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Vernon Junior Hockey 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 advise and determination of Canadians owner Bill Brown.

Over the years the team has changed it’s name, here is a list of all former Vernon Junior Hockey team names.

1961–1962 Vernon Jr. Canadians
1962–1967 Vernon Blades
1967–1973 Vernon Essos
1973–1979 Vernon Vikings
1979-80 No Team
1980–1983 Vernon Lakers
1983–1984 Vernon Rockets
1984–1995 Vernon Lakers
1995–present Vernon Vipers

Hosted 1989 BCJHL All-Star Game

Hosted 1990 Centennial Cup
Hosted 2003 BCHL Prospects Game
Hosted 2009 BCHL All-Star Game

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Points Leader:

Connor Jones (2006-2010) Collected 208 Career Points In 170 Career Regular Season BCHL Games

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Assists Leader:

Kellen Jones (2006-2010) Collected 139 Career Assists In 161 Career Regular Season BCHL Games

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Games Played Leader:

Rob Short (2006-2010) Played In 229 Regular Season Career Games

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Goals Leader:

Hunter Bishop (2005-08) Scored 93 Career Goals In 140 Career Regular Season BCHL Games

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Penalty Minutes Leader:

Chris Crowell (2005-2009) Collected 596 Career Penalty Minutes In 213 Career Regular Season BCHL Games

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Points Per Season Leader: 

Jeff Cheeseman (1995-96) Collected 118 Points During the 1995-96 Regular Season Season

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Goals Per Season Leader:

Hunter Bishop (2005-08) Scored 57 Goals In The 2007-08 Regular Season Season

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Assists Per Season Leader:

Jeff Cheeseman (1995-96) Collected 68 Assists During the 1995-96 Regular Season Season

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Penalty Minutes Per Season Leader:

Ryan Singer (2000-2002) Collected 267 Pims In The 2000-01 Regular Season Season

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Goaltender With Most Regular Season Wins:

Derek Gustafson (1996-1999) Collected 39 Wins During The 1998-99 Regular Season

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Regular Season Winningest Goaltender:

Derek Gustafson (1996-99) Collected 82 Regular Season Victories In Three Season’s With The Vipers going 82-20-4

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Single Season Shutout Leader:

Andrew Hammond (2007-09) Collected Five Shutouts during the 2008-09 Regular Season

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Career Shutout Leader:

Andrew Hammond (2007-09) & Jon Olthuis (2004-06) Both Collected Six Career Regular Season Shutouts In Two Season’s

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Goaltender With Most Playoff Wins:

Nick Olynyk (2006-07) Collected Fourteen Playoff Victories During The 2006-07 Playoffs

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Playoff Career Winningest Goaltender:

Andrew Hammond (2007-09) Collected Fifteen Career Playoff Victories During Two Season’s Going 15-8 All-Time In BCHL Playoffs

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Single Playoff Shutout Leader:

Tyson Motz (2001-02) Collected Five Playoff Shutouts During The 2001-02 BCHL Playoffs (BCHL Record)

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Regular Season Winningest Coach:

Mark Ferner (2007-2011) Collected 165 Regular Season Career Victories With A Career Regular Season Record Of 165-51-7-17

Vernon Vipers Franchise All-Time Playoff Winningest Coach:

Mark Ferner (2007-2011) Collected 42 Career Playoff Victories With A Career Playoff Record Of 42-20

Vernon Vipers Forward, Doug Sheppard Scored The First Ever Goal In Vipers History In The Vipers Opening Game Of The 1995-96 Season In Trail

 

Vernon Junior Hockey Records:

 

Most Total Points In A Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers (52-6-2) 106 pts (1998-99)(Vernon Record)

Most Wins In A Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers 52 (1998-99) (BCHL Record, Tied With 1989-90 New Westminster Royals)

Most Consecutive Road Wins In One Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers 17 (2009-10) (Vernon Record)

Fewest Goals Allowed In A Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers (60 game schedule) 119 (2009-2010) (Vernon Record)

Most Goals Scored In One Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Rockets 452 (1983-84) (Vernon Record)

Most Losses In A Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vikings 56 (1977-78) (BCHL Record)

Most Consecutive Victories In A Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers 22 (1998-99) (Vernon Record)

Longest Unbeaten Streak By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers 34 (1998-99) (Vernon Record)

Most Shoot-Out Losses In A Season By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Vipers (3-8) 8 (1997-98) (BCHL Record)

Most Consecutive Playoff Series Lost By A Vernon Team:

Vernon 8 (’62 -’69) (BCHL Record)

Most Goals Scored In A Playoff Game By A Vernon Player:

Jeff Cheeseman, Vernon 6 (1996) (Won 6-4 at Cowichan Valley) (BCHL Record)

Most Playoff Shutouts In One Playoff Season:

Tyson Motz (Vernon) (2001-02) 5 (BCHL Record)

Lowest Goals Against Average In The Regular Season By A Vernon Goaltender:

Blake Voth (Vernon) (2009-2010) 1.79 GAA (Vernon Record)

Most Goals By A Defenceman In The Regular Season:

Campbell Blair (Vernon) 38 (1986-87) (BCHL Record)

Most Assists In One Game By A Vernon Player:

Ernie Gare (Vernon) (1971) & Duane Dennis (Vernon) (1989) 9 (BCHL Record)

Most Total Points By A Defenceman In The Regular Season:

Campbell Blair (Vernon) 109 (1986-87) (BCHL Record)

Most Powerplay Goals By A Vernon Player In One Season:

Roland Ramoser (Vernon) 30 (1991-92) (Vernon Record)

Most Career Goals By A Vernon Player:

Wayne Dye (Vernon) 156 (Vernon Record)

Most Career Assists By A Vernon Player:

Gary Huth (Chilliwack & Vernon) 174 (Vernon Record)

Most Career Total Points By A Vernon Player:

Wayne Dye (Vernon) 325 (Vernon Record)

Most Career Games Played By A Vernon Player:

Rob Short 229 Games (2006-2010) (Vernon Record)

Most Goals Scored In The Regular Season By A Vernon Player:

Jason Elders 67 (1990-91) (Vernon Record)

Most Assists Recorded In The Regular Season By A Vernon Player:

Scott Longstaff 106 (1991-92) (Vernon Record)

Most Points Recorded In The Regular Season By A Vernon Player:

Scott Longstaff 160 (1991-92) (Vernon Record)

Most Assists Recorded In The Playoffs By A Vernon Player:

Scott Longstaff (Vernon) 1992 – 16 games 37 (BCHL Record)

Most Points Recorded In The Playoffs By A Vernon Player:

Scott Longstaff (Vernon) 1992 – 16 games (10-37) 47 (BCHL Record)

Most Goals Scored In The Playoffs By A Vernon Player:

Jason Elders (Vernon) 1991 – 14 games 20 (Vernon Record)

Most Wins At The Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Lakers-Vipers 35 (RBC Cup Record)

Most National Championships By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Lakers-Vipers 6 (Junior A Record)

Most Appearances At The Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Lakers-Vipers 9 (1989,1990,1991,1992,1996,1999,2009,2010 & 2011) (Junior A Record)

Most Goals Scored At The Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Lakers-Vipers 230 (RBC Cup Record)

Most Goals Scored In A Single Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Game By A Vernon Team:

Vernon Lakers-11 (Defeated Nipawin Hawks 11-5 in 1990 (RBC Cup Record, Tied with the 1985 Orillia Travelways, 1990 New Westminster Royals, 1994 Olds Grizzlys, 1996 Melfort Mustangs & 2010 Brockville Braves)

The First Goaltender To Record A Shutout In The Royal Bank Cup Final:

Beau Riedel 1996 Vernon Vipers defeated the Melfort Mustangs 2-0

Vernon’s All-Time Record At The Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup:

Games Played: 50
Wins: 35
Losses: 15
Goals For: 230
Goals Against: 169

6-1 Record In Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Championship Games

Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Records:

The Vernon Lakers set a record as the only team in history to make it to four straight Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Tournaments (1989,90,91 & 92)

Vernon is the last team to win back to back Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Championships (1990 & 1991)(2009 & 2010)