Sunday, May 31, 2020

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:

Roloson Commits To Kings:

The Powell River Kings are pleased to announce the commitment of ’03 defensemen, Ross Roloson to the 2020-2021 roster. The 5’11, Woodbury, Minnesota native will join his brother Brett on the ice for the coming season, after playing in 35 game with the Northern Alberta Xtreme Prep of the CSSHL. Ross registered 4 goals and 30 assists while at NAX and he also suited up for 5 games with the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL. “Ross is a smooth skating, puck moving defensemen who has all the tools to excel in the BCHL and beyond,” says Kings Head Coach Brock Sawyer.  “He has a great stick and he thinks the game very well. Adding a young defenseman like Ross to our program is a big addition for us. He will complement our returning core and has the potential to be an elite player in the league for years to come.” Please join us in welcoming Ross to the Powell River Kings organization.

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Episode 8 Vernon Vipers Voices With Riley Brandt:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

VernonVipers 
@VernonVipers

May 29 2020

Episode 8 of Vipers Voices is up now on our YouTube Page.  We chatted with former captain Riley Brandt

Catch the entire episode by following the link #OneGoal

Friday, May 29, 2020

In Conversation With Former Vernon Viper Maser:

Prince George Cougars broadcaster Fraser Rodgers chatted with former Vernon Vipers forward Josh Maser about his time in Prince George and his future in hockey.

Maser was in his fourth season with the Western Hockey League Prince George Cougars before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 62 games this season Maser collected (29-goals-19-assists-48-points).

Maser attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2016 before leaving camp for the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders training camp. The Raiders traded Maser to Prince George October 18th 2016.

Josh Maser's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=299135

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Inside Vipers Alumni Brownlee’s ‘Money On You’ Videoshoot:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Chad Brownlee invites ET Canada on set of the acoustic videoshoot for “Money On You”


Brownlee a current Country music star took home two awards at the 2016 BCCMA Country Awards, won Album/EP of the Year (Hearts on Fire) & Male Vocalist of the Year.

"The Best That I Can (Superhero)",  his first single, was released in November 2009. Brownlee's self-titled debut album, produced by Mitch Merrett, was released in August 2010. Brownlee won the 2011 CCMA Rising Star award winner, also a recipient of his first JUNO Award nomination for Country Album of the Year on February 19, 2013.

Brownlee played two years in Vernon (2001-03) In 113 regular season games with the Vipers, Brownlee collected (14-goals-28-assists-42-points). Brownlee was drafted in 2003 in the 6th round, by the NHL Vancouver Canucks but retired from hockey after a short stint in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads following a series of injuries, before becoming a Country music star.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Caller Commits To UBC:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

COMMITMENT ALERT! – Caller Commits to UBC

May 25, 2020

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce that Jackson Caller has committed to the UBC Thunderbirds next season.

The Kamloops product put a nice bow on his junior career with one season with the Vipers.  He tallied 5 goals and 12 assists in 55 games, plus 3 more assists in 5 games in the playoffs.  Caller played big minutes for the group usually against teams top lines.  He played big minutes while shorthanded and had some time on the powerplay.

“I’m extremely excited to be continuing my hockey career and education at one of the best Universities in Canada,” says Caller.

Caller says there were many factors in choosing UBC.  “It has the business school that I like, but also they’ve got a great hockey program.”

UBC had a phenomenal season last year as they made it to the nationals.

“I’m really looking forward to helping contribute to more success for the program,”  Caller says.

The Vipers would like to congratulate Jackson on the commitment and wish him all the best with UBC.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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:

Wasik Commits To Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited to announce the commitment of South Florida Hockey Academy product Dominik Wasik for the upcoming season. Wasik, from Superior, Colorado, has played his last two years with the academy, playing in 79 games. During his first season Wasik played in 40 games putting up a 2.21 GAA and a 0.914 SV%. He followed that up in his second year with a 2.42 GAA and a 0.906 SV% “Dominik comes to Trail with a great pedigree for the BCHL. He has been taught by former NHLer Tomas Vokoun and brings good size and quickness in the net. We’re excited to see Dominik develop into a top NCAA prospect. Dominik and Logan Terness will be a great pair next season and we’re excited to watch them work together. – GM Jeff Tambellini The 17-year-old netminder will make an exciting tandem with reigning rookie of the year Logan Terness as the the Smoke Eaters solidify things for 2020/21 season. The Smoke Eaters would like to welcome Dominik to Trail and we look forward to seeing him in the fall.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Chance To Win Former Viper Urban's Game Used Stick:

Here's a chance to win former Vernon Vipers "AP" defenceman Zach Urban's game used stick.

Urban is in his third season with the Southern Professional Hockey League Macon Mayhem, started the 2019-20 season with the Mayhem was loaned to the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings, November 22 2019 before being released December 4th 2019. The ECHL South Carolina Stingrays signed Urban January 5th 2020 before being returned to Macon January 11th 2020. The SPHL season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Urban spent last season between the Mayhem & the ECHL Toledo Walleye.

After playing two years at the University of Northern Michigan Urban signed his first professional contract with the Mayhem in 2017.

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Ex Viper Zaba Trying To Form League’s Best Goalie For Third Straight Year:

Here is an article/story on former Vernon Vipers goaltender Matt Zaba.

Zaba was is in his third season as goaltending coach for the United States Hockey League Tri-City Storm before COVID-19 cancelled the season.

Zaba retired from professional hockey at the end of the 2014-15 season as a member of the Erste Bank Hockey League (EBHL) Vienna Capitals. The Capitals are an Austrian professional ice hockey club that play in Vienna, Austria. The following season (2015-16) Zaba was named goaltending coach for the U18 Colorado Rampage & was an assistant coach with Colorado College. Zaba spent one season with the U18 Rampage staying on with Colorado College as an assistant coach for a second season.

After four years at Colorado College, Zaba went on to play three seasons in the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League & National Hockey League playing with four different teams (Charlotte, Idaho, Hartford & New York Rangers) before playing his final five years of pro hockey in Austria & Italy with (Vienna & Bolzano HC).

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Thunderbolts Sign Former Vernon Viper Hannoun:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Evansville Thunderbolts have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun.

Hannoun started the 2019-20 season with the Thunderbolts after signing a three game tryout. Hannoun was released November 16th 2019 would re-sign two days later and finish the season with the Thunderbolts before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 37 games this season Hannoun collected (11-goals-11-assists-22-points).

Hannoun spent two years (2016-2018) at Northern Michigan University before leaving school to sign with the ECHL Indy Fuel. The Fuel signed Hannoun August 28th 2018, never played a game after being released October 11 2018. Hannoun played last season with the FFHG Meudon Comets. The Comets play in the French Ice Hockey Federation. In 10 games last season Hannoun had (7-goals-15-assists-22-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:


This was posted on Oursportscentral.com

11/18: F Demico Hannoun signed to standard contract

KHL Player Poll With Vipers Alumni Genoway:

ESPN polled a variety of players on topics such as North America's misconceptions of their league, to the next big star to cross over from the KHL to NHL, to what the guys have been splurging on lately. One of those players was former Vernon Vipers defenceman Chay Genoway.

Genoway played this season in Russia, his first season with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod is a professional ice hockey club in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. It is a member of the Kharlamov Division in the Kontinental Hockey League. In 62 games this season Genoway collected (6-goals-25-assists-31-points).

Genoway played last season with Frölunda Hockey Club, also known as the Frölunda Indians, a Swedish professional ice hockey club based in Gothenburg. They play in the highest Swedish league, Swedish Hockey League.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

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:

Bonkowski Commits To Powell River:

The Powell River Kings are looking forward to the addition of 2003 born Jacob Bonkowski to their 2020/2021 roster. The 6’0, Richmond, BC native has spent the last season with West Vancouver Academy Midget Prep Team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League where he produced a total of 36 points in 31 games. “Jacob is a promising forward with a lot of upside”, says Head Coach Brock Sawyer, “He skates well and is still growing into his body. He is a tireless worker and has offensive abilities that will contribute to our program for years to come. Jacob attended campy last year and played in a handful of games this season where he performed well and got his feet wet in the league. He has a lot of potential for a young player.” Please join us in welcoming Jacob and his family to the Powell River Kings organization.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Episode 7 Vernon Vipers Voices With Dennis Holland:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account & facebook page:

VernonVipers 
@VernonVipers

Episode 7 of Vipers Voices is up now!

May 22 2020

We chat with Dennis Holland who spent a year with the Lakers before having a prominent playing career which has turned into a scouting role with the @DallasStars

Give it a watch or treat it like a podcast #OneGoal

Norsemen Sign Helgeson:

This is on the Norsemen twitter account:

St. Cloud Norsemen
@StCloudNorsemen

TENDER ANNOUNCEMENT

May 12, 2020

Norsemen sign forward Ben Helgeson (@BenHelgeson9) to a 2020-21 tender. The Roseau, MN native had 23 points (13 G, 10 A) in 56 games for the @VernonVipers of the BCHL during the 2019-20 season.

Welcome to St. Cloud Ben!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Storm Name Former Viper Bench Boss Vandekamp New Head Coach/GM:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm have named former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mike Vandekamp new Head Coach/GM.

Vandekamp spent the past two seasons with the Cowichan Capitals after spending the previous seven years with the Nanaimo Clippers.

Vandekamp was Head Coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers from 2001-2005 before leaving for the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars.

Mike Vandekamp's coaching profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=49573

This was posted on the Storm website:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Former Vipers Defenceman Saunders Awarded Fraction Of Damages For An Unrealized Pro Career:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman John Saunders has been awarded approximately $50,000 for an accident he said sunk his dreams of making it to the National Hockey League.

Saunders was an "AP" (affiliated player) with the 2011-12 Vernon Vipers, played in five games as an "AP" attended the 2010 Sun Valley Showcase in Vernon and the Vipers 2011 & 2012 Training camps. Saunders played in three pre-season games with the Vipers in 2012 before being released and signing with the Merritt Centennials to start the 2012-13 season. Saunders last played hockey in 2015-16 with the Royal Military College.

John Saunder's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=125362

This was in the Tri-City newspaper:

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An Open Letter From Hockey Canada:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Hockey Canada: Open letter to Canadians

May 14, 2020

An open letter from Hockey Canada:

First, and most importantly, to the front-line and essential workers who have gone above and beyond around the clock to keep Canadians safe – a simple thank you is not nearly enough for what you have done over the last three months.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Philadelphia Hockey Club Names Vernon Lakers Alumni Ferster New Head Coach Of Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference Team:

The Philadelphia Hockey Club has named former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster new Head Coach of its Tier-2, Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference team. 

Former Vernon Lakers forward/Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Troy Mick who is the GM of the NCDC Junior A Tier 2 program and the Head Coach for PHC's 16U teams. The Philadelphia hockey club has a tier 2 Junior franchise competing in the USPHL's NCDC.  

Ferster spent last season as interim Co-Coach of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Kindersley Klippers. Ferster was hired as the new assistant coach of the B.C. under-16 team May 8th 2019 before leaving for the SJHL September 23rd 2019.

Ferster previously spent the past seven seasons (2011-2018) as Head Coach/GM of the West Kelowna Warriors. Ferster was entering his eighth season in 2018 resigned before training camp August 21st 2018. 

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Monday, May 18, 2020

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:

Morrissey Commits To Cranbrook:

The Cranbrook Bucks (BCHL) are happy to announce that they have committed defensemen Bauer Morrissey for the 2020-2021 season. Morrissey played last season at Millbrook School in the USHS Prep league collecting 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points through 32 games. The 18-year-old played two seasons in his hometown of Skaneateles, NY for Skaneateles High before heading to Millbrook this past season. “Bauer is a player that our staff believes can make the jump to become an elite defenseman in the BCHL.” Said Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Donald. “He was an impact player at Millbrook during his Senior season, leading their defensemen in goals and points, and playing in all situations for his team.  We are happy to add him to our roster for the 2020-21 season and look forward to helping him achieve his goals of becoming an NCAA Division 1 defenseman.” The Cranbrook Bucks wish to welcome Bauer to the organization and the City of Cranbrook.

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Former Viper Volpe Awarded $2,500 Scholarship To Canadian Post-Secondary Institution:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Callum Volpe was one of seven recipients who were are awarded a $2,500 scholarship to a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Volpe was in his second season at the Univeristy of Victoria before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 21 games Volpe had (4-goals-4-assists-8-points).

Volpe played one full season in Vernon (2015-16) was released September 22nd 2016 the following season (2016-17) after playing in one game. The Powell River Kings signed Volpe in late September 2016. In 45 games with the Vipers Volpe collected (4-goals-7-assists-11-points).

Callum Volpe's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/247042/callum-volpe

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Bulawka's Message For Vipers Fans:

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VernonVipers 
@Vernonvipers2016

May 11 2020

Today we hear from Max Bulawka who's been staying safe during these times.  #OneGoal

Rival Leagues Suggesting BCHL's Demise:

This was in the Province Newspaper:

Vees coach Harbinson fires back on rival leagues suggesting BCHL's demise

Steve Ewen    Published: May 4, 2020

“The league is looking at different opportunities to help with funding. That’s all. We’re certainly not lying down."

Teams from rival leagues are apparently trying to take advantage of the B.C. Hockey League opening up about asking for government assistance.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Vipers Alumni Tufto Named To All-ECAC Hockey Second Team:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Odeen Tufto have been named to the All-ECAC Hockey Second Team.

Tufto was is in his third season at Quinnipiac University before COVID-19 cancelled the 2019-20 season. Tufto played one season in the United States Hockey League (2016-17) with three different teams (Fargo, Tri-City & Sioux City) before joining Quinnipiac University in 2017.  Tufto played one season in Vernon (2015-16) before leaving the team over the summer to join the United States Hockey League (USHL) Fargo Force. In 57 games with the Vipers Tufto recorded (25-goals-40-assists-65-points).

Odeen Tufto's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=248460

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