Thursday, August 13, 2020

Vipers Looking For Billets:

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VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

Aug 11 2020

We still have a couple of opportunities for you to make a fantastic addition to your family!

If you're interested in billeting please email billetcoordinator@vernonvipers.com or billets@vernonvipers.com #OneGoal

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Growlers Add Ex Viper Skirving To Teams Season Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced their season-ending rosters as submitted by each of its member teams. The Newfoundland Growlers have eight players listed on their season-ending roster, one of the eight 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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Tuesday, August 11, 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:

Coquitlam Express Name Veit New Goaltending Coach:

The Coquitlam Express are pleased to announce Ron Veit as the new Goaltending Coach and Director of Goaltender Development for the 2020-2021 season. Ron established Veit Goalie Schools in 1998 and has been training and helping place elite goaltenders into the NHL, NCAA, Junior A, WHL, CIS (U Sports) and Junior B leagues since then. Ron has previously coached on various BCHL teams including the 2005-2006 National Junior A RBC Cup Champion Express team. He has helped produce top notch goalies who have received scholarships and awards. Ron has also coached with the WHL Tri-City Americans and has consulted for the Slovak World Championship and Olympic Team. Over the many years of experience, Ron had an opportunity to work with many NHL goalies including Felix Potvin, Olaf Kholzig and Carey Price. He places special emphasis on a ‘goalie first’ approach including helping goalies tailor their style to help achieve excellence on-ice while also helping with off-ice skills including pre-game readiness and in-game focus.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Koovee Signs Former Vernon Vipers Forward Finlay:

Koovee has signed former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay.

Koovee is a Finnish ice hockey team based at Tampere. They currently play in the Mestis, the second-tier league of Finland.

Finlay finished four seasons at the University of Denver. In 36 games this past season, Finlay collected (5-goals-23-assists-28-points). Finlay attended the Vancouver Canucks development camp in July 2019.

Finlay played parts of two years in Vernon (2014-2016) after coming over in a trade with the Penticton Vees. The Vees traded Finlay October 28 2014 to the Vipers for the playing rights of Dakota Conroy and future considerations. In 96 games with the Vipers Finlay collected (39-goals-69-assists-109-points).

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

BCHL Start In December? I Don't Think So

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BCHL START IN DECEMBER? (I DON’T THINK SO)

Written by Kevin Swaile on August 5, 2020

Kevin has been a fan of junior and senior hockey for years (going back to the days of the Quesnel Kangaroos in the mid ’60s). He has recently retired and is looking forward to writing about the West Kelowna Warriors (and junior hockey) from a fan's perspective.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Episode 18 Vernon Vipers Voices With Brett Stapley

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VernonVipers
@VernonVipers

August 7 2020

Episode 18 of Vipers Voices is up now!

Check it out as we catch up with Brett Stapley (@BrettStapley)#OneGoal

Friday, August 7, 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:

LeFranc Commits To Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are excited to announce the commitment of defenceman Ben LeFranc (’03) for the 2020-21 season. “We are excited to add Ben and his family to our organization”, says Spruce Kings bench boss Alex Evin. “Along with a tremendous work ethic, Ben is a very strong skater and an intelligent player.” LeFranc, a 16 year old from Penticton, BC, spent this past season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy, where he finished with 6 goals and 12 assists in 35 games. LeFranc has been apart of the OHA Academy since the 2016-2017 season. “He has a lot of tools to hopefully develop into a really good BCHL player”, added Evin. The Spruce Kings would like to welcome Ben and his family to the organization and to the BC Northern Capital.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

YOU didn’t back check …

Here is a story/article on former Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones.

Connor Jones spent the 2019-20 season playing with his twin brother and former Vernon Vipers forward Kellen Jones in Switzerland with HC Thurgau.

Hockey Club Thurgau is a Swiss professional ice hockey club based in Weinfelden, Switzerland. The club was founded in 1989 and currently plays in the Swiss League (SL)

Connor Jones spent the past four seasons with the American Hockey League Bridgeport Sound Tigers before him and his brother Kellen signed with HC Thurgau May 16, 2019. In 44 games this past season, Jones collected (8-goals-19-assists-27-points).

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Swamp Rabbits Name Ex Viper Lord New Head Coach:

The ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits have named former Vernon Vipers forward Andrew Lord new head coach.

Lord spent the past seven years with the British Elite Ice Hockey League Cardiff Devils as player, head coach & director of hockey operations. The Devils are a Welsh ice hockey team that play in the BEIHL. 

Former Vernon Lakers defenceman Todd Kelman has spent the past six seasons with the Devils as player, franchise owner & general manager.

After a scholarship to RPI (Rensselaer Poly Inst) Lord spent four years with four different teams in the ECHL & American Hockey League.  (Wheeling Nailers, Milwaukee Admirals, Okloahoma City Barons & Rochester Americans) Lord missed the entire 2011-12 season due to injury returned the following year playing one season in Germany with SC Riessersee before signing with the Devils the following season.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Cyclones Add Vernon Vipers Alumni Coughlin 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 defenceman Johnny Coughlin.

Coughlin started last season with the ECHL Maine Mariners, was entering his second season with the Mariners was traded to Norfolk October 16th 2019. After playing in only nine games with the Admirals, Coughlin was traded to Cincinnati February 20th 2020. Coughlin had two goals in nine games with the Cyclones before the ECHL season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

After four years at the College of the Holy Cross Coughlin signed his first professional contract with the ECHL Maine Mariners March 15th 2019.

Coughlin played one season in Vernon, playing in 55 games with the 2014-15 Vipers, collecting (3-goals-15-assists-18-points).

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Monday, August 3, 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:

Centennials Camp Set To Begin With COVID Restrictions:

The Merritt Centennials are set to host their first camp of the off-season this weekend at the Rinks at the Summit Centre in Abbotsford. The Cents had to cancel their Spring Camp slated for Merritt in early April and postpone their Summer Camp scheduled for early June in Abbotsford before the province lifted restrictions to make a hockey camp a possibility. The camp is forced to be held a little differently in the face of the pandemic. The province’s return to play task force VIA Sport still has not cleared contact so the typical form of scrimmages will not be able to happen. Instead, Head Coach Derek Sweet-Coulter and staff will have to create drills and get creative to get the most out of potential recruits. Among the hopefuls will be some of the new faces that were committed to or traded for throughout the off-season including: Chris Fortems, Alek Erichuk, Jacob ‘Cubby’ Myers, and Zack Dallazanna. It will be the Centennials staff first chance to see the new skill in person and up close. Head Coach and General Manager Derek Sweet-Coulter says he’s excited to be back on the ice and see some talent in person. “Hockey connects us all and it will be great to be back at the rink to see some familiar faces and also to begin those new relationships in person. The zoom calls and video sessions we have conducted as a staff to get to this point has prepared us for this ID camp. We are excited about the possibilities that could come from this weekend and look forward to evaluating all the prospects.” The Centennials camp will start tonight with a goaltending session before wrapping up on Sunday afternoon.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Pakulak Commits To Vernon:

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COMMITMENT ALERT! – Vipers Commit to Luke Pakulak

August 2, 2020

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the commitment of Luke Pakulak.

Pakulak is from Surrey and played last season with Delta Hockey Academy Prep.  He had 3 goals and 5 assists in 26 games played.

“Luke is a big, strong power forward who has raw potential to be a very effective forward in the BCHL as he develops over time,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.

Luke Pakulak's Player Profile:

From Vernon To The NHL:

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FROM VERNON TO THE NHL


Written by Brieann Knorr on June 5, 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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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Vipers Sign Appelt:

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Vipers Sign Ryley Appelt


August 1, 2020


Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the signing of 20 year old forward Ryley Appelt.

Ryley spent the last 3 seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, including being an assistant captain last season.

“Ryley is a big, strong, intelligent player who can make an impact in all zones,” says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers Jason McKee.  “He has a veteran presence that will no doubt resonate with our group.

Appelt, from Edmonton, tallied 14 goals over 3 seasons which saw him suit up for 160 games with Kamloops.

“I’m excited for this new chapter in my hockey career,” says Appelt.  “The Vipers are a very reputable organization that I’m thrilled to bring my skill set to.

He goes on to say that its a new chapter in his career and that he’s looking forward to getting started.


Please welcome Ryley and his family to the Vipers organization.

Ryley Appelt's Player Profile:


https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/281711/ryley-appelt


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Episode 17 Vernon Vipers Voices With Riley Guenther

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VernonVipers

@VernonVipers

July 31 2020


Episode 17 of Vipers Voices is available now! Our guest this week is Riley Guenther. #OneGoal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6iGjIYkxGk&feature=youtu.be