6 - TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
VERNON JUNIOR 'A' HOCKEY FRANCHISE
Lakers 1990 & 1991 / Vipers 1996, 1999, 2009 & 2010

VERNON JR. CANADIANS

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Beginings

A timeline of hockey, pre-Junior A, in Vernon & area can be found HERE

The Vernon Junior Canadians along with the Penticton Junior Vees, Kelowna Buckaroos and Kamloops Junior Rockets, four junior "B" teams, formed the Okanagan-Mainline Junior 'A' Hockey League in 1960*.(*1983-84 Program)

JUNIOR "A" HOCKEY MAKES ITS DEBUT

On December 15th, 1960 the Vernon News reported... "Vernon Minor Hockey Association president Bill Brown has been named coordinator of an Okanagan-Mainline All Star squad to contest the provincial junior 'A' playdowns with an eye to the Dominion Memorial Cup next spring. At the meeting in Kelowna, Monday, representatives from the four major Okanagan-Mainline cities decided to form a junior league which will kick off in Penticton Friday night with Vernon the visitor..."

While the All Star team wasn't successful in securing the Dominion Cup , the action did lay the foundations for the formation of a junior 'A' league.


Bill Brown

Bill Brown becomes first owner of the Vernon Junior 'A' Franchise, Junior Canadians, for the inaugural 1961-62 Season.

On November 2nd, 1961 the Vernon News reported.... "Vernon Junior Canadians were edged 5-4 by the Kelowna Buckaroos Tuesday night (October 31st) in a fast, hard-checking thriller that was decided in a 10-minute overtime period...
Over 300 fans at Civic Arena were treated to hockey played with heart and played to win in the opening game of the newly formed Okanagan Junior "A" Hockey League..."

Vern Dye would manage the team while the coach for the first year would be local hockey legend Odie Lowe, R.S. 29GP-7W-21L-1T -- P.O. 5GP-2W-3L.

Statistics wise, it was not a very successful season for the Vernon Jr. Canadians ... success, was the fact, that they played their first season as a junior 'A' team.

It should be noted that the team was primarily made up of local area players throughout the 60's. Which is why the team lacked players, for some games, to due work, other commitments or an inability to make the game. It was also the reason that made the rivalries between the teams of the league more intense as the other club also supported their own local players.

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VERNON BLADES

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The franchise changed its name to the Vernon Blades for the start of the 1962-63 season. They would remain the Vernon Blades through till the end of the 1966-67 season.


Bill Brown

Vernon Blades Logo 1963-64

Bill Brown continued his ownership of the franchise until 1966 when he sold the club to a group of local business men.

Vern Dye would manage the team while various coaches would guide them.....

  1. Bill Brown(1962-63) R.S. 31GP-9W-22L-0T -- P.O. 5GP-1W-4L
  2. Jim Moro(1963-64) R.S. 34GP-7W-27L-0T -- P.O. 7GP-2W-5L
  3. Hap Schaefer(1964-65) R.S. 30GP-10W-16L-4T -- P.O. 7GP-3W-4L
  4. Odie Lowe(1965-66) R.S. 30GP-4W-25L-1T -- P.O. 4GP-0W-4L

As there were between three and four teams, in the league, every team made the playoffs during these years.


Vernon Minor Hockey Association

Vernon Blades Logo 1963-64

In 1966 Dave McKay, Vern Dye, Ernie Kowal and a group(Who?) of fifteen other local business men purchase the Vernon Blades from Bill Brown at a cost of $300.00 each. This group of men would hand over ownership of the club to Vernon Minor Hockey Association but, they would still manage it.

The Executive of the club would be the same group of men that bought the team. Vern Dye would continue to manage the team, however, Hal Gordon was appointed General Manager while the coach would still be Odie Lowe(1966-67) R.S. 40GP-15W-25L-0T -- P.O. 5GP-1W-4L.

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VERNON ESSOS

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For the 1967-68 season the Vernon franchise, changed its name to the Vernon Essos. They would remain the Vernon Essos through till the end of the 1972-73 season.


Vernon Minor Hockey Association

Vernon Essos Logo 1971-72

Vernon Minor Hockey would change the name of the club from Blades to Esso's for the start of the '67 - '68 season.

The Esso's were named after the title sponsor, Ernies Esso Station, located at 3200 32nd Street in Vernon. The team was commonly called "Ernies Esso's" in conversations around town,

The same group of men that were the Executive of the Blades continued their role for the new Essos. Bill Roth was President and Vern Dye remained as Manager and the Coach was Odie Lowe(1967-70) R.S. 128GP-70W-44L-14T -- P.O. 13GP-4W-9L.


Ernie Kowal, Vern Dye, Dave McKay & Group

Vernon Essos Logo 1971-72

In 1970 Vernon Minor Hockey sold the club for five thousand dollars to the same group of local business men that had been managing the club for them.

That group of business men included Ernie Kowal, Vern Dye and Dave McKay. Dave McKay would lead this group in running the day to day operations. Vern Dye would become the Manager and Odie Lowe would be the Coach.

Other notable figures running the teams were Roly Samartino(Trainer) N. Schuck*, R. Fish*, A. Melbourne*, J. Gradner* and B. Willows*. *-If you can provide full names and their roles please, contact me.

Odie lead the Vernon Essos to playoff success in 1970 when they won the franchises first league pennant and league championship. They would repeat that feat again in 1972 for their second league championship.

Odie Lowe would coach the team till the 1972-73 season compiling a record of, R.S. 181GP-103W-70L-8T -- P.O. 28GP-12W-18L ending his Coaching career with the franchise at R.S. 379GP-192W-164L-23T -- P.O. 60GP-21W-39L.

The ownership group eventually sells the team to make Vern Dye sole owner*.(*-assumption still need proof)

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VERNON VIKINGS

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For the 1973-74 season the Vernon franchise, changed its name to the Vernon Vikings. They would remain the Vernon Vikings through till the end of the 1977-78 season.


Vern Dye

Vernon Vikings Logo 1973-76

Vern Dye ran the team in all departments for the 1973-74 season. As Coach Vern Dye's record was R.S. 64GP-37W-26L-1T -- P.O. 4GP-0W-4L.

For the 1974-76 seasons Vern Dye replaced himself for two seasons as Manager/Coach with Joe Tennant (1974-76) R.S. 132GP-78W-51L-3T -- P.O. 15GP-8W-7L.

Even though the Vernon Vikings won the league pennant in 1976 they bowed out in the second round of the playoffs that year, losing nine points to one, in an eight point series (4L - 1T). This would be the only time the league used an eight point series.

In the season of 1976-77 Vern Dye would once again command the team, taking on the role of Owner, Manager and Coach(1976-77) R.S. 68GP-28W-37L-2T -- P.O. 6GP-2W-4L. This would be Verns' last stint as Coach(1973-74, 1976-77), R.S. 132GP-66W-63L-3T -- P.O. 10GP-2W-8L.

Vernon Vikings Logo 1976-78

The club Owner & GM was Vern Dye. Manager of the club was former Trainer Roly Samartino for the 1977-78 season. A local hockey legend guided the team for part of the season as Coach, his name was Sheldon Bloomer(1977-78 partial). Another local hockey legend took over for Sheldon, his name was Hank Wensley(1977-78 partial). The combined record for these two coaches was, R.S. 66GP-10W-56L-0T. If you have the records for these coaches please, contact me.

After sixteen consecutive playoff appearances, for the franchise, the Vernon Vikings were the first team to not make them in 1977-78 season.

After a team year-end function at the Vernon Lodge, it is rumored, Vern Dye was charged approximately $20.000.00 for damages, which lead to him wanting to sell the team.(source Greg Kvisle)

The Vern Dye sells the team to a new "5 man group". which includes Hank Aarsen Sr., Sheldon Bloomer and Ray Williment Sr.* *-Who were the others??, if you know please, contact me.

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VERNON CANADIANS

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For the 1978-79 season the Vernon franchise was known as the Vernon Canadians. It was the only season that this name was used, although in 1961 they were known as the Jr. Canadians.


Hank Aarsen Sr., Sheldon Bloomer and Ray Williment Sr. & 2 others

Vernon Canadians Logo 1978

Former Coach Sheldon Bloomer would take the reins of the club as General Manager. Sheldon recruits, as Coach, Greg Kvisle(1978-79), R.S. 62GP-32W-29L-1T -- P.O. 6GP-2W-4L

Greg describes his time with the Canadians as a bizare year, citing all kinds of antics with the club and within the league. Such as, when Dave Schneiders' brothers were involved in a incident at a playoff game that lasted forty minutes, included spectators and involved police. Also, the story of the teams school bus renovation and trips to the coast with the bus. Another about a lady that grabbed the visiting teams walkie-talkie and ran away with it, priceless!(source Greg Kvisle via phone call)

Due to extreme financial difficulties the team would take a "leave-of-absence" the following year, 1979-80.(source Greg Kvisle)

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VERNON LAKERS

After a one years leave of absence the franchise adopted a new name, the Vernon Lakers, for the 1980-81 season. They kept that name till the end of 1994-95 season.


Hank Aarsen Sr., (Vern Dye?), Sheldon Bloomer, Ray Williment Sr.

Vernon Lakers Logo 1980-81

The previous Vernon Canadians ownership group continued with the new 'Vernon Lakers Junior 'A' Team in the 1980-81 season.

Hank Aarsen Sr. would be the General Manager. Coaching the 1980-81 team were Russ Newton who was replaced sometime during the season my Gary Criss with a combined record of R.S. 56GP-8W-48L-0T

For the first time since 1978, and only the second time for the franchise, the team did not make the playoffs.

From Rays Obituary...Ray Williment had been actively involved in Vernon Minor Hockey culminating in his ownership of the Vernon Lakers Junior 'A' Team in the 1981-82 season.

The 1981-82 Coach was Gord MacBeth(1981-82), R.S. 47GP-10W-36L-1T and for the second year in-a-row the team did not make the playoffs. Up until this point in time, this was the only instance of the franchise failing to make the playoffs in two consecutive years.

The next year Vern Dye would be appointed General Manager who found a new Coach in Murray Lawrence(1982-83), R.S. 56GP-35W-20L-1T -- P.O. 7GP-3W-4L

The team was sold following the playoffs to Carl & Ivy Ememark and Bud Russel.


Carl & Ivy Enemark & Bud Russell

Vernon Lakers Logo 1980-89

Carl Enemark of Enemark & Campbell Realty along with his wife Ivy & Bud Russell (he is named co-owner in the 1983-84 program but, not in the 1984-85 program) purchase the Lakers from Ray Williment and Group after the 1981-82 season.

Bud Russell was co-owner, secretary and treasurer. The General Manager was former Trainer Wayne Sorrci.

The first Coach for the new owners was Chuck Tapp(1983-84), R.S. 3GP-2W-1L-0T, who was replaced very quickly with a former player and son of one of the owners, Mike Enemark(1983-84), R.S. 57GP-43W-14L-0T -- P.O. 6GP-2W-4L.

The next season '84-'85 saw Wayne Sorci again as GM but, was replaced with Vern Dye, at some point. Two Coaches were again employed for this season as, Mike Enemark(1984-85), R.S. 22GP-10W-10L-1T, stepped down citing to much pressure involved in coaching but, remained as consultant to Don Moores(1984-85), R.S. 29GP-18W-11L-1T -- P.O. 7GP-3W-4L.

For the '85-'86 season Vern Dye remained as General Manager and Coaching the team would remain in the hands of Don Moores(1985-86), R.S. 52GP-28W-21L-3T -- P.O. 7GP-3W-4L

Enemark would sell the Vernon Lakers to Mel Lis after the 1985-86 season.

After being involved with the franchise, during it's three different decades of excistence, Vern Dye would no longer be a part of it. If it were not for Vern Dye, I beleive, this team would not have lasted to this point in time. He put his heart, soul and money into the club to keep it going, Thanks Vern!!!
BURNABY, BC - February 11th, 2009 - British Columbia Hockey League founder Vern Dye will be recognized for his many years of service to Junior A hockey in British Columbia by having the league's Most Valuable Player trophy named in his honour. Article can be found here .

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Mel Lis

Vernon Lakers Logo 1990-95

Mel Lis of Lis Equipment Rental Ltd., purchased the Lakers from the Enemarks and Bud Russell after the 1985-86 season.

Mel Lis would take on the role of Owner, President and General Manager for the next seven years.

It was this edition of the franchise, with Mel Lis at the helm, that started what was to become a dominate player in junior 'A' hockey, in the league, regional and national levels.

For the first three plus seasons Mel Lis would have as his Coach Ernie Gare(1986-89), R.S. 164GP-115W-46L-3T -- P.O. 34GP-24W-10L

In his first season Ernie Gare(1986-87), R.S. 52GP-33W-17L-2T -- P.O. 10GP-6W-4L, managed to get the team to the league semifinals. In his second year Ernie Gare(1987-88), R.S. 52GP-42W-10L-0T -- P.O. 19GP-14W-5L, won a League championship and Provincial championship. For his third year Ernie Gare(1988-89), R.S. 60GP-40W-19L-1T -- P.O. 31GP-22W-9L, lead the team to a League, Provincial , BC v AB and Western Canadian championship for a berth in the 1989 National Tournament.

Ernie Gare would be replaced shortly before the Vernon Lakers were to host the 1990 National Tournament. Former NHLer Eddie Johnstone was his replacement, combined the two coaches had a regular season(1989-90), that year of, R.S. 58GP-33W-20L-5T.

Eddie Johnston(1989-90), P.O. 19GP-12W-7L, would go on to finish the season. As hosts, of the National Tournament, the Vernon Lakers captured their first national title with a come-from-behind win in overtime.

Another National Championship was aquired by Eddie Johnston(1990-91), R.S. 58GP-33W-20L-5T -- P.O. 19GP-12W-7L, and his Vernon Lakers in 1991.

Repeating what he accomplished the previous season Eddie Johnston(1991-92), R.S. 60GP-34W-23L-3T -- P.O. 31GP-22W-9L, he came up just short of his third National Title. He ended his career as Coach of the Lakers after the 1991-92 season.

The Vernon Lakers accomplishment of four consecutive National Tournament appearances (1989, 1990, 1991, & 1992) remains a Canadian Junior "A" Hockey record to this day.

With two National Championship rings, banners and trophies to call his own Mel Lis would sell the club to Duncan Wray in 1992.


Duncan Wray

Vernon Lakers Logo 1990-95

Dr. James Duncan Wray an oral and maxillofacial surgeon bought the team from Mel Lis after the 1991-92 season.

Duncan Wray would hire a sports journalist as General Manager in his first year of ownership named Al Paterson. Al Paterson would get a coach that would stay with the Lakers for the next three seasons, Rob Bremner(1992-95), R.S. 180GP-94W-84L-0T -- P.O. 25GP-10W-13L. Rob Bremner would replace Al Paterson as General Manager during his first season with the club.

During his three year tenur with the Lakers GM/Coach Rob Bremner made the playoffs each season.

By the end of the 1994-95 season the Vernon Lakers brought the franchise from the negative side to the positive side of the wins versus losses column. They achieved this with both the regular season and playoffs statistics.

1995 was the last season as the Vernon Lakers because, Duncan Wray would rebrand the club as the Vernon Vipers for the 1995-96 season.

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VERNON VIPERS

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For the 1995-96 season the Vernon franchise changed its name to the Vernon Vipers and presently retains that name.

This edition of the franchise would establish itself as an elite junior "A" hockey team in league, regional and national levels.


Duncan Wray

Vernon Vipers Logo 1996

Duncan Wray changed the name of the team from the Vernon Lakers to the Vernon Vipers, for the start of the 1995-96 season.

Under the leadership of GM/Coach Rob Bremner, 1996, was one of Vernons' best years as they finished the regular season, winning 43 games, losing 13 and tying 4. The impressive year culminated with the Vernon Vipers first and the franchises third national title.

Rob Bremner would end his association with the club after the 1995-96 season with a total coaching record of R.S. 240GP-137W-101L-2T -- P.O. 55GP-33W-22L. His Assist Coach Troy Mick would take over for him as GM/Coach for the 1996-97 season.

In the first two years of the club being operated by Troy Mick(1996-98), R.S. 120GP-74W-46L -- P.O. 21GP-12W-9L, they did have some success in the leagues playoffs.

Three short years after winning the inaugural 1996 Royal Bank Cup, national title, the Vernon Vipers would once again returned to the National stage, in 1999. Troy Mick and his Vernon Vipers accomplished this with an amazing regular season of 52 wins and 6 loses with 2 Ties. which is currently the franchises best season. The year ended with the Vernon Vipers capturing it's second and the franchises fourth National title.

Of note during the 1999 playoff run was the fact that the Vernon Vipers are the only British Columbia Hockey League team to lose to a team from the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. they lost one game, 7-6, in a best-of-five Provincial series, to the Kimberly Dynamiters. It should also be noted however, that Vernon played with a Junior "B" backup goaltender in the loss due to injuries of their regular goaltenders.

Following the 1999 National Championship season, Troy Mick(1999-2000), R.S. 60GP-35W-25L -- P.O. 18GP-9W-9L who always said,"We don't rebuild, We reload", once again journeyed to the League Finals. This would not end Troy Micks' run with the club, as Coach, however, he did leave after the season recording an over-all record, so far, of R.S. 300GP-185W-115L -- P.O. 68GP-43W-25L.

Taking over for Troy Mick was his Assistant Coach, Joe Oliver(2000-01), R.S. 60GP-24W-36L. The 2000-01 season turned out to be an extreme disappointment for the franchise as the Vernon Vipers had a losing regular season thus failing to make the playoffs, for the first time since 1982. GM/Coach Joe Oliver, needless to say, did not return for the next season.

Duncan Wray would hire, as his next GM/Coach, Mike Vandekamp(2001-2005), R.S. 240GP-159W-77L-4T -- P.O. 54GP-34W-20L, he ran the club for the next four years. In those four seasons he had consecutive years of some playoff success. Having maintained a competitive level for the club, in his four years, Mike Vandekamp would be replaced for the next season.

Returning for one last "kick at the can" was none other than "fan favorite" GM/Coach, Troy Mick(2005-06). However, Troy would step down prior to season start citing health issues. Troy Mick ended his run with the Vipers after this season with a overall coaching record of R.S. 300GP-185W-115L -- P.O. 68GP-43W-25L.

Troys' Associate Coach would be promoted to GM/Head Coach, Berni Pimm(2005-06) R.S. 60GP-36W-22L-2T -- P.O. 10GP-5W-5L. This season however, would be disappointing as, the club exited the playoffs in the first round.

Up next for the position of 2006-07 Vernon Vipers GM/Coach was Mark Holick(2007-08), R.S. 60GP-37W-22L-1T -- P.O. 22GP-14W-8L. Mark helped the club to advance to the League finals. Mark Holick did not return for the following season.

Coming over from the Kamloops Blazers organization, to be the next GM/Coach was Mark Ferner(2007-11), R.S. 240GP-165W-68L-7T -- P.O. 98GP-70W-28L, who would lead the club for the next four seasons.

After the team was eliminated in the second round of the 2008 league playoffs. He would maneuvered the club to not one but, two national titles.

In 2009 the Vernon Vipers swept through the league playoffs only losing five games. They would then go undefeated the rest of the way to the national tournament. Even in the tournament they went undefeated to the finals, which they also won. This would be the franchises fifth national title and third for the Vernon Vipers.

Once again, in 2010, the Vernon Vipers would win a national title. This accomplishment is only the third time a team has won back-to-back National Championships, the others being the Prince Albert Raiders (1981 & 1982) and the Vernon Lakers (1990 & 1991). This would also, make the Vernon junior A franchise the only one to win back-to-back twice. To add one more accolade, The Vernon Vipers 4th National Title ties them with the Prince Albert Raiders, although it is the 6th for the Franchise which, is a Canadian Record.

A special note on the 2010-11 season for the Vipers was that of the 60 regular season games played 20 went to overtime. Their record for those overtime games is, 20GP - 7W - 9L - 4T. 1\3 of a season went to overtime, gotta be some sort of record!

Mark Ferner would leave the Vipers after the 2010-11 season to pursue other interests.

To replace Mark Ferner, Duncan Wray would hire Marks Assistant Coach, former player and Captain(02) of the Vipers, Jason Williamson.

GM/Head Coach Jason Williamson(2011-14), R.S. 174GP-81W-87L-6T -- P.O. 24GP-12W-12L, and the Vernon Vipers failed to make the playoffs in back-to-back years. This is only the second time in franchise history that this occurred.

The Vipers would return to winning ways in 2013-14. The Vipers advanced thru the three rounds before falling in the league final. However, the Vipers were earlier chosen to host the National Tournament, where they advanced as far as the semifinals. This would signal the end of Jason Williamsons job with the Vernon Vipers.

The next GM/Head Coach would be a familiar face to Viper fans as Mark Ferner(2014-19), R.S. 290GP-155W-126L-9T -- P.O. 59GP-33W-26L, would return to the fold. In his 4 years at the helm, he had the team in the playoffs for each one.


Libby Wray

Vernon Vipers Logo 1996

Vernon Vipers Owner, Dr. Duncan Wray , passed away on January 11, 2018. His wife Libby became owner and governor upon Duncans' passing.

NOTE: Since buying the team in 1992, Duncan Wray became known as a very hands-on team owner, always interacting with fans, and watching his Vipers play. During Duncans's time as the Vipers owner, the team won twelve (12) Interior Conference pennants, three (3) BCHL regular season titles, seven (7) BCHL Championships, and six (6) Doyle Cups, four (4) National Championships plus one runner up. Duncan Wray was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, with his 1998-99 Vernon Vipers following suit in 2016.

Libby Wray would ponder the ownership through the off-season. Then Libby made the decision to sell the club to Tom and John Glen.

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John & Tom Glen

Vernon Vipers Logo 2019

The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club announced an ownership change September 7, 2018. The Club had been sold by owner Libby Wray and had been purchased by Tom and John Glen.

After dealing with the after math of Duncan Wrays death, Mark Ferner continued on as GM/Head Coach for the new owners. In his last year with the club Mark Ferner would guide them to the league final. Mark Ferners total coaching record for the Vernon Vipers is a respectable = Mark Ferner(2007-11 & 2014-19), R.S. 530GP-320W-194L-16T -- P.O. 157GP-103W-54L.

With two national titles, a winning percentage of 60% in the regular season and a winning percentage of 65% for the playoffs, Mark Ferner is without a doubt the best coach the Vernon Vipers have EVER had.

The Vernon Vipers new owners Tom and John Glen decided to replace Mark Ferner with, an associate of theirs, Jason Mckee.

GM/Head Coach, Jason McKee had some success in his first year(2019-20), however the entire playoffs were canceled, after the leagues first round, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The Covid Panemic continued into the 2020-21 season however, the Provincial Health Office eased restrictions enough to allow the league to play an extended exhibition/traning season from September 25 to November 19. The "Okanagan Cup' tournament was established, for this pre-season, which included Penticton, Salmon Arm and West Kelowna. Penticton defeated the Vipers in the final to take the cup.

For the 20 game regular season the Vipers played in a so called "POD" along with Salmon Arm and West Kelowna. The Vipers claimed top spot, recording a record of 13-5-1-1 for 28 points.

GM/Head Coach, Jason McKee continues to coach the Vernon Vipers.

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FRANCHISE HIGHLIGHTS

Since the inception of the league the Vernon Franchise has achieved the following...

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TABLE COLOR INDEX

INTERIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
Ryan Hatfield Trophy
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Nat Bailey Cup / Subway Cup / Fred Page Cup
BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAMPIONSHIP
Mowat Cup
BRITISH COLUMBIA VS ALBERTA CHAMPIONSHIP
Doyle Cup
WESTERN CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP
Abbott Cup / Western Canada Cup
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Centennial Cup / Royal Bank Cup

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VERNON JUNIOR CANADIANS SEASON

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VERNON JUNIOR CANADIANS
Season League
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1961-62 OMJHL 4th 29 7 21 1 15 95 182 5 2 3 - -
Lost Semifinals, 2-3 (Kelowna)

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VERNON BLADES SEASONS

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VERNON BLADES
Season League
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1962-63 OMJHL 3rd 31 9 22 0 18 114 145 5 1 4 - -
Lost Semifinals, 1-4 (Kelowna)
1963-64 OJHL 3rd 34 7 27 0 14 124 219 7 2 5 - -
3rd Round-robin
1964-65 OJHL 4th 30 10 16 4 24 99 132 7 3 4 - -
Lost Semifinals, 3-4 (Kelowna)
1965-66 OJHL 4th 30 4 25 1 9 100 212 4 0 4 - -
Lost Semifinals, 0-4 (Kamloops)
1966-67 OJHL 3rd 40 15 25 0 30 - - 5 1 4 - -
Lost Semifinals, 1-4 (Penticton)
Team Totals 165 45 115 5 - - - 28 7 21 - - -

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VERNON ESSO'S SEASONS

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VERNON ESSOS
Season League
Division
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1967-68 BCJHL 3rd 40 19 17 4 42 213 218 4 0 4 - -
Lost Semifinals, 0-4 (Penticton)
1968-69 BCJHL 3rd 40 19 15 6 44 177 191 4 0 4 - -
Lost Semifinals, 0-4 (Victoria)
1969-70 BCJHL 1st 48 32 12 4 68 245 151 15 8 7 - -
Won Semifinals, 4-1 (Merritt)
Won League Finals, 4-2 (Victoria)
Automatic Winners Mowat Cup
Lost Abbott Cup , 0-4 (Weyburn)
1970-71 BCJHL
Interior
3rd
2nd
60 34 20 6 74 285 248 5 1 4 - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Kamloops)
1971-72 BCJHL 1st 60 42 17 1 85 - - 18 10 8 - -
Won Semifinals, 4-1 (Chilliwack)
Won League Finals, 4-3 (Penticton)
Automatic Winners Mowat Cup
Lost "BC vs AB", 2-4 (Red Deer)
1972-73 BCJHL
Interior
6th
4th
61 27 33 1 55 292 287 5 1 4 - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Kamloops)
Team Totals 309 173 114 22 - - - 51 20 31 - - -

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VERNON VIKINGS SEASONS

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VERNON VIKINGS
Season League
Division
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L T GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1973-74 BCJHL
Interior
4th
3rd
64 37 26 1 75 340 302 4 0 4 - - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-4 (Penticton)
1974-75 BCJHL
Interior
6th
3rd
66 31 33 2 64 327 343 10 4 6 - - -
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-2 (Penticton)
Lost Div. Finals, 0-4 (Kelowna)
1975-76 BCJHL 1st 66 47 18 1 95 390 247 10 4 5 1* - -
~ 8pt Series~
Won Quarterfinals, Pts 8-2 (Chilliwack)
Lost Semifinals, Pts 1-9 (Penticton)
1976-77 BCJHL
Interior
6th
3rd
68 29 37 2 30 259 321 6 2 4 - - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 2-4 (Penticton)
1977-78 BCJHL
Interior
10th
6th
66 10 56 - 20 251 486 - - - - - -

Did Not Qualify
Team Totals 330 154 170 6 - - - 30 10 19 1* - -
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* - 8 Point Series (First To 8 Points): 2 Points for Win, 1 Point for Tie

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VERNON CANADIANS SEASON

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VERNON CANADIANS
Season League
Division
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1978-79 BCJHL
Interior
6th
3rd
62 32 29 1 65 345 338 6 2 4 - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 2-4 (Kamloops)
1979-80 BCJHL Franchise Takes A Leave Of Absense

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VERNON LAKERS SEASONS

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VERNON LAKERS
Season League
Division
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1980-81 BCJHL
Interior
11th
5th
56 8 48 0 16 105 435 Did Not Qualify
1981-82 BCJHL
Interior
11th
5th
47 10 36 1 21 182 304 Did Not Qualify
1982-83 BCJHL
Interior
4th
2nd
56 35 20 1 71 280 235 7 3 4 - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 3-4 (Penticton)
1983-84 BCJHL
Interior
3rd
2nd
60 45 15 0 90 452 276 6 2 4 - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 2-4 (Summerland)
1984-85 BCJHL
Interior
6th
2nd
51 28 21 2 58 261 262 7 3 4 - -

Lost Div. Semifinals, 3-4 (Merritt)
1985-86 BCJHL
Interior
5th
3rd
52 28 21 3 59 338 281 7 3 4 33 26

Lost Div. Semifinals, 3-4 (Kelowna)
1986-87 BCJHL
Interior
3rd
2nd
52 33 17 2 68 381 257 10 6 4 45 47
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-0 (Penticton)
Lost Div. Final, 2-4 (Kelowna)
1987-88 BCJHL
Interior
1st
1st
52 42 10 0 84 381 216 19 14 5 120 75
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-0 (Merritt)
Won Div. Finals, 4-0 (Penticton)
Won League Finals, 4-1 (Richmond)
Won Mowat Cup, 2-0 (Grande Prairie)
Lost Doyle Cup, 0-4 (Calgary)
1988-89 BCJHL
Interior
2nd
1st
60 40 19 1 81 376 256 31 22 9 146 112
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-1 (Kelowna)
Won Div. Finals, 4-0 (Merritt)
Won League Finals, 4-1 (New Westminster)
Won Mowat Cup, 2-0 (Williams Lake)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-2 (Red Deer)
Won Abbott Cup, 4-2 (Humboldt)
4th Centennial Cup Round-robin
1989-90 BCJHL
Interior
3rd
1st
58 33 20 5 71 330 229 19 12 7 92 73
1st Div. Round-robin
Lost League Finals, 2-4 (New Westminster)
~ HOSTS ~
2nd Centennial Cup Round-robin
Won Centennial Cup Semifinal, 11-5 (Nipawin)
Won Centennial Cup, 6-5 OT (New Westminster)
1990-91 BCJHL
Interior
4th
3rd
60 37 20 3 77 359 266 28 23 5 170 126
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-0 (Kelowna)
Won Div. Finals, 4-2 (Chilliwack)
Won League Finals, 4-0 (Powell River)
Won Mowat Cup, 3-0 (Prince George)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-1 (Calgary)
4th Centennial Cup Round-robin
Won Centennial Cup Semifinal, 7-5 (Yorkton)
Won Centennial Cup, 8-4 (Sudbury)
Won Abbott Cup* Game, 5-4 ot(Yorkton), [RBC-RR]
1991-92 BCJHL
Interior
4th
4th
60 34 23 3 71 348 286 31 22 8 - -
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-2 (Kelowna)
Won Div. Finals, 4-2 (Chilliwack)
Won League Finals, 4-0 (Bellingham)
Won Mowat Cup, 3-0 (Prince George)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-3 (Olds)
1st Centennial Cup Round-robin
Lost Centennial Cup Semifinal, 5-2 (Winkler)
Won Abbott Cup* Game, 5-3 (Winkler), [RBC-RR]
1992-93 BCJHL
Interior
3rd
3rd
60 35 23 2 72 336 278 5 1 4 14 22

Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Penticton)
1993-94 BCJHL
Interior
4th
3rd
60 31 29 0 62 286 314 11 4 7 38 48
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-1 (Penticton)
Lost Div. Finals, 0-4 (Kelowna)
1994-95 BCJHL
Interior
8th
3rd
60 28 32 0 60 297 284 9 5 4 41 37
Won Preliminaries, 2-0 (Bellingham)
Lost Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Penticton)
Team Totals 844 467 354 23 - - - 190 120 70 - -
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Season League
Division
Regular Season Playoffs
Rank GP W L T PTs GF GA GP W L GF GA Result / Series-Score / Opponent
1995-96 BCHL
Interior
2nd
1st
60 43 17 0 90 324 219 30 23 7 156 102
Won Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Naniamo)
Won Semifinals, 4-0 (Cowichan Valley)
Won League Finals, 4-1 (Langley)
Won Mowat Cup, 3-0 (Prince George)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-3 (Saint Albert)
3rd Royal Bank Cup Round-robin
Won RBC Semifinal, 7-4 (Newmarket)
Won Royal Bank Cup, 2-0 (Melfort)
Lost Abbott Cup* Game, 1-5 (Melfort), [RBC-RR]
1996-97 BCHL
Interior
2nd
1st
60 41 19 0 87 339 212 14 9 5 56 50
Won Quarterfinals, 4-0 (Merritt)
Won Semifinals, 4-1 (Trail)
Lost League Finals, 1-4 (Surrey)
1997-98 BCHL
Interior
3rd
2nd
60 33 27 0 74 251 229 7 3 4 17 25

Lost Quarterfinals, 3-4 (Trail)
1998-99 BCHL
Interior
1st
1st
60 52 8 0 106 305 145 29 22 7 150 88
Won Con.Semifinals, 4-1 (Merritt)
Won Con. Finals, 4-0 (Prince George)
Won League Finals, 4-1 (Chilliwack)
Won Mowat Cup, 3-1 (Kimberly)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-1 (Calgary)
4th Royal Bank Cup Round-robin
Won RBC Semifinal, 3-2 (Bramalea)
Won Royal Bank Cup, 9-3 (Charlottetown)
Won Abbott Cup* Game, 3-2 (Estevan),[RBC-RR]
1999-00 BCHL
Interior
5th
2nd
60 35 25 0 75 242 216 18 9 9 56 64
Won Con. Semifinals, 4-2 (Prince George)
Won Con. Finals, 4-3 (Merritt)
Lost League Finals, 1-4 (Chilliwack)
2000-01 BCHL
Interior
12th
5th
60 24 36 0 58 203 225 DID NOT QUALIFIY FOR PLAYOFFS
2001-02 BCHL
Interior
4th
1st
60 33 27 0 72 243 205 17 10 7 52 40
Won Preliminaries, 4-0 (Merritt)
Won Con. Finals, 4-3 (Penticton)
Lost League Finals, 2-4 (Chilliwack)
2002-03 BCHL
Interior
1st
1st
60 47 13 0 95 273 150 18 14 4 63 35
Won Preliminaries, 4-0 (Penticton)
Won Con. Finals, 4-0 (Trail)
Won League Finals, 4-0 (Chilliwack)
Lost Doyle Cup, 2-4 (Camrose)
2003-04 BCHL
Interior
4th
2nd
60 37 22 1 82 233 182 5 1 4 13 17

Lost Preliminaries, 0-4 (Trail)
2004-05 BCHL
Interior
2nd
1st
60 42 15 3 93 232 156 14 9 5 40 41
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-0 (Penticton)
Won Con. Finals, 4-1 (Prince George)
Lost League Finals, 1-4 (Surrey)
2005-06 BCHL
Interior
6th
3rd
60 36 22 2 78 205 165 10 5 5 32 29
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 4-1 (Prince George)
Lost Div. Semifinals, 1-4 (Salmon Arm)
2006-07 BCHL
Interior
5th
2nd
60 37 22 1 78 246 193 22 14 8 70 53
Won Con. Quarterfinals, 4-2 (Westside)
Won Con. Semifinals, 4-1 (Trail)
Won Con. Finals, 4-1 (Penticton)
Lost League Finals, 2-4 (Nanaimo)
2007-08 BCHL
Interior
5th
4th
60 36 22 2 76 238 185 10 6 4 35 31
Won Eliminations, 3-0 (Trail)
Lost Con. SemiFinals, 4-3 (Penticton)
2008-09 BCHL
Interior
2nd
1st
60 42 17 1 88 223 145 27 22 5 104 29
Won Con. Semifinals, 4-1 (Penticton)
Won Con. Finals, 4-2 (Salmon Arm)
Won League Finals, 4-2 (Powell River)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-0 (Grande Prairie)
1st Royal Bank Cup Round-robin
Won RBC Semifinal, 6-3 (Kingston)
Won Royal Bank Cup, 2-0 (Humboldt)
2009-10 BCHL
Interior
1st
1st
60 51 9 0 105 298 119 32 21 11 117 80
Won Con. Semifinals, 4-2 (Quesnel)
Won Con. Finals, 4-2 (Penticton)
Won League Finals, 4-3 (Powell River)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-3 (Spruce Grove)
2nd Royal Bank Cup Round-robin
Won RBC Semifinal, 2-0 (Brockville)
Won Royal Bank Cup, 8-1 (Dauphin)
2010-11 BCHL
Interior
2nd
1st
60 36 20 4 85 197 141 28 21 7 93 67
Won Con. Semifinals, 4-2 (Westside)
Won Con. Finals, 4-2 (Salmon Arm)
Won League Finals, 4-0 (Powell River)
Won Doyle Cup, 4-3 (Spruce Grove)
1st Royal Bank Cup Round-robin
Won RBC Semifinal, 4-1 (Wellington)
Lost Royal Bank Cup, 2-0 (Pembroke)
2011-12 BCHL
Interior
9th
5th
60 30 29 1 63 208 193 DID NOT QUALIFIY FOR PLAYOFFS
2012-13 BCHL
Interior
13th
6th
56 21 34 1 52 139 170 DID NOT QUALIFIY FOR PLAYOFFS
2013-14 BCHL
Interior
7th
3rd
58 30 24 4 70 181 175 24 12 12 66 58
Won Div. Semifinal 4-2 (West Kelowna)
Won Div. Finals 4-3 (Penticton)
1st Round-robin 1-0 (Victoria) & 1-0 (Coquitlam)
Lost League Finals 0-4 (Coquitlam)
~ Hosts ~
Royal Bank Cup
2nd, Round-robin(2-2)
Lost Semifinal, 6-3 (Yorkton)
2014-15 BCHL
Interior
4th
2nd
58 36 21 1 76 218 161 11 7 4 32 31
Won Div. Semifinal 4-0 (Merritt)
Lost Div. Finals 4-3 (Penticton)
2015-16 BCHL
Interior
12th
4th
58 24 34 0 51 179 206 5 1 4 9 21

Lost Div. Semifinal 1-4 (Penticton)
2016-17 BCHL
Interior
6th
2nd
58 30 24 4 69 181 158 12 7 5 40 27
Won Div. Semifinal 4-1 (Trail)
Lost Div. Finals 3-4 (Penticton)
2017-18 BCHL
Interior
2nd
2nd
58 39 15 4 83 205 118 10 6 4 24 19
Won Div. Quarter-final 4-0 (Salmon Arm)
Lost Div. Semifinal 2-4 (Wenatchee)
2018-19 BCHL
Interior
8th
4th
58 26 32 0 63 166 160 21 12 9 61 53
Won Div. Quarter-final 4-1 (Salmon Arm)
Won Div. Semifinal 4-3 (Trail)
Won Div. Final 4-1 (Wenatchee)
Lost BCHL Finals 4-0 (Prince George)
2019-20 BCHL
Interior
8th
5th
58 30 28 - 64 174 178 5 4 1 23 11
Won Div. Quarter-final 4-1 (Wenatchee)
PLAYOFFS CANCELLED (March 13)
DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
2020-21 BCHL
Pod
5th
1st
20 13 7 - 28 69 55 NO PLAYOFFS DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
2021-22 BCHL
Interior
10th
6th
54 27 27 0 61 152 154 5 1 4 14 26

Lost Div QuarterFinals 1-4, (West Kelowna)
2022-23 BCHL
Interior
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36 16 20 0 36 92 118 - - - - -


Team Totals 1592 947 616 29 NA - - 375 239 136 - -
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VERNON JUNIOR 'A' HOCKEY FRANCHISE TOTALS
Regular Season Playoffs
GP W L T GF GA GP W L T GF GA
3331 1825 1419 87 - - 685 400 284 1 - -

NOTE: Loses (L) include any Overtime & Shootout Loses / Abbott Cup* played during National Tournament Round-Robin

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