Monday, October 31, 2022

Vernon Vipers 2022 Halloween Special Quiz Video:

The Vernon Vipers come out with their annual Halloween quiz video released in time for Halloween.

Here is the Vipers Halloween special from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

Vernon Vipers 2022 Halloween Special - YouTube

Ex Viper Sandhu Transfers To UBC:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Jordan Sandhu has transferred from

Arizona State University to UBC.

Here is the press release from the UBC Thunderbirds website,


Large, talented crop mark T-Birds 2022 recruit class - University of British Columbia Athletics (gothunderbirds.ca)


Sandhu played the past four seasons (2018-2022) at Arizona State University.


Sandhu played one season in Vernon with the 2017-18 Vernon Vipers. The Vipers traded Luke Gingras & future considerations to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs June 26th 2017 for Jordan Sandhu. In 51 games with the Vipers Sandhu collected (10-goals-21-assists-31-points).


Jordan Sandhu's Player Profile:

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Merritt 4 Vernon 2

The Merritt Centennials improve to 4-8-1-0 after a 4-2 victory over the 6-6-0-1 Vernon Vipers in front of 412 fans at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Vernon Vipers @ Merritt Centennials Sunday, October 30, 2022 | BCHL League Site

Game Report,

Game Report (hockeytech.com)

Text Box Score,

Official statistics powered by LeagueStat.com (hockeytech.com)

Vernon Vipers-Cranbrook Bucks Highlight's:

Here are the Vernon Vipers-Cranbrook Bucks game highlights from Kal Tire Place in Vernon October 29th 2022.

Here are the highlights from the Cranbrook Bucks YouTube page,

October 29, 2022 Cranbrook Bucks vs Vernon Vipers - YouTube

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (6-5-0-1) @ Merritt (3-8-1-0) 2pm

Today is the first of five regular season meetings vs the Merritt Centennials. The Vipers went 5-0 vs Merritt during the 2021-22 season

Vernon's record & stats vs the Centennials since 2002

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 81-27-11-4 vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Merritt 471-314

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 40-10-2-5 at home vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 35-14-6-3 in Merritt

The Vipers are 10-0-0-0 in their last ten games vs Merritt

The Vipers are 9-1-0-0 vs Merritt in their last ten games in Merritt

The Vipers are 10-0-0-0 vs Merritt in their last ten games in Vernon

Vernon's last win at home vs Merritt was a 4-1 victory on Saturday, March 19th 2022

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Vernon 1 Cranbrook 0

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey in Vernon my whole life. My family watched Senior mens hockey in Vernon in the 1950's and has been watching Junior hockey in Vernon since it started in 1961. I have two family members that played Junior hockey in Vernon. I have had season tickets since 1990 and missed 5 home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. I started and created this blog in November 2008 and have over 2.2 million viewers. For anyone who couldn't watch or attend tonight's Vipers game, here are my thoughts and views from tonight's hockey game. You may agree or disagree, but we all have our own opinion on the hockey game and see things differently. I try to be professional and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Bucks game as Vernon defeated Cranbrook 1-0 in front of 1,778 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon Vipers: Ethan David
Cranbrook Bucks: Carter Capton

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Game Preview: Cranbrook @ Vernon:

Cranbrook (7-4-1-0) @ Vernon (5-5-0-1) 6pm

Tonight is the first of five regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Cranbrook Bucks. The Vipers went 4-2 vs Cranbrook last season

Vernon's record & stats vs the Bucks since 2021 (The Bucks were an expansion team for the 2020-21 season)

Since the 2021-22 regular season Vernon is 4-2-0-0 vs Cranbrook

Since the 2021-22 regular season Vernon has outscored Cranbrook 15-14

Since the 2021-22 regular season Vernon is 2-2-0-0 at home vs Cranbrook

Since the 2021-22 regular season Vernon is 2-0-0-0 in Cranbrook

The Vipers are 2-2-0-0 in their last ten home games vs Cranbrook

The Vipers are 2-0-0-0 in their last ten road games vs Cranbrook

The Vipers last regular season win at home vs. Cranbrook was a 3-2 shootout victory on Sunday, March 13th 2022

The Bucks last regular season win in Vernon was a 3-2 victory on Saturday, February 12th 2022

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Former Vernon Laker Chase Sentenced To 23 Months In Jail:

Former Vernon Lakers defenceman/Assistant Coach Keith Chase was sentenced to 23 months in jail for sexually assaulting a teen girl.

Here is the story from Castanet.net,


Chase currently owns Chasers Bottle depot in Vernon.

Chase played parts of four seasons in Vernon from 1982-1985 before being traded to the Merritt Centennials during the 1984-85 season. Chase would return to Vernon after being traded back to the Lakers and played his final two seasons in Vernon from 1986-1988. After his junior hockey career ended, Chase joined the Vernon Lakers as an assistant coach from 1988-1991. In 94 games with the Lakers, Chase collected (3-goals-11-assists-12-points).

The Vernon Lakers were around from 1980-1995 before changing their name to the Vernon Vipers in 1995.

Keith Chase's Player Profile:

Clarke Commits To Dartmouth College:

Vernon Vipers goaltender Roan Clarke has committed to

Dartmouth College.

Here is the press release from the Vernon Vipers website,

Clarke Commits To Dartmouth | Vernon Vipers

Roan Clarke's Player Profile:

Roan Clarke - Elite Prospects

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Vernon Vipers Lose Longtime Fan:

Long time Vernon Vipers fan Harvey Arychuk has passed away.

Harvey Leslie Arychuk 1948-2022

Arychuk has been following/watching Junior hockey in Vernon since the 1960's.

Here is the obituary from the Vernon Morning Star,

Harvey Leslie Arychuk – Vernon Morning Star

Islanders Sign Former Vipers Forward Lambert:

The American Hockey League Bridgeport Islanders have signed

former Vernon Vipers forward Jimmy Lambert.

Here is the press release from the Bridgeport Islanders website,


Lambert played the past four seasons at the University of Michigan from 2018-2022.

The Bridgeport Islanders signed Lambert April 18th 2022 on an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).

Lambert attended the Calgary Flames development camp in 2018 & the New York Islanders development camp in 2019.

Lambert played three seasons in Vernon from 2015-2018. In 156 games with the Vipers, Lambert collected (57-goals-85-assists-142-points).

Jimmy Lambert's Player Profile:

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

BCHL Arena Rankings:

Here is a look at all eighteen BCHL arenas ranked attendance from smallest to biggest.

Here is the BCHL Arena Rankings video from the VIJHL KING YouTube page,

Vernon Vipers Alumni Volpatti Releases New Book:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Aaron Volpatti has released his latest book, Fighter: Defying the NHL odds.

Here is the story from Castanet.net,


Vernon hockey player's inspirational comeback from terrible burns to career in NHL chronicled in book - Vernon News - Castanet.net


Here is the story from Vernonmatters.ca,


Former NHL’er Volpatti holds book launch in Vernon | Vernon Matters


Volpatti played four years at Brown University from 2006-2010 before signing as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks on March 22, 2010. Volpatti played parts of two and a half seasons with the Canucks before being claimed off waivers by the Washington Capitals February 28th 2013. Volpatti played parts of five years in the NHL with Vancouver & Washington before retiring due to injury in 2015. Volpatti played two seasons with his hometown Revelstoke Grizzlies from 2001-2003. The Grizzlies retired Volpatti's jersey #19 February 17th 2018.

Volpatti played three seasons in Vernon from 2003-2006. In 137 regular season games with the Vipers Volpatti collected (13-goals-24-assists-37-points). 

Aaron Volpatti's Player Profile:

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Compton Listed By NHL Central Scouting:

Vernon Vipers defenceman Dylan Compton is one of nine players listed

on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list.

Here is the press release from the BCHL website,

12 current, former and future BCHL players listed by NHL Central Scouting | BCHL League Site

Compton has committed to Northeastern University for the 2023-24 season.

Dylan Compton's Player Profile:

Dylan Compton - Elite Prospects

Bulldogs Add Former Viper Chalmers To Roster:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League Blackfalds Bulldogs have

added former Vernon Vipers defenceman Connor Chalmers to their roster.

No official press release from the Blackfalds Bulldogs, but Chalmers is listed on their roster.

In 11 games with the Bulldogs, Chalmers has (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).

Chalmers has committed to the University of Maine for the 2023-24 season.

Chalmers committed to the Vernon Vipers December 6th 2021 for the 2022-23 season. Chalmers went pointless in 4 preseason games with the Vernon Vipers before being released before the start of the 2022-23 regular season.

Connor Chalmer's Player Profile:

Conner Chalmers - Elite Prospects

Monday, October 24, 2022

Ranking Of Best Jr A Leagues For NCAA Hockey Recruitment:

Advancement Hockey Advising ranks the best Jr. A leagues to advance to the NCAA level. 

Here is the ranking of the best Jr. A leagues from Advancement Hockey Advising YouTube page,

Updated Ranking of Best Jr A Leagues for NCAA Hockey Recruitment - 2022 Version - YouTube

Former Vernon Lakers Captain Gronick Is In Sixth Year As Manager Of Program Operations At Regina’s Co-Operators Centre:

Former Vernon Lakers forward/captain Russell Gronick

is in his sixth year as manager of program operations at Regina's Co-operators Centre.

Here is a story from two years ago on Russ Gronick.

Here is the story from cjme.com,

Ice-making: The coolest job to have during a heat wave | 980 CJME

Gronick played parts of two seasons at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology from 1995-1997 before retiring from hockey.

Gronick played two seasons with his hometown Regina Pats from 1992-1994 before finishing his Junior hockey career with the 1994-95 Vernon Lakers. In 57 games with the Lakers, Gronick collected (27-goals-52-assists-79-points).

The Vernon Lakers were around from 1980-1995 before changing their name to the Vernon Vipers in 1995.

Russell Gronick's Player Profile:

Russ Gronick - Elite Prospects

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Former Viper Latta Transfers To Bentley University:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Josh Latta has transferred from

the University of Massachusetts Lowell to Bentley University.

Here is the tweet from the Bentley Falcons twitter account,


Bentley Hockey on Twitter: "Josh Latta joins our program as a transfer from UMass-Lowell. A left shot forward, he played two seasons with the River Hawks and in 2021 was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team. He's originally from West Vancouver, BC Welcome! https://t.co/8l3Ufz3Ahn" / Twitter


Latta committed to the University of Alabama Huntsville for the 2019-20 season. Latta transferred from the University of Alabama Huntsville after one season to the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Latta spent parts of two seasons in Vernon (2017-2019) The Salmon Arm Silverbacks traded Josh Latta to Vernon December 30th 2017 for Brandon Whistle. In 68 games with the Vipers Latta collected (20-goals-25-assists-45-points).

Josh Latta's Player Profile:

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL News & Trades:

Chilliwack-Fort McMurray Trade:

Chiefs Trade Muller to Fort McMurray Oil Barons - Chilliwack Chiefs

Cowichan-Bonnyville Trade:

Capitals acquire 19 year old Cole Melady from Bonnyville | Cowichan Capitals

West Kelowna-Calgary Trade:

NEWS: Warriors Trade Defenseman Davidson To Calgary In AJHL | West Kelowna Warriors

Bucks Name Bentham Captain:

Cranbrook Bucks 2022-23 Leadership Group | Cranbrook Bucks

Centennials Make Trades:

Centennials Make Two Roster Moves | Merritt Centennials

Clippers Add Sajevic To Roster:

Clippers add Nick Sajevic to the roster | Nanaimo Clippers

Chilliwack-Drayton Valley Trade:

Chiefs Trade Savage to Drayton Valley of AJHL - Chilliwack Chiefs

Powell River-Coquitlam Trade:

Kings make trade with Express | Powell River Kings Junior A Hockey Club

Spruce Kings Add Cousins To Roster:

Spruce Kings acquire Scott Cousins | Prince George Spruce Kings

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Add Anderson To Roster:

Silverbacks acquire Dylan Anderson | Salmon Arm Silverbacks (sasilverbacks.com)

Veteran Blue Line Leads Grizzlies Into BC Hockey League Season:

Veteran blue line leads Victoria Grizzlies into B.C. Hockey League season | Victoria Grizzlies

Wenatchee Wild Name Draude New Broadcaster:

Wild Welcome Austin Draude As Team’s New Media, Broadcast Manager | Wenatchee Wild (wenatcheewildhockey.com)

Warriors Finalize Leadership Group:

NEWS: Warriors Finalize Leadership Group | West Kelowna Warriors

Chilliwack-Des Moines Trade:

Chiefs Acquire Maine Committed Goaltender Szyszka - Chilliwack Chiefs

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Prince George 8 Vernon 0

I was born and raised in Vernon, BC and been watching/following Junior hockey in Vernon my whole life. My family watched Senior mens hockey in Vernon in the 1950's and has been watching Junior hockey in Vernon since it started in 1961. I have two family members that played Junior hockey in Vernon. I have had season tickets since 1990 and missed 5 home games since 2004 and 46 home games since 1990. I started and created this blog in November 2008 and have over 2.2 million viewers. For anyone who couldn't watch or attend tonight's Vipers game, here are my thoughts and views from tonight's hockey game. You may agree or disagree, but we all have our own opinion on the hockey game and see things differently. I try to be professional and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Spruce Kings game as Prince George defeated Vernon 8-0 in front of 1,730 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon Vipers: Roan Clarke
Prince George Spruce Kings: Jordan Fairlie

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Game Preview: Prince George @ Vernon:

Prince George (6-3-0-1) @ Vernon (5-4-0-1) 6pm

Tonight is the fourth of seven regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings. Prince George leads the season series 2-1

Vernon's record & stats vs the Spruce Kings since 2002

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 51-27-2-4-2 vs Prince George

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Prince George 309-232

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 21-9-2-4-1 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 22-15-0-1-1 in Prince George

The Vipers are 4-4-0-1-1 in their last ten games vs Prince George

The Vipers are 7-1-1-0-1 in their last ten home games vs Prince George

The Vipers are 7-1-0-1 in their last ten games in Prince George

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Traktor Chelyabinsk Sign Ex Vernon Viper Hammond:

The KHL Traktor Chelyabinsk have signed former Vernon Vipers

goaltender Andrew Hammond.

Here is the press release from TSN.ca,


Andrew Hammond Ottawa Senators Montreal Canadiens signs in KHL - TSN.ca


Hammond recently signed a professional tryout with the Florida Panthers August 10th 2022 but didn't report to the Panthers.


Hammond finished the 2021-22 season with the New Jersey Devils. Hammond spent the 2021-22 season with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild, Montreal Canadiens and the New Jersey Devils. 

Hammond started the 2021-22 season with the Minnesota Wild but was playing with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild, before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens February 12th 2022. The Canadiens traded Hammond to New Jersey March 21st 2022. 

Hammond spent the 2020-21 season on the Minnesota Wild's taxi squad. Traktor Chelyabinsk will be Hammond's tenth team since 2017. Hammond has also played for Ottawa, Colorado, Montreal, Minnesota, Buffalo & New Jersey. Prior to joining the Montreal Canadiens, Hammond hadn't played in the NHL since the 2017-18 season where he split the season between the Colorado Avalanche and American Hockey League Bellville Senators and San Antonio Rampage.

Hammond played four years at Bowling Green University from 2009-2013 before signing his first professional contract with the Ottawa Senators March 20th 2013.

Hammond made his NHL/Senators debut February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond recorded his first NHL victory February 18th 2015 making 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Hammond is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 21 wins in his first 27 career NHL games.

Hammond played parts of two seasons in Vernon from 2007-2009. The Surrey Eagles traded Hammond to Vernon during the 2007-08 season. In 52 games with the Vipers, Hammond went 33-15-1 with 6 shutouts.

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

Vernon Vipers Lose Longtime Season Ticket Holder:

Long time Vernon Vipers season ticket holder Don Woolsey has passed away. 

Don Keith Woolsey 1935-2022

Here is the obituary from the Vernon Morning Star,

Donald Keith Woolsey – Vernon Morning Star

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Vernon Vipers-Langley Rivermen Highlight's:

Here are the Vernon Vipers-Langley Rivermen game highlight's from the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack October 20th 2022.

Here are the highlight's from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

[2022-10-20] Vernon vs Langley W3-2 - YouTube

BCHL Showcase: Vernon 3 Langley 2

The Vernon Vipers improve to 5-4-0-1 after a 3-2 victory over the 0-8-0-2 Langley Rivermen at the BCHL Showcase from the Chilliwack Coliseum.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Langley Rivermen @ Vernon Vipers Thursday, October 20, 2022 | BCHL League Site

Game Report,

Game Report (hockeytech.com)

Text Box Score,

Official statistics powered by LeagueStat.com (hockeytech.com)

Game Preview: BCHL Showcase - Langley vs Vernon:

Langley (0-7-0-2) vs Vernon (4-4-0-1) 10am

Today is the first of two regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Langley Rivermen. The Rivermen went 2-0 vs Vernon during the 2019-20 season

Vernon's record & stats vs the Rivermen since 2003

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 17-9-1-4-1 vs Langley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Langley 113-90

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-6-0-1 at home vs Langley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 9-3-1-3-1 in Langley

Vernon's last regular season win in Langley was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, November 3rd 2018

Langley's last regular season win at home vs Vernon was a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday, November 15th 2019

Vernon's last regular season win at home vs Langley was a 5-1 victory on Friday, February 9th 2018

Langley's last regular season win in Vernon was a 3-1 victory on Saturday, November 23rd 2019

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Vernon Vipers-Alberni Valley Bulldogs Highlight's:

Here are the Vernon Vipers-Alberni Valley Bulldogs game highlight's from the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack October 19th 2022.

Here are the highlight's from the Vernon Vipers YouTube page,

[2022-10-19] Vernon vs Alberni Valley W5-3 - YouTube

Here are the highlight's from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs YouTube page,

Vernon Vipers 5 Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3 - YouTube

Vernon Vipers forward Lee Parks talks about his 5 points this afternoon in the win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Here is Lee Parks interview from the BCHL twitter account,

Vernon Vipers on Twitter: "RT @BCHockeyLeague: 🎥 Lee Parks, forward for the @VernonVipers, speaks about his 5-point performance against Alberni, why he chose to go to…" / Twitter

BCHL Showcase: Vernon 5 Alberni Valley 3

The Vernon Vipers improve to 4-4-0-1 after a 5-3 victory over the 4-4-1-0 Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the BCHL Showcase from the Chilliwack Coliseum.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Vernon Vipers @ Alberni Valley Bulldogs Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | BCHL League Site

Game Report,

Game Report (hockeytech.com)

Text Box Score,

Official statistics powered by LeagueStat.com (hockeytech.com)

Game Preview: BCHL Showcase - Vernon vs Alberni Valley

Vernon (3-4-0-1) vs Alberni Valley (4-3-1-0) 1pm

Today is the first and only regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Vipers went 1-1 vs Alberni Valley last season

Vernon's record & stats vs the Bulldogs since 2003

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 24-6-3-2-1 vs Alberni Valley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Alberni Valley 138-80

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 13-3-0-2 at home vs Alberni Valley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 10-3-2-0-1 in Alberni Valley

Since the BCHL Showcase opened in 2012-13 Vernon is 1-0-0-1 vs Alberni Valley at the Showcase

The Vipers are 10-0-0-0 in their last ten home games vs the Bulldogs

The Vipers are 8-1-1-0-1 in their last ten games in Alberni Valley

The Vipers are 6-2-0-1-0-1 in their last ten games vs Alberni Valley

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Rocket Sign Vipers Alumni Stapley:

The American Hockey League Laval Rocket have signed former Vernon

Vipers forward Brett Stapley.

Here is the press release from the Laval Rocket website,


Stapley played the past four seasons at the University of Denver. In 41 games with the Pioneers last season, Stapley collected (18-goals-25-assists-43-points).

Stapley attended the Anaheim Ducks development camp in 2017 & the Montreal Canadiens development camp in 2020. Stapley was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in Round 7 of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Stapley played three seasons in Vernon from 2015-2018. In 153 games with the Vipers, Stapley collected (47-goals-74-assists-121-points).

Brett Stapley's Player Profile: