Vernon Vipers

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Vernon Vipers
Vernon Vipers logo.svg
City Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
League British Columbia Hockey League
ConferenceInterior
Founded1961 (1961)–62
Home arena Kal Tire Place
ColoursRed, navy, gold, white
    
Owner(s)John Glen
Tom Glen
Head coach Jason McKee
Website www.vipers.bc.ca/
Franchise history
1961–1962Vernon Jr. Canadians
1962–1967Vernon Blades
1967–1973Vernon Essos
1973–1979Vernon Vikings
1980–1983Vernon Lakers
1983–1984Vernon Rockets
1984–1995Vernon Lakers
1995–presentVernon Vipers

The Vernon Vipers are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Interior Conference of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at Kal Tire Place.

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History

The Vernon Jr. Canadians, Penticton Jr. Vees, Kelowna Buckaroos and Kamloops Rockets, four junior "B" teams, formed the Okanagan-Mainline Junior Hockey League in 1961 on the advice and determination of Canadians owner Bill Brown. [1]

After their inaugural season the Canadians changed their name to "Vernon Blades" [2] and kept that name until the start of the 1967–68 season.

In the playoffs of 1970 the "Vernon Essos", as they were called, captured the league championship and Mowat Cup (BC). They also automatically advanced to the Abbott Cup (Western Canada) because the AJHL champions did not want to contest for the BC/Alta Championship (now called the Doyle Cup). In the 1970 Abbott Cup, the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League defeated Vernon 4 games to none. [3]

The Essos repeated as league champions and Mowat Cup winners in 1972, only to lose to the Red Deer Rustlers for the BC/Alta Championship, 4 games to 2. [4]

For the start of the 1973–74 season the Vernon Essos became the Vernon Vikings. They remained the Vikings until the end of the 1977–78 season. [5] The team took a leave of absence for the 1979–80 season.

In the 1980–81 season, as the Vernon Lakers, the team only won 8 games out of the 56 played. They next season, they won only 10 of 47 games. It was not until the 1982–83 season that Lakers began to gradually improve. In the 1988 playoffs, the team made it to the Doyle Cup. In 1989, the Lakers started the first of four consecutive trips to the National Championships, which saw them win two Centennial Cups (1990 and 1991), three Abbott Cups, three Doyle Cups, four Mowat Cups, four league championships, and five conference championships. [6]

In the 1990 Centennial Cup final, Vernon (as host) faced the heavily favored New Westminster Royals, who had previously defeated Vernon in the league finals. It was the first televised Centennial Cup Final. The game had New Westminster take the lead into the third period, 5–3 before Cam Sylven tied the game for the Lakers, 5–5, in the third period to force overtime. He scored once again in overtime on a breakaway for the 6–5 win and the first of two Centennial Cups for the Lakers. [7]

The Lakers repeated as Centennial Cup winners in 1991 defeating the Sudbury Cubs of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, 8–4. [8] They also contested for the national finals in 1992, but lost in the semifinals to the Winkler Flyers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, 5–2. [9] [ circular reference ]

The Vernon franchise would not return to the national tournament for another four years. In 1996, the team had rebranded as the Vernon Vipers and the trophy was the inaugural Royal Bank Cup. It was one of Vernon's best seasons as they finished the regular season with a 43–13–4 record. The Vipers defeated the Langley Thunder for the league title, four games to one, before defeating the Prince George Spruce Kings (Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League) for the Mowat Cup, three games to none. They then faced the Saint Albert Saints (Alberta Junior Hockey League) team winning four games to three to claim the Doyle Cup.The Abbott Cup, which was now awarded during the Royal Bank Cup round-robin play, was given to Melfort Mustangs (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) as they defeated Vipers, 5–1. The Vipers had an even round-robin, winning two games and losing two. The Newmarket 87's of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League were the Vipers' next opponent in the semifinals, which they won, 7–4. In the final, the met the host Melfort Mustangs, avenging their lose in the semifinals, winning by a score of 2–0. [10]

Three years after winning the inaugural Royal Bank Cup, Vernon won another in 1999. The Vipers finished the season with a 52–6–2 record, then went on to defeat the Chilliwack Chiefs for the league title, the Fred Page Cup. They won the Mowat Cup over the Kimberley Dynamiters (RMJHL) four games to one, but it was the first time a team from the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League defeated a team from the BCHL. The Doyle Cup was also won by Vernon, four games to one, over the Calgary Canucks (AJHL). The Vipers struggled in the Royal Bank Cup tournament, winning only once during round-robin play, but was enough to claim the Abbott Cup by defeating the Estevan Bruins (SJHL), 3–2. Vernon still managed to advance to the semifinals based on the one win and in that semifinals, the Bramalea Blues (OPJHL) were defeated by a score of 3–2. The Vipers then defeated the Charlottetown Abbies (Maritime Junior A Hockey League), 9–3, claiming the franchise's fourth national championship in ten years. [11] The 1999 Viper team was inducted in the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame in 2016. [12]

In the 2000–01 season, the Vernon Vipers failed to make the playoffs, the first time since 1982.

In 2009, the Vipers swept through the league playoffs, defeating the Penticton Vees four games to one, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks four games to two and the Powell River Kings four games to two, for the league championship. [13] The Vernon Vipers then swept the regional and national series with ten straight wins and no losses. They defeated the Grande Prairie Storm for the Doyle Cup, [14] [ circular reference ] and in the Royal Bank Cup Tournament they defeated all teams in the round-robin: the Kingston Voyageurs, 6–3, in the semifinal and the Humboldt Broncos, 2–0, in the final, winning the franchise's fifth national title and third Royal Bank Cup. With five national titles, Vernon is the only junior A franchise to have that distinction. [15]

In 2010, the Vipers were league and divisional winners with 105 points, second all-time for the franchise, finishing with a league record of 51–6–0–3. Having avoided the elimination round, the Vipers met up with the fifth place Quesnel Millionaires in the quarterfinals, defeating them four games to two. The Penticton Vees were the Vipers' next opponent in the semifinals, also defeated by a result of four games to two. In the BCHL finals, the Vipers once again took on the Powell River Kings. The Kings took Vernon to a game seven, which the Vipers won by a score of 3–1, advancing to the Doyle Cup. The Doyle Cup series also went to seven games against the Spruce Grove Saints, with Vernon winning 7–3. The 2010 National Junior A Tournament was held in Dauphin, Manitoba. The Vernon Vipers record in the round-robin was 3–1 and advanced to the semifinal against the Brockville Braves, winning 2–0. In the final against the host team, the Dauphin Kings, the Vipers won 8–1, giving the Vernon Vipers their fourth Royal Bank Cup and sixth national championship for Vernon. [16] The Vipers were the third team that had won back-to-back national championships, the previous two being in 1981 and 1982 Prince Albert Raiders and the 1990 and 1991 Vernon Lakers. [17]

The Vernon Vipers fourth national title tied them with the Prince Albert Raiders, although it is the sixth for the franchise, a new Canadian record. [18] In 2014, the Vipers were once again in the national tournament, as hosts, setting a record of ten appearances. [19]

Season-by-season history

Royal Bank Cup Abbott Cup Doyle Cup Mowat Cup League Champions
VERNON JUNIOR CANADIANS
Season Division Regular season [lower-alpha 1] Playoffs [lower-alpha 2]
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1961–624th2972111595182523Lost Semifinals, 2–3 (Buckaroos)
VERNON BLADES
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1962–633rd31922018114145514Lost Semifinals, 1–4 (Buckaroos)
1963–643rd34727014124219725Third place round robin
1964–654th30101642499132514Lost Semifinals, 1–4 (Buckaroos)
1965–664th3042519100212404Lost Semifinals, 0–4 (Kraft Kings)
1966–673rd401525030514Lost Semifinals, 1–4 (Broncos)
VERNON ESSOS
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1967–683rd401917442213218404Lost Semifinals, 0–4 (Broncos)
1968–693rd401915644177191404Lost Semifinals, 0–4 (Cougars)
1969–701st4832124682451511587Won Semifinals, 4–1 (Centennials)
Won Final, 4–2 (Cougars)
Mowat Cup, Automatic Winners
Lost Abbott Cup, 0–4 (Red Wings)
1970–71Interior2nd603420674285248514 Lost in Div. Semifinals, 1–4 (Rockets)
1971–721st60421718518108Won Semifinals, 4–1 (Bruins)
Won Final, 4–3 (Broncos)
Mowat Cup, Automatic Winners
Lost Pacific Centennial Cup Regional, 2–4 (Rustlers)
1972–73Interior4th612733155292287514Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–4 (Rockets)
VERNON VIKINGS
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1973–74Interior3rd643726175340302404Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–4 (Broncos)
1974–75Interior3rd6631332643273431046Won Div. Semifinals, 4–2 (Broncos)
Lost Div. Final, 0–4 (Buckaroos)
1975–761st66471819539024710 [lower-alpha 3] 4.55.5Won Quarterfinals, 8pts–2pts (Bruins)
Lost Semifinals, 1pt–9pts (Vees)
1976–77Interior3rd682937260259321624Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 (Vees)
1977–78Interior6th661056020251486Did not qualify
VERNON CANADIANS
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1978–79Interior3rd623229165345338624Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 (Rockets)
1979–80Team took a leave of absence
VERNON LAKERS
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1980–81Interior5th56848016205435Did not qualify
1981–82Interior5th471036222182304Did not qualify
1982–83Interior2nd563520171280235734Lost Div. Semifinals, 3–4 (Knights)
1983–84Interior2nd604515090452276624Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 (Buckaroos)
1984–85Interior2nd512821258261262734Lost Div. Semifinals, 3–4 (Centennials)
1985–86Interior3rd5228213593382817343326Lost Div. Semifinals, 3–4 (Packers)
1986–87Interior2nd52331726838125710644547Won Div. Semifinals, 4–0 (Knights)
Lost Div. Final, 2–4 (Packers)
1987–88Interior1st5242100843812161914512075Won Div. Semifinals, 4–0 (Centennials)
Won Div. Final, 4–0 (Knights)
Won BCJHL Final, 4–1 (Sockeyes)
Won Mowat Cup, 2–0 (North Stars)
Lost Doyle Cup, 0–4 (Canucks)
1988–89Interior1st60401918137625631229146112Won Div. Semifinals, 4–1 (Packers)
Won Div. Final, 4–0 (Centennials)
Won BCJHL Final, 4–1 (Royals)
Won Mowat Cup, 2–0 (Mustangs)
Won Doyle Cup, 4–2 (Rustlers)
Won Abbott Cup, 4–2 (Broncos)
4th place Centennial Cup round robin
1989–90Interior1st5833205713302291912792731st place Interior round robin
Lost BCJHL Final, 2–4 (Royals)
Second place Centennial Cup round robin
Won Centennial Cup Semifinals, 11–5 (Hawks)
Won Centennial Cup Final, 6–5 (OT) (Royals)
1990–91Interior3rd60372037735926628235170126Won Div. Semifinals, 4–0 (Spartans)
Won Div. Final, 4–2 (Chiefs)
Won .BCJHL Final, 4–0 (Paper Kings)
Won Mowat Cup, 3–0 (Spruce Kings)
Won Doyle Cup, 4–1 (Royals)
Won Abbott Cup, 5–4 (OT) (Terriers)
4th place Centennial Cup round robin
Won Centennial Cup Semifinals, 7–5 (Terriers)
Won Centennial Cup Final, 8–4 (Cubs)
1991–92Interior4th60342337134828630228168116Won Div. Semifinals, 4–2 (Spartans)
Won Div. Final, 4–2 (Chiefs)
Won BCJHL Final, 4–0 (Ice Hawks)
Won Mowat Cup, 3–0 (Spruce Kings)
Won Doyle Cup, 4–2 (Grizzlys)
Won Abbott Cup, 5–3 (Flyers)
1st place Centennial Cup round robin
Lost Centennial Cup Semifinals, 2–5 (Flyers)
1992–93Interior3rd6035232723362785141422Lost Div. Semifinals, 1–4 (Panthers)
1993–94Interior3rd60312906228631411473848Won Div. Semifinals, 4–3 (Panthers)
Lost Div. Final, 0–4 (Spartans)
1994–95Interior3rd6028284602972849544137Won Prelim. Round, 2–0 (Ice Hawks)
Lost Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Panthers)
VERNON VIPERS
Season Division Regular season Playoffs
FinishGPWLTOTLPtsGFGAGPWLGFGAResult
1995–96Interior1st60431349032421930237156102Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Clippers)
Won Semifinals, 4–0 (Capitals)
Won BCJHL Final, 4–1 (Thunder)
Won Mowat Cup, 3–0 (Spruce Kings)
Won Doyle Cup, 4–3 (Saints)
Lost Abbott Cup, 1–5 (Mustangs)
Third place Royal Bank Cup round robin
Won Royal Bank Cup Semifinals, 7–4 (87's)
Won Royal Bank Cup Final, 2–0 (Mustangs)
1996–97Interior1st60431458733921214955650Won in Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Centennials)
Won in Semifinals, 4–1 (Smoke Eaters)
Lost in BCHL Final, 1–4 (Eagles)
1997–98Interior2nd6033198742512297341725Lost in Quarterfinals, 3–4 (Smoke Eaters)
1998–99Interior1st6052621063051453022815088Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–1 (Centennials)
Won in Conference Final, 4–0 (Spruce Kings)
Won in BCHL Final, 4–1 (Chiefs)
Won in Mowat Cup, 3–1 (Dynamiters)
Won in Doyle Cup, 4–1 (Canucks)
Won in Abbott Cup, 3–2 (Mustangs)
Fourth place in Royal Bank Cup round robin
Won in Royal Bank Cup Semifinals, 3–2 (Blues)
Won in Royal Bank Cup Final, 9–3 (Abbies)
1999–00Interior2nd60352057524221618995664 Won in Conference Semifinals, 4–2 (Spruce Kings)
Won in Conference Final, 4–3 (Centennials)
Lost in BCHL Final, 1–4 (Chiefs)
2000–01Interior5th6024261058203225Did not qualify
2001–02Interior1st603321672243205171075240Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Centennials)
Won Conf. Final, 4–3 (Panthers)
Lost BCHL Final, 2–4 (Chiefs)
2002–03Interior1st6047120195273150171075240Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Panthers)
Won Conf. Final, 4–0 (Smoke Eaters)
Won BCHL Final, 4–0 (Chiefs)
Mowat Cup, Automatic Winners
Lost Doyle Cup, 2–4 (Kodiaks)
2003–04Interior2nd60371517822331825141317Lost Conf. Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Smoke Eaters)
2004–05Interior1st60429369323215614954041Won Conf. Semifinals, 4–0 (Vees)
Won in Conference Final, 4–1 (Spruce Kings)
Lost BCHL Final, 1–4 (Eagles)
2005–06Interior3rd603618247820516510553229Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 4–1 (Spruce Kings)
Lost Conf. Semifinals, 1–4 (Silverbacks)
2006–07Interior2nd6037191378246193221487053Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 4–2 (Warriors)
Won Conf. Semifinals, 4–1 (Smoke Eaters)
Won Conf. Final, 4–1 (Vees)
Lost BCHL Final, 2–4 (Clippers)
2007–08 Interior4th603620227623818510643531Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 3–0 (Smoke Eaters)
Lost Conf. Semifinals, 3–4 (Vees)
2008–09Interior1st60421413882231452520515290Won Conf. Semifinals, 4–1 (Vees)
Won Conf. Final, 4–2 (Silverbacks)
Won BCHL Final, 4–2 (Kings)
Mowat Cup, Automatic Winners
Won Doyle Cup, 4–0 (Storm)
1st place Royal Bank Cup RR
Won Royal Bank Cup Semifinals, 6–3 (Voyageurs)
Won Royal Bank Cup Final, 2–0 (Broncos)
2009–10Interior1st605160310529811932211111777Won Conf. Semifinals, 4–2 (Millionaires)
Won Conf. Final, 4–2 (Vees)
Won BCHL Final, 4–3 (Kings)
Mowat Cup, Automatic Winners
Won Doyle Cup, 4–3 (Saints)
2nd place Royal Bank Cup RR
Won Royal Bank Cup Semifinals, 2–0 (Braves)
Won Royal Bank Cup Final, 8–1 (Kings)
2010–11Interior1st6036114985197141282179359Won Conf. Semifinals, 4–2 (Warriors)
Won Conf. Final, 4–2 (Silverbacks)
Won BCHL Final, 4–0 (Kings)
Mowat Cup, Automatic Winners
Won Doyle Cup, 4–3 (Saints)
1st Place Royal Bank Cup RR (4–0)
Won RBC Semifinal vs (Dukes) 4–1
Lost RBC Final vs (Kings) 2–0
2011–12Interior5th6030271263208193Did not qualify
2012–13Interior6th5621251952139170Did not qualify
2013–14Interior3rd5830184670187175191096658Won Div. Semifinals, 4–2 (Warriors)
Won Div. Final, 4–3 (Vees)
Won Semifinal Round Robin 2–0
Lost BCHL Final, 0–4 (Express)
2014–15Interior
BCHL
2nd
4th
583618137621816111743231Won Div. Semifinals, 0–4 (Centennials)
Lost Div. Final, 3–4 (Vees)
2015–16Interior
BCHL
4th
12th
5824310351179206514921Lost Div. Semifinal, 1–4 (Vees)
2016–17Interior
BCHL
2 of 6
6 of 17
583019456918115812754027Won Div. Semifinals, 4–1 (Smoke Eaters)
Lost Div. Finals, 3–4 (Vees)
2017–18Interior
BCHL
2 of 7
2 of 17
583914418320511810552419Won Div. Quarterfinals, 4–0 (Silverbacks)
Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 (Wild)
2018–19 Interior
BCHL
4 of 7
8 of 17
58262111631661605411311Won First Round, 4–1 (Silverbacks)
Won Second Round, 4–3 (Smoke Eaters)
Won Semifinals, 4–1 (Wild)
Lost BCHL Finals, 0–4 (Spruce Kings)
2019–20 Interior
BCHL
5 of 7
8 of 17
58302404641741785412211Won First Round, 4–1 (Wild)
Playoffs Cancelled (COVID-19 pandemic)
2020–21 Pod1 of 320136-1286955Pod Season Only, No Playoffs
2021–22 Interior
BCHL
6 of 9
10 of 18
542723-4611521545141426Lost First Round, 1-4 (Warriors)
  1. Code explanation; GPGames Played, WWins, LLosses, TTied games, OTLOvertime/Shootout losses, GFGoals For, GAGoals Against, PtsPoints
  2. The result of the playoff series shows the team's result first regardless of the outcome, followed by opposite team in parenthesis.
  3. Both playoff series was a first to 8 points series which resulted in one tie game versus Penticton.

Notable alumni

Alumni who played in the National Hockey League

Other notable alumni

See also

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Preceded by Centennial Cup Champions
1990 and 1991
Succeeded by
Preceded by Royal Bank Cup Champions
1996
Succeeded by
Preceded by Royal Bank Cup Champions
1999
Succeeded by
Preceded by Royal Bank Cup Champions
2009 and 2010
Succeeded by