Saturday, July 30, 2022

Vernon Lakers/Vipers Alumni Salmond & Mallette Open Hlinka Gretzky Cup Pre-Tournament With Win Over Finland:

Former Vernon Lakers forward Scott Salmond & former Vernon Vipers

Associate Coach Kris Mallette & Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team opened the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup pre-tournament Friday with a 6-0 victory over Finland.

Here is the full story from the Red Deer Advocate,

Canada crushes Finland in pre-tournament shutout - Red Deer Advocate


Game Summary | 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship - 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup - Canada - Finland

Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team open the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup tournament Sunday vs Switzerland.

Salmond is Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team senior vice-president. Salmond has been involved with Team Canada from 2001-2022.

Salmond played parts of two years in Vernon (1988-1990) before being traded to the Kelowna Spartans during the 1989-90 season. In 52 games with the Vernon Lakers, Salmond collected (7-goals-26-assists-33-points). Salmond played in the BCJHL with Vernon, Kelowna, Bellingham & Merritt. 

Scott Salmond's Player/Coaching Profile:

Scott Salmond - Elite Prospects

Mallette is an Assistant Coach with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, has spent the previous two seasons as Head Coach of the Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets.

Mallette is a Rockets Alumni (1996-1999) is in his eighth season with the Rockets. Mallette spent six seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Rockets from 2014-2020 before being named Head Coach March 2nd 2020.

Mallette played ten seasons in the ECHL, UHL, CHL & IHL with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Ashville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo & Flint from 2000-2009 before retiring from professional hockey in 2009. Mallette spent three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League as an Assistant Coach & Head Coach of the North Okanagan Knights. 

Mallette spent one season in Vernon as an Associate Coach with the 2013-14 Vernon Vipers. Mallette left the Vipers after the 2013-14 season, returning to Kelowna in 2014. Mallette was named Rockets Assistant Coach July 4th 2014.

Kris Mallette's Player/Coaching Profile:


Marty said...

This a year that we can truly judge Jason McKee. He has no players left from other coaches, few COVID concerns nor does he have the "Jack Glen factor" where his hands were tied on roster. I think it is reasonable to expect more consistency and a better result than from previous years. It is time to return to being an elite Junior team and give Penticton a run for their money. This year should tell if McKee is a good coach/GM or just an average one. He certainly has a lot of recruits coming in with big promise but the jury is still out if he can form a good team with these players. If the Vipers are as inconsistent as in previous years or if the prized recruits are sent packing I think the loyal Vipers fans will start getting restless. It is time for the McKee/Glen era to kick it up a notch.

PaulyWog54 said...

McKee Regular Season Record:
190 GP, 96W, 94L = 50.5 W%
Third worst for the franchise since the 1983-84 season.
Behind only Joe Oliver, 40W% and Jason Williamson, 48.2W%

Need we say more!

PaulyWog54 said...

Seasons GP W L T W% COACH
83-84 to 84-85 111 73 36 2 67.5 Enemark
1985-86 52 28 21 3 56.7 Moores
86-87 to 88-89 164 115 46 3 71 Gare
89-90 to 91-92 178 104 63 11 58.7 Johnstone
92-93 to 95-96 240 137 101 2 57.5 Bremner
96-97 to 99-00 300 185 115 0 61.6 Mick
2000-01 60 24 36 0 40 Oliver
01-02 to 04-05 300 183 113 4 61.6 Vandekamp
2005-06 60 36 22 2 60 Pimm
2006-07 60 37 22 1 61.6 Holick
07-08 to 10-11 240 165 136 7 70.2 Ferner
11-12 to 13-14 174 81 87 6 48.2 Williamson
14-15 to 18-19 290 155 126 9 55 Ferner
19-20 to 21-22 190 96 94 0 50.5 McKee

Marty said...

Yes Paul, the numbers don't lie do they? It is especially disappointing that the Vipers used to be one of the premier Junior teams in the BCHL and ranked consistently high in overall Canada rankings. Under the previous ownership not only did we have good coaching but our recruiting was exceptional, elite players lined up to come to Vernon. Now Penticton is the desirable location and the Vee's record proves it. I admit that we were spoiled and that is why it is frustrating now. As I said it is time for the McKee/Glen era to kick it up a notch". Inconsistency and mediocrity is not good enough, quit talking and start showing.

Dustin said...

Nah, it’s time for them to sell the team altogether. And get rid of the horrendous off-ice staff that haven’t improved in 15 years. Not sure there’s a staff member who has gotten better from one year to the next. The amazing volunteers can stay!