Thursday, February 7, 2019

Draper Joins Vernon Vipers Coaching Staff:

It looks like the Vernon Vipers have added Larry Draper as the teams new assistant coach.

Draper made his Vipers coaching debut Wednesday night in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs. Vipers assistant coach Kevin Kraus wasn't behind the bench Wednesday.

Draper spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach/assistant GM with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Bonnyville Pontiacs, before joining the Pontiacs Draper spent three years with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Spruce Grove Saints.

Draper was also a senior coach with the Edmonton Louis St. Laurent Catholic Junior High School hockey team

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This was posted on their website

Senior Coach

Larry Draper

Coaching Experience and Training


  • 23 years of coaching “Rep.Hockey” – including 9 years Midget AAA,  6 years Bantam AAA
  • 2012-13 Head Coach KC Pats Midget AAA.
  • 2012-13 Assistant Coach Spruce Grove Saints / Video / Individual Structure and Habits Coach.
  • 2011-12 Assistant Coach Spruce Grove Saints / Video / Individual Structure and Habits Coach.
  • 2011-12 Enerflex Cup Champions / Team Played in Doyle Cup.
  • 2010-11 Assistant Coach Spruce Grove Saints / Video / Individual Structure and Habits Coach.
  • 2012 Hockey Coaches Conference, Burnaby. BC / Presentations by Ken Hitchcock and many more.
  • 2008-13 Coach - KC PATS Midget AAA.

    • 2009 – 2013 Louis St. Laurent High School Hockey Academy Senior Instructor 

  • Instructor with Hockey Alberta’s Under 17 Team Pacific Program 2006 - 2009
  • Team Pacific Scout 2007 – 2008

    • Instructor at  High Performance Junior Preparation hockey camp every summer (June, July and August 2010-13).

    Specific Accomplishments


  • AMHL Midget AAA North Finals twice in the past 7 years
  • Progressed to Midget AAA Telus Cup Nationals 2005
  • Midget AAA AMHL Champions 2005
  • Midget AAA Pacific Regional Champions 2005
  • Midget 15 AAA R.E.M. League Champions 2007
  • AMHL Coach of the year - Fort Saskatchewan Rangers  in 2007-08 season

  • Certification & Education

  • Hockey Canada NCCP Advanced I and NCCP Level 3 Certification

    • Specialty Skills Level 1 and 2 Certified
    • 2009-13 Coach Mentorship with Billy Moores (Edmonton Oilers), Jason McKee (Spruce Grove Saints),and John Glen (Vancouver Giants).

    Here are a few article's I found on Draper,

    Reports say Draper wont be returning to Pontiacs coaching staff


    Draper out as assistant coach-gm of Pontiacs


    Pontiacs say goodbye to Larry Draper


    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Is Kraus gone for good too or is this to replace Pedersen? Silence from the team seems suspicious - trouble in the Viper den?

    vipers season ticket holder said...

    Lots of rumors going around Viper games the last few months that the Vipers coaching staff wont be back next season. With how well the team has played since returning from the Christmas break, will they return or will the new owners bring in a new coaching staff next year?

    Anonymous said...

    This is just another move to show the Vipers will become Team Alberta west. When hockey Alberta people get involved they only want Alberta hockey people running the show.

    vipersdiehardfan said...

    Why haven't the Vipers made an announcement yet?