Friday, July 31, 2020

Maine Mariners Add Former Viper McNicholas To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Maine Mariners have seventeen players listed on their season ending roster list one is former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas.

McNicholas was is in his second season with the ECHL Maine Mariners before COVID-19 cancelled the 2019-20 season. In 60 games McNicholas collected (11-goals-27-assists-38-points).


McNicholas spent four seasons at the University of New Hampshire before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Indy Fuel March 6th 2018. McNicholas only played in three games that season before leaving for Norway the following season. McNicholas spent the 2018-19 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. The Star signed McNicholas February 6 2018 was terminated October 26 2018. In 15 games with the Star McNicholas collected (2-goals-7-assists-9-points). The Mariners signed McNicholas November 1st 2018.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Chiefs Give Forer Vipers Goaltender Gore Extension:

The Western Hockey League Spokane Chiefs have given former Vernon Vipers goaltender Lucas Gore a contract extension.

Gore will be entering his second season with the Chiefs as there goaltending consultant. The Chiefs signed Gore August 1st 2019.

After four seasons with the University of Regina (2011-2015) Gore signed with the ECHL Stockton Thunder on March 5th 2015. In 7 games with the Thunder Gore went 2-4-1 with a 4.37 GAA. Gore along with the Thunder moved to Adirondack becoming the Adirondack Thunder for the start of the 2015-16 season. Gore was protected by the Adirondack Thunder but never played a single game after the 2014-15 season.

Gore retired from hockey and was the goaltending coach with the 2016-17 Prince George Spruce Kings. Gore spent the past three seasons as a goaltending consultant with the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers before joining Kamloops minor hockey in May 2019.

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Wednesday, July 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:

Catching Up With The Backs EP. 3 – Shaw & Bennett

Salmon Arm Silverbacks broadcaster Nathan Kanter chats with Silverback forwards Logan Shaw and Drew Bennett over Zoom in the video below. The veterans share how the locker room came together over the course of last season, what was the difference in their first-round playoff sweep over Victoria, what they’re most looking forward to when next season rolls around, what they’ve been up to since COVID-19 hit and much more!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Vipers Lose Longtime Volunteer/Season Ticket Holder: Gord Williams

This was in Thursday's Vernon Morning Star newspaper:

Gord Williams

Jul 14, 2020       OBITUARIES

February 1, 1934 – July 14, 2020

Heaven received another Angel on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gord Williams. Born in Manitoba, he died peacefully in his sleep with Elaine and his little companion Kasey by his side at home here in Vernon after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Elaine, his children: Terry-Lynn, Darrell (Sherry), Cheryl (Dennis) and Karen; his step children: Kim (Bob), Debra, Charmayne (Lisle), Cheryl (Jody), Derek (Cora-lee) and Kari (Deanna); 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gord was predeceased by his parents Charles and Victoria and three sisters.
Gord was a competitive water skier and even skied on trick skis at 70 years old on Sugar Lake! He was a long time truck driver who had a passion for horses. He enjoyed team roping with his daughter Cheryl as well as training, cutting and penning, all which brought out the cowboy in him. His horses Mis-T and Turkey and his border collie Thea were his partners in crime. Gord also enjoyed spending his spare time fishing and golfing. His winter hobby was busy cheering and volunteering for his favorite hockey team, the Vernon Vipers.
There will be a private service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cancer Society. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services® Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237
The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Dr Deetlefs, Dr Schultz and Dr Rankin, for their compassion for and support of Gord during his journey.
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services

Monday, July 27, 2020

Vipers Off-Season Report With General Manager & Head Coach Jason McKee:

This was posted on BCHLNetwork.ca

VIPERS OFF-SEASON REPORT WITH GENERAL MANAGER AND HEAD COACH JASON MCKEE

Written by Brieann Knorr on July 16, 2020

https://www.bchlnetwork.ca/

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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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Thunderbolts Add Ex Viper Hannoun To Teams Protected List:

The Southern Professional Hockey League announced its Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Evansville Thunderbolts have thirteen players listed on their protected list one of is 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).

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Episode 16 Vernon Vipers Voices With Jimmy Lambert

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

July 24 2020

Episode 16 of Vipers Voices is available now as we chat with Jimmy Lambert (@JL___23)

Give it a listen/watch and don't forget to subscribe!#OneGoal

Friday, July 24, 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:

Merritt-Coquitlam Trade:

The Coquitlam Express picked up the rights to 2000-born forward Spencer Schneider from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations. Schneider, from Lakeville, Minnesota, began the 2019-20 season in Merritt with two goals and two assists in 20 games before joining the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League in late November. The Bowling Green commit finished with seven goals and 14 assists in 30 games for the Wings.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Kent, Herbst, Hachisuka & Duerr Selected At North American Hockey League Entry Draft:

41 players from the BCHL including four Vernon Vipers were selected at Tuesday's North American Hockey League's draft.

Defenceman Nicholas Kent was drafted 2nd round, 30th overall by St. Cloud

Goaltender Reilly Herbst was drafted 3rd round, 62nd overall by Jamestown

Defenceman Keigo Hachisuka was drafted 5th round, 109th overall by Wichita Falls

Defenceman Sam Duerr was drafted 7th round, 165th overall by St. Cloud

NAHL announces results of 2020 Entry Draft

http://www.nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=29737

View the results from the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft here,

https://nahl.rinknetcloud.com/

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb Q&A:

This was posted on BCHLNetwork.ca


BCHL COMMISSIONER CHRIS HEBB Q&A: LEAGUE ANNOUNCES DECEMBER 1 START DATE FOR 2020-21

Written by Brian Wiebe on July 17, 2020

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

MacDonald Commits To Dartmouth College:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

MACDONALD COMMITS TO DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

JULY 20, 2020

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce that Cam MacDonald has committed to Dartmouth College.

MacDonald had a solid rookie campaign for the Vipers scoring 15 goals and chipping in 10 assists in 56 games played.  He’d catch fire in the post season recording 5 goals and 4 assists in 5 playoff games against Wenatchee.

“After talking to the coaching staff and learning more about the academic side, I couldn’t be more excited to join the program at Dartmouth,” says MacDonald.

“Its extremely gratifying to see a player who works as hard as Cam does, on and off the ice, get rewarded like he has,” states head coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.

Dartmouth College is an Ivy League research university that has an NCAA Division 1 hockey program and is a member of the ECAC.  They play at the Thompson Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Congratulations to Cam and his entire family on this accomplishment.

Monday, July 20, 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:

Mazzocchi Commits To Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals are excited to announce to commitment of 18 year old Matthew Mazzocchi for the 2020/2021 season. Mazzocchi, a 2002 born forward out of Calgary joins the Capitals after spending the past two seasons on the Calgary Flames U18 team in the Alberta Elite Hockey League. This past season Mazzocchi finished 4th in team scoring at 24 points, 13 of them goals in 26 games. Over his two seasons with the U18 Flames, Mazzocchi totalled 38 points in 57 regular season games. “I’m really excited to join the Capitals organization. It’s been my goal to play junior hockey and being able to do so in the BCHL with such an established team like the Capitals is a great opportunity I am looking forward to with  heart felt enthusiasm” said Mazzocchi. The 18 year old has already gotten his first sniff of junior hockey, suiting up for a pair of games with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drumheller Dragons in the 2018/2019 season, and scored his first goal on November 10th, 2018 against the Calgary Canucks. “Matt is an extremely hardworking physical player who excels on the forecheck. He brings a lot of intensity, grit, and has some upside offensively. He is a physical player who will make us a harder team to play against. We are excited to have Matt join the Capitals” said Capitals Head Coach Geoff Grimwood. Welcome to the Cowichan Valley Matt!

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

BCHL Teams Can Start Training In September:

This is on the Vernon Morning Star website:

BCHL teams can start training in September for first league games in December

GREG SAKAKI      Jul. 17, 2020       

LOCAL SPORTS

BCHL players will finally get to lace up their skates again in early September, though hockey season won’t start until December.

The B.C. Hockey League announced today that it plans to start the 2020-21 regular season Dec. 1. A press release from the league said that its communications with the province and health officials suggested that waiting until December “gives us the best chance at ensuring we have an uninterrupted season, while also maximizing the amount of regular-season games we’ll be able to play,” said Chris Hebb, BCHL commissioner.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Statement From Vipers Ownership:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

STATEMENT FROM OWNERSHIP

JULY 17, 2020

Vernon BC—Following today’s announcement by the British Columbia Hockey League regarding the league’s return to play we are very excited and optimistic about the start of the season.

As of now our season is set to begin on December 1, 2020.

Once the number of games has been determined along with the special protocols that will be put in place, we will be happy to provide more information.

The Vernon Vipers will also be in touch with all our corporate partners in the coming weeks to determine the best course of action going forward.

We look forward to seeing our fans and partners again very soon and will release more information as it comes available.

Please continue to do your part as we move towards another season!

Episode 15 Vernon Vipers Voices With Aaron Volpatti:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

July 17 2020

Episode 15 of Vipers Voices is available now on our YouTube Page.

On this episode we chat with Aaron Volpatti. 

Aaron shares stories from each of his stops and some of his fondest memories #OneGoal

Friday, July 17, 2020

BCHL Announces Tentative Dec. 1 Start Date:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

BCHL ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE DEC. 1 START DATE

JULY 17, 2020

The BC Hockey League announced today that it is planning to start the 2020-21 regular season on Dec. 1, pending approval from the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

“We’ve been having discussions with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture since March around a safe return to play,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “The PHO has indicated to us that waiting until December gives us the best chance at ensuring we have an uninterrupted season, while also maximizing the amount of regular-season games we’ll be able to play.”

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BCHL Next Generation: Vernon Vipers

This is posted on the BCHL website:

BCHL NEXT GENERATION: VERNON VIPERS

JULY 16, 2020

All summer we’ll be going team-by-team to profile new players coming in for the 2020-21 season with recaps of offseason commits and acquisitions. We will also have interviews and scouting reports from the coaches.

Next up is the Vernon Vipers.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

BCHL Set To Announce Regular Season Schedule:

This is on Brian Wiebe's twitter account:

Brian Wiebe
@Brian_Wiebe

July 17 2020

TSN insider Darren Dreger says #BCHL is set to announce a December 1 start for the 2020-21 season with games going into May. The 2021 Centennial Cup national championship is scheduled for the second week of May in Penticton.

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:

Catching up with the Backs Ep. 2 – Kohonick & Matta

Salmon Arm Silverbacks broadcaster Nathan Kanter chats with new players Riley Kohonick and Lucas Matta over Zoom in the video below. Kohonick is a goaltender acquired this off-season, while Matta is a new commit who was a defenceman at Lake Forest Academy the last two seasons. The boys give some background on their playing styles, how their playing career led them to Salmon Arm, what they’re most looking forward to when next season rolls around, what they’ve been up to since COVID-19 hit and much more!


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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Vernon Vipers Alumni Update With Matt Watkins:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Matt Watkins is still playing hockey. Watkins has spent the past four seasons playing in the Wheatland Senior Hockey League with the Craik Warriors.

In 4 games last season Watkins had (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Watkins has lead the Warriors in scoring two of the past four seasons.

Watkins last played professional hockey in 2016 with KooKoo, a Finnish ice hockey team playing in the first level of Finnish ice hockey league Liiga. The team was established in 1965 and the full name of the club is Kouvolan Kiekko-65.

After four years at the University of North Dakota (2005-2009) Watkins went on to play the next seven years in five leagues with eight teams (San Antonio Rampage, Las Vegas Wranglers, Phoenix Coyotes, Portland Pirates, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hershey Bears, Vienna Capitals & KooKoo)

Watkins was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 5th Round 160th overall in 2005 but never played with the Stars, before signing an entry-level contract with the Pheonix Coyotes in 2009 as a free agent. Watkins played one game with the Coyotes during the 2011-12 season. Watkins spent that season playing with the Coyotes farm club the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League. The New York Islanders signed Watkins on July, 3rd 2012 to a one-year, two way contract. Watkins would never play with the Islanders. The Islanders placed Watkins on waivers September 14th 2012. Watkins signed with the Washington Capitals July 8th 2013 never played a game with the Capitals, played with Washington's farm team the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League.

Watkins played one season in Vernon (2004-05) collecting (36-goals-38-assists-74-points) in 60 regular season games with the Vipers.

Matt Watkins Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=14871

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

AR. Drone 2.0 Test @ Kal Tire Place:

I come across this video the other day. The video is eight years old, but thought I would post it anyways.

This was posted on Hockeytube.net

AR. Drone 2.0 Test @ Wesbild Centre

Aug 17, 2012

Hockeytube.net

Hockeytube.net took out the AR Drone 2.0 for a test at the Wesbild Centre in Vernon, B.C. The Drone will be used for some upcoming Vernon Vipers hockey videos. Still need to work out a few gliches but the test was successful. Need a new update to smooth out video.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Idaho Steelheads Add Ex Viper Andrusiak To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Idaho Steelheads have twenty three players listed on their protected list, one of the twenty three players is former Vernon Vipers forward Zach Andrusiak.

Andrusiak was in his first season with the Steelheads, before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. In 49 games last season, Andrusiak had (10-goals-13-assists-23-points).

Andrusiak spent the past three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Seattle, Prince Albert & Everett before signing his first professional contract with the Steelheads August 8th 2019. 

Andrusiak played fifteen games with the 2015-16 Vernon Vipers. The Vipers signed Andrusiak October 1st 2015 after being released from the Western Hockey League Tri-City Americans. Andrusiak picked up two assists with the Vipers before being released November 5th 2015. 

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Sunday, July 12, 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:

Penticton-Powell River-Notre Dame Trade:

The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Wednesday the team has completed a three-team trade including the acquisitions of defenseman Ben Wozney (’01) and forward Ryan Upson (’01). In the trade, the Vees acquired defenseman Olivier Lepine (’01) and forward Ryan Upson from the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in exchange for forward Liam Noble (’01) and defenseman Carson Hemenway (’02). The Vees then acquired defender Ben Wozney from the Powell River Kings in exchange for Lepine and future considerations. Wozney, 19, has played each of the last two seasons in Powell River, suiting up in 86 career BCHL games including a contest as an affiliate player with the Prince George Spruce Kings. The 6’2”, 170-pound rearguard has tallied 4 goals and 29 assists for 33 points in that span. Wozney also secured his collegiate future in committing to Bowling Green University for the 2021/22 season during the year. The Richmond, BC native spent two seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club prior to his time in the BCHL, playing in 86 games split between the Elite 15 and Midget Prep divisions. Wozney collected 8 goals and 36 assists for 42 points in that stretch. Upson, 19, played last season with the West Kelowna Warriors in his first season of junior hockey, registering 3 goals and 9 assists for 12 points in 54 games after making the transition from the West Van Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL). The Vees would like to welcome Ben and Ryan, along with their families, to the team and the South Okanagan and thank Liam and Carson for their time and contributions to the organization as well as the City of Penticton.

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BCHL Close To Returning?

Will we see Junior hockey this fall?

The Alberta Junior Hockey League released it's 2020-21 regular season schedule on Friday.

This is posted on the AJHL.com website:


The Penticton Vees announced Friday the team will be hosting three camps in late August as they prepare for the upcoming 2020-21 BCHL season.

This is posted on the Vees website:

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Vernon Vipers Masks Available:

Do you own a mask to protect yourself from COVID-19? How about a Vernon Vipers mask?

Get your Vernon Vipers masks now!

Episode 14 Vernon Vipers Voices With Landon Fuller:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

July 10 2020

Episode 14 of Vipers Voices is up now on our YouTube Page!

Follow the link for the full conversation with Landon Fuller (@landon_fuller67)

#OneGoal

Friday, July 10, 2020

Vipers Alumni Cheeseman, Costanzo, Dodginghorse & McCrimmon Named To BCHL All-Time All-Name Team:

This was posted on BCHLNetwork.ca

BCHL ALL-TIME ALL-NAME TEAM

Written by Eric Clarke on June 7, 2020

Eric Clarke has been a hockey fan for my entire life following it from junior B to the NHL to former Chilliwack Chiefs players in Europe and coaching. I've watched the Chiefs for 22 years. Before I came on-board with the BCHLNetwork, I was the Chiefs mascot for two seasons. The first as Chief Wannawin and the second as the very first Belle. I was part of the team that won the 2018 national championship. In my spare time, I draw and play darts.

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Vernon Vipers Alumni Update With Former Goaltender Jon Olthuis:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Jon Olthuis is an Accountant at Lockwood Doyle Professional Corp.

Lockwood Doyle Professional Corporation is an established provider of accounting and tax services in the Bow Valley.

Lockwood Doyle Professional Corp website:


Since joining Lockwood Doyle in the fall of 2014, Jonathan obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2017 and has worked on a wide variety of individual and corporate engagements, including compilations and reviews.

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Thursday, July 9, 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:

Victoria-Notre Dame Trade:

The Victoria Grizzlies continue to re-tool their roster for the 2020-21 season. On Monday the B.C. Hockey League club that was swept in the first round of the playoffs in March, swapped out some youth for some veteran experience on the blue line. The Grizzlies sent 18-year-old defenceman Chace Oliver to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Notre Dame Hounds for 19-year-old blue-liner Hardy Wagner. Wagner, who’ll turn 20 in December, spent the past two seasons with Notre Dame, playing 47 games this past season while scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists. The year before, the six-foot, 180-pound Regina native played 52 games while collecting three goals and 16 assists. “Wagner is an experienced right-handed defenceman who played top minutes for Notre Dame last season,” said Grizzlies GM and head coach Craig Didmon. “He has good offensive ability and is solid in his own end.” Oliver played 43 games in his rookie year with the Grizzlies this past season, collecting three assists. Also Monday, the Grizzlies sent forward Kahlil Fontana to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Fontana, who’ll turn 19 in August and hails from Duncan, dressed for 40 games with the Grizzlies last season, scoring five goals and six assists. “Fontana and Oliver are deals that were both tough to make as they are great, quality kids and tough competitors,” Didmon said. “But they will be in a situation where they can continue to develop their game.” The Grizzlies are tentatively set to open training camp on Sept. 1.

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The Life Of An NHL Referee With Former Vernon Lakers/Viper Blaine McCauley's Brother:

Rogers Sportsnet ran a story in October on former Vernon Lakers/Vipers defenceman Blaine McCauley's brother Wes.

Wes McCauley is a well known NHL official that has made the highlight reel of several sports shows.

Blaine McCauley played two seasons in Vernon with the 1994-95 Vernon Lakers and the 1995-96 Royal Bank Cup Champion Vernon Vipers. In 115 games with the Lakers & Vipers, McCauley collected (26-goals-79-assists-105-points). After four years at Lake Superior State University, McCauley went on to play two seasons in the ECHL and American Hockey League with the Dayton Bombers, Cleveland Barons and Syracuse Crunch from 2000-2002. McCauley was an assistant coach with the 2005-06 Ontario Junior Hockey League Georgetown Raiders & is now the head coach/gm of the NLL Arena Lacrosse League Toronto Monarchs. McCauley was named coach of the year in 2018.

This was on youtube

Wes McCauley On Life Of An NHL Referee | Home Team Heroes

Oct 6, 2019       SPORTSNET

Our focus is on NHL referee Wes McCauley. From his proud Georgetown roots, his colourful officiating calls and how he is a second-generation NHL referee.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hounds Trade Former Viper "AP" Upson To Penticton:

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Notre Dame Hounds have traded former Vernon Vipers forward/affiliated player Ryan Upson to the Penticton Vees.

Upson committed to the West Kelowna Warriors in 2019 and played 54 games with the Warriors during the 2019-20 season collected (3-goals-9-assists-12-points). The Warriors traded Upson to the Hounds June 10 2020.

Upson attended the Vernon Vipers 2018 Spring Camp played 9 games as an "AP" with the 2018-19 Vernon Vipers collected (0-goals-1-assist-1-point).

Ryan Upson's Player Profile:


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Former Vipers Associate Coach Mallette Named Assistant Coach For Hockey Canada’s National Men’s U-17 Team:

Former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette has been named assistant coach for Hockey Canada’s National Men’s U-17 Team Red.

Mallette a Kelowna Rockets Alumni & Rockets Assistant Coach was recently named Rockets Head Coach March 2 2020.

Mallette spent the past seasons with the Rockets as assistant coach. Mallette was an Associate Coach with the Vernon Vipers (2013-14) leaving the Vipers for the Rockets July 4th 2014.

Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Growlers Add Former Vernon Viper Skirving To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Newfoundland Growlers have nine players listed on their protected list, one of the nine players is former Vernon Vipers forward Todd Skirving.

In 37 games last season Skirving collected (4-goals-8-assists-12-points). Skirving was is in his second season with the Growlers before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.
 
Skirving and the Growlers won the 2019 Kelly Cup defeating the Toledo Walleye in 6 games of the ECHL Finals. Newfoundland won the series 4 games to 2 winning the Kelly Cup in their first season in the ECHL. The Growlers are the first Canadian team in ECHL history to win the Kelly Cup.

Skirving spent four years at Rochester Institute Of Technology (RIT) before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears August 3rd 2017. Skirving spent the 2017-18 season with three different teams in the ECHL (Orlando Solar Bears, Utah Grizzlies & Atlanta Gladiators) before signing with the Growlers October 16th 2018.

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Kent Named To BCHLNetwork All 18-Year-Old Team:

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BCHLNetwork All 18-year-old Teams

Written by Mckenzie Guardiero on June 14, 2020

Mckenzie Guardiero is a former scout, coach, and junior hockey player. His friends would call him Bob McKenzie Jr. because he would annoy them with random stats. Mckenzie loves the game and the lifestyle.

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Monday, July 6, 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:

Michaud Commits To Trail Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to welcome forward Connor Michaud as the newest member to our roster for the 2020/21 season. Michaud, a native of Moncton, New Brunswick, has spent the last two seasons developing at the Okanagan Hockey Academy playing for both Prep team White and team Black. In 66 games Michaud put up 52 while also being an assistant captain on team Black this past season. “Connor is a very versatile forward that plays the game with a lot of energy.  He is capable of playing in the middle and on the wing, and a very powerful skater in open ice. We had Connor join our program for some practices this season and he really fit in alongside the talent we had on last years team and got to learn about his character at that time.  He’s a kid that has really put work in the last few years to push himself to where he is right now, you really appreciate that type of drive and commitment as a coach. When I first met Connor he reminded me of Jaden Senkoe, he has a similar make up of a power forward with vision and hands to make plays offensively.  We look forward to seeing Connor on the ice in Trail next season.“ – AGM Jeff Urekar. “After having spent a week in Trail last season, meeting and practicing with the team, attending a home game and meeting fans, I experienced the rich history of the organization and its relationship with the Trail community. The coaching staff and players were open and welcoming and I quickly realized that I wanted to be part of such a great organization where I can further developed as a hockey player. I am excited to join the Trail Smoke Eaters” – Connor Michaud. The Trail Smoke Eaters are thrilled to welcome Connor to the team and the City of Trail. We look forward to having him join the rest of the team in the fall.

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