Thursday, September 16, 2021

Spruce Kings Trade Former Vernon Viper Grant To MJHL:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have traded former Vernon Vipers goaltender

Kobe Grant to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Swan Valley Stampeders.

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

Spruce Kings Trade Kobe Grant To Swan Valley | Prince George Spruce Kings

Grant started the 2020-21 season with the Vernon Vipers. Grant played in 5 exhibition games with the Vipers at the Okanagan Cup. Grant went 1-4 allowing 18 goals & posting a 3.76 GAA Grant was released or cut in mid November 2020. No official press release from the Vipers, but Grant was no longer listed on the teams roster come mid November 2020.

The Prince George Spruce Kings added Grant to their roster January 12th 2021. In 2 games with the Spruce Kings last season, Grant went 2-0 with 2 shutouts and a 0.00 GAA 

Grant attended the Vernon Vipers 2019 training camp, was released or cut before being added to the teams roster in late September 2019 as an affiliated player. Grant played one game as an "AP" with the 2019-20 Vernon Vipers posted a 6.00 GAA

Kobe Grant's Player Profile:

Kobe Grant - Elite Prospects

Vernon Vipers 2021 Exhibition Schedule:

Vernon Vipers 2021 Exhibition Schedule:

September:

September 21st Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
September 24th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
September 25th Penticton @ Vernon 6pm
September 28th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm

October:

October 1st Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
October 2nd West Kelowna @ Vernon 6pm


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Fans Back At Kal Tire Place:

Hockey fans are allowed to attend Vernon Vipers hockey games this season. Here are the rules you need to know to be able to enter Kal Tire Place this coming hockey season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Fans Back At Kal Tire Place | Vernon Vipers

Vernon Vipers 2021-22 Roster:

The BC Hockey League has released the Vernon Vipers 2021-22 roster on Tuesday.

Vernon Vipers 2021-22 Roster:

| BCHL League Site

Click on players name for "Player Profile"

Defence:

Griffen Barr
Desmond Johnson
Nicholas Kent
Ayden Third

Forwards:

Jack Glen
Kjell Kjemhus
Logan Lorenz
Cameron MacDonald
Ethan Mercer
Reagan Milburn
Luke Pakulak
Nicholas Remissong
Ryan Shostak
JoJo Tanaka-Campbell
Zach Tonelli

Goaltenders:

Roan Clarke

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Vernon Vipers GM Excited For Fans’ Return As Training Camp Nears:

The Vernon Vipers open the preseason September 21st vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and fans will be allowed back inside Kal Tire Place at half-capacity.

Here is the full story from the Vernon Morning Star,

Vernon Vipers GM excited for fans’ return as training camp nears – Vernon Morning Star

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Nine years ago today (September 14th 2012) Vernon Vipers forward Adam

Tambellini recorded three assists as the visiting Vernon Vipers shutout the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3-0 in front of 1,128 fans at the Shaw Centre. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 30-20 Austin Smith made 20 saves in the win for the shutout, while Colin Dzijacky made 27 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

| BCHL League Site

Adam Tambellini's Player Profile:

Adam Tambellini - Elite Prospects

Monday, September 13, 2021

Stockton Heat Sign Vipers Alumni Shortridge:

According to the Athletic's Darren Hynes the American Hockey League Stockton Heat have signed former Vernon Vipers

goaltender Andrew Shortridge.

Here is the press release from prohockeyrumors.com,

Minor Transactions: 08/27/21 (prohockeyrumors.com)

Shortridge split last season between the ECHL Kansas City Mavericks & American Hockey League Stockton Heat. In 14 games with the Mavericks, Shortridge went 7-5-1 with 1 shutout and a 2.92 GAA In 3 games with the Heat, Stockton went 1-0-1 and a 1.58 GAA

Shortridge become a free agent last season after the San Jose Sharks didn't offer the former Vernon Vipers goaltender a qualifying contract in October 2020. The American Hockey League Stockton Heat signed Shortridge to a two-way AHL/ECHL contract December 5th 2020. The Heat assigned Shortridge to the ECHL Kansas City Mavericks December 5th 2020.

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

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

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

Andrew Shortridge - Elite Prospects

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Wenatchee Wild Sign Parker:

Wild welcome Landon Parker | Wenatchee Wild (wenatcheewildhockey.com)

Henderson Joins Chiefs Front Office:

Mandy Henderson joins hometown team front office - Chilliwack Chiefs

Former Silverbacks Broadcaster Kanter Joins Regina Pats:

Pats Announce New Business Hires – Regina Pats

BCHL Announces 60th Anniversary:

BCHL announces plans to celebrate 60th Anniversary | BCHL League Site

Capitals Add Wilson To Roster:

Capitals acquire 20 year old OHL veteran Griffin Wilson | Cowichan Capitals

BCHL Next Generation: Merritt Centennials

BCHL Next Generation: Merritt Centennials | BCHL League Site

Kings Name Kiss New Broadcaster:

Jordan Kiss named new broadcaster | Powell River Kings Junior A Hockey Club

BCHL To Require Proof Of Vaccination:

BCHL to require proof of vaccination for spectators, players and staff | Vernon Matters

Plante Commits To Eagles:

Eagles Commit to 16 Year Old Joel Plante for 2021-22 Season | Surrey Eagles

Border Closure Forcing Wenatchee Wild To Open Season On Road:

BCHL updates Wenatchee Wild schedule | BCHL League Site

Trail-Humboldt Trade:

TRADE – Smoke Eaters acquire Lowe from Humboldt | Trail Smoke Eaters

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Season Tickets Promo Video:

2021-22 Season Ticket On Sale! - YouTube

Hiebert Commits To Grizzlies:

Grizzlies Sign 2001 Born Defencmen, Clark Hiebert | Victoria Grizzlies

Express Sign Manji:

Express sign 2003-born goalie Adam Manji | Coquitlam Express

BCHL Next Generation: Nanaimo Clippers

BCHL Next Generation: Nanaimo Clippers | BCHL League Site

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Cyclones Give Former Viper Coughlin Qualifying Offer:

The ECHL released the list of players who received a valid qualifying

offer from ECHL teams by the July 23rd deadline. Players who had already signed a contract by July 23rd did not need to receive a qualifying offer. Each team was entitled to reserve the rights of a maximum of eight qualified players. The ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones have six players who received qualifying offers. One of those six players is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Johnny Coughlin.

Here is the press release from the ECHL website,

ECHL announces Players with Qualifying Offers

Coughlin spent the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets & Rapid City Rush. Coughlin finished the 2020-21 season with the Rush. In 26 games last season, Coughlin collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).

Coughlin was suppose to start the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones. The Cyclones announced they opt out of the 2020-21 season as part of the ECHL's COVID-19 Voluntary Suspension Policy, this allowing Coughlin to sign with another team but would have their rights reverted back to their original team for the 2021-22 season. The Cyclones plan to return to play for the 2021-22 season.

Coughlin started the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets after signing a professional contract with the team January 27th 2021. Coughlin was added to the Komets training camp roster January 29th 2021 but never played a game, was released February 10th 2021. The ECHL Rapid City Rush signed Coughlin February 13th 2021.

Coughlin spent the 2019-20 season playing in the ECHL with three different teams (Maine Mariners, Norfolk Admirals & Cincinnati Cyclones).

Coughlin played four years at the College of Holy Cross from 2015-2019 before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Maine Mariners March 15th 2019.

Coughlin played one season in Vernon with the 2014-15 Vernon Vipers. In 55 games with the Vipers, Coughlin collected (3-goals-15-assists-18-points).

Johnny Coughlin's Player Profile:

Johnny Coughlin - Elite Prospects

On This Day In Vernon Vipers History:

Twelve years ago today (September 12th 2009) Vernon Vipers

defenceman Adam Thompson scored at 2:37 of overtime giving the visiting Vernon Vipers a 4-3 overtime win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the Silverbacks home opener in front of 1,284 fans at the Shaw Centre. The Silverbacks were down 3-1 in the 3rd period, scored twice to force overtime. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 32-26 Graeme Gordon made 23 saves in the win, while Tony Ierfino made 28 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

| BCHL League Site

Adam Thompson's Player profile:

Adam Thompson - Elite Prospects 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Blades Trade Former Vipers Goaltender MacInnes To Everett:

The Western Hockey League Saskatoon Blades have traded former

Vernon Vipers goaltender Koen MacInnes to the Everett Silvertips.

Here is the press release from the Saskatoon Blades website,

TRADE: Blades Acquire Lee From Silvertips – Saskatoon Blades

Here is the press release from the Everett Silvertips website,

ACQUIRED » Goaltender Koen MacInnes from Saskatoon – Everett Silvertips 

MacInnes played with the Saskatoon Blades from 2018-2020 before signing with the Vernon Vipers October 27th 2020. MacInnes played last season with the Vipers during the Okanagan Cup. In 4 exhibition games, MacInnes went 1-1 with 1 shutout and a 1.95 GAA before returning to the Saskatoon Blades in February 2021. MacInnes played in 7 games with the Blades during the 2021 WHL Hub season, going 4-2-1 with a 2.57 GAA

Koen MacInnes's Player Profile:

Koen MacInnes - Elite Prospects

Friday, September 10, 2021

Top 5 Vernon Vipers Goals Of 2020-21

The Vernon Vipers won their pod season. Here are the Top 5 Goals from the Vernon Vipers 2020-21 pod season. These highlight's were released August 25th 2021.

Here are the highlight's from the BCHL Youtube page,

Top 5 Vernon Vipers Goals of 2020-21 - YouTube

No Fans Again?

Interior Health won't allow more than 50 fans to attend indoor events. Does this mean fans won't be able to attend any Vipers pre-season games this fall?

I ran into a Vernon Vipers season ticket holder the other day who thought we were allowed back inside Kal Tire Place this September to watch the Vipers exhibition games. Wrong! The season ticket holder contacted the Vipers office and was told due to Interior Health COVID-19 restrictions, fans won't be allowed to attend the Vipers training camp or watch any exhibition games.

The Vernon Vipers open training camp September 17th and host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks September 21st in the Vipers first of six pre-season games.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

North Commits To Vernon Vipers:

18 year old forward Daniel North has committed to the Vernon Vipers for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Daniel North Commits To Vipers | Vernon Vipers

Daniel North's Player Profile:

Daniel North - Elite Prospects

Taylor Listed On Youngstown Phantoms Roster:

Vernon Vipers defenceman Trey Taylor looks to have joined the United States

Hockey League Youngstown Phantoms. No official press release from the Phantoms but Taylor is listed on the Phantoms current roster.

Here is the Youngstown Phantoms 2021-22 roster,

USHL Game Center (youngstownphantoms.com)

The Youngstown Phantoms selected Taylor 31st overall in Round 3 in Phase 2 of the United States Hockey League Draft this year. Taylor has committed to Clarkson University for the 2022-23 season.

Taylor played the past three seasons in Vernon from 2018-2021. In 20 games last season, Taylor collected (1-goal-8-assists-9-points). In 125 games with the Vipers, Taylor collected (8-goals-32-assists-40-points).

Trey Taylor's Player Profile:

Trey Taylor - Elite Prospects

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Steelheads Give Former Vipers Forward Fowlie Qualifying Offer:

The ECHL released the list of players who received a valid qualifying offer from

ECHL teams by the July 23rd deadline. Players who had already signed a contract by July 23rd did not need to receive a qualifying offer. Each team was entitled to reserve the rights of a maximum of eight qualified players. The ECHL Idaho Steelheads have four players who received qualifying offers. One of those players is former Vernon Vipers forward Cody Fowlie.

Here is the press release from the ECHL website,

ECHL announces Players with Qualifying Offers

The Steelheads signed Fowlie September 3rtd 2020. Fowlie never played a game with the Steelheads last season as the team opt out of the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19. Fowlie has spent the past two seasons playing in Romania with the ASC Brasov Wolves. Fowlie recently signed with the Ferencvarosi TC for the 2021-22 season. Ferencvarosi TC is a professional hockey team from Hungary.

Fowlie played five seasons at the University of Regina from 2013-2018 before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen February 15th 2018. Fowlie played two seasons in Jacksonville before heading to Romania in 2019 to play with the ASC Brasov Wolves. 

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

Cody Fowlie's Player Profile:

Cody Fowlie - Elite Prospects

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Urekar Leaves Smoke Eaters:

NEWS – Jeff Urekar Accepts Head Coach Position at OHA | Trail Smoke Eaters

West Kelowna-Blackfalds Trade:

TRADE: WARRIORS ACQUIRE FORMER SMOKE EATERS CAPTAIN CHASE DAFOE FROM BLACKFALDS BULLDOGS | West Kelowna Warriors

BCHL Next Generation: Langley Rivermen

BCHL Next Generation: Langley Rivermen | BCHL League Site

Coquitlam Express Sign Green:

Blake Green signs with Express | Coquitlam Express

BCHL Announces Preseason Schedule:

BCHL announces 2021 preseason schedule | BCHL League Site

McPhalen Leaves Clippers:

Ken McPhalen appointed the Dir. of Hockey Operations | Nanaimo Clippers

Eagles Name Gillies New Assistant Coach:

Eagles Hire Former NHL Player & White Rock Native Colton Gillies To Coaching Staff | Surrey Eagles

Wild Sign Oberle:

Wenatchee Wild welcome Brett Oberle | Wenatchee Wild (wenatcheewildhockey.com)

Purcell Commits To Penticton Vees:

NEWS: Vees Add To Crease With Addition Of Purcell From USHL | Penticton Vees

Cowichan-Bonnyville Trade:

TRADE: Capitals acquire Umass-Lowell Commit Truman from Bonnyville | Cowichan Capitals

Brassington Commits To Eagles:

Eagles Commit To White Rock Native Ty Brassington For 2021-22 Season | Surrey Eagles

Next Generation: Cranbrook Bucks

BCHL Next Generation: Cranbrook Bucks | BCHL League Site

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Ex Vipers Defenceman Felton Transfers To Merrimack College:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Christian Felton has transferred from Bentley

University to Merrimack College.

Here is the tweet from the Merrimack Warriors Twitter account,

Merrimack Men’s Hockey on Twitter: "We're pleased to introduce our final transfer and newcomer to the Warriors, Christian Felton‼️ #GoMack https://t.co/Rcn3NBS00P" / Twitter

Felton played his one and only season at Bentley University last year. Felton went pointless in 13 games with the Falcons last season.

Felton played one season in Vernon with the 2019-20 Vernon Vipers. In 50 games with the Vipers, Felton collected (5-goals-10-assists-15-points). Felton committed to Bentley University in November 2019.

Christian Felton's Player Profile:

Christian Felton - Elite Prospects

Monday, September 6, 2021

Estevan Bruins To Host 2022 Centennial Cup:

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Estevan Bruins will host the 2022 Centennial Cup.

Here is the press release from the SJHL website,

Estevan Bruins to host 2022 Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons | Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL)

Here is the story from the sasktoday.ca,

Estevan remains the host of the 2022 Centennial Cup national championship - SaskToday.ca

Sabres Name Former Vernon Viking Stein New Western Canada Scout:

The Detroit Red Wings decided not to renew the contract of former Vernon Vikings

forward Marty Stein. Stein agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Sabres as the teams new Western Canada Scout.

Here is the full story from the Vernon Morning Star,

Coldstream NHL scout moves from Red Wings to Sabres – Vernon Morning Star

Stein has spent the past twenty four seasons as Amateur Scout with the Detroit Red Wings. 

Stein played two seasons in Vernon (1973-1975) with the Vernon Vikings. In two years with the Vernon Vikings Stein collected (38-goals-59-assists-97-points).

Marty Stein's Staff Profile:

Marty Stein Team Staff Profile - Elite Prospects

Marty Stein's Player Profile:

Marty Stein Hockey Stats and Profile at hockeydb.com

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Vernon Vipers 2020-21 Player Intro Video:

Here is the 2020-21 Vernon Vipers player intro video

that was used during last years 2020-21 Pod season. This video was just released August 9th 2021.

Here is the video from Hockeytube.net,

Vipers 2020-21 Player Introduction - YouTube

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Bafaro Commits To Mount Royal University:

Vernon Vipers defenceman Seth Bafaro has committed to Mount Royal

University for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Mount Royal Cougars website,

2021-22 Cougars Recruiting Class: Men's Hockey - Mount Royal University Cougars Athletics & Recreation (mrucougars.com)

Bafaro played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Tri-Cities, Saskatoon & Vancouver before coming to the BC Hockey League last season. 

Bafaro played last season with the Vernon Vipers. In 20 games with the Vipers, Bafaro collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points). Bafaro was one of four assistant captains with the Vipers last season.

The Vernon Vipers traded Max Bulawka October 27th 2020 to the Cowichan Capitals for the playing rights of Seth Bafaro and future considerations. The Vipers signed Bafaro February 19th 2021. 

Seth Bafaro's Player Profile:

Seth Bafaro - Elite Prospects

Royals Add Vipers Alumni Voltin To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its

member teams. Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2020-21. The ECHL Reading Royals have 20 players listed on their Season-Ending Roster. One of those twenty players is former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Voltin.

Here is the press release from the ECHL website,

ECHL announces Season-Ending Rosters

Voltin never played a game with the ECHL Reading Royals last season. Voltin played four seasons at Northern Michigan University from 2016-2020 before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Reading Royals August 31st 2020. According to Voltin's player profile, he didn't play hockey last season.

Voltin played one season in Vernon with the 2014-15 Vernon Vipers. Voltin asked the Vipers for a trade in the summer of 2015. The Vipers traded Voltin August 27th 2015 to the Langley Rivermen for future considerations. In 44 games with the Vipers, Voltin collected (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). Voltin played for three teams in the BCHL (Vernon, Langley & Penticton).

Luke Voltin's Player Profile:

Luke Voltin - Elite Prospects

Friday, September 3, 2021

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Cobb Commits To Cowichan Capitals:

Capitals commit to Cornell-bound 19 year old Aidan Cobb | Cowichan Capitals

Bowman Commits To Centennials:

New Recruit: Will Bowman | Merritt Centennials

Trail-Blackfalds Trade:

TRADE – Smoke Eaters send Dafoe to Blackfalds for Future Considerations | Trail Smoke Eaters

Vees Add New Alumni To NCAA Tribute Inside Dressing Room:

Fred Harbinson on Twitter: "Those who have walked thru our locker room, are amazed by the Wall which displays every Alumni player’s picture in their College jersey that went the NCAA route. We now pay tribute to our Alumni who had remarkable Seasons in College Hockey. #EnvyOurPast https://t.co/qF635x5zcc" / Twitter

BCHL Next Generation: Cowichan Capitals

BCHL Next Generation: Cowichan Valley Capitals | BCHL League Site

Langley-Milton Trade:

Rivermen acquire Nagra from the Menace | Langley Rivermen

Hansen Commits To Nanaimo:

Clippers sign Cole Hansen | Nanaimo Clippers

Wild Sign Stibbe:

Wild Welcome Cade Stibbe | Wenatchee Wild (wenatcheewildhockey.com)

Langley Rivermen Forward Identified As One Of Three Victims Of Fatal Crash:

Langley Rivermen forward identified as one of three victims of fatal crash – Aldergrove Star

Harney Commits To Capitals:

Capitals commit to 19 year old defenceman Joe Harney | Cowichan Capitals

Penticton Vees Add New Additions To The Walls Outside Dressing Room:

Fred Harbinson on Twitter: "We have always been proud of the accomplishments of our past and present players. Some new additions to the walls outside the Locker Room honouring those from our organization that represented their Country in these prestigious International events #EnvyOurPast https://t.co/BCHqxSAvWF" / Twitter

Powell River Kings Make Trades:

Kings making more moves | Powell River Kings Junior A Hockey Club

Bushy Commits To Trail Smoke Eaters:

Smoke Eaters Add St. Cloud Committed Defenceman | Trail Smoke Eaters

Wenatchee Wild Broadcaster Involved In Car Accident:

Wild Nation update on Wild Play by Play broadcaster Arch Ecker | Wenatchee Wild (wenatcheewildhockey.com)

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Donohoe Commits To MacEwan University:

Vernon Vipers defenceman Hunter Donohoe has committed to MacEwan

University for the 2021-22 season.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Donohoe MacEwan Bound | Vernon Vipers

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

BCHL To Require Proof Of Vaccination:

The BC Hockey League announced on Tuesday, fans, players & staff will have to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Here is the press release from Vernonmatters.ca,

BCHL to require proof of vaccination for spectators, players and staff | Vernon Matters

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Cincinnati Cyclones Add Ex Vipers D-Man Coughlin To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by

each of its member teams. Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2020-21. The ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones have 20 players listed on their Season-Ending Roster. One of those twenty players is former Vernon Vipers defenceman Johnny Coughlin.

Here is the press release from the Cincinnati Cyclones website,

Cyclones Announce Season Ending Roster - Cincinnati Cyclones (cycloneshockey.com)

Coughlin spent the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets & Rapid City Rush. Coughlin finished the 2020-21 season with the Rush. In 26 games, Coughlin collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).

Coughlin was suppose to start the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones. The Cyclones announced they opt out of the 2020-21 season as part of the ECHL's COVID-19 Voluntary Suspension Policy, this allowing Coughlin to sign with another team but would have their rights reverted back to their original team for the 2021-22 season. The Cyclones play to return to play for the 2021-22 season.

Coughlin started the 2020-21 season with the ECHL Fort Wayne Komets after signing a professional contract with the team January 27th 2021. Coughlin was added to the Komets training camp roster January 29th 2021 but never played a game, was later released February 10th 2021. The ECHL Rapid City Rush signed Coughlin February 13th 2021.

Coughlin spent the 2019-20 season playing in the ECHL with three different teams (Maine Mariners, Norfolk Admirals and Cincinnati Cyclones).

Coughlin played four years at the College of Holy Cross from 2015-2019 before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Maine Mariners March 15th 2019.

Coughlin played one season in Vernon with the 2014-15 Vernon Vipers. In 55 games with the Vipers, Coughlin collected (3-goals-15-assists-18-points).

Johnny Coughlin's Player Profile:

Johnny Coughlin - Elite Prospects

Monday, August 30, 2021

Vernon Vipers Open Fall Junior Prep Camp:

The Vernon Vipers open their Fall Junior Prep Camp today. The Camp goes from August 30th-September 2nd 2021.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Fall Jr. Prep Camp | Vernon Vipers

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Mariners Add Former Vernon Viper McNicholas To Teams Season-Ending Roster:

The ECHL announced Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member

teams. Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2020-21. The ECHL Maine Mariners have 14 players listed on their Season-Ending Roster. One of the fourteen players is former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas.

Here is the press release from the ECHL website,

ECHL announces Season-Ending Rosters

McNicholas played last year in the ECHL with three different teams. (Utah Grizzlies, Tulsa Oilers & Indy Fuel).

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

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

McNicholas played four years at the University of New Hampshire from 2014-2018 before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Indy Fuel March 6th 2018.

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

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

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

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

Here are the highlight's from Game 7,

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

Michael McNicholas's Player Profile:

Michael McNicholas - Elite Prospects

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Kamloops Blazers Name Former Vipers Head Coach/GM Holick New Associate Coach:

The Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers have named former Vernon

Vipers Head Coach/GM Mark Holick new Associate Coach.

Here is the press release from the Kamloops Blazers website,

MARK HOLICK INTRODUCED AS ASSOCIATE COACH – Kamloops Blazers (blazerhockey.com)

Here is the full story from Kamloops this week,

Toledo helps wedding MC Holick in matchmaking process with Kamloops Blazers | Kamloops This Week

Holick has spent the past three seasons as Head Coach of the Yale Hockey Academy Prep school U18 team. 

Holick played parts of four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Saskatoon & New Westminster & coached in the Western Hockey League for seven seasons with Kootenay & Prince George. Holick retired from professional hockey in 1994 after playing his final year of professional hockey in the CHL with the Dallas Freeze. Holick got into coaching in 1994 joining the Penticton Panthers during the 1994-95 season as an Assistant Coach. Holick has been coaching the past twenty six seasons coaching with nine different teams. 

Holick was Head Coach/GM of the 2006-07 Vernon Vipers. Holick left the Vipers in 2007 a week before training camp started. Holick left the Vipers for the Western Hockey League Kootenay Ice. 

Mark Holick's Player Profile:

Mark Holick - Elite Prospects