2 - TIME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
VERNON LAKERS
1980 - 1995

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.

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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.

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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 LAKERS HIGHLIGHTS

In its 14 years (1980-81 to 1982-83 and 1984-85 to 1994-95), as the Lakers, the franchise has achieved the following highlights:

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SEASON BY SEASON OVERVIEW

INTERIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
RYAN HATFIELD TROPHY
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
NAT BAILEY CUP / SUBWAY CUP / FRED PAGE CUP
BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAMPIONSHIP
MOWAT CUP
BRITISH COLUMBIA VS ALBERTA CHAMPION
DOYLE CUP (since 1985)
WESTERN CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP
ABBOTT CUP / WESTERN CANADA CUP
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CENTENNIAL CUP / RBC ROYAL BANK CUP / ROYAL BANK CUP / RBC CUP

VERNON LAKERS SEASONS (1st Edition)

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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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