Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rapid City Rush Add Vernon Vipers Alumni Dancs To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Rapid City Rush have twenty players listed on their protected list, one of the twenty seven players is former Vernon Vipers forward Dexter Dancs.

Dancs started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Rapid City Rush before leaving after 36 games to sign with EHC Winterthur February 1st 2020. In 36 games with the Rush, Dancs collected (5-goals-10-assists-15-points). Dancs collected one assist in three games with EHC Winterthur before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

EHC Winterthur is a Swiss professional ice hockey team who play in Winterthur in the canton of Zurich. They have played in the Swiss League (SL) since the 2015–16 season, the second tier of the main professional ice hockey leagues in Switzerland, behind the National League.

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Shaun Newman's Podcast With Jason McKee:

This was on the Shaun Newman Podcast:

SNP Episode #82 - Jason Mckee - Vernon Vipers

Shaun Newman    May 26, 2020

Originally from Irma AB Jason's playing days had him go through Junior A, NCAA Div 1, back to the WHL & then onto Pro in the ECHL. His career was cut short due to a baseball swing of the stick to the face (I kid you not), but it is his coaching career that sticks out.

He was apart of the Spruce Grove Saints where he would win 4 AJHL championships, a CJHL coach of the year award and the honour of coaching Canada West at the U19 Junior A Challenge. He spent time with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL & now is the head coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers.

All episodes can also be found on Apple Podcasts & Spotify

Monday, June 29, 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:

Gatto Commits To Surrey Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles are proud to announce forward Connor Gatto has committed to the team for the upcoming B.C Hockey League season. The ’01’ forward from Jacksonville, Florida would take up the 6th and final import slot on the team, joining fellow Americans Owen Nolan, Wyatt Schlaht, Brett Bliss, Kenny Riddett, and Matt Connor. Gatto is another skilled, two-way centreman who battles hard up and down the rink. Gatto played in the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) last season with the Islanders Hockey Club, and put up 14 goals and 40 points in 49 games. The 19 year old stands 5’7, and weighs 155 pounds. It’s an exciting leap for Gatto in his young junior hockey career, and the intrigue of moving up north played a role in his decision. “I’m very excited! I’ve never played in Canada before, so that’ll be pretty interesting. I’m ready to start playing in a new league with a great reputation.” Gatto also explained his rational for joining Surrey as his BCHL destination. “For starters, coach [Cam] Keith. He really likes me and I really enjoyed talking to him. I know the [BCHL] is great, and I knew I could play in a better league so I said why not, let’s give it a shot.” For Eagles fans who haven’t gotten the chance to see Connor play, he gave a little scouting report on himself as well. “I’m a smaller forward, and I proud myself on my skill and defense. I believe I can do everything for the team but understand I’ll need to prove it at the next level.” Welcome to the flock Connor!

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Ex Vipers Goaltender Porter, Jr One Of Six Chiefs Vying For Roster Spot:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender James Porter, Jr is one of six 20 yr olds vying for a roster spot with the Western Hockey League Spokane Chiefs. 

The League limit for 20 yr olds is three. Eli Zummack, Brad Ginnell, Michael King, Bobby Russell & Matt Leduc are the other five 20 yr olds.

The Kelowna Rockets reassisgned Porter, Jr to the Vipers November 4th 2019 before trading Porter Jr to Moose Jaw November 24th 2019. Porter Jr left the Vipers after Moose Jaw traded his rights to Spokane January 3rd 2020. In nine games with the Vipers Porter, Jr went 3-6 with a 2.59 GAA Porter, Jr went 8-2 with two shutouts and a 1.94 GAA with the Chiefs.

James Porter, Jr Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/337758/james-porter-jr.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Vees Trade Former Viper Goaltender Stankowski To AJHL:

The Penticton Vees have traded former Vernon Vipers goaltender Carl Stankowski to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm.

Stankowski never played a game with the Vipers, spent his Junior hockey career playing in the Western Hockey League with Seattle and Calgary before being traded to the Vees. The Vipers traded the BCHL playing rights of Stankowski to Penticton October 23rd 2019 for future considerations. Stankowski went 14-3 with a 2.08 GAA in 18 games with the Vees last year.

Carl Stankowski's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/281732/carl-stankowski

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Vipers Alumni Hammond Looks Back At The Wild 2015 Run With Senators:

Here is an article/story on former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond.

Hammond was is in his first season with the American Hockey League Rochester Americans/Buffalo Sabres before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Hammond was a free agent signed with the Buffalo Sabres July 1st 2019 was reassigned to the Americans September 22nd 2019. In 33 games this season, Hammond is 16-12-3 with a 2.53 GAA

The American Hockey League has advised its clubs that the indefinite suspension of AHL play due to the Coronavirus will not be lifted before May.

Hammond made his Sabres preseason debut September 17th 2019 in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hammond replaced Sabres starting goaltender Linus Ullmark halfway through the 2nd period, allowed two goals on fifteen shots.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stingrays Add Former Vipers "AP" Hannoun" To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The South Carolina Stingrays have twenty players listed on their protected list, one of the twenty four players are former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated player-forward Dante Hannoun.

Hannoun started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators. Hannoun spent the past five seasons with the Western Hockey League Victoria Royals & Prince Albert Raiders, before signing his first professional contract with the Gladiators September 19th 2019. Hannoun played 24 games with the Gladiators (5-goals-14-assists-19-points) before heading to Austria. Hannoun signed with the HCB Foxes December 26 2019.  Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Foxes is an Italian ice hockey team located in the city of Bolzano, South Tyrol, that plays in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). Hannoun had three assists in 17 games with the Foxes. The Stingrays claimed Hannoun off waivers December 27 2019.

Hannoun was invited to the Boston Bruins training camp in September 2019, before being released/sent to the Boston Bruins Prospect Challenge in late September 2019. A round-robin tournament featuring rookies from various teams. Hannoun would be released/sent to the American Hockey League Boston Bruins farm club Providence Bruins training camp, before being released, would report to the Atlanta Gladiators. 

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The Road To The 2010 RBC Cup:

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The Road to the 2010 RBC Cup

Written by Brieann Knorr on May 27, 2020

Brieann has a passion for hockey and sports media. She lives in Vernon and has been a supporter of the Vipers for her entire life. In 2014 she obtained a diploma in broadcasting from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Brieann is looking forward to using her skills to cover the Vipers and junior hockey.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Episode 12 Vernon Vipers Voices With Sean Patchell:

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VernonVipers 
@VernonVipers

June 26 2020

Episode 12 of Vipers Voices is available now!  We chatted for Sean Patchell (@seanpatchell) who was a member of the National Championship winning 95-96 team!  He shares stories about the run and the impact being a Viper had on his life!


#OneGoal

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:

Merritt-Victoria Trade:

The Merritt Centennials have completed a trade with the Victoria Grizzlies that will see defender Braydon Clark (02) head to Victoria in exchange for future considerations. Clark split time between the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL and the Centennials last season. In 16 games with the Cents, the scrappy D-man had a goal, two assists and 54 penalty minutes. The Centennials would like to thank Braydon and his family for his time spent in the community and with the team.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Jason McKee Interview:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers 
@VernonVipers

June 25 2020

We caught up with Head Coach and GM of the Vipers for a long overdue chat about the end of the season, the graduating players and the new recruits!  Follow the link below!


#OneGoal

Former Viper Beech Named Calgary Hitmen Top 25 Players:

The Western Hockey League Calgary Hitmen have named former Vernon Vipers forward Kris Beech one of there top 25 players.

According to eliteprospects.com Beech last played hockey with the The EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League) Stena Line Belfast Giants during the 2015-16 season.

Beech played parts of five seasons in Calgary (1996-2001) with the Hitmen before getting drafted by the Washington Capitals In Round 1 #7 overall at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Beech played with five different NHL clubs (Washington, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Columbus & Vancouver) also played six seasons in the American Hockey League and eight seasons overseas with nine different teams in six different leagues.

Beech played parts of one season in Vernon during the 1996-1997 season with the Vipers before leaving the team during the season for the Western Hockey League Calgary Hitmen.

Kristopher Beech's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=8429

This was posted on the Hitmen website:

HTV: Adrenalin Source For Sports Top 25 Players – Kris Beech

February 16, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A Look At All 18 BCHL Jerseys:

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A look at all 18 BCHL jerseys

Written by Eric Clarke on February 15, 2020

The BCHL has a rich history of some pretty awesome jerseys over the years, as well as some not so great jerseys. I’m going to take a look at each current team’s primary jersey and give my take on what they could change or don’t need to change. I’ll also look at the Cranbrook Bucks and give my take on their proposed jersey.

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Ex Viper D-Man Meek Leaving Huskies For Long Island University:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Mitch Meek is leaving Michigan Tech University and transferring to Long Island University.

Meek has spent the past three seasons at Michigan Tech. Meek went pointless in 10 games last season.

Meek played parts of one season in Vernon (2014-15) playing in 50 games with the Vipers collecting (6-goals-10-assists-16-points) after coming over in a trade with the Victoria Grizzlies. On October 8th 2014 the Grizzlies traded Brandon Egli, Mitch Meek & Future Considerations to the Vipers for Aydan Macdonald & Jake Emilio. The Vipers traded Meek July 9th 2015 to West Kelowna for Mac Ferner.

Mitch Meek's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=120807

This is on Mitch Meek's twitter account:

Mitch Meek
@MitchMeek4

Jun 3, 2020

Proud to announce I will be transferring to @LIUMHockey to continue playing D1 hockey. Thankful for the opportunity, and the people that made it possible #finsup

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

New Recruits For The Vernon Vipers:

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New Recruits for the Vernon Vipers

Written by Brieann Knorr on June 21, 2020

The Vernon Vipers will have some fresh faces when the puck drops on the 2020-21 BCHL season. With nine players graduating from the Vipers after last season, a new group of recruits has signed on to play in Vernon.

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Highlights Of Newly Committed Logan Lorenz:

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VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

June 19 2020

Some highlights of newly committed @Logan_Lorenz24 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Third Commits To Vernon:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

New Recruit – Ayden Third

June 22, 2020

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the commitment of Ayden Third.

Third is from Regina  and played last season with the Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA Team.  He had 7 goals and 17 assists in 44 games played.

“Ayden defends really well and is hard to play against,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.

Third was an assistant captain for his team last season.

Ayden Third's Player Profile:

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:

Smoke Eaters Sign Disher:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to welcome forward Quinn Disher as the newest member to our roster for the 2020/21 season. Disher, a native of Fort St. John, BC, comes to the Smoke Eaters after multiple successful campaigns with the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA). Most recently he played with the OHA Red Prep team, the same team that Jaden Senkoe played on prior to making his BCHL debut this season with the Smoke Eaters. Disher put up an impressive 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 36 games. “Quinn is a strong and skilled power forward that will compliment our current group of players up front.  He has a heavy shot and a quick release, protects the puck well and puts himself into position to create quality scoring chances. After meeting with Quinn and his family we felt he would be a great addition to our team and look forward to having him play for us in the 2020/21 season.” – AGM Jeff Urekar The 16-year-old has continually produced at OHA, scoring 125 points over his three seasons at the academy. “I’m honoured to be part of such a great organization. The staff have been so helpful and welcoming. After viewing the rink and facilities as well as travelling through the town and seeing the history that Trail has and how tight the team is with the community I know that it will be a great place for me to continue my hockey career and develop as a player” – Quinn Disher The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited to welcome Quinn to Trail and look forward to seeing him don the historic Smoke Eaters crest in the fall.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Icemen Add Former Vipers Shiplo & Martin To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Jacksonville Icemen have twenty four players listed on their protected list, two of the twenty four players are former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Shiplo & former Vernon Vipers forward forward Craig Martin.

Shiplo started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Wichita Thunder before being traded to Jacksonville December 9th 2019. In 17 games with the Thunder Shiplo recorded (1-goal-5-assists-6-points). In 40 games with the Icemen Shiplo recorded (3-goals-17-assists-20-points).

Shiplo spent the past four seasons at Quinnipiac University before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Wichita Thunder July 17 2019. 

Shiplo played one season in Vernon with the 2014-15 Vipers. In 50 games with the Vipers Shiplo collected (5-goals-39-assists-44-points).

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Sabres Fire Ex Vipers Head Coach/GM Ferner:

The Buffalo Sabres have fired former Vernon Vipers Head Coach-GM Mark Ferner.

The Sabres named Ferner new amateur scout August 2019.

Ferner spent nine seasons in Vernon from 2007-2011 and 2014-2019. Ferner joined the Vipers in 2007 after spending the previous three seasons with the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers. After four years in Vernon, Ferner left the Vipers in 2011 for the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips. Ferner returned to Vernon in 2014 before his contract ended in 2019. 

Ferner's brother Keith played two season's in Vernon (1975-1977) with the Vernon Vikings.

Ferner was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in Round 10, 194th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. Ferner spent seven years in the NHL with Buffalo, Washington, Anaheim & Detroit.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Rating The Junior Hockey Leagues – Tier II United States And Canada

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Rating The Junior Hockey Leagues – Tier II United States And Canada 2019 Edition

August 2019     Admin

I want to remind all readers that this series of articles rating the junior hockey leagues in North America is based upon independent opinions and analysis of scouts throughout the United States and Canada.

This rating is based upon the 2018-2019 season and nothing more. The criteria that was used in rating these leagues, was how do teams within the leagues compare when developing players who move on to the NHL, NCAA, Canadian University, the USHL and Major Junior hockey programs. The size of the league as in number of teams was also taken into account for depth of player talent throughout the league. THIS IS NOT TO BE SEEN AS A DESCRIPTION OR STATMENT ON ANY LEAGUE LEVEL OF COMPETITION.

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