Saturday, July 31, 2021

Bourgeois Commits To Vernon Vipers:

16 year old defenceman Adam Bourgeois has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Adam Bourgeois Commits to Vipers | Vernon Vipers

Adam Bourgeois's Player Profile:

Adam Bourgeois - Elite Prospects

Idaho Steelheads Add Former Vipers Andrusiak & Fowlie To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their protected list as submitted by each of its member teams.

This is the first of a several-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2021-22 season. The ECHL Idaho Steelheads have 20 players on their protected list. Two of the twenty players are former Vernon Vipers forwards Zach Andrusiak & Cody Fowlie.

Here is the press release from the Idaho Steelheads website,

Steelheads Submit 2021-22 Protected List (idahosteelheads.com)

Andrusiak was suppose to play last season with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads. The Steelheads opt out for the 2020-21 season allowing Andrusiak to sign with another club but would have their rights reverted back to their original team for the 2021-22 season. The ECHL Orlando Solar Bears signed Andrusiak January 22nd 2021.

Andrusiak played the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears before being released June 5th 2021. In 22 games last season with the Solar Bears, Andrusiak collected (1-goal-3-assists-4-points).

Andrusiak played five seasons in the Western Hockey League with Tri-Cities, Seattle, Prince Albert & Everett before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads August 8th 2019.

Andrusiak started the 2015-16 season with the Western Hockey League Tri-City Americans before being released. The Vernon Vipers signed Andrusiak October 1st 2015. Andrusiak was released November 5th 2015. In 15 games with the Vipers, Andrusiak collected (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).

Zach Andrusiak's Player Profile:

Zack Andrusiak - Elite Prospects

The ECHL Idaho Steelheads signed Fowlie September 3rd 2020 but Fowlie never played a single game. Fowlie played the past two seasons in Romania with the ASC Brasov Wolves. Fowlie recently signed with the Ferencvarosi TC for the 2021-22 season. Ferencvarosi TC is a professional Hungarian ice hockey team.

Fowlie played five seasons at the University of Regina before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen February 15th 2018. Fowlie played two years in Jacksonville before heading to Romania to play with the ASC Wolves.

Fowlie played parts of three seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips before being released in 2012. The Vernon Vipers signed Fowlie October 16th 2012. Fowlie played three games with the Vipers before being signed by the Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets October 22nd 2012. Fowlie finished his junior hockey league career with the Rockets. 

Cody Fowlie's Player Profile;

Cody Fowlie - Elite Prospects

Friday, July 30, 2021

Rampton Commits To Vernon Vipers:

16 year old forward Greye Rampton has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Greye Rampton To Join Snakes | Vernon Vipers

Greye Rampton's Player Profile:

Greye Rampton - Elite Prospects

Greye Rampton's recruiting profile,

Greye Rampton's Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting Profile (ncsasports.org)

Rampton attended the Chilliwack Chiefs 2020 Spring Prospect Camp,

Chiefs Spring Prospect Teams - Chilliwack Chiefs

Warriors Trade Ex Viper Suppin To Canmore Eagles:

The West Kelowna Warriors have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Isaac

Suppin to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Canmore Eagles.

Follow transactions on the BCHL website,

Transactions | BCHL League Site

Suppin split last season between the Eagles & Warriors. The Eagles signed Suppin June 4th 2020 traded Suppin to the West Kelowna Warriors February 24th 2021. Last season Suppin played two games with the Eagles and seven games with the Warriors. 

Suppin attended the Vernon Vipers Spring Camp & Training Camp in 2019. Suppin played in one
exhibition game with the Vernon Vipers in 2019 before being cut/released. Suppin was an affiliated player with the Vernon Vipers for two seasons. Suppin went pointless in 9 games with the 2018-19 Vernon Vipers and had one goal in 4 games with the 2019-20 Vernon Vipers. 

Isaac Suppin's Player Profile:

Isaac Suppin - Elite Prospects

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Saskatchewan Roughriders Nickname Former Vipers Trainer Robinson "Diesel"

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have started calling former Vernon Vipers trainer/equipment manager Ty Robinson "Diesel"

Here is the full story from www.kamloopsthisweek.com,

Saskatchewan Roughriders hire Diesel-powered Robinson, son of Kamloops Blazers' trainer, Toledo | Kamloops This Week

Robinson spent the past three seasons as trainer/equipment manager with the Vernon Vipers from 2018-2021 before signing a contract with the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders in late June 2021 as the teams new Assistant equipment manager.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Maine Mariners Add Vipers Alumni McNicholas To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their protected list as submitted by each of its member

teams. This is the first of a several-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2021-22 season. The ECHL Maine Mariners have seventeen players on their protected list, one being former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas. 

Here is the press release from the Maine Mariners website,

MARINERS ANNOUNCE INITIAL PROTECTED LIST - Maine Mariners (marinersofmaine.com)

McNicholas played last season in the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies, Tulsa Oilers & Indy Fuel. 

McNicholas was suppose to start the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Maine Mariners after re-signing with the team July 6th 2020. The Mariners suspended the 2020-21 season under the league's policy for COVID-19 this allowing McNicholas to sign with another club but would have their rights reverted back to their original team for the 2021-22 season. The Mariners are set to return to play for the 2021-22 season. 

McNicholas played the previous two seasons in the ECHL with the Maine Mariners before signing a professional contract with the ECHL Utah Grizzlies December 1st 2020. McNicholas had one goal in two games with the Grizzlies before being released December 29th 2020. The ECHL Indy Fuel signed McNicholas January 13th 2021. This was McNicholas's second stint with the Fuel was later traded to the ECHL Tulsa Oilers April 5th 2021. McNicholas would finish the 2020-21 season with the Oilers. In 24 games last season, McNicholas collected (3-goals-6-assists-9-points).

McNicholas played four years at the University of New Hampshire before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Indy Fuel March 6th 2018.

McNicholas played one season in Vernon with the 2013-14 Vernon Vipers. The Vipers traded Aaron Hadley to the Nanaimo Clippers January 10th 2013 for future considerations (Michael McNicholas & Jordan Klimek). In 56 games with the Vipers, McNicholas collected (23-goals-46-assists-69-points).

McNicholas scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vernon Vipers history. McNicholas scored the overtime winning goal in Game 7 of the Interior Division Finals March 22nd 2014 vs the Penticton Vees.

Here is Michael McNicholas's Game 7 overtime winning goal,

Michael McNicholas Game 7 OT Winner Vipers vs Penticton Vees - YouTube

Here are the highlight's from Game 7,

2014-03-22 Penticton Vees Vs Vernon Vipers - Fred Page Cup - Interior Finals - Game 7 - YouTube

Michael McNicholas's Player Profile:

Michael McNicholas - Elite Prospects

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Donohoe Receives BCHL Scholarship:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Hunter Donohoe was one of five graduating BCHL

players to receive a $2000 scholarship to attend a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Donohoe Receives BCHL Scholarship | Vernon Vipers

Monday, July 26, 2021

Springfield Jr. Blues Select Siedem At North American Hockey League Draft:

The North American Hockey League Springfield Jr.

Blues have selected Vernon Vipers committed forward Jason Siedem 325th overall in Round 12 at the North American Hockey League Draft.

Here is the press release from the Springfield Jr. Blues website,

2021 NAHL Entry Draft Recap: Jr. Blues One Step Closer to Season | Springfield Jr. Blues (jrblues.com)

Siedem committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2021-22 season on January 28th 2021. 

Siedem played the previous two seasons with Avon Old Farms School in the USHS Prep League. 

Jason Siedem's Player Profile:

Jason Siedem - Elite Prospects

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Day 3 Report From Vipers Spring Identification Camp:

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following junior hockey in Vernon my entire life. I have had season tickets since 1990 and only missed five home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. Here are my thought's and views from todays Vipers Identification Camp.

I stopped by Kal Tire Place North this morning and watched all three games/scrimmages on the final day of Vipers Spring Identification Camp.

-Camp consists of 2 thirty minute periods

-Ice is cleaned after each period

-A penalty is an automatic penalty shot

-No lineups/rosters were available

To continue reading, Please click on the "read more" button below,

Former Vipers Associate Coach Mallette Named Assistant Coach For Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team:

Hockey Canada has named former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris

Mallette Assistant Coach of Canada's National Under-18 Canadian Team.

Here is the press release from the Kelowna Rockets website,

Mallette added Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team summer development camp coaching staff – Kelowna Rockets

Mallette will be entering his second season as Head Coach of the Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets. 

Mallette a Rockets Alumni (1996-1999) will be entering his seventh season with the Rockets. Mallette spent six seasons with the Rockets as an Assistant Coach from 2014-2020 before being named Head Coach March 2nd 2020.

Mallette played ten seasons in the ECHL, UHL, CHL & IHL with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Ashville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo & Flint before getting into coaching. Mallette spent three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League from 2010-2013 as an Assistant Coach & Head Coach of the North Okanagan Knights.

Mallette spent one season in Vernon as an Associate Coach with the 2013-14 Vernon Vipers. Mallette left the Vipers returning to Kelowna was named the Assistant Coach of the Kelowna Rockets July 4th 2014.

Kris Mallette's Player/Coaching Profile:

Kris Mallette - Elite Prospects

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Day 2 Report From Vipers Spring Identification Camp:

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following junior hockey in Vernon my entire life. I have had season tickets since 1990 and only missed five home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. Here are my thought's and views from todays camp.

I stopped by Kal Tire Place North this morning to check out Day two from the Vernon Vipers Identification Camp.

-Camp consists of 2 thirty minute run time periods

-Ice is cleaned after each period

-A penalty is an automatic penalty shot

-No lineups/rosters were available

To continue reading, Please click the "read more" button below,

Growlers Add Ex Vipers Forward Skirving To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their protected list as submitted by each of its

member teams. This is the first of a several-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2021-22 season. The ECHL Newfoundland Growlers have six players on their protected list. One of the six players listed is former Vernon Vipers forward Todd Skirving. 

Here is the press release from the Newfoundland Growlers website,

Growlers Announce Protected Player List (nlgrowlers.com)

Skirving didn't play hockey last season as the Growlers decided to opt out for the 2020-21 season under the ECHL's COVID-19 Voluntary Suspension Policy. Skirving spent last season with the BCHL expansion Cranbrook Bucks as an Assistant Coach. Skirving and the Bucks went 3-16-0-1 during the 2020-21 Pod season. Skirving will be entering his third season this year with the Growlers.

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 (Oralando, Utah & Atlanta) before signing with the Newfoundland Growlers October 16th 2018.

Skirving was recruited and committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2010-11 season. The Vipers traded Skirving & future considerations to the Prince George Spruce Kings January 10th 2011 for Ryan Renz. In 34 games with the Vipers, Skirving collected (4-goals-5-assists-9-points).

Todd Skirving's Player Profile:

Todd Skirving - Elite Prospects

Friday, July 23, 2021

Day 1 Report From Vipers Spring Identification Camp:

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following junior hockey in Vernon my entire life. I have had season tickets since 1990 and only missed five home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. Here are my thought's and views from todays camp.

I stopped by Kal Tire Place North after work this evening to check out Day 1 from the Vernon Vipers Spring Identification Camp. 

-Camp consists of 2 thirty minute run time periods

-Ice is cleaned after each period

-A penalty is an automatic penalty shot

-No lineup/roster sheets were available

To continue reading, Please click the "read more" button below,

Vernon Vipers Spring Identification Camp Schedule:

Vernon Vipers Spring Identification Camp Schedule:

Friday, July 23rd

2:45-4:15pm Black vs Blue

4:45-6:15pm White vs Green

6:45-8:15pm Red vs Gold

Saturday, July 24th

8-9:30am Black vs White

10-11:30am Green vs Gold

12-1:30pm Blue vs Red

3:30-5pm Black vs Gold

5:30-7pm Blue vs White

7:30-9pm Green vs Red

Sunday, July 25th 

9-10:30am Black vs Green

11:30-1pm Blue vs Gold

2-3:30pm White vs Red

Vernon Vipers Open Spring Identification Camp:

The Vernon Vipers open their Spring Identification Camp today. The Camp goes from July 23rd-July 25th 2021. No official times or schedule of the Spring Identification Camp have been posted.

Here is some info of the Camp from the Vernon Vipers website,

Identification Camp | Vernon Vipers

Thursday, July 22, 2021

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Clippers Sign Morozoff:

Clippers sign Alex Morozoff | Nanaimo Clippers

Penticton-Langley Trade:

NEWS: Vees Trade Upson To Langley | Penticton Vees

Cranbrook-Humboldt Trade:

Bucks Acquire Goaltender Michael Harroch from Humboldt | Cranbrook Bucks

Salmon Arm-Ottawa Trade:

Backs Acquire Forward Lambert | Salmon Arm Silverbacks (sasilverbacks.com)

Montgomery Commits To Vees:

NEWS: Three-Year Junior Hockey Veteran Dane Montgomery Commits To Vees | Penticton Vees

Nanaimo Clippers Name Parker New Athletic Therapist:

Kelly Parker hired as Athletic Therapist | Nanaimo Clippers

Galata Returns To Eagles:

Bentley University Commit Cole Galata Returns to Surrey for 2021-22 Season | Surrey Eagles

Chilliwack-Prince George-Langley Trade:

Chiefs Acquire Johnson from Rivermen in Multi-Team, Multi-Player Deal - Chilliwack Chiefs

Warriors Renew Lease With City Of West Kelowna:

NEWS: WARRIORS RENEW LEASE WITH CITY OF WEST KELOWNA; LAUNCH DRIVE FOR 5 CAMPAIGN | West Kelowna Warriors

McDonald Commits To Penticton Vees:

NEWS: Vees Add More Leadership In Casey McDonald For 2021/22 Season | Penticton Vees

Clippers Extend Coaching StaffContracts:

Nanaimo Clippers extend Coaching Staff contracts through 2022-2023 | Nanaimo Clippers

Sison Commits To Express:

Express Land 2003-Born Jayden Sison | Coquitlam Express

Johnson Commits To Cranbrook Bucks:

Bucks Commit 20-Year-Old Forward Johnson | Cranbrook Bucks

Silverbacks Give Christianson Contract Extension:

GM & Operations Manager Christensen Extended | Salmon Arm Silverbacks (sasilverbacks.com)

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Minnesota Wild Leave Ex Vipers Goaltender Hammond Unprotected:

The Minnesota Wild have protected seven players

for the NHL Expansion Draft. Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond was left unprotected and now available on Wednesday's NHL Expansion Draft. 

Here is the press release from the Minnesota Wild website,

Wild announces protected list for Expansion Draft (nhl.com)

Hammond didn't play a single game last season was left on the Minnesota Wild's taxi squad. Hammond was in his first season with the Wild after signing a one year-two way contract as a free agent December 16th 2020.

The Wild was Hammond's seventh team since 2017. This was Hammond's second stint with the Wild after Minnesota signed Hammond as a free agent July 1st 2018. 

Hammond hasn't played a game since the 2019-20 season where he split the season between the Buffalo Sabres & American Hockey League Rochester Americans. 

Hammond played four years at Bowling Green University before signing his first professional contract with the Ottawa Senators March 20th 2013. Hammond made his NHL debut February 27th 2014 vs Detroit. Hammond recorded his first career NHL victory February 18th 2015 making 42 saves in a 4-2 win over Montreal.

Hammond played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2007-2009). The Vipers acquired Hammond from the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 games with the Vipers, Hammond went 33-15-1 with 6 shutouts.

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

Andrew Hammond - Elite Prospects

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Jacksonville Icemen Add Former Vernon Viper Martin To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their protected list as submitted by each of its member teams.

This is the first of a several-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2021-22 season. The ECHL Jacksonville Icemen have 24 players listed on their protected list. One of the twenty four players listed is former Vernon Vipers forward Craig Martin.

Here is the press release from the Jacksonville Icemen website,

Icemen Announce 2021 Protected List (jacksonvilleicemen.com)

Martin will be entering his third season this year with the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen. In 32 games last season, Martin collected (7-goals-3-assists-10-points).

Martin started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Adirondak Thunder before being traded to Jacksonville November 26th 2019.

Martin played four years at Quinnipiac University before signing his first professional contract with the American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds April 2nd 2019. Martin didn't play a single game with the Thunderbirds was released before signing a professional contract with the ECHL Adirondak Thunder July 8th 2019.

Martin played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2012-2013). The Vipers traded Martin & future considerations to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs October 1st 2013 for Jared Wilson. In 46 games with the Vipers, Martin collected (10-goals-13-assists-23-points).

Craig Martin's Player Profile:

Craig Martin - Elite Prospects

Monday, July 19, 2021

Vernon Vipers Alumni Jandric Transfers To University Of North Dakota:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Chris Jandric has transferred from the

University of Alaska-Fairbanks to the University of North Dakota.

Here is the full story from therinklive.com,

UND adds defenseman Chris Jandric from the NCAA transfer portal | The Rink Live

Jandric has played the past three seasons at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.Jandric didn't play a single game last season.

Jandric played two seasons in Vernon (2016-2018). In 108 games with the Vipers, Jandric collected (6-goals-45-assists-51-points).

Chris Jandric's Player Profile:

Chris Jandric - Elite Prospects

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Royals Trade Former Vipers Affiliated Player Golder To Edmonton:

The Western Hockey League Victoria Royals have traded former Vernon

Vipers affiliated defenceman Carson Golder to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Here is the press release from the Edmonton Oil Kings website,

Oil Kings acquire Carson Golder from Royals – Edmonton Oil Kings

Here is the press release from the Victoria Royals website,

ROYALS ACQUIRE DRAFT PICK FROM OIL KINGS – Victoria Royals

Golder played at the Pursuit of Excellence before signing a Western Hockey League standard player agreement with the Victoria Royals August 29th 2018.

Golder played four games with the Royals during the 2018-19 season also played one game as an affiliated player with the 2018-19 Vernon Vipers. Golder played 50 games with the Royals during the 2019-20 season returned to the BCHL during the 2020-21 Pod season, playing in 15 games with the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Carson Golder's Player Profile:

Carson Golder - Elite Prospects

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Vipers Alumni Kisio Named Head Coach For Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team:

Hockey Canada has named former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio

Head Coach of Canada's National Under-18 Canadian Team.

Here is the press release from the Lethbridge Hurricanes website,

Hurricanes Player, Coach Named to Under-18 Summer Showcase – Lethbridge Hurricanes

Kisio will be entering his seventh season as Head Coach of the Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes. In his first season with the Hurricanes (2015-16) Kisio lead the Hurricanes to a 46-24-1-1 record, helping the Hurricanes back to the playoffs after a six year absence. Kisio lead the Hurricanes to their first Central Division Championship since 1996-97 while being named the Eastern Conference's nominee for Coach of the year.

Kisio also coached the 2016 Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 Canada National Men's Summer Under-18 team that won the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in 2017. Kisio was also an Assistant Coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships & an Assistant Coach with Team WHL, that competed against Russia at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Kisio played four seasons at the University of Nebraska before retiring from hockey in 2007 the same year he joined the Western Hockey League Calgary Hitmen.

Kisio was a Video Coach, Assistant Coach, Associate Coach & Assistant GM for eight seasons with the Western Hockey League Calgary Hitmen before being named Head Coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes June 4th 2015.

Kisio played one season in Vernon with the 2002-03 Vernon Vipers. The Vipers acquired Kisio in August 2002 in a trade with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Fort McMurray Oil Barrons. In 59 games with the Vipers, Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

Brent Kisio's Player/Coaching Profile:

Brent Kisio - Elite Prospects

Friday, July 16, 2021

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Chiefs Name Webster New Sales & Guest Experience Coordinator:

Brett Webster joins Chiefs front office - Chilliwack Chiefs

Bucks Sign King:

Bucks Add NHL Draft Ranked Forward Andrew King | Cranbrook Bucks

Bongo Commits To Surrey Eagles:

Sacred Heart Commit Jake Bongo Commits To Eagles For 2021-22 | Surrey Eagles

Coquitlam-Sioux Falls Trade:

Express reacquire Arlo Merritt | Coquitlam Express

Peter Brothers Return As Vees Kids Ticket Sponsor:

NEWS: VEES ANNOUNCE RETURN OF PETERS BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION AS KIDS TICKET SPONSOR | Penticton Vees

Levyy Commits To Langley:

Vitaly Levyy commits to the Rivermen for the 2021-22 season | Langley Rivermen

BCHL Extends Partnership With HeadCheck Health Concussion Management Platform:

BCHL extends partnerships with HeadCheck Health concussion management platform | BCHL League Site

Coquitlam-Langley Trade:

Rivermen acquire Daniel Juca in a trade with the Express | Langley Rivermen

Cowichan Capitals Summer ID Camp:

CAPITALS SUMMER INVITATIONAL ID CAMP – RESGISTER NOW | Cowichan Capitals

Cranbrook Bucks Name Fitzgerald New Assistant Coach:

Bucks Hire Myles Fitzgerald as Assistant Coach | Cranbrook Bucks

Rivermen Summer ID Camp:

2021 Summer ID Camp | Langley Rivermen

Penticton-Edmuondston Trade:

NEWS: Vees Acquire Josh Nadeau From Edmundston Of Maritime Hockey League | Penticton Vees

St. Jacques Leaves Silverbacks For Western Hockey League:

St. Jacques Accepts Role with WHL’s Giants | Salmon Arm Silverbacks (sasilverbacks.com)

NHL Draft Profile With Trail Smoke Eaters Goaltender Logan Terness:

NHL Draft Profile: Logan Terness | Trail Smoke Eaters

Coquitlam-Smith Falls Trade:

Express acquire Ray Hamlin | Coquitlam Express

Langley Rivermen Name Hill New Broadcaster:

Rivermen hire Gideon Hill as new Play-by-Play Broadcaster | Langley Rivermen

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Ferencvarosi TC Sign Ex Viper Fowlie:

Ferencvarosi TC has signed former Vernon Vipers forward Cody Fowlie.

Here is the tweet from the Ferencvarosi TC twitter account. Click on the link below,

Ferencvárosi TC on Twitter: "The Canadian Cody Fowlie joins the hockey team of FTC🏒 Welcome to Ferencváros @CodyFowlie! 💚 #Fradi #ftc #ferencvaros https://t.co/tUDvtouZfj" / Twitter

Ferencvarosi TC is a professional Hungarian ice hockey team that plays in Erste Liga ice hockey league.

Fowlie played the past two seasons in Romania with the ASC Brasov Wolves. The Wolves are a professional ice hockey team from Brasov, Romania. In 30 games last season, Fowlie collected (14-goals-19-assists-33-points).

The ECHL Idaho Steelheads signed Fowlie September 3rd 2020 but never played a single game.

Fowlie played five seasons at the University of Regina before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen February 15th 2018. Fowlie played two years in Jacksonville before signing with the ASC Brasov Wolves June 10th 2019.

Fowlie played parts of three seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Everett Silvertips before being released in 2012. The Vernon Vipers signed Fowlie October 16th 2012. Fowlie played three games with the Vipers before being acquired by the Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets October 22nd 2012. Fowlie would finish his junior hockey career with the Rockets. In 3 games with the Vipers, Fowlie had (1-goals-1-assist-2-points).

Cody Fowlie's Player Profile:

Cody Fowlie - Elite Prospects

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Ex Vernon Viper Jandric Transfers To Merrimack College:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Steven Jandric has transferred from Denver

University to Merrimack College. 

Here is the press release from the Merrimack College website,

Men's Hockey Announces 10 Newcomers for 2021-22 Season - Merrimack College Athletics (merrimackathletics.com)

This will be Jandric's third University in five years. Jandric committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for the 2017-18 season. Jandric played three seasons in Alaska before transferring to Denver University for the 2020-21 season. In 20 games last season with the Denver Pioneers, Jandric collected (1-goal-5-assists-6-points).

Jandric played two seasons in Vernon (2015-2017) In 115 games with the Vipers, Jandric collected (34-goals-39-assists-73-points).

Steven Jandric's Player Profile:

Steven Jandric - Elite Prospects

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Chan Commits To Vernon Vipers:

16 year old forward Tyler Chan has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Tyler Chan Commits To Vernon | Vernon Vipers

Tyler Chan's Player Profile:

Tyler Chan - Elite Prospects

The Western Hockey League Spokane Chiefs selected Chan in the fifth round, 100th overall at the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. 

Here is a Q & A with Tyler Chan that is from the Spokane Chiefs website,

Prospect Q&A: Tyler Chan – Spokane Chiefs

Vipers Alumni Strachan Joins Players Wealth Group As Advisor:

The Players Wealth Group has added former Vernon Vipers defenceman

Tyson Strachan as an advisor. 

Here is the tweet from the Players Wealth Group twitter account, Click on the link below.

Players Wealth Group on Twitter: "We are pleased to announce the addition of Tyson Strachan @tstracks to our team of advisors. A really nice step in continuing to build out this hockey family! #hockeyguys https://t.co/lVB7yMeGxJ" / Twitter

The Players Wealth Group was founded by former professional hockey players that help athletes prepare for a successful transition into new careers after hockey.

Players Wealth Group website,

the Players Wealth Group | Hockey Wealth Management | United States

Strachan retired from professional hockey in 2018. Strachan played four years at the University of Ohio signed his first professional contract with the American Hockey League Albany River Rats in 2007. Strachan played eleven seasons in four different leagues with thirteen different teams (Albany River Rats, Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, San Antonio Rampage, Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Iowa Wild, Rochester Americans & Cardiff Devils). 

Strachan was drafted by Carolina in the 5th round, 137th overall at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Strachan played one season in Vernon with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers. In 56 games with the Vipers, Strachan collected (6-goals-22-assists-28-points).

Tyson Strachan's Player Profile:

Tyson Strachan - Elite Prospects

Monday, July 12, 2021

Vernon Vipers Looking For New Athletic Therapist/Trainer:

The Vernon Vipers are looking for a new Athletic Therapist/Trainer for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Now Hiring! | Vernon Vipers

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Nanaimo Clippers Give Former Vernon Laker Naylor Contract Extension:

The Nanaimo Clippers have given former Vernon Lakers forward Darren Naylor a two-

year contract extension.

Here is the press release from the Nanaimo Clippers website,

Nanaimo Clippers extend Coaching Staff contracts through 2022-2023 | Nanaimo Clippers

Naylor joined the Nanaimo Clippers in December 2017 will be entering his fourth season as Head Coach/GM, Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations with the Nanaimo Clippers. Naylor and the Clippers finished 3rd in the Port Alberni Pod last season with a 8-11-0-1 record. 

Naylor played three seasons in the COHL, CHL, SUHL, PHL, WCHL & NAL from 1993-1996 with six different teams before retiring from professional hockey in 1996. Naylor was a scout and been coaching since 2005. Naylor was the Head Coach/GM of the PIJHL Delta Ice Hawks from 2016-2018 before joining the Nanaimo Clippers in 2017.

Naylor joined the Vernon Lakers during the 1989-90 season. The Lakers were Naylor's third team in his final year of junior hockey. Naylor played parts of one season in Vernon with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers. In 20 games with the Lakers, Naylor collected (8-goals-27-assists-35-points). 

Darren Naylor's Player/Coaching Profile:

Darren Naylor - Elite Prospects

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Storm Name Ex Viper Cpatain/Head Coach Williamson Director Of Scouting & Recruitment:

Former Vernon Vipers forward/captain & former Vernon Vipers Head

Coach/GM Jason Williamson will be returning to the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Grand Prairie Storm this fall for a second season as the teams Director of Scouting & Recruitment. Williamson joined the Storm last season in May 2020.

Here was the full story on Williamson joining the Storm in May 2020 from the Daily Herald Tribune,

Storm taking on Water | Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

Before joining the Storm Williamson spent the past seven seasons as Director of Scouting & Recruitment with the Nanaimo Clippers, Cowichan Capitals. Williamson also spent the 2015-16 season as Head Coach of the Okanagan Rockets before leaving the team in April 2016. 

Williamson played four seasons at Niagara University before retiring from professional hockey in 2007 after playing one season in the Central Hockey League with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. 

Williamson played three seasons in Vernon from 1999-2002. Williamson was captain of the Vipers in his last two seasons. Williamson & former Vernon Vipers forwards Chris Crowell (2005-2009) & Jagger Williamson (2014-2019) are the only Vipers ever to be captain in back to back seasons. Williamson returned to Vernon in 2008 as an Assistant Coach with the Vipers from 2008-2011 before being named Head Coach/GM in 2011. Williamson was Head Coach/GM from 2011-2014 before stepping down/resigning as Head Coach/GM after two exhibition games into the 2014-15 season. Williamson is fifth on the Vernon Vipers all-time coaches wins list with 81 victories as Head Coach.

Jason Williamson's Player/Coaching Profile:

Jason Williamson - Elite Prospects

Williamson joins former Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Mike Vandekamp who is the Head Coach/GM of the Grande Prairie Storm.

This is Vandekamps second stint with the Grande Prairie Storm. Vandekamp spent four seasons as Head Coach/GM of the Storm from 2007-2011 before re-joining the team in 2020. 

Vandekamp will be entering his second straight season with the Grande Prairie Storm after spending the previous two seasons as Head Coach/GM with the Cowichan Capitals. 

Vandekamp was Head Coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers from 2001-2005 before leaving the team for the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars. After two seasons in Prince George Vandekamp has coached in Grande Prairie, Nanaimo & Cowichan.

Mike Vandekamp's Player/Coaching Profile:

Mike Vandekamp - Elite Prospects

Friday, July 9, 2021

Vernon Vipers 2021-22 Roster:

The BCHL website has been updating team rosters during the off-season. I took a look at last years Vipers roster to see what players could possibly return for this season. As of today it looks like the Vernon Vipers will only lose five players this coming season (Hunter Donohoe, JoJo Tanaka-Campbell, Tyler Carpendale, Seth Bafaro & James Porter, Jr). The Vipers have a possible 17 players returning from last years team. The Vipers have five players that have committed for the 2021-22 season (Luke Ashton, Ethan David, Jason Siedem, Luke Buss & Seiya Tanaka-Campbell) which would put the Vipers roster at 22 players. This is not official as the Vipers 2021-22 roster has yet to be announced.  

Here is a look at the possible Vernon Vipers 2021-22 roster,

(Click on players name for player profile)

Defencemen:

Ayden Third (Returning for second season)
Griffen Barr (Returning for second season)
Sam Duerr (Returning for second season)
Luke Ashton Committed to Vipers for 2021-22 season)
Desmond Johnson (Returning for second season)
Trey Taylor (Returning for fourth season)
Nicholas Kent (Returning for third season)

Forwards:

Nicholas Remissong (Returning for second season)
Ethan Mercer (Returning for second season)
Jack Glen (Returning for third season)
Kjell Kjemhus (Returning for third season)
Luke Buss (Committed to Vipers for 2021-22 season)
Reagan Milburn (Returning for second season)
Logan Lorenz (Returning for second season)
Jason Siedem (Committed to Vipers for 2021-22 season)
Cameron MacDonald (Returning for third season)
Seiya Tanaka-Campbell (Committed to Vipers for 2021-22 season)
Ryan Shostak (Returning for third season)
Luke Pakulak (Returning for second season)
Zach Tonelli (Returning for second season)

Goaltenders:

Roan Clarke (Returning for second season)
Ethan David (Committed to Vipers for 2021-22 season)