Monday, November 12, 2018

Giants Sign Vipers Alumni Bishop:


The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) Stena Line Belfast Giants have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Hunter Bishop. 

The Belfast Giants are an ice hockey team from Belfast, Northern Ireland that compete in the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Bishop spent the previous three years with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks. 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. Bishop played his final season with the 2007-08 Vipers. In 140 regular season games with the Vipers Bishop collected (93-goals-84-assists-177-points). 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.

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Vernon Vipers Alumni Hammond's Experience Paying Dividends In Iowa:

Here is an article on former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond. Hammond is in his first season with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild.

The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018, reassigned Hammond to the Wild October 1st 2018. Hammond played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche November 5th 2017. Hammond spent last season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators, San Antonio Rampage & NHL Colorado Avalanche.

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. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fuel Sign Ex Vipers Forward Hannoun:

The East Coast Hockey League Indy Fuel have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun.

Hannoun spent the past two years at Northern Michigan University before leaving school to sign with the Fuel. In 44 games with the Wildcats Hannoun collected (3-goals-8-assists-11-points).

Hannoun played one season in Vernon (2013-14) before being traded to Surrey along with Ben Butcher June 9th 2014 as the Future Considerations in the Brett Mulcahy trade from January 2014. The Vipers sent forward Chase McMurphy & Future Considerations to Surrey for Brett Mulcahy & Future Considerations on January 6th 2014. Hannoun played two seasons in Surrey before joining the Vipers. Hannoun was part of the future considerations in the Vipers-Eagles trade at the 2012 BCHL trade deadline that saw Vernon send Adam Tambellini & Michael Roberts to Surrey for future considerations wich at the end of that season were named (Mason Blacklock and Demico Hannoun). In 47 games with the Vipers Hannoun collected (15-goals-29-assists-44-points). 

Demico Hannoun's Player Profile:


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Vipers-Silverbacks Highlight's:

Here are the Vipers-Silverbacks highlight's from Saturday night in
Salmon Arm. Michael Young scored twice in the opening frame as the Vipers held a 2-1 1st period lead into the 3rd period before Jonathan Krahn and Hudson Schandor scored for Salmon Arm less then five minutes into the 3rd giving Salmon Arm their first lead of the night. Former Salmon Arm Silverback Josh Latta tied the game at 18:52 on the powerplay with the goaltender pulled forcing overtime. The Apes outshot the Snakes 6-2 in the extra frame setting up defenceman Olson Werenka for his second goal of the night at 4:29 giving Salmon Arm the 4-3 overtime victory in front of 1,169 fans at the Shaw Centre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9kNshFUl7U

The Story Of Lyman (Hick) Abbott:

This is the story of Lyman (Hick) Abbott, a fine, young athlete who lost his life in the First World War and the story about the Abbott Cup. 

The Vernon Lakers - Vernon Vipers won the Abbott Cup four times (1989,1991,1992 & 1999)

Lyman (Hick) Abbott was remembered June 13th 2014 when he was among the 2014 inductees into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in Regina. Abbott's first world war medals were entered into the Hockey Hall of Fame December 14th 2014.

The Abbott Memorial Cup, commonly referred to as the Abbott Cup, was awarded annually from 1919 through 1999 to the Junior "A" Champion for Western Canada was awarded following a round-robin game between the two western teams at the then-Centennial Cup.  The last Junior A hockey team to win the Abbott Cup was the 1998-99 Vernon Vipers.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Salmon Arm 4 Vernon 3 Overtime

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey In Vernon for over thirty five years. I haven't missed a Vipers home game in nine years and only one home game since 2003 and three home games since the 1998-99 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch tonight's game online, here are my thought's and view's from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 4-3 in overtime in front of 1,169 fans at the Shaw Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Salmon Arm: Ethan Langenegger

1st Period: The Silverbacks had some good jump off the opening faceoff. A minute into the frame Trevor Adams beat Aidan Porter but not the post as the Backs come within inches of opening the scoring before Matthew Verboon would be stopped in close on the second opportunity. The Silverbacks with two good chances in the opening minute of play. The Vipers pushed right back. Alex Swetlikoff with Vernon's first shot on goal on a shot from the circle, got the play in deep before the Vipers worked the puck around back to the point. Michael Young's shot beat Ethan Lagenegger giving Vernon an early lead at 1:27 Elan Bar-Lev-Wise and Alex Swetlikoff collected the assists. The Snakes continued to push after the goal and kept coming in waves with a ton of pressure in the offensive zone as it was all Vipers early. Five and a half minutes in, Nick Unruh beat Aidan Porter but rang his shot off the bottom of the post before Josh Latta come back the other way would be stopped in close before setting up Brendan Kim who's shot along the ice just missed the far corner. Chances at both ends of the rink. About two minutes later Vernon would get the games first powerplay but the Vipers struggled getting just a single shot as Salmon Arm killed off the minor. It was all Vipers the first half as the Snakes were outshooting the Apes 10-2 at the halfway mark. Just past the midway mark the S'Backs would get their first look with the man advantage and capitalize. Olson Werenka's point shot beat Aidan Porter five hole with traffic in front as the puck slowly trickled across the goal line, tying the game 1-1 at 11:54 Sol Seibel & Trevor Adams drew the helpers. Less then a minute later the Vipers would jump on the PP. Just seconds into the powerplay, Sebastian Streu rang his shot off the post. The Silverbacks with a fairly good penalty kill, looked to have most of the penalty killed off before Michael Young's blast from the blueline, found the back of the goal, giving Vernon a 2-1 lead with two seconds left in the powerplay at 14:32 Josh Latta and Mitch Andres picked up the assists. The Snakes went back to the powerplay about a minute and a half later couldn't capitalize with the man advantage, didn't record a single shot on goal as SA killed off the penalty. Just inside the final minute Coleton Bilodeau redirected a pass in front just missed the far corner as the Vipers with a quality chance late in the period. It was 2-1 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. The Apes come very close to opening the scoring a minute into the hockey game but the Vipers responded with a strong push back, never looked back as I thought Vernon was the better team for most of the opening frame. I thought the Vipers outplayed the Silverbacks the first half and had the better of the play in the second half. The Silverbacks had a little more puck possession in the second half but no real quality chances. The Vipers with just one shot in the second half of the period didn't get a lot of quality chances, did have good pressure in the offensive zone. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 11-7.

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Game Preview: Vernon @ Salmon Arm:

Vernon (8-7-5-2) @ Salmon Arm (12-8-1-0) 7pm

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Silverbacks lead the season series 2-0

Last Game:

Friday, November 9th
Friday, November 9th Penticton defeated Salmon Arm 4-2

Next Game:

Wednesday, November 14th Vernon @ Trail
Friday, November 16th Merritt @ Salmon Arm

Vernon's record & stats vs the Silverbacks since 2002

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Merritt 4 Vernon 3

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

7:51 MER Matthew Kopperud (9) ASST: Jaydon Fetter (11), Brendan Schneider (13) (PP) 

8:47 VER Sebastian Streu (5) ASST: Teddy Wooding (7) 

2nd Period:


12:38 MER Christian Sabin (4) ASST: Mathieu Gosselin (13) (PP) 

18:40 VER Ben Helgeson (3) ASST: Nicholas Cherkowski (5) 

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Game Preview: Parents Weekend: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (8-6-5-2) @ Merritt (13-8-0-1) 7pm

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings vs the Centennials. The season series is tied 1-1

Last Game:

Wednesday, November 7th Penticton defeated Vernon 3-2 overtime
Saturday, November 3rd Merritt defeated Alberni Valley 5-4

Next Game:

Saturday, November 10th Vernon @ Salmon Arm
Sunday, November 11th West Kelowna @ Merritt

Vernon's record & stats vs the Centennials since 2002

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Vees Stop Vipers In Overtime:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vees stop Vipers in overtime

Kevin Mitchell

Nov. 9, 2018 

Sports

Overtime has parlayed into misery for the Vernon Vipers this B.C. Hockey League season.

The Penticton Vees took a turn at swiping an extra point from the Vipers in a thrilling 3-2 victory before 1,618 fans Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Vipers-Vees Highlight's:

Here are all three Penticton Vees goals from last night's Vipers-
Vees game in Vernon. James Miller, Ryan Sandelin & Eric Linell scored for the Vees. It was 1-1 heading into the 3rd period. Sebastian Streu gave the Vipers their first lead of the night on the powerplay. Ryan Sandelin tied the game towards the end of the 3rd on the man advantage, before Eric Linell scored the overtime winner on the powerplay, giving Penticton a 3-2 overtime victory in front of 1,618 fans at Kal Tire Place.

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Streu To Join Team Germany For World Juniors:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Streu To Join Team Germany For World Juniors

November 7, 2018

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are very proud to announce that Sebastian Streu has been chosen to represent Germany at the upcoming 2019 IIHF World Junior U20 Championship.

The 19 year old was born in Neuwied, Germany, but spent a good portion of his life in Manitoba.  He has really impressed with the Vipers tallying 3 goals and 2 assists in just 7 games.

“This is a great honour for Sebastian and our organization,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers, Mark Ferner.  “We’re extremely proud of him for this accomplishment and it is extremely well deserved.”

The journey for Sebastian starts with the team’s prep-camp on November 29 in Fussen, Germany.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Penticton 3 Vernon 2 Overtime

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I haven't missed a Vipers home game in nine years and only missed three Vipers home games since the 1998-99 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch tonight's game online, here are my thought's and view's from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Vees game as Penticton defeated Vernon 3-2 in overtime in front of 1,618 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Penticton: Jack LaFontaine

1st Period: The Vees took control of the game off the opening puck drop, had the early puck possession but it was the Vipers who would get the games first quality chance. About three and a half minutes in Viper captain Jagger Williamson setup Sebastian Streu who let go a shot from the circle couldn't beat Jack LaFontaine five hole. About two minutes later Aidan Porter come out of his crease to play the puck, turned the puck over behind the goal. Former Trail Smoke Eater Andre Ghantous on the turnover couldn't hit the open cage as Porter rushed back in the nick of time on a close call for the Snakes. A few minutes later Jagger Williamson was hauled down on his way to the goal, crashed into Jack LaFontaine, who come out of the blue paint to make the save. Williamson and LaFontaine got tangled up together. Williamson got up but it was the Vees goaltender who stayed down and looked to be in some kind of discomfort. LaFontaine was looked at by the trainer, would be ok and stayed in the contest. A nice gesture from the Viper captain, gave LaFontaine a tap on the pads letting him know he was sorry about the collision, while LaFontaine returned the favor, giving Williamson a tap on the back end. Off the next faceoff Penticton would get the games first powerplay. The Vees with only three shots didn't get a lot of pressure on the man advantage as the Vipers with a strong penalty kill, killed off the minor. Just past the halfway mark, Landon Fuller with a quick shot along the ice, forced Jack LaFontaine into making a big pad save, couldn't control the rebound before Sebastian Streu was denied on the second opportunity. Shortly after Vernon would get their first PP of the night. Ben Sanderson with a grade a chance would be stopped by Jack LaFontaine who made his biggest stop of the opening period. The Vipers with a flurry of chances couldn't capitalize. The Vees would kill off the minor. The Snakes seemed to build off the powerplay and gain some momentum would get a flurry of chances in and around the goal. The Vees didn't record a shot on goal in the second half. It was 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. I thought the visitors were the better team in the first half, had more puck possession but the Vipers had the better of the scoring chances. Vernon got their game going and played much better in the second half, carried the edge in play, had several looks/opportunities, couldn't get any bounces go their way. Jack LaFontaine was giving up a ton of rebounds but otherwise was solid between the pipes for the Vees. Vernon outshot Penticton 11-8.

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Midweek Matchup: Vees vs. Vipers:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Vees vs. Vipers

November 7, 2018

Tonight – Penticton Vees (10-6-1-2) at Vernon Vipers (8-6-4-2)
7 p.m. at Kal Tire Place in Vernon
Presented by the BCIHL


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Game Preview: Penticton @ Vernon:

Penticton (10-6-1-2) @ Vernon (8-6-4-2) 7pm

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Penticton Vees. The Vipers-Vees season series is tied 1-1

Last Game:

Saturday, November 3rd Vernon defeated Langley 5-1
Saturday, November 3rd Prince George defeated Penticton 3-2 overtime

Next Game:

Friday, November 9th Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, November 9th Salmon Arm @ Penticton

Vernon's record & stats vs the Vees since 2002

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Vipers In Wild Interior Mix:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers in wild Interior mix

Kevin Mitchell

Nov. 7, 2018 

Local Sports

One minute you’re in first place. Some 20 minutes later, you’re dead last.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Former Viper Tryout Valk Affiliates With Chiefs:

Former Vernon Vipers tryout defenceman Garrett Valk affiliates with the Chilliwack Chiefs for the 2018-19 season.

Valk attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2017.

Garrett Valk's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Chiefs website:

Garrett Valk Affiliates For 2018-19 Season

October 4, 2018

Garrett spent last season at the West Van Academy in the CSSHL where he registered 4 Goals, 9 assists in 35 GP. Garrett also skated in 7 games for West Van’s U18 Prep team. Garrett brings an element of offense to the blueline along with great size and reach defensively. “The Chilliwack Chiefs are extremely excited to add a player of Garrett’s ilk to our affiliate roster for this season. He is a player that we feel confident will be able to step in and help our team when called upon”-Brad Rihela. Garrett will suit up for coach Chris Shaw and the newly branded NW Hawks of the BC MML this season.


BCHL Report:

This is posted on Juniorhockey.ca

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018   

By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com

The Chilliwack Chiefs’ grip on to the top spot of our British Columbia Hockey League rankings continues to loosen as both Prince George and Coquitlam close in. They say close only counts in horseshoes and curling and the Chiefs are at #1 for the fifth straight week.

The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.

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Vipers Record After Twenty Games:

After a strong regular season last year, Vipers fans were expecting more this season. With eleven players returning from last year the Vipers 2018-19 season looked promising. Starting the season with only three wins in their first nine games and sitting near or at the bottom of the Interior Division, the Vipers have had a disappointing season to date.

With only two wins in their last six games and just six wins in their last seventeen games Viper fans are wondering what's wrong in Viperland?

I thought I would look back at some of the previous Vipers seasons after twenty games and where they finished the regular season and compare them to this year's Vipers team after the first twenty games.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Ex Viper Brushett Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Brushett receives honorable mention for player of the week. 

Brushett is in his first season in Powell River after the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm traded Brushett to the Kings September 7th 2018. 

Brushett played last year with the Surrey Eagles before being traded to Vernon over the summer for future considerations. The Eagles announced the trade on June 14th 2018. In 58 games last season with Surrey Brushett picked up (21-goals-28-assists-49-points).  

The Vipers traded Brushett to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs June 1st 2018. Brushett was the future considerations in the Derek Brown trade. The Pontiacs traded Derek Brown to Vernon January 9th 2018 for Sol Seibel & future considerations. Seibel never reported to Bonnyville was later traded to Salmon Arm January 10th 2018 for future considerations.

The Pontiacs traded Brushett to Grande Prairie July 16 2018. Brushett was previously committed to Providence College for this coming season before joining the Kings.

The Vipers signed Brushett September 22nd 2016 after playing in the United States Hockey League. After one season in Vernon the Vipers traded Brushett to Surrey September 6th 2017 for future considerations. In 50 games with the Vipers Brushett collected (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). 

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Icemen Sign Ex Viper Forward Brown:

The East Coast Hockey League Jacksonville Icemen have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Derek Brown.

Brown will join former Vernon Vipers forward Cody Fowlie (2012-13) who is also on the Icemen roster.

Brown played parts of last season in Vernon collecting (11-goals-1-assist-12-points) in just 16 games with the Vipers. The Vipers acquired Brown January 9th 2018 from the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs for Sol Seibel & future considerations.

Derek Brown's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Icemen website:

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Giants Add Fuller To Roster:

The Western Hockey League Vancouver Giants have added Vernon Vipers defenceman Landon Fuller to their roster.

Fuller made his Giants debut Saturday night in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Kamloops Blazers. 

The Vipers acquired Fuller September 26th 2018 from the Coquitlam Express for Nicholas Wildgoose.

Landon Fuller's Player Profile:


This is posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

November 3, 2018

The Giants, with three defencemen out with injuries, have added D Landon Fuller, 19, to their roster, at least for the short term. From 100 Mile House, B.C., he played 16 games with the Tri-City Americans over the previous three seasons. This season, he had one assist in eight games with the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers. . . . Vancouver GM Barclay Parneta was with the Americans when they selected Fuller in the WHL bantam draft. . . . The Giants remain without D Dylan Plouffe, Matt Barberis and D Joel Sexsmith.


Vipers-Rivermen Highlight's:

Here are the Vipers-Rivermen highlight's from Saturday night in
Langley. Teddy Wooding scored twice as Vernon played with the lead in all three periods. The Vipers scored three goals in the 3rd period, Aidan Porter made 19 saves in the victory, while Braedon Fleming made 27 saves in the loss. The Rivermen drop their seventh straight on home ice as the Snakes pick up just their third win on the road this season in a 5-1 victory in front of 684 fans at the George Preston Arena.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID_kw1c0XQc

How Long Will Former Vipers Goaltender Palaga Stay In Everett?

October 29th the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers traded former Vernon Vipers goaltender Max Palaga to the Everett Silvertips. 

What will happen with Max Palaga when 16-year-old goaltender Blake Lyda returns to the Silvertips lineup? As of now the Silvertips have three goaltenders. Dustin Wolf, Max Palaga and Blake Lyda.

The Blazers released Palaga September 25th 2018 joined/signed with the Vipers September 25th 2018.

Max Palaga's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/389002/max-palaga

This was on the Heraldnet.com

Silvertips acquire backup goaltender from Kamloops

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