Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BCHL News & Trades:

Here's a look around the league on what some of the other teams have been up to this off season regarding trades, player announcements and other team news.

I found these press releases off team websites, other hockey blogs or online.

BCHL News & Trades:

Turnbull Commits To Kings:

The Powell River Kings are proud to announce the commitment of 1998-born forward Carter Turnbull for next season. Turnbull, who turns 17 in September, is from Nanaimo and joined the Kings at their main camp this past August as well as playing in exhibition games for the club. This season, Turnbull was with the VIJHL’s Nanaimo Buccaneers and was 2nd in team scoring with 31 goals and 40 assists for 71 points. Those numbers also had Turnbull 9th in league scoring. Listed at 5’7, 155lbs, Turnbull is a small forward who isn’t afraid to mix it up. "Powell River plays a gritty game, and I like that" says Turnbull. "I’m hoping to bring some offence to the table, I like to be creative in the offensive zone." In addition to his time in Nanaimo, Turnbull played 1 game with the Kings and 4 with Cowichan Valley as an affiliate, scoring a goal and adding an assist with the Caps. "Carter is a very good player who is going to have a big role with our hockey club" says Kings Head Coach and General Manager Kent Lewis. "He’s obviously a very gifted player offensively, but he’s also smart with the puck and that’s why we’re excited to have him with us next season." With a successful season in Nanaimo under his belt, Turnbull set his mind on playing in the BCHL for the 2015/2016 campaign, and decided that he wanted to do that in Powell River. "The Kings are always a contender in the playoffs, they always have a good, tough team" says Turnbull. "Also some of the best coaching staff in the league, and it’s a beautiful town so there really wasn’t any reason not to choose Powell River." "We had a good look at Carter during camp and exhibitions last year and he certainly demonstrated that he can play at this level" says Lewis. "We felt the best thing for his development at the time was to spend time with the Buccaneers logging a lot of minutes there, and be able to come up to Junior A next season and play a big role for us." "Obviously it’s faster, it’s smarter, it’s better passing, better goalies, all around better" says Turnbull. "The challenge will be adapting to that and getting used to working with new guys and better players. I have ice time in the summer to get my feet wet, and lots of time in the gym in order for me to get stronger and bigger and ready for the season." Turnbull will be in Powell River late August as the eligible returnees assemble for Main Camp in town, in preparation of the 2015/2016 season beginning in September.

Trail-Merritt Trade:

The Merritt Centennials traded 18-year-old Rhett Willcox to the Trail Smoke Eaters as the future considerations. The deal completes the trade that saw the Cents pick up 20-year-old defenseman Griffyn Martin. Martin, who's from Fairfield, CT, had ten assists in 20 games with Merritt after posting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 35 games with the Smoke Eaters. He played two games of NCAA hockey with Union College in 2013-14 before joining Trail this past season. Willcox, from Surrey, BC, is a veteran of two BCHL seasons in Merritt. He notched 42 points (16 goals, 26 assists) in 97 career games with the Centennials. Willcox is a 10th round selection of the Portland Winterhawks in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

Dupas Leaves Sprince Kings:

"The world has gotten smaller because of technology," Hawes said, "and the hockey world is even smaller. Within a couple of hours of the announcement, I was getting calls and texts from people interested in the position." Dupas resigned to be closer to his family in the Okanagan, and Hawes says it wasn’t a complete surprise. His wife and two children had remained in West Kelowna after he took the Spruce Kings job partway through the 2010-11 season. "It wasn’t a shock. It’s always a tough situation when you’re away from your family for that long. Four and a half years is a long time to be in that situation." Hawes says there is a good chance the team will have hired a new coach by the time the Prospects Camp starts. "I’ve kind of overseen the Prospects Camp in the past, so it’s not necessary that we have a coach in place, but there’s a very good chance we will." The Prospects Camp will give the Spruce Kings executive and coaching staff a chance to look at players who will possibly be with the team next season. "We have 12 players eligible to return next season," Hawes said. "All 12 would be key contributors. We have one goalie, four defencemen and seven forwards. "That’s part of my job as general manager, to try and make sure we have a good nucleus of players coming back"

Meyer & Dingmann Commit To Bulldogs:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce two commitments for the 2015/16 season: 6'4" defenseman Paul Meyer from the Edina HS Hornets in Edina, MN, and 6'4" forward Nathan Dingmann from the Wayzata HS Trojans. Both Meyer and Dingmann played together for the Minnesota Blades Major Midget program. Meyer is a big, solid, two-way defenseman. This season for Edina, Meyer contributed 17 point in 25 regular season games. Currently after two section playoff games, Meyer sits with 3 goals and 2 assists. Edina HS won the Minnesota state championships last season. Dingmann is described in an ISS scouting report by Pat Forciea, a former Executive Vice President with the Minnesota North Stars who also served on the NHL Board of Governors, as a massive forward that is athletic and gifted. Dingmann's assets include his skating, offensive upside, hockey sense, and a passion and drive for the game. Dingmann is projected to be a quality top 6 forward at the NCAA level. "I am very proud to have the opportunity to continue my hockey career playing with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs," said Dingmann. "I look forward to becoming a member of the team next season!" The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very excited to welcome Paul and Nathan to the Bulldogs family for the 2015/16 season.

Hardy & Page Commit To Nanaimo Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers announced the commitment of two new players for the 2015-16 season. 16-year-old forward Owen Hardy and 19-year-old defenseman Louis-Philippe Page. Hardy is from Nanaimo and played this past season with the North Island Silvertips of the BC Major Midget League. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games with the Silvertips and no points in three games with the Clippers as an affiliate player. Hardy played for Team BC at last month's Canada Winter Games and had one assist. He was selected in the 2nd round, 42nd overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Page comes from the Deerfield Academy Varsity Boys high school team in Deerfield, MA. He's played three seasons with Deerfield and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 26 games this season. Page was a 2nd round pick, 34th overall, by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Busy Off Season Ahead For Spruce Kings:

Mike Hawes has quite the to-do list in front of him this summer.Hire a head coach. Fill the remaining roster spots for the 2015-16 season.It's all in a day's work for the general manager of the Prince George Spruce Kings.Hawes hasn't had to worry about filling the head coach role in four-and-a-half seasons, but with Dave Dupas resigning Friday so he could be closer to his family that live full-time in Kelowna, there's now a vacancy behind the bench.During his time in Prince George, Dupas' teams never missed the B.C. Hockey League playoffs. This season, for the first time in 10 years, the Kings reached the second round of the playoffs before they were eliminated last week in four games by the Chilliwack Chiefs."The search (for the coach) has started. As soon as word got out, my phone's been ringing off the hook and guys have been emailing their resumes," said Hawes on Sunday. "There's a handful of individuals I want to have discussions with. I've got at least 12 resumes."With spring camp right around the corner from April 10 to 12 at the Coliseum, Hawes said since he oversees the camp and makes the decision on who to offer player cards to, it's not necessary to have someone in place before then. He would rather go through proper process and take his time hiring a new bench boss. As for the lineup, seven players won't be returning next season because they've earned NCAA hockey scholarships to U.S. universities for the 2015-16 season. They include forwards Chad Staley (Alaska-Anchorage), Jermiah Luedtke (Alaska-Fairbanks), Michael Buonincontri (St. Cloud State), defenceman Viktor Dombrovskiy (Harvard), and goaltender Jesse Jenks (Alaska-Fairbanks). Defenceman Karan Toor, who was sidelined for the entire year due to a groin injury, is off to Dartmouth, while forward Justin Rai, who only appeared in 25 games in the season after suffering a season-ending concussion, will go to school at the University of Maine. Forward Marco Ballarin and defencemen Adam Clements were eligible to return but were dealt on the weekend to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They were the future considerations in the deal Hawes made in December for defencemen Tyler Kunz who was later traded.The Kings will have a goaltender, four defencemen and six forwards eligible to return next season. They include goalie Alex Brooks-Potts, defencemen Cole McCaskill, Ryan Fritz, Alex Stoley and Matt Stief and forwards Jake LeBrun, Brogan O'Brien, Braiden Epp, Cole Todd, Nick Guerra, Daniel Nachbaur and Riley Hawes. "That's normal, usually having between 10 to 14 players return is an average year," said GM Hawes. "We have a good group of 12 back and Brooks-Potts is going to be a solid number one goaltender in the league. The building blocks we have are really good."Exit interviews with the players were conducted on Friday before they all returned home."The feedback we received was really good," said Hawes. "They were happy with the season and we have 12 guys who are eligible excited to come back. There's a guy like Stief from (Weston) Florida who loves Prince George. It's a good organization. He was at our spring camp last season and he loved the community then."So far, 60 players have registered for the spring camp and it rolls around, Hawes expects there will be 100 guys taking to the ice competing for five spots.The King were riddled with injuries this season, forcing Hawes to make roster moves on an almost weekly basis."It absolutely was one of the most difficult years in my role with the team," said Hawes. "Being able to ice a competitive team every night with a lot of turn-over losing a lot of man games to injuries. We don't have easy access to affiliate players like the Lower Mainland teams. Our closest junior B team is three-and-a-half hours away (in 100 Mile House). It was a lot of phone calls and definitely a lot of work, but it's part of my role."

Ayre & Ginnetti Commit To Langley:

The Langley Rivermen added two new recruits. 17-year-old forward Trevor Ayre and 16-year-old Cameron Ginnetti. Ayre is from Surrey and played 2014-15 with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League. He was seventh in league scoring with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games. Ayre also got into five BCHL games with the Rivermen as an affiliate player, but didn't register any points. Ginnetti played junior B hockey this past season with Grandview Steelers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. In 32 games with the Steelers, the Vancouver native picked up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He also had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 12 playoff games for Grandview, which advanced to the Tom Shaw Conference Finals in the PJHL. Ginnetti played four games with Langley as an AP, scoring no points.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mallards Add Ex Vernon Viper Eviston To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd 2015 the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced
the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Quad City Mallards have twenty three players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers forward Pearce Eviston.

Eviston finished his first season with the East Coast Hockey League Quad City Mallards. In 60 games last season with Quad City Eviston recorded (12-goals-15-assists-27-points).

Eviston started last year in Idaho after signing a try-out contract with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Idaho Steelheads.  Eviston attended the Steelheads Training Camp but never played a game was released on October 13th 2014. Eviston then an unrestricted free agent signed with Idaho on October 22nd 2014 before being traded to Quad City on the same day.

Eviston didnt play hockey in 2013-14 before returning in September 2014.  Eviston played parts of one season in Vernon (2012-13). The Vipers acquired the playing rights of Eviston from the Victoria Grizzlies on Seprember 19th 2011 for Jarryd Ten Vaanholt. Eviston currently playing with the WHL Portland Winterhawks at the time of the trade, joined-signed with the Vipers on August 3rd 2012. Eviston played in 34 regular season games with Vernon before being sent home. The Vipers ended up trading Eviston to Victoria on January 10th 2013 for future considerations.

Pearce Eviston's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Mallards website:


By: Mallards Communications Staff


The Quad City Mallards today announced a 23-man protected list.  Placing players on the Mallards’ protected list is the start of the process used to reserve the rights to players for the 2015-16 season.

The Mallards have protected 12 forwards: Kevin Baker, Michael Clarke, Anthony Collins, Pearce Eviston, Justin Fox, Mario Lamoureux, Jeff Lee, Paxton Leroux, Matt Neal, Logan Nelson, Joe Perry and Liam Stewart; seven defensemen: Jake Baker, Austin Coldwell, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Matt Duffy, Darren McMillan, Mike Monfredo and Nicholas Rioux; two forwards/defensemen: Jannik Christensen and Nick Grasso; and two goaltenders: Parker Milner and Evan Mosher.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the collective bargaining agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a standard player contract in 2014-15 with the member team, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2014-15, and was recalled to the National Hockey League/American Hockey League or International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a qualifying offer last summer for the current season, did not sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the member team or the ECHL, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2014-15 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL retirement form, and has not been traded or released.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all future consideration trades by 2 p.m. CT on June 13 and that teams must submit their season-ending roster by 2 p.m. CT on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-15.

Mallards 2015-16 season tickets are now available.  Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings of the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits.  For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or info@myqcmallards.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2015-16 BCHL Schedule Unveiled:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

2015-16 BCHL schedule unveiled

Friday, June 26, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The BCHL has released its full schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Opening night is Sept. 11 but unlike the last three years, the Bauer BCHL Showcase will not be the start of the regular season. There will be two weekends of regular-season games before the Showcase takes place Sept. 24 to 27 in Chilliwack.

To view the full season schedule, Click link below.


(You can also find the league schedule under the 'Scoreboard' menu above and the 'League Schedule' page).

Each team plays 58 games this season. With the Wenatchee Wild joining the BCHL, there are now 17 teams and there will be 493 total games on the 2015-16 calendar.

After playing twice at the Showcase, each team will have 28 home dates and 28 on the road.

Again, the league is playing a full interlock schedule, meaning each team will host every other team and also visit every other team. This will be done once each with out-of-division teams while in-division rivals will meet multiple times home and away.

The regular season concludes on Sunday, February 28 with the playoffs starting Friday, March 4.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wild First For Vipers Sept. 28

This was in yesterdays Morning Star Newspaper:

Wild first for Vipers Sept. 28

Jun 26, 2015

The Vernon Vipers get first dibs at the expansion Wenatchee Wild in the annual Bauer B.C. Hockey League showcase in Chilliwack.

The teams will meet Saturday, Sept. 28 (3:30) at Prospera Centre to open their regular seasons.

Vernon faces the Cowichan Valley Capitals on the Sunday morning (10:00).

Wenatchee was accepted as the BCHL’s 17th franchise a month ago after seven years in the North American League. The Vipers visit the Wild’s gorgeous 4,300-seat Town Toyota Center in November.

Wenatchee will be in Vernon for the Vipers’ final regular-season game in late February. The official schedule will be released next week.

This year’s showcase begins on a Thursday rather than a Friday as in years past. This will allow 16 of the 17 games scheduled to be played on the main ice sheet at Prospera Centre.

“I know this will be appreciated by fans and scouts alike,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “The scouting community has responded overwhelmingly to each of the first three showcase events and we expect the same this season, with as many as 200 talent evaluators taking in the games representing the NHL and collegiate levels.”

Over the last three seasons since the advent of the showcase, the league has averaged 137 players per season with some form of college commitment.

“That translates into about $2 million to BCHL families annually in financial benefit toward a college degree.”

Meanwhile, the NHL Entry Draft starts today in Florida with Viper grads Liam Finlay and Thomas Aldworth on the final list of prospects.

Aldworth is rated No. 195 and Finlay  199 in the final Central Scouting  Bureau rankings (North America skaters).

The first round goes today at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. (live on TSN).

Friday, June 26, 2015

NHL Entry Draft Could Be A Bring Big News For Aldworth & Finlay:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

NHL Entry Draft could be a bring big news for some BCHLers

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

In the final list produced by NHL Central Scouting, five BCHL players were listed as potential selections at the 2015 Entry Draft. But each year, some of those listed players don’t get taken and some unlisted players do get snapped up. So here is a look at the listed players and a few names that might surprise us by being called this weekend.

(Note: 1998-born prospects Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost currently project as early selections in the 2016 Draft).

NHL Central Scouting – Listed BCHL players:

Marcus Vela – Forward – Langley Rivermen

6-foot-1, 205 pounds. Hometown: Burnaby, BC

Vela has grown-man strength already and will make an increasingly rare leap by entering the University of New Hampshire as a true freshman this fall. Doubled his offensive output in his second BCHL season and recorded 11 goals over the final 10 games of the regular season.

Carmine Buono – Defenceman – Powell River Kings

6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Hometown: Burnaby, BC

Buono’s frame projects well and he displayed snarl by racking up the second-most penalty minutes in the BCHL last season. Shows above average skating ability and notched 14 of his 24 assists on the power play. Committed to UMass.

Thomas Aldworth – Forward – Vernon Vipers

5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Hometown: Keller, Texas

The Lone Star State product was one of the fastest skaters in the BCHL last season and used his elite speed and pro-calibre shot to record 37 goals, fourth most in the league. Had a Div. I scholarship to Providence but de-committed to accept an offer to Quinnipiac, which has long been a heavy recruiter of BCHL talent.

Liam Finlay – Forward – Vernon Vipers

5-foot-7, 145 pounds. Hometown: Kelowna, BC

Despite his stature, Finlay showed elite offensive ability in Vernon after playing the first 10 games of the season on a deep Penticton Vees team. Exceptional skating, agility and puck skills make him extremely evasive. Great vision. Committed to the University of Denver for 2016.

Vincent Desharnais – Defenceman – Chilliwack Chiefs

6-foot-6, 205 pounds. Hometown: Laval, Que.

Extra-large frame has room for more weight and projects well to the next level. Desharnais has an above-average shot but is not an offensive player. Size and reach are his best assets but he needs to work on agility.

Dark horse candidates:

Hunter Miska – Goaltender – Penticton Vees

6-foot-1, 180 pounds. Hometown: Stacy, Minn.

Miska’s best asset is his competitiveness and recovery which often make up for any positional flaws. Battles hard to find the puck and doesn’t give up on plays. Moves well laterally and has a good glove hand. Committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth

Jacob Pritchard – Forward – Powell River Kings

6-feet, 185 pounds. Hometown: Macomb, Mich.

Finished the season strong to wind up with the team scoring lead. Competes hard and retrieves a lot of pucks in the offensive zone. Committed to St. Lawrence University

Brett Gruber – Forward – Victoria Grizzlies

5-foot-8, 175 pounds. Hometown: Appleton, Wisc.

Has elite speed and agility. Tracks back to his own zone well and is committed defensively. Will steal the puck off opponents. Competitive level helps makes up for lack of size.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Bauer BCHL Showcase Schedule Unveiled:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Schedule for 2015 Bauer BCHL Showcase unveiled

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The matchups are all set for the fourth Bauer BCHL Showcase happening Sept. 24 to 27 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

All 17 BCHL teams come to one venue with 17 games being held over the four days. To view the schedule, Click on link below 


The Showcase host Chilliwack Chiefs play feature games on Friday and Saturday night, both 7:30 p.m. starts. The defending league champion Penticton Vees play at 4 p.m. on Thursday and then face the Chiefs Friday night.

The secondary rink at Prospera Centre, which was not supposed to be used this year, becomes necessary for one game as the Wenatchee Wild have joined the BCHL. The Wild will play the Vernon Vipers on the secondary sheet of ice on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

About 200 scouts from the college and professional ranks are expected to attend this year's Showcase.
Showcase tickets wil go on sale to the public Sept. 1

Over the last three seasons, since the Showcase began, the BCHL has averaged 137 players with college commitments and this past season, there were 247 BCHL graduates playing NCAA Div. I hockey (Click on link below)


There have also been 12 BCHL players selected in the two NHL Entry Drafts since the first Showcase was held. There are five current BCHL players listed by NHL Central Scouting leading into this year's Draft.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cobourg Cougars To Host 2017 RBC Cup:

This was in the Northumberland newspaper:

Cobourg Cougars to host 2017 RBC Cup

June 3rd 2015

Nine-day tournament to be held at Cobourg Community Centre

Karen Longwell / Northumberland News

COBOURG -- The Cobourg Cougars, seen here celebrating a goal in March at the Cobourg Community Centre, have been selected to host the RBC Cup, the national Junior A Hockey Championship in May 2017.

Northumberland News

COBOURG -- Cobourg will be on the national stage in 2017 as the Cobourg Cougars host the RBC Cup.

The Ontario Junior Hockey League announced on Tuesday, June 2 that the Cobourg Cougars Junior A Hockey Club will host the 2017 RBC Cup, Canada’s national Junior A championship.

Hockey Canada confirmed the selection of the Cobourg bid shortly after the spring congress concluded in Toronto on May 31. The decision remains subject to the club finalizing the key event hosting agreement with Hockey Canada.

The nine-day tournament, scheduled for May 13-21, 2017, will be held at the Cobourg Community Centre, recognized recently by the Ontario Hockey Association as one of the best arena complexes in junior hockey. The tournament will feature five of Canada’s top Junior A hockey teams, including the Cobourg Cougars, who play in the East Division of the OJHL.

Cougars general manager Brent Tully said the team had been working towards the goal of hosting the RBC Cup for the past several years.

“With our organization about to celebrate its 50th year of consecutive operations as a proud member of the OJHL and the Ontario Hockey Association, we are very pleased to have been selected to host the 2017 RBC Cup right here in Cobourg,” said Tully, adding the event would not only showcase the great communities within Northumberland County, but will create a new standard of success for the hosting of events of this magnitude in the future.

The Cougars will be joined by four regional representatives, including regional champions from the West, Central and East regions, and a second West team. The tournament’s championship game will be broadcast live on TSN, once again putting Cobourg on the national stage.

“We intend to do some new and innovative things for the tournament and our work starts today,” said Tully. “We are going to work collaboratively with all of our partners to showcase to all of Canada the beauty, culture, diversity and accessibility in and around Cobourg, which is conveniently located one hour east of Toronto.”

The Cobourg Cougars worked hard on the bid to bring the tournament to Cobourg, said OJHL commissioner Marty Savoy.

“The OJHL is extremely excited that Hockey Canada has awarded the Cobourg Cougars the opportunity to host the 2017 RBC Cup,” said Savoy.

Visit the Cougars website at www.cobourgcougars.com , the OJHL website at www.ojhl.ca , the Canadian Junior Hockey League website www.cjhlhockey.com and the Hockey Canada website at www.hockeycanada.ca/rbccup for further information and updates on the tournament.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vernon Junior Hockey Alumni Holland & Salmond Named To Canada's Management Team:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Pair of BCHL alums named to Canada's management team

Monday, June 22, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The lead-in to the 2016-17 hockey season will have added intrigue with the World Cup of Hockey being played in Toronto and two BCHL alumni will have a hand in Canada's

Ken Holland and Scott Salmond were named Monday to Canada's national team's management group.

Holland has been general manager of the Detroit Red Wings since the 1997-98 season and served as assistant GM and director of amateur scouting prior to that.

In the BCHL, Holland was a backup goaltender with the 1973-74 Vernon Vikings, a team that also featured future NHLer Don Murdoch. The Vernon, BC native went on to the Medicine Hat Tigers before turning pro. He got into scouting with Detroit in 1984.

Salmond has been with Hockey Canada since 2001. He served in a management role at the 2012 World Championships and the 2015 World Juniors and World Championships.

In the BCHL, Salmond was a forward with the 1988-1990 Vernon Lakers, Kelowna Spartans and Merritt Centennials. Over the course of 163 games in three BCHL seasons, the Vancouver, BC product racked up 94 points and 822 penalty minutes.

Also named to the management team for Canada's 2016 World Cup of Hockye Entry are Monteal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, Los Angeles Kings assistant GM Rob Blake and Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray.

This is posted on the Hockey Canada website:

Canada’s National Men’s Team management group named for 2016 World Cup of Hockey

June 22, 2015

CALGARY, Alta. - Hockey Canada announced Monday the management group that will lead Canada’s National Men’s Team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto, Ont.

Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL) will lead the management group as general manager, with assistance from Marc Bergevin (Montreal/Montreal, NHL), Rob Blake (Simcoe, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL), Bob Murray (Kingston, Ont./Anaheim, NHL), and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.

The management group will oversee and lead operations for Team Canada, including staff selection and player evaluation and selection.

Doug Armstrong just completed his fifth season as general manager of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and will be part of Team Canada management for the eighth time. He served as a member of the management group for the gold medal-winning 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and was Canada’s general manager at the 2009 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, capturing silver. Armstrong was an assistant general manager at the 2002 and 2008 world championships, a special assistant to general manager Steve Yzerman in 2007, winning gold, and part of the management group at the 2013 worlds. Before joining the Blues, Armstrong spent 16 years with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, winning the Stanley Cup as assistant general manager in 1999. He was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2011-12.

Marc Bergevin has spent three seasons as general manager of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and will join Team Canada in a management role for the first time. He was a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year award for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Prior to joining Montreal, Bergevin was the director of player personnel for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, and served as assistant general manager during the 2011-12 season. As a player, Bergevin represented his country just once, helping Canada end a 33-year gold medal drought at the 1994 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He played 21 NHL seasons with eight teams after being selected 59th overall by Chicago in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.

Rob Blake has spent two seasons as assistant general manager of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, following three seasons in the NHL’s player safety department. Blake assists Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi in all facets of hockey operations, including contract negotiations, player personnel and overseeing the organization’s top prospects, while also serving as general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. He also served as Canada's general manager at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, and as assistant general manager at the 2011 IIHF World Championship. As a player, Blake represented Canada on numerous occasions, appearing in 58 games over nine events, winning gold medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 1997 IIHF World Championship, and 1994 IIHF World Championship. Over his 20-year NHL career, Blake appeared in 1,270 regular season games, amassing 777 points (240 goals, 537 assists), winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, and the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman in 1998. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2014.

Ken Holland has been the general manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings since 1997, and returns to Canada’s management group after winning gold at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He was also part of the management group at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, was general manager at the 2006 world championship, and won silver as assistant general manager at the 2005 worlds. During his time as general manager of the Red Wings, Holland has led the team to Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, and he won another as assistant general manager in 1997. He was selected 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft and played four NHL games with the Hartford Whalers and Detroit.

Bob Murray has been the general manager of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks since 2008 and will be a part of Team Canada management for the second time, having served as an assistant general manager at the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. He won the NHL General Manager of the Year award in 2013-14 and is a finalist again for the 2014-15 season. Prior to taking over as general manager in Anaheim, Murray was the Ducks’ senior vice-president of hockey operations from 2005-08, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007, and served as general manager of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks from 1997-99. He played 1,008 NHL games with Chicago from 1975-90 after being selected 52nd overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft.

Scott Salmond has been with Hockey Canada since 2001, serving in his current position of vice-president of hockey operations and national teams since June 2014. In this position, Salmond oversees all operations of Canada’s national men’s teams for the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, as well as the sledge hockey program at the Paralympic Winter Games and IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship.

“These are some of the most respected and successful men in hockey, and we could not be more excited for them to lead Team Canada into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey,” said Tom Renney, president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “There is a lot of work to be done between now and Sept. 17, 2016, and as a staff we look forward to working with the management group as we look toward a second consecutive World Cup championship for Team Canada.”

The eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will include Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland,  Russia, Sweden, the United States, Team Europe and the North American Youngstars.

Team Europe will be comprised of a pan-European roster of players from countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden – in short, all of the other European countries who are developing world-class hockey players in ever-increasing numbers. Countries such as Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Belarus, Estonia, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania (among others) will all be eligible for representation on Team Europe.

The players for the North American Youngstars will be selected from a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States. Those players age 23 and under will be available for selection exclusively by the North American Youngstars.

All eight teams will be comprised of 23 players, including 20 skaters and three goalies. Each national association has the right to select its own team and must announce at least 16 members of its roster, including at least two goalies, no later than March 1, 2016, with the balance of each team’s roster to be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

To select the rosters of Team Europe and the North American Youngstars, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) will jointly name each of the management teams.

Canada won the most recent edition of the World Cup of Hockey in 2004, going undefeated and beating Finland 3-2 in the championship game. It finished as runner-up at the first World Cup in 1996.

The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

NOTE TO MEDIA: Francis Dupont, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, is on site in Toronto and can be reached at 587-999-5681 or fdupont@hockeycanada.ca for any interview requests.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Former Viper Trainer Cochran Given Extension With Pats:

The Western Hockey League (WHL) Regina Pats have extended the contract of former Vernon Vipers Trainer/Equipment Manager Gord Cochran.  Cochran joined the Pats last summer after spending five seasons in Vernon with the Vipers from 2009-2014.

This is posted on the Pats website:

Dave Struch Named Assistant General Manager

May 28, 2015

Written By: Regina Pats Staff,

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats have reorganized the team’s hockey operations division.  While his role has not changed, John Paddock has added General Manager (GM) to his title along with Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach.   

Assistant Coach Dave Struch’s role is expanding to include being the team’s new Assistant General Manager.  Further, Gord Pritchard, currently the Director of Corporate Affairs will now be the Assistant to the GM.

“When Dave and I started working together it became pretty clear early on that we had similar ideas and philosophies about what makes an organization successful,” said Head Coach John Paddock.  “As the season went on, our communication and trust grew which made elevating Dave’s role with the team a no-brainer.”

Other moves include extending the contract of Goaltender Coach Rob Muntain.  In addition, the Pats are pleased to announce the contract extensions for the team’s Athletic Therapist Greg Mayer and Equipment Manager Gord Cochran.

The Regina Pats regret to announce that Assistant Coach Darrin McKechnie will not be returning to the team as of June 1.  McKechnie, an Inspector with the Regina Police Service (RPS), recently received a promotion.

“I am sorry to lose Darrin as he is a great coach,” said Coach Paddock.  “It is clear he is a valuable member of the Regina Police Service with a long and distinguished career dedicated to public safety. We wish him all the best.”

A search will begin immediately to replace Coach McKechnie.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Former Viper Forward Povelofskie Retires:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Povelofskie is hanging up his skates,
retiring from Junior hockey.  Povelofskie played last season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs after one season in Vernon (2013-14).  In 26 games with the Bulldogs Povelofskie picked up (6-goals-9-assists-15-points).  The Vipers traded Povelofskie to Alberni Valley on May 22nd 2014.  Povelofskie was the future considerations the Vipers owed the Bulldogs from a previous trade.  On October 1st 2013 the Vipers sent Craig Martin & future considerations (Tyler Povelofskie) to Alberni Valley for Jared Wilson.  In 53 games with the Vipers Povelofskie collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).     

Tyler Povelofskie's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

Tyler Povelofskie Retires Early To Begin Apprenticeship

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Submitted by Alberni Valley Bulldogs

 Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce that forward Tyler Povelofskie has decided to retire early from junior hockey and pursue a post-secondary opportunity.

Povelofskie will being attending Thompson River University as an opportunity has presented itself in the heavy duty/transport mechanic program.

“This was not a decision made lightly on my part,” said Povelofskie. “I would like to take the time to sincerely thank the Alberni Valley Bulldogs organization for the opportunities and experiences that I gained last season,” added Povelofskie. “I would also like to thank coaches Kevin and Adam for their endless commitment to coaching, Tom for his education advice and expertise, Lyle and Kathy Pitts for opening their home as billet parents and, last but definitely not least, the community, volunteers and fans that support the Bulldogs win, lose, or draw.”

Povelofskie missed a large portion of last season with a serious skate-caused laceration but worked extremely hard to get back in the line up a lot earlier than anyone thought was possible.

“Tyler has been seeking this opportunity to become a heavy duty mechanic for a few years now but it didn’t work out with the hockey schedule,” said Alberni Valley Bulldogs head coach and general manager Kevin Willison. “Now with a shop giving him the opportunity to have his education paid for, it is like a scholarship to him so we wish Tyler all the best moving forward into the new chapter in his life,” added Willison.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs family would like to wish Tyler all the very best and it was a pleasure to have him a member of our community for the 2014/15 season.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Former Viper Hunt Commits To University Of Victoria:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Riley Hunt has
committed to the University of Victoria for this coming season.  While playing Minor hockey in Revelstoke at the young age of 16 Hunt had previously committed to Harvard University for the 2014-15 season.

Hunt played last year with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Yorkton Terriers.  Hunt signed with the Terriers on January 9th 2014 winning the 2014 RBC Cup.  In 51 games last season with the Terriers Hunt collected (15-goals-22-assists-37-points).  Hunt was recruited by the Vipers and played his first full season in Vernon (2010-11) before being traded to Salmon Arm during his second season with the Vipers after playing in just four games. Hunt was traded to the Silverbacks on September 25th 2012 for future considerations. In 53 games with the Vipers Hunt collected (1-goal-5-assists-6-points).  

Hunt played the 2013-14 season with three different teams (Salmon Arm, Summerland & Yorkton). Hunt started his first full season with the Silverbacks (2013-14) before being sent down to the KIJHL on December 2nd 2013 where he played with the Summerland Steam but was still an affiliated player "AP" with the SilverBacks. In 18 games with Salmon Arm Hunt picked up just two assists. In 12 games with the Steam Hunt collected (5-goals-8-assists-13-points). On January 9th 2014 Hunt signed with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Yorkton Terriers where he would finish his Junior hockey career.  

Rile Hunt's Player Profile:


This is posted on Benny Walchuk's Yorkton Terriers Blog:

Terriers' graduating dman Rossiter commits to Brock University (CIS); Hunt also commits

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Yorkton Terrier 1995 born forward Riley Hunt has announced his commitment to the University of Victoria Vikes hockey team (BCIHL) for the 2015/16 season .

Hunt in his 19 year old season had a team high 37 points (15 goals 22 assists) for the Terriers in the 14/15 season where he was named the team's MVP.

He played in 86 total games as a Terriers and finished off with 24 goals, 35 assists for 59 points.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hurricanes Name Viper Alumni Kisio New Head Coach:

The Western Hockey League (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes have named
former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio their new Head Coach.

Kisio was an Assistant, Associate Coach & Assistant General Manager in eight seasons with the Western Hockey League (WHL) Calgary Hitmen.  Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) in 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

Brent Kisio's Player-Coaches Profile:


This is posted on the Hurricanes website:

Brent Kisio Named Hurricanes Head Coach

Jun 04, 2015

Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Thursday that Brent Kisio has been named the 14th Head Coach in franchise history agreeing to a three-year contract.

Kisio, 32, has spent the past eight seasons from 2007 until 2015 as an assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen where he won the Western Hockey League Championship in 2010. During his tenure with the Hitmen, Kisio appeared in two WHL Finals and five Eastern Conference Finals while only missing the playoffs once.

The Calgary, Alberta, native says he’s thrilled about the opportunity, “I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s a great opportunity and I can already see the passion here and how much people want a winning team here. Myself and my family are very happy to be here.”

“It’s a great honour. It’s a league that has some great coaches and it’s a privilege and an honour to be one of them,” added Kisio. “It’s a great roster shaping up for next year. There has been some great building blocks added on by Pete already and we’re proud that some guys have signed on. You can see where it’s heading right now, I think Pete has a lot of guys believing in the direction that he’s building and we just want to continue off that momentum.”

Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt say’s Kisio was the guy he wanted, “I shortlisted three or four guys and went through the process. We had some real quality people, I just felt Brent really fit here better than any. I like his hockey pedigree, born and raised in the hockey world and being involved in the hockey business.”

“He’s worked with a strong winning organization for the last eight years with the Calgary Hitmen with three good quality head coaches; Dave Lowry, Mike Williamson and Mark French most recently. He’s had some really good training and he’s been a part of the development of the Hitmen over the eight years he’s been there, which was very important to me,” added Anholt. “I like that he’s a young and up and coming coach, I think we are in the business of developing coaches. He’s going to bring in some new coaching ideas and new thoughts. I also like his philosophy on coaching and how he’d like his team to play with pressure and making it hard for teams to come in here and play against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.”

Kisio says he wants to bring in an up tempo style of game, “I think our team is going to play some fast hockey and is going to work hard. We will be prepared. We’ll be held accountable to the players and coaches as well. We want to be an exciting team. Everyone’s goal is to make the playoffs, we’ll be no different. We want to make the playoffs and we will work towards that.”

This is posted on the Hitmen website:

Hitmen congratulate Brent Kisio on being named head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes

Jun 04, 2015

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club would like to congratulate Brent Kisio on being named head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

“We are extremely excited for Brent for this coaching achievement,” said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore. “Brent has been an important part of our organization.  The success we have had as a team has certainly been influenced by the work and contributions he has made to the Calgary Hitmen.”

Kisio recently completed his eighth season with the Hitmen.  He joined the franchise in August 2007 as video coach and assistant coach after four successful years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he played for the Mavericks (NCAA) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.  Following the 2007-08 season, Kisio moved exclusively into the role of assistant coach.  In October 2012, he was appointed associate coach and prior to Calgary’s 20th anniversary season, he added the role of assistant general manager to his duties.

During his eight-year tenure, Kisio helped guide the Hitmen to four Central Division titles and their second Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions in 2010.

The Hitmen organization will now begin the process of identifying candidates for the assistant coach vacancy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Smoke Eaters Sign Ex Vernon Viper Tetteh:

The Trail Smoke Eaters have signed former Vernon Vipers affiliate player "AP" defenceman Nii Noi Tetteh for this coming season.  Tetteh went pointless in one game as an "AP" last season with the Vipers.

Nii Noi Tetteh's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Smoke Eaters website:

Smokies Add To Blueline With Tetteh Signing

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trail, BC - The Trail Smoke Eaters would like to announce the signing of defenceman Nii Noi Tetteh (98). Tetteh spent last season with his hometown Revelstoke Grizzlies posting 6 goals and 15 assists in 49 games played in his rookie season.

“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to join the Trail Smoke Eaters, make the jump to the BCHL and start a new chapter in my hockey career. My goal is to bring something to the table every night and try to help our team be successful day in and day out. Also work hard on and off the ice to try and give the fans something they can continue to be excited to watch.”

“Nii Noi has transitioned to defence last year and became Revelstoke’s top scoring defenceman as a 16 year old. He is a strong skater and has great vision. We look forward to helping Nii Noi reach his goal of playing college hockey.” stated Nick Deschenes.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Everblades Add Former Viper Defenceman Florentino To Teams Protected List:

On June 2nd 2015 the Eeast Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Florida Everblades have twenty three players listed on their protected list one of is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Rob Florentino.

Florentino started the 2014-15 season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals.  The Jackals signed Florentino to a try-out contract on October 15th 2014 before being traded to the Everblades on January 3rd 2015. In 18 games with Elmira Florentino recorded two goals   In 34 games this past season with Florida Florentino had (4-goals-4-assists-8-points).

Florentino started last season (2013-14) with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Huntsville Havoc. In 14 games with Huntsville Florentino collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Florentino was loaned to the ECHL Reading Royals before signing with Reading on December 6th 2013. Florentino played in just 9 games with the Royals picking up two assists, was released on March 19th 2014.

Florentino attended the 2009 Vernon Vipers Training Camp playing in a few exhibition games before being released. The Vipers with the league limit six twenty year olds at that time were forced to release Florentino who was twenty years old. Florentino later signed with the Victoria Grizzlies where he started the 2009-2010 regular season.

Rob Florentino's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Everblades website:

Everblades Announce Protected List

June 2, 2015

ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Tuesday their protected list of players.  The list of 23 players is comprised of two goaltenders, seven defensemen, and 14 forwards.  This is the first of a three-step process in which ECHL teams use to reserve the rights to ECHL contracted players for the 2015-16 season


Anthony Peters
Matt Ginn


Matt Mangene
Mike Cornell
Mike Little
Jordan Henry
Cameron Burt
Gleason Fournier
Rob Florentino


Kevin Lynch
Mitch Wahl
Casey Pierro-Zabotel
Mike Aviani
Evan Bloodoff
Alex Lavoie
Matt Marquardt
Gabriel Desjardins
Adam Brace
Steven Whitney
Ray Kaunisto
Chris Kushneriuk
Corey Trivino
Brant Harris

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2014-15 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2014-15, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2014-15 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-15.

2015-15 Season Opener!

The Everblades will now begin preparing for the 2015-16 season, which begins at home on October 16 against the Gwinnett Gladiators!

To view the full 2015-16 regular season schedule click the link below,


2015-16 Ticket Packages

Ticket packages for the 2015-16 season are now on sale! Full and partial tickets plans are available to fit your schedule and budget.  All packages save you money from the box office price and come loaded with great benefits!

For more information call  239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades Main Office located at Germain Arena, Monday—Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

League Schedule Set To Be Released Sometime In July:

This is posted on Brian Wiebe's Blog:

BCHL Schedule Won't Be Released Before July 1

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The BCHL Annual General Meeting continued on Saturday in Victoria with the league's officials and team personnel hammering out the 2015-16 regular season schedule. The series of meetings began with team marketers getting together on Thursday followed by Governor's meetings afterwards. No news to come just yet from either sets of meetings, but I'd expect the league will summarize the findings in a release early in the week.

One thing we do know is the plan is for the 2015-16 schedule to be released no earlier than July 1st. Basically the scheduling process involves the teams bargaining and deciding the dates of their home schedules, with there being compromise and extensive discussion among each of them. After the scheduling meeting, all the details are double-checked for conflicts and other snags. Once those are worked out, the schedule is released.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Grizzlies Trade Former Vernon Viper MacDonald To Cowichan:

The Victoria Grizzlies have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Ayden
MacDonald to the Cowichan Capitals.  MacDonald was recruited by the Vipers started the 2014-15 season playing in just five games last season before being traded to the Victoria Grizzlies on October 8th 2014 along with Jake Emilio for Brandon Egli, Mitch Meek & future considerations.  In 45 games last year with the Grizzlies MacDonald picked up (5-goals-8-assists-13-points). 

Ayden MacDonald's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Capitals website:

Caps Add Pair from Victoria

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - Submitted by Jeff Sargeant

Duncan, BC - The Cowichan Capitals have acquired forward Ayden MacDonald and defenceman Chris Harpur from the Victoria Grizzlies.

The transaction completes an earlier trade which saw forward Thomas Gobeil head to Victoria in exchange for future considerations.

Hailing from Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, the 1996-born Harpur just completed his rookie season with the Grizzlies with two goals and 13 assists in 56 regular season games adding a goal and an assist in Victoria's first round playoff series with Powell River.  At 6'3" and 195 pounds, the soon-to-be 19 year-old adds some significant size and scoring ability to the Capitals' blue line.

"Chris is a big, mobile, physical puck-moving defenceman that we think is one of the very best defenders in the BCHL," said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Beatty.

Also born in 1996 and coming off his rookie BCHL season, MacDonald is a Langley, BC native who at 6'3" and 200 pounds adds a little bit of everything to the Capitals' forward group.

"Ayden is a solid physical force that finished his rookie season putting up good numbers offensively," said Beatty.

"He also put up an impressive amount of points the previous season for the Richmond Sockeyes in the PJHL.  He has an excellent skill set for a big man and is a solid penalty killer."

MacDonald finished his rookie campaign with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 50 regular season games.  A very impressive playoff series saw him score three goals while adding an assist in five games.  Including the playoffs, MacDonald finished his rookie campaign with nine points in his final 11 games.

"We are extremely pleased to add the size, skill, and physical presence that Chris and Ayden bring to our team," added Beatty.

The Capitals welcome Chris and Ayden to the Cowichan Valley and are excited to see them in action this fall!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Former Vipers D-Man Statchuk Commits To Red Deer College:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Michael Statchuk has committed to Red Deer
College for this coming season. 

Statchuk was recruited by the Vipers played two seasons in Vernon (2012-2014) before being traded on August 11th 2014 to the SJHL North Battleford Stars in exchange for future considerations.  In 114 games with the Vipers Statchuk recorded (3-goals-13-assists-16-points).  In 53 games this season as Captain of the Stars Statchuk picked up (6-goals-18-assists-24-points).

Michael Statchuk's Player Profile:


This was in the Battlefords Daily Newspaper:

Statchuk to join Fountain in Red Deer next season

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Angie Friedrich in Sports

North Battleford SK., April 22, 2015  – The Battlefords North Stars are pleased to announce that Wadena prospect Michael Statchuk has committed to the Red Deer College Kings Men’s Hockey Program for the 2015-16 season. Statchuk  becomes the second North Star from the 2014-15 roster to join the Kings. Nick Fountain was also accepted into Red Deer College and will play alongside Statchuk during their college hockey careers in the ACAC.

Statchuk completed his final season of junior eligibiltiy with the North Stars after he was acquired in an off-season trade with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. In 133 games with the Vipers, Statchuk posted three goals and 14 assists in a shut down role. During his second season with the Vipers, Statchuk played 19 playoff games as the Vipers were the host team of the Royal Bank Cup National Championship.

In his final season with the North Stars, Statchuk played in 53 games and nearly doubled his point production, scoring six goals and adding 20 assists.

Prior to playing junior hockey, Statchuk enjoyed a big season with the Midget AAA Prince Albert Mintos totaling 39 points in 44 games played. Statchuk earned a League First Team All-Star selection and was also awarded the SMAAAHL Top Defenceman Award.

“Michael’s positive attitude, consistent work ethic and leadership will be missed in our dressing room,” stated coach Kevin Hasselberg. “His contribution as captain for our team has prepared returning players and strengthened the leadership in our room moving forward. Michael will undoubtedly be successful in both his academic and athletic pursuits with the Kings’ program.”

On behalf of the North Stars organization, we would like to congratulate Michael and the Statchuk family for this commitment towards his academic and athletic future. With the addition of Statchuk, the Kings will now have six graduated SJHL players on the 2015-16 roster. The North Stars, we would like to thank coach Trevor Keeper and the Red Deer Kings for supporting player development from within the SJHL.

For further information, please contact head coach and general manager Kevin Hasselberg at 306-446-0046 or the North Stars’ office at 306-445-7827.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Viper Alumni Santorelli Likely Not To Return To Predators:

Nashville Predators GM David Poile said that former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Santorelli is likely not to return to the team next season.

Santorelli in his second stint with the Preds becomes a free-agent on July 1st 2015.  Santorelli a free agent last summer signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 3rd 2014 after playing one season with his hometown Vancouver Canucks.  The Leafs traded Santorelli to Nashville on February 15th 2015.  Santorelli has now played with five different NHL teams (Nashville, Florida, Winnipeg, Vancouver & Toronto).

Santorelli was drafted by Nashville in Round 6 178th overall at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft played parts of two seasons with the Predators before being traded to the Florida Panthers on August, 5th 2010. Santorelli spent three seasons in Florida (2010-2013) before being claimed off waivers by the Winnipeg Jets on April 3rd 2013. Santorelli finished the season with the Jets before signing as a free agent July 7th 2013 with the Vancouver Canucks.

The Langley Hornets traded Santorelli to Vernon on July 2nd 2003 for an undisclosed amount of cash.  Santorelli played one season in Vernon (2003-2004) playing in 60 regular season games collected (43-goals-53-assists-96-points).

Mike Santorelli's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Hockey writers website:

David Poile Predicts Preds to Stand Pat This Free Agency Period

by Dan Mount | June 2, 2015

Nashville Predators fans got a glimpse of what General Manager David Poile and the organization might do this offseason when he spoke at the 2015 Music City Sports Fest on Saturday.

Poile took questions from the fans, addressed what might happen when free agency starts July 1 and revealed the logo for the 2016 All-Star Game coming to the Music City.

Poile said that most of the work will be done in trying to bring back restricted free agents like Colin Wilson, Craig Smith and others. The Predators only five forwards that aren’t in any type of free agency.

Franson, Santorelli Not Expected Back

David Poile also said that Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli are likely not to return to the team. Poile also revealed that he would probably look to promote from within meaning players like Viktor Arvidsson and Fiala would be getting an opportunity to make the big club.

The deal for Franson and Santorelli cost the team its first round pick in the upcoming draft. The deal was a swing and a miss for the team as they thought they would be two bodies needed for a deep playoff run.

This was also posted on the Hockey writers website:

Preds End of the Year Report Card: Mike Santorelli

by Colin Fitts | June 11, 2015

The Hockey Writers Nashville Predators staff writer Colin Fitts will evaluate the performance of each player on the 2014-15 Predators roster every weekday in alphabetical order. You can follow Colin on Twitter, @FittsTHW.

Mike Santorelli

Position: Center/Right wing

Age: 29

Height/Weight: 6 foot, 189 lbs

Stat Line: 22 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 PTS, -7 +/-, 26 PIM, 8 hits, 8 blocked shots, 45% face-off, 12:54 AVG TOI

Playoffs Stat Line: 4 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 PTS, +2 +/-, 0 PIM, 4 hits, 1 blocked shot, 13:20 AVG TOI

*Points at Home vs Away: Home – 0 G, 2 A | Away – 1 G, 1 A

*Giveaway/Takeaway Correlation: 2 giveaways, 9 takeaways

Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent ($1.5 million cap hit in 2014-15)

Highlight of the Year: It took seventeen games before Santorelli finally scored for the Predators. His goal at 6:47 of the second period proved to be the game-winner in a 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Mar. 26.

Strengths: Though Santorelli hardly mustered anything offensively in his short stint with the Preds, you cannot give him grief for not generating chances. Santorelli was close to scoring in nearly every game, but it was never meant to be. He is a tremendous skater and a relentless forechecker. Unfortunately, he did not fit in Nashville.

Weaknesses: Santorelli was nothing short of a disappointment for general manager David Poile and the Predators. Prior to being acquired by Nashville, Santorelli was producing healthy offensive numbers for the Toronto Maple Leafs scoring 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 57 games. For some reason, when Santorelli arrived in the Music City, he lost his scoring touch. Not only was he absent offensively, he was unreliable defensively. According to War-on-Ice.com, his on-ice goals against per sixty minutes was a team-worst (2.93). After joining the Preds with his Toronto counterpart Cody Franson, the team ended the year with a mediocre 9-13-4 record.

What to Expect Next Season: Santorelli is expected to hit the free agent market on July 1. Poile said during his annual offseason address he would “probably not do anything” with the UFA.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Chiefs Trade Former Viper Forward Black To Trail:

The Chilliwack Chiefs have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Kurt Black to the Trail Smoke Eaters.  Black was an affiliated player "AP" with the Vipers during the 2012-13 season.  Black went pointless in just two games.  In 56 games with the Chiefs last season Black recorded (18-goals-27-assists-45-points).

Kurt Black's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Chiefs website:

Trade with Trail finalized

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Chiefs announced today that they have completed the January trade that saw Scott Davidson acquired from the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for Evan MacEachern and future considerations.

To complete the trade, the Chiefs have sent forward Kurt Black to the Smoke Eaters.

Black spent two seasons with the Chiefs, scoring 28 goals and adding 41 assists in 112 regular season games. He added two goals and three assists in ten playoff games this season as the Chiefs captured the Mainland Division championship.

The Chiefs wish Kurt all the best and would like to thank him for all he did both on the ice and in the community of Chilliwack.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

One On One With Former Vernon Laker Terry Ryan:

I was watching Sportsnet's Rogers Hometown Hockey one Sunday evening live from St. John's, NL in a game featuring the Montreal Canadians & Boston Bruins on February 8th 2015 when between periods former Vernon Lakers forward Terry Ryan joined Ron MacLean to talk about everything from his experiences in television production to senior hockey, pulling from his experiences as an NHL prospect and son of an astute hockey mind.


Ryan started the 1992-93 season with the RMJHL Quesnel Millionaires before joining the Vernon Lakers.  After playing in just nine games Ryan collected (5-goals-6-assists-11-points) left the Lakers for the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans.  Ryan was drafted 8th overall by the Montreal Canadians in Round 1 of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Terry Ryan's Player Profile:


Terry Ryan was supposed to help bring one of the most iconic franchises back to respectability, instead St. John’s native Terry Ryan became an NHL footnote. Despite being drafted by Montreal ahead of the likes of Jarome Iginla and J.S. Giguere,  he only ended up playing in a handful of NHL games. So where did it all go wrong? Was it his tumultuous relationship with Head Coach Michel Therrien, or a lack of maturity? Stephen Brunt has the story of how a once promising NHL prospect failed to live up to all the hype.

This video was also shown that day on Rogers Hometown Hockey,


I did some research on Ryan and come across a few good video's-reads, check em out

Terry Ryan talks about his new book

May 5 2014

Former Vernon Lakers forward Terry Ryan chats with Halifax Global News about his experience in the NHL and his book Tales Of A First Round Nothing: My Life as an NHL Footnote.  Its been one year since Ryan has published his book.


This was posted on Sportsnet.ca

Ten minutes with Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan, author of Tales of a First-Round Nothing, talked to Ken Reid about everything from his draft class with Jarome Iginla to adding weights to pump himself up for central scouting.

Ken Reid April 29, 2014

One of the best things about working in the media is the people you get to meet. A few years back in Edmonton, thanks to Edmonton radio host Bob Stauffer, I got to meet Terry Ryan.

Long story short, I was on for my usual Tuesday appearance with Bob one day, when we took a call from a listener named “Terry.” Bob put two and two together, and figured out that “Terry” was former Montreal Canadiens first-rounder Terry Ryan.

Stauffer, being a great radio mind, asked “TR” to come on with us every Tuesday and “Train Wreck Tuesdays” was born. The three of us would start talking about hockey, but would rarely end the hour talking about hockey. Anything was up for discussion. We had a great time and from what we could gather, people seemed to enjoy it.

TR and I kept in contact after we both left Edmonton, and now Terry is an author. His story is not your typical hockey tale. He was a first round pick, taken eighth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1995. He ended up playing in a grand total of eight NHL regular season games.

So I know what you’re thinking: Terry’s Book, “Tales of a First-Round Nothing,” is going to be a bunch of stories about what went wrong. Incorrect. It is a bunch of stories about what went right.

Terry is one of the best storytellers I know. His stories are legendary. This book is about as close as you can actually get to sitting down with TR and listening to him spin a few tales while tipping back a few pops. Give this book a read and you’ll never look at Terry’s smile quite the same way again (that’s a strong hint to enjoy his legendary “teeth” story. Think one man, several broken teeth, and a hammer)

This book is also, at least to me, a bit of a love story. TR loves the game. He loves the game immensely. He loves the game for the things you can’t measure with stats. He is not a numbers guy; he is a story guy.

“Tales of a First-Round Nothing” is not what you would call PG-rated. It goes there and beyond.

It is really nice to see my buddy enjoying this ride, just like he continues to enjoy the game. Look up Terry on hockeydb.com and you’ll see that he hasn’t played since 02-03. Not true. As I said, the man loves the game. He has spent the last decade or so playing senior hockey in Newfoundland, with a cameo in Bentley, Alta., a few years back. Just last week TR’s Clarenville Caribous lost in the Allan Cup final to the Dundas Real McCoys. TR didn’t suit up at the tournament. He was suspended for the first game, and since the Caribous won their opener, he sat out the next game as well. He didn’t want to mess with the team’s chemistry. That trend continued all the way through the finals. That’s a team move by TR, typical stuff from him really, only fitting because you’d never read about that in the game’s scoring summary.

For the video, click the link below