Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Vernon Vipers Roster News Coming Tomorrow:

This is on the Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

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July 31 2019

We have some exciting roster news coming up tomorrow morning so keep your eyes peeled 

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Sabres Sign Vipers Alumni Hammond:

The Buffalo Sabres have signed free agent and former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond. 

Hammond played last year with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild. In 33 games last season Hammond went 19-14-0 with three shutouts and a 2.81 GAA Hammond & the Wild clinched a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history.

The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018, reassigned Hammond to the Iowa 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. 

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 is the only goaltender in NHL history to earn 21 wins in his first 27 games.

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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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cyclones Add Ex Viper Forward Walchuk To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Cincinnati Cyclones have thirteen players listed on their season ending roster list one is former Vernon Vipers forward Dylan Walchuk.

Walchuk started the 2018-19 season with KRS-ORG Beijing. HC Kunlun Red Star Heilongjiang (Chinese: 黑龙江昆仑鸿星; pinyin: Heilongjiang Kūnlún Hóngxīng is a Chinese ice hockey club based in Harbin, China and joined the Supreme Hockey League (VHL). Walchuck played only three games with KRS-ORG Beijing before signing with the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen October 9 2018. The Icemen traded Walchuk to the Adirondack Thunder December 20 2018. The Thunder traded Walchuk to Cincinnati June 17th 2019. 

Walchuk went pointless in three games with KRS-ORG Beijing and pointless in four games with the Jacksonville Icemen. In 41 games with the Adirondack Thunder Walchuk collected (14-goals-10-assists-24-points).

After playing four years at the University of Calgary (2013-2017), Walchuk played his first professional season with the Odense Bulldogs (2017-18). The Bulldogs are a professional ice hockey team based in Odense, Denmark. They currently are part of the best Danish league Metal Ligaen, and they are furthermore the only hockey team from Funen. 

Walchuk parts of three seasons in Vernon (2009-2012). Walchuk left the Vipers after the 2010-11 season for the University of Northern Michigan before returning to the Vipers in December of 2011 after playing in just 19 games with the Wolverines.  In his second stint with the Vipers Walchuk left Vernon after playing in just six games. Walchuk left the Vipers on January 10th 2012 for the Western Hockey League Spokane Cheifs where he would finish his junior hockey career (2012-2013).  In 117 games with the Vipers Walchuk collected (44-goals-65-assists-109-points).

Dylan Walchuk's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=47890

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Former Vipers "AP" Ardanaz Commits To West Kelowna Warriors:

Former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated defenceman Nick Ardanaz has committed to the West Kelowna Warriors.

Ardanaz committed to the Vipers June 8th 2018 attended the Vipers training camp in 2017 & 2018 also played in three exhibition games last year before being one of the final cuts. Ardanaz also played three regular season games as an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers last season.

Nick Ardanaz Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/290337/nicolas-ardanaz

This was posted on the Warriors website:

NEWS: ARDANAZ COMMITS TO THE WARRIORS FOR 2019-2020

May 11, 2019 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST KELOWNA B.C. – The West Kelowna Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of defenseman Nick Ardanaz(‘02) for the 2019-2020 season.  

Ardanaz, 16, spent the past four seasons with the Delta Wild Academy of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. This past season Ardanaz was able to register almost a point per game, making him one of the most sought after defensemen coming into the BCHL. “We are very excited to announce Nick’s commitment to our program”, said Warriors Head Coach and General Manager Brandon West. “Nick is a dynamic playmaking defenseman that plays strong defence as well. He’s been a key factor in the power play at Delta Academy for a few seasons and I look forward to seeing him develop here as a Warrior.”

The 5’8 150 pound defender was sought after by a handful or Junior A clubs but ultimately chose the Warriors. “Seeing myself in a Warriors jerseys felt right for my family and I”, stated Ardanaz. “With the coaching, great facilities, location and team history, I felt like it was the most comfortable fit for me to develop as a player and person.”

The Langley native recently committed to the University of New Hampshire for 2021-2022. Ardanaz is also thrilled to be playing next to his close friend and former Delta teammate John Evans who is also a recent commit of the Warriors for 2019-2020. “John and I have played with each other for as long as I remember”, stated Ardanaz. “It will be great to play out our first years of junior together on the same team. John’s a great player and a better teammate.”

Ardanaz likes to consider himself a two way defender with an offensive touch, “I try to model my game after Torey Krug. You can expect an offensive minded puck moving defender who can play a two way game. I’m not afraid to jump in and create opportunities.”

The Warriors would like to welcome Nick and his family to the City of West Kelowna and the Warriors organization.

Just a reminder that 2019/2020 season tickets are on sale now to the general public. You can purchase and pick your seats online @ http://tickets.westkelownawarriors.ca.

Monday, July 29, 2019

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:

Hectic Off-Season On And Off Ice For Vees:

Fred Harbinson is making the most of a rare lengthy off-season triggered by a stunning six-game series defeat to the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the first round of the BCHL playoffs. The Penticton Vees president, GM and head coach has made a series of signings and trades to help ensure Penticton’s junior-A hockey season continues deep into the spring as it did for the vast majority of Harbinson’s first 10 seasons at the helm. “We’re not going to sit around and cry about what happened,” said Harbinson, who lost in the first round for the first time in his coaching career. “You’re not going to win every year, but you want to contend … be in the hunt. Some things last year were out of our control, some things were in our control. We’ve been busy … as we should be, to make sure we take care (of the latter).” The Vees are in the process of finalizing a couple of key moves this week which would leave them essentially with a set roster for the start of training camp Monday, Aug. 19 in Penticton. “We’re pretty close considering it’s only the (first week of June),” said Harbinson. “I really like how we stack up at every position, and the fact we have a bit of everything with the speed, skill, size and grit.” GOALTENDING: The Vees lose graduating veteran standout Jack LaFontaine but are well stocked with second-year man Derek Krall and top recruit Yaniv Perets, who was the top goalie in the National Collegiate Development Conference and led the Boston Jr. Bruins to the league championship. DEFENCE: The Vees are in great shape on the blueline with returning veterans Conner Hutchison, Evan McIntyre, Jonathan Smart and Carson Kosobud, along with top recruits Scott Gilowski and 6’ 6” Cade Webber. The Vees are close to bringing in another top 20-year-old, 6’ 4” defenceman, Harbinson said. The return of the speedster Hutchison is pivotal after he was limited to 22 games due to injury in his rookie season. “I really like our blend of size, speed, skill and experience back there,” said Harbinson. FORWARD: Harbinson has been busy bolstering the forward ranks. He has quality returnees in David Silye, Lukas Sillinger, Jack Barnes and Jackson Niedermayer, and secured premier young recruits Tristan Amonte, Danny Weight and Liam Malmquist. Earlier this week, the Vees acquired proven scorer Alex DiPaolo from the Coquitlam Express for future considerations. On Wednesday, the Vees acquired the rights to 20-year-old centre Colton Kalezic from the Toronto Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (see separate story). The Vees are also hoping to land 1999-born centre 

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Lasers Trade Ex Viper Defenceman Dow-Kenny To Langley Rivermen:

The CCHL Kanata Lasers have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Will Dow-Kenny to the Langley Rivermen.

Dow-Kenny attended the Vipers spring camp and training camp in 2017, played in two exhibition games (2017) before being cut-released. Dow-Kenny committed to the Vipers April 14th 2018. 

The Vipers traded Dow-Kenny to the Chilliwack Chiefs August 7th 2018 for Carver Watson. The Chiefs traded Dow-Kenny to the Vipers January 10th 2019 for Mitch Andres. The Vipers traded Dow-Kenny, Coleton Bilodeau, Tyler Ho & future considerations to the CCHL Kanata Lasers June 26th 2019 for Connor Sleeth. 

In 15 games with the Vipers, Dow-Kenny collected two assists.

Will Dow-Kenny's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/351467/will-dow-kenny 

This was posted on the BCHL website:

10-Jul-19 The Langley Rivermen have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Will Dow-Kenny(00)(D) from the Kanata Lasers of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Rush Add Vernon Vipers Alumni Dancs To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Rapid City Rush have twenty players listed on their season ending roster list one is former Vernon Vipers forward Dexter Dancs.

Dancs started last season with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads. Dancs went pointless in two games before being traded to the Manchester Monarchs October 25th 2018. Dancs collected four assists in 26 games with the Monarchs before being traded to the Rapid City Rush March 7th 2019. In 12 games with the Rush Dancs collected (1-goal-7-assists-8-points).

Dancs finished his fourth year at University of Michigan before signing his first professional contract with the Steelheads August 15th 2018.

Dancs played a season and a half with the Vipers (2012-2014) after coming over in a trade with the Penticton Vees.  On December 5th 2012 the Vipers traded Jedd Soleway to Penticton for Dexter Dancs.  In 44 games with the Vipers Dancs recorded (30-goals-53-assists-83-points).  

Dancs scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vipers history, scored the overtime winner at the 2014 Royal Bank Cup in Vernon giving the Vipers a 3-2 overtime victory over the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, giving the Vipers a semi-final berth at the RBC Cup.


Dexter Danc's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=102280

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New BCHL Site:

This was posted on Brian Wiebe's Twitter Account:

BCHL network site

Jun 26 2019

Hey BCHL fans, make sure to check out

Brian_Wiebe's new project called the bchl network

Brian is already a great source for BCHL news and we're excited to see what's in store for this new site.

Give them a follow!

https://www.bchlnetwork.ca/

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Former Vipers Tryout Goaltender Wood Commits To Clippers:

Former Vernon Vipers tryout goaltender Blake Wood has committed to the Nanaimo Clippers.

Wood attended the Vernon Vipers Spring camp in May 2019.

Blake Wood's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Clippers website:

Nanaimo native Blake Wood commits to Clippers

May 29, 2019 

Nanaimo, BC – The Nanaimo Clippers have announced that Nanaimo native, Blake Wood, has committed to the team for the upcoming season. 

Wood played 16 games in 2018-2019 for the Nanaimo Buccaneers in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League posting a .909 save percentage.  He also played games for Alberni Valley Bulldogs as well as Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL in 2018-2019 so he brings some Junior A experience to the Clippers program.

“We are excited to be adding Wood to our roster as a 2001 born goaltender. We feel he will be a great addition”, mentioned Darren Naylor, Head Coach of the Clippers. “Anytime you can add a local talent it is a win-win for the player and team.” 

Prior to the Nanaimo Buccaneers program, Wood spent two seasons at Yale Hockey Academy playing on the Bantam Prep Team and Elite-15’s squad. He was selected in the 8th round by the Kamloops Blazer of the WHL Bantam Draft. 

Wood, who grew up watching the Clippers, says it means a lot to join the team “from going to the Clippers games every Friday night with my family to now being able to throw the Clippers jersey on and play in front of family and friends is an incredible feeling” mentioned Blake Wood. “My goal with this team is to be a great team player and hopefully play NCAA once my junior career is done.”

Wood will join the Clippers starting August 19th for Main Camp.

Klepper’s Korner w/Jimmy Lambert:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Klepper’s Korner w/Jimmy Lambert

July 26, 2019 

Jimmy Lambert – From Strength to Strength – Written by Don Klepp

In a recent phone conversation, Jimmy Lambert indicated that he’s had “quite an eventful year,” a year that has included big games, participation in the Calgary Flames’ 2018 development camp, and being part of an intense 2019 New York Islanders’ development camp.

On a Michigan Wolverines hockey team that included 10 freshmen, Jimmy had ample opportunity to showcase his skills and to develop aspects of his game. “It was a big step from junior to college,” he says. “Players are bigger, faster, and stronger. Also, you have less time to make plays. In the defensive zone, for example, you have a split second to make a decision with the puck. I had to improve my positioning, to be on the defensive side of the puck and as a winger, I had to work on my clearances off the boards.”

He adds that “the more chances you have to exit the zone, the more chances you have to play offence. It took me a little longer than I would have liked to figure out all the details required at this level, but once I did, I was able to contribute a lot more to the team’s success.”

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Friday, July 26, 2019

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:

Kostelecky Commits To Bulldogs:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce a commitment from 2001-born forward Tyler Kostelecky to join the team for the 2019/20 BCHL season. Kostelecky heads north to the BCHL after spending the last two seasons with Maple Grove High School in his hometown on Maple Grove, Minnesota. He captained the Crimson during the 2018/19 campaign while scoring 14 goals and totaling 30 points in 24 games. He is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Arizona State University. “Tyler is a hard-working two-way forward and a tremendous skater,” says Bulldogs head coach Joe Martin. “He was a leader with his high school program last season and we believe he’s going to be an excellent addition to our team both on and off the ice. We’re thrilled that he’s decided to take the next steps in his hockey career in a Bulldogs uniform.” Kostelecky also suited up in three games with the NAHL’s Minnesota Magicians as an affiliate player last season, picking up one assist. “After seeing the city and meeting with Coach Martin, I immediately felt at home in Alberni and knew it was a perfect fit for me,” says Kostelecky, who describes himself as a playmaker who uses his speed, skating and vision to create opportunities for himself and his teammates. “I chose the BCHL because I’ve heard very good things about the league and I think that it’s a great match for my style of play.” “I’m looking forward to developing as a player and readying myself for the next level,” he explains. “The team has a strong group of players returning and I believe we will have what it takes to compete for a BCHL championship.”Kostelecky will join his new teammates when the Bulldogs’ 2019 Main Camp opens at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Monday, August 19.

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Brampton Beast Add Former Vipers Forward Marino To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Brampton Beast have twenty players listed on their season-ending rosters one is former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Entering the 2019-20 season Marino will be entering his fifth season with the ECHL Brampton Beast. Marino has spent the previous four seasons playing in the ECHL & AHL with the Brampton Beast and American Hockey League's Utica Comets and Syracuse Crunch. In 46 games last year with the Brampton Beast Marino collected (9-goals-34-assists-43-points). 

After four years at Bemidji State University Marino has spent the past ten seasons playing in five different leagues (IHL, CHL, ECHL, AHL & EBEL) with seven different teams (Quad City, Fort Wayne, Norfolk, Szekesfehervar, Utica, Syracuse & Brampton).

Marino played two games with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers.

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=39227

This was posted on the ECHL website:

ECHL announces Season-Ending Rosters 

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ex Vipers D-Man Stephenson Commits To Wentworth Institute Of Technology:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Carter Stephenson has committed to Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Stephenson split last season between the Langley Rivermen & Nanaimo Clippers. The Rivermen traded Stephenson to Nanaimo October 5th 2018. In 6 games with the Rivermen, Stephenson collected (1-goal-2-assists-3-points). In 34 games with the Clippers, Stephenson collected (3-goals-9-assists-12-points).

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 with the Vipers during the 2016-17 season collected (5-goals-8-assists-13-points) was traded to Salmon Arm November 23rd 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 Clippers website:

Carter Stephenson commits to WIT

April 24, 2019
Defenceman #16 Carter Stephenson has decided to commit to Wentworth Institute of Technology for the 2019-2020 season. Carter finished his Junior A career with Nanaimo, appearing in 34 regular season and 5 playoff games. He had 3 goals and 11 assists.

Wentworth Institute of Technology is a private, technical design and engineering university in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was founded in 1904 and offers career-focused education through its 18 bachelor’s degree programs as well as master’s degrees.

Carter thanks Coach Darren Naylor for everything he did for him the past season and helping him get to the next level.

Vipers Alumni Gare Returning To Wolves:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Lanny Gare will be returning for a fifth season with the Ver Selb Wolves.  The VER Selb (Association for figure skating and roller sports) is a DIY Hockey team in Germany that Experts for leisure shipping. The team is also known under the name yourself wolves. After a first foundation in 1953. 

Gare has spent the past four seasons with the Wolves. In 48 games last year, Gare collected (28-goals-45-assists-73-points).

After four years with the University of New Hampshire Gare played the next three seasons with five different teams in the UHL, AHL & ECHL before playing the past twelve seasons in Germany & Denmark.

Gare played two years with the Vipers (1997-1999). In 117 games with the Vipers Gare collected (67-goals-107-assists-174-points) 

Gare & the 1998-99 Vernon Vipers were elected into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame July 2016. Gare's father Ernie Gare played two seasons in Vernon (1970-1972) with the Vernon Essos was also head coach for three seasons (1986-1989) with the Vernon Lakers. Gare is 11th on Vernon junior hockey's all-time points list with 174 points. Gare is 12th on Vernon junior hockey's all-time assists list with 107 assists. Gare is 16th on Vernon junior hockey's all-time goals list with 67 goals.

Lanny Gare's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=12618

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Birmingham Bulls Add Former Vernon Viper Crisfield To Teams Protected List:

The Southern Professional Hockey League announced its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Birmingham Bulls have thirteen players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Geoff Crisfield.

Crisfield spent the past four seasons (2014-2018) at SAIT (Southern AB Inst. of Tech) before signing with the Southern Professional Hockey League Birmingham Bulls last year. Crisfield started the 2018-19 season with the Bulls, before signing with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads November 29 2018. Crisfield split last season between the Bulls and Steelheads after being released from Idaho March 13th 2019. In 19 games with the Bulls Crisfield collected (3-goals-9-assists-12-points) & In 15 games with the Steelheads Crisfield collected (1-goal-4-assists-5-points).

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). 

Geoff Crisfield's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/48785/geoff-crisfield?sort-total=a

This was posted on the Bulls website:

Bulls Announce 2019-2020 Protected Players

May 09, 2019

Birmingham Bulls announced their 2019-2020 Protected Player list on Friday.  The listed includes Josh Harris, Jacob Barber, Mike Davis, Craig Simchuk, Kasey Kulczycki, Russell Jordan, Cole Golka, Mavric Parks, Geoff Crisfield, Matt Fuller, Mike Crocock, Caleb Apperson,  Garrett Schmitz

Robinson To Help With U17’s

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Trainer Invited To Help With U17’s

July 23, 2019 

Vernon, BC:  A huge honor.  A chance to work and learn from the best.  Learning the Canadian way.  These statements are made by Kamloops Blazers trainer Toledo Robinson who has worked many years with Hockey Canada.  These words come from the heart when describing the importance of growing and developing a craft such as being a trainer in hockey at any level.

Robinson passes these messages along to his son Ty who is the  trainer for the Vernon Vipers as he prepares for his second season with the club.  Ty is away in Calgary honing his skills and learning from the best at the U17 camp.

Ty, 21, is the only trainer to be invited from the CJHL.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” says Robinson.  “To be the youngest trainer there, to get a chance to work with some of the best and to represent the Vipers is a huge honour.”

Despite being young in years, Ty is no stranger to the hockey community, following in the footsteps of his father Toledo who has served Hockey Canada in many different ways including the World Juniors, the U18s, the Spengler Cup and even the Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

Ty has spent time shadowing his dad in the WHL, while also working with the BCMML’s Thompson Blazers and KIJHL’s Kamloops Storm.

A lot goes into the equipment management side of the job, which is a major focus for Ty in Calgary.  Skate sharpening, laundry, cleanup and organization are all hidden, yet integral parts.

“We’re extremely proud of Ty for getting this opportunity,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.  “The BCHL is a developmental league and we couldn’t be happier he’s getting to learn from the best at Hockey Canada.”

The U17s is a huge camp for Hockey Canada with the best players under 17 years old.  In total their are 112 players and 6 teams at the event.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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:

Shepard Leaves Penticton Vees-Signs With Vancouver Giants:

Vancouver Giants General Manager Barclay Parneta announced today that the Giants have signed 2002-born forward Cole Shepard (West Vancouver, B.C.) to a Standard WHL Player Agreement. The team made it official this morning during a media conference at the Ladner Leisure Centre. “We are very happy to have Cole and the Shepard family committed to the Vancouver Giants,” said Barclay Parneta. “He provides a solid mix of speed and skill and can impact a game in a lot of positive ways. He’s going to be a key contributor to our success in the years to come.” Originally selected 33rd overall by the Giants in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Shepard joins the Giants after spending his 16-year-old season with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees. In 53 games the 5’10”, 152-pound forward scored seven goals and added 17 assists for 24 points. Shepard spent the two previous seasons with the Delta Hockey Academy notching 53 points in 34 games during the 2017-18 season in Midget and 47 points in 30 games in 2016-17 in Bantam. He is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. Internationally, Shepard suited up for Canada Red at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and registered four assists in six games. With this signing, Shepard becomes the sixth Giant from their 2017 WHL Bantam Draft class to commit to the team joining the likes of: Justin Sourdif, Tanner Brown, Krz Plummer, Braedy Euerby and Jacob Gendron. Shepard joins his older brother Jackson who was acquired by the Giants in a trade with Lethbridge on May 24, 2019

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