Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rapid City Rush Add Vernon Vipers Alumni Dancs To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Rapid City Rush have twenty players listed on their protected list, one of the twenty seven players is former Vernon Vipers forward Dexter Dancs.

Dancs started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Rapid City Rush before leaving after 36 games to sign with EHC Winterthur February 1st 2020. In 36 games with the Rush, Dancs collected (5-goals-10-assists-15-points). Dancs collected one assist in three games with EHC Winterthur before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

EHC Winterthur is a Swiss professional ice hockey team who play in Winterthur in the canton of Zurich. They have played in the Swiss League (SL) since the 2015–16 season, the second tier of the main professional ice hockey leagues in Switzerland, behind the National League.

Dancs finished his fourth year at University of Michigan before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads August 15th 2018.  Dancs started the 2018-19 season with the Steelheads went pointless in two games before being traded to the Manchester Monarchs October 25th 2018. Dancs collected four assists in 26 games with the Monarchs before being traded to the Rapid City Rush March 7th 2019.

Dancs played a season and a half with the Vipers (2012-2014) after coming over in a trade with the Penticton Vees.  On December 5th 2012 the Vipers traded Jedd Soleway to Penticton for Dexter Dancs.  In 44 games with the Vipers Dancs recorded (30-goals-53-assists-83-points).

Dancs scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vipers history, scored the overtime winner at the 2014 Royal Bank Cup in Vernon giving the Vipers a 3-2 overtime victory over the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, giving the Vipers a semi-final berth at the RBC Cup.

Dexter Danc's Player Profile:


This was posted on the Rush website:


01 Jun 2020

(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced, in conjunction with the ECHL, the team’s Protected List to conclude the 2019-20 season.

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 2019-20 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2019-20, 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 2019-20 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 12 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 2019-20.

The Rush protected list of 27 players is as follows:


Stephane Legault
Cedric Montminy
Peter Quenneville
Brennan Saulnier
Tyler Coulter
Bo Brauer
Matt Ustaski
Darian Romanko
Tanner Karty
Dante Salituro
Chris Leibinger
Dexter Dancs
Chris Izmirlian
Justin Faryna
Jack Riley
Mason McCarty


Mark Auk
Brandon Fehd
Josh Elmes
Brett Beauvais
Joe Rutkowski
Eric Israel
Kyle Froese
Zach Phillips
Dylan Quaile


Tyler Parks
Gordon Defiel

Shaun Newman's Podcast With Jason McKee:

This was on the Shaun Newman Podcast:

SNP Episode #82 - Jason Mckee - Vernon Vipers

Shaun Newman    May 26, 2020

Originally from Irma AB Jason's playing days had him go through Junior A, NCAA Div 1, back to the WHL & then onto Pro in the ECHL. His career was cut short due to a baseball swing of the stick to the face (I kid you not), but it is his coaching career that sticks out.

He was apart of the Spruce Grove Saints where he would win 4 AJHL championships, a CJHL coach of the year award and the honour of coaching Canada West at the U19 Junior A Challenge. He spent time with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL & now is the head coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers.

All episodes can also be found on Apple Podcasts & Spotify

Monday, June 29, 2020

BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, twitter accounts, blogs or online. All Vipers news-trades are posted on this blog as soon as released-announced.

BCHL News & Trades:

Gatto Commits To Surrey Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles are proud to announce forward Connor Gatto has committed to the team for the upcoming B.C Hockey League season. The ’01’ forward from Jacksonville, Florida would take up the 6th and final import slot on the team, joining fellow Americans Owen Nolan, Wyatt Schlaht, Brett Bliss, Kenny Riddett, and Matt Connor. Gatto is another skilled, two-way centreman who battles hard up and down the rink. Gatto played in the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) last season with the Islanders Hockey Club, and put up 14 goals and 40 points in 49 games. The 19 year old stands 5’7, and weighs 155 pounds. It’s an exciting leap for Gatto in his young junior hockey career, and the intrigue of moving up north played a role in his decision. “I’m very excited! I’ve never played in Canada before, so that’ll be pretty interesting. I’m ready to start playing in a new league with a great reputation.” Gatto also explained his rational for joining Surrey as his BCHL destination. “For starters, coach [Cam] Keith. He really likes me and I really enjoyed talking to him. I know the [BCHL] is great, and I knew I could play in a better league so I said why not, let’s give it a shot.” For Eagles fans who haven’t gotten the chance to see Connor play, he gave a little scouting report on himself as well. “I’m a smaller forward, and I proud myself on my skill and defense. I believe I can do everything for the team but understand I’ll need to prove it at the next level.” Welcome to the flock Connor!

CONTEST: Logan Terness Mask Design

Get your colouring pencils sharpened and your creative juices flowing for the Logan Terness mask design contest. Starting today, in a one of a kind contest, you will have a chance to put forward a design that could be used on Logan’s mask for the 2020/21 season. The BCHL’s Rookie of the Year wants the great fans of Trail who supported him and the team to have a say in how his mask will look this season. Click on the link for contest details, a mask template and how to submit your design!

Please have you mask design submitted no later than June 19th, 2020 The Smoke Eaters and Logan Terness are excited to see what you come up with to make this the best mask in the BCHL!

The Wenatchee Wild Experience:

The 4,300 seat Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, Washington is home to a very passionate ice hockey fan base. I’ve been around hockey for quite a few years now and have been a fan as well as involved with teams at multiple junior hockey levels. But there’s something different and special about this fan base compared to that of a Western Hockey League or a Western States Hockey League crowd.  From Facebook fan groups to the Twitter crowd and even that of the in-arena atmosphere, Wenatchee is different … but in a good way. Their fans bring the energy, especially with those cowbells of theirs and a good majority stay until after the final horn to congratulate their boys on a great effort, win or lose. On social media, the team is always posting about their sponsors, local organizations are seen at games including that of the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks arena football team. Fans make consistent posts in the Wild fans Facebook group because of what they call Wild withdrawal. Wild nation is known for its cowbells and ability to make the building electric and intimidating to the opposing team. Their staff is always on the go, but always friendly in interactions and the same goes for the players not dressing to play that night as well. The Wenatchee Valley is home to a top-notch junior hockey franchise top to bottom. Everybody is always smiling, always welcoming, and you can bet once the puck drops that it won’t be quiet for a very long time until a little while after the game has ended.

Comparing Town Toyota Centre to local WHL buildings

Late this past season, I traveled to Kennewick to catch a Tri-City Americans WHL game. The Toyota Center felt similar to Wenatchee in both size and atmosphere. It’s much smaller than Spokane Arena where the Chiefs play and slightly smaller than that of accesso ShoWare Center in Kent where the Seattle Thunderbirds play.  What reminded me most of Wenatchee was the clang of their cowbells all game long. The team I was rooting for won 3-1, but what happened after also reminded me of Wenatchee. The Americans’ fans sitting along the glass with me were friendly all game. That same weekend, I drove up Highway 97 from Ellensburg for Fred Page Cup playoff hockey in Wenatchee. The Vernon Vipers were in town for games one and two of their first-round playoff series against the Wild. I’ve always noticed a different atmosphere in Wenatchee than other places I’d been to. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, I’d say maybe that of combining the atmosphere of a WSHL and WHL crowd, but it’s not even that. I decided to make a post in the Wild fans Facebook group and reach out to others for input. I’ve always been big into the sports scene on social media so I noticed early upon finding Wild fans, that it was different, but a ‘good different.’ I could be wrong, but it seems like in a majority of online groups, no matter the level or team, there’s a lot of complaining. I’ve seen complaints ranging from food and parking prices to officiating. With Wenatchee’s fan base both on social media or in-person, you really don’t see that. I noticed fans get rowdy after some controversial calls in a couple of games, but not as intense as I’ve seen in other leagues.

A special connection with the Wild

I was inspired to write this piece for a few main reasons. After the Wild were eliminated from the playoffs in game five, the fans stayed after to congratulate their distraught team on a season well done. Over the course of the off-season, I’ve seen fans post hype videos in the Wild fans group. These videos engaged fans and got people talking. I thought, “Okay this fan base is different than others and someone needs to say something.” I made a post in Wild fans and received great input from the group so I’ll share it here starting with Cherie LaViolette. She attended her first game with her boyfriend, knowing nothing about hockey. Cherie enjoyed it so much that she went to another game after that. Now she’s had season tickets on the glass for the last six seasons with her son and has even introduced her granddaughter to Wild nation. Donna Mitchell Dawson says she was hooked on the Wild in the team’s second season. Shortly after that, she became a billet parent for four seasons and has stayed in touch with her 11 billet sons ever since. In March she had to deal with the tragedy and heartbreak of losing one of her billet sons, Chad Staley, who passed away suddenly. She says that having each and every one of the boys stay with her while playing hockey in Wenatchee is a great blessing to her life. Former team chaplain Don Meyers also weighed in with his input. He explained how he had almost no hockey experience when he started with the Wild. In fact, he says that he often entertained the boys with his ignorant and naïve questions about the sport.

Dedication to developing good people and good hockey players

However, he came to learn something important out of everything he experienced during his time with the team. Don learned that hockey in a sense almost comes second in the Wild organization. He saw the organization built on qualities like character development, leadership, honesty, integrity, and even very tight relationships that developed. He says it was those things that developed the foundation everything else was built on. Barbara Claman Rogers started following the team during the 2017-18 season and the Wild made history that year. The team won the Fred Page Cup Championship and then the Doyle Cup against the Spruce Grove Saints, champions of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. She talks about how she kept telling herself that she better go to each game because it could be the last time for the season, but the Wild just kept winning. “It was so fun watching the players celebrate. I thought (Wild forward) Murphy Stratton was going to climb the glass he was so excited.” Without a doubt, there are aspects of the 17 other markets in the BCHL that make each unique and special in their own way – and this isn’t to take that away from them. But there’s something about the folks of Wild nation and the league’s only American-based franchise that bring a distinctive perspective to junior hockey.

West Kelowna-Truro Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club have dealt  forward Holden Kodak to the Truro Bearcats(MJAHL) in exchange for future considerations. Kodak leaves the Warriors with 5 goals and 11 assists this season in 30 games played. “We would like to thank Holden for his time here in West Kelowna”, said Warriors Head Coach Simon Ferguson. “Holden is a talented player and we wish him nothing but the best with the Truro Bearcats”. The Warriors would like to wish Holden Kodak all the best moving forward with the Truro Bearcats(MJAHL).

Jacques Commits To Silverbacks:

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are pleased to announce the commitment of 2002-born forward Philippe Jacques for the 2020-21 BCHL season. The 6-foot-3, 195 lb. forward spent last season at Stanstead College in southeast Quebec, one of the top Canadian prep schools in eastern Canada. He scored 30 goals and added 29 assists in 2019-20 for 59 points in 55 games, finishing third on the Spartans in scoring. “We are very excited to add Philippe to our roster,” Silverbacks General Manager Brooks Christensen said. “A bigger size forward who has a scoring touch is rare and we feel Philippe is going to be great addition to our forward lineup. We know our fans will enjoy watching him too.” Before attending Stanstead College, the Quebec City native played two seasons of midget hockey for the Séminaire St-François Blizzard, winning a Telus Cup silver medal in the 2017-18 season as national champion runners-up. He was also a finalist for student of the year in the Quebec midget AAA Hockey league in 2018-19 and was drafted by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL in the seventh round in the summer of 2018. “I am thrilled to be joining the Silverbacks next season, with its dedicated coaching staff and outstanding program,” Jacques said. “I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and I am also very excited to become a part of the Salmon Arm community, from which I have heard nothing but good things. This will be my first stay in British Columbia and I am convinced that it will be a great experience in every way.”

BCHL approves several new initiatives and protocols after AGM (Part 2)

The BCHL held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) over a series of video conference calls over the last month and the league’s Board of Governors has approved several new initiatives and protocols for the 2020-21 season. In Part 1, we outlined changes to on-ice procedures and player safety. In Part 2, we will go over the remaining significant items that came out of the meeting.


The league officially welcomed the Cranbrook Bucks into the fold as its 18th franchise. The Bucks were announced as an expansion team for the coming season in October of 2019, but it became official as the league calendar flipped to the 2020-21 season on Jun. 1. “Our ownership is extremely excited to become part of the BCHL and we can’t wait to drop the puck on our inaugural season,” said Bucks Owner and President Nathan Lieuwen. “It has been clear throughout this whole process that the league reflects our values of prioritizing player development, academics and supporting the community. The City of Cranbrook and the East Kootenays as a whole can hardly wait to see the BCHL come to Western Financial Place.”

Digital Gamesheets by GameSheet Inc.

The BCHL will be moving to the use of digital gamesheets starting in 2020-21. Among other benefits, transitioning to the online platform will assist the Department of Player Safety in developing a database of information. Previously, paper gamesheets would be filled out by hand and scanned and sent to the league office after a game. The league will use the GameSheet Inc. platform after a successful trial at the 2019 BCHL Showcase Festival. “We are continuing to look at ways we can modernize our day-to-day operations and this certainly does that,” said BCHL Executive Director Steven Cocker. “We look forward to working with Gamesheets Inc. on this new initiative.”


The BCHL has extended its longstanding agreement with Bauer as the BCHL’s provider for equipment, jerseys, and apparel. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Bauer,” said Cocker. “The league has developed a great relationship with their team over the last few years and we look forward to building on that foundation.”


The BCHL has also extended its agreement with HockeyTech who facilitates the league’s stats and standings, hosts the website for the league and its teams and also streams all BCHL games through HockeyTV. “We are happy to have HockeyTech back on board going forward,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “They’ve provided us with excellent service over the years and fans can look forward to upgrades to the league and team websites as well as the BCHL’s HockeyTV page in the near future.”

Top 10 Trail Smoke Eaters Goals of 2019-20

The Trail Smoke Eaters finished as the third-highest scoring team in the BCHL. With three 20-goal scorers plus the league's MVP in Kent Johnson, they simply could not be stopped some nights.

Nanaimo-Brantford Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers have shored up their defence core heading into the 2019-2020 season with the key acquisition of Michael Palandra from Brantford 99ers of the OJHL for future considerations. Michael Palandra played in the high-end Toronto Nationals program in the Greater Toronto Hockey League during his minor hockey days. He then played 100 games in the OJHL over three seasons putting up 53 points including 14 goals. He was a draft pick in both the OHL priority draft in 2017 and the USHL in 2019. He already has a commitment to the NCAA Division 1 program at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) Colin Birkas, defence coach of the Clippers, explained; “We have acquired a top d-man that immediately gives us a player who will play in all situations and brings us a ton of Jr A experience. He is a right-handed d-man with a good shot that will help our PP. With losing 5 d-man from last year’s strong d-core, this is a huge pick-up for the Clippers.” Darren Naylor, Head Coach and Vice-President of the Clippers, added; “This was a much-needed pick-up for us and a player I am familiar with after coaching him in the Boston Chowder Cup last spring. He was a player we wanted last season but weren’t able to make it happen. Michael is a smooth skating d-man who likes to jump into the rush contributing offensively. He has a high hockey IQ enabling him to read the layers and frequently intercepting passes breaking up other teams plays. I am very excited about this acquisition.”

West Kelowna-Notre Dame Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club have acquired  forward Jarrett Penner from the Notre Dame Hounds in exchange for Ryan Upson. Penner, 19, comes to the Warriors after spending the past two seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds(SJHL). The Saskatoon, SK native recorded 19 goals and 18 assists in 53 games played with the Hounds. “We look forward to adding Jarrett to our roster”, stated Warriors Head Coach Simon Ferguson. “He is an impact player who will help us up front right away. He has a good skill set to go along with his large frame”. Ryan Upson leaves the Warriors with three goals and nine assists this season in 54 games played. “We would like to thank Ryan for his time here in West Kelowna”, said Warriors Head Coach Simon Ferguson. “Ryan is a great person and we wish him nothing but the best with Notre Dame”. The Warriors would like to welcome Jarrett and his family to the Warriors organization and the City of West Kelowna. The Warriors also would like to wish Ryan Upson all the best moving forward with the Notre Dame Hounds.

Ex Vipers Goaltender Porter, Jr One Of Six Chiefs Vying For Roster Spot:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender James Porter, Jr is one of six 20 yr olds vying for a roster spot with the Western Hockey League Spokane Chiefs. 

The League limit for 20 yr olds is three. Eli Zummack, Brad Ginnell, Michael King, Bobby Russell & Matt Leduc are the other five 20 yr olds.

The Kelowna Rockets reassisgned Porter, Jr to the Vipers November 4th 2019 before trading Porter Jr to Moose Jaw November 24th 2019. Porter Jr left the Vipers after Moose Jaw traded his rights to Spokane January 3rd 2020. In nine games with the Vipers Porter, Jr went 3-6 with a 2.59 GAA Porter, Jr went 8-2 with two shutouts and a 1.94 GAA with the Chiefs.

James Porter, Jr Player Profile:


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Vees Trade Former Viper Goaltender Stankowski To AJHL:

The Penticton Vees have traded former Vernon Vipers goaltender Carl Stankowski to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm.

Stankowski never played a game with the Vipers, spent his Junior hockey career playing in the Western Hockey League with Seattle and Calgary before being traded to the Vees. The Vipers traded the BCHL playing rights of Stankowski to Penticton October 23rd 2019 for future considerations. Stankowski went 14-3 with a 2.08 GAA in 18 games with the Vees last year.

Carl Stankowski's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Vees website:

NEWS: Vees Acquire Kaeden Lane From Grande Prairie

June 23, 2020

PENTICTON, BC. – The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club announced Tuesday the team has acquired goaltender Kaeden Lane (’01) from the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in exchange for goaltender Carl Stankowski (’00).

Lane, 18, has played each of the last two seasons with the Storm after a stellar two seasons with the Burnaby Winter Club. The 5’11”, 170-pound netminder has posted a 3.22 goals against average along with an .897 save percentage in 74 career games with the Storm while registering 31 victories in that span, including four shutouts.

The Medicine Hat, Alberta native played with the BWC Midget Prep team during the 2017/18 season, posting a 1.44 GAA and .946 SV% while suiting up in 16 games for the club.

Stankowski, 20, came to the Vees in late October and played in 18 games for Penticton after making his way to the South Okanagan from the Western Hockey League. The Calgary, Alberta native posted a 14-3 record with a 2.08 GAA and a .915 SV% with the Vees during the 2019/20 season.

The Vees would like to welcome Kaeden and his family to the South Okanagan while thanking Carl for his time and contributions to the club and the City of Penticton.

Vipers Alumni Hammond Looks Back At The Wild 2015 Run With Senators:

Here is an article/story on former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond.

Hammond was is in his first season with the American Hockey League Rochester Americans/Buffalo Sabres before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Hammond was a free agent signed with the Buffalo Sabres July 1st 2019 was reassigned to the Americans September 22nd 2019. In 33 games this season, Hammond is 16-12-3 with a 2.53 GAA

The American Hockey League has advised its clubs that the indefinite suspension of AHL play due to the Coronavirus will not be lifted before May.

Hammond made his Sabres preseason debut September 17th 2019 in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hammond replaced Sabres starting goaltender Linus Ullmark halfway through the 2nd period, allowed two goals on fifteen shots.

Hammond played last year with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild. In 33 games last season Hammond went 19-14-0 with three shutouts and a 2.81 GAA Hammond & the Wild clinched a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history.

The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018, reassigned Hammond to the Iowa Wild October 1st 2018. Hammond played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche November 5th 2017. 

After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.

Hammond made his NHL debut February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory. Hammond is the only goaltender in NHL history to earn 21 wins in his first 27 games.

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers

Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts. 

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:


This was in the Ottawa Sun newspaper:

The Hamburglar looks back at the wild 2015 run with the Senators

Ken WarrenMore from Ken Warren

Published: March 25, 2020

Andrew Hammond considers himself a lucky man today.

In this instance, we’re not talking about that unparalleled stand-on-his-head goaltending performance five years ago, a stretch that unleashed Hamburglar mania and carried the Ottawa Senators from Nowhere Land into a playoff berth.

Rather, it’s about being healthy with his family at home in Ohio.

Only two weeks ago, his wife, Marlee, gave birth to the couple’s second son, Carson, in Rochester, N.Y., where Hammond was playing for the Rochester Amerks of the American Hockey League. The Hammonds also have a four-year-old son, Cal.

“(Carson) was born two days before the league was suspended,” the even-keeled Hammond said Wednesday morning in a telephone interview with Postmedia. “There was talk about (the novel coronavirus), but there really hadn’t been a lot of cases. The first (confirmed) one in Rochester was that day. Then they told everyone to go home. It wasn’t really that complicated for us, but it definitely wasn’t the usual process. We got lucky. So, right now this whole thing is kind of like my paternity thing.”

Hammond, 32, is primarily occupied with his young family while in self-isolation. As he was speaking on the phone, cries of “Daddy, Daddy” could be heard in the background.

Yet when Ottawa sports radio station TSN-1200 put out an informal Twitter poll last week asking Senators fans for their best memories of the Hamburglar run, Hammond joined in on the fun, offering up his two cents.

“I don’t normally (tweet), but I was bored,” he said Wednesday.

Just in case you’ve forgotten the details of the too-bizarre-to-be-believed story, Hammond was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL (where he had a record of 7-13-2, a 3.51 goals against average and an .898 save percentage) and thrust into the Senators net because of injuries to Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

All he did from there was post a record of 20-1-2, with a goals against average of 1.79 and a save percentage of .941, as the Senators climbed from the NHL basement into a first-round playoff berth against the Montreal Canadiens.

Which wins stood out the most for Hammond? That’s kind of like asking which Springsteen song is the best.

In his three tweets about the experience, Hammond talked about the memories of victories over Montreal, Boston, Winnipeg and the playoff-clinching triumph over Philadelphia. And then there was the 4-3 overtime win over Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins, a game in which the Senators rallied all the way from a 3-0 first period deficit.

“That was my first (game) against Crosby and he scores 10 seconds in,” Hammond tweeted. “I was able to confirm he’s pretty good.”

On Wednesday, he also brought up the 3-0 shutout victory over the New York Rangers, a vital victory in the last week of the regular season before facing Philadelphia.

“Every game has its own story and it’s hard to pick one,” he said. “How we came back and won some games, different things. One that was special to me was the win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. That was the one team that beat me (in Ottawa) and I got pulled in that game and then we beat them and I got a shutout. I went in there and kind of redeemed myself.”

While Hammond will always be proud of what he and the Senators accomplished in 2015, he has moved on and says, “I’m not searching up old boxscores or anything.”

After losing twice to Montreal in the playoffs, Hammond was replaced by the then healthy Anderson. In 2015-16, he struggled through hip problems and never fully regained his hold on the Senators net, eventually spending time back in Belleville of the AHL. Ultimately, he was traded to Colorado in the Matt Duchene deal in 2017 and got a taste of the 2018 NHL playoffs with the Avalanche.

He has also played with Iowa in the AHL and has spent the past year with Rochester — Buffalo’s AHL affiliate — posting a record of 16-12-3 with a 2.53 goals against average and .908 save percentage. While with the Amerks, he had a few conversations with former Senators first round pick Curtis Lazar, who has since been recalled by Buffalo. After a fan tossed a hamburger on the ice to celebrate a Hammond win over Boston, Lazar grabbed it and took a bite out of it, one of the signature moments of the ride.

“We would talk about it from time to time,” said Hammond. “Both of us are in the same situation somewhat (trying to return to the NHL on a full-time basis) and we both think back on it fondly, but I’m not consumed by it or anything.”

On the topic of hamburgers, whatever happened to that gift card allowing Hammond to eat free at McDonald’s for the rest of his life?

“I only got a few gift cards at the start and I gave them to friends because they were only valid in Canada and I misplaced a couple of them,” he said. “But I’ve got one of them in a frame.”

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stingrays Add Former Vipers "AP" Hannoun" To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The South Carolina Stingrays have twenty players listed on their protected list, one of the twenty four players are former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated player-forward Dante Hannoun.

Hannoun started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators. Hannoun spent the past five seasons with the Western Hockey League Victoria Royals & Prince Albert Raiders, before signing his first professional contract with the Gladiators September 19th 2019. Hannoun played 24 games with the Gladiators (5-goals-14-assists-19-points) before heading to Austria. Hannoun signed with the HCB Foxes December 26 2019.  Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen Foxes is an Italian ice hockey team located in the city of Bolzano, South Tyrol, that plays in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). Hannoun had three assists in 17 games with the Foxes. The Stingrays claimed Hannoun off waivers December 27 2019.

Hannoun was invited to the Boston Bruins training camp in September 2019, before being released/sent to the Boston Bruins Prospect Challenge in late September 2019. A round-robin tournament featuring rookies from various teams. Hannoun would be released/sent to the American Hockey League Boston Bruins farm club Providence Bruins training camp, before being released, would report to the Atlanta Gladiators.

Hannoun is the younger brother to former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun who played with the 2013-14 Vernon Vipers.

Dante Hannoun played one game as an "AP" (affiliated player) with the Vernon Vipers during the 2013-14 season. 

Dante Hannoun's Player Profile:


This was posted on the ECHL website:

The ECHL on Tuesday announced the Protected Lists as submitted by each of its Member teams.

02 Jun 2020

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 2019-20 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2019-20, 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 2019-20 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 12 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 2019-20.

South Carolina Stingrays – Tom Parisi, Jordan Klimek, Neal Goff, Jesse Lees, Jaynen Rissling, Marly Quince, Alexandre Boivin, Max Novak, Branden Troock, Mark Cooper, Scott Davidson, Dan DeSalvo, Andrew Cherniwchan, Dylan Steman, Alec Marsh, Cameron Askew, Tim Harrison, Pat Megannety, Casey Bailey and Dante Hannoun