Saturday, January 22, 2022

McNelly Suspended:

Vernon Vipers defenceman Cade McNelly has been suspended two games for

receiving a major penalty and a game misconduct for a Blow to the Head during Friday's game vs Salmon Arm. McNelly was recently signed January 10th 2022 made his Vipers debut Friday in a 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Here is the suspension from the BCHL website,

Discipline | BCHL League Site

Here is the hit from the BCHL YouTube page,

Cade McNelly BTH Jan 21 - YouTube

Here are the Vipers-Silverbacks highlight's from Friday's game,

Vernon vs Salmon Arm [1-21-2022] - YouTube

Cade McNelly's Player Profile:

Cade McNelly - Elite Prospects

Vernon Vipers-Salmon Arm Silverbacks Highlight's:

Here are the Vernon Vipers-Salmon Arm Silverbacks game highlight's from Kal Tire Place in Vernon January 21st 2022.

Here are the highlight's from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

Vernon vs Salmon Arm [1-21-2022] - YouTube

Here are the highlight's from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks YouTube page,

Game Highlights: Silverbacks 3 @ Vipers 4 OT - YouTube

Syracuse Crunch Reassign Ex Viper Forward Tufto To Solar Bears:

The American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch have reassigned former Vernon

Vipers forward Odeen Tufto to the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears.

Here is the press release from oursportscentral.com,

Lightning Reassign Odeen Tufto to Solar Bears - OurSports Central

Tufto is in his first full season with the American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch. Tufto is pointless in 2 games this season.

Tufto spent the past four seasons at Quinnipiac University from 2017-2021 before signing his first professional contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning March 31st 2021. Tufto joined the American Hockey League Syracuse Crunch after his final year at Quinnipiac University.

Tufto played one season in Vernon with the 2015-16 Vernon Vipers. In 57 games with the Vipers, Tufto collected (25-goals-40-assists-65-points). Tufto left the Vipers after one season for the United States Hockey League. Tufto played one season in the USHL with three different teams (Fargo, Tri-City & Sioux City) before committing to Quinnipiac University for the 2017-18 season.

Odeen Tufto's Player Profile:

Odeen Tufto - Elite Prospects

Vernon 4 Salmon Arm 3 Overtime

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey in Vernon my entire life. My family watched Senior men's hockey in Vernon in the 1950's and has been watching Junior hockey in Vernon since it started in 1961. I have two family members that played Junior hockey in Vernon. I have had season tickets since 1990 and only missed 5 home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. I'm not a journalist, writer, reporter or work for the Vernon Vipers. I do this blog as a hobby and in my own personal time. I started and created this blog in November 2008 and have over 2.1 million viewers. For anyone who couldn't watch or attend tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and views from tonight's hockey game. I try to be professional and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 4-3 in overtime in front of 1,500 fans at Kal Tire Place. (Due to Covid-19, Maximum capacity is 1,500)

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon Vipers: Roan Clarke
Salmon Arm Silverbacks: Owen Say

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Vernon Vipers Name MacDonald Assistant Captain:

The Vernon Vipers have named Cameron MacDonald Assistant Captain for the remainder of the season. Kjell
 Kjemhus previously wore an "A" before being released on January 10th 2022.

Here is the tweet from the Vernon Vipers twitter account,

VernonVipers on Twitter: "Congratulations to Cam MacDonald who will be wearing an "A" for the remainder of the season! https://t.co/zQUWNZfPYZ" / Twitter

Game Preview: Salmon Arm @ Vernon:

Salmon Arm (23-4-1-0) @ Vernon (9-14-3-3) 7pm

Tonight is the eighth and final regular season meeting between the Salmon Arm Silverbacks & Vernon Vipers. The Silverbacks lead the regular season series 6-1


Vernon's regular season record & stats vs the Silverbacks since 2002

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 72-49-13-8-1 vs Salmon Arm

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 37-25-7-2-1 at home vs. Salmon Arm

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 29-23-9-3 in Salmon Arm

The Silverbacks are 5-2-2-0-1 in their last ten games in Vernon

The Vipers are 4-4-2-0 in their last ten games in Salmon Arm

The Vipers last regular season win at home vs. Salmon Arm was a 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday, October 16th 2021

The Silverbacks last regular season win in Vernon was a 3-0 victory on Saturday, January 1st 2022

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Facchinelli Commits To Vernon Vipers For 2022-23 Season:

17 yr old forward Julian Facchinelli has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2022-23 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Facchinelli Commits To Vernon | Vernon Vipers

Julian Facchinelli's Player Profile:

Julian Facchinelli - Elite Prospects

Vernon Vipers-Trail Smoke Eaters Highlight's:

Here are the Vernon Vipers-Trail Smoke Eaters game highlight's from Kal Tire Place January 19th 2022.

Here are the highlight's from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

Vipers Shoot Out Win Over Trail [1-19-2022] - YouTube

Ex Viper Goaltender Shortridge Unveils New Mask:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge unveiled his new
 Stockton Heat mask.

Shortridge is in his second season with the American Hockey League Stockton Heat & ECHL Kansas City Mavericks. Shortridge started the season in the ECHL with the Kansas City Mavericks was recalled to the Stockton Heat November 19th 2021. In 1 game this season with the Heat, Shortridge is 0-1 with a 4.00 GAA and in 7 games this season with the Mavericks, Shortridge is 3-4 with a 2.31 GAA

Shortridge split last season between the Heat & Mavericks after signing a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the American Hockey League Stockton Heat December 5th 2020.

Shortridge played three seasons at Quinnipiac University from 2016-2019 before signing his first professional contract with the San Jose Sharks April 3rd 2019 and an amateur contract with the American Hockey League San Jose Barracuda April 3rd 2019. Shortridge split the 2019-20 season with the American Hockey League San Jose Barracuda and the ECHL Allen Americans. 

Shortridge played one season in Vernon with the 2015-16 Vernon Vipers. In 44 games with the Vipers, Shortridge went 19-25 with 2 shutouts and a 3.15 GAA

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Vernon 2 Trail 1 Shootout

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey in Vernon my entire life. My family watched Senior men's hockey in Vernon in the 1950's and has been watching Junior hockey in Vernon since it started in 1961. I have two family members that played Junior hockey in Vernon. I have had season tickets since 1990 and missed 5 home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. I'm not a journalist, writer, reporter or work for the Vernon Vipers. I do this blog as a hobby and in my own personal time. I started and created this blog in November 2008 and have over 1.2 million viewers. For anyone who couldn't watch or attend tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and views from tonight's hockey game. I try to be professional and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Smoke Eaters game as Vernon defeated Trail 2-1 in a shootout in front of 1,104 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon Vipers: Roan Clarke
Trail Smoke Eaters: Evan Fradette

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Game Preview: Trail @ Vernon:

Trail (13-13-1-0) @ Vernon (8-14-3-3) 7pm

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers & Smoke Eaters regular season series is tied 1-1

Vernon's record & stats vs the Smoke Eaters since 2002

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 86-27-1-3-1 vs Trail

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Trail 497-286

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 45-9-0-2 at home vs. Trail

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 34-16-1-1-1 in Trail

The Vipers are 10-0-0-0 in their last ten home games vs. the Smoke Eaters

The Vipers are 4-5-0-0-1 in their last ten road games vs. the Smoke Eaters

The Vipers last regular season win at home vs. Trail was a 5-3 victory on Friday, December 3rd 2021

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Vernon Vipers Classic Collision Of The Week - Luke Pakulak

The Vernon Vipers have a new feature this season "Collision of the Week" This

weeks Collision of the week is from Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pakulak in a game November 13th 2021 vs the West Kelowna Warriors.

Here is the Collision of the Week from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

Collision of The Week - #29 Luke Pakulak - YouTube

Islanders Sign Former Vernon Viper Coughlin:

The American Hockey League Bridgeport Islanders have signed former Vernon

Vipers forward Liam Coughlin to a professional tryout.

Here is the press release from the Bridgeport Islanders website,

Islanders Host T-Birds in Post-Holiday Tilt | Bridgeport Islanders

Coughlin started the 2021-22 season with the ECHL Worcester Railers. Coughlin is in his first season with the Railers after signing a professional contract August 3rd 2021. In 15 games this season, Coughlin has (5-goals-8-assists-13-points).

Coughlin didn't play hockey last season. Coughlin last played professional hockey during the 2019-20 season, splitting the season between the American Hockey League Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL Indy Fuel.

Coughlin played four seasons at the University of Vermont from 2015-2019 before signing a professional contract with the American Hockey League Rockford IceHogs May 19th 2019.

Coughlin was drafted 130th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in Round 5 at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Coughlin didn't play a game with the Oilers, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks July 6th 2015. Coughlin has yet to play a game with the Blackhawks.

Coughlin played two seasons in Vernon from 2013-2015. In 107 games with the Vipers, Coughlin collected (38-goals-67-assists-105-points).

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:

Liam Coughlin - Elite Prospects

Monday, January 17, 2022

Blackburn Commits To Vernon Vipers For 2022-23 Season:

18 year old forward Will Blackburn has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2022-23 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Blackburn Commits to Vernon | Vernon Vipers

Will Blackburn's Player Profile:

William Blackburn - Elite Prospects

Hockey 2 Hell And Back With Former Viper Kirbyson:

Former Western Hockey League forward Brady

Leavold talks with former Vernon Vipers defenceman Kevyn Kirbyson on the hockey podcast "Hockey 2 Hell & Back"

Here is Kirbyson's interview from Hockey 2 Hell & Back podcast on Youtube,

#34 Hockey 2 Hell And Back Ft. Kevyn Kirbyson - YouTube

Kirbyson has been battling addiction and living on the streets in Kelowna, BC.

Kirbyson played parts of two seasons in Vernon from 2005-2007. The Vipers traded Kirbyson to the Powell River Kings December 1st 2006 for future considerations. In 48 games with the Vipers, Kirbyson collected (0-goals-3-assists-3-points).

Kevyn Kirbyson's Player Profile:

Kevyn Kirbyson - Elite Prospects


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Fort Wayne Komets Place Vipers Alumni Jones On Injured Reserve:

The ECHL Fort Wayne Komets have placed former Vernon Vipers forward Connor

Jones on injured reserve.

Here is the press release from the ECHL website,

ECHL Transactions - Dec. 19

Jones is in his first season with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets. The Komets signed Jones August 30th 2021. In 21 games this season, Jones has (4-goals-10-assists-14-points).

Jones played last season in Sweden with Vasterviks IK, a professional hockey team from Vastervik, Sweden that plays in the Swedish Ice Hockey League.

Jones played in the ECHL & American Hockey League from 2014-2019 before playing in Sweden in 2019.

Jones played four years at Quinnipiac University from 2010-2014 before signing his first professional contract with the American Hockey League Oklahoma City Barons April 3rd 2014. Jones signed a one year-two way contract with the New York Islanders February 22nd 2017. Jones made his NHL/Islanders debut April 1st 2017 vs the Buffalo Sabres. 

Jones played three seasons in Vernon from 2007-2010. In 163 games with the Vipers, Jones collected (80-goals-118-assists-198-points). Jones is 6th on Vernon's franchise all-times goals list with 80 goals, is 7th on Vernon's franchises all-time assists list with 118 assists and 6th on Vernon's franchises all-time points list with 198 points. 

Connor Jones Player Profile:

Connor Jones - Elite Prospects

Vernon Vipers-Merritt Centennials Highlight's:

Here are the Vernon Vipers-Merritt Centennials game highlight's from Kal Tire Place in Vernon January 14th 2022.

Here are the highlight's from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

Vernon vs Merritt [1-14-2022] - YouTube

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Vipers Alumni Martin Named ECHL Player Of The Month:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Craig Martin has been named the ECHL Player of the

Month of December.

Here is the press release from the ECHL website,

Jacksonville's Martin named Warrior Hockey/ECHL Player of the Month

Martin is in his third season with the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen. In 30 games this season, Martin has (12-goals-16-assists-28-points).

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

Martin played four years at Quinnipiac University from 2015-2019 before signing his first professional contract with the American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds April 2nd 2019. Martin didn't play a game with the Thunderbirds, was released. Martin signed a professional contract with the ECHL Adirondak Thunder July 8th 2019.

Martin played parts of two seasons in Vernon from 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). Martin played parts of four seasons in the BCHL with Vernon, Alberni Valley & Trail from 2011-2015.

Craig Martin's Player Profile:

Craig Martin - Elite Prospects

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Alberni Valley-Coquitlam Trade:

Bulldogs Acquire Express Captain Arlo Merritt | Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Trail-Fort McMurray Trade:

TRADE – Smoke Eaters add NCAA experienced defenceman Dunn | Trail Smoke Eaters

Cranbrook-West Kelowna Trade:

Trade Deadline Recap: Bucks Add 2 Forwards to Roster | Cranbrook Bucks

Prince George-Cowichan Trade:

Spruce Kings Trade Bohn To Cowichan Valley | Prince George Spruce Kings

Bulldogs Sign Rybinski:

Bulldogs Sign Defenceman Luke Rybinski | Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Chilliwack-Trail Trade:

Chiefs Trade Orrico to Smoke Eaters - Chilliwack Chiefs

Warriors Busy At Trade Deadline:

NEWS: WARRIORS MAKE MOVES AT THE BCHL TRADE DEADLINE | West Kelowna Warriors

Alberni Valley-Blackfalds Trade:

Bulldogs Trade Assam to Blackfalsds | Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Powell River-Winnipeg Trade:

Kings add defenceman on deadline day | Powell River Kings Junior A Hockey Club

Langley-Trail Trade:

TRADE – Smoke Eaters Trade Valk to Langley | Trail Smoke Eaters

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sign Maltais:

Bulldogs Sign Matthew Maltais | Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Nanaimo-Chilliwack Trade:

Clippers Acquire Luca Grabas from the Chilliwack Chiefs | Nanaimo Clippers

Surrey-Camrose Trade:

Surrey Trades Tio D’Addario To Camrose For Future Considerations | Surrey Eagles

Chilliwack-Brooks Trade:

Chiefs Acquire Seymour from the Brooks Bandits - Chilliwack Chiefs

Merritt-Trail Trade:

TRADE – Smoke Eaters add Remissong from the Centennials | Trail Smoke Eaters

Capitals Busy At Trade Deadline:

Capitals busy on 2022 trade deadline day | Cowichan Capitals

Trade Deadline Statement From Express GM:

Trade Deadline Statement from General Manager, Tali Campbell | Coquitlam Express

Chiefs Name Milburn Captain:

Connor Milburn named 32nd Captain in Chiefs History - Chilliwack Chiefs

Prince George-Camrose Trade:

Spruce Kings Acquire German From Camrose In Exchange For Lorenz | Prince George Spruce Kings

Smoke Eaters Busy At Trade Deadline:

TRADE – Smoke Eaters Make Multiple Moves As Trade Deadline Comes To A Close | Trail Smoke Eaters

Friday, January 14, 2022

Vernon 9 Merritt 1

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey in Vernon my entire life. My family watched Senior men's hockey in Vernon in the 1950's and has been watching Junior hockey in Vernon since it started in 1961. I have two family members that played Junior hockey in Vernon. I have had season tickets since 1990 and missed 5 home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. I'm not a journalist, writer, reporter or work for the Vernon Vipers. I do this blog on my own personal time. I started and created this blog in November 2008 and have over 2.1 million viewers. For anyone who couldn't watch or attend tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and views from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the hockey game. I try to be professional and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Centennials game as Vernon defeated Merritt 9-1 in front of 1,192 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon Vipers: Roan Clarke
Merritt Centennials: Jackson Baker

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Westen Commits To Vernon Vipers For 2022-23 Season:

18 year old defenceman Dane Westen has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2022-23 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Vipers Add Dane Westen For Next Season | Vernon Vipers

Dane Westen's Player Profile:

Dane Westen - Elite Prospects

Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (2-22-1-0) @ Vernon (7-14-3-3) 7pm


Tonight is the first of five regular season meetings vs the Merritt Centennials. 

Vernon's record & stats vs the Centennials since 2002

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 76-27-11-4 vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Merritt 441-308

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 38-10-2-5 at home vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 32-14-6-3 in Merritt

The Vipers are 10-0-0-0 in their last ten games vs Merritt

The Vipers are 6-2-2-0 vs Merritt in their last ten games in Merritt

The Vipers are 9-0-1-0 vs Merritt in their last ten games in Vernon

Vernon's last win at home vs Merritt was a 5-1 victory on Monday, February 17th 2020

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Kelowna Rockets Trade Former Viper Quiring To Hitmen:

The Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets have traded former

Vernon Vipers forward Steel Quiring to the Calgary Hitmen.

Here is the press release from the Kelowna Rockets website,

Trade: Rockets acquire Adam Kydd from Hitmen – Kelowna Rockets

Here is the press release from the Calgary Hitmen website,

Calgary Acquires Forward Steel Quiring From The Rockets – Calgary Hitmen (hitmenhockey.com)

Quiring was in his third season with the Rockets. In 25 games this season, Quiring had (6-goals-9-assists-15-points).

Quiring was an affiliated player with the 2018-19 Vernon Vipers. Quiring went pointless in 4 games with his hometown Vipers.

Steel Quiring's Player Profile:

Steel Quiring - Elite Prospects

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Spruce Kings Trade Former Viper Lorenz To Camrose Kodiaks:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Logan

Lorenz to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Camrose Kodiaks.

Here is the press release from the Prince George Spruce Kings website,

Spruce Kings Acquire German From Camrose In Exchange For Lorenz | Prince George Spruce Kings

Lorenz was in his first season with the Spruce Kings. Lorenz went pointless in 11 games this season.

Lorenz was recruited by the Vernon Vipers, committed to the Vipers June 10th 2020. Lorenz played parts of two seasons in Vernon from 2020-2021 was traded to the Prince George Spruce Kings November 29th 2021 for Max Borovinskiy.

Logan Lorenz's Player Profile:

Logan Lorenz - Elite Prospects

Former Viper Smith No Longer On Merritt Centennials Roster:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Braden Smith is no longer listed on the Merritt

Centennials roster.

Merritt Centennials 2021-22 Roster,

| BCHL League Site

Smith was in his first season in Merritt. Smith went pointless in 3 games this season.

The Vernon Vipers signed Braden Smith September 29th 2021. The Vipers traded Desmond Johnson, Braden Smith, Nicholas Remissong and future considerations to the Merritt Centennials November 30th 2021 for Luke Lavery & Talon Zakall. Smith went pointless in 16 games with the Vipers this season.

Braden Smith's Player Profile:

Braden Smith - Elite Prospects

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Capitals Trade Ex Viper North To Chilliwack Chiefs:

The Cowichan Capitals have traded former Vernon Vipers forward

Daniel North to the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Here is the press release from the Cowichan Capitals website,

Capitals busy on 2022 trade deadline day | Cowichan Capitals

North was in his first season with the Capitals. In 15 games this season, North collected (1-goal-2-assists-3-points).

North was recruited by the Vernon Vipers, committed to the Vipers September 9th 2021 played one exhibition game with the Vipers was released in late September 2021. North signed with the Cowichan Capitals in October 2021.

Daniel North's Player Profile:

Daniel North - Elite Prospects

Vernon Vipers Add Kuhnlein & Preston To Roster:

The Vernon Vipers have added 17 year old forward Bennett Kuhnlein & 16 year

old goaltender Nathan Preston to their reserve roster.

Vernon Vipers Reserve Roster,

| BCHL League Site

Bennett Kuhnlein is currently playing with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Revelstoke Grizzlies.

Bennett Kuhnlein's Player Profile:

Bennett Kuhnlein - Elite Prospects

Nathan Preston is currently playing with the Okanagan U17 Prep team.

Nathan Preston's Player Profile:

Nathan Preston - Elite Prospects

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

McKee On The Trade Deadline:

Vernon Vipers Head Coach/GM Jason McKee talks about
 this year's BCHL trade deadline.

Here is the interview from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

McKee On The Trade Deadline - YouTube