Monday, August 19, 2019

Vernon Vipers Open Training Camp:

Well the 2019-20 season has finally arrived. The defending Interior Division Champion Vernon Vipers open training camp today. The Vipers main camp goes from Monday through till Wednesday with the teams first exhibition game Friday night vs the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm.

After winning the Interior Division championship and falling short in the league finals, the Vipers new ownership felt changes were needed. On May 7th 2019 out was Kevin Kraus and Mark Ferner, In is new Head Coach/GM Jason McKee. McKee and John Glen know each other well after Glen's son was a member of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Spruce Grove Saints, where McKee was Head Coach. Glen also served as a volunteer with the Saints.

With very little to no coverage from the Vernon Morning Star newspaper over the summer, Vipers fans don't know much about the upcoming team/or roster other then the team announcing seven new recruits/committed players and a few players acquired in trades.

I will do my best at trying to piece together the Vipers 2019-20 roster as best I can with what info I have. I have a very reliable source who told me in June the Snakes could have a possible thirteen players from last year's team return.

Here is my projected Vipers roster. Please don't quote me on this, this is just a guess.

Forwards:

Connor Marritt (Captain/Returning for a third season)
Ben Helgeson (Returning for a second season?)
Logan Cash (Returning for a second season?)
Brett Fudger (Recruited/Committed)
Matt Kowalski (Returning for a second season?)
Ryan Shostak (Recruited/Committed)
Jojo Tanaka-Campbell (Recruited/Committed)
Ben Sanderson (Returning for a second season?)
Connor Sleeth (Acquired in off season trade with Kanata)
Nick Cherkowski (Returning for a second season?)
Cameron MacDonald (Recruited/Committed)
Elan Bar-Lev-Wise (Returning for a third season?)

Defence:

Landon Fuller (Returning for a second season?)
Ryan MacLean (Recruited/Committed)
Trey Taylor (Returning for a second season?)
Nicholas Kent (Acquired in a trade with Buffalo)
Christian Felton (Recruited/Committed)
Brendan Kim (Returning for a second season?)
Keigo Hachisuka (Recruited/Committed)

Goaltenders:

Max Palaga (Returning for a second season)
Bradley Cooper (Returning for a second season?)

Here is what the BCHL website has listed for the Vipers 2019-20 roster,

Forwards:

Connor Marritt
Jojo Tanaka-Campbell
Brett Fudger
Cameron MacDonald
Ryan Shostak

Defence:

Christian Felton
Keigo Hachisuka
Nicholas Kent
Ryan MacLean

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Västerviks IK Re-Signs Vernon Vipers Alumni Nowick:

Västerviks IK has re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward Darren Nowick.

Västerviks IK is a Swedish ice hockey club, based in Västervik. The club, founded in 1971, had spent decades yo-yoing between the third and fourth tiers of Swedish ice hockey, Division 1 and Division 2, before securing promotion on March 31, 2016, to HockeyAllsvenskan (second tier) for the 2016–17 season. 

Nowick collected (12-goals-18-assists-30-points) last year in his first season with Västerviks IK.

After playing four years at Northern Michigan University Nowick signed his first professional contract with the ECHL Missouri Mavericks March 16 2016. From 2016-2018 Nowick spent three seasons playing in the American Hockey League & ECHL with three different teams ( Missouri-Kansas City Mavericks, Stockton Heat and Bridgeport Sound Tigers).

Nowick played two years in Vernon (2010-2012) played in 109 games with the Vipers collected (36-goals-50-assists-86-points). 

Darren Nowick's Player Profile:


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Vernon Vipers Conditioning Camp Schedule:


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Kamloops Minor Hockey Association Names Ex Viper Gore New Goaltending Coach:

The Kamloops Minor Hockey Association has added former Vernon Vipers goaltender Lucas Gore their new goaltending coach.

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. 

Gore played one season in Vernon (2007-08). In 27 games with the Vipers Gore went 14-8-1 with a 3.31 GAA before joining the Western Hockey League Chilliwack Bruins the following season.

Lucas Gores Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=23803

This was posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

May 16 2019

The Kamloops Minor Hockey Association has added Lucas Gore as its goaltending coach. Gore, from Kamloops, played three seasons (2008-11) with the WHL’s Chilliwack Bruins.

Vernon Vipers Set To Unveil New Jersey's:

The Vernon Vipers look to be changing there jersey's for a second time in three years. The Vipers look to have new jersey's for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

The Vipers will be changing jersey's for a seventh time since naming the team "Vipers" in the summer of 1995. 

The Vipers original jerseys were worn from 1995-1997. The Vipers then changed uniforms & colors for the 1997-98 season before changing back to their original jersey's for the 1999-2000 season. The Vipers would once again change jersey's for the start of the 2001-02 season, wearing these until 2009. In 2009 the Vipers changed jerseys and wore those until switching jersey's and colors again for the 2017-18 season. The Vipers have had several different third set jersey's as well as promo jersey's over the last twenty five years.

This was on the Vipers facebook, twitter and Instagram pages:

Vernon Vipers

August 16 2019

Just a peak! That's all you get for now!! #hockeyscoming #OneGoal


Friday, August 16, 2019

Hockey Gives Blood Names Vernon Vipers Alumni Volpatti New Director:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Aaron Volpatti has been named the newest Director of Hockey gives blood.

After four years at Brown University Volpatti signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks on March 22, 2010. Volpatti played parts of two and a half seasons with the Canucks before being claimed off waivers by the Washington Capitals on February 28th 2013. Volpatti played parts of five years in the NHL with the Capitals & Canucks before retiring in 2015. The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Revelstoke Grizzlies retired Volpatti's jersey #19 February 17 2018.

Volpatti played three seasons in Vernon (2003-2006) In 137 regular season games with the Vipers Volpatti collected (13-goals-24-assists-37-points). 

Aaron Volpatti's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=39059

This was on the Hockey Gives Blood twitter account:

Hockey Gives Blood @hkygivesblood

Feb 15, 2019

We’d like welcome @avolpatti85 as the newest Director to our #HGB team . Not only is he a blood recipient, he is also a fantastic role model. Did we mention he just joined @CanadasLifeline #stemcell registry? #GetSwabbed @Canucks @Capitals @BrownMensHockey @VernonVipers @GoBCHL

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 Name Phillips New Broadcaster:

The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is happy to announce the hiring of Ben Phillips as the team’s new play-by-play broadcaster ahead of the 2019-20 season. Phillips has spent the past two seasons as the play-by-play announcer and social media manager for the PJHL’s North Van Wolf Pack, earning the honour of Broadcaster of the Year for the 2018-19 season. In addition to his time with the Wolf Pack, Ben was also the voice of the North West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League this past season, as well as providing colour commentary for the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen. “I am very excited to head to Trail and and begin working for the Smoke Eaters organization”, said Phillips. “I’ve heard great things about the community and the fans of Trail and I can’t wait for the season to start!” “The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited to add Ben to our organization,” said Director of Hockey & Business Operations, Craig Clare. “He was selected from a group of finalists that included appealing national candidates and we know our fans are going to enjoy hearing him call our games at home and on the road.”

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Vernon Vipers 2019 Training Camp Schedule:

Thank you to a Vernon Vipers season ticket holder who went down to the Vipers office this morning and picked me up a Vipers training camp schedule.

Vernon Vipers Main Camp Schedule 2019

Monday August 19th

Registration & Coaches/Players Meeting @ 10:30am Kal Tire Place Concourse

Team Gold vs Team White 12:00-1:15pm
Team Red vs Team White 2:30-3:45pm
Team Red vs Team Gold 5:00-6:15pm

Tuesday August 20th

Team Red vs Team White 9:00-10:15am
Team Gold vs Team White 11:30-12:45pm

White 1st round of decisions following game.

Team Red vs Team Gold 2:00-3:15pm

Red & Gold 1st round of decisions following game.

Wednesday August 21st

Annual Blue/White Game

Team Blue Practice 9:00-9:30am
Team White Practice 9:45-10:15am

Team White vs Team Blue 6:00pm

2nd round decisions following game.

Former Vipers Head Coach/GM Vandekamp Named Canada West Assistant Coach:

Hockey Canada has named former Vernon Vipers head coach/gm Mike Vandekamp assistant coach of Canada West.

Vandekamp is entering his second season 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.

After leaving the Vipers, Vandekamp spent two season with the Prince George Cougars, seven seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm and seven seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers.

Mike Vandekamp's coaching profile:


This was posted on the BCHL website:

Martin, Vandekamp named coaches for Team Canada West

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Former Vipers Judson & Sandhu & Arizona State's Trek To China Proved Very Successful On & Off The Ice:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Jack Judson and former Vernon Vipers forward Jordan Sandhu & the Arizona Sun Devils visited China for an eleven day trip/hockey tournament. The Sun Devils finished the tournament at 4-0-1 winning the tournament. 

Judson played the past two seasons in Vernon (2017-2019) In 94 games with the Vipers Judson collected (11-goals-41-assists-52-points).

Jack Judson's Player Profile:

Sandhu is entering his second season with the Sun Devils, Played parts of one season in Vernon with the 2017-18 Vernon Vipers. The Vipers traded Luke Gingras & future considerations to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs June 26th 2017 for Jordan Sandhu. In 51 games with the Vipers Sandhu collected (10-goals-21-assists-31-points).

Jordan Sandhu's Player Profile:


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Draper Returning To Vipers:

Larry Draper will be returning to Vernon for a second season as assistant coach with the Vipers. 

Draper joined the Vipers as an assistant coach last season (February 6th 2019) after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach/assistant gm with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs.

Don Klepp reported in an interview with Head Coach/GM Jason McKee back in July that Larry Draper will be returning and McKee is currently looking for a second assistant coach.

That statement and article can be found in the link below,

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Klepper’s Korner w/ The Taylor Family:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Klepper’s Korner w/ The Taylor Family

August 13, 2019
 
The Travelling Taylor’s Hockey Family – By Don Klepp

To their surprise, Merv and Julia Taylor have found themselves the lynch pins of a family of four talented hockey playing sons, Ty (20), Trey (17), Tate (15), and Teyce (12).

By Julia’s account, the four sons have accrued a total of 30 seasons to this point, 8 seasons in Atom, 8 seasons in PeeWee, 8 seasons of Bantam, 3 seasons of Midget and 3 seasons of Junior ‘A’. They have played on 45 different hockey teams, and those numbers don’t include the Spring Hockey teams they have played on!

For the Taylors, the past 14 years have been spent figuring out the logistics of getting the boys to where they needed to be. Often the boys needed to be in different cities and different rinks at the same time. They admit that hockey has taken over their lives from time to time. “At one point, that’s all we did,” says Julia.

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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:

Brackett Commits To Powell River:

The Powell River Kings are excited to announce the commitment of 2000-born forward Jack Brackett for the 2019-2020 season. Brackett, from Manassas, Virginia has spent the last two seasons playing with the Boston Bandits of the NCDC where he recorded 36 goals and 21 assists in 83 games. “Jack has always been known as one of the hardest-working players on his team.” Said Kings Head Coach and General Manager Tyler Kuntz, “He’s also proven that he’s good at scoring goals. As an 18-year-old last year in an older league, he tied for third in goals. He also plays with a ton of speed, which is a quality we wanted in the players we added for this year. We’re very excited to add Jack to the team, he’s a high character kid that will be a big help for us.” Brackett moved to Boston in 2017 to start his junior career after playing midget hockey in his home state of Virginia. “It was my first experience with junior hockey,” said Brackett when talking about his time with the Bandits, “I was really comfortable there and I felt my game really improved in terms of my skills, speed and overall game. That was a big part of why I went to Boston, I knew I would be in a good environment.” After spending the last two years playing on the east coast, Brackett said he’s excited to head west and play in Powell River. “It was a unique opportunity for me.” Said Brackett, who is set to go to RPI in the fall of 2020, “I’ve lived on the east coast the past two years away from home, and now going to British Columbia which I’ve heard is an unbelievable place to live. I’m excited to go to Powell River, I’ve heard so many great things about the community and I can’t wait to get out there.” Brackett will join his new teammates in Powell River for training camp, starting August 19th.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Trollhättan Sign Ex Viper McPhee:

Trollhättan have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Zach McPhee.

Trollhättan is an Ice hockey club in Trollhättan, Sweden. 

McPhee spent parts of four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Tri-City Americans, Everett Silvertips and Kootenay Ice before committing to the University of Regina. McPhee spent the past five seasons (2014-2019) playing with the University of Regina Cougars.

McPhee started the 2010-11 season with the Western Hockey League Tri-City Americans. The Americans assigned McPhee to the Vipers November 18th 2010. McPhee played parts of one season in Vernon (2010-11) before leaving the Vipers for the Western Hockey League Everett Silvertips. In 24 games with the Vipers McPhee collected (3-goals-1-assist-4-points). The Vipers traded McPhee and future considerations to the Victoria Grizzlies December 12th 2011 for Sean Robertson.
Zach McPhee's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=45636

This was posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

May 13 2019 F Zach McPhee (Tri-City, Everett, Kootenay, 2010-14) has signed a one-year contract with Trollhättan (Sweden, Division 2). This season, with U of Regina (USports, Canada West), he had four goals and three assists in 27 games.

Silverbacks Trade Captain/Former Vipers Defenceman Seibel To Prince George:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have traded captain & former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sol Seibel to the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Seibel spent last season with the Silverbacks, his first and only season in Salmon Arm. Seibel had thirteen assists in 43 games last season.

Seibel played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2016-2018) playing in 77 games with the Vipers collecting (1-goal-12-assists-13-points). The Vipers traded Seibel and future considerations to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs for forward Derek Brown January 8th 2018. Seibel never played a game with Bonnyville was traded to Salmon Arm January 10th 2018. 

Sol Seibel's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Silverbacks website:

Silverbacks Move Seibel to Spruce Kings for Futures 

August 7, 2019

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

B.C. Under-16 Team Names Former Vernon Laker Ferster New Assistant Coach:

The B.C. under-16 team has named former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster new assistant coach.

Ferster spent the past seven seasons as Head Coach/GM of the West Kelowna Warriors. Entering his eighth season last year resigned before training camp August 21st 2018. 

Ferster was a partner with Hockey Pathways last season. Hockey Pathways is a family advisory service for hockey players. 

Ferster played parts of one season in Vernon winning a Centennial Cup with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers.  In 28 games with the Lakers Ferster collected (8-goals-11-assists-19-points).

Rylan Ferster's Player-Coaching Profile:


This was posted on Castanet.net

Ferster returns to coaching

Wayne Moore - May 8, 2019 

Former West Kelowna Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster is heading back behind the bench.

BC Hockey has named Ferster an assistant coach for the B.C. under-16 team that will compete in the WHL Cup in the fall.

The tournament brings together the top 15 year old players in each of the four Western provinces.

This is the first coaching gig for Ferster since he stepped down as coach of the Warriors prior to the start of the 2018-2019 season.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the bench, and also to work with the great staff that BC Hockey has assembled," said Ferster.

"Short-term competitions are fun and challenging. They really force you to be on top of your game both as player, and coach."

Ferster spent seven seasons behind the Warriors bench, amassing a 210-150-35-0 record. He guided the team to it's only Interior Division, league and RBC Cup national titles in 2015-2016.

He joins head coach Scott Burt, assistant Jamie Jackson and assistant/video coach Leland Mack on the coaching staff.

An evaluation camp will be held at the end of July in Shawnigan Lake. The tournament itself runs the third week of October.

Thunder Sign Former Vernon Viper Captain McCarthy:

The New Zealand Ice Hockey League Dunedin Thunder have signed former Vernon Vipers forward/captain Colton McCarthy.

The Dunedin Thunder is an ice hockey team based in Dunedin, New Zealand and are members of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League. The club plays their home games at the Dunedin Ice Stadium. The Thunder were founded in 2008 and joined the league as an expansion team. The clubs won their first regular season title in 2013 and have finished as runner-up in the playoffs in 2013 and 2014.

McCarthy spent the previous three seasons playing at SAIT (Southern AB Inst. of Tech) before joining the Thunder in April 2019.

McCarthy played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2014-2016). McCarthy started the 2014-15 season with the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders before signing with the Vipers November 16th 2014. In 91 career games with the Vipers, McCarthy collected (31-goals-27-assists-58-points). 

Colton McCarthy's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Thunder facebook page:

The Dunedin Thunder

April 23 2019

⚡️Import Announcement 2019⚡️ The Dunedin Thunder would like to introduce our third Canadian import, Colton McCarthy. 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 The 23-year-old center is a team mate of Connor and Parker and we are stoked to have the trio! Coming straight from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. 🎓Colton is in the 3rd year of his degree, majoring in Geographic Information Systems. 🏒Since playing for SAIT, he has played 28 games, gaining 16 goals and 18 assists.

Saturday, August 10, 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:

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Name McCaig Goaltending Coach:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce that Jamie McCaig has joined the Bulldogs in the role of Goaltending Coach. McCaig brings 12 years of coaching experience to the position, including time spent working with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials and the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints. Jamie played in the BCHL with Prince George, Penticton and Merritt before embarking on a successful university career split between the University of Brandon and the University of Lethbridge in USports. He then suited up professionally in the ECHL with the Alaska Aces and Victoria Salmon Kings before turning to coaching. “By adding Jamie to our program we’re giving our goalies one of the best and highly respected goalie coaches around,” says Bulldogs head coach Joe Martin. “Jamie and I have worked together in junior hockey for eight years, including a few events with Hockey Canada. I’m behind Jamie 100% on what he can do for our tandem in net going forward.” McCaig was recently named the Director of Operation for Team Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek after serving as their Goaltending Coach the previous two years. The Bulldogs will open Main Camp at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Monday, August 19th and open their exhibition schedule at home against Powell River on Thursday, August 22.

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Vipers Alumni Noonan Looking For Contract Extension With Pinguine:

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Krefeld Pinguine look to give former Vernon Vipers defenceman Garrett Noonan a contract extension.

Noonan will be entering his second season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld Penguins) this coming season. The Pinguine signed Noonan April 6th 2018. In 52 games last season Noonan collected (2-goals-10-assists-12-points).

The Pinguine is an ice hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league. Their home is in Krefeld, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany at the König Palast.

After four seasons at Boston University Noonan signed a Entry-Level Deal with the Nashville Predators on April 22nd 2014 also signed an amateur try-out contract (ATO) with the American Hockey League (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals. Noonan spent four seasons (2014-2018) playing in the American Hockey League & ECHL with Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Hartford & Greenville & then the 2017-18 season in Croatia with Klub hokeja na ledu Medveščak Zagreb. Noonan was drafted by Nashville in Round 4 #112 overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Noonan played one season in Vernon (2009-2010) In 58 regular season games with the Vipers Noonan collected (2-goals-16-assists-18-points).

Garrett Noonan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=48219

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