Wild went 27-5-2 in their own division (Mainland) last season (.824). Wenatchee won the division and also the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for best record overall (45-9-4). The shift into the Interior Division, which has produced 8 of the last 10 BCHL Fred Page Cup Champions, presents a challenge that Wild Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler embraces. “We’re looking forward to joining the Interior Division this season”, he remarked. “With new rivalries growing and new challenges, it’s an exciting time for all of us.” The Wenatchee Wild are celebrating their tenth season in the Wenatchee Valley.

Scheel, Ewert, O'Connell, Reid, Barnes, Bowes, Hillis, Sandelin & Sillinger Commit To Vees:

To go along with over a dozen returning players, the Vees are excited to announce several recruits for the upcoming season. Goaltender Adam Scheel (99) comes to Penticton after spending the past two seasons with the US National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in Plymouth, Michigan. Scheel, who’s from Lakewood, Ohio, recently won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 Under 18 World Hockey Championship in Slovakia. Scheel is committed to the University of North Dakota. Reinforcing the blue-line are defencemen Garrett Ewert (99), Ryan O’Connell (99) and Luke Reid (01). Ewert, 18, played with his hometown Kamloops Storm in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this past season, where he led the team in scoring with 42 points in 39 regular season games. Ewert also played 10 games with the Vees this past season as an Affiliate Player. O’Connell, who’s also 18, spent the past two seasons playing prep hockey at St. Andrew’s College (SAC) in Aurora, Ontario. O’Connell hails from Gloucester, Ontario, had 37 points in 54 games this past season for SAC and is committed to Boston University. He’s a projected late round pick by NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago. Reid, who turns 16 in September, is in the process of relocating with his family to Penticton from Warman, Saskatchewan. Reid played the last two seasons with the Battlefords Stars in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. This past season Reid had 23 points in 39 games and he is verbally committed to the University of North Dakota. Some familiar names highlight the forward crop that is coming in for the 2017-18 season, as Jack Barnes (00), Cassidy Bowes (99), Cameron Hillis (00), Ryan Sandelin (99) and Lukas Sillinger (00) will play for the Vees in the fall. Barnes 17, and Bowes, 18, both played next door at the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) for their Midget Prep Red team. Barnes, the son of former NHLer Stu Barnes, had 26 points in 24 games in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL), and 51 points in 60 games at OHA over the past two seasons. Bowes had 21 goals and 49 points in in 30 games with OHA Prep Red and had two goals and five points in 18 playoff games for the Vees as an Affiliate Player. Hillis, who turns 17 next month, played with Ryan O’Connell at St. Andrew’s College. The Enniskillin, Ontario, product had 37 goals and 99 points in 73 games with SAC. Hillis also played for Team Canada Red at the 2016 World Under-17 Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Hillis is committed to Providence College and his family will relocate to Penticton in the coming weeks. Sandelin, 18, comes to Penticton after a successful high school career in his hometown of Hermantown, Minnesota. In March, Sandelin helped the Hermantown Hawks repeat as Class A Minnesota State Boys’ Hockey Champions and he was named to the All-Tournament Team. As a senior, Sandelin led Hermantown in scoring in the Minnesota State High School League, with 27 goals and 63 points in just 25 games, and was a finalist for the Mr. Hockey Award, which is given out to top senior boys’ high school player in Minnesota. Sandelin is committed to Minnesota State University, Mankato. 16-year-old Lukas Sillinger, is the younger brother of Vees’ Captain Owen Sillinger, and he played for the Regina Pat Canadians in the SMHL. Lukas lead the Pat Canadians and the league in scoring, with 78 points in 40 games, and was also named to the SMHL First All-Star Team. Sillinger and the Pat Canadians won the SMHL championship and they finished fourth at the TELUS Cup, the National Midget Championship in Prince George. Sillinger and his family will be moving to Penticton over the summer.

Williams Commits To Powell River Kings:

The Powell River Kings continue to add pieces to their 2017/2018 roster puzzle, this time committing to 98-born forward Mitchell Williams from the Campbell River Storm. Williams, originally from Prince George brings plenty of hockey experience to the Kings, with a three year stint in the BC Major Midget League with his hometown Cariboo Cougars and finally the Vancouver NW Giants. More recently, Williams has been plying his trade with the Campbell River Storm in the VIJHL, helping his side win a league title last season. The 6’1, 195lb forward has worked hard to get to this point. “I’m super excited for the opportunity with Powell River” said Williams. “This had been something I’d wanted for a long time and had been trying really hard over recent years and getting this bounce and earning this chance is something I’m excited for.” Williams brings a good blend of size and skill to the Kings lineup. “Fans can expect to see a big guy, someone who can throw his body around,” added Williams. “But I like to think there’s a bit of finesse there as well, ability to make passes. Ultimately I just want to use my size to my advantage to create opportunities.” “He’s a good mix of a lot of good qualities you look for in a hockey player” said Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis. “He’s seen what this league is like, he knows what to expect come game 1 and we’re excited to have his here this season.” With BCHL experience under his belt as an AP over the last couple of seasons, Williams understands that the pace of the BCHL is what he’ll be ready for in September. “The BCHL is definitely a step faster than anything I’ve played before,” said Williams. “Last year I found I was a bit of a step behind when I played with Nanaimo as an AP so I think the speed is something I’m aware that I need to be ready for in September.” “We’ve got a good crop of returning players, but we’re always looking at not only supporting those pieces this year, but also how can players contribute in years ahead” added Lewis. “Mitch brings a lot to the club and we’re excited to see how he develops here in the last two years of his junior career.” Williams will join the Kings roster ahead of Main Camp in late August and wants to use his existing Junior experience to contribute from day one. He draws confidence from his third and final year of Major Midget hockey with the Vancouver NW Giants. “I can 100% say that my third year in major midget taught me everything I know about the offensive side of the game. I broke out that year and felt a lot more comfortable, like I was always a presence on the ice and that I could dominate in a lot of different situations” said Williams.

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Name Christensen Marketing Manager:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks General Manager Troy Mick is pleased to announce that Brooks Christensen (Salmon Arm, BC) has been hired full time by the club as Marketing Manager. “Brooks role will include overseeing the recently acquired Salmon Arm Hockey School and he will also support the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the Marketing department with Phil Stewart,” Stated Troy Mick. Brooks will also remain as an Assistant Coach with the newly announced Head Coach Scott Atkinson. Brooks is an amazing young man and we are very excited that he has join us in a full time capacity! I’m very excited to be joining Troy, The Ownership Group & the rest of the staff for the Silverbacks Organization for this opportunity. I look forward to working with all local business & everyone in the community. I would like to thank Braby Motors for all the opportunities they’ve given me as well.

Reid Chooses Penticton/BCHL Over SJHL-USHL:

Former AAA Stars defenceman Luke Reid has signed with one of the most storied franchises in junior A hockey. The 15-year-old will suit up for the British Columbia Hockey League champion Penticton Vees next season, after signing with the team following spring camp this past weekend. "Skill-wise, I like his shot. I think he can get pucks to the net but I think the biggest thing about him is his demeanor, his mentality," Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said over the phone on Wednesday morning. "Everybody says they want to be a hockey player at a young age but not everybody puts all the necessary work into it. "[Reid] makes a committment on a daily basis to make sure that he's eating the right things, he's in the gym, and he's working on his skillset even in the off-season. I think it's going to be a great relationship between our hockey club and the entire Reid family." Reid, a native of Warman, Sask., will move out West with his mother, after spending the past two seasons with the Stars, where he compiled 38 points over two seasons in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. He's a player that we've watched for a long time," Harbinson said. "There's a lot of logistical things that went into having to see if he could even play for us here because of his birth year so it started before we even got him on the ice. We had to see if the parents were willing to move out here, which the mother is. "Harbinson said puck-moving defenceman like Reid, especially those who shoot right, are in low supply. "For his age, he's very strong, very steady on the puck" Harbinson said. "He's a right-handed defenceman that are hard to find right now." Reid will turn 16 in September and be one of the youngest players on the team, if not the youngest. The Vees have had young players step in before, such as last season with 15-year-old Massimo Rizzo. Harbinson said the adjustment is simply about a quicker pace and bigger opponents. "The difference between midget and junior is just playing against heavier players on a nightly basis and playing the game at a higher pace," he said. "We play a real fast game here. We try to play with a real puck possession type game and we think that he's going to be able to fit in real well with us." Reid has already made a verbal committment to play for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in college, a NCAA Division I program, and he isn't the only Vee set to head there after junior. New teammates Jonny Tychonick, a fellow defenceman, and rookie goaltender Adam Scheel are also committed to the program. Last year's Vees squad also sent two players to the same program, as former captain Nic Jones and defenceman Gabe Best will be Fighting Hawks this fall.  The BCHL wasn't the only destination Reid could have chosen. He was drafted by the Kindersley Klippers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League draft and by the Sioux City Musketeers in the United States Hockey League draft, but opted to head to the west coast.

Belisle Commits To Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Brad Belisle. The 19-year old forward joins the Clippers after playing the past two seasons with the Fargo Force and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. During those two seasons the 6’2″ 205lb Thunder Bay, Ontario native tallied 7 points in 85 games played.  Prior to moving to the USHL Brad spent his 16-year old season with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League where he scored 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points in 56 games played and was named the SIJHL Rookie of the Year.  Although being drafted in the 3rd Round by the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, Brad has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the Bemidji State University Beavers of the WCHA. We would like to welcome Brad to the Clippers Family and look forward to seeing him on the ice with his new teammates at Main Camp in August.