Cakebread on to NCAA at Niagara

For now, Niagara University’s gain is the Vernon Vipers’ loss. Forward Christian Cakebread accepted an offer to the NCAA Div. I program last week and has already left for school. The Purple Eagles benefitted already from his addition as he suited up immediately and scored a goal in their weekend series against conference rival Holy Cross. […]

Watson’s big week earns the BCHLPOW

Vernon Vipers defenceman Cooper Watson has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 11, the league announced Monday. Watson hit the scoresheet in all three games, helping the Vipers to a win and a tie in three outings. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound blueliner opened with an assist in a 3-1 […]

Brothers Jandric ink with Alaska

They are teammates now and in a couple of seasons, they will be teammates again in the NCAA. That’s the outlook for Vernon Vipers brothers Steven and Chris Jandric, who have both committed to the University of Alaska. Steven, a 1997-born forward, will head north next season. Chris, a 1998-born defenceman, will go to school […]

Butcher, Charleson commit to Buffalo State

Ben Butcher and Latrell Charleson became teammates last year with the Vernon Vipers and they’ll continue to be on the same side at the college level. Both have committed to play NCAA Div. III hockey at Buffalo State University starting this coming season. Butcher, a veteran of 218 BCHL games, posted 13 goals and 14 […]

And the winner is…

The results have been tallied up – and a winning team has been determined – for the 2015-16 BCHL Five Hole for Food (FHFF) Challenge presented by First West Credit Union. The Vernon Vipers gathered 6,877 pounds of food on their FHFF night Nov. 28 to claim top spot. Altogether, the BCHL established a new […]

McCarthy commits to SAIT

Vernon Vipers captain Colton McCarthy has accepted an offer and will play Alberta college hockey next season with the Trojans of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. McCarthy finished second on the Vipers with 21 goals in the 2015-16 season, to go along with 12 assists and 97 penalty minutes. The Salmon Arm, B.C. product […]

Road to Tampa Bay starts Friday

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The NCAA Div. I opening round, and the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay, Fla., gets going Friday and BCHL graduates will take their fair share of the spotlight. All told, 56 BCHL alums (eight of whom are NHL draft picks, noted below with italics) will feature in […]

Willcox news highlights pro signings

(By Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) After completing a successful NCAA career with Cornell University, former Merritt Centennials defenceman Reece Willcox will now try the pros. The blueliner signed a contract Monday with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers after four seasons at Cornell. It is expected he will report to the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh […]

Round 2 Series Previews

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The Divisional finals start this Friday. Here is a preview for each series and key players to watch closely as we near puck drop. Mainland Chilliwack Chiefs (1) vs. (2) Wenatchee Wild How they got there: Chilliwack swept the Coquitlam Express in the opening round, and have been off […]

BCHL Alums feature heavily in WCHA postseason awards

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications) The WCHA awards heavily featured BCHL talents. Headlining the group was the Michigan Tech Huskies star forward Alex Petan, who was named WCHA Player of the Year and part of the All-WCHA First team. Petan led the Huskies with 17 goals and 30 points. The Coquitlam Express alum played […]