Monday, December 31, 2018

The Time Is Ripe To Deal Vernon Vipers Alumni Hammond:

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, December 30, 2018

Vernon Vipers Alumni-NCAA Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Ty Taylor (2016-2018) & former Vernon Vipers forward Joe Sacco (2015-16) and the New Hampshire Wildcats face the Bentley Falcons this afternoon at 2pm on TSN 2

Pinguine Sign Ex Vipers Defenceman Noonan:

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld Penguins) have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Garrett Noonan.

The Pinguine is an ice hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league. Their home is in Krefeld, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany at the König Palast.

Noonan played last year with Klub hokeja na ledu Medveščak Zagreb. In 30 games last season, Noonan collected (6-goals-14-assists-20-points). Klub hokeja na ledu Medveščak Zagreb) is a Croatian ice hockey club based in Zagreb established in 1961 that currently plays in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

After four seasons at Boston University Noonan signed a Entry-Level Deal with the Nashville Predators on April 22nd 2014 also signed an amateur try-out contract (ATO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals. Noonan has spent the past four seasons playing in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League with Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Hartford & Greenville & last season in Croatia with Klub hokeja na ledu Medveščak Zagreb. Noonan was drafted by Nashville in Round 4 #112 overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Noonan played one season in Vernon (2009-2010) In 58 regular season games with the Vipers Noonan collected (2-goals-16-assists-18-points).

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Kamloops Blazers Spoil Ex Viper Swetlikoff's Rockets Debut:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Alex Swetlikoff went pointless in his Kelowna Rockets Debut Friday. The Rockets fell 3-2 in overtime last night in Kamloops.

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From Vernon Viper to Kelowna Rocket, Alex Swetlikoff makes his WHL debut

December 27, 2018 

By Travis Lowe Global News 

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Former Vernon Viper Williamson vs Former Penticton Panther Chad Taylor:

Former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Jason Williamson #39 takes on Penticton Panthers forward #14 during a Vipers-Panthers exhibition game at the Penticton Memorial Arena during the 2000-01 season.

Williamson played three years in Vernon (1999-2002) before going to Niagara University.

Williamson returned to the Vipers in 2008 spending three years as an Assistant Coach (2008-2011) before being named Head Coach-GM in 2011. Williamson was Head Coach-GM for three seasons (2011-2014) before stepping down-resigning as Head Coach-GM after two exhibition games into the 2014-15 season. Williamson is fifth on the Vipers all-time wins list as Head Coach (81-Wins 70-Losses 6-Ties). 

Williamson spent the 2015-16 season as Head Coach of the Okanagan Rockets before leaving the Rockets in April 2016. Williamson also spent three seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers as Director of Scouting and Recruitment.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Vipers Earn Split In Washington:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers earn split in Washington

Morning Star Staff

Dec. 28, 2018 

Local Sports

The Vernon Vipers earned a split in their two-game BCHL mini-series in Wenatchee against the Wild Dec. 21 and 22.

In game one, goaltender Bradley Cooper stopped all 24 shots and the Vipers posted a 3-0 shutout. Michael Young led the scoring with a goal and an assist. Matt Kowalski and Teddy Wooding chipped in singles.

In game two, Tyler Ho scored his first goal of the season and Josh Latta added a power-play marker, but the Wild’s Brian Adams was a rock star on the night scoring three to down the Vipers 5-2.

Nathan Iannone was the first to get one past Cooper. Adams scored on a move from the corner to make it 2-0 Wild, which you could argue cut the Vipers like a knife.

Ho’s goal came in the second period from a setup from Ben Helgeson to narrow the gap.

But the Wild regained momentum late in the second period when Chad Sasaki got open and made it 3-1 heading into the third.

The Wild’s tenacity was rewarded again in the third as Adams scored another from the corner, and then netted the hattie minutes later on a scrum.

The Vipers managed to make it 5-2 on a power-play goal from Josh Latta, but that would be as close as they got.

Going into the break, the Vipers find themselves in last place in the Interior Division, one point behind Trail, but with three games in hand. The Wild improved to 48 points, three behind the leading Penticton Vees with one game in hand.

The Vipers next host West Kelowna on Friday, Jan. 4.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Maine Mariners Sign Former Vernon Vipers Forward McNicholas:

The East Coast Hockey League Maine Mariners have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas.

McNicholas started the season with the Manglerud Star, commonly known as Manglerud Star and abbreviated as MS, is a Norwegian ice hockey team based in Oslo, Norway. They currently play in the GET-ligaen. 

McNicholas was in his first season with the Star signed February 6 2018 was terminated October 26 2018. In 15 games with the Star McNicholas collected (2-goals-7-assists-9-points).

McNicholas spent the past four seasons at the University of New Hampshire before signing his first professional contract with the  East Coast Hockey League Indy Fuel March 6th 2018. McNicholas picked up on assist in three games last year with the Fuel. 

McNicholas played one season in Vernon (2013-14). The Vipers traded Aaron Hadley to Nanaimo for future considerations (Michael McNicholas & Jordan Klimek) on January 10th 2013. In 56 games with the Vipers McNicholas collected (23-goals-46-assists-69-points) scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vipers history, scored the overtime winner in Game 7 of the Interior Division Finals vs Penticton in 2014.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Bulls Sign Vipers Alumni Defenceman Crisfield:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Birmingham Bulls have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Geoff Crisfield.

No official press release from the Bulls but Crisfield is listed on their roster. 

Crisfield spent the past four seasons at SAIT (Southern AB Inst. of Tech) before signing with the Bulls this season. In 12 games with the Bulls Crisfield has (1-goal-7-assists-8-assists). 

Crisfield played two years in Vernon (2011-2013) before being traded to the AJHL Spruce Grove Saints June 1st 2013 for future considerations.  In 110 games with the Vipers Crisfield collected (2-goals-11-assists-13-points). 

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

5th Annual Vernon Vipers Christmas Quiz:

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5th Annual Vipers Christmas Quiz

December 14, 2018 HockeyTube 

5th Annual Vipers Christmas Quiz – The Vernon Vipers are back with their annual Christmas Quiz contest. The players compete in pair for bragging rights during the hockey season.

Spoiler – Teddy Wooding and Aidan Porter won this year’s contest…no surprise that they will be attending Yale and Princeton respectively. We think this years quiz might have been a little too easy!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Former Vernon Laker-Viper Mick Joins Royal LePage:

Former Vernon Lakers-Vernon Vipers forward, Assistant Coach & Head Coach-GM Troy Mick is out of the hockey business, at least for now and now focusing on real estate. Mick will be joining Royal LePage.

Mick was recently named the new president of the USA Central Hockey League and a USA Central Hockey League advisor July 23 2018. 

The USA CHL started out as a six-team league with all the teams owned by the same group. Franchises in Rio Grande Valley and Laredo have already been publicized.

Mick recently parted ways with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks June 8th 2018. Mick had spent the past six seasons with the Silverbacks.

Mick played two seasons with the Vernon Lakers (1984-1986) before leaving the Lakers for the Merritt Warriors. Mick was also an Assistant Coach and in charge of marketing with the Vernon Lakers for two seasons (1993-1995) & spent one season as an Assistant Coach with the Vernon Vipers (1995-1996) before being named the Vipers Head Coach-GM the following season. Mick was Head Coach-GM of the Vipers for four years (1996-2000) before leaving for the Western Hockey League Portland Winterhawks. Mick returned to the Vipers as GM for two seasons (2005-07) before leaving in 2007 to sell real estate in Mexico. Mick was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in round 7 #130 overall at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Flyers Sign Ex Viper Forward Basara:

The Elite Ice Hockey League Fife Flyers have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Marcus Basara.

The Flyers are a professional ice hockey team that is from Kirkcandy, Scotland.

Basara started the season with the British Elite Hockey League Manchester Storm before being released October 24 2018. In 12 games with the Storm Basara had two points. The Storm are a British, professional ice hockey team founded in 2015. They are members of the Elite Ice Hockey League and are based at the Silver Blades Ice Rink in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Basara attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before signing his first professional contract with the East Coast Hockey League Allen Americans August 24th 2017.

Basara started his first professional season last year with with the East Coast Hockey League Allen Americans. Basara never played a game, was invited to the American Hockey League San Jose Barracuda training camp in September 2017, was released during camp, before returning to the Americans. The Americans traded Basara to the East Coast Hockey League Jacksonville IceMen October 10th 2017 before the 2017-18 regular season started. Basara never played a game with the IceMen before being placed on waivers. 

Basara was claimed off waivers by the East Coast Hockey League Orlando Solar Bears November 20th 2017. Basara collected one assist in four games with the Solar Bears before being released November 30th 2017. Basara would return to Allen after signing with the Americans for a second time last season, December 10th 2017. In 18 games with the Americans Basara collected (3-goals-3-assists-6-points) was traded to the East Coast Hockey League Wheeling Nailers February 17th 2018. 

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wenatchee 5 Vernon 2

Scoring Summary:


2:41WENNathan Iannone (6) ASST: Matt Gosiewski (14), Jacob Modry (15)
6:37WENBrian Adams (8) ASST: Matt Gosiewski (15)

9:05VERTyler Ho (1) ASST: Ben Helgeson (10)
17:58WENChad Sasaki (10) ASST: Brian Adams (8), Matt Gosiewski (16)

1:28WENBrian Adams (9) ASST: None
3:44WENBrian Adams (10) ASST: Matt Gosiewski (17)
15:50VERJosh Latta (13) ASST: Mitch Andres (13) (PP)

Wenatchee outshoots Vernon 23-20 Austin Park makes 18 saves in the win, while Bradley Cooper makes 18 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Report,

Text Boxscore,

Game Preview: Vernon @ Wenatchee:

Vernon (13-15-6-3) @ Wenatchee (22-12-2-0) 7pm

Tonight is the fifth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Wenatchee Wild. The season series is tied 2-2

Last Game:

Friday, December 21st Vernon defeated Wenatchee 3-0

Next Game:

Friday, January 4th West Kelowna @ Vernon
Friday, January 4th Wenatchee @ Powell River

Vernon's record & stats vs the Wild since 2015

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Former Rockets Assistant Coach Crickard Spotted At Vipers Practise?

This is posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

December 21 2018

Will the Kelowna Rockets add an assistant coach over the holidays — to replace the departed Travis Crickard — and will it be former Rockets defenceman/captain Josh Gorges?


Speaking of Crickard . . . was that him watching the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers practise one day this week?

The Kelowna Rockets and Assistant Coach, Travis Crickard parted ways December 8 2018. 

Here is the press release off the Rockets website,