Sunday, May 1, 2016

Former Vernon Viper Mick & Former Vernon Laker Ferster Meet At Western Canada Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Logan Mick and the Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues Brooks Bandits will face Former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster & the West Kelowna Warriors at the Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

Western Canada Cup Schedule:

Ferster is in his fifth season as Warriors Head Coach-GM played one season in Vernon winning a Centennial Cup with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers.  In 28 games with the Lakers Ferster collected (8-goals-11-assists-19-points).

Rylan Ferster's Player-Coaching Profile:

Mick playing in his first season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Brooks Bandits collected (6-goals-11-assists-17-points) in 24 games with the Bandits this season, are in the second round of the AJHL Playoffs with the Canmore Eagles.

Mick started the season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, never played a single game this season due to injury was traded to Langley on October 6th 2015. Mick was released from the Rivermen after playing in 22 games (2-goals-8-assists-10points) before signing with the Bandits on December 30th 2015.

Mick played two years in Vernon (2012-2014) before being traded to the Merritt Centennials on May 29th 2014 as part of the future considerations from a trade in January. On January 3rd 2014 the Vipers sent defenceman Jason Bird & future considerations (Logan Mick) to Merritt for defenceman Dylan Chanter. In May the United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion Bloomington Thunder selected Mick 400th overall in Round 25 of Phase two of the USHL draft. On June 20th the Merritt Centennials traded Mick to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for Luke Bertolucci & future considerations.

Logan Mick's Player Profile:

This is in the Vancouver Province Newspaper:

For BCHL champs West Kelowna, familiar faces on tap at the Western Canada Cup tournament

By Steve Ewen, Vancouver Sun April 29, 2016 

Rylan Ferster and Logan Mick should both see plenty of familiar faces this weekend at the Western Canada Cup in Estevan, Sask.

Ferster, who’s the general manager and coach of the BCHL champion West Kelowna Warriors, is a Saskatchewan product, a guy who grew up and played his minor hockey in Prince Albert. He recruits heavily from that province to this day: West Kelowna’s top scorer in the playoffs so far has been Kylar Hope, 20, a forward from Lashburn, Sask.

Mick, a forward with the Alberta champion Brooks Bandits, is a B.C. kid, a native of Armstrong who started his Junior A career in the BCHL. The 19-year-old was a member of the Vernon Vipers team that hosted the RBC Cup national championship in 2014.

The top two teams from the five-club event in Estevan advance to this year’s RBC May 14-22 in Lloydminster, Sask.

Action in Estevan wraps up May 8.

“I haven’t gotten a chance to play a BCHL team in a while. I think it’s going to be fun,” Mick said of Brooks opening up the tournament on Sunday against West Kelowna, a day after the Warriors get the event started against the host Estevan Bruins.

“I think the BCHL, in general, is a little more skilled, but I think the AJHL is grittier.”

Extensive stats aren’t kept on the RBC, but there have been players suit up in the nationals for teams from different leagues before. For example, defenceman Mathew Backhouse was a member of Manitoba’s Dauphin Kings at the 2010 event and Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos in 2012. 

As well, defenceman Davis Ross, who was a member of last spring’s championship squad with the tournament host Portage Terriers of Manitoba, remains in the hunt to return to the RBC this year with the Fort Frances Lakers, an Ontario team from the Superior International league.

Mick played for three different BCHL teams, including a stint with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, where his dad Troy — a former WHL star defenceman —  is president and general manager.

The younger Mick never seemed to find that right fit in this province, and signed on with the Bandits after he was released by the Langley Rivermen earlier this season.

He had 18 goals and 25 assists in 149 regular-season contests in the BCHL, but showed enough in various aspects of the game that he’s already landed a scholarship to vaunted Quinnipiac, a Hamden, Conn., program that lost the NCAA title game this spring to North Dakota.

With Brooks, Mick had six goals and 11 assists in 24 regular-season games and then two goals and four assists in 13 playoff matchups.

“We were tipped off about by him by his school,” said Brooks GM and coach Ryan Papaioannou. “He’s been effective for us. He’s a player who doesn’t always need to score points to be important.”

Ferster, meanwhile, led West Kelowna to a second-round upset of the ballyhooed Penticton Vees, who featured two potential first-rounders for the upcoming NHL draft in forward Tyson Jost and defenceman Dante Fabbro. West Kelowna beat the Chilliwack Chiefs in six games in the league finale, but lost star goalie Matthew Greenfield to an undisclosed injury part way through Game 5.

Back-up Keelan Williams, who hadn’t played a full game since mid-February, made 36 stops in the 4-2 win last Saturday over Chilliwack that advanced West Kelowna to Estevan.

Ferster said he is hopeful that Greenfield would be ready to play this weekend.

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